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Once upon a time in the land of windmills and wooden shoes, later to be identified on the maps as Holland, Michigan, there was established an institution for the intellectuals, then known as Hope Academy; Hannah Hoelcje, a student of this famed institution, came to the profound conclusion that the academy needed a little bit more social activity... and a little bit more.
After many sleepless nights, Hannah came up with a plan to remedy the situation. Her plan became known as the Sorosis Society. The women in Hope Academy described the idea and ideals of the Sorosis Society as a boon to the female Hopeites.
Thus, it was in that small town of Holland, MI., that the birth of the famed, revered, and cherished Sorosis Society, more formally called Sigma Sigma, occurred with Hannah as the first president and "Strength and Honor" as the immortal motto.
In order to maintain the social must of "male-eminence", the oldest fraternity on campus adopted the Sorosis Society, the oldest sorority on Campus as their sisters. This friendly status has been maintained ever since - in individual cases it has often gone far beyond the circle of mere friendship.
After four years at Hope Academy, Hannah Hoelcje did not forget about Sigma Sigma, nor did any of the other Sorosite Alumnae, but continued to support her cherished society financially and spiritually. Thus, as the Sigma Sigmas graduated from Hope and as new students became part of the society, the friendship circle grew and grew...and they lived happily ever after.
The women a part of the Minerva Literary Society founded Sorosis. The first executive board was:
President: Hannah T Hoelcje
Vice President: Lillia L. Thurber
Secretary: Mae L. Brusse
Treasurer: Hilda C. Stegeman
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