Those attending and pictured here at the Chi Omega house are, from the left, bottom to top: Becky Allgeyer Wells, Mary Beth Burton Ford, Judy Branscomb Sparks, Jackie Deschu Endraske, Jackie Tharp Allen, Sharon Niday Ronchetto, Ginny Stone Wirtz, Janet Schwartze Crosby, Karen Wellman Banker, Barbara Ulmer Lebehun, Barbara Sullivan Richardson. Not pictured but in attendance: Ann Hawk Bergman, Kay Marine Spitz, and Becky Graham Miller.
Toasts and Singing
—by Ginny Stone Wirtz, Rho Alpha/U of Missouri–Columbia
Rho Alpha-Mizzou Alumnae Reunite in Columbia
Rho Alphas of the ’60s reunited in Columbia, Missouri during the weekend of August
12–14, 2011 as 14 Sisters gathered to share memories of living at 406 Burnam. Although
many were unable to make the trip to Columbia, all who were there had reconnected to
those in our pledge class, been a pledge mom or daughter, attended classes together, or
been roommates at the house. At Stoney Creek Inn on Friday evening, we shared and
reminisced about college life and our life since Mizzou days. What fun to hear all about
For our workout on Saturday morning, we walked through the campus to see new buildings,
altered routes, outstanding art, sculptures, newly landscaped areas, the prestigious
columns, Jesse Hall, and the rebuilt Shack, now in the new student center.
Saturday afternoon at the house, the Rho Alpha collegians hosted the recruitment preference-
day party rehearsal. Our young, adorable, gracious, and enthusiastic Sisters made
us feel very welcome. This party touched an emotional chord: There were throbs in our
hearts and not a dry eye in the room. Hearing several girls’ personal stories of what Chi
Omega means to them, saying The Symphony, and singing Shades was very touching.
In the evening, we enjoyed an elegant dinner at the University Club in the Reynolds
Now we are eager to keep in contact not only with those who attended the reunion, but
also all those with whom we have reconnected. The 100th anniversary of Rho Alpha in
April 2013 will be a perfect time to meet again.