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Gamma Theta

Colorado College

Oct 2nd, 1954

Founding Date

Formal installation of Gamma Theta chapter climaxed the numerous activities of recruitment week on the Colorado College campus October 2 and 3. Honoring the occasion was the presence of Alpha Phi's executive board and large delegation from collegiate and alumni members throughout the Colorado-Kansas area. 


Initiation for collegiate and alumnae initiates was held at the beautiful Shove chapel on the college campus. Margaret Wade (Gamma-DePauw) of the Denver alumnae chapter planned the service with assistance of Bonnie Auchmoody (Omicron-Missouri) of Colorado Springs. Marian Keys (Alpha-Syracuse), president of Alpha Phi officiated, aided by members of Gamma Delta and Beta Gamma chapters. 


That evening the installation banquet was held at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel, with Ruth Knight Vos of Denver serving as toastmistress. Greetings were received from members of the Washburn (Upsilon), Colorado (Beta Gamma), Utah (Beta Sigma), and Kansas (Gamma Delta) chapters. The impressive installation service was conducted by national president Marian Wiley Keys with Darlene Okoneski, president of Gamma Theta chapter graciously responding. An inspiring message was given by Edith Huey Shelton (Beta-Northwestern), national chairman of fraternity education. Ruth Vos (Beta Gamma-Colorado) introduced the new chapter members, Colorado Springs alumnae and Mrs. Grace Trench, Gamma Theta’s housemother. Members of the board and visiting dignitaries were also presented.


Closing the series of events was a reception held October 3 at Montgomery Hall on the college campus. Invitations were issued to members of the faculty, members of the collegiate chapters, local alumnae and notables from the various colleges and chapters in the state.