Continuing the Celebration for the Next 150 Years

For Convention 2017 attendees, the last few days have been unforgettable. This convention has been all about celebration. The celebration of friendship, the celebration of leadership and the lasting celebration of Pi Beta Phi. Our beloved Pi Beta Phi experience is not just four years, but for life.

To open the meal, the convention body was treated to the Grand March … a favorite Pi Phi tradition. The march celebrates both our current and past officers and the impact that our leaders have on our sisterhood. Following the march, a video about all of the amazing things that happened during convention was played.

Between Sisterhood Stories from Past Grand President Emily Russell Tarr, Texas Beta and Sally Minning Shoemaker, Arizona Beta, we shared one last meal as a convention body. Each of their stories showed how Pi Phi is not for four years, it’s for life. The bonds of sisterhood that these stories portrayed are truly inspirational. Marla truly summarized it best, “These last few days we have shared together have been unforgettable. This convention has really been all about celebration. The celebration of friendship, the celebration of leadership and the lasting celebration of Pi Beta Phi. Our beloved Pi Beta Phi experience is “For Life.””

We also celebrated the important role that Cara Sutcliffe, Diane Bielman and Julie Carney have played over the last eight years on Grand Council. Each of these three women have helped shape our Fraternity for the next 150 years and their impact is evident daily. We are thankful for your leadership.

After hearing about our amazing sisterhood and the bonds that tie us together, we celebrated our awards winners. This year’s winners are listed below:

Friends of Distinction: 
Mark Carlie
John Christopher
Bill May

Collegiate Awards:
Balfour Cup: Texas Gamma, Texas Tech University
Balfour Cup 1st Runner Up: Iowa Gamma, Iowa State University
Balfour Cup 2nd Runner Up: Kansas Beta, Kansas State University
Amy Burnham Onken Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Campus and Community Leadership: MinYoung Park, Georgia Beta, Emory University
Chapter Service Award for Outstanding Servant Leadership: Lourdes Sandoval, West Virginia Alpha, West Virginia University
Outstanding AAC Financial Advisor: Kathleen North, Illinois Zeta, University of IllinoisHonorable Mention: Laura Farrar, California Kappa, University of California, San Diego
Jean Wirths Scott Leadership Award for Outstanding Change Leadership: Zea Rowland-Horvat, Ontario Alpha, University of Toronto

Alumnae Awards:
Premier Club
Large Group: Arlington Heights, Illinois Alumnae Club
Small Group: Lowcountry, South Carolina Alumnae Club

Premier Club 1st Runner Up 
Large Group: South Coast, California Alumnae Club
Small Group: Manchester Area, Connecticut Alumnae Club

Premier Club 2nd Runner Up 
Large Group: Nashville, Tennessee Alumnae Club
Small Group: Lake Oswego-Dunthrope, Oregon Alumnae Club

Emma Harper Turner Leadership Award: Janet Wickham Gregory, Michigan Beta
Evelyn Peters Kyle Angel Award for Club Service: Joan Michiels McCullough, Louisiana Beta
Dorothy Weaver Morgan Award for Fraternity Loyalty: Renee Ross Mercer
, Iowa Zeta
Service and Sisterhood (Sis) Award: Mary Loy Tatum, Oklahoma Beta

The last event of the celebration, the Wine Carnation Banquet, opened with a video about Pi Phi being a lifetime experience.

150 years … that is an amazing accomplishment Pi Beta Phi. “Our founders from the very beginning had very lofty goals and aspirations for Pi Beta Phi. While I.C. Sorosis was just in its infancy, our founders felt compelled to extend the organization to women on other campuses” said Grand Vice President Programming Marla Wulf. Those words ring true for the next 150 years as well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *