The Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi received several awards at the international convention last month. Congratulations, ladies!

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Maja Berge (second from left) and Susan Maxwell (center) represented the Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club at the international convention and received awards for their chapter. With them are representatives of the regional team that supports the local alumnae club and nearly 40 other clubs in 12 Northwest U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

The Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi recently received several fraternity awards at the international convention held in St. Louis, Mo., recently. More than 1,400 members gathered to celebrate the club's 150 anniversary.

Pi Beta Phi alumnae clubs promote and support fraternity philanthropic endeavors, assist collegiate chapters and offer friendship to new graduates and alumnae. This year, the Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe club was second runner-up for Premier Club, and the local group won the Excellence in Membership and Recruitment Award in the small club category. In addition, the club received a regional Excellence in Communication award in honor of its newsletter, website and directory.

The Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club was chartered in 1967, and it is celebrating its 50th year this year. In February, the group helped give away 20,000 new books to Portland area children served by Title I schools and programs. Currently, 15 members support three collegiate chapters by serving on advisory committees and on chapter house corporations. There are approximately 450 Pi Beta Phi members living in the Lake Oswego, West Linn and other nearby cities.

"I am grateful for the members who support our club and our philanthropic projects," said club president Susan Maxwell. "I thank them for the part they play in helping us be recognized as a premier organization at the Pi Beta Phi convention."

Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women was founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois. It has installed more than 200 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Learn more online at

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