On March 19, 2011, Alpha Phi International Fraternity celebrated the re-installation of its Gamma Phi chapter at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. The chapter was originally installed in May of 1959, and in April of 2010, Alpha Phi accepted an invitation to recolonize.
The weekend kicked off with the Court of Ivy ceremony held in Miller Hall, the location of Alpha Phi's Preference six months ago, and the place where many new initiates received their bids. Initiation ensued Saturday, March 19, at St. John's Episcopal Church, where Alpha Phi welcomed 146 initiates, including 5 alumnae initiates, into the chapter. A successful installation banquet took place the following day at the Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla., with over 300 guests and numerous Gamma Phi alumnae in attendance. Highlights included a $1000 dollar donation to the Pace Center for Girls from the Alpha Phi Foundation on behalf of Gamma Phi, a generous donation to the Foundation from Gamma Phi members, and $2000 dollars in welcome donations from a wide range of collegiate and alumnae chapters for Gamma Phi's ritual equipment. Local area alumnae groups assembled ceremonial flowers, and alumna Mary "Phi" Flanagan (Gamma Phi '67) spoke about her pride for the chapter: "You have no idea the excitement I felt sixteen months ago when I heard Alpha Phi was thinking of returning to Florida State. As I met these amazing women last spring, their energy was just amazing, and I knew it was going to happen!"
Deana Gage, Team Lead for Florida State, says she is very proud of the entire team for guiding this group of young women from colonization to installation: "It is always a heartwarming experience to see yet another group of collegiate women experience the sisterhood of Alpha Phi as so many have done in the past."
Alpha Phi and the Gamma Phi chapter are thankful for the all support throughout the colonization and re-installation process. Congratulations to all alumnae and new initiates of Gamma Phi!
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