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The History of the Birmingham, Michigan Alumnae Chapter
On August 21, 1967, the Birmingham, Michigan Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was officially chartered. Twenty-nine members of the club met at Jean Miller’s home and signed the charter making the long existing club a chapter. Of those original members, three are still actively involved: Lou Simpson, Betty Britton, and Jean Miller.
Over the years, the chapter has participated in many philanthropic events and hosted a range of activities. Beginning in 1959, we helped make life better for young girls at Camp Oakland (later called Crossroads for Youth). The home was set up for girls who were wards of Oakland County. Our fundraisers included dances, swim parties, and salad smorgasbord luncheons. In 2000, we began supporting HAVEN (Help Against Violent Encounters Now), an organization that aids battered women and their children. This year, we decided to switch our support to Judson Center, which provides a loving, safe, and therapeutic living environment for abused and neglected children, and foster and adoptive children. Our annual holiday auction raises funds for Judson Center, CASA, Theta Foundation, and the three Michigan college chapters
Our activities over the years have been as fun and diverse as our women. In the 50’s, we encouraged folks to come visit our Apron and Bake sale and buy mother a “gay, colorful apron.” In the 60’s we donned our theatrical hats and got involved in sponsoring the opening night of the zestful, new Broadway comedy by Harry Kurnitz called “Once More with Feeling.” The 70’s brought out our cleverness when we created the Make It, Bake It, or Fake It craft auction. The big 80’s found us celebrating our 20th birthday as an alumnae chapter. In the 90’s, and as we continue today, we have diverse events such as book reviews, jewelry making, cooking demonstrations, and, of course, we always celebrate Founders Day.
The Birmingham Alumnae Chapter still exhibits the excitement and enthusiasm for Kappa Alpha Theta that led our sisters more than four decades ago to initiate our chapter. With over a hundred members, we are a diverse group of women, ranging in age and profession. Our members’ ages span from recent college graduates to 50+ year Thetas, and our professions include attorneys, engineers, accountants, artists, writers, educators, local business owners, volunteers, stay-at-home moms, and homemakers. Each of our unique backgrounds and experiences contributes to the continuing success and enthusiasm each one of us has for our chapter.