Phi Mu has a long-standing and rich history. In fact, it’s the second oldest female fraternity in the United States. Originally founded in Macon, Georgia in 1852, the fraternity now has more than 150,000 initiates. Phi Mu was founded at Wesleyan College, the first educational institute to give bachelor’s degrees to women. Wesleyan College is where the idea of the female fraternity originated, and is known as the birthplace of college sororities. Because Phi Mu is so old, it’s known as a female fraternity, because at its time of founding the term “sorority” did not exist. Phi Mu was founded by three friends: Mary Ann Dupont, Martha Bibb Hardaway, and Mary Elizabeth Myrick.
Phi Mu Symbols and Motto
Phi Mu’s official symbol is the quatrefoil, literally meaning “four leaves.” The official flower is the rose-colored carnation. Phi Mu’s official colors are a soft rose pink and white. The fraternity is represented by a lion, nicknamed Sir Fidel. Its crest contains two lions holding a shield, beneath which is written the official motto: “Les Soeurs Fideles,” or “The Faithful Sisters.”
The Phi Mu Creed and Mission
Phi Mu takes their creed very seriously. Members are expected to embody the creed and the fraternity’s mission throughout their entire lives. The creed can be likened to a guide by which a noble woman should live her life. The most important aspect of this creed is to “practice day by day love, honor, and truth.” Part of Phi Mu’s mission is to continually build its philanthropic efforts, as is referenced in the first line of the creed: “to lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.” Phi Mu has a vibrant history of philanthropy, being the only corporate sorority sponsor for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN). Phi Mu raises more than $500,000 for the network each year.
Phi Mu Through the Years
To date, the fraternity has donated more than $8.5 million to CMN’s 170 hospitals across the United States. The sisters of Phi Mu spend thousands of hours each year volunteering to help raise money and better the lives of sick children and their families. In 1999, the fraternity created a yearly National Philanthropy Day in October, when all members are encouraged to get involved with their communities and volunteer. Phi Mu was the first fraternity to officially establish a nationwide day of service.
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