What We Do...
We sponsor monthly events (listed in our newsletters) which help fund the scholarships and awards, and provide an opportunity to meet other members. Recent events have included excursions to such interesting places as the Museum of Modern Art, the California State Capitol, the John Muir House, a Discovery Voyage on San Francisco Bay, a cruise on the paddle-wheeler, the Petaluma River Queen, and a duo of Napa wineries, among others.
But Why Should I Join? I don't need another club. I'm already a member. I didn't graduate in Northern California. What's in it for me?
Have you joined the Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa? Here are the most common responses we receive when we ask that question:
Notes About Membership - Our goals; where your money goes...
You might be surprised to discover there is life in Phi Beta Kappa after initiation. I urge you to join the Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa (PBKNCA).
Perhaps you have already sent dues to the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Washington and believe you are already a member of PBKNCA. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The Society sends out yearly solicitations to all initiated members in order to maintain its services at the national level, but we do not receive any of this money.
We are one of 50 active PBK alumni associations across the nation. Our Association, PBKNCA, ranks among the top, not only in the size of our membership, but in the amount of scholarship money that we distribute each year and also in the number of social activities we sponsor.
Our primary goals:
Any Phi Beta Kappa member - whether initiated at Mills College in Oakland, CA, Bates College in Maine, or Florida International University - is welcome to join the Northern California Association. In fact, many of our most active members were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at a college outside of California, so we would be delighted to get to know you!/p>
Association? Chapter? What's the difference?
Phi Beta Kappa operates on three levels
The National Society in Washington DC, which is the umbrella organization; this is what you join when you are elected in college.
The Chapters - such as at your college, which determined your worthiness to be initiated to Phi Beta Kappa.
The Associations, such as the Northern California Association (that's us), which are "local" organizations of Phi Betes who join together for various purposes, such as awarding scholarships, honoring excellence in teaching, and providing educational and social activities for its members.
We send emails or letters asking you to join our Association to help support our awards - this is the only way we can make contact with Phi Betes in California.We would like to have you join us. We have many activities in the Bay area (See Past Events for a list). Activities are described on our website www.pbknca.org, and in the newsletter we send four times a year to members. We have an annual event at Asilomar on Presidents' weekend. We also make awards to outstanding graduate students (Scholarship Awards) and to excellent teachers nominated by their students (Teaching Excellence Awards).