If you know me, it should come as no surprise that the end of the year is making me all sorts of sentimental. In truthfulness, this soft-heartedness is probably what led me to apply for the chapter consultant position. I’m sure it’s that dangerous December combination of crisp air, twinkle lights and all things peppermint that is sending me back to my interview weekend in Indianapolis. I remember sitting with the interview team and explaining my consultant motivations as such: to ensure the longevity and success of Alpha Chi Omega so more women can have these life-changing experiences.
Fast forward a year and a half, and in my second year as a resident consultant, I provide support to our newest (and recently installed!) chapter at Trinity College. In the flurry of emails, project calls, officer meetings and expense reports, I often remind myself to look at the larger goal behind my daily tasks. I find it incredible that I get to help bring Alpha Chi Omega to such deserving young women.
But what if you’re not a chapter consultant or advisor working with collegians daily? How can you contribute to the longevity and success of Alpha Chi Omega after graduation?
I believe that Alpha Chi Omega wouldn’t be the organization it is without the work of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. The Foundation exists to support the educational and philanthropic purposes of Alpha Chi Omega through effective fundraising and stewardship of financial resources. It supports a myriad of programs that make the Alpha Chi Omega experience unique and competitive, such as Leadership Academy, convention education sessions, global service initiatives and domestic violence awareness campaigns.
In my conversations with new members across the country, many state their desire to be philanthropically involved as a motivator behind joining a Greek-letter organization. As Alpha Chi Omegas, I believe we bring a special energy and determination to our philanthropic work. And this philanthropic experience doesn’t have to end with our graduations and college degrees. Continuing to support Alpha Chi Omega through the Foundation means that more women will be impacted, challenged and encouraged in their efforts to seek the heights.
Here are three ways you can jump-start your support of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation:
- Participate in a giving campaign. The Founders’ Day Challenge takes place every October, Giving Tuesday follows shortly after Thanksgiving and Day of Giving falls in April. There’s always such excitement and energy during these campaigns. It’s amazing what we can do for Alpha Chi Omega in a short period of time when we combine our efforts with those of sisters across the country!
- Support a local chapter’s signature philanthropy event. Through its yearly philanthropy events, every collegiate chapter supports both a domestic violence resource in its community and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.
- Give now! To break up the frenzied season of winter shopping, consider donating online. You can select programs that you feel most passionate about, and even small donations are pooled with those of other sisters to magnify your impact!
So as you find yourself in your own season of sentimentality this December, I encourage you to begin your own involvement with the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. Our donations keep Alpha Chi Omega moving forward, developing new ways to continue to enhance the member experience today and for generations to come.
If you’re like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting the start of October. Pumpkin picking, the fall scents at Bath & Body Works, crisp fall weather and the changing colors of leaves exponentially lift my mood and make every place I visit remind me of home. However, October has come to mean so much more to me over the past few years and, through Alpha Chi Omega, has given me something else to celebrate and be thankful for – Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
There are many things I love about this job and the work I do each day, and some of my favorite moments revolve around our philanthropy events and chatting about chapters’ plans for DVA Month. Seeing how passionate our members are about spreading awareness for domestic violence makes me so proud and thankful we selected DVA as our philanthropy 25 years ago. From coast to coast, our women get excited for DVA Month and go all-in – tabling on campus, bringing in speakers, hosting philanthropy events and doing hands-on community service.
If you are wondering how to get involved this month, here are some ideas of great ways to give back:
- Participate in the Founders’ Day Challenge: Join us in celebrating 25 years of supporting domestic violence awareness as Alpha Chi Omega’s national philanthropy. You can choose to direct your donation to the Real. Strong. Women. Fund, domestic violence awareness initiatives or Let’s Talk Love. The challenge began October 3 and will end on October 25. More information can be found here.
- Raise awareness through social media: Alpha Chi Omega has created DVA Month profile pictures and cover photos! Adding these to your social media profiles can spread awareness to family and friends throughout the world.
- Connect with your chapter of initiation: Reach out to your chapter and see how you can get involved with any philanthropy events or awareness campaigns they have on their calendar.
- Wear a purple ribbon: Wearing a purple ribbon to class or work can help start the conversation between peers and across multiple generations.
No matter where you are in your Alpha Chi Omega experience, I encourage you to spend some time this October getting involved in DVA Month and being a part of the real, strong impact our sisters are making across the country.
By: Taylor Tolley
Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University
After six weeks of summer training, what I am experiencing is completely new, but yet everything I expected. Starting with two planes, two rental cars, two new cities and three suitcases stuffed to the brim, my life as a traveling consultant has officially begun. Even though I cannot believe time has flown so fast, I’ve already marked 25 amazing days on the road.
I originally strived to be a chapter consultant because I wanted to take that next step with our national organization. I felt as if I had given everything I could to my chapter of initiation and wanted to make an impact on sorority women around the world that shared the same values, beliefs and rituals that belonged to Alpha Chi Omega.
What I didn’t know was that in my first 25 days, those same women I wanted to influence would change my life for the better. From incredible recruitment planning and meetings to heart-to-heart conversations, the leadership and power of each woman opened my eyes to experiences outside of my own and have shown me what it is like to be a true sister of Alpha Chi Omega.
As you would probably assume, the 25 days were not all quite so profound. It is a funny thing when you have only been to two places, but realize that you’ll be eating Chipotle, Blaze and Jimmy John’s in a rotation for months to come. Another realization came from my first of what I am sure will be many embarrassing stories. Can you picture a twenty-two-year-old woman, fresh out of college, attempting to push three floral-print suitcases at the same time over airport curbs and cracked sidewalks? How about those same suitcases being unpacked and re-packed at 7 a.m. with grumpy travelers watching because one of them was three pounds over the limit and there was no way I was going to pay that $100 fee? Needless to say, this position has been the perfect way to throw me into the real-world – head first.
Being a chapter consultant has allowed my first “big girl job” to be one I am passionate about and one I look forward to doing each day. Diving head first into the real-world was way better than I could have ever expected. With each experience being a little bit different than the last, it is safe to say I cannot wait for my next 25.
By: Nina Ries
Epsilon Psi, University of California – Irvine
Alumna Appreciation Award Recipient
Although I typically write on the subject of business and real estate matters, there is an overarching issue that impacts us all.
There seems to be tremendous focus on being “busy” – and the most popular answer these days to “How are you?” seems to be “Busy.” Unfortunately, many seem to think that, because they are “busy,” they can be justified in declining additional responsibility, exploring new opportunities, taking on a new venture, volunteering or joining an alumnae group. I firmly believe that this is a mistake. And this mistake can cost you both personally and professionally.
I’ve never regretted saying yes. This is a refrain I hear often.
After graduating from law school, I went to work for a litigation boutique in Downtown Los Angeles where I delved into the world of complex business litigation and multi-faceted real estate disputes. Eventually, I joined a larger firm doing the same thing, but also added transactional work to my practice. During my career, I have received excellent training and had terrific mentors who were invested in my success, as well as some role models and teachers who may not have realized their impact on me. One thing that really stands out to me about my own path – and that of my most successful colleagues – is that in order to really learn and grow, you must be inspired to stretch yourself, to challenge yourself and to expand your horizons. Each of my mentors advised me to say yes to new opportunities from the earliest stages of my career, and they were right. I started off saying yes to projects to gain experience and a competitive edge over my contemporaries. Some of those projects were exciting while others were less so, but all of them were educational, and all expanded my capabilities and my marketability. Indeed, I use my experience as a litigator to draft deal documents designed to reduce the risk of litigation, offering value added to my clients and shaping my entire practice for years to come.
Saying yes to opportunities also extended into my personal life. Saying yes has led to incredible travel stories. I’ve made countless interesting friends by saying yes to opportunities with my alma mater. So when it came to involvement with Alpha Chi Omega’s local alumnae group, the only answer was yes – and my involvement has paid dividends in the form of new business opportunities, new friendships and the forging of a stronger, deeper connection with my fellow alumni. I’ve also had an opportunity to pay it forward to collegians as a way of thanking the alumnae who helped support my chapter when I was a collegian.
At 18, I didn’t appreciate the lifetime of fun, friends and experiences that awaited me — not just for the next four years, but for a lifetime. I’m thankful that membership in Alpha Chi Omega continues through every stage of our lives. Through the alumnae experience, Alpha Chi has always met me where I was. When I was a young alumna living on the Westside of Los Angeles, Gamma Theta Gamma (South Bay and Westside) offered fun events that I wouldn’t have otherwise had time to plan for myself, interesting meetings featuring speakers on a variety of topics that left me smarter than when I had walked into the room, a trusted group of girlfriends for referrals to doctors and service providers and networking opportunities for career advancement. As I gained more experience and became more settled in my geographic area and career, Alpha Chi offered stress relief and support — in spades! My current alumnae chapter (Alpha Kappa Alpha in Pasadena, California), counts as its members alumnae fresh out of college and those who have received their 75-year pins. At our meetings and events, we paint, learn to cook healthy recipes from a trained chef, we taste test dark chocolates and tea, we host speakers on topics ranging from health and well-being to a New York Times best-selling author, we learn about wine and cheese-making, discuss books and – of course – socialize. Through it all, my life has been enriched, I have learned about a variety of topics, I have made friends with incredible women who I probably would never have otherwise met, and I have an ever-growing list of local activities to try and places to visit, all recommended by my sisters. Best of all, over the years, I have met alums from other chapters whom I am lucky to count as some of my best friends — all because of this shared bond. I’m so thankful for it.
Many people ask how one could possibly juggle being a professional, a parent, and a volunteer all at once. My fellow volunteers are doctors, lawyers, engineers, real estate investors, investment bankers, medical researchers, teachers and executives. Most work full time (or more), and all of us have children and family obligations. We take on what we can at the time. During a recent conversation involving about a dozen of us, we all recognized that we have grown both personally and professionally from the experience. So I urge you: join an alumnae chapter and get involved – whether it’s by attending meetings once a month, volunteering as a hostess for a meeting, coordinating a group outing or serving as an officer. You owe it to yourself to explore the possibilities that await you and to take advantage of the opportunity for growth. Your professional success and your personal fulfillment will be the better for it. And I promise you’ll meet some of the most amazing women you’ve ever met through your participation. See you at an Alpha Chi event very soon!
Chapter: Delta Rho, University of Arkansas
VP Philanthropy: Shara Thames
Name of events: Volley Against Domestic Violence, percentage nights at local restaurants, Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi and leftover budget money
Amount raised: $18,000
Shelter that will benefit from the donation: Peace at Home Family Shelter
Tell us more!
1. Please provide a description of your philanthropy event (did you partner with other organizations on your campus or in your community? How long did it take you to plan the event? What were some of the highlights?)
Delta Rho did several events within the past year to help raise money for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the Peace at Home Family Shelter. Our most successful event was Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi. For this event, we served pizza, salad, cookies and a drink, all for just $5. We invited the entire community – Greeks, non-Greeks, alumni, professors and even parents – to come out to have a great meal and support domestic violence awareness. We also had a silent auction for guests to bid on items as they were enjoying their meals. We normally start planning this event over the summer, and it takes place in October, so it does take some time to organize.
Another event Delta Rho hosted was Volley Against Domestic Violence. We invited the entire Greek community to come out and play volleyball against each other for a small fee to help raise awareness for domestic violence. To encourage our Greek community to play for the cause, we provided the winning organization with a prize of $200 for their philanthropy and a free function (date party) with us.
In addition, we hosted several percentage nights at popular restaurants in the Fayetteville community. Chipotle was our biggest success when it came to percentage nights because they give 50 percent of the night’s earnings back to your philanthropy. The others we hosted still had a great turn out, though! We promoted our percentage nights on social media and by letting other organizations know about them in advance via email.
Last, but not least, a number of our exec board members had leftover money in their budgets. Instead of just putting this money aside to be used later, we decided it would be more impactful to the families at Peace at Home, so we added it all together and used it to help us reach our goal of $12,000 for Peace at Home this past spring.
2. In your opinion, what made the event so successful?
Our events were successful for many different reasons. First of all, our Greek community is super supportive of one another, so that definitely helped a lot. Also, we promote our events a lot on campus, through things like table marketing in front of our student union, visiting other chapters, chapter meetings and social media. In addition, it is always important that we make our events fun. We are always brainstorming ways to make our event atmosphere more inviting and fun for our guests.
3. Why did your chapter choose to make the gift through the LPI process?
Delta Rho chooses to donate using the LPI donation process because it is the best way to ensure that we are donating not only to the Peace at Home Family Shelter, but also the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.
4. Why does your chapter value giving to both your local shelter and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation?
Delta Rho values giving to our local shelter because a lot of our women volunteer weekly at Peace at Home, and the women and children at the shelter are more than just our philanthropy or a charity opportunity to us; they are our friends. Also, this past summer we witnessed another local shelter almost get shut down due to a lack of funds. This really helped us see the importance and impact our donations make.
We also find it important to donate to the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation because that is the way Alpha Chi gives back to us. Without personal development opportunities like MyJourney and REPRESENT, we would not be the women we are today. It is important to us that Alpha Chi Omega keep giving us these opportunities to grow and better prepare ourselves for life after graduation.
For this Coffee with Celia post, we are featuring sisters who work in education.
These sisters in education have reflected on the themes “wisdom, devotion, achievement” as well as parts from the symphony and how our values impact the way they relate to their students.
Wisdom may sound like an obvious choice for an educator to reflect upon how our Ritual impacts daily life. When I teach medical students, dental students and graduate students, I am not only imparting wisdom to the students, but much more.
I want them to reflect, to evaluate and to critically think about the matter. In preparation for teaching, I often learn new facts and ideas about the subject at hand.
My style of teaching is an interactive one, whether at the lab bench or in a more formal setting. I frequently invite dialogue, which often leads to a student bringing forth a new perspective or a challenge to old ways of thinking.
Wisdom is not something static, it is constantly shifting and evolving in ever-changing, beautiful ways. We all have wisdom to share and to gain, no matter our age or our occupation.
Carol Lutz, PhD
Epsilon Chi chapter, UNC-Chapel Hill
Associate Professor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences-New Jersey Medical School
Assistant Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
As the Interfraternity Council advisor at the University of Maryland, it might seem strange to think that the Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega inspires me and helps me do my work on a daily basis. I am constantly surrounded by men; clearly I am not a member of any of their organizations, yet membership in my own helps me find patience, understanding and kindness with the students I work with.
To see all that is noble in another, be her badge what it may.
This line of the symphony coupled with our value of wisdom centers me in my work. Each day is a conscious journey into understanding others more completely: who they are, where they come from, how they contribute to their classroom, chapter or campus community.
This line and value remind me to be patient, stay curious and above all – let the student share their life with me in a non-judgmental, purely curious, accepting way. Each student, fraternity man or sorority woman, comes with a unique story and background that informs who they are and how they show up in my office.
The symphony reminds me to hit the “reset button” with each student, to give them the undivided attention and care that they each deserve – no matter how busy the semester gets, how many meetings or events are on the calendar. This, in turn, helps remind them that they also owe this attitude and mindset to their brothers and sisters.
The Symphony helps me create a culture of care for the individual, to see the many different fibers of our massive community, and see the amazing work students individually and collectively contribute to the Greek community at Maryland.
Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University
IFC Advisor, University of Maryland
Oftentimes, academic goals are expressed purely in terms of achievement – that is, getting the highest grade, attaining a certain class ranking or setting the curve. One of the most important and under-emphasized parts of our Alpha Chi value system is our focus on a trifecta of values – wisdom, devotion AND achievement.
While excelling in the classroom is laudable, I try my best to encourage students to simultaneously develop all three of these values, and not just focus on the achievement part.
For college students, it’s a disservice to only impart facts and route information. Instead, professors and lectures should develop broader understandings, and prompt students to develop wisdom and an intellectual curiosity (as opposed to just knowledge).
It’s the wisdom — through scholarly devotion – that ultimately leads to achievement.
Pi Chapter, UC Berkeley
Doctoral Student & Instructor, Louisiana State University
When I think about my role as a teacher these words from our symphony come to my mind: “to let my lyre send forth the chords of love, unselfishness, sincerity.”
As a teacher, I consistently show my love for my students. I work at a school where there are many children from poor and/or broken homes, and I may be the only person that shows them love that day.
There may be times that I am tired or frustrated with my students; however, I have to remain selfless to ensure that their educational needs are met each day.
I also remain sincere with my students, fellow educators and parents regarding my expectations and goals for the students in my classroom.
Theta Sigma Chapter, University of North Florida
Second Grade Teacher
By Liz Ragland, Gamma Tau
The second post profiling sisters in the arts features Irish step dancer, Kelsey O’Connor and music teacher, Katie Wonderly.
Spotlight Member: Katie Wonderly, Gamma Tau
How are you involved in the arts?
I recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. I now work as an elementary music teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools and the El Sistema Oklahoma orchestra program.
How did you first get interested in your art form?
I have spent my whole life loving music! My parents took me to Kindermusik classes as a toddler, and I had several incredible elementary music teachers that were huge influences in my life. I loved getting to sing and play instruments, but even more so, I was always eager to help my music teachers during class! One of my favorite childhood keepsakes is my All About Me page from when I was 6. When asked what I thought I was good at, I answered: “Singing and helping little kids!” (Who did I even consider little kids? Two-year-olds?) I think I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue music education, and I was lucky enough to have teachers that encouraged me every step of the way.
How do you “Strike on the lyre of the universe, only the notes of happiness, of joy, of peace”?
This quote is by far my favorite part of our Symphony, and one that I’m not sure I truly appreciated until I began teaching. As an elementary music teacher, I have the unique opportunity of getting to see the same children in my class year-after-year. Throughout their time in my class, these students will learn about many things: counting rhythms, playing recorders, musical vocabulary, orchestra families…the list goes on. The most important aspect of my teaching, however, is not creating perfect musicians. My primary goal throughout each year is teaching students how to be happy, joyful, peaceful human beings, and for me, that just happens to be through music! When I look back at all of my favorite educators, I don’t remember individual lessons or the exact words that were said. I remember the overall effect they had on my life and my eventual choice to follow the same career path. I know that not all of my students will wish to be a teacher or have a career in music. Instead, I simply hope to impart to them the happiness, joy, and peace that making music together can bring. I get the opportunity to strike notes of happiness, joy, and peace every day, and I can only hope that my students are learning to do the same.
What’s your favorite Alpha Chi moment/memory?
My favorite moment by FAR was the Bid Day when my biological little sister joined Alpha Chi Omega! I had been eyeing her during all of the parties and had talked with her some throughout the recruitment process, but I knew she didn’t have her heart set on a certain house and was trying to keep an open mind through it all. The morning of Bid Day, basically the entire house tried to trick me into thinking she wasn’t on our Bid List, and that she had chosen another house. I didn’t want to believe them, but there was definitely still a bit of doubt in my mind. The moment I saw her running across the quad wearing her first AXO shirt was one of the happiest moments of my life! I ran out to meet her halfway, tears streaming down my face, and gave her the biggest hug ever! My little sister was finally HOME, and I’ve loved getting to spend the last two and a half years watching her thrive in this sisterhood and love it as much as I have!
Spotlight Member: Kelsey O’Connor, Beta Rho
How are you involved in the arts?
I am involved with the arts with dancing. It is something that means a lot to me and I get to share that passion and interest with other people who are some of my closest friends.
How did you first get interested in your art form?
When I was four years old, my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to take an Irish dance class to learn about my family history and their culture (as I am third generation Irish-American on my father’s side). Ever since then my life has revolved around dance and I would have it no other way.
How do you “Strike on the lyre of the universe, only the notes of happiness, of joy, of peace”?
In relation to dance, I strike the lyre of the universe when I dance. Dancing has the extraordinary ability to make me happy and fill me with joy every time I dance. Even if I go into a class after a bad day, I always leave in a happier mood. Dancing never stops making me feel beautiful and confident. It brings me happiness and that is also why I love it so much.
What’s your favorite Alpha Chi moment/memory: Even though I have been a member of Alpha Chi for just a few weeks, my favorite memory has to be bid night. Opening my bid to find it was Alpha Chi and then running across the gym to meet the other girls was an incredible feeling. In general it was a special and unforgettable night because my mom, my recruitment counselor, and some of my friends I met during my first semester became my sisters and it was the best feeling in the world.
By: Elizabeth Martin
Gamma Nu, San Diego State University
Resident Consultant, Loyola Marymount University
If you have ever seen Parks and Recreation, then you know all about Galentine’s Day. If you haven’t, Galentine’s Day is a day where women get together and celebrate how amazing and special their friendships are. It truly is a day for “ladies celebrating ladies.” Plus, there is always an abundance of breakfast food!
As a chapter consultant, I honestly feel as though every day is Galentine’s Day. I have the opportunity to work with truly unbelievable collegian women, alumnae and headquarters staff members. Day-in and day-out, these women remind me why I chose to become an Alpha Chi Omega. They allow me to love my job and this sisterhood more and more every day.
As an Alpha Chi Omega, every day I am in awe over the amazing sisters we have all over the nation. We have sisters who can make a quick call turn into hours of chatting. Our sisters are the first to tell us that we can accomplish anything. Each and every day, they show us what real, strong women look like and I am beyond thankful for each of them.
We have sisters who are dedicated leaders and selfless women. Whether it is a chapter sister or a sister across the country, our members everywhere live our Ritual and push one another to seek the heights. Working with our members truly has made me a better person, sister and Alpha Chi.
Our Alpha Chi sisters are our rocks, our people and our role models. They allow us to be the driven, goofy, strong women we all are. As a chapter consultant, I constantly meet members who truly impress me with their spark, work ethic and dedication to Alpha Chi Omega. Everywhere I go, I meet members who make me proud to call them my sisters.
So this Galentine’s Day, I encourage you to whip up some waffles, grab some sisters and celebrate this incredible bond we all share.
Today, February 11, also happens to be Alpha Chi Omega’s first #AXONightOut! As part of Alpha Chi Omega’s Healthy Relationship Week, celebrate our sisterhood and connect with a sister in person, by phone or on Skype and tell the world about it using the hashtag. Then send your photos to email@example.com to add to our official photo album!
Happy Galentine’s Day and #AXONightOut!
By: Liz Ragland
Gamma Tau, Oklahoma City University
October is a busy month for Alpha Chi Omega. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, chapters across the country are fundraising for local shelters and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, in addition to spreading awareness on their campuses. October is also the month in which we celebrate the reason we all share a common bond: Founders’ Day!
Here are some ways collegiate chapters are celebrating our founding this year:
The Beta Omega (University of Toledo), Iota Chi (Middle Tennessee State University) and Zeta Psi (Loyola University) chapters will each do a carnation pass on campus. A carnation pass is when chapter members hand off red carnations to each other as they pass each other in class, in the cafeteria or anywhere on campus. Some chapters use seven carnations to honor our Founders, while other chapters hand out many more! To celebrate with sisters near and far, chapters can also do an online carnation pass by sending an image of a red carnation to sisters through text message, email or social media.
The Zeta Upsilon (Case Western Reserve University) chapter does a carnation pass for their chapter’s founding in September, and then in October, they have dinner at their chapter house with alumnae from the three Cleveland-area alumnae chapters. They also reminisce on their favorite Alpha Chi memories and sing songs. Vice President Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation Emily Ludwig also hopes to include a ritual ceremony in the chapter’s Founders’ Day celebration this year.
The Beta Pi (Washington College) chapter celebrates with the campus community by handing out hot cider for “Cider with the Chis.” They also release seven balloons to honor our seven Founders.
Gamma Pi chapter members wear badge attire to class and have a special dinner off campus.
Gamma Omicron performs the Rededication of the Bond ceremony. They also celebrate by having a dinner and game night with local alumnae, in addition to performing their Founders’ Day skit.
Alumnae chapters are also celebrating Founders’ Day this month:
Iota Iota in Seattle is having a Founders’ Day celebration with the Rho chapter from the University of Washington. Rho will present its new member class, and Iota Iota will pin members with their milestone membership pins.
Gamma Tau Gamma in Orange County is enjoying the society of their sisters by celebrating with a wine tasting.
Beta Nu Beta in Tucson is having a formal dinner at the Beta Lambda (University of Arizona) house and will perform the Dream Cake ceremony for new members.
Sigma Sigma in St Louis celebrated Founders’ Day earlier in October with a luncheon and honored 50- and 60-year members.
Mu Mu in Kansas City, Missouri, will celebrate with a dinner at a local country club and will perform the 50-year ceremony. They will also assemble “baby bags” for families at the Rose Brook Domestic Violence Center.
Alpha Gamma Alpha in Atlanta is gathering for a lunch and presenting a panel with three current Alpha Chi leaders. Past National President Julie Cain Burkhard will be present and will share artifacts from our Founders.
What will your chapter be doing for Founders’ Day? If you’re celebrating this week or next, let us know in the comments section. Happy Founders’ Day, sisters!
By: Dakota Hersey
Kappa Pi, University of North Carolina – Wilmington
Resident Consultant – University of Southern Mississippi
It is no secret that membership in Alpha Chi Omega is immensely special to everyone who has the privilege to call themselves a sister.
I have so much admiration for the founders who created this organization that has molded me into the woman I never knew I could be. They had a vision. They dreamed of creating a home on campus where they did not currently have one. One that offered the same lifelong development and friendship that other organizations had, but one that was perfect for them.
As a founding member of the Kappa Pi chapter, this vision resonates with me because I shared the same dream. I did not have an organization to call my own until I ran into the confident, authentic, beautiful Alpha Chi consultant team on campus. They presented an opportunity for my future sisters and me to become a part of this wonderful sisterhood that provides more than we could ever give back. They are the reason that vision came to life. They are also the reason I am who I am today and why I love Alpha Chi Omega as much as I do.
The main reason I was so determined to become a consultant was to see this vision come to life in many other chapters. I was beyond excited to inspire members the way every consultant has inspired me and, in turn, be encouraged by the members’ passion and dedication. After coaching one of the five chapters installed this past year, Kappa Sigma, through their first formal recruitment, I witnessed the same desire and drive to succeed as I saw in my founding class.
I absolutely loved my collegiate and founding experience. Now, as a consultant to a chapter filled with incredibly bright, talented, charismatic founding members and the new members they have recruited, I can’t even express the joy it brings me to work with them and listen to their stories.
The other day, I had the opportunity to ask a few of them what brought them to Alpha Chi. How and why did they choose to join this new chapter? It made my heart happy to hear what sounded like my own story and vision as the basis for the reasons they chose to create history as the founding class of Kappa Sigma. They were searching for something more and (with the help of some awesome consultants!) found it in Alpha Chi. They are willing to work for the sisterhood they have envisioned and they will stop at nothing until their chapter rises “To The Top!” I know that it is members like these women who make up all of the newest chapters of Alpha Chi Omega and I couldn’t be more proud.
If you are considering founding membership in Alpha Chi Omega, my advice to you is absolutely go for it. Being a founder is a once in a lifetime experience. You get to create a home on campus that does not yet exist for not only yourself but also the thousands of women who will come behind you. You have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the original founders of Alpha Chi Omega. It’s hard to believe, but before you know it you’ll be alongside your sisters, rocking your first formal recruitment, mentoring new members just like yourself and taking your unique experience into your future – as a real, strong woman of Alpha Chi Omega.