On June 12, 1903 Sigma Alpha Iota was founded at the University School of Music, Ann Arbor, Michigan by seven lovely ladies. They were: Elizabeth Campbell, Frances Caspari, Minne Davis Sherrill, Leila Farlin Laughlin, Nora Crane Hunt, Georgina Potts, and Mary Storrs Ansersen. However, there is an “invisible pipe of pan”–a lady the seven considered to be a founder. Her name was Elsa Stanley and her father held a position at the University’s music department and so she declined to be considered a founding member but the seven founders always were grateful for her and considered her a founder. Elsa would later become SAI’s Alpha chapter’s second President.
Minne Davis was the first President of Alpha chapter and the very first initiation was held on March 7, 1904 at the home of Minne Davis. The first active member, Blanche Abbott, was initiated at this time.
The picture above is of the current badge which has remained the same almost for the entire 110 years. The founders, however, have rubies and pearls as the gems on their badge but this was quickly changed when it was written in the Constitution that the only jewel on the badge would be pearls.
SAI’s colors are red and white. (An interesting fact was that it was a vote between three color combinations: red and white, pink and grey, or red and grey.) And the fraternity currently has 223 active chapters and 121 alumnae chapters and one international chapter with a total of over 120,000 collegiate members.
“Music is a kind and truthful speech…”
Happpy 110th Anniversary!