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Beta Eta

University of Manitoba

Oct 5th, 1928

Founding Date

October 5, 1928 the Beta Eta chapter came into existence. Ruth Abbott Jones and Louise Puff Dorn arrived to kick off the installation of the Beta Eta chapter in Manitoba. The Sigma Chi Sigma members were granted a charter to join Alpha Phi and were eager to meet the women who would become their future International President and national secretary. Celebrations and introductions were made at the home of Mrs. H. G. Deaver (Epsilon-Minnesota) during a luncheon for the future Beta Eta members and Pi chapter members who had come to assist with the installation. Twenty-eight women were initiated the next day at Elfriede Heibert’s (who would become the chapter President of Beta Eta) home before gathering again the following day at the for the installation ceremony in the Tapestry Suite of the Royal Alexandra Hotel. Florence Riley (Epsilon-Minnesota) was the toastmistress and every few minutes the women broke into song or the reading of congratulatory messages from other Alpha Phis. The Xi chapter sent its fellow Canadian sisters engraved silver candlesticks and the Pi chapter provided a silver loving cup. Two hundred guests attended the reception for the new chapter, held at the Gold Room at the Royal Alexandra, including university leadership and many alumnae. Celebrations concluded with an evening at the theater, where they saw George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell.”