July Alumnae Chapter of the Month: Dallas

This month, we are excited to feature the Dallas Area Alumnae Chapter. Established in 1918, this group continues to provide area alumnae with engaging opportunities to continue experiencing our Phi Mu sisterhood. Read on to learn more about the Dallas Area Alumnae Chapter!

Philanthropy/Support of CMN Hospitals

Our chapter supports Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the Children’s Health flagship hospital and one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. Every year, our members visit the hospital to volunteer with the patients. We also hold our annual fundraiser, our Bachelor Bracket, where participants pay a donation entry fee and submit a bracket each week to see who receives the final rose on “The Bachelor.”

Making valentines for the kids at Children’s in February 2019

Fun Chapter Facts

We received the Innovative Alumnae Membership Recruitment and Retention Award for the 2018-2020 biennium at this year’s virtual National Convention. We also received the Most Unique Fundraiser Award for our Bachelor Bracket campaign benefitting Children’s Medical Center Dallas for the 2018-2020 biennium from Phi Mu Foundation.

The DFW area encompasses more than 9,200 square miles of total area, making it the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States. That’s a LOT of sisters to reach! We’ve employed the use of social media and planning events throughout the metroplex (when we can meet in person) to encourage sisters to attend when and where they can. Virtual events have been a big hit during social distancing.

Members at our annual brunch/ornament exchange and coat drive, one of our best attended events of the year, in December 2019

Support for Collegiate Chapters

We love supporting Epsilon Iota at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, and have been involved in their Bid Day celebrations and supporting the chapter in many other ways for several years. We primarily support Epsilon Pi at Tarleton State University. We have enjoyed loving on them from afar by supplying Ritual materials, sending well wishes and care packages during finals and more.

Staying Connected During COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, we started weekly “evening breaks with sisters” as a sort of virtual happy hour over Zoom. We’ve found that having a virtual come-as-you-are event that starts at 5:30 p.m. once a week is an easy thing for sisters to pop on and attend, no matter where they are in the metroplex. We’ve seen so many faces – new and returning – and getting together has really been a bright spot during this dark time.

Our virtual Summer Send Off in May 2020

Interesting Facts About Our Members

We have members from all walks of life and Initiation dates ranging from recent to all the way back to 1942. Our chapter has a rich history and membership, and we celebrate individual membership milestones every year at our Founders’ Day luncheon.

DAPMAC Founders’ Day 2020: Our annual luncheon and officer elections on March 7, 2020