When a group of women—a group like the strong, intelligent, bold, brave, kind women of Beta Phi—comes together in mutual love and support, amazing things can happen. I'll give you an example: this past year, Beta Phi raised over $30,000 for St. Jude Children's Hospital. We expanded old traditions like Bids for Kids (a day-long silent auction), Delta House of Pancakes (an all-night pancake buffet), and Sincerely Yours (a holiday letter-writing campaign). We created new traditions, too—our Battle of the DDDJs didn't just raise $1,200 for St. Jude, it also challenged gender norms surrounding nightlife on campus as the first sorority-thrown party in student memory.
Though our St. Jude initiatives are important and close to our hearts, Beta Phi members have consistently reached out in equally important service to the members of our Danville community. We completed close to 1,000 hours of service in the Danville community this year alongside organizations like After School Program, the Grace Café, Shaker Village, and CASA. In our closer Centre community, we worked this year to spread Tri Delta values through Fat Talk Free week—a week dedicated to focusing on self-love across campus, not just in our chapter.
In February, we welcomed 20 new members (Pearls) into this sisterhood. Madison Grant, New Member Educator, instilled in our Pearls the values of Tri Delta: the strength of the individual, the importance of change and growth, and the necessity of bravery, boldness, and kindness in one's everyday life. Madison helped these 20 women grow closer to each other and to the chapter, and we are all too excited to have them as such a big part of our lives.
All in all, to say this year was a success is an understatement. We've been able to grow closer to each other through sisterhood events and formals, and we've been able to support each other in all of our endeavors, from Kirby's campaign for student body president to Emma's fundraising efforts to support friends in a famine-struck area of Uganda. Watching this group of women come together to accomplish amazing philanthropic efforts, grow together in service, and have fun has been an inspiration to me throughout my college experience—I can't wait to see what we do next year!
Collegiate Chapter President