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Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Gather for Sisterhood and Philanthropy

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  • The Arlington Heights Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi celebrates 60+ years of sisterhood in Chicago's NW suburbs.

    The Arlington Heights Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi celebrates 60+ years of sisterhood in Chicago's NW suburbs.

Ashley Richardson

The Arlington Heights Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi continues its 2012-2013 Club Year this Wednesday, October 10 with its annual fall potluck and book swap. Any alumna member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity is invited to attend. Each member is also asked to bring a donation for WINGs of toilet paper, paper towels or baby wipes.

Representing schools from Pepperdine University to Knox College, University of Missouri and beyond, the Club's membership lives throughout Chicago's Northwest Suburbs. The Club meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at members' homes fostering the sisterhood started on college and university campuses throughout the country. Club Members range from recent grads to Golden and Diamond Arrows, with 50 and 75 years of membership respectively.

In addition to monthly meetings, Club Members also meet for Angelic Spirit events that might include meeting up for dinners, drinks or facials. Interest Groups attend theatre shows, host a book chat at an area senior living facility and more. Club members are also in the midst of a month-long Champions Are Readers (CAR) program at Sunny Hill Elementary in South Barrington. Last year, this group donated 50+ hours promoting literacy in each third grade classroom at Sunny Hill.

"What is so incredible about this group of women is that our Pi Phi experience across the country varied and our ages span several generations--but the commonality of Pi Phi brings us all together," says Ashley Richardson, Club President alongside Lisa Richards, both University of Mississippi graduates. "The sisterhood we experienced in college carries over with this group of women. Each month our meetings are a mix of new and familiar faces."

Any alumna of Pi Phi in the area is welcome as a guest at a meeting. Next month, the Club will bring gifts for those in need through the Home of the Sparrow and kick off the holiday spirit with an evening of gift wrapping.

"I never thought at 18 that my Pi Phi experience would continue well past graduation," adds Richardson. "Through this group, I've continued the legacy of giving back and helping those in need that is at the heart of Greek life in college."

Potential new members interested in attending can contact Club Presidents Lisa and Ashley at ahalumpresident at More information is available at