The History of the Long Beach, California, Alumnae Club
The Long Beach, California, Alumnae Club was chartered in 1923. In the early years, it was evident that Pi Phi provided more than just a college experience; in fact, being a member entailed a lifelong experience of service and friendships. During the catastrophic 1933 earthquake in Long Beach, local members helped to house, feed and support the victims of the disaster. This model of service has continued through the years. The club hosted numerous Arrowcraft sales to support Arrowmont. The focus in recent years has been a strong commitment towards literacy, as well as serving local needs in the community. However, the club's history would not be complete without mentioning all the fun that members have had throughout the years, sharing college memories and enjoying each other’s company in numerous social activities. Members take the club’s commitment to the fraternity seriously and wear the arrow proudly.
Club members participate in a number of collegiate actvities, including:
The ladies in the Long Beach Alumnae Club have a strong bond of friendship, as evidenced by their many subgroups. Members can join a book club, cooking club, lunch group and bridge group; many also attend movie outings, game nights, craft events and angel outings into the community. The club enjoys a wide range of ages in membership, from recent grads to members in their 90s!
Long Beach Pi Phis and the Foundation sponsor the Fraternity Day of Service Book Giveaway, passing out thousands of books to local organizations. The club has also raised money specifically for literacy, which has resulted in the club being one of the Top 10 clubs in donations to the Foundation for the past five out of six years. Members volunteer by reading to children at local libraries, supplying local libraries with books and bookmarks, donating book bags and books to local schools and supporting a local philanthropy called For the Child. Each year the club hosts a major fundraiser, and all the profits go the Foundation for literacy efforts.
The club supports the community by making donations to the Long Beach Food Bank, preparing meals at the Ronald McDonald House, supporting the Long Beach Dental Association, and participating in beach clean-up projects and charity walks for causes such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s awareness. In the past, they have made numerous Arrowmont sales and continue to give donations to local women’s shelters over the holidays.
Awards and Club Recognition
- Alumnae Club Yearbook - Honorable Mention (1991)
- Alumnae Club Yearbook (1986)
- Club of Excellence (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Club of Superior Performance (2009, 2016)
- Excellence in Communications (2003)
- Foundation Top 10 in Donations to the Foundation (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
- Houston A.C. Links to Literacy (1996)
- Spirit Award (2016)