- Amanda Brown -President
- Vice-President – OPEN
- Suzi Brock – Treasurer
- Secretary – OPEN
- Barbara Forbes-Lyons – Historian/Webmaster
Tallahassee Alumnae support Beta Gamma chapter at Florida State University. The Tallahassee Alumnae are active in the community and the Tallahassee Alumnae Panhellenic.
We are also a ZTA Crown Chapter for 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2008. We also were awarded for Outstanding Alumnae Panhellenic participation in 2000 and 2002.
Zeta Tau Alpha was founded October 15, 1898, by nine women at the State Female Normal School in Longwood, Virginia. Only 14 and 15 years of age, these young women desired permanence to their friendships and hoped to perpetuate their sisterhood long after college. Though dedicated to the formation of a Greek-letter group, the band of nine delayed selecting a formal name. A temporary name of “???” was taken when, as legend has it, a member of another group met with the Founders. Raising her eyebrows and forming her fingers in the shape of a question mark, she asked “Who are you?” In unison, the group answered “Yes, Who? Who? Who?” Thus, the group came to be known as “???” while they sought an appropriate Greek name and symbols.
Our Founders are:
- Mary Jones Batte, Died December 3, 1957
- Alice Bland Coleman, Died June 11, 1956
- Helen M. Crafford, Died September 17, 1964
- Ethel Coleman Van Name, Died January 24, 1964
- Alice Grey Welsh, Died June 21, 1960
- Maud Jones Horner, Died 1920
- Della Lewis Hundley, Died July 12, 1951
- Ruby Leigh Orgain, Died October 22, 1984
- Frances Yancey Smith, Died April 23, 1977
The Creed of Zeta Tau Alpha
To realize that within our grasp, in Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives; to be true to ourselves, to those within and without our circle; to think in terms of all mankind and our service in the world; to be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering that since the thought is father to the deed, only that which we would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in thought; to find satisfaction in being, rather than seeming, thus strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit; to prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served; to seek understanding that we might gain true wisdom; to look for the good in everyone; to see beauty, with its enriching influence; to be humble in success, and without bitterness in defeat; to have the welfare and harmony of the Fraternity at heart, striving ever to make our lives a symphony of high ideals, devotion to the right, the good, and the true, without a discordant note; remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was love, “the greatest of all things.”
Shirley Kreasan Strout