Phi Mu at a Glance
Our Greek Letters
Phi Mu was founded in 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. and is the second oldest sorority in the nation. We have provided social opportunities, a support network and personal enrichment resources to members for nearly 200 years. In that time nearly 200,000 Phi Mu women have been vibrant members of college campuses and we have chartered over 247 chapters.
Our Mission Statement
Founded in 1852, Phi Mu is a women’s organization which provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship through a shared tradition. Phi Mu promotes vibrant living, encouraging members to achieve their personal best.
Our Identity: steadfast in sisterhood
Our Founders' Day
Phi Mu was founded by Mary Elizabeth Myrick (Daniel), Mary Ann DuPont (Lines) and Martha Bibb Hardaway (Redding).
Phi Mus are steadfast in sisterhood. For generations, women have joined our organization to become their best selves and make lifelong friends. Times have changed, but our values have remained constant: love, honor and truth. We hold ourselves and one another to high standards, guided by our strong hands, hearts and ideals.
Lions have always been a part of our history and are also shown on our Coat of Arms. Our mascot, which we affectionately call “Sir Fidel,” is a name adapted from our open motto, Les Soeurs Fideles. Sir Fidel was created in 1973.
The Phi Mu Badge is a uniquely shaped shield of gold overlaid with a black shield bearing the two bonds, three stars, a hand clasping a heart and the Greek letters “Phi Mu.”
Phi Mu’s Creed was submitted by sisters of the Mu Chapter and was adopted at the 1916 National Convention. The Creed is credited to Grace Lumpkin, Mu. National President Beth Monnin, P, officially named 2016 “The Year of the Creed” in honor of the Creed’s 100th anniversary.
Rose and White. This choice can be dated back to the early days of the Philomathean Society and was most likely made by the charter members.
Our Open Motto
“Les Soeurs Fideles,” or “The Faithful Sisters.”
Phi Mu National Headquarters, located in Peachtree City, Ga., is home to both Phi Mu Fraternity and Phi Mu Foundation. The 31,672 square foot building houses our leadership training center, library, conference rooms, office space and Carnation Collection, the Phi Mu Fraternity boutique. It also contains a museum, displaying many Phi Mu artifacts and memorabilia that span throughout our history.
The rose-colored carnation. While the rose-colored carnation in the language of flowers refers to “women’s love and sisterhood,” Lillian Estes (Davis), Alpha, Grand Historian 1907-1908, wrote that, “pink carnations are, and always have been, the emblematic flower.”
Our Phi Pin
The Phi pin (or provisional/new member pin) is a black and gold shield with the Greek letter Φ.
our Coat of Arms
Designed in 1904 by Annie Laurie Mallory (Parker), Alpha, assisted by Louise Monning (Elliott), Alpha.
To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.
To think of God as a protector and guide of us all.
To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost.
To be to others what we would they would be to us.
To keep our lives gentle, merciful and just;
Thus being true to the womanhood of love.
To walk in the way of honor, guarding the purity of our thoughts and deeds.
Being steadfast in every duty small or large.
Believing that our given word is binding.
Striving to esteem the inner man above culture, wealth or pedigree.
Being honorable, courteous, tender;
Thus being true to the womanhood of honor.
To serve in the light of truth avoiding egotism, narrowness and scorn.
To give freely of our sympathies.
To reverence God as our Maker, striving to serve Him in all things.
To minister to the needy and unfortunate.
To practice day by day love, honor, truth.
Thus keeping true to the meaning, spirit and reality of Phi Mu.