Celebrating 75 Years at Kappa Phi

Chapter anniversaries are an exciting and special occasion. Executive Board Vice President Amber Countis shares her experience celebrating 75 years of sisterhood with Kappa Phi Chapter at McGill University!  

Last fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Montreal to be with our Kappa Phi and Montreal Alumnae Chapter sisters as they celebrated 75 years of AOII at McGill University! I was excited about this trip for several reasons. First, it was drivable and didn’t require an early flight cross country (even though I did have to cross the border!). Second, since moving to Vermont my husband and I had made several trips to Montreal so I was a little familiar with the area but could finally explore the "AOII side" of the city. Third, I had worked with both Kappa Phi and the Montreal AC in my previous role as a Network Director, but this would be my first time to officially visit! Finally, I also got to share the experience with Foundation Board Treasurer Koren Phillips who drove up from Boston. I was also looking forward to meeting new sisters and seeing several women who I had volunteered with over the years including PIP Joan Maccallum, NSL Jingchan Hu, CA Siobhan O’Brien, and former NSL and adviser Leslie Seagram. I knew this would be a fun weekend! 
Kappa Phi and the Montreal alumnae, including Katarina Daniels (Montreal AP and 75th celebration chair), had put together a great schedule. Koren and I joined two collegians, current CP Mariam Ascan and senior Jing Song, on Saturday afternoon for a fun tour of the McGill campus. These sisters were great guides who were excited to get to know us. They pointed out many places of interest on campus, including buildings that had been used in films as well as the tree and AOII bench that were donated in honor of AOII’s centennial in 1997. Our tour culminated at the Kappa Phi house a few blocks away where several sisters had gathered with refreshments and we were able to see the house and visit with collegians and alumnae.  

Everyone was excited about the 75th Anniversary banquet that took place Saturday evening. The committee put together a great event at the Atwater Club. Sisters and guests gathered for a fun night that included lots of reminiscing, photo taking, and memory making. I shared greetings from the Executive Board and Headquarters staff and announced the chapter’s gift from the Fraternity. This event was also serving as their Founders’ Day, so the Ruby Fund and Founders’ Day messages were also shared. The guest speaker was an inspiring young woman, Simone Cavanaugh, who talked about her experience with arthritis as well as efforts of the Canadian Arthritis Society to bring awareness. The evening concluded with the Epsilon Chapter song. 
On Sunday morning, we reconvened at the Atwater Club where we participated in Formal Ritual (preceded by a walk-through with PIP Joan Maccallum) conducted by former Kappa Phi CP Juliana Prah. We shared a wonderful brunch and were treated to additional remarks from PIP Joan who shared, among other things, the exciting news about the progress of the forming AOII Foundation Canada (   

It was a wonderful weekend of sisterhood and celebration with my Montreal and Kappa Phi sisters! I cannot wait to go back and visit this wonderful city that is home to so many fabulous AOIIs. Best wishes to Kappa Phi for another amazing 75 years to come!


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