Memphis, TN Alumnae Chapter

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Chapter History

The Memphis Alumnae Chapter was founded in 1941 to promote sisterhood and support the Beta Sigma chaper at Southwestern, now Rhodes College, in Memphis, Tennessee. From the beginning, members of the alumnae group gathered not only to enjoy each other's company, but to support our community. Minutes from 1944-1945 show that Zetas were active with the college chapter at Southwestern, collected money for war bonds, and collected toys and clothes for local families.

Over time, the makeup of the alumnae chapter changed, as we expanded into three separate groups in 1970. Themis, Alpha and Beta chapters were formed to give alumnae broader groups to associate with. In 1985, a new local college chapter was founded at Christian Brothers University. Iota Xi has been proudly supported by the Memphis Alumnae group ever since. 

Today, the Memphis Alumnae group is a chapter of over 150 women dedicated to advancing the causes of our Fraternity. We host chapter events every month, plus additional sisterhood events that range from going to the movies, painting nights, and visits to cultural and theatrical events. We support numerous college chapters and fund a scholarship through the ZTA Foundation every year for one deserving Tennessee college student. It's a great time to be a ZTA in Memphis!

Silver History

2020 - Silver was not presented this year due to COVID-19 

2018 - Betty McGhee Schuessler

2016 - Betty McGhee Schuessler

2014 - Betty McGhee Schuessler - 1st Runner Up

2012 - Programming - 2nd Runner Up

2010 - Betty McGhee Schuessler - 1st Runner Up

2008 - Betty McGhee Schuessler - 1st Runner Up

2006 - Panhellenic Award - 2nd Runner Up

Other Awards

Crown Chapter - 2020, 2018, 16, 14, 12, 10, 08, 06

Convention Attendance Award - 2014 & 2008

Helping Hands Award - 2020


Memphis Zetas raise money to fund a college scholarship through the ZTA Foundation. This scholarship is always named after a member of the alumnae group that has been an inspiration and support to us all. In 2009, the Think Pink Luncheon was founded to honor people who have made a difference in Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the ZTA Foundation for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Since the beginning of the luncheon, over $301,892 has been raised! Click here to find out more about our Think Pink Memphis Luncheon, Auction and Fashion Show!
Our alumnae also support many local groups by collecting school supplies, money and food for the food bank, passing out water at local races and so much more. Memphis Alumnae seek to better our community by being models of service and compassion.