HISTORY OF WILS
Women in Leisure Services is a national organization for professional women involved in the delivery of leisure and community services in private, commercial and municipal settings. A network of chapters serves administrators, supervisors, educator, therapists and armed forces professionals in defined geographic areas throughout the country. The organization was founded in 1935 as Chi Kappa Rho
Maxine Hjelte met with Helen I. Pontius and others at a luncheon in 1935. Maxine and Helen worked for the Los Angeles City of Recreation and Parks Department as recreation directors. Helen was so delighted to plan for a “sorority” with Maxine and a few others, knowing ladies needed an organization like the men already had. Maxine said Helen was the true founder and the others with her were her “planning committee”.
In 1991, the membership voted to officially change the name of the organization from Chi Kappa Rho to Women in Leisure Services, Chi Kappa Rho, Inc.
Today, Women in Leisure Services, Chi Kappa Rho, Inc. is a national organization for professional women involved in the delivery of leisure and community services in public, private, non-profit, and commercial settings. A network of chapters serve administrators, supervisors, educators, therapists, and allied professionals throughout the country. Each chapter provides an effective framework for women to share ideas, broaden interests, sharpen skills, and influence the profession with the authority of a unified group.
The original name was derived from three Greek letters XKP symbolizing; CHARACTER, KNOWLEDGE and RECREATION. The symbols on the Chi Kappa Rho seal are the scale for justice and service, the lamp for enlightenment, and the wings for athletics.
HISTORY OF ALPHA CHAPTER
Our Chapter serves the greater Los Angeles Area. We are the first and the original chapter of Women in Leisure Services. We truly believe that Recreation Makes Life Better. Whether it is through social gatherings or 5K Run/Walks XKP Alpha believes in empowering woman through networking, training and giving back to the community.
Our Area Includes: