Eta Alpha Chapter (Lake Erie)

Eta Alpha Chapter was installed at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, on November 21, 2009.

It’s always exciting to install a new chapter, but when a chapter breaks new ground as the first National Panhellenic Conference sorority on campus, there is extra incentive to celebrate! That was the type of exciting weekend enjoyed in November 2009 by the 41 founding members of Eta Alpha Chapter (Lake Erie).

"What is so special about this chapter is the love and sisterhood each and every member has for one another," International President Linda Lyons Malony (Southern California) said. "They really understand the sisterhood aspect, which is the basis of everything we are."

On Saturday, November 21, 2009, Morley Music Hall on campus was buzzing as the lovely ladies of Zeta Omicron Chapter (John Carroll) completed Initiation preparations. Director of Ritual Margaret West Pape (Oklahoma) coordinated the ceremony; Linda Lyons Malony (Southern California), Collegiate Vice President Annabel Jones (Oklahoma) and several area alumnae were also present.

Later, as proud parents and friends looked on, the Installation banquet commenced: the chapter's charter and president's badge were presented to Heather Greco, and all guests enjoyed a fun video re-capping the colony's journey. The Region 4 Team gifted the chapter with a silver bell to use during many recruitment parties to come and area alumnae chapters gave a flag personalized with the Gamma Phi Beta crest and Eta Alpha Chapter.

Nine alumnae initiates were also welcomed to the sisterhood that day. They are graduates of Lake Erie College who were former members of Delta Kappa Psi, a local sorority that became Gamma Phi Beta.

Excerpt from the spring 2010 issue of The Crescent, page 12.