The Sigma Kappa chapter of Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity at Austin Peay State University turns 40 this year. And the hundreds of members initiated into this chapter over the last four decades are invited to reunite with their sisters to help commemorate the occasion.
The chapter will hold a brunch at First Baptist Church on April 28 for all of the current members and alumnae to celebrate the anniversary. Priscilla Garrett Story, the chapter’s first president, will be the featured speaker.
Lynne Griffey – a charter member, retired Clarksville-Montgomery County School System teacher and well-known local artist – is serving as chair of the event. She has created a special owl print that will be given to each sister attending the brunch.
In addition, the original framed painting of the print will be used for a silent auction to begin a fund in memory of Sandra Stuard Hewlitt, a charter member who died in an accident a few years ago. Her daughter Leslie is also a legacy. The purpose of the fund is to help active members who are struggling financially.
“Philanthropy has always been important to Chi O and how fitting to remember a charter member by helping actives financially,” Griffey said.
In May 1972, the Sigma Tao Omega sorority was granted an official charter from Chi Omega, becoming the first national sorority on APSU’s campus. Since then, APSU’s Chi Omega chapter has raised nearly $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has donated thousands of volunteer hours to local charities and organizations.
In the last four decades, nearly 800 college women have been initiated into the Sigma Kappa chapter of Chi Omega, and many have gone on to serve as local community leaders.
For more information about the 40th anniversary celebration of APSU’s Chi Omega chapter, contact Lynne Griffey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Dr. Melony Shemberger