It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four young women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolism that today bind over 260,000 women. This small band of women founded Chi Omega after realizing a need for an organization that would foster both friendship and respect for the potential and inherent value of women. Over the years, Chi Omega has provided its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship, and lifelong friendship - striving to provide each Sister with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, intergenerational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.
The Xi Beta Chapter of Chi Omega was installed on December 2, 1921. Originally an agricultural sorority at the University of Maine, the sisters of Beta Gamma were invited to be chartered as a chapter of Chi Omega. Chi Omega has a strong legacy at the University of Maine. Our sisters are involved in many leadership positions on campus, excel as scholars, and enjoy helping the surrounding community. We know that some of the most important parts of college are those experiences not found in the classroom, such as building life-long friendships and being able to know that you have made a difference in the world around you.