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Friendship Fund History

Rachel Sumner Poole

We trace the beginning of the Friendship Fund to the 1924 Grand Convention, when a young alumna, Rachel Sumner Poole, Chi/Syracuse, spoke of a Theta in dire need and asked if there was any fund from which the Fraternity could aid her. In response, a committee was formed and recommended the establishment of the Friendship Fund at the 1926 Convention; a few months later, Grand Council suggested starting the fund through contributions at Founders Day celebrations.

Rachel Poole maintained her Theta involvement until her death in 1999. She was a member of alumnae chapters in New York; Washington, DC; and Virginia; and served as a district president and advisory board chairman. In 1991, she received her pansy pin commemorating 75 years of membership in the Fraternity. "Theta has meant so much to me because it was always there, no matter where I was," she wrote.