Los Angeles Alumnae Panhellenic Association is pleased to announce that Beryl Arbit of Alpha Omicron Pi is our 2017 Woman of the Year.
A long time resident of Los Angeles, Beryl attended UCLA where she pledged Alpha Omicron Pi in October of 1967. She immediately threw herself into leadership roles, serving as Scholarship Chairman and Recording Secretary. In 1969, when AOII held our International Convention in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel, Beryl served as Collegiate Chairman of Rose Banquet, Song Girl where she performed with collegiates from throughout the United States and Canada, and served as Piper / To Dragma assistant to the editor of both publications, Laura Perry. Upon graduation from UCLA, Beryl began her professional career with O'Melveny & Myers, LLP. Rising through the ranks, working with the firm for almost forty years, Beryl's expertise was quickly recognized. Retiring only last year as a Senior Legal Assistant she is still in demand. Even now in retirement, she is being called on to assist in a variety of matters at O'Melveny & Myers. As such, she has started a new career as Consultant to O'Melveny & Myers. Shortly after graduation as a recent alumna, Beryl stepped in to assist with the USC recolonization of AOII. In a city and at a time of serious cross town rivalries, it shows true AOII spirit to build up those 'Trojans.' Not only was Beryl part of the recolonization, she served in a variety of capacities, from Recruitment Committee, Chapter Advisor and Corporation Board President. It says much to her work with her collegiate sisters that so many are still in touch with her and are dear friends. In 1994, Beryl who had been an active AOII, attending Founders' Days and other local AOII events, joined the West Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter. From 1994 to present, Beryl has served as Treasurer, doing the job no one wants, making it look effortless, filing reports and all paperwork on time. Her resourcefulness when we changed our name from West to Greater Los Angeles assisted our Alumnae Chapter with financial changes, banking changes, and financial security. When help has been needed, Beryl has been quick to step in. In 2008, the Sigma Phi Corporation for the Sigma Phi Chapter at California State University Northridge was in need of a Treasurer. Again, Beryl stepped up at a time of transition and financial need, steering the Chapter through alumnae sponsored loans and property renovations. AOII has been a fixture in Beryl's life. She has attended seven AOII Conventions, including our Centennial in 1997 in New York from that first one in Los Angeles in 1969 to present. Our upcoming D.C International Convention is on the horizon. She has hosted meetings, mentored newer alumnae and this past year served as co-chair of the 2017 AOII Founders' Day with over 380 women from San Diego to Santa Barbara in attendence. She shows in her actions and dedication what it means to be an AOII for life. She continues to assist Chapters in recruitment, walk in AOII's Philanthropy Arthritis Walk, and participate in Strike Out Arthritis events. In the larger world, Beryl has worked with Operation Gratitude since 2003, sending care packages to our troops overseas. She spent over five years volunteering with the Los Angeles Food Bank (2011 -2016), before working with the Jewish Family Services / SOVA Food Bank, where her experience has held her in good stead. She volunteered with Para Los Ninos Charter School Reading Mentor Program from 2012 until 2015. And since her retirement last year, she has become a fixture at the Skirball Cultural Center, where after years of being a member she took the next step of being a very involved volunteer. For almost 50 years, Beryl Arbit has been an involved member of AOII, an active participant in the Los Angeles community, and a conscientious professional in a demanding field in a international law firm. During her entire life as an AOII she has mentored, inspired, been that willing volunteer when needed, and done it all with grace, humor and a smile. She has created a legacy of love, inspiration and dedication where ever she has offered her many varied talents.
We are pleased to honor this multi-talented woman as the Los Angeles Alumnae Panhellenic Association Woman of the Year.
LAAPA Women of the Year
2017: Beryl Arbit, Alpha Omicron Pi 2016: Harriette "Charlie" "Lady" Pullen, Sigma Delta Tau 2015: Kay McCoy McKelvey, Zeta Tau Alpha 2014: Belinda Borden, Phi Mu 2013: Phyllis Casteel Gilson, Alpha Omicron Pi 2012: Valerie Weiss, Alpha Gamma Delta 2011: Beverly Pfeifer Lynch - Kappa Kappa Gamma 2010: Christie Harper - Alpha Chi Omega 2009: Laura Lynn Davidson - Alpha Phi 2008: Kimberly Macmillan - Phi Mu 2007: Lisa Hancock Rehrig - Alpha Chi Omega 2006: Deanna Detchemendy - Alpha Xi Delta 2005: Linda Babcock - Gamma Phi Beta 2004: Ellen Little VandenBrink - Alpha Chi Omega 2003: Carol Coordt - Kappa Delta 2002: Audra Levi - Alpha Chi Omega 2001: Christine Thomas Barnicki - Chi Omega 2000: Leslie Brown Shiffman - Alpha Epsilon Phi 1999: Jan Moser Dyer - Alpha Chi Omega 1998: L'Cena Brunskill Rice - Gamma Phi Beta 1997: Ronnie Clark - Kappa Delta 1996: Evelyn Savage - Delta Delta Delta 1995: Melody Nishida - Alpha Gamma Delta 1994: Marilyn Eacrett Brainard - Alpha Chi Omega 1993: Ada Dunning Gamble - Delta Zeta 1992: Marjorie Lewis, Alpha Delta Pi Certificates of Achievement were presented to: Margie Eister -Kappa Kappa Gamma & Deborah Miller - Kappa Kappa Gamma 1991: Ruth Coine - Sigma Delta Tau 1990: Mary Gratton Davids - Alpha Chi Omega; Sally Ardell Gulick - Kappa Kappa Gamma; Joan Mackie - Kappa Delta; Ethel Colom - Zeta Tau Alpha 1988: Deanne Saliba Hayes - Alpha Delta Pi; Linda De Long Valiant - Delta Gamma 1987: Judy Needham - Sigma Kappa; Jeanine Goldberg - Phi Sigma Sigma 1986: Ara Marston Haft - Delta Delta Delta; Vivan Harth Lagerlof - Pi Beta Phi 1984: Mary Dorr - Alpha Xi Delta; Nancy Norris - Alpha Epsilon Phi; Connie Purkiss Kelly - Delta Zeta; Mrs. Garold Leach - Alpha Phi 1974: Barbara Sheets - Alpha Chi Omega; Beth Anne Stevens - Alpha Delta Pi; Dorothy Hoskins - Alpha Gamma Delta; Beth Saul - Alpha Epsilon Phi; Martha Hilands - Alpha Omicron Pi; Meredith Duncan - Alpha Phi; Cecile Shellenberger - Alpha Xi Delta; Mary Jo Mays - Alpha Chi Omega; Olive Mc Duffee - Delta Delta Delta; Mary Etta Mc Gaughey - Delta Gamma; Ruth Thomas - Delta Gamma; Dorothy Drumm - Gamma Phi Beta; Adele Whitney - Gamma Phi Beta; Eleanor Zahn - Kappa Kappa Gamma; Helen Jones - Pi Beta Phi; Agnes Gwin - Zeta Tau Alpha 1973: Ruth Gellers - Alpha Chi Omega; Betty Schille - Alpha Delta Pi; Betty Morris - Alpha Gamma Delta; Lucile Curtis English - Alpha Omicron Pi Jean Waste - Alpha Phi; Edna Buerman - Alpha Xi Delta; Louise Fitzhugh - Chi Omega; Elinor Memory - Delta Delta Delta; Kathryn Gray - Delta Gamma; Ada Gamble - Delta Zeta
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