On April 11, 2009, Delta Phi Lambda was officially established at Grand Valley State University. The eleven charters are: Cindy Alonzo, Maria Cristina Cabrera, Christ-Anh Nguyen, Linda Truong, Theresa Vo, Nha Vo, Xee Yang, Lan Huynh, Diane Teall, Amanda Yik, and Anna Shu. Together, these eleven women sparked a flame to an everlasting sisterhood with outstanding integrity. Their dream of creating a safe haven for collegiate women finally came true.
At the time, Grand Valleys Asian American community was overwhelmingly spiritless in both culture and education. It was time for diversity to be redefined within the Multicultural and Greek Communities. When available resources failed to meet her vision, Cindy aspired to make her dreams a reality.
In December 2007, Cindy founded the first Asian interest group, The Boba Bellas with the help of: Joyze Joven, Amy Yik, Leanne Dunlavey, Kailee Dohring, Stephanie Ly, Winky Cheng, Thao Le, Vanessa Phan, and Anna Wu. These women were a part of the Original Fifteen, who solidified the mission to establish an Asian sorority. They completed over 250 hours of community service, founded the Global Gala Cultural Showcase and traveled to various parts of the United States in an effort to bring an Asian sorority to the Allendale community. However, the Original Fifteen were blindsided when they endured a dark journey that threatened their integrity. Without regret, the fifteen women remained loyal to their morality and persevered for a true sisterhood.
The Bellas passion was reignited after meeting Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. The sorority's philanthropy to Osteoporosis and Asian heritage, as well as their commitment to the seven virtues fulfilled the Bellas ideal sisterhood. Through triumphs and despair, the Bellas pressed on with a new hope and unparalleled strength. Thus, the Charter class of the Everlasting Eleven was formed to rejoice the Navy Blue and Silver that was always beaming in their hearts. Let our light shine forth, always and forever.
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