Nashville, Tennessee, Alumnae Club

Charter date: 6/5/1929

The History of the Nashville, Tennessee, Alumnae Club

The Nashville, Tennessee, Alumnae Club was chartered in 1929 by ten alumnae of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. Locally, over 1,200 Pi Beta Phi members live in the middle-Tennessee area. These members were initiated into collegiate chapters at colleges and universities across the country. The Nashville, Tennessee, Alumnae Club supports the local collegiate chapter of Pi Beta Phi at Vanderbilt University, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and the Arrowmont® School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Additionally, the Club supports the Nashville Alumnae Panhellenic Council.

Philanthropic Service

Christmas Village, started in 1961, is one of the oldest charitable events in Nashville. The event is supported and run entirely by volunteers from the Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. During its 55-year history, the event has generated over 10 million dollars benefiting thousands of people, supporting causes such as special hearing and speech programs at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, patients recovering from traumatic brain injury at the Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and funds and scholarships for aspiring artists at the Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The first Christmas Village in 1961 raised $1,000. In 2015, Christmas Village raised $585,000, bringing cumulative donations to over $10 million.

Awards and Club Recognition

  • Alumnae Club of Excellence - Regional (2014)
  • Alumnae Club of Excellence (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Excellence in Communication (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • Excellence in Community Service - Regional, Large Club (2013)
  • Excellence in Community Service (2011, 2010)
  • House Corp Award (2010)
  • Premier Club/Premier Club Runner Up (2016)
  • Top 10 Alumnae Organization for Foundation Giving - Regional (2015)
  • Top 10 Alumnae Organization for Foundation Giving (2014, 2013, 2011, 2010)

Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award

  • Becky Griffith (2015)
  • Bernice Denton (2010)
  • Kathy Swinea Nevill (2014)
  • Martha "Monk" Baird (2011)

Young Alumnae Achievement Award

  • Ashley Ryan Lawrence (2015)

Evelyn Peters Kyle Angel Award for Club Service

  • Lisa Roes Karpos (2014 Nominee, Alumnae Region Two winner)

Emma Harper Turner Leadership Award

  • Elizabeth Wheeler Parrish (Nominee, Alumnae Region Two winner)