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Phi Mu
(ΦΜ)
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Founded March 4, 1852 (1852-03-04) (158 years ago)
Wesleyan Female College, (Macon, Georgia)
Type Social
Scope National
Motto Les Soeurs Fideles
The Faithful Sisters
Colors      Rose

     White

Symbol The Quatrefoil of Phi Mu
Flower Rose Color Carnation
Publication The Aglaia
Philanthropy Children's Miracle Network
Chapters 150+
Members 140,000 collegiate
Mascot The Lion "Sir Fidel"
Headquarters 400 Westpark Drive
Peachtree City, Georgia, USA
Homepage http://www.phimu.org

Phi Mu (ΦΜ) is the second oldest female fraternal organization established in the United States. It was founded at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. The organization was founded as the Philomathean Society on January 4, 1852, and announced publicly on March 4 of the same year. Phi Mu is one of the two "Macon Magnolias," a term used to celebrate the bonds it shares with Alpha Delta Pi.

Today, Phi Mu has over 150 collegiate chapters across the United States and over 150,000 initiated sisters. Phi Mu has 225 alumnae chapters across the nation. Phi Mu's national headquarter is in Peachtree City, Georgia. Phi Mu's national philanthropy is Children's Miracle Network; the organization's creed is Love, Honor, and Truth. Additionally, Phi Mu has internal organizations, such as the Phi Mu Foundation which supports further involvement in the organization.

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History

The Philomathean Society, a literary society, was founded in January 1852 at Wesleyan College by Mary Ann Dupont (Lines), Mary Elizabeth Myrick (Daniel), and Martha Bibb Hardaway (Redding). Wesleyan was the first institute to grant bachelor's degrees to women, and known as the birthplace of the collegiate sorority, though most sororities predate the term "sorority" and are known as "fraternities for women". The Philomathean Society joined the National Panhellenic Conference in 1904, taking on the Greek letters "Phi Mu". Alpha Delta Theta, a small national sorority founded at Transylvania University merged with Phi Mu in 1939.

Philanthropy

Phi Mu's interest in philanthropy is expressed in the first line of their Creed, "To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand," a guiding principle for Phi Mu. Phi Mu is the only sorority to be a corporate sponsor of Children's Miracle Network. Supporting 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals nationwide, Phi Mu has raised over $7 million since 1986.[citation needed]

Symbols

The Quatrefoil of Phi Mu

The official symbol of Phi Mu is "the quatrefoil of Phi Mu". The Quatrefoil is a unique symbol amongst Greek organizations; though it bears special meaning to sisters, its use can be traced back to early European design.[1]

The Badge of Phi Mu

The Phi Mu Badge is a shield of gold shaped in the Quatrefoil, overlaid with a black shield bearing the two bonds, three stars, hand clasping a heart and the Greek letters “Phi Mu.” Sarah Amelia Bardwell (Wright) designed the first badge in 1852. The first Phi Mu badge was created from a $20 gold piece that was given to Mary Ann Dupont (Lines) by her father when she left home to attend Wesleyan.[1]

New/Provisional Members, or "Phis", of Phi Mu wear the organization's new member pin, given to them when they formally pledge Phi Mu. The Phi Pin (or Provisional/New Member pin) is a black and gold shield with the Greek Letter “Phi.” [1]

The lion is the official mascot of Phi Mu. Lions have always been a part of Phi Mu history and are also shown on the Coat of Arms. Phi Mu's mascot, "Sir Fidel", is a name adapted from the fraternity's open motto, Les Soeurs Fideles. Sir Fidel was created in 1973.[1]

The rose-colored carnation is the official flower of Phi Mu. In the language of flowers, the rose carnation means "friendship", but according to the Grand Historian (1907-1908), Lillian Estes (Davis), “pink carnations are, and always have been, the emblematic flower".[1]

Creed

To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.
To think of God as a protector and guide of us all.
To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost.
To be to others what we would they would be to us.
To keep our lives gentle, merciful and just,
Thus being true to the womanhood of love.
To walk in the way of honor, guarding the purity of our thoughts and deeds.
Being steadfast in every duty small or large.
Believing that our given word is binding.
Striving to esteem the inner man above culture, wealth or pedigree.
Being honorable, courteous, tender,
Thus being true to the womanhood of honor.
To serve in the light of truth avoiding egotism, narrowness, and scorn.
To give freely of our sympathies.
To reverence God as our Maker, striving to serve Him in all things.
To minister to the needy and unfortunate.
To practice day by day love, honor, truth.
Thus keeping true to the meaning, spirit and reality of Phi Mu.[2]

Notable alumnae

Arts and Entertainment

Aviation

Government

Business

  • Evett Simmons (Alpha Tau) - president of the National Bar Association[3]

Journalism

  • Pat Mitchell (Alpha Alpha) - president, PBS[3]
  • Toria Tolley (Beta Nu) - VP/consultant, The Psychological Advantage, former CNN weekend anchor [3][17]

Phi Mu chapters

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "At a Glance". Phi Mu. http://phimu.org/content.aspx?item=AboutUs/WhoIsPhiMu/ataglance.xml. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Creed". Phi Mu. http://www.phimu.org/aboutUs/content.aspx?item=AboutUs/WhoIsPhiMu/Creed.xml. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Famous Phi Mus". Phi Mu. http://phimu.org/content.aspx?item=To%20Be%20Determined/Famous%20Phi%20Mus.xml. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  4. ^ Scott, Mike (September 30, 2008). "'Steel Magnolias' to unspool for a good cause". NOLA.com. http://blog.nola.com/mikescott/2008/09/steel_magnolias_to_unspool_for.html. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.missnc.org/history/
  6. ^ a b http://www.oocities.com/missusamagicf/MA1975Delegates.html
  7. ^ http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2007/07/01/news/local/doc46873b1569b83896065223.txt
  8. ^ "About Ashley". Ashley Hatfield, Miss Illinois 2007. http://www.ashleyhatfield.org/about.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  9. ^ "Dana Ivey, ΑΩ". The Aglaia. Winter Spring 2008. 
  10. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=V40MAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AWYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5302,1378689&dq=pam-long+miss+alabama
  11. ^ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-31779338_ITM
  12. ^ http://www.missamerica.org/scholarships/recipients-2008.aspx
  13. ^ http://www.missamerica.org/competition-info/national-contestants.aspx?state=Georgia&year=2002
  14. ^ http://www.missamerica.org/competition-info/national-contestants.aspx?state=Georgia&year=2002
  15. ^ http://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/laise-caroline-clendening
  16. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/26/obituaries/carol-laise-73-ex-ambassador-and-high-state-dept-aide-dies.html
  17. ^ http://www.americanprofile.com/article/2079.html

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