On September 3, 1924, our Beta Delta chapter was born from the Theta Phi Delta group that had formed at the Los Angeles Junior College in 1915 and then transferred to The University of California at Los Angeles. Installed by the Southern California Alumnae Chapter at the home of Mary Ringo Wilkinson (Gamma-DePauw), thirty new Alpha Phis joined the sisterhood at the home of Mary Little Grimm (Gamma-DePauw), with Alice Jordan Heeb (Iota-Wisconsin) assisting. The celebratory banquet was held at the “Mary Louise, and Bertha Bootes Cruzan (Kappa-Stanford) was toastmistress. Jane Bancroft Robinson (Alpha-Syracuse) and Mary Swail Taft (Beta-Northwestern) spoke as well, and Ono I. Hooper shared the toast to the chapter, which reads:
“I offer a toast to the new baby chapter,
And I pray for fulfillment, both now and hereafter;
May she always have wisdom, good fortune and truth,
Fun, fellowship, love and our backing forsooth,
Ambition success and faith in her heart,
Experience, courage, and always a part
In life, which may bring her joys that are sweet.
I offer a toast – the world at her feet!”
Songs included “Alpha Phi Toujours,” “Flowers of Alpha Phi,” We Revel in Song” and “Pledge Me a Toast.” Over one hundred Alpha Phis attended the banquet, and a large formal reception was given at the Women’s University Club in Los Angeles with several in attendance from the university.