Sharon has sat through many meetings. She listened to many reports from various officers, even giving her own at times. She was a pledge assistant, registra, VP of interactions. Completely different positions from today. VP of interactions sounds like standards and pledge assistant does not exist anymore. She has seen initiation so many times, she could recite it in her sleep. She pledged February of ‘62 and took turns cleaning the Kappa room in Marshall Hall. During her senior year, she lived with twelve other girls with no house mother. They had a house, but it wasn’t a Kappa house. She looked forward to Pi Phi and Kappa Due Days events. Sharon learned a lot about the respect for history of Kappa. About the women’s movement and our Founder’s bravery. She told stories only older actives would care to hear. Like how the Stewart House, Kappa’s founder’s house, was owned by a Pi Beta Phi and how the owner offered it to us before going to anyone else. Alumni raised money to buy the house and improved the structure. Now, this is where Kappa has their last night of formal recruitment. Or how initiation one year took place in a male dorm. Now it takes places in the newer house.
Kappa holds a special place in her heart. It taught her so many things about herself and life. It gave her friends and a place at college.She speaks so reminiscent about this organization.It was an umbrella. A protection for so many things. She had friends she could talk to if anything came up. She was soaking it all in and even brought Kappa with her after college. Becoming secretary for the Peoria Alumni Association gave her a sense of sisterhood that she once had in college. It gave her another chance to form new friendships. Even though she didn’t care for it, she still loved the organization after. Sat on the Mini Stewart House board when they got that house.
She talks so reminiscent about Kappa, it was hard to believe. It was hard anyone could love this organization as much as she does. There is an excitement in her voice anytime her dear old Kappa days were brought up. She still bleeds blue and blue.