Spread your love, labor, learning, and loyalty as you grow into an older Gamma Phi Beta member.
Grandmas, great-grandmas, and even some moms in the G Phi family tree, I know you are already in the routine of Tuesday: chapter, Wednesday: intramurals, Thursday: exchange, Friday and Saturday: sisterhood, volunteering or a day of rest if you have completed your service hours for the month. You are approaching the real-world soon and have plenty of schoolwork on your to-do list, but that shouldn’t make you the grumpy old woman suffering through your sorority mid-membership crisis. So here’s some tips on how to avoid sorority menopause:
1. Take a little, she is worth the minor expenses:
Yes, she does take a little chunk out of your wallet, but it will be worth leaving a legacy. Teach her how to craft for her kid or how to live it up at an exchange (dressed to theme and all). Learn from her, she may know a thing or two about where the cheap, yet appetizing food is around town, which I know you are searching for come second semester. Here’s a little secret: She will introduce you to other new members and you’ll be known as one of the “cool” upperclassmen.
2. Get into ritual:
My roommates think I’m crazy when I am running around the house belting “Remember Gamma Phi Beta” or “Flip Flop”, but at the end of the day when will you have the chance to be surrounded by 131 women who can chime in with you? It’s like Pitch Perfect in real-life… aca awesome! Also, HUNDREDS of years of secrets are pretty cool, so keep them alive and participate for our founders: Helen M. Dodge, Frances E. Haven, E. Adeline Curtis and Mary A. Bingham.
3. Help build strong girls:
Yes, Girls on the Run events are normally on a Saturday morning, but you can sacrifice one morning of sleeping in to see how much of an impact you have made over the years. Put Girls on the Run event on your “G Phi Bucket List” because you will not regret one minute of being there. Each smile you put on a girl’s face rewards the hours you spent tallying burger sales, delivering grilled cheese sandwiches, and calling your friends and family to donate to our philanthropy. At the end of the day, you’re the inspiration to these girls, so help build their strength, confidence, and aspirations.
4. Don't think your membership is over when you become an alumni:
Let’s face it, G Phi retirement isn’t even ready for us! You can become a Girls on the Run coach, chapter advisor, house corp board member, or join an alumni chapter. I know you want to be as cool as our chapter advisor someday, so continue your membership as you enter G Phi retirement.
5. Always look to the crescent moon:
You’ll have your sisters and memories for a lifetime no matter where life takes your pledge class in the years to come. Don’t forget about the bond you have with this group of women. Strengthen your connection before you leave 1414 Fredonia and reignite your pledge class PHIre; if that’s going a vacation together or simply having a cookout. It’s these memories you will look back at and smile, laugh, or cry tears of happiness knowing you're a G Phi B with the best pledge class around.