A DEBUTANTE is a young lady during her first season in society; the “Presentation” is her first formal appearance in society. She is described as “beautiful, graceful, elegant, charming, intelligent, innocent, cultured, talented, lovely, etc."
In 1945, the Beta Phi Lambda chapter established the Annual Debutante Presentation and Ball, at which the finest young women of Savannah, who were in their first year of college, were presented to society. The wives of the brothers served as “matrons” (chaperons) to these young ladies.In 1958, a group of Alpha wives, through the coordinated efforts of the late Mrs. Richard Moore (Ouida) and late Brother A. E. Peacock, President of Beta Phi Lambda Chapter, met for the purpose of organizing an auxiliary to the chapter. They organized and took the name “The Alphabettes.” The wives have played an important role in support of the chapter from its beginning. The most notable and by far the most pleasurable, is the Annual Debutante Presentation, which in 1945 presented six young ladies, to the current Debutante season planning. They present a program of activities designed to accentuate those qualities which exemplify the most desirable traits of refined womanhood. Scholarships are awarded at the end of each Debutante Season to some of the participants. Since 2010, the chapter has awarded more than $36,000 in scholarships. All wives and widows of the brothers are members of the Alphabettes.
To list the many contributions from our membership would be impossible. Some of The Alphabettes currently involved include Mrs. John Copeland (Beverly), Mrs. Elijah West, Jr. (Valarie), Mrs. Ramon Ray (Elainor), Mrs. Alfred McGuire (Kimberly), Mrs. DeWayne Gilliard (LaTashia) , Mrs. Ranell Williams (Lori), Mrs. Chester Ellis (Wilmotine) and Mrs. Sam Maddox (Mertha ), All Debutantes receive a Lillie Jackson Ray scholarship. Mrs. Ray worked tirelessly with the Debutantes from 1987 until her illness in November 2012.
→ For additional information, please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text Ramon Ray (Debutante Committee Chairman) at 912-704-3124.
Beta Phi Lambda Debutante Presentation Video
The debutante candidate must be:
- A high school senior that anticipates graduating in May/June 2019 or she must be freshman in a College/University
- In academically good standing
- Exemplify high moral character, charm, and intelligence.
- Be of good repute and maintain same while having the status of Prospective Debutante.
- Aspiring to attend college and narrowed her choice to at least 3 institutions or currently attend a College/University.
Parental approval and involvement are required! A $50 non-refundable registration fee is required on or before the first day of Charm School.