I am incredibly honored to be serving as President of Willard Sorority for the 2018 calendar year. Willard’s active chapter is composed of 68 incredible women who share the life-long bond of sisterhood. This year we will be celebrating the 130th anniversary of the founding of Willard Sorority and we are proud to hold the title as the nation’s oldest and largest local sorority. Since our chapter’s founding in 1889, we have continued to strive for perfect womanhood by upholding our pillars of character, community, sisterhood, scholarship, and service.
Character is the pillar that ensures Willard women will be productive members of society throughout their lives. Willard is home to some of the most responsible, respectful, and authentic students at Nebraska Wesleyan University, who strive to make a positive impact on the Wesleyan and Lincoln communities. By showing good character through love generosity, and integrity, members are able to effectively communicate Willard’s mission, which is to strive for perfect womanhood.
Our members’ involvement in the Wesleyan and Lincoln communities exemplifies Willard Sorority’s pillar of commitment. Many of our members participate in Student Affairs Senate (SAS), numerous honor societies (Alpha Mu Gamma, Tri-Beta, etc.), Panhellenic Council, Relay for Life, Student Ambassadors, New Student Programs (NSP), and more. In addition, our members are involved with many organizations outside of Nebraska Wesleyan University, which allows them to broaden their perspectives and work with diverse groups of people. Through these interactions our members are able to spread the message and values of Willard Sorority.
Willard’s active chapter is composed of a diverse group of women, however, all members are united through the bond of sisterhood. The active chapter routinely hosts sisterhood events that promote the forming of strong bonds and inclusivity. Sisterhood events have included chapter lock-ins, family gatherings, movie nights, and a variety of retreats.
Throughout its existence, Willard Sorority has prioritized overall academic excellence and individual intellectual pursuits as the ultimate goal of higher education. Over the years our chapter has continuously placed top in grades among the Nebraska Wesleyan University Greek System. For the Fall 2017 semester, Willard received a cumulative GPA of 3.61. Willard is proud of the large percentage of members who participate in complementary academic opportunities such as the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) and study abroad programs.
We challenge our members to devote 12 hours each semester to a cause that they are passionate about. Our sisters have donated hundreds of hours of their time to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Bryan Hospital, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the People’s City Mission, and more. In addition, all active members participate in our annual philanthropies: Rock-A-Thon, Build Your Own Burrito, S’more Local Love, and Relay for Life. Our fall philanthropy, Rock-A-Thon benefits Nebraska Make-A-Wish. In the Spring, Build Your Own Burrito benefits Fresh Start, which is a transition shelter for women in Lincoln, and S’more Local Love benefits various local non-profit organizations. Lastly, Relay for Life unites the entire Greek and Wesleyan communities to raise money for cancer research.
I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve as Willard Sorority’s president. Since my activation in the Fall of 2016, I have become convinced that Willard Sorority is one of greatest things to ever happen to me. I am so proud to be a Willard woman and I plan to continue promoting and exemplifying the pillars of our cherished chapter throughout my presidency and beyond.
All of my Willard love,