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Alumnae Award Winners

Read more about the award winners by scrolling down. Congratulations winners!

Dorothy Weaver Morgan Award for Fraternity Loyalty
Renee Ross Mercer
, Iowa Zeta

  • Served as Headquarters’ Executive Director for 15 years.
  • Key committee volunteer during the Headquarters building expansion and renovation and served as the 2017 Local Convention Chair.
  • Member of the St. Louis Alumnae Club.

Sisterhood Award
Mary Loy Tatum, Oklahoma Beta

  • Serves both the Fraternity and the Foundation. 
  • Held multiple roles on Grand Council from 2003 through 2013 including Grand Vice President Alumnae and Grand President. 
  • Impacted hundreds of collegians and their Alumnae Advisory Committees (AAC) in three different chapters across the country by serving as Chapter Support Officer.

Emma Harper Turner Leadership Award
Janet Wickham Gregory, Michigan Beta at the University of Michigan, representing the Lowcountry, South Carolina Alumnae Club 

  • Planned multiple Founders’ Day events and was an active member of two other South Carolina clubs.
  • Helped establish the Lowcountry Club in 2006 and served as co-president from 2006 through 2008 and President from 2012 through 2017.
  • Spearheaded the club’s membership efforts, providing diverse programming and striving to be welcoming, inclusive and persistent in contacting potential members.

Evelyn Peters Kyle Angel Award for Club Service
Joan Michiels McCullough, Louisiana Beta at Louisiana State University, representing the Northern New Jersey Alumnae Club

  • Member of the Northern New Jersey Alumnae Club for 27 years and has served in some capacity, including Club President, every year.
  • Arranges carpools for Golden Arrows, babysitters for young mothers, holds impromptu celebrations and hosts baby showers. 
  • Drives members to doctor appointments and takes meals to sick Pi Phis.

Young Alumna Achievement Award
Tabitha Epperson, Mississippi Alpha

  • Served as the club’s Philanthropy Chair, has overseen multiple Champions are Readers (CAR) programs, helped the club receive a number of FDS500 book grants and arranged for a group of Columbia, South Carolina alumnae to travel and participate in the Fraternity Day of Service Signature Event in Atlanta. 
  • Most recently served as the Fraternity Day of Service Signature Event Co-Chair and continues to serve as the AAC to Vice President of Philanthropy for South Carolina Alpha. 
  • Currently working towards her a Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.

Outstanding AAC Financial Advisor
Kathleen Bowman North, Illinois Zeta at the University of Illinois, serving Wisconsin Alpha at the University of Wisconsin

  • Serves as the Financial Advisor at the University of Wisconsin and has closely partnered with the Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC) while moving the chapter from a Chapter House Corporation to FHC owned facility.
  • She is the driving force behind moving the chapter finances to US Bank and se was instrumental in working with the chapter food vendor to revise the contract, researching the options and choosing the best fit for the chapter.

Alumnae Excellence Award Winners

Excellence in Chapter Support
Large Club: Bostonian, Massachusetts Alumnae Club

  • Encourages all collegians, especially seniors, to continue their lifetime commitment by hosting professional guidance, skills programs and networking events.
  • Actively participates in Massachusetts Gamma’s events such as initiation, ice cream socials, a campus-wide Arrowspike volleyball tournament, the chapter’s Champions are Readers® (CAR) program and the groups partnered together for Fraternity Day of Service and Founders’ Day.
  • In order to promote a good school-life balance, the club hosts study breaks and provides educational opportunities and ways to contribute to the community outside the classroom.

Excellence in Chapter Support
Small Club: Inland Empire, California Alumnae Club

  • Provides ongoing support by demonstrating proper social media etiquette, attending Founders’ Day and initiation in shifts to ensure alumnae are always present. Members also serve on Alumnae Advisory Committee (AAC) and Chapter House Corporation (CHC).
  • Recognizes the chapter member’s scholastic achievement each term and provides goodie bags for New Members after recruitment and pledging.

Excellence in Communication
Overall Winner: Phoenix, Arizona Alumnae Club

  • Provides consistent and ongoing communicating to members 21 times each year. Communications includes a monthly and special editions of an electronic newsletter, an annual paper mailing and three electronic invites sent specifically to launch Angel Affair for Literacy fundraiser and the Founders’ Day celebration.
  • Implements a variety of social media platforms to communicate with members. Increased Facebook posts by 11 percent and Instagram followers by 21 percent over the last year.

Excellence in Community Service
Large Club: Arlington Heights, Illinois Alumnae Club

  • Members create blankets for Project Linus, a national organization that distributes blankets to children while in the hospital or a shelter. Members use remnants to make scarves and mittens for Maddie’s Mitten March, an organization that distributes winter clothing throughout Illinois.
  • Members volunteer as marshals at the community Santa Run which benefits a local food pantry. Afterwards members packed meals for Panhellenic’s “Feed My Starving Children” event.
  • Throughout the year, members collect school supplies for students at an adopted bilingual school. They also raised funds through their Founders’ Day Raffle and at various club meetings for Arrowmont and Pi Beta Phi Elementary School post-fire rebuilding funds.

Excellence in Community Service
Small Club: Arrowhead-West Phoenix, Arizona Alumnae Club

  • Uses member survey data to determine how to connect with community leaders, identify local needs and provide positive volunteer sisterhood experiences.
  • In honor of Pi Phi’s 150th, members collected teddy bears and filled 150 “Angel Bags” of toiletries for the Victim Advocate Unit.
  • Members gather to knit newborn caps and blankets for the local Children’s Hospital, even providing knitting lessons so additional members could participate.
  • Held its annual “Angel High Tea & Treats” fundraiser to support community projects. The event includes a literacy advocacy program and highlights the club’s other initiatives. 

Excellence in Literacy Initiatives
Large Club: Indianapolis, Indiana Alumnae Club

  • Held two new Fraternity Day of Service projects: Schools on Wheels, providing tutoring services and school supplies to homeless children and a Dr. Seuss®-themed reading celebration at an inner-city school, complete with gift bags, dessert and a visit from the Cat in the Hat®.
  • The club’s largest book donation was held at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and included the Ring Ching Roadshow, local publicity and the Speedway’s President attending.
  • Members volunteer hundreds of hours at the Scholastic Books Warehouse Sale to receive book vouchers valued at $6,000. Books are distributed to more than a dozen schools and agencies.

Excellence in Literacy Initiatives
Small Club: Naples, Florida Alumnae Club

  • More than 90 percent of the club’s members participate in one or more literacy service projects, including “Reading Counts” fairs and the “Just Book It” Fraternity Day of Service event.
  • Adopts a Title I school to provide 1,200 new books and 600 backpacks. More than 40 members assist with the activities and the event receives excellent newspaper coverage and billboard publicity. Revised its fundraiser to be a “Non-Event” dinner and silent auction, which raised more than $5,000 for literacy initiatives.

Excellence in Membership and Recruitment
Large Club: South Coast, California Alumnae Club

  • Communicates with all members in the club's zip codes through mail, texts and email.
  • Introduced a new local dues policy to attract recent grads, while a welcome bag and handmade holiday wreaths were provided to new club members.

Excellence in Membership and Recruitment
Small Club: Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe, Oregon Alumnae Club

  • Engaged membership with the theme "The Sisterhood of Traveling Tray" to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary and increased dues paying members by more than 12 percent.
  • Publishes a yearbook/directory, which includes photos of most members and the club’s website shares member's personal news as well as club and chapter news.

Excellence in Programming
Large Club: Northern Virginia Alumnae Club

  • Members virtually “visited” Monmouth (Holt House), Greece (olive oil tasting), Los Angeles (angel exchange), Japan (origami) and St. Louis (convention) with the theme “Around the World in 150 Years.”
  • Based on a survey, the club changed its “meetings” to more casual “meet-ups” and incorporated easy service and philanthropy activities. They also upgraded some favorite events such as the fall potluck, Beaux & Arrow party and Founders’ Day with guest speaker Sis Mullis.

Excellence in Programming
Small Club: Pensacola, Florida Alumnae Club

  • Attracts new members by revamping programming and relocating interest group activities based on where prospective new members are located. New interest groups, include “Cultured Carnations” (cultural events), “Upward Arrows” (professional networking) and “Angels & Cherubs” (playgroup).
  • Distributes “Pocket Founders” for members to include in social media posts to share their travels, hobbies and interests with other Pi Phis.