#TBT – A tid-bit of Clio History

A Clio pin that was from the initiation of Lillian Estelle Haas in 1924 was recently mailed to the active sisters. Here is a great story and piece of history as it relates to Clio:

Lillian graduated New Paltz when it was the NY state teachers college. She taught in Great Neck for a few years, then in Southampton when she married.  She moved to Orlando, FL in 1945 and taught there until retiring in 1965.  She kept in close touch with her Clio sisters all her life, visiting back and forth over the years.In 1928 she and 2 other Clio’s drove her Ford Model T with a rumble seat across the USA from New York to California for the summer Olympics.  They spent their entire summer vacation touring the country and braving the roads.  They stayed in boardinghouses and also with some friends and relatives.  Brave, spirited young women.  

In her 80’s she reminisced that her college experience, especially Clio, was the favorite time of her life.  She was proud to have received bids from all three sororities on campus at that time, but never considered anyone but Clio.

Her experience left no doubt in my mind that I wished to join a sisterhood when I went to college.  I was thrilled to receive a bid to Pi Beta Phi in 1957.  For 60 years now it has been an integral part of my life. 

The foundations that have been established by Pi Phi and others provide financial support to sisters in need, scholarship and fellowship aid to help sisters reach their educational goals.  All faiths and political views are now welcomed.  An evolution of love and bonding.  Strength and support abound in our joining with one another. 

Thank you for the opportunity to share a two generation combined total of 130 years of gratitude for what is provided by these organizations.  I expect the growth and caring to continue to increase in the times of my granddaughters and theirs.

Perhaps you could use her pin as a rotating honor for a member who has an outstanding year, or one who embodies the spirit of the woman who originally owned and treasured it so highly.

A pin from 93 years ago, quite a chunk of the 145 year history.  Lillian’s birthday was February 18.  I thought of the pin then. It is in perfect condition with a guard, gold with pearls.  She would be thrilled that it will go to her Clio sisters.

~ Jean Donnelly Maclay, Pi Beta Phi

Current True Clio- Melody McAlister wearing the True Clio blazer with the pin attached!

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