Zeta Gamma Chapter (Sonoma State)

Zeta Gamma Chapter was installed at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, on May 7, 1994.

Forty-five collegians and eight alumnae were initiated after a fun, intensive six-week pledge program. The group came together when four courageous women left the colonization of Alpha Gamma Delta and formed the local sorority, Epsilon Rho Omega. Within a few years, Epsilon Rho Omega had grown so large that they began to look for a national organization. Presentations were made to the group at the end of February by Director of Extension Linda Lyons Malony (Southern California) and Collegiate Leadership Consultants Beth Martin (William & Mary) and Julie Gannon (Miami-Ohio). The women of Epsilon Rho Omega unanimously accepted Gamma Phi's offer and officially became the newest Gamma Phi Beta colony.

Zeta Gamma Chapter charter members, 1994.

The next six weeks were very busy. Activities included a fundraising car wash, fraternity mixers, a grab-a-date party, the pledge program and the elections of officers. The highlight of the colony period was Inspiration Week. Each day consisted of activities following our Core Values: Love, Labor, Learning and Loyalty. A fireside was the final activity before Initiation.

The Initiation ceremony and Installation banquet were held at the Red Lion Hotel, and almost 200 guests attended. During the banquet, Vice President of Student Affairs at Sonoma State University Rand Link gave a brief background about the University. It was followed by a very inspirational address by International Recruitment Specialist Cinda Lucas (Southern California), titled "Expectations." The new chapter members were introduced by Collegiate Leadership Consultant Ako Asano (Colorado), and the Zeta Gamma Chapter was officially installed by Cinda Lucas. Accepting the charter was Christiana Wilson, the outgoing president.

Excerpt from the fall 1994 issue of The Crescent, page 29.