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Local woman receives Pi Beta Phi award for club service

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By Constance Dillon
Pi Beta Phi

Rachel Krause Abbott, a dedicated leader for the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi for 35 years, has received Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women's prestigious Evelyn Peters Kyle Angel Award for Club Service.

The award is presented annually to an alumna who has performed duties that often go unrecognized but enhance the success of an alumnae organization. The award honors past Pi Beta Phi Grand Council member Evelyn Peters Kyle, who gave more than 75 years of service and leadership to the fraternity.

Abbott is a behind-the-scenes force, whether working on a committee, planning socials, hosting a meeting in her home or being a co-hostess for a meeting at another member's home. She also participates in the club's interest groups, including the book club and bridge club, and volunteers for philanthropic reading programs.

Though Abbott has held several leadership roles, her most important contribution is leading the club's annual flower sale fundraiser. She chaired the first flower sale in 1979 and that event raised $150; today the event raises more than $15,000.

For the past 12 years, the delivery location of the flowers has been Abbott's front yard and she works tirelessly with her Pi Phi sisters to unload, sort and tally two large truckloads of plants. She is also the largest sales contributor of the event, raising nearly 30 percent of the proceeds.

"When I heard the news of my award, I felt humbled and delighted," Abbott said. "I am most proud of helping my alumnae club do all the wonderful work for which Pi Beta Phi stands. Because of our fraternity, I am surrounded by creative, caring and dedicated women who enrich my life."