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Wisconsin Gamma

Lawrence University*

Founding date: 9/12/1940

Installing Officer:
Grand President Amy Burnham Onken,
Illinois Epsilon

Installation at Wisconsin Gamma

In 1939, 13 women were carefully selected to organize and petition Pi Beta Phi for membership. They first formed a local group Pi Phi Gamma who were willing to work and hope for the honor that would be theirs with installation into Pi Beta Phi. The Fox River Valley Alumnae Club and Mary Jane Hill, Missouri Alpha, assisted the women in their efforts. On September 12, 1940, those efforts became a reality when 24 collegiate members were initiated and the Wisconsin Gamma Chapter was officially installed by Grand President Amy Burnham Onken, Illinois Epsilon.

There was a Pledging Ceremony on Thursday morning and an informal luncheon that preceded the Initiation Ceremony. The New Members were honored at a formal banquet held that evening at the Riverview Country Club. The arrow was the background and theme of the program. Speakers even concentrated their talking points over parts of an arrow: The point, the shaft and the chain. Leslie H. Ross, President of the alumnae club, served as Toastmistress. On Friday, the women held their first official meeting as well as their first Cookie Shine at the home of Francis F. Wheeler, Local Chairman of Installation and a member of the Alumnae Advisory Committee.

The charter was relinquished in 1983.

Grand Council Members from Wisconsin Gamma

  • Janet Goode (Durham) Gard