Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Profiles in Philanthropy

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Profiles in Philanthropy

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An Interview with Vicki L. and L.D. Bond

In this Profile in Philanthropy, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and conveys appreciation to Vicki L. Bond and her husband, L.D. The Bonds have included the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation, Inc. in their estate plan. Mrs. Bond is retired from two careers. The first was with Boeing; the second was that of a junior high school teacher. L.D. Bond is retired from Boeing.

Like William J. Wolfe, who was profiled in the Fall 2005 issue, the Bonds have designated their planned gift to the Fellowship Program. This interview with Mrs. Bond was conducted by Phi Kappa Phi's executive director, Dr. Perry A. Snyder.

PAS: Where and when were you initiated into Phi Kappa Phi?

VLB: Wichita State University in March 2002. I was a nontraditional student working on my master's degree.

PAS: What was special about the initiation that March evening at Wichita State?

VLB: My most vivid memory was the solemnity and formality of the ceremony. Though there were hundreds in attendance, every initiate felt a gratifying sense of personal recognition. I sensed that it would be a memorable occasion because I had received earlier a personal congratulatory letter from the dean of the graduate school, Dr. Susan Kovar. It was most gratifying to me and others that all the deans and other university leaders were present and participated in the ceremony.

PAS: What did the honor mean to you then?

VLB: My first thought was: This is wonderful! But then I feared there must be some mistake for I was not a traditional student . . . was I really eligible? Feeling uncertain, I called the Society Headquarters to learn more about Phi Kappa Phi. I talked with Kathy Marcel, whom I learned later was the chapter relations director. She answered my every question, assuring me that Phi Kappa Phi is all-discipline and that I was in fact eligible. Reflecting on the initiation, I remember feeling as honored and as welcomed as any of the twenty- and twenty-one-year olds.

PAS: Why did you choose to designate your planned gift to Phi Kappa Phi's Fellowship program?

VLB: It is important and relevant to promote the love of learning, the hunger for knowledge. It is important to encourage the idea that education is essential and valuable. …

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