Zeta Chi Chapter (Texas Christian)
Zeta Chi Chapter was installed at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 2, 2008.
It was a great weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, as Zeta Chi Chapter was officially installed and 114 women were welcomed into Gamma Phi Beta’s sisterhood at Texas Christian University, culminating a journey of extension that began in September 2007.
Saturday morning, February 2, 2007, began early with preparations at the beautiful Texas Christian University’s chapel for Initiation, with help from more than 30 sisters from Psi Chapter (Oklahoma). Several Fort Worth area alumnae were also present. Margaret West Pape (Oklahoma) coordinated her very first Initiation ceremony as the sorority's new director of ritual, while International President Linda Daniel Johnson (Vanderbilt) and J.J. Stoll Kaelin (Colorado-Boulder), sorority director of public relations, participated as well.
For four new members, it was especially meaningful, as they were pinned by Gamma Phi Beta relatives or friends – one mother, one grandmother, one aunt and one teacher.
"Overwhelmingly, Zeta Chi new members spoke with pride in the friends they have made, how much they felt at home in Gamma Phi Beta and their accomplishments," remembers Linda Johnson. "I think their sisterhood is off to a great start!"
The Installation banquet for Zeta Chi was held at the Rivercrest Country Club, which was beautifully decorated with flowers. Several parents and family members were present; many arrived from out of town to witness the presentation of the chapter's charter and the president's badge to Jessica Wickizer.
The University administration was especially supportive by being present for the event, offering encouraging remarks, and giving a beautiful sterling silver punch bowl set as a gift to Zeta Chi. The evening also included a PowerPoint presentation documenting the colonization at Texas Christian University and songs performed by the collegians.
Excerpt from the summer 2008 issue of The Crescent, pages 8-9.
Zeta Chi Chapter charter members, 2008.