Southern Illinois Alumnae Club

Charter date: 1/14/1991

The History of the Southern Illinois Alumnae Club

When Fran Becque moved to Carbondale, Illinois, in the fall of 1990, she was disappointed there wasn’t an alumnae club in the area. She contacted Central Office and was provided a list with about 30 names on it. If she could get at least 10 of the women to pay alumnae dues and join the club, it could be chartered. She called a meeting at her home and three women showed up, looked at the list, and began recruiting. The women who have belonged to the club over the years have enjoyed getting together for lunch several times a year and keeping the Pi Phi connection in their lives.

Philanthropic Service

The club has been awarded several Fraternity Day of Service book grants, and books have been provided to the Carbondale Boys and Girls Club and the I Can Read program.

Notable Alumnae

  • Fran Becque, Pi Beta Phi Archivist and Historian
  • Jane Hayes Rader, University of Illinois Board of Trustees member