1870

More than 50 years had passed since the founding of Gamma Phi Beta when one of its Founders, Frances Elizabeth Haven, wrote to her friend and Sorority sister Nina Gresham  Read more

Until the mid-1800s, most girls attended school only when and if her family could afford for her to take time away from her household chores. The curriculum was entirely practical,  Read more

Syracuse University was founded as a co-educational institution in 1870. Centrally located in the Onondaga Valley, an area rich in Native American history, Syracuse, New York, had become a large  Read more

The students at Syracuse University, men and women alike, boarded in various homes throughout the city. Three of the 19 women who enrolled for the fall term of 1872 boarded  Read more

Another of Gamma Phi Beta’s Founders, Frances Elizabeth Haven, had a very similar experience to that of Helen Dodge. Frances Elizabeth Haven was born on May 27, 1854, in Ann  Read more

Mary Alice Bingham, or “Minnie” as her friends knew her, was born on August 30, 1856, in Watertown, New York. She grew up in Rome, New York, where her father  Read more

Eunice Adeline Curtis was born on December 22, 1854, in Moravia, New York, the daughter of the Reverend E. C. Curtis and Susan D. Curtis. At the time “Addie” enrolled  Read more

They were, as Frances said, “a serious minded group of girls,” each of whom appreciated the rarity and value of the opportunity they’d been given for scholastic achievement. United in  Read more

They met informally on November 11, 1874 – Helen Dodge, a junior; Frances Haven, a sophomore; Minnie Bingham and Adeline Curtis, both freshmen – and it was then they decided  Read more

In 1874, Syracuse University was home to four male and one female fraternity, Alpha Phi. All of them were Greek-letter societies so the four Founders asked Chancellor Haven, who was  Read more

Aware of society’s fears regarding the impact of education upon women, the Founders were eager to prove that a young woman could coexist in a man’s world while retaining her  Read more

Alpha Phi and Gamma Phi Beta shared the common bond of being founded at Syracuse University. Both groups received assistance and encouragement from male professors. For Alpha Phi, that help  Read more

The earliest meetings were held on Friday afternoons and illness was the only accepted excuse for absence. Each meeting included literary exercises and members read their original essays or news  Read more

Their organization solidified, the ladies went about the business of establishing the more public symbols of their alliance. There are multiple versions of how Gamma Phi Beta’s badge was created  Read more

Clara Worden, Gamma Phi Beta’s first initiate after the Founders, Bud vase given to Clarawas initiated March 19, 1875, and proudly recalled that she was chosen to be “Critic” at  Read more

By the fall of 1875, Flora Crane had been initiated. For this tiny cluster of ladies, competing with Alpha Phi during rush (now recruitment) seemed a daunting task but when they received word  Read more

The ladies selected another outward symbol of their friendship – Gamma Phi Beta’s colors. While it has long been told that two shades of blue were chosen it was, in  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta celebrated its first anniversary on November 11, 1875, holding their usual meeting in Professor Brown’s room, followed by a more festive celebration. The minutes read, “In the  Read more

“The Blessing,” written by Charles Moss, also appeared in 1875 and though never formally adopted as the Sorority’s official prayer, it has been so universally used at gatherings that it  Read more

The minutes of a meeting held November 19, 1875, indicate that a committee was established to create a seal. They reported back to the members at the January 4, 1876,  Read more

In the June 1908 issue of The Crescent, Adeline was the source for an article on the Sorority’s earliest days. “For the next three years (after the first anniversary) the  Read more

In June of 1876, Helen Dodge became the first of the Founders to receive her undergraduate degree. She was one of 10 students from her class selected to read their  Read more

As Gamma Phi Beta was expanding and maturing, the four Founders were busy building their domestic lives. Mary Whitford (Syracuse, 1878), who was the 21st initiate of Gamma Phi Beta,  Read more

1880

During the 1880s – later characterized as being a high point of the Second Industrial Revolution and the Gilded Age – Americans experienced exceptional industrial development and economic growth. Railroads  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta received its charter of incorporation under the laws of New York State with the help of Colonel Chamberlain, the father of Julia Chamberlain Alley (Syracuse, 1881). The  Read more

At the beginning of 1882, Alpha Chapter had 59 collegiate and alumnae members, many of whom felt it was time for expansion. Kate Gardner (Syracuse, 1883) took the initiative of  Read more

When the two delegates from Alpha returned to Syracuse, Jessie Decker (Syracuse, 1878) hosted a party to announce and celebrate Beta’s Installation. Upon reading the announcement in the newspaper, Professor  Read more

Now that there was more than one chapter, the first true Convention was held in Syracuse on November 8-9, 1883. Sixty-nine initiated members of Alpha Chapter (Syracuse) attended along with  Read more

As provided by the constitutional revisions, the second Convention was held at Beta Chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 15, 1884. Alpha Chapter sent three delegates. The password, presented  Read more

In 1887, Epsilon Chapter (Northwestern) was installed as Gamma Phi Beta’s fifth collegiate chapter. Frances E. Haven had special ties to the University, as her father was a former chancellor  Read more

The practice of marking special occasions with gifts of flowers most likely began when Helen Dodge was gifted with a basket of flowers upon her graduation. At the Convention held  Read more

1890

The economic success of the Gilded Age came to a swift end with the Panic of 1893 when a series of bank failures led to the worst economic depression the  Read more

History buffs delving into Gamma Phi Beta’s own annals will find themselves confused over the numbering of the Sorority’s Conventions. The eighth annual Convention was held November 13-15, 1890, at  Read more

In 1890 there were seven national sororities on campuses across the country, each with several chapters. Seven out of every 10 colleges admitted women but they remained an overwhelming minority,  Read more

Eighteen years had passed since Gamma Phi Beta was founded and the growing numbers of alumnae were eager for an avenue for maintaining their connections with the Sorority. People were  Read more

Later the same year, the Gamma Phi Beta Convention addressed an issue that had risen to prominence as the Sorority grew both in size and sophistication — its governance. Up  Read more

In 1896, the Gamma Phi Beta seal was officially adopted. The earliest version of the seal was designed by a committee in 1875 and was described in the Constitution as  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta’s earliest advisors were primarily men who were more acquainted with the nature of fraternal organizations. As time went on, however, Gamma Phi Betas began seeking the counsel  Read more

1900

“We stand upon the threshold of the 20th Century facing a still brighter dawn of civilization,” said New York Times. Though the nation was stunned by the assassination of President  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta held its first Convention in 1883. It was decided then that each chapter should periodically write a letter to each of the other chapters as a way  Read more

When the Founders invited new members, they were given ribbons of two shades of brown tied into a small bow. This tradition continued for two decades until the Convention of  Read more

In 1904, Gamma Chapter (Wisconsin-Madison) took steps to become the first chapter to own its house. They formed a stock company and sent letters dated December 29, 1904, to alumnae  Read more

On April 18, 1906, Northern California experienced one of the worst earthquakes in history. Damage was not extensive in Berkeley but fire had reduced downtown San Francisco to ashes and  Read more

The 1907 Convention, held in Syracuse on November 12-15, was a joyous one for everyone who attended. Though Frances wrote later that she was recovering from a serious illness and “almost  Read more

Undaunted by the rejection of their 1902 recommendations, the Intersorority Conference continued meeting annually. Gamma Phi Beta President Lillian Thompson (Michigan, 1892) was their first delegate to the Conference. During  Read more

The June 1908 edition of The Crescent included an article entitled, “A Brief Record of the Beginnings from Alpha,” that cleared up, once and for all, the mystery surrounding the  Read more

When the 27th Convention was held in Berkeley, California, in November 1909, 75 members were present at the banquet. There were now eight alumnae chapters in existence but the Sorority’s  Read more

1910

The attempts at progress that characterized the turn of the century continued through the 1910s. Women’s suffrage, birth control, education and prohibition were controversial topics of the decade. The National  Read more

Over the years, a number of women have given their time and talents to the management of The Crescent. None, however, served it as long as did Lindsey Barbee (Denver, 1897)  Read more

The role of women changed dramatically during the 1910s. The Progressive Movement, which took root in the 1890s, was gaining momentum. Its goals, most of which arose out of the  Read more

On November 25, 1913, Gamma Phi Beta went to the White House when Jessie Wilson (Goucher, 1905), daughter of President Woodrow Wilson, was married to Francis Sayre. Both Jessie and  Read more

After the death of one of her sons, Frances E. Haven found herself quite upset and needing a way to alleviate her sadness. Her husband Charles Moss suggested that Frances  Read more

Immediately after war was declared, Gamma Phi Beta collegians and alumnae volunteered with the Red Cross folding bandages, sewing and knitting. Among the 36 Gamma Phi Betas who went to  Read more

The 1915 Convention, held August 25-28 at Asilomar, California, and hosted by Mu Chapter (Stanford) in Palo Alto, was the first to be held away from a college environment. A  Read more

A contest was put into motion for the 1915 Convention to select a crest for Gamma Phi Beta. Several designs were submitted for the competition and Gertrude Comfort Morrow (California-Berkeley,  Read more

Mary Alice Bingham Willoughby, the youngest of the four Founders, was the first to pass away. She died on January 14, 1916, at her home at 34 ½ Grant St.  Read more

But American soldiers weren’t the only ones who needed help. German-occupied Belgium and northern France found their food supplies requisitioned to feed the German army. Many faced imminent starvation. Shortly  Read more

Zeta Chapter (Goucher) and Baltimore Alumnae Chapter were to host the 1917 Convention at the Stafford Hotel in Baltimore and they selected the last week in March, citing Baltimore’s summer  Read more

The Convention of 1919 was held at the Hotel Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado, and 200 Gamma Phis attended. Theta Chapter put on a vaudeville show and treated the girls  Read more

The Women’s Suffrage Movement, started in the mid-1800s, finally saw its work come to fruition. Though several versions of suffrage legislation were brought before Congress beginning in 1915, they were  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta became an international sorority with the installation of their first Canadian chapter, Alpha Alpha, at the University of Toronto on October 30, 1919. The new chapter was  Read more

1920

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was finally ratified and women earned the right to vote. The 18th Amendment, ratified in 1919 to outlaw alcohol, began causing unprecedented law-violations  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta’s 33rd Convention, hosted by Lambda Chapter (University of Washington) and Seattle Alumnae Chapter, was held at Lake Crescent in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains. The delegates  Read more

Without struggle, the Gamma Phis did, indeed, pay homage to the remaining Founders at the 34th Convention the following year, postponed until 1924 to coincide with the Sorority’s 50th anniversary.  Read more

There was, of course, some business conducted at the 1924 Convention, including the approval of a National Endowment Board. “In 1919,” Lindsey Barbee (Denver, 1897) wrote, “the Endowment Fund was  Read more

The Lake Placid Convention also saw the approval of Margaret Meany Younger’s (University of Washington, 1910) plan to divide the Sorority into Provinces, each with a supervisor for the chapters  Read more

Bolstered by the enthusiastic response she witnessed during the 1921 Convention, Kittie Lee Clarke (Denver, 1908) led Denver alumnae in organizing a summer camp for underprivileged children in the mountains  Read more

While we tend to picture the earliest members in their bustled dresses and corseted waistlines, physical training was required for every undergraduate student at Syracuse on the premise that robust  Read more

Three years had passed since the plan for a central office was approved and still no one had been found in the Chicago area qualified to act as office executive.  Read more

On October 1, 1928, Panhellenic House, later called Beekman Tower, in New York City officially opened its doors and more than 800 visitors attended a reception where they danced, enjoyed  Read more

Finally, Lillian Thompson’s (Michigan, 1892) dream was realized when the Convention body voted to create a new permanent home for the Sorority’s Central Office in the Pittsfield Building in downtown  Read more

For each of Gamma Phi Beta’s Founders, their faith was an integral part of their lives and they believed that service to their fellow man was, in essence, service to  Read more

1930

The Roaring Twenties ended abruptly with news of the stock market crash on October 29, 1929. That chaotic and desolate day – now known as Black Tuesday – marked the  Read more

Though the relatively prosperous families of Gamma Phi Beta members were far removed from the travesties of bread lines and soup kitchens, few Americans remained untouched by the Depression. Some  Read more

Convention delegates and visitors assembled at Birchmont Beach Hotel in Bemidji, Minnesota, in June 1931 for Gamma Phi Beta’s 37th Convention. Two hundred and seventy-five women, fewer than usual for  Read more

While alumnae chapters and mother’s clubs were busy with benefits and rummage sales to add a few dollars to the treasury, lack of money did not seem to worry the  Read more

In a gesture of economy, the Grand Council postponed the 1933 Convention. Alpha Phi Chapter (Colorado College), installed in 1932, hosted the 38th Convention held in June 1934 at the  Read more

Greek organizations across the board once again came under fire during the trying years of the Great Depression. The New York Times published a series of articles criticizing fraternities and  Read more

The two surviving founders of Gamma Phi Beta, Frances Haven Moss and Helen Dodge Ferguson, passed away within months of each other in 1937. Frances’ husband Charles, who preceded her  Read more

Throughout her life, Frances’ faith was an integral part of her life and in 1918, as America faced the challenges of World War I, she wrote to the ladies of  Read more

Frances died at her home on South Mathews Avenue in Urbana, Illinois, on June 16, 1937, at age 83 following a long illness due to heart trouble. In the custom  Read more

Interestingly enough, the Founders of Gamma Phi Beta died in reverse order of their birth and on October 21, 1937, the eldest of the four, Helen Dodge Ferguson, passed away.  Read more

Airdrie Kincaid Pinkerton (University of Washington, 1912) became editor of The Crescent in 1938 and gave the magazine a whole new look in February 1939. The pages were enlarged and  Read more

The December 11, 1939, issue of LIFE Magazine featured members of Sigma Chapter (Kansas). The pictorial, entitled “Kansas Girls: Life is Fun for Them at State University,” followed the day-to-day  Read more

1940

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Americans were shaken by the attack on Pearl Harbor, initiating the United States’ involvement in World War II. By 1942, American soldiers were  Read more

The 1940 Convention, the Sorority’s 41st, was held in the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 22-26, 1940. Considered by some as one of Gamma Phi Beta’s most impressive  Read more

There were many avenues for contributing to the Great War effort but the women of Gamma Phi Beta made it their mission to help provide medical and rehabilitative care for  Read more

Throughout 1941 war with Japan was becoming imminent and on December 7, 1941, their invasion of Pearl Harbor made it a certainty. President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to the largest  Read more

Beginning in 1942, Leadership Training Schools, forerunner to the current REAL Leadership Institute (RLI), were held biennially during off-Convention years for alumnae advisors and volunteers. In 1943, the traveling secretary  Read more

Between 1929 and 1934, Gamma Phi Beta’s camps were financed through a Camp Fund that consisted of an annual tax of $1 from every active member. In 1934, Epsilon Chapter  Read more

Individual chapters did their part for the war just as they had during the First World War, but in 1944, Gamma Phi Beta launched a campaign the results of which  Read more

One of the more amazing stories of Gamma Phi Beta involvement in World War II is that of Marguerite Higgins Hall (California-Berkeley, 1938), who won a Pulitzer Prize for her  Read more

After the war, the Denver area camp was reopened in 1947. Two new campsites were purchased after the war: one in Colorado and the other in Sechelt, British Columbia. A  Read more

The 42nd Convention assembled June 22-27, 1946, at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, where the main topic of business was the post-war revival of expansion efforts.  Read more

1950

During the 1950s, Americans enjoyed a period of post-war peace and prosperity that sent young adults flocking to the suburbs and witnessed women enrolling in universities in unprecedented numbers. The  Read more

The 44th Convention was to be held at the Colorado Hotel in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in June 1950. Situated at the confluence of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork  Read more

Several noteworthy actions were taken at Convention 1950. One ruled that housemothers could not be initiated into the Sorority while under its employment; another added a new officer, Chairman of  Read more

Within the coming year, Gamma Phi Beta lost two of its most devoted and hard-working members. Within two weeks of the Convention, Lillian Thompson (Michigan, 1892) died on July 2,  Read more

The 45th Convention exchanged Colorado’s scenic mountains for the warm ocean breezes of San Diego and delegates convened at the Hotel del Coronado on June 23, 1952. At the Honors  Read more

For the first time in 27 years, the 46th Convention met again at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, held July 1-7, 1954. Under the leadership of Grace Merrill  Read more

Societies that had a member on the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Executive Committee were allowed another delegate and thus Beatrice Locke Hogan (Oregon, 1912) entered the NPC as a special  Read more

The Greenbrier Hotel, where Beatrice Locke Hogan (Oregon, 1912) was named National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chairman, was also the site of Gamma Phi Beta’s 47th Convention held July 2-7, 1956.  Read more

Delegates to the 48th Convention held at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, during June 1958 authorized the creation of badges for members of the Grand Council. Broader than  Read more

Legislation enacted at Victoria at the 48th Convention established an important new fund, the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation, “a trust organized solely for the promotion and encouragement of educational and  Read more

Gamma Phi Betas capped off the 1950s with their first European tour. On July 19, 1959, 39 collegiate members from 21 chapters, along with seven alumnae and 15 guests, boarded  Read more

1960

During the turbulent decade known simply as “The Sixties,” America underwent societal changes like no other time in the nation’s history. The decade started when America’s youngest elected president and  Read more

Though criticism was nothing new to members of the Greek system, the turbulent Sixties was the beginning of anti-Greek sentiment that heralded brand new challenges for the coming years. For  Read more

In the spring of 1965, Gamma Phi Beta’s crest or coat-of-arms took on a new look. Originally created by Gertrude Comfort Morrow (California-Berkeley, 1910), her design for the crest was chosen  Read more

Two new books, the result of years of dedicated research, made their debut in 1965. First, the “Guide for Pledges,” replacing the former pledge manual, was distributed in 1965. Aleene  Read more

Colonial Williamsburg was the setting for the 39th meeting of the National Panhellenic Conference in October 1965. Against this historical background, delegates grappled with the challenges they faced from radical  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta’s 52nd Convention was held in the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 19-24, 1966. Eighty-two Greek-letter chapters and 78 alumnae chapters were represented with a total  Read more

In 1968, “Ideally Speaking,” a standards book researched, written and edited by Ritajean Hartung Butterworth (University of Washington), was added to the pledge education program in 1968. An incredibly comprehensive  Read more

More than 500 Gamma Phi Betas attended the 53rd International Convention at the Huntington-Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena, California, held June 23-29, 1968. Cloris Leachman (Northwestern) and Hope Summers (Northwestern, 1920)  Read more

The seventh Gamma Phi Beta European Tour, again directed by Helen Berg Kline (Oklahoma, 1918), was taken in June 1969. Even as the Cold War continued between our two countries,  Read more

In recent years, the Indian Hills, Colorado, camp had been plagued with an ever-decreasing water supply and by 1965 was in need of some rather costly capital improvements. The camp  Read more

1970

The 1970s were a turning-point in American culture. Dubbed “The ‘Me’ Decade” in an influential essay by Tom Wolfe in The New York Times, young adults who were raised during  Read more

The late 1960s and early 1970s were a challenging time for sororities, as the Greek way of life remained a target of misguided criticism. The numbers of women going through  Read more

Over the next few years, the primary business of the Sorority was securing its future. In July 1971, Gamma Phi Beta engaged the services of Jacqueline Thunfors (Syracuse), a public  Read more

A new guide for pledges, “A Lifetime Experience Begins Here,” written by Barbara Burns Hiscock (University of Washington, 1939), was published in 1971. Designed to help chapters develop the highest  Read more

The 55th International Convention held at the Radisson South Hotel in Minneapolis during June 1972 had a nautical theme, “Future Soundings,” and among other business, created a plan to aid  Read more

Collegiate chapters received some help through the Graduate Counselor Program, established in 1973. If a chapter was in need of guidance, a young alumnae accepted into that school’s graduate program  Read more

In 1974, Gamma Phi Betas gathered at various times to mark a century of sisterhood. Plans for the Centennial celebration were begun as early as 1964 when the production of  Read more

The Centennial Convention, the Sorority’s 56th, was held June 14-17, 1974, at the new Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. More than had ever gathered before, there were 800  Read more

When the Centennial Campaign was established in 1974 to raise funds for the Foundation, the Foundation logo was created. The design was a gift from Rowley, Kahler Associates, a design  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta’s chief objective to develop the highest type of womanhood through education, social enrichment, ritual, personal growth and service to country and humanity served them well throughout the  Read more

The success of the Centennial giving appeal provided momentum for the next 10 years, so that during this period, assets of the Foundation increased from $100,000 to $400,000. The Foundation  Read more

Approximately 450 delegates attended the 57th Gamma Phi Beta Convention held June 20-24, 1976, at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington. “From Sea to Shining Sea” was the theme. The  Read more

Previous decades of growth meant the need for increased storage space for supplies and new equipment to handle the growing volume of work and mail. Between the Sorority and the  Read more

1980

The turmoil that characterized the late 1960s and early 1970s was finally dying down. President Ronald Reagan’s election portended a return to more traditional values and First Lady Nancy Reagan  Read more

American campuses began returning to traditional social and extracurricular activities as colleges and universities realized that their most loyal alumni were members of fraternities and sororities. Between 1982 and 1984,  Read more

In 1982, Chapter Development was replaced by Personal and Chapter Enrichment (PACE) to provide chapter programming, public relations, problem-solving skills and education beyond the classroom for both collegians and alumnae.  Read more

In July 1985, Sorority and Foundation leaders met jointly for the first time. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify their various roles and functions in order to avoid  Read more

From the beginning, the women of Gamma Phi Beta intended for their sorority experience to extend far beyond their college years. In a letter to Magdalena Birch (Wisconsin-Madison, 1906) in  Read more

1990

The style of the decade shifted from big hair and acid wash jeans to flannel and Dr. Martens as “grunge” became popular in the 1990s, while other Americans sported “the  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta celebrated its 64th Convention at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver, Colorado, held July 24-28, 1990. At this Convention the Gamma Phi Beta Loyalty Award was  Read more

On April 26, 1992, International President Jolene ‘Joey’ Lessard Stiver (North Dakota State), served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the dedication of the new International Headquarters at 12737 East Euclid Drive  Read more

When delegates gathered at the Adams Mark Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, for their 65th Convention during July 1992, they reviewed and approved a substantial revision in the officer structure  Read more

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  Read more

Though Gamma Phi Beta’s 125th Anniversary fell in 1999, a non-Convention year, the celebrations were no less grand. In November 1999, sisters gathered in New York City from across the  Read more

2000

It’s very unlikely that the young women who met in Dr. Brown’s rooms just 10 years after the close of the Civil War gave any thought at all to what  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta opened its doors to the new millennium by rolling out a new strategic plan. Developed over the course of several years, its primary goals were to raise  Read more

More than 700 Gamma Phi Beta sisters convened in Washington, D.C., for the Sorority’s 70th Convention held June 26-29, 2002, at the splendid Crystal Gateway Marriot. Still feeling the emotional  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta had been focusing its philanthropic efforts on camping since 1929 as a way to bolster underprivileged girls. Now, the task force was looking for a way to  Read more

The Sorority’s Annual Report, appearing in the fall 2002 edition of The Crescent, opened with a slogan that underscored Gamma Phi Beta’s surge toward excellence in recent years, so visible  Read more

On October 26, 2002, the plaza at the entrance to the International Headquarters, nicknamed Sisterhood Plaza, was dedicated. The project was launched in 1998 and funds were raised through individual  Read more

In keeping with the strategic plan’s goal to raise Gamma Phi Beta’s public profile, International Council, several volunteers and International Headquarters staff worked together for two years to update the  Read more

On October 22, 2005, Elizabeth “Betty” Ahlemeyer Quick (Indiana) was installed as the 61st chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the third Gamma Phi Beta to serve as NPC  Read more

During 2006, Gamma Phi Beta again became a “first” by developing the first online advisor training program in the Greek world. Up to this point, trainings were held at Conventions  Read more

Just a few years after the launch of its new website, the Sorority introduced a new logo to establish their branding — their visual identity — to the world. Distinctive  Read more

At the 2008 Convention, Gamma Phi Beta announced their new collaborative relationship with Girl Guides of Canada (GGC), an organization devoted to providing girls with opportunities for personal development that  Read more

2010

At Convention 2010, held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, a new organizational plan for alumnae groups was presented. The task force’s recommendations were intended to make  Read more

Two more new programs were launched toward the end of 2010: Rock Solid Relationships and Gamma Phi Beta’s signature Safety & Wellness program (these programs are now called REAL Relationships  Read more

Gamma Phi Beta officially entered the world of cyber communication in 2010, establishing its own social networking sites including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. While some of the sites such as  Read more

Organizations that fail to continually evaluate their purpose and function do just that — they fail. Gamma Phi Beta’s first mission statement was developed in the mid-1990s and served the  Read more

The vision statement was also revised into a powerful statement of intent expressing the leadership’s anticipated vision of the Sorority’s future. “We will build confident women of character who celebrate  Read more

Between classes, study time and sorority life, young women in college have enough demands on their time without worrying about their housing. The dedicated volunteers that make up Gamma Phi  Read more

According to the National Panhellenic Conference, sorority growth had been on the rise for the past four academic years, with undergraduate membership increasing by slightly more than 15 percent between  Read more

Education Vice President Becky Boyd-Obarski (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) announced the Sorority’s newest philanthropic partner — Girls on the Run, an organization established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and dedicated  Read more

Additionally at Convention 2012, it was announced that Gamma Phi Beta’s new philanthropic focus would be Building Strong Girls. The Building Strong Girls philanthropic umbrella was created to counteract the  Read more

Life Loyal is a way to stay connected to Gamma Phi Beta and strengthen our future. This program is designed for women who believe in making smart, visionary decisions that  Read more

After years of research, Gamma Phi Beta celebrated our new signature philanthropy event, Moonball, at Convention 2016. Every Gamma Phi Beta collegiate chapter now hosts a volleyball, basketball or kickball  Read more