The One and Only, Ann Dahne

This alumna is known to many Phi Mus for her role as the Convention Marshal at Phi Mu’s National Convention. Leading up to the 2008 convention in Orlando, Fla., Ann Dahne, ΔI, served as the Assistant Convention Marshal to test the water. In 2010 she found her niche mentoring  convention pages and hasn’t let up since.

Everyone, meet Ann.

Name: Ann Scarborough Dahne
Chapter of Initiation: Delta Iota, Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University)
Current Location: Towson, Maryland

Ann spent her career as an administrative assistant and event manager at Towson University. Now she is happily retired and resides in Towson, Maryland with her husband, John.

For those who know Ann, you know that she is a dedicated alumna and volunteer. And if you are lucky enough (and you only hope to be so lucky) you’ve had the opportunity to try one of her famous quatrefoil-shaped cookies. Since 1988, Ann has taken it upon herself to prepare and decorate sugar cookies from scratch, with each potential new member’s name on them, for Preference round for the Gamma Tau Chapter at Johns Hopkins University during recruitment.

In addition to her expertise in the kitchen, Ann continues to prove to Phi Mu that she is forever faithful to the Fraternity. For 13 years, she served as Gamma Tau’s Chapter Adviser and went on to help the Phi Theta Chapter at Towson University as Chapter Adviser until 2004. From 1996 – 2008, Ann served as the Convention Ritual Assistant. From 2010-2011, she served on the Foundation Scholarship Committee and the Ritual Revision Committee, and in 2014 she had a seat on the Foundation Nominating Committee. If that hasn’t kept her busy enough, Ann remains a key member of the Communications Committee since she first took that volunteer position in 1988. She is also currently a Ritual Adviser and a Panhellenic Adviser.

“Women who were collegians when I was their chapter adviser are now sending their children off to college.  It is exciting to see the younger women go through recruitment and pledge Phi Mu, sometimes at the same school their mothers attended.  Others I knew as collegians are now chapter advisers themselves; I am honored they remember the words said during the Third Dimension Ceremony.  I stay in contact with women who have moved all over the country, and it is fun to help Phi Mus from various chapters and graduation years meet each other in their new locations. We often say “Phi Mu is forever,” and for me, it is true because it is at the core of keeping alive the many friendships I’ve made over the years. I feel fortunate to know many Phi Mu volunteers of many ages, including current and past national and area officers, department chairs, staff members, and local chapter members.  Each one’s dedication to Phi Mu is impressive and is what helps us continue to develop as an organization,” said Ann.

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Luckily, as the Communications & Marketing Specialist at the National Headquarters I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with Ann on a daily basis. When I first started at the HQ in 2012, Ann’s was one of the first names to be mentioned. I quickly learned how critical her role was and continues to be to the Communications & Marketing Department. She is on the top of her game and I have never met someone so passionate about the proper way to write. Over the last four years Ann has turned from mentor, to adviser, to colleague, and to friend, a very close friend. It’s because of her genuine personality and willingness to make the Fraternity a better organization that draws me to her. We are incredibly blessed to have Ann as a volunteer and appreciate the many roles she juggles in Phi Mu.

Thank you for setting a wonderful example for all Phi Mu sisters!