12 Ways to Celebrate Founders’ Day
More than 150 years ago, 12 visionary young women at Monmouth College came together with a common vision and set of values upon which they built the foundation of Pi Beta Phi. At the time, they could not have known how their vision of sisterhood would extend to hundreds of thousands of members.
As we prepare to recognize our 155th Founders’ Day, we remember the impact made by our founders; however, we also celebrate our individual membership in Pi Beta Phi. Whether you are attending an event or planning your own celebration, below are 12 ways to celebrate our sisterhood this Founders’ Day.
1. Wear your letters, badge or wine and silver blue.
Our letters, badge and colors serve as a constant reminder of our commitment to one another. Each of these symbols tie our sisterhood together, so wear them with pride!
2. Join our virtual Founders’ Day celebration
Tune into Facebook Live on April 28 at 12:30 p.m. CDT to honor our 12 founders and celebrate every sister who is bound by the wine and silver blue.
3. Make a gift to our Foundation on Pi Phi Giving Day.
From leadership opportunities to late-night chats and lifelong friendships, Pi Phi has given each of us something special. Our gifts to Pi Beta Phi Foundation ensure this is true for generations to come.
4. Catch up with a sister.
Whether you talk every week or haven’t reached out in a while, call or text one of your sisters to catch up and reminisce on your favorite Pi Phi memories.
5. Learn about the history of Pi Beta Phi.
From learning about the significance of our badge to reading the history of convention, our historical website features several exhibits detailing the Pi Beta Phi experience.
6. Donate books to a local school, nonprofit or library.
In recognition of Pi Phi's philanthropic effort—Read > Lead > Achieve®—donate 12 books to a local library, school or organization in your community.
7. Take your virtual celebration to the next level with a Pi Phi Zoom background.
To add a virtual background on Zoom, download your favorite background, start a Zoom video meeting, click the ^ arrow next to the video icon on the bottom left, select “Choose Virtual Background" and click the + button on the right to upload your image.
8. Listen to the Acapella Angels on Spotify or Apple Music.
The music of Pi Beta Phi brings sisters together no matter their age or chapter. Learn more about the history of Pi Phi’s music, then sing our sisterhood songs with pride!
9. Share your favorite sisterhood moments on social media.
Find a photo that represents your favorite memory as a Pi Phi, then share your sisterhood moment on social media using #PiPhi1867.
10. Get to know our founders.
Some were quiet and shy, some were outgoing, some were artistic and creative, and some were true scholars. Learn more about our founders, then take this quiz to find out who you would be as a Pi Phi founder.
11. Join the Fraternity’s online book club.
Pi Phi Pages encourages participants to read a selected book each month, engage in discussion questions and meet other Pi Phis. Our April book is The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley.
12. Prepare a Cookie Shine to share with your Pi Phi sisters.
Test out the Pi Phi Cookie Shine Cookie Recipe or pick up some of your favorite sweets from the store to recreate one of Pi Phi’s most beloved traditions. Don’t forget to sing along with the Cookie Shine Song!
Published April 7, 2022