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The Role of Alumna Educator

patriciaby Patricia Garrard
(Beta Eta, Florida State University)

My professional career was as an educator, more exactly, a middle school language arts teacher.  Now I find the word “alumna” attached to my volunteer position as an educator.  For most of us, our love for Alpha Chi Omega and a desire to share our sisterhood led us to become Alumna Educators.

At the 2010 Convention, I shared the enthusiasm of the other delegates as we approved a program that would reach out to outstanding women who are post-college, but never joined a sorority.   Alumna initiates have been a part of Alpha Chi Omega since 1886 when the Founders invited some honor initiates to become members.  When I returned home from Convention, I knew that I wanted to volunteer with this initiative.  My Alpha Chi Omega experience has mostly been in the alumnae area, because there is no collegiate chapter nearby.  I had recently moved almost three hours away from the alumnae chapter where I had been a member for thirty years and president for the past decade.  I wanted a new way to experience “lifetime engagement” and this opportunity seemed perfect.

I can truly say the experience has rewarded me ten-fold.  I have enjoyed sharing with the Prospective Alumna Members (“PAMs”) and find myself recharged after each phone call.  Talking about our founding and history has given me greater appreciation and insight for our Alpha Chi Omega legacy.  As I review the five criteria for membership, I can share how the leadership and character which Alpha Chi Omega fostered enhanced my career and personal life. My role allows me to feel that I am repaying in some way the many wonderful gifts that my Alpha Chi Omega sisterhood has given to me.

To learn more about the alumna initiate program, visit our website.


  1. Amy Z |

    Patty, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for bringing Alpha Chi Omega to many more women! LITB, Amy

  2. Marykay G |

    You are always such a giving person. Everyone will benefit from knowing you. Thank you.

  3. Pilar Davis |

    Patty, you have been soo helpful and approachable. You have such a wealth of knowledge about AXΩ. Thanks so much for being an outstanding Alpha Chi and educator. Great dress in the picture too! 🙂

  4. jennysue |

    We love Patty! Wonderful to see you here. I hope your enthusiasm encourages other alumnae to reach out and find some ‘PAMs’.

  5. Chelsea Hardy |

    Just went through the education process with Patty and I loved every minute of it. I learned so much and passed my exam no problem. Thank you Patty for making me feel welcome in a wonderful sisterhood!