Gamma Upsilon Chapter

Gamma Upsilon Chapter was installed at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 17, 1968. Gamma Upsilon Chapter was closed on May 15, 1983.

Gamma Upsilon Chapter (Drake) was colonized, September 30, 1967, under the direction of Director of Expansion Elna Erickson Simons (Birmingham-Southern), Field Secretary* Claire Danielson Denlea (Oklahoma State) and Director of College Programs Jean Cline (Kansas State). Services were conducted by Omega Chapter (Iowa State). In the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 38 new Gamma Phi Beta’s were initiated by an installing team from Rho Chapter (Iowa) on February 17, 1968. During the installation banquet at the Kirkwood Hotel, Grand President** Ardis McBroom Marek (Northwestern, 1934) presented the charter to Chapter President Margaret “Peggy” Ohrt (Drake), making Gamma Upsilon the third Gamma Phi Beta chapter in the state of Iowa.

*Field secretaries are now known as collegiate leadership consultants.
**Grand President is now known as International President.

Pictured above: Some of Gamma Upsilon Chapter’s colony members in 1986.