On the lovely spring day, which was May 31, 1947, Beta Tau became a reality. Gamma chapter, at DePauw University, was the scene of the ceremonies, where twenty-two charter members and nine “first chapter initiates” realized the ultimate hope of every new member. Thrilling and beautifully executed were the initiation services, and the heart of each initiate trembled with joy as she moved in a dream to pledge the vows cherished and honored by every Alpha Phi. Gardenias and initiation gifts were presented to each Beta Tau woman by her Gamma “mother.”
The installation banquet, at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, followed the initiation rites. The charter, a gift from the Indianapolis alumnae, was presented by Mrs. Strader, and the signatures of the charter members were proudly affixed.
The Bloomington alumnae together with the sponsors, had worked long and hard on preparations for the reception, which was held in the beautiful Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. A nucleus of activity for the occasion, with new members working hand in hand with the other hostesses, the rooms looked their loveliest in a setting of candlelight and flowers, which were the offerings of the campus fraternities and sororities, Gamma chapter, and Bloomington well-wishers.
A gorgeous silver and bordeaux centerpiece, flanked by tall candles and crystal punch bowls highlighted the breathtaking decor of the interior. Sunday evening saw the conclusion of a tumultuous and glorious weekend, when each initiate returned to reality to relax for a while before approaching final examinations--and muse of a dream come true.