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HISTORY
Originally founded as I.C. Sorosis in 1867, the Pi Beta Phi sorority came to life on the campus of Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. The name of the sorority wasn’t changed to Pi Beta Phi until 1888.pi beta phi

The mission of Pi Beta Phi sorority is to help women promote friendship, cultivate leadership and reach out to others through community service. The 12 founders of the Pi Beta Phi sorority were Clara Brownlee Hutchinson, Libbie Brook Gaddis, Emma Brownlee Kilgore, Margaret Campbell, Rosa Moore, Ada Bruen Grier, Nancy Black Wallace, Jennie Horne Turnbull, Jennie Nicol, Inez Smith Soule, Fannie Thomson and Fannie Whitenack Libbey. These women sought a secret society similar to what the men were enjoying on campus.

PHILANTHROPY
Pi Beta Phi has had several philanthropies throughout its history. The current philanthropies are Champions Are Readers, Arrowmont and Arrow in the Attic. All of these organizations focus on literacy.

MOTTO
The original motto of the sorority was "Pi Beta Phi," which was later adopted as the name. The current motto is said to be revealed only to newly initiated members.

TRADITIONS

  • The official flower of Pi Beta Phi is the wine carnation
  • The official colors of Pi Beta Phi are wine and silver blue
  • The official symbol of Pi Beta Phi is the arrow
  • The current headquarters of the sorority is located in Town & Country, Missouri

FUN FACTS

  • Nickname is Pi Phis
  • Pi Beta Phi was the first sorority to be a national organization
  • The first convention of the sorority was held in 1868 at the home of sorority founder Fannie Thomson
  • Pi Beta Phi was the first sorority to have a Canadian philanthropy, which was the Northern Libraries Project
  • Pi Beta Phi was one of the seven founding Greek organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference
  • The first sorority to be featured in a Broadway musical – Good Newsjennifer garner


CELEBRITY ALUMNAE

  • Faye Dunaway (Academy-Award Winning Actress)
  • Jennifer Garner (Actress)
  • Barbara Bush (First Lady – Wife of President George H.W. Bush)
  • Patricia Neal (Actress)
  • Ann Turner Cook (Original Gerber Baby)

 

Common Misspellings

PBP, Pi Phi, Pi Phis, Pi Beta Pi, Phi Beta Phi, Pi Bata Phi, Pie Beta Phi

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Amanda Worthington

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As a proud member of Pi Beta Phi, I would like to mention that we are actually a women's fraternity. We were founded before the word sorority was introduced. One note of trivia is that first Lady, Grace Coolidge, the wife of President Calvin Coolidge, was a founding member of the Pi Phi chapter at the University Vermont. Her official White House oil portrait shows her wearing an elegant and refined red dress and her Pi Beta Phi golden arrow, which is our official symbol. The angel is our unofficial symbol.


Another bit of trivia is that Pi Beta Phi has more Miss Americas, (3) than any other sorority. posted Apr 10th, 2016 12:00 am


Amanda Worthington

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As a proud member of Pi Beta Phi, I would like to mention that we are actually a women's fraternity. We were founded before the word sorority was introduced. One note of trivia is that first Lady, Grace Coolidge, the wife of President Calvin Coolidge, was a founding member of the Pi Phi chapter at the University Vermont. Her official White House oil portrait shows her wearing an elegant and refined red dress and her Pi Beta Phi golden arrow, which is our official symbol. The angel is our unofficial symbol.

Another bit of trivia is that Pi Beta Phi has more Miss Americas, (3) than any other sorority. posted Apr 9th, 2016 11:58 pm


JH

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Ah, YES! They are all white people, and all beautiful women. If you have a problem with that, move along. posted Feb 1st, 2012 4:47 pm


Kendra

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Are these all white people!!!! posted Apr 23rd, 2010 1:41 am



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