The History of the Hot Springs, Arkansas, Alumnae Club
On April 17, 1967, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity was chartered as part of Omicron Province. The club then became part of Sigma Province. Several charter members were still active in 2016.
Six years later the club was asked to host the 1973 Pi Beta Phi National Convention at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. During Convention, the Arrowcraft Shop items made by the cottage crafts industry of Gatlinburg, Tennessee were displayed and sold. This inspired the club in the years following Convention, to hold several annual Arrowcraft Shop sales in support of the Fraternity’s Settlement School in Gatlinburg.
In 2002 the club’s nominee for the Evelyn Peters Kyle Award, Brenda Heck Crouch, was recognized as the Sigma Province nominee for exceptional service to the alumnae club. A 30-year member, she had served as recruitment chairman for over ten years and in other club officer positions.
Through the years, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Alumnae Club has shown strong support for the local chapters at the University of Arkansas, Arkasnas Alpha, and University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas Beta. The Arkansas Beta chapter at University of Arkansas at Little Rock was then closed.
In 2009, Arkansas Alpha at the University of Arkansas passed the century mark on campus. In recognition, Pi Phi alumnae and University administrators agreed to create a formal gateway entrance on the campus. The Hot Springs, Arkansas, Alumnae Club donated $500 to the Pi Beta Phi Centennial Gate. The club also contributed items for the silent auction to raise funds for chapter house study updates during the celebration luncheon.
When Pi Beta Phi celebrated a century of literacy service in 2012 by building Centennial Plaza in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at the site of Pi Beta Phi’s original Settlement School, the Hot Springs, Arkansas, Alumnae Club gave $500 for an engraved brick with the club’s name.
Then in 2015, when a new chapter house for Arkansas Alpha was planned, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Alumnae Club again supported the chapter by pledging $2,000 over five years for the project.
Pi Beta Phi has maintained a strong presence in Hot Springs since the alumnae club was chartered. Membership over the years has remained constant between 30 and 50 alumnae. In April 2017, the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.