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The San Diego Association of Phi Beta Kappa

Photo from our 2013 Annual Luncheon with Anne Blankership and associates presenting Hawaiian culture and history.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest academic honor society in the United States. It was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and is dedicated to the ideal of excellence in scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences. The Society has approved collegiate chapters at 270 American institutions of higher education. We are the Epsilon Association of California, chartered by national PBK in 1955.

Locally, Nu Chapter was established at San Diego State University in 1974, Sigma Chapter at the University of California, San Diego in 1977, and Phi Chapter at the University of San Diego in 2003. Election and initiation by a chapter is the only avenue to membership.

Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations exist in many major metropolitan areas of the United States. . All Phi Beta Kappa members in the San Diego area are eligible for membership in the Association, and members are welcome to bring guests to Association functions. Members' spouses or partners may attend Association functions as unaccompanied guests.

Epsilon Association in San Diego sponsors the publication of the KEY WORDS newsletter, an annual directory of members, an occasional study circle, a series of Sunday afternoon salons, and an annual meeting, the program of which varies from year to year. As funding permits, Association activities have also included book awards to outstanding juniors in area public high schools, scholarships to outstanding initiates from the local campus chapters, occasional co-sponsorship of public lectures, and several graduate fellowships for Phi Beta Kappa members pursuing advanced study in local universities.

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Annual Lunch - October 26, 2014

Sunday, October 26, at 11:30 am at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Harbor Island). Program: "Amazing Words" presented by Dr. Richard Lederer. Dr Lederer's syndicated column, "Lederer on Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the US, including the SD U-T. He is a founding co-host of "A Way With Words" on KPBS Public Radio. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel winner.

Meet and greet at 11:30 am, short business meeting and presentation about 12:45 pm. Order from a select menu including chicken, fish, and vegetarian dishes at the table.

RSVP: E-mail to sdepsilon@gmail.com including your name and number of attendees for details by October 24, 2014. Members and guests are welcome. The cost is $30 per person plus 1/2 price parking at the Sheraton. Pay by cash or check at the door (no credit cards) or use the PayPal link for "Member" with a note that it is for the luncheon.

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Additional salons in 2014 are being planned.