It all started with a
small group of women who wanted to start a Ceres Chapter. They had to create a
constitution, hold weekly meetings, keep membership above 15 members, establish
stable checking and savings accounts, establish an Association, and basically
prove themselves worthy of a Ceres Chapter. After two long years of hard work
and dedication of proving themselves, these young women were worthy to be
called Ceres Women. A Charter was finally granted on April 15, 1989, when the
founding sisters of Wisconsin-Platteville Ceres were initiated into Ceres
International Women's Fraternity.
On October 12, 1985, Ceres International Women's Fraternity became a
reality. On that date nineteen women were initiated as charter members of the
Colorado State Chapter, the first members of the new agriculture-related
women's fraternity. For years, Farmhouse chapters had "little sister"
programs. However, the increased number of women entering the agriculture work
force was increasing, and the demand of a female version of Farmhouse was
evident. At the 1984 Farmhouse conclave, a "Proposal for the Establishment
of An Agricultural Sorority" was passed unanimously. Three of the women's
groups which had been affiliated with FarmHouse as
clubs or colonies (Colorado State,
Alberta, and Cal Poly-Pomona) for
at least two years they indicated that they wanted to be a part of forming the
proposed ag-related women's fraternity or sorority.
Eventually they came to the conclusion that this ag-women's group would be called "Ceres Women's