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95th Founder’s Day Message


Professional Business Women Propelled By Ingenuity: Intentional Purpose

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The month of June represents a myriad of things for Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.  It is the official month when the sorority year ends, officers are installed for the upcoming year, soror celebrations and recognitions are held, and most significantly, we celebrate Founder’s Day on June 1, as one of our National Programs.

Founder’s Day was established in 1937 by the National Executive Board meeting held in Washington, D.C.  The date of June 1, was selected as it signified the first official meeting held for Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.  As we prepare to gather and celebrate the continued work and commitment of the legacy established over ninety-five years ago, let us remember and reflect   on the past, the foundations on which we were established, and the oath of sisterhood we all pledged to. Let us also consider the present, who we are as an organization, and the intentional work and contributions made in our respective communities. Lastly, let us think about thefuture, maintaining financial sustainability, preparing for 100 years of continued service, and building a lasting legacy well into the next century.

The organizational foundation, established by Lola Mercedes Parker, the Founder, along with six other progressive like-minded women, Ethel T. Edwards, Mildred G. Hardin, Harriet M. Robinson, Ophelia Harrison, Birdette Trigg, and Marjorie Tyndall, has stood the test of time. Together, these women organized Alpha Chapter the first chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois.  The State of Illinois granted the charter for Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. on September 30, 1930.

“Knowing your history can give you the tools to shape your future”

 – Gloria Feldt

Today, through sorors’ ingenuity, with intentional purpose to elevate Iota Phi Lambda, Sorority into the future, the work done in support of women and young girls by exposing them to business education and personal development will help to lead them to financial growth and family stability. The world is changing at a rapid pace, in ways that don’t always include the disenfranchised, the less educated, the forgotten struggles of our past ancestors, and our selective inability to reach down and pull someone up, and then reach up and ask someone to pull you up. We must always remember that we are our sisters’ keepers!

As the 24th National President, I am honored to offer my sincerest gratitude for the work that we continue to do in each city, state and region. Founder’s Day, June 1, is a time for members to gather in solemn sisterhood, renew our commitments and dedication to each other and the organization, along with the opportunity for the reclamation of sorors who have left for various reasons. The National Executive Board and I are continuously working on your behalf. This administration’s goals are laser-focused on propelling Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. to be recognized as the premier Business and Professional Sorority, with continued financial sustainability for a thriving membership well into the next century.

Happy Founder’s Day!
Charlotte D. Berry, M.Ed.
24th National President

National Executive Board Members
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.