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Posted On: Friday, October 14, 2011 02:31 AM, by Katharine Murphy
Me, Stacey and Lindsey celebrating Theta Thursday on the UO campus!
Christopher Columbus once said "You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." With the celebration of Columbus Day this week I have been thinking about the courage to try something new and be a pioneer.

Back in 1870 Bettie Locke, Alice Allen, Betty Tipton, and Hannah Fitch were certainly pioneers when they created the first Greek letter Fraternity for women. Such a concept was foreign at the time. Men on campus were upset with their brave new idea, and even stomped their feet as they wore their badges to chapel for the first time. But the founders persevered and left a legacy that has impacted over 220,000 women in the Fraternity's over 140 year history.

This week I am helping with the colonization at the University of Oregon. My fellow ELC's, Stacey and Lindsey, are based here all year to work with the chapter and I have been lucky enough to join them for their PR and colonization efforts. By the middle of next week the new members will have their bids and their education and colony business will begin.

Recruiting new women has brought me back to my time as a new member when everything was so new and my journey as a Theta was just beginning. Five years later, Theta means more to me than I ever thought it could. I am so excited for the new women who will be a part of the Alpha Xi chapter here, and all of our new members everywhere.

Being a charter member is much like being a pioneer like Bettie Locke or Christopher Columbus. There is so much unchartered territory, and so many unknowns. I admire the women who are brave enough to be a part of something new and make a change. These are the women who are not afraid to lose sight of the shore.

Are you a charter member? How has Theta impacted your life?

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