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Pi Beta Phi Chapter votes to close at Illinois State University

Published On: 2018-10-17

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Pi Beta Phi Chapter votes to close at Illinois State University  

Normal, Illinois – October 17, 2018 – Collegiate members of Pi Beta Phi’s Illinois Iota Chapter recently voted to close the chapter effective May 12, 2019. After several years of struggling to maintain a desirable chapter size, it became clear the challenges were too great for the chapter to overcome.

Pi Beta Phi volunteers and Headquarters staff worked closely with the chapter and provided the highest level of support in hopes of creating and sustaining a chapter at Illinois State University. Members of Illinois State demonstrated a sincere effort to grow and meet Fraternity expectations; however, membership numbers continued to decline, and external factors become too great to overcome. During their October 14 chapter meeting, members voted to relinquish their charter to the Fraternity. Illinois Iota chapter members will now spend time celebrating their sisterhood and cherishing the chapter’s heritage. Although most chapter operations will conclude at the end of the fall semester, the chapter facility open until May 12, 2019.

“Our young Illinois Iota sisters are to be commended for making an honorable and courageous decision to act in the best interest of their chapter and the Fraternity” Paula Shepherd, Pi Beta Phi Grand President, said. “The Pi Phi women at Illinois State University have long worked hard to grow their chapter and now it’s time for them to focus on the benefits of membership which outlive the collegiate experience.”

The Illinois Iota Chapter was founded in 1974. Over 1,300 women have been initiated into Pi Beta Phi through the chapter.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading; and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. Its charge is for each and every Pi Beta Phi to find a way she can participate, donate or advocate for Read > Lead > Achieve. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.