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Chapter and Individual Awards

Each year at our Founders' Day Celebration event we present awards to alumnae for distinguished service. Individual alumnae are also eligible for Merit, Service, and Loyalty awards, as well as coveted recognitions like the Honor Roll, Carnation Award, and Philanthropist Award.

 

In addition to individual awards, our chapter has a rich history of winning chapter awards at Convention. 

 

Below is more information on our annual awards, prior award winners, and past Convention awards. 

Annual Founders' Day Awards

Love, Labor, Learning, and Loyalty Award
(formerly known as the Elizabeth Wood Mize Award)

Established in 1977, this award is presented annually to an alumna who has given outstanding service to St. Louis Alumnae Chapter. 

Elizabeth Wood Mize was initiated in 1919 at Phi Chapter at Washington University in St. Louis. She served as alumnae chapter president from 1930-1931. In 1977 she donated a silver tray to establish this award. In 2000, alumna Ann Harris Straw (1962 initiate of Epsilon Chapter and alumnae chapter president from 2002-2006) donated a new silver tray for the new millennium. The trays were engraved and passed on each year to the new award recipient. As of 2022 both trays are retired, and the new award is a gold necklace passed down annually to the new recipient. 

Past Award Winners

Eleanor Hemminger Award

Established in 1995, this award is presented annually to an alumna that has worked diligently to promote, assist and help the Gamma Tau chapter. The recipient is selected by collegiate members of Gamma Tau Chapter.

 

Eleanor Garm Hemminger was initiated in 1931 at Epsilon Chapter at Northwestern University. She was a devoted lifetime volunteer who, among many other accolades and roles, was active in the founding of Gamma Tau in 1967. She donated her badge to be used by the president of Gamma Tau Chapter, and was the chapter's first House Corporation Board president. She also served as alumnae chapter president from 1956-1957. Eleanor was gifted a silver tray for her years of service to Gamma Phi Beta, and she later donated it to establish this award. The tray is now "retired" and replaced by a silver bowl which is engraved and passed on each year to the new award recipient. 

 

Past Award Winners

Lumpp Henderson Award

Established in 1997, this award is presented annually to a collegian or alumna who has made a significant impact on alumnae-collegiate relations in St. Louis.

Virginia Smith Lumpp was an initiate of Phi Chapter at Washington University in St. Louis, and served as alumnae chapter president from 1957-1958. Patricia "Patsy" McGahey Henderson is a 1959 initiate of Phi Chapter who served as alumnae chapter president from 1970-1971. Virginia gave Patsy a custom piece of jewelry, and years later Patsy donated it to establish this award. The necklace is passed on each year to the new award recipient. 

Past Award Winners

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International Awards

Honor Roll

Gamma Phi Beta's most prestigious award is the Honor Roll, which recognizes sisters who have created and developed a service for the Sorority that has contributed notably over a period of years toward the fulfillment of the aims of the organization, and members who have given distinguished service at the highest international level over a period of years. As of 2022 only 50 women have been named to the Honor Roll, including Saint Louis Alumnae Chapter member: 

Ann Mullen Bronsing (Beta Pi Chapter at Indiana State University) - Awarded in 2004

Carnation Award

The Carnation Award recognizes members whose outstanding achievements in fields outside the Sorority have brought them regional or national honor or great distinction, which reflects well on Gamma Phi Beta. Among this select group of award winners is Saint Louis Alumnae Chapter member: 

Marion Kaeser Piper (Omicron Chapter at University of Illinois) - Awarded in 1974

Philanthropist Award

The Philanthropist of the Year Award is presented by the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation in recognition of support for the Foundation. Among this select group of award winners is Saint Louis Alumnae Chapter member: 

Jane Piper Gleason (Omicron Chapter at University of Illinois) - Awarded in 2010

Merit, Service, and Loyalty Awards

 

These three awards are presented by Gamma Phi Beta to celebrate alumnae sisters’ passion for service and their dedication to others. The awards are defined as follows:

  • The Merit Roll Award is awarded to members in good standing who have given long, devoted and distinguished service to the Sorority at the local level for a minimum of 15 years. 

  • The Service Roll Award is awarded to members in good standing who have given long and devoted service for a minimum of five years at the international level and 15 years total at both the local and international levels as well as financial support to the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation or the Sorority for a minimum of five years. 

  • The Loyalty Award is awarded to members in good standing who have given outstanding service at the international level for at least seven years as well as a minimum of seven years of financial support to the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation or Sorority. 

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Convention Awards

Awards are presented to alumnae chapters, collegiate chapters, and some individuals at each Convention. St. Louis Alumnae Chapter has earned many awards through the years, including the following:

 

2022 - Donor Excellence (recognizing alumnae chapters that have provided outstanding support to the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation)

2020 - Volunteer Excellence (recognizing an individual alumna member who excels in any recognized volunteer role with Gamma Phi Beta through promoting Gamma Phi Beta's mission, vision, and Core Values) Recipient: Kristen Slaughter (Florida State)); Hall of Fame (recognizing the alumnae chapter that has shown superior efforts in all areas of an alumnae chapter including, but not limited to, sisterhood, growth and retention, service and philanthropy)

2016 - Honorable Mention for Collegiate/Alumnae Relations Excellence (with Gamma Tau Chapter) (recognizing outstanding communication, rapport, understanding, and cooperation between a collegiate chapter and an alumnae group)

2014 - Honorable Mention for Collegiate/Alumnae Relations Excellence (with Gamma Tau Chapter); Honorable Mention for Alumnae Panhellenic Excellence (recognizing support of and participation in the local alumnae panhellenic association); Honorable Mention for Commitment to Building Strong Girls (in recognition of philanthropic efforts)

2012 - Honorable Mention for Outstanding Programming

2010 - Alumnae Chapter Service Excellence

2008 - Alumnae Panhellenic Cooperation

2004 - Most Improved Alumnae Collegiate Relations (with Gamma Tau Chapter)

2000 - Consistent Excellence in House Corporation Board/Collegiate Relations (with Gamma Tau Chapter)

1998 - SisterLink (recognizing the chapter that best demonstrates initiative in implementing SisterLink activities); Honorable Mention for Outstanding Advisory Board (with Gamma Tau Chapter); Collegiate/Alumnae Relations (with Gamma Tau Chapter); Efficiency (presented for timeliness and accuracy of reports, fees, and policies submitted to international headquarters); Consistent Excellence in House Corporation Board/Collegiate Relations (with Gamma Tau Chapter)

1996 - Outstanding Advisory Board (with Gamma Tau Chapter)

1992 - Newsletter; Scrapbook; Pollack (recognizing philanthropy efforts); Most Improved Collegiate/Alumnae Relations (with Gamma Tau Chapter)

1990 - The Crescent (recognizing consistent reporting)

1988 - Hall of Fame; Scrapbook

1986 - Newsletter; Scrapbook

1984 - The Crescent; Outstanding Sponsoring Alumnae Chapter; Newsletter; Scrapbook

1982 - Newsletter; Scrapbook

1980 - Magazine Sales

1978 - Outstanding Sponsoring Alumnae Chapter; The Crescent

1976 - Chapter Development Programs

1974 - Magazine Sales

1972 - Magazine Sales

1970 - Magazine Sales

1968 - Magazine Sales

1966 - Magazine Sales

1964 - Magazine Sales

1962 - Magazine Sales

1960 - Magazine Sales

1958 - Magazine Sales

1954 - Magazine Sales 

1950 - Magazine Sales 

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LLLL Winners

Past Winners of the Love, Labor, Learning, and Loyalty Award
(formerly known as the Elizabeth Wood Mize Award)

Christie Grosshelder Carter           1977

Patricia McGahey Henderson        1978

Judie Renje Seybt                           1979

Margaret Godbold Briscoe            1980

Ann Mullen Bronsing                      1981

Mildred Jakobs Fuller                     1982

Gail Nelson Bush                            1983

Holly Markus                                   1984

Catherine Gardner Bowling           1985

Nancy White Welton                      1986

Kathleen Hannegan Meyer            1987

Nita Waninger Steck                      1988

Cecilia Hoffman Eifert                    1989

Susan Richter Krombach                1990

Becky Pond Kearns                         1991

Alison Shafer Bond                         1992

Lois Fedder Forthaus                     1993

Joanne Callis Roman                     1994

Jackie Bockhop McIlhagga           1995

Ellen Endres Spengemann            1996

Gail Workman                                 1997

Erica Abbett                                   1998

Donna Prior                                    1999

Tina Steck                                       2000

Helen Griffiths Kaiser                     2001

Debbie Fielder Hopper                 2002

Carolyn Herwig Terry                     2003

Sandy Steiniger Hughes                2004

Pam Berry Getman                         2005

Ann Harris Straw                             2006

Julie Vowell-Ramirez                      2007

Kristen Heine Slaughter                2008

Jennifer Limpert Schumacher      2009

Jennifer Mitchell Wood                2010     

Margie Miller                                 2011

Linda Johnson Lowry                    2012

Erin Corkery Risk                           2013

2014

Debbie Shrum Gremmelsbacher 2015

2016

Christy Woltzen Ehrenreich          2017

Nancy Boman Mattingly               2018

Maddie Movesian                         2019

Christy Woltzen Ehrenreich          2020

Rachel Christiansen Taube           2022

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Past Winners of the Eleanor Hemminger Award

Christy Jansen Vogt                       1995

Lauran Mooney Mayville               1996

Margaret Ryan-DeBonis                1997

Nita Waninger Steck                      1998

Gail Workman                                 1998

Sandy Steiniger Hughes                1999

Susie Anderson-Bauer                   2000

Katie Reinlein Lampen                   2001

Ann Harris Straw                             2002

Kristen Heine Slaughter                 2003

Stacie Enders Winter                      2004

Joanne Callis Roman                      2005

Stacie Enders Winter                      2006

Stacie Enders Winter                      2007

Margaret Ryan-DeBonis                 2008

Joanne Callis Roman                      2009

Margaret Ryan-DeBonis                 2010

Rachel Christiansen Taube             2011

Jody Brenneman McClelland        2012

Jennifer Mitchell Wood                 2013

Diane Richter                                  2014

Sarah Caudron                                2015

Brittany Park Williams                    2016

Sarah Smith                                     2017

2018

2019

Emily Rhoads                                   2020

Beth Effertz                                      2022

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Past Winners of the Lumpp Henderson Award

Laura Mooney Mayville                 1997

Nita Waninger Steck                      1998

Susie Anderson-Bauer                   1999

Diane Manard Bosworth                2000

TJ Pate Hunt                                   2001

Stacie Enders Winter                     2002

Jessica Diekhoff                              2003

Gina Cunningham Cossarini          2003

Kristen Heine Slaughter                 2004

Beth Effertz                                      2005

Kristen Heine Slaughter                 2006

Jackie Bockhop McIlhagga            2007

Gina Dumsdorff Korte                    2008

Ann Mullen Bronsing                      2009

Dena Brayley Suftko                       2010

Christy Ehrenreich                           2011

Jackie Bockhop McIlhagga            2012

Diane Richter                                   2013

Rachel Christiansen Taube             2014

Jackie Bockhop McIlhagga            2015

Diane Richter                                   2016

Carolyn Herwig Terry                      2017

Joanne Callis Roman                      2018

Vicki Benitz Helling                         2019

Beth Effertz                                      2020

Jill Dierberg Clark                            2022

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Past Winners of the Merit Roll Award

 

Alison Shafer Bond

Catherin Gardner Bowling

Margaret Godbold Briscoe

Gail Nelson Bush

Christie Grosshelder Carter

Ginny Knight Crowley

Elizabeth Effertz

Marcia Lazarz Etzkorn

Marguerite Van Booven Fleck

Mickie Jacobs Fuller

Margaret Brereton Gamble

Marcia Weinand Garrison

Karen Diehl Greening

Debbie Shrum Gremmelsbacher

Vicki Benitz Helling

Patsy McGahey Henderson

Wilma Grund Hoener

Helen Megel Holstein

Meimei McMichael Huber

Sandy Steineger Hughes

Virginia Black Hundley

Carol Simon Johnson

Helen Griffiths Kaiser

Martha Scott Kenton

Josephine Christmann Kraeger

Susan Richter Krombach

Linda Johnson Lowry

Virginia Smith Lumpp

Ruth Vogler Malvern

Sally Rice Markland

Jackie Bockhop McIlhagga

Harriet Schulz McMillan

Donna Davis Prior

Gwen Lankford Rogers

Joanne Callis Roman

Jacqueline Heitman Ruthsatz

Judith Renje Sybt

Margaret Ryan-DeBonis

Geraldine Epp Smith

Ellen Endres Spengemann

Anita Waniger Steck

Tina Steck

Carol Buchmueller Stelmach

Ann Harris Straw

Jeanne Koch Swallow

Carolyn Herwig Terry

Christine Lankford Toole

Nancy White Welton

Dorothy Allen Wiegelman

Jill Ferguson Wilkis

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Past Winners of the Service Roll Award

Alison Shafer Bond

Margaret Godbold Briscoe

Ann Mullen Bronsing

Florence Johnson Daugherty

Christy Woltzen Ehrenreich

Eleanor Garm Hemminger

Gladys Hecker Myles

Joanne Callis Roman

Kristen Heine Slaughter

Geraldine Epp Smith

Florence Rein Thomas

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Past Winners of the Loyalty Award

Ann Mullen Bronsing

Joanne Callis Roman

Kristen Heine Slaughter

Dena Brayley Suftko

Rachel Christiansen Taube

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Hemm Winners
LH Winners
Merit Winners
Sevice winners
Loyalty Winnrs
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