About

Women in Leisure Services (WILS) 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, educators, therapists, and armed forces professionals in defined geographic areas throughout the country.

National Objectives

  • To provide a forum for women in leisure and community services to exchange ideas and enrich their professional skills.
  • To develop training programs specifically relating to professional growth and personal development.
  • To provide a support system for recognition and advancement of members of the organization.
  • To foster friendships, self-enrichment and networking for professional assistance.

History

Chi Kappa Rho was created from the mind of one woman with a great idea. She believed that women engaged professionally in the various fields of recreation could come together to promote unity of purpose, high standards of achievement, and a better understanding and  appreciation of related endeavors for the attainment of professional goals. Such a group could  also provide an opportunity to foster friendship and sociability, stimulate mutual helpfulness and  loyalty, and provide professional services.

In 1935 the woman, HELEN I. PONTIUS, shared her idea with several women at a Los Angeles  Playgrounds Department Recreation Directors meeting. In 1936, Alpha, the first Los Angeles  chapter, was chartered, and Chi Kappa Rho became a reality.

The organization grew slowly within California between 1935 and 1967. The first National Board  was established in 1964, and in 1975, the organization became a California non-profit  corporation.

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 serves administrators, supervisors, educators, therapists, and allied  professionals in geographical areas across the nation. Each chapter provides an effective  framework for women from a variety of professional, leisure and community service fields to share ideas, broaden interests, sharpen skills, and influence the profession with the authority of a  unified group.

The network of local chapters forms the base from which stems the National Board of Directors. Each chapter selects a delegate to represent them on the National Board. The National Board  Delegate is the key person to facilitate the communication between the local chapter and the National Board. She attends the National Board meetings where she speaks and votes on issues  in a manner that represents her local chapter members. She is responsible for reporting pertinent information to her chapter membership.

In addition to one board delegate from each chapter, the National Board consists of five officers, elected from across the nation who has had previous chapter board experience. Constant input from each woman in our profession is needed and desired. It is up to each  chapter to reach out to professional women in their area to form a local base from which to offer strength to our network and to help formulate the direction and growth of our national organization.

The name Chi Kappa Rho come from the Greek letter X, K and P, which stand for 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.