Paying Homage to their Patronesses

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Being a former member of Chi Omega sorority Margaret MacGregor reported in her interview that in order to govern and monitor student conduct across campus, sororities had what were called patronesses, ladies from the area who were a part of thatGreek organization or were simply interested in volunteering their time towardsthat sorority. Visitations to these chapter patronesses were required andentailed formal wear in which the ladies had to "get dressed up with whitegloves and hats..." with "... their best finery." If for somereason their patronesses were not home the ladies had leave behind callingcards. In return the patronesses would host different activities for the ladiesthroughout the year. According to Margaret MacGregor who was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, her patronesses, Mrs. Shelly, would hold yearly picnics.