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Epsilon Lambda

University of Texas, Arlington

Mar 20th, 1971

Founding Date

The installation of Epsilon Lambda chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington was held March 20-21, 1971.


Initiation and installation weekend ran smoothly because of the work of Martha Turner and Jeanne MacLeod Berry (Delta-Cornell).


An inspiration ceremony was held Friday evening at the Cibola Inn in Arlington. Present for the ceremony were three members of the International Executive Board, Sue Irvine Fitzgerald (Beta Gamma-Colorado), Director of Chapters--West; Martha Watkins Mast (Beta Nu-Duke), Vice President--Alumnae; and Dorothy Effron (Beta Chi-Bucknell), Director of Extension. Mrs. Effron personally wrote the meaningful inspiration ceremony for Epsilon Lambda. Twenty-six collegians and seventeen alumnae were summoned to initiation.


Saturday morning, March 20, initiation began at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Lunch was served buffet style, and many of the area alumnae were present. The model meeting was conducted by Delta Beta.


The banquet Saturday night at the Cibola Inn was beautifully decorated with spring flowers which seemed to accentuate the mood of hope and excitement of the new things to come for a new chapter. Mrs. Fitzgerald was toastmistress, with the university welcome by Ruth M. Crary, Acting Dean of Student Life. Mrs. Effron welcomed Epsilon Lambda on behalf of Alpha Phi International; Mrs. Brown (Omega-Texas), District Governor; Andrea Andresen (Gamma Eta-North Texas), Linda Ludden (Delta Beta-Texas A&M Commerce) collegian, and Pam Myers, president of Epsilon Lambda, gave the responses.


Attendees were extremely fortunate to have International President, Betty Mullins Jones (Gamma-DePauw) be the main speaker. Miss Franklin introduced the collegiate initiates, and Anna Lee Caudry (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) introduced the alumnae initiates. Dr. Madge Davis (Omega-Texas), District VIII Alumnae Chairman, presented the many wonderful gifts which came from collegiate and alumnae chapters; Lana Moore Somodevilla (Gamma Omega-Midwestern State) acknowledged the gifts. The loving cup ceremony was conducted by Mrs. Mast.


Sunday morning worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church was attended by the chapter and its guests. A reception was held in the W. E. Hereford Student Center from two to four, and the charter ceremony took place with Mrs. Effron conducting.