Gamma Epsilon celebrates 50 years


GREENVILLE — Gamma Epsilon chapter of Lambda Chi Omega (LCO) will celebrate 5o years of commitment and service in the Greenville Community on June 3.

Lambda Chi Omega sorority is a national philanthropic sorority organized in 1923. The purpose of the sorority is to stimulate and promote interest in fraternity, social development, charity and education.

Its national charities are Berea College, Berea, Kentucky; Children’s Hospital, Richmond, Virginia; and Girls’ Ranch, Arizona (discontinued in June 2010).

Gamma Epsilon chapter was organized in 1965 with 12 members. The chapter has been involved in a number of fund-raising activities through the years. They include bake sales, garage sales, fashion shows, raffles, card parties, dances, concession stands at various community events, published and sold three cookbooks and selling ads for Darke County Fair race programs.

Local charities and activities are:

• LCO Gamma Epsilon Scholarship given each year to a high school senior entering a healthcare field

• Sponsorship of community blood drawings.

• Donations to FISH

• Youth For Christ

• Wayne Hospital Children’s Fund

• Mitten Tree

• Special Olympics

• Heartland of Greenville

• Brethren Retirement Community

• Shelter from Violence

• Reading is Fundamental

• Greenville Public Library

• Support of troops overseas

• Garst Museum

In addition to its 50-year celebration, members will recognize and honor two of Gamma Epsilon’s charter members who have been active the entire 50 years: Linda Trostle Rehmert and Charlotte Snider Wright.

There are currently nine active members, who have been active for 40, 30, 20 and 10 years. They are President Becky Luce, Barbara Anthony, Pam Aukerman, Jerri Oliver, Judy Miller, Linda Rehmert, Debbie Shoemaker, Jane Williamson and Charlotte Wright.

“We feel we have been an important organization in our city over the last 50 years,” said a spokesperson.