Beta Beta

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, May 21, 1926

In 1920, a group petitioned the University of Chattanooga to become an organized group. The faculty permitted them to be a society, but not a Greek organization. Denied a Greek name, they selected Saki Gana. In early 1922, the group became local sorority Kappa Theta Lambda, and in 1926 they were installed as Beta Beta chapter. The chapter has funded a playroom at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House and the kitchen at the Ronald McDonald Family Room. Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt holds the patent for shampoo-and-conditioner-in-one, which she invented at UTC. She was the 1995 Alumna of the Year for Profession. The library in the former chapter house was named after Margaret L. Peacock, an alumna initiate in the charter group who attended chapter functions for 74 years until her death in 1990. Ann Johnston Perkins Kinsey and Carol Rawls Waller served as advisors and Province Directors. The twin daughters of Founder Genevra Proffitt Brown, Genevieve Brown O'Neal and Harriette Brown Hogue, both served as advisors for many years. Beth Gentry Mannle is a former Grand President, NPC delegate, and Ritual, Heritage and History Director. Kari Klemm Hudson also has a long service record. A new chapter house was completed in 2012.