Local History

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.


International History

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 Fraternity."