Amy Phelan Warner

(California-Berkeley)

Wisdom from her article in The Crescent, 1908:

…Today we face the world with unshaken faith in our ideals, knowing what Gamma Phi is to us and proud to share her bonds with the new members of the Sorority. Within we are at peace and criticism from without cannot shake that calm of conviction and experience. Criticism there undoubtedly is, not of this sorority and that fraternity, but of all Greek organizations, and it is well for us to know what form these strictures take and decide how far they are concerned with undesirable and remediable phases of Greek life. Some of the complaints against fraternities have, of course, never been urged against sororities, but there is one indictment brought against both impartially – the charge of an undemocratic exclusiveness and aloofness from friendly fellowship with the large non-Greek college world. We are said to limit our friendships too strictly to our own little group and to miss both the giving and receiving of wider and more varied influences…It is the collegiate chapters that bear the brunt of criticism and it is the undergraduate who for the fair fame of her sorority, the realization of her social ideals and the development of her own character, must extend her friendships beyond the sisterhood.

Amy Phelan Warner served as Grand President form 1907-08.