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Eta Chi

Bishop's University

Nov 25th, 1989

Founding Date

Eta Chi was installed on November 25, 1989, at the Domaine Saint-Laurent in Compton, Quebec. The following officers and representatives formed the installation team: International President Sally McCall Grant (Gamma-DePauw); Vice-President Alumnae Mary Berkmoes Carroll (Delta Omega-Minnesota State Moorhead); New Chapter Supervisor Laura Malley-Schmitt (Zeta Phi-MIT); Coordinator of Extension Ruth Gallagher Nelson (Delta Epsilon-Iowa); District Alumnae Coordinator Alice Molitor King (Pi-North Dakota); District Governor Peg DeChant Thornburg (Beta Omega-Kent State); Toronto Alumnae Chapter representative Mary Bolton Armstrong (Xi-Toronto), and Xi chapter president Kathy Mitanidis.


The initiation ceremonies were completed in the morning, and the reception followed in the afternoon. A host of well-wishers was in attendance, as many parents traveled from across Canada for the event.


Alice King opened the program with welcoming remarks in both English and French, and Dr. Andrew Johnson, professor of political science, spoke on behalf of the university. The traditional presentation of installation gifts followed.


On behalf of the Alpha Phi Foundation, Ruth Gallagher Nelson (Delta Epsilon-Iowa) presented the sapphire scholarship badge to the chapter and a check for $1,000 to the Sherbrooke Hospital Foundation. 


Mary Armstrong (Xi-Toronto), on behalf of herself, her mother, Elda McFarland Bolton (Xi-Toronto) and four other Alpha Phi relatives presented the president's turquoise Lazy Phi badge to Eta Chi first president, Andrea Cleghorn. Mrs Armstrong is the mother of one of the charter members, Daphne Armstrong. Kathy Mitanidis presented a gift of candlestick holders from the Toronto Alumnae Chapter. Sigma Chi presented an antique wooden chest which was still in use in 2008. The traditional welcome dollars were presented by Mary Carroll. On behalf of the International Executive Board, Sally Grant presented the charter to all three women who had served as president of the group since the local's inception: Jennifer Sam Straighton, Erica Lynne Bridgeman and Andrea Cleghorn.


The program closed with an original addition to the installation program. The newly initiated collegians presented a moving slide show depicting the remarkable story of Eta Chi’s development as a sisterhood.