Philanthropy: Building strong girls in partnership with Girls on the Run
Colors: Brown and Mode
National Founding Date: November 11, 1874
Local Founding Date: November 2013
Chapter Name: Eta Kappa
Open Motto: "Founded on a Rock"
My name is Sarah Collins, and I have the honor and privilege of serving as the President of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta!
On behalf of my Sisters, I want to welcome you to the Greek community! A little snapshot of Gamma Phi Beta history is that we established on November 11th of 1874, by four courageous women at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. We are one of the ten oldest women's organizations and one of the seven founders of the Panhellenic Council. An interesting fact is that the word "Sorority" was coined for Gamma Phi Beta by Dr. Frank Smalley in 1882.
Like many of my sisters, I am grateful for the opportunities and experience that Gamma Phi Beta has brought to me. Looking back on my freshmen year I would never thought that joining a sorority would have such an impact on my life. This organization has brought me true and constant friends, the ultimate support system, and the chance to learn how to be a good leader. More importantly, Gamma Phi Beta has given me people who are my mentors, friends, cheerleaders, and family.
Each of my Sisters are inspirational in their own unique way, which they accomplish by exemplifying our four core values of Love, Labor, Learning, and Loyalty. Their actions and words entirely inspire the highest type of womanhood.
My Sisters also take pride in embodying our philanthropic mission statement to “Build Strong Girls”. We accomplish this by working with our international philanthropic partner Girls on the Run and local partner Girls Inc. Young girls today face more societal pressure than ever before, and we take pride in going into our communities and mentoring young women to be strong and accomplished.
We take joy in the fact that no matter where we go that we have the privilege of being a Gamma Phi Beta, which has given us skills that will last a lifetime. “Building Strong Girls” is something that each of my Sisters strives to do in their daily lives, whether it be in our communities or at home in our chapter. I'm always amazed by my Sisters accomplishment, dedication, and love for one another. Each of my Sisters are confident women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around them. Every day they make me feel so blessed beyond words that these are the women I get to call my sisters not just for four years, but for the rest of my life.
If you are thinking about going through recruitment, then go for it! No matter where you find your home, you'll be joining a fantastic community of accomplished women and be gaining a support system that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
Go Mocs and go Greek, because it'll be the best decision you ever make!
Sarah Collins Eta Kappa Chapter President
For more information, visit Gamma Phi Beta's website here.