The History of the Jefferson County, Colorado, Alumnae Club
In 2012, the Evergreen, Colorado, Alumnae Club joined the Jefferson County, Colorado, Alumnae Club. The Evergreen, Colorado, Alumnae Club was chartered in 1978 and was the first fraternity group to organize an alumnae club in Evergreen, Colorado.
Members of both clubs, including Barbara Mohar and Maureen Peterson, were instrumental in the establishment of Colorado Delta Chapter at the Colorado School of Mines, serving on the original House Corporation and Alumnae Advisory Committees. In fact, Joanne Stucker literally walked the streets of Golden, Colorado, looking for a suitable house to rent for the new chapter. It was exciting to help with the installation of this new addition to Pi Beta Phi.
For the past ten years, Jefferson County, Colorado, Alumnae Club and Colorado Delta have held joint Founders’ Day Celebrations at the chapter house. This has been a great way for alumnae and collegiate members to form stronger bonds.
The club has hosted Founders’ Day events, and has provided programs with notable speakers such as Bea Romer, former Colorado First Lady, Jean Sutherland, wife of terrorist captive Tom Sutherland, and Helen Bucher Dix, former Grand Vice President.
Since the club’s founding, members still gather as they always have for summer and holiday retreats and Ladies’ Nights Out.
In the early years, both the Jefferson County, Colorado, and Evergreen, Colorado, Alumnae Clubs hosted several Arrowcraft Teas to sell items and introduce the community to the Pi Phi philanthropy. When teas were no longer appropriate, they participated in the Champions Are Readers® (CAR) program, teaming up with members of the Denver and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Alumnae Clubs.
Additionally, for many years the Jefferson County, Colorado, Alumnae Club was known for its annual Nut Sale and for its support of Bridgeway House, a home for pregnant teenagers. Since the closing of Bridgeway, club members have collected school supplies and children’s books twice a year for donation to The Action Center in Jefferson County. They also collect books for incarcerated adults.
Donations are also solicited from members for the club’s Angel Fund. This fund provides grants to Colorado Delta members who need assistance with Pi Phi expenses. A $300 grant is given each semester.
Awards and Club Recognition
- Club of Superior Performance and Best Alumnae Club/Chapter Relations
- Emerging Excellence Award (2004)
- Excellence in Communication, Psi Province (1998)
- Nancy Cox, the 2010 national Evelyn Peters Kyle Angel Award winner for Club Service
- Nancy Guetz, the 1996 Alpha-Beta Province nominee for the Evelyn Peters Kyle Award
- Mary Beaty, served as the Assistant General Chairman of the 2001 Denver Convention, served as Alumnae Province President and was the Denver Metro Pi Phi nominee for the Denver Area Panhellenic Woman of the Year Award
- Genie DeLuise, served as the Alumnae Province President
- Sidney Nelson, served as the Alumnae Province President
- Joann Stucker, Denver Metro Pi Phi nominee for the Denver Area Panhellenic Woman of the Year Award in 2010