Fall 2017 Newsletter

No matter where my sisters are, I know we’ll always be under the same crescent moon.

President's Letter

Hello sisters, 

Fall is officially upon us once again and it brings with it many reasons to be with friends and family. The summer was one of planning and preparing for this upcoming year. We are excited about the next few months and are also looking ahead to International Convention which will take place this summer in Dallas, Texas. 

Our upcoming calendar has our two big events that we host during the fall. The first of which is our annual Fall In Love event. This is where we as sisters in Wichita can come together to pay our dues and buy tickets to Founders Day. I encourage you each to attend this event and see what we are up to. This year, Founders Day will be held on the date of our founding. We are at a new venue this year because we have outgrown the old one. Our Founders Day team has been working hard to make this event entertaining and enriching. I encourage each and every one of you to attend and reach out and invite a sister. Our sisterhood is strong and continuing to grow and that is because of your effort

Thank you again for your continued Love, Labor, Learning and Loyalty to the sisterhood. 

Love in IIKE,
Erica Doyle



Gamma Phi Beta is 143 years strong. It's time to celebrate our Sorority and sisterhood. Join us for a delicious brunch with your sisters as we celebrate. Don't forget to arrive early to browse the amazing auction! All proceeds benefit the leadership development and philanthropic efforts of our local collegiate and alumnae members.

Saturday, November 11
10 a.m. to noon

*Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
*Please arrive between 9:30 and 10 a.m. to look through the silent auction items before the celebration begins.

Candela at the Lux
120 E. 1st St. N.
Wichita, KS 67202

Cost: $30

Silent Auction Donations
We are accepting silent auction donations! Please contact Danielle Lamb or Kim Middlemist for details.

Danielle Lamb:
Kim Middlemist:

If you would like to pay by mail, please mail a $30 check (made out to "Gamma Phi Beta") to:
Wichita Alumnae Group of Gamma Phi Beta
2713 E. Kite Ct.
Wichita, KS 67219

Brunch Menu

  • Scrambled Eggs (1/2 with peppers and onions and 1/2 plain)
  • Bacon, Ham and Sausage
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Assorted Pastries
  • Muffins
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Hashbrowns
  • Side bowls of shredded cheese, pico/salsa, butter and jelly
  • Coffee, Iced Tea and Water
  • Mimosas!

There is on-street city parking available and a covered parking garage connected to The LUX. Street parking is free for 1 hour and 2 hour in areas and metered parking is also available in front of the building. The parking garage - on the corner of First (one way heading East) and Main (one way heading South) charges a flat $5 rate.

Fall in love with gamma phi beta

Looking for a way to get involved with the Wichita alumnae chapter and FALL in love with Gamma Phi Beta all over again? Join us for our fall alumnae event where you can mix and mingle with sisters, enjoy good food, pay your dues, sign up for our Founders Day Celebration, view silent auction items and more! Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided by the alumnae chapter.

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Metro Appliance Venue (3545 N. Hillside St., Wichita, KS 67219)

Wichita Alumnae Panhellenic

Each spring, the Wichita Alumnae Panhellenic awards scholarships to area high school graduating senior women.  This past spring, WAP received 48 applications from outstanding young women in the Wichita community. From the 48, 10 semi-finalists were selected to participate in a panel interview. Four amazing young women were selected from the 10 semi-finalists, each to receive a $1,000 scholarship.  The scholarship recipients are:

  • Carly Flake from Andover High School, with plans to attend University of Kansas.  After formal recruitment, she pledged Chi Omega.
  • Emma Gunderson from the Independent School, with plans to attend the University of Kansas.  After formal recruitment, she pledged Kappa Alpha Theta.
  • Sydney Dahlgren from Bishop Carroll, with plans to attend the University of Kansas.  After formal recruitment, she pledged Chi Omega.
  • Whitney Pepper from Andover High School, with plans to attend Kansas State University.  After formal recruitment, she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Wichita Alumnae Panhellenic funds the scholarships by holding the annual Card Party Luncheon at Botanica.  Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 24, 2018 and attend this wonderful event!  As it gets closer, you will have an opportunity to purchase a ticket to the event.  Even if you’re not a card player, the price of the ticket is a great value for lunch and tour of the Botanica gardens.  This year, we may be offering a “per table” price for ladies wanting to have a nice lunch with co-workers or sorority sisters.  So starting thinking about who you could invite to have a lovely lunch and garden tour over the lunch hour.

Funding for the scholarships is also generated from an annual holiday greenery sale.  Ordering will begin very soon and you will receive an e-mail that will include a color brochure of the items available for sale.  A nice feature of this fund-raiser is the ability to order items and have them directly shipped to the recipient.  So if you have family or friends living out of town and you would like to send some holiday cheer their way, the direct delivery option is very convenient.   The fresh evergreen wreaths, garlands and other holiday decorations will be delivered right after Thanksgiving, just in time for the holidays.  And, the revenue generated goes toward next year’s scholarships.  Contact Lori Manning Marceau to place your order, 371-3557 or

Celebrating 60 years of beta chi

The planning process has begun for a commemoration of the 60 year anniversary of the chartering of the Beta Chi Chapter at Wichita State.  The celebration will take place over the Memorial holiday weekend, May 25-27, 2018, in Wichita.  More details will be available soon, but put this weekend on your calendar! 

Founders day awards

It's time to take nominations for the alumnae group's Founders Day awards! Below are the links to submit your nominations. If you have any issues with the links, please feel free to email your nominations to Jenna McDonald at With your nomination, please include the name of the sister you are nominating as well as a synopsis of why you are nominating her. Nominations will close October 15 at 9 p.m. so please get your nominations in before then! Final voting will open October 16 and will conclude October 22 at 9 p.m. We will send out reminder emails of these important dates.

IIKE Award
The IIKE Award is awarded to an alumna who has made a significant contribution to the alumnae group or to the collegiate chapter. Previous award winners include:

  • 2010 - Dianne Rosell
  • 2011 - Pam Hesse
  • 2012 - Dana Castor
  • 2013 - Allyson (Sutton) Mendenhall
  • 2014 - Emily (Gleason) Stewart
  • 2015 - Sandy Stump
  • 2016 - Janet Wright

Donna Jabara Baker Award
The Donna Jabara Baker Award is awarded to an Outstanding Alumna recognizing her for her work outside and within the sorority. Donna Jabara-Baker was initiated in Pi Kappa Psi at Wichita State University in 1955. She was Sergeant of Arms, 1955; Assistant Treasurer 1956; and Treasurer 1957. In 1957, Donna became a charter member of the Beta Chi Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, where she was among the first pledge class. In 1958, Donna was initiated as part of the first group of Beta Chi initiates. As a member of the Wichita Alumnae Chapter, Donna contributed in the following ways; Chapter Advisor in 1960, Founder's Day Chairwoman, helped initiate the first Christmas Party, member of the Calling Committee, Primary fundraiser for the Capital Endowment Campaign of 1990 and always volunteered time and money wherever needed. Donna Jabara Baker graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Minor in Accounting from Wichita University in 1958. Sister to legendary entrepreneur Fran Jabara and Wichita businesswoman Helen Galloway, she followed in their entrepreneurial footsteps. In 1973, Donna and Helen co-founded The First Place, a unique jewelry and gift store in east Wichita. We lost Donna in 1991. In memory of a sister and businesswoman, the Donna Jabara Baker Endowed Scholarship was established in 1996 for students majoring in entrepreneurship. As well, Donna’s spirit and compassion are memorialized in the Plaza of Heroines. Previous award winners include:

  • 2010 - Allyson (Sutton) Mendenhall
  • 2011 - Dianne Rosell
  • 2012 - Lindsay Mullins
  • 2013 - Lori Marceau
  • 2014 - Pam Hesse
  • 2015 - Sandy Stump
  • 2016 - Emily Stewart


Beta Chi Collegiate Update

This fall the Beta Chi chapter welcomed home 39 new members during the fall 2017 Formal Recruitment. Though the hours were long and the weather was rough, we had a wonderful time bonding as sisters and recruiting the future members of our chapter. In the short time they've been in the house, the 20167 pledge class has already taken several opportunities to get involved. We look forward to the great things they will do for our chapter!


  • Work/School
    • Rachel Wilson graduated in May with her Masters of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University.
    • Jenna (Scheer) McDonald passed the CPA Exam and becoming a Certified Public Accountant in September. 
  • Engagements
    • Rachel Wilson to Mike Schumacher
    • Megan Lazzo to  Cameron Sellers
  • Babies
    • Kathy (Wilson) Randall - Blake Evelyn (July 2)
    • Danielle (Schweiger) Lamb - Nolan Eugene (July 30)
    • Margan (Funston) Maus - Mia Kate (August 28)

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