The History of the La Jolla, California, Alumnae Club
The La Jolla Alumnae Club was established in 1955, and has always had a strong focus on fostering friendships. The club is also known as the Adele Taylor Alford Alumnae Club in honor of a member of the club who was the editor of The Arrow from 1934 to 1960. Adele’s daughter and granddaughter were members of the club as well.
The club pays tribute to the club’s Pi Beta Phi heritage at the kick-off and heritage luncheons, hosts social events with spouses at the club’s Holiday and Spring Parties and has numerous interest groups including Dine Out, Lunch Bunch, Walking and Talking, Book Club, Bridge, and Mommy and Me. While predominantly a social organization, the La Jolla, California, Alumnae Club hosts multiple book and toiletry drives each year, has an annual raffle with proceeds provided to a local literacy organization and supports many local non-profit organizations.
The La Jolla, California, Alumnae Club works with California Kappa, the collegiate chapter at the University of California, San Diego. Members serve on the Alumnae Advisory Committee and Chapter House Corporation, provide career advice to upperclassmen, support California Kappa during Recruitment, and host joint social, professional and philanthropic events. Every other year, the club also joins forces with the two other San Diego area alumnae clubs to host all three chapters on Founders’ Day, as well as hosts the Day at the Races event at the Del Mar Racetrack for alumnae in San Diego and Orange Counties.
The La Jolla, California, Alumnae Club donates books and toiletries to the Door of Hope, a transitional living center for women and children. Members also serve as hostesses at events held by the Dr. Doris A. Howell Foundation, an organization that funds undergraduate scientists in research projects and provides presentations on women’s and family health. The club is expanding its outreach to volunteer in literacy-related projects in high-need communities of San Diego.
Awards and Club Recognition
The club has been recognized almost every year during its 60-year history. The club received recognition as a Top 10 Club almost every year starting in 1998, until Pi Beta Phi transitioned to the Club of Excellence Award. The club has regularly been recognized as a Club of Excellence since this transition.
Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award
- Sharon Culver Considine, California Epsilon (2007)
Emma Harper Turner Award
- Ann Denker Webster, Arkansas Alpha (2002)
Outstanding AAC Financial Advisor - Honorable Mention
- Laura Jarman Farrar, California Eta (2017)
Evelyn Peters Kyle Award (Regional)
- Leigh Gange Adkins, South Dakota Alpha (1995)
- Phyllis Fazzari Speer, Massachusetts Alpha (1999)
- Eleanor Hunt Tucker, California Epsilon (2002)
Emma Harper Turner Award (Regional)
- Phyllis Fazzari Speer, Massachusetts Alpha (2000)
- Eleanor Hunt Tucker, California Epsilon (2003)
Arrowmont Board of Governors
- Phyllis Fazzari Speer, Massachusetts Alpha (1995-2004)
- Adele Taylor Alford, D.C. Alpha, Editor of The Arrow (1934-1960)