2019 Founder's Day Letter from the President

September 24, 2019

Dear Sisters,

On this day, THIRTY-FIVE years ago, Phi Sigma Rho was founded at Purdue University. At the time, our Founders saw that fraternities existed specifically for engineers. They believed that women engineering students were entitled to the same opportunities that their male counterparts had. In short, our Founders saw a need, and they acted upon it. We celebrate September 24th, because of the great legacy that ensued.

I want to recognize and thank our founders Abby (McDonald) Schwartz and Rashmi (Khanna) Drummond for having the vision and tenacity to create a social sorority for women in engineering, which enabled participation in Greek Life without negatively impacting academic endeavors. I also want to honor and recognize the charter members who believed in this vision: Anita (Chatterjea) Behnke, Gail (Bonney) Boydston, Ann Cullinan, Christine (Mooney) Jackson, Pam Kabbes, Tina Kershner, Michelle Self and Kathy Vargo. We are all indebted to this inspirational group of women, for blazing the trail, so those of us that followed (6,500+ sisters) could benefit from the support and friendship that comes with lifelong bonds of sisterhood.

Throughout the day, please feel free to share photos of your favorite Phi Rhos, as well as your favorite Phi Rho memories. Help spread the celebration of our 35th anniversary by tagging your sisters and using the hashtag #phisigmarho35. If you are grateful for how Phi Sigma Rho has positively impacted your life, please consider paying it forward by making a charitable donation to the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation (https://www.phisigmarhofoundation.org/giving/donate)

It is my pleasure, on behalf of the 17th National Council, to wish all our sisters a HAPPY FOUNDER’S DAY! Wherever you are, take a moment to demonstrate the standards upon which our sorority was created. Honor our Founders and our Sisterhood by sharing Friendship, Scholarship, and Encouragement with whomever you interact with today.

Yours in Sisterhood,

Kathy Lyall

President, 17th National Council

Phi Sigma Rho Sorority