Celebrating 130 Years of Sisterhood
October is a busy month for Alpha Chi Omega. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, chapters across the country are fundraising for local shelters and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, in addition to spreading awareness on their campuses. October is also the month in which we celebrate the reason we all share a common bond: Founders’ Day!
Here are some ways collegiate chapters are celebrating our founding this year:
The Beta Omega (University of Toledo), Iota Chi (Middle Tennessee State University) and Zeta Psi (Loyola University) chapters will each do a carnation pass on campus. A carnation pass is when chapter members hand off red carnations to each other as they pass each other in class, in the cafeteria or anywhere on campus. Some chapters use seven carnations to honor our Founders, while other chapters hand out many more! To celebrate with sisters near and far, chapters can also do an online carnation pass by sending an image of a red carnation to sisters through text message, email or social media.
The Zeta Upsilon (Case Western Reserve University) chapter does a carnation pass for their chapter’s founding in September, and then in October, they have dinner at their chapter house with alumnae from the three Cleveland-area alumnae chapters. They also reminisce on their favorite Alpha Chi memories and sing songs. Vice President Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation Emily Ludwig also hopes to include a ritual ceremony in the chapter’s Founders’ Day celebration this year.
The Beta Pi (Washington College) chapter celebrates with the campus community by handing out hot cider for “Cider with the Chis.” They also release seven balloons to honor our seven Founders.
Gamma Pi chapter members wear badge attire to class and have a special dinner off campus.
Gamma Omicron performs the Rededication of the Bond ceremony. They also celebrate by having a dinner and game night with local alumnae, in addition to performing their Founders’ Day skit.
Alumnae chapters are also celebrating Founders’ Day this month:
Iota Iota in Seattle is having a Founders’ Day celebration with the Rho chapter from the University of Washington. Rho will present its new member class, and Iota Iota will pin members with their milestone membership pins.
Gamma Tau Gamma in Orange County is enjoying the society of their sisters by celebrating with a wine tasting.
Beta Nu Beta in Tucson is having a formal dinner at the Beta Lambda (University of Arizona) house and will perform the Dream Cake ceremony for new members.
Sigma Sigma in St Louis celebrated Founders’ Day earlier in October with a luncheon and honored 50- and 60-year members.
Mu Mu in Kansas City, Missouri, will celebrate with a dinner at a local country club and will perform the 50-year ceremony. They will also assemble “baby bags” for families at the Rose Brook Domestic Violence Center.
Alpha Gamma Alpha in Atlanta is gathering for a lunch and presenting a panel with three current Alpha Chi leaders. Past National President Julie Cain Burkhard will be present and will share artifacts from our Founders.
What will your chapter be doing for Founders’ Day? If you’re celebrating this week or next, let us know in the comments section. Happy Founders’ Day, sisters!