1997: Updating the Circle of Excellence
In 1997, a new dimension of the Circle of Excellence was added with the introduction of the Founders Circle of Excellence. To be included, alumnae chapters must have attained the Circle of Excellence for the previous five consecutive years. In those years, chapters must have attained either the Pearl or Diamond Level and in at least three of those five years, they must have attained the Diamond Level. In the fall of 1997, nine alumnae chapters were named to the first Founders Circle of Excellence: Columbia, Greater Kansas City, Houston, La Jolla, Northern Virginia, Omaha, Philadelphia North Suburban, Saint Louis and Stillwater.
Pictured above: Zeta Iota Chapter (Valparaiso) charter members, 1998.