Beatrice Hill Wittenberg

(Stanford, 1923)

Wisdom from her article in The Crescent, 1962:

…The time has come for members to recognize individual responsibility for the preservation and perpetuation of our freedoms. In this coming year, our newest members will be added to the membership rolls and we must preserve for them the privileges which have been ours…Ask yourself: Am I aware of pressures which are being exerted against our freedoms? Am I informed about the changes in attitudes and what has caused them? Am I alert to the communist dangers and the insidious methods of attack used against the fraternity system? Am I aware of the signposts and their implications as indicated by the similarity in the general pattern of attack in which there is simultaneous timing on many campuses on every section of the country? Am I firm in my convictions and do I have an understanding of our procedures? Am I determined to hold the line in this fight for our freedoms?

These questions must be answered in the affirmative if we are to continue to enjoy the freedoms granted to us in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights…Include in your New Year’s resolutions a dedicated determination to aid actively in the preservation of the cherished freedoms which have been inherited from our forefathers.

Beatrice Hill Wittenberg served as Grand President from 1960-64.