Chi Omega Initiates 300,000th Member
March 5, 2010: Chi Omega Fraternity has reached a milestone in its history by initiating its 300,000th member. Founded on April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas, Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternity in the National Panhellenic Conference. Chi Omegas around the world will celebrate this achievement and other Chi Omega successes during their Founder's Day events in April.
Chi Omega's national president Letitia Fulkerson attributes the fraternity's long-standing effectiveness and size to the purposes designed by Chi Omega's founders. Ms. Fulkerson states, "Women are drawn to the six purposes of Chi Omega: friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and creditable scholarship, career development, participation in campus activities, and community service. Our founders were determined to establish a women's organization that would reach the four corners of our country. As they established each new chapter, our leaders created an expectation for those who would follow in their footsteps to reach above and beyond themselves. From the beginning, they believed we would reach a day such as today."
When asked about Chi Omega's success in attracting new members, Chi Omega Fraternity Executive Director Anne Emmerth explains, "In addition to friendships, we offer programming and education that's relevant to today's college women. Our members take what they've learned in Chi Omega and apply it to the greater community as effective professionals, dedicated volunteers, and caring friends and family members. Leadership, organizational, and social skills are all polished during their time in college. Alumnae participation in the fraternity enables women to draw on Chi Omega resources and friendships for a lifetime."
About Chi Omega Fraternity
Founded in 1895 at The University of Arkansas, Chi Omega is an intergenerational women's organization with 171 collegiate chapters, 231 alumnae chapters, and over 300,000 initiates. The Fraternity averages 18,500 participating undergraduates per year and is the largest fraternity in the National Panhellenic Conference. Chi Omega members strive to make a difference in the world by committing to the Fraternity's founding purposes: friendship, personal integrity, service to others, academic excellence and intellectual pursuits, community and campus involvement, and personal and career development. For more information, visit: www.ChiOmega.com.
About the National Panhellenic Conference
Founded in 1902, the Indianapolis-based National Panhellenic Conference is one of the oldest and largest membership organizations for women representing 26 member sorority groups. Those members are represented in 2,986 chapters on 655 campuses and in 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit: http://www.npcwomen.org.