Gamma Iota

Washington University in St. Louis


Historical facts: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  1. The 1906–08 Grand President’s Report records that a formal petition was received and signed by five girls on Oct. 10, 1907. This was refused by a unanimous negative vote of the Grand Council because of its proximity to Theta Chapter, Missouri, and the lack of material to support another chapter at the university. It is interesting to note that while this petition was in the hands of the Grand Council, an informal petition had been received on Feb. 11, 1908, from an entirely different group.

  2. In spring 1920, the Greater St. Louis Area Alumnae Association decided to take steps to establish a chapter at Washington University. Eight girls were selected and pledged. The group was inspected on Feb. 11, 1921, by Grand Secretary Della Lawrence Burt, Texas

  3. On May 27, 1921, a charter was granted by the unanimous consent of the active chapters and one dissenting vote of the alumnae associations. Each member of the group was formally pledged to Kappa Kappa Gamma on June 6, 1921.

Fun facts:

  1. Gamma Iota Chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary the year of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Diamond Jubilee in 1946.

  2. Sororities at Washington University do not have houses. Instead, each chapter has a living room-style suite, providing a place on the main campus for members to hang out, conduct study groups, and hold chapter meetings.

  3. Gamma Iota was 42 years old when Washington University celebrated its 100th birthday in 1963.

  4. Members hosted a philanthropic event called “To the Arch," where they walked 8 miles to the St. Louis Arch to benefit the Rose McGill Fund.

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