The History of the Jackson Metro, Mississippi, Alumnae Club
The Jackson, Mississippi, Alumnae Club was founded in August 1941 after 14 Pi Phis answered a notice in the town’s daily newspaper. The regular meetings took place every Wednesday at the home of Wisconsin Alpha Adina Hampton Wallace, during which members enjoyed dessert and sewed the Red Cross. The club became inactive in 1945, mostly due to members moving away during WWII or difficulty of transportation.
In 1960, members in Jackson rechartered the club. Every month, various members hosted the annual Settlement School tea in their homes, and they typically celebrated Founders’ Day at the Jackson Country Club. The Jackson Alumnae Club continued its involvement throughout the years with annual Easter egg hunts for patients at the local children’s hospital, socials events, various luncheons and providing meals for the local chapters. One big event that the Jackson Alumnae Club sponsored every year was State Day, a full day of fun for collegiate and alumnae Pi Phis in Mississippi. The various activities at State Day included skit performances, singing songs, exhibits, slide shows and fashion shows.
In 2005, the name of the Jackson, Mississippi, Alumnae Club was changed to the Jackson-Metro, Mississippi, Alumnae Club, but shortly thereafter, the club became inactive due to lack of membership and leadership. After more young alumnae moved to the area in 2010, the Jackson-Metro, Mississippi, Alumnae Club was revamped and recharged. Since then, the club has received Club of Excellence for three years and received a Fraternity Day of Service Signature Event in 2016. The Jackson-Metro, Mississippi, Alumnae Club hosts an annual alumnae and collegiate Christmas Party at a local alumna’s home, conducts a fundraiser for the Pi Beta Phi Foundation’s Literacy Fund, celebrates Founders’ Day by recognizing anniversary members, supports the club’s three Mississippi chapters by writing Recruitment Information Forms (RIFs) for recruitment and volunteers much of the club’s time with literacy efforts in the Jackson area.
- Fraternity Day of Service 2016 Signature Event
Awards and Club Recognition
- Club of Excellence (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)
- Ideal Alumnae Club - Lambda Province (1987)
- Superior Club (2013, 2012)
- Gertrude C. Ford, DC Alpha, artist, writer and founder of the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation
- Jane Menefee Schutt, DC Alpha, civil rights activist, appointed to the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights, served on the board of directors of the Mississippi Council on Human Relations, worked with the Head Start Program, received the Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in 1973 and the Church Women United Valiant Award