September 30, 2012

Alpha Phi Founders' Day 2012

If you do a Google search on “Alpha Phi Founders’ Day,” the results might yield “September 30, 1872” as our founding date. Today, you might also see other organizations wishing us “Happy Founders’ Day” via social media outlets and on the web and think to yourself, But Founders’ Day isn’t until October 10!

October 10 is our celebrated Founders’ Day, but our organization was in fact founded on September 30, 1872. Our ten Founders met on September 18 to plan the sisterhood, and on September 30, at the home of Ida Gilbert, six freshmen, three sophomores and one junior initiated themselves into Alpha Phi.

While today is the official founding date, we hope you celebrate with us October 10 to honor these amazing women and the tradition that began nearly 140 years ago. You can view alumnae chapter Founders’ Day events here, or if you happen to be in the Chicago area, please stop by the Executive Office in Evanston to celebrate with our Fraternity and Foundation staff.

Tomorrow also marks the start of our Founders’ Day facts, where we will share details and little known information about the Founders through our social media outlets. Be sure to keep an eye out on these pages today and in the days leading up to October 10 to learn more about the ten influential women who shaped our sisterhood.

Kristen Mitchell is the Program Manager of Marketing and Communications at the Alpha Phi Executive Office. You can reach her at

    Photo Caption: Back row, left to right:Louise Shepard Hancock, Jane Higham, Clara Bradley Burdette, Clara Sittser Williams
Front row, left to right: Ida Gilbert Houghton, Martha Foote Crow.

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