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Old 03-03-2012, 12:14 AM
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Sorority Strongholds?

I thought this was an interesting quote from the 1979 Life Article about Chi Omega that NutBrnHair posted the other day:

"I just hope to God that my daughter is a Chi Omega," said one sister recently. 'In Arkansas, when you say you are a Chi Omega, you get respect."

Do you find that your sorority has a stronghold in any particular state? I know that each group has parts of the country where they tend to be stronger or more highly represented. But is it your impression your sorority has a state like this Chi Omega perceived things to be in Arkansas at that time?

And I'm not thinking towns. I know from reading all the recruitment threads that certain towns go heavily for certain groups. I'm thinking entire states where if you are an ABC or an XYZ you will gain increased respect pretty much anywhere.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:32 AM
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I couldn't say for sure. I know Alpha Phi has 23 collegiate chapters in California, all that are active, none are inactive, so state wise, we have the most collegiate presence there. Though just because a member is from one state or another is not something I have heard really discussed. I know it's always interesting to meet collegiate/alumnae from our founding chapter at Syracuse University because there is so much history there. I'm sure there are women in every sorority that perceive certain schools to have more prestigious or highly sought after chapters than others. However, at the end of the day, no matter what chapter of Alpha Phi a woman has joined, she is a sister regardless and that is what is most important.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:47 AM
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Chi Omega was founded at Arkansas. In the Fayetteville area, you will see women with owl earrings, owl rings, owl necklaces.... Chi Omega is a pretty big deal there.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:05 AM
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From what I hear, Florida seems to be zeta's stronghold.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:17 AM
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:57 PM
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In terms of number of chapters I think Sigma has the most in Pennsylvania, if I'm not mistaken. I think some close seconds are Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. But I don't know if I would say that we have a 'stronghold' anywhere. But maybe that's just my perception.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:12 PM
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In terms of number of chapters I think Sigma has the most in Pennsylvania, if I'm not mistaken. I think some close seconds are Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. But I don't know if I would say that we have a 'stronghold' anywhere. But maybe that's just my perception.
I was about to say something similar. SDT is a lot better known in NY than CA. In fact, we're the only chapter west of Texas.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:58 PM
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I think the situation with Chi Omega and the state of Arkansas is very unique. Chi Omega is the only sorority founded at the largest university in the state. So many of our organizations share founding schools. (Monmouth Duo, Syracuse Triad, Farmville Four - I know I'm leaving some out - sorry!) On top of being the only sorority founded at Arkansas, the university doesn't have to compete with another large university for support (think Alabama & Auburn; Georgia & Georgia Tech; UNC & NC State; Texas & Texas A & M - among others). I do business in Arkansas, and I can say without hesitation that a majority of the people in the state are Arkansas fans. It's only natural that Chi Omega is going to get the lion's share of desirability in this situation. I think it's really a special thing, and it would be difficult to duplicate.
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:21 PM
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I would put Texas or California up as Theta's strongholds.

We have 7 active chapters in Texas but all of them are at major universities and 29 alumnae chapters. In California despite some chapters being inactive, we still have 18 active college chapters and 24 alumnae chapters.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:34 PM
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I would have to say that for Phi Mu, it would probably be Georgia (along with Alpha Delta Pi, I figure) for obvious reasons---where we were founded. We are at 14 universities with a few of them being major schools like (UGA and Georgia Tech.), 13 Alumnae Chapters, 3 Chapter Associations, and our National Headquarters. I would think that Alpha Delta Pi would be big in Georgia, as well.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:41 PM
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In terms of number of chapters I think Sigma has the most in Pennsylvania, if I'm not mistaken. I think some close seconds are Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. But I don't know if I would say that we have a 'stronghold' anywhere. But maybe that's just my perception.
If I had to choose a state, I'd go with PA, with MO in 2nd.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:44 PM
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If I had to choose a state, I'd go with PA, with MO in 2nd.
I know that Sigma Sigma Sigma does really well at Bloomsburg University.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:08 PM
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Theta Phi Alpha has strong name recognition in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, although we are building up a strong presence in the Midwest as well .
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Whether it is true or not, I was always told that KD was a "southern sorority". If you look at our numbers, most of our chapters are in the south. 11 chapters in North Carolina, Ten in Tennessee. Eight in Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. The odd one out is Ohio which has 9 chapters. I'm not sure about the "strength" of the chapters. I'm trying to find the latest chapter awards.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:55 PM
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