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Vintage Chi Beta Phi Fraternity Sorority 10k Gold Pin with 1922 Guard Seed Pearls Rubies


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    This pin is inscribed I. W. W., and is marked 10k. It features nine seed pearls and three rubies - NOTE that one of the rubies is missing at the bottom. Having the 1922 guard would indicate that it's owner was made a member in 1922, the same year of the first National Convention, and before the chapters were assigned greek letters.
    This Chi Beta Phi pin is quite historic. Chi Beta Phi originated in the mind of John Howard Greene during his senior year at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA. While working in the laboratory, Mr. Greene conceived the idea of a general science fraternity which would give to undergraduates special opportunities to discuss the latest achievements in science and the outstanding problems in his field of endeavor. With the assistance of his classmates and three professors in the science departments of Randolph-Macon, and with faculty approval, the Fraternity was organized in April, 1916. For four years Chi Beta Phi existed as a local organization. However, during the school year 1920-21, an expansion program was inaugurated and three chapters were installed (College of William and Mary, Hampden-Sydney College, and Emory University). On May 5 and 6, 1922, the first National Convention was held in Williamsburg, VA. It was here that the real organization of Chi Beta Phi began. At the first convention a system of nomenclature was put into effect. Each chapter was assigned a Greek letter which was given out by the chapter’s beginning in Chi Beta Phi. Hence, Randolph-Macon College became Alpha chapter, the first born of Chi Beta Phi.
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