June 2021 Alumnae Chapter of the Month: Twin Cities, Minnesota

This month, we head north to Minnesota to feature the Twin Cities Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter. Although the chapter was re-established in 1989, alumnae have had an active presence in the area for the past 100 years. Read more to see how these women are staying connected.

Twin Cities Phi Mu alumnae look forward to the return of their philanthropy bingo event in support of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Chapter Philanthropy Event/Monies Raised for CMN Hospitals

  • Now that pandemic restrictions are easing up, we are looking forward to once again collecting toys for our local CMN Hospital, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, as well as raising funds for Phi Mu Foundation and CMN Hospitals through our Founders’ Day auction. We also look forward to the return of our philanthropic bingo event.

Fun Chapter Facts

  • Our chapter averages 35 members from more than a dozen different collegiate chapters. Members range in life experience from retirees to recent alumnae. We have multiple professions represented including doctors and medical professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, educators, social workers, financial advisors and librarians, just to name a few.
  • The Twin Cities is a large metropolitan area! Our chapter draws members from seven counties, representing 182 communities. Being on the border, we also have members from western Wisconsin.

Interesting Facts about Members

  • Our members give back in many different ways from serving on alumni boards of their alma maters, volunteering for their faith communities, volunteering for elections and campaigns, fighting poverty and homelessness, raising awareness for mental health, making cards for veterans, unlocking confidence through the arts and representing our community as royal ambassadors.
  • Lynn McGraw, Zeta Sigma (University of Wisconsin River Falls), currently serves as a National Vice President on Phi Mu’s National Council
  • We actively participate with our Panhellenic sisters in the Twin Cities Alumnae Panhellenic Association where we provide recruitment assistance to the University of Minnesota Panhellenic, gather socially to share sisterhood and alumnae chapter best practices and raise funds for and awareness about eating disorders and body positivity through our local philanthropic partner, WithAll. 

Collegiate Chapter Support

  • We are fortunate to have two nearby collegiate Heart to Heart Chapters, Zeta Eta – University of Minnesota and Zeta Sigma – University of Wisconsin River Falls. Our members have a strong tradition of serving as Chapter Advisers and on Advisory Councils as well as volunteering at the Area and National level.
Twin Cities Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter has hosted a successful book club during the pandemic, including several Phi Mu authors.

Staying Connected during COVID-19

  • During the pandemic we actively hosted several virtual games nights and happy hours, held a very successful book club where we welcomed numerous authors into our conversations including our Phi Mu sisters Kristina Seek, Gamma Gamma (Queens University of Charlotte), Pat Mitchell, Alpha Alpha (University of Georgia), and Elin Hildebrand, Gamma Tau (Johns Hopkins University).
  • We also hosted a virtual Founders’ Day Service and during that time, honored and celebrated the life of a long-time member who passed away.
  • We have several groups on Zoom that meet twice a month, including Sassy Seniors and a self-care group.
  • We also used Zoom to host a Haunted Happy Hour for Halloween that featured campus ghosts, trivia and “Zoom Around the Room.”
Twin Cities Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter President Beth Berzelius, Zeta Sigma, and her fellow chapter officers have worked hard to keep members connected throughout the pandemic.

What We Are Most Looking Forward to

  • We are excited to return to hosting in-person events and can’t wait to see and hug our sisters!

Stay Connected with the Twin Cities Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter:

               Instagram: @phimutwincities

               Facebook: @TwinCitiesPhiMuAlumnaeChapter