Betsy Feeny was sitting in her friend Moriah’s kitchen one day in 2018 when she noticed some Tri Kappa cheeseballs on the counter.
“What are you doing with those cheeseballs?” Betsy asked. “Oh, I’m in Tri Kappa,” Moriah replied.
That’s when Betsy decided to affiliate with the Alpha chapter.
“And I just got really involved,” Betsy says. “I loved that I was pulled in as a new member to serve on the Blingo Committee last year. It was fun to be on the ground level for this new fun adventure.”
The 2020-22 corresponding secretary started out her Tri Kappa life as a senior in high school in Anderson.
“I wanted to join (as a legacy after high school) because I knew if I stayed in Indiana, I would affiliate with Tri Kappa to meet people,” she says.
Betsy has both an undergraduate and master’s degree from Indiana University. While at IU, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority (where Tri Kappa Judy Downey served as her alum advisor) and was vice president of the IU Student Foundation Steering Committee.
After four years at the Kelley School of Business majoring in marketing, she worked for several years for Procter and Gamble in both Boston and Chicago. With a desire to leave the corporate world behind, she came back to Bloomington to study for her master’s in higher education and student affairs.
She met her husband, Scott, in graduate school. Today, they both work for the IU Foundation. She’s been doing fundraising for the university for the past nine years.
“On our first date, I taught my (future) husband the evolution of toilet paper,” she laughs. “And to this day, I’m still brand-loyal to P&G products!”
She and her Charmin-using husband are the parents of one son, Nolan. Cutter is the family dog. Betsy serves on the boards of the Alpha Chi Housing Corp. and the Bloomington Montesorri School.
Betsy loves being on the Alpha chapter’s Grants Committee, where she can see the impact of the hard work put into fundraising throughout the year. She also likes attending Tri Kappa meetings where she gets to know more local women and learn about the Bloomington community.
“My entire friend network had been through IU,” she says. “I like the diversity of our members and the fact that everyone is there for the common purpose of becoming more involved in the community and supporting its philanthropies.”
More About Betsy:
Had seven addresses in 10 years
Was a great toilet-paper salesperson
Her first boyfriend is an Oscar-nominated recording artist — ask her his name!
Played state-championship golf in high school
Her happy place? Anywhere near the water