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"A Time For Everything". W ouldn't that be wonderful? The cover on this issue really hits too close to home for me! But, I really didn't know what busy was until I read the feature in this issue by Ginger Banks, Past International President. Our leaders in the early seventies had so much AOI1 work that they had to collect their large volumes of mail in grocery sacks! Some were so overwhelmed with the amount of correspondence and letter writing that they still don't write letters! However, in 1975 they did something about all this. They set forth a plan to professionalize and streamline our operations. Learn more about this important time in our history by reading Ginger's article beginning on page 12.
Our headquarters is now the home of a great new computer. Furthering the ideas that our leaders in 1975 had towards our professionalization,our current Executive Board saw the need for us to have our computerized membership records in house. Executive Director Sue Lewis will inform you about all the wonderful capabilities of this computer and how it can help you and your chapter or alumnae group in "The High Tech-High Touch Balance" on page 16.
Networking. A term that most of us are quite familiar with. Liz Coffey, Executive Board Director for Alumnae, translates the term into AOII style with "The Rose Vine, The AOII Personal Support Network."
Please take the time to fill out the member profile on page 19. We need to keep our membership records current, and the only way that we can is if you help us. Also, please complete the flip side, the Reader's Survey on page 20. This is your magazine and we are most anxious to hear your needs, likes, and dislikes.
I look forward to seeing a lot of you at Convention in Palm Desert. For those of you that cannot attend, there will be a complete report for you in the fall issue.
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Last September, a tragedy occurred at the University of Texas at Austin. An 18-year-old fraternity pledge, Mark Seeberger, died as a result of drinking too much alcohol during a fraternity "ride."
A young man died needlessly. The community was understandably out- raged. And the local press had a field day condemning fraternities.
Whenever such a horrible event happens, it is easy for each of us to say, "Someone needs to do something about this."
Someone needs to convince organiza- tions that any form of hazing is deplorable.
Sadly, such efforts will not bring back Mark Seeberger. But they may help on the Fraternity and advance its prevent additional hazing tragedies,
To Drag ma
By Peg Crawford International President
Someone needs to help collegians recognize the positive and negative aspects of their activities.
Someone needs to do battle with the news media to gain publicity for bene- fits of belonging to a fraternal organiza- tion.
Someone needs to do something.
It is easy to assume that righting wrongs and actively enhancing the public relations of men's and women's fraternities are the responsibilities of someone else. It also is easy to assume that just one person cannot make a difference.
But both assumptions are false. And both contradict the very essence of fraternity: caring for each other and being committed to values.
As a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, each of us is a guardian of the honor and reputations of the Fraternity and all its members—past, present, and future.
Fulfilling those promises is a life-long, every-day, personal privilege and responsibility.
What can one person do to enhance the positive image of men's and women's fraternities and help insure their growth and security? Among other things, each of us can:
—Make sure our friends know of our Greek affiliation and our pride in it. —Talk about our positive Greek ex-
—Serve on advisory committees fora
collegiate chapter or panhellenic
—Write letters to the news media to
focus on personal benefits derived
from Greek membership.
It is only through concerted, personal,
and continued efforts that bad aspects of fraternal life can be remedied, good aspects can be perpetuated, and public perception can be enhanced.
Each of us promised to reflect credit
And each of us promised to support the universities and Greek systems of which we are a part.
strengthen fraternal organizations, and bolster good public relations.
With so much at stake, "someone" certainly needs to do something.
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Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity Founded at Barnard College, January 2, 1897
Jessie Wallace Hughan
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Former political cartoonist for the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune Ed Holland lends his talents for the original cover art depicting our feature on volunteerism and profes- sionalization of the Fraternity. Our thanks to Ed and AOn wife, Allene Hyden Holland, Nu Omicron. See page 12.
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Vol. LXIV, No. 2
Towson State U. Installation 4 Kappa Rho Installed at Western Michigan U 5 Western Ontario Installation 6 Nu Delta Colonization 7 Convention 1987 10 A Time For Everything 12 The High Tech-High Touch Balance 16 The Rose Vine 17 Member Profile 19 Reader's Survey. 20
Collegiate Chapter Commentaries 21 Alumnae Chapter Commentaries 30
To Dragma deadlines
COLLEGE FRATERNITY EDITORS ASSOCIATION
AOII's 150th Chapter at Towson State U.
Theta Beta chapter members pose after installation ceremonies with visiting dignitaries.
by Dee Schemm Troy Baltimore Alumnae Chapter
AOII roses! A dream was realized on Saturday October 11,1986. What began as a bond of friendship and a declaration of common goals for ten girls on May 17, 1984 and developed into Theta Beta Gamma colony of Alpha Omicron Pi on March 8, 1986, became Theta Beta chapter of AOII; 45 girls strong, with 31 pledges ready to give their best to this very important new part of their lives.
What a thrilling weekend for all in- volved. Rose Inspiration Night, planned and executed by Tami Phillipp, Franci Hedgeland and Pledge Adviser Phyllis Heaberlin, was held on Friday evening and set the mood for an AOII packed weekend that had long been planned by Barbara Green Kurgansky, Installation Chairperson. The arrival Saturday morning of enthusiastic Baltimore alums and collegians from Pi Delta, University of Maryland, and the very newly installed chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University, only accentuated the excitement already in the air.
International President Peg Craw- ford officiated at the very moving
initiation, installation, and pledging ceremonies. She was assisted by Carmel Kaiser, past Regional Vice President, Regional Director Linda Collier, and Chapter Adviser Melis Erlbeck.
Alpha Omicron Pi welcomes Theta Beta chapter charter members Chapter President Janet Molz, First Vice President Jodi Barton, Second Vice President Grace Holden, Recording Secretary Tracey Gray, Corresponding Secretary Tara Marshall, Treasurer Michelle Dowling, Historian and Editor to T o Dragma Maryrose Pioli, Chapter Relations Virginia Mylander, Panhellenic Delegate Victoria Drake, Panhellenic Delegate Amy Bordewisch, Ruth Brice, Laura Cadden, Billie Jo Carter, Eileen Cooper, Catherine Coyne, Teresa D'Agrosa, Donna DeCarlo, Sabrina Eccard, Christina Fischer, Amy Fuss, Suzanne Fuss, Nicole Ginakes, Katy Gittleson, Lisa Goldstein, Julie Gruden, Nancy Kamita, Lisa Lagarde, Diane Laird, Robin Lipson, Elaine Mauk, Denise McCardell, Lisa Miedzinski, Christina Miller, Felice Minahan, Kelly Moran, Dana Rausch, Tracy Rausch, Kimberly Reul, Colleen
Arranged by Carol Lee Hensyl, the
Rose Banquet, honoring the new AOII
charter members was held Saturday
evening at the Preston Room in
Baltimore. This was also attended by
proud parents and alumnae, and special
guest Marion B. Hoffman, Towson
State University Dean of Student Ser-
vices and Greek Adviser. The Red Rose
of AOII speech was given, after which
several awards were presented to the
new AOIIs. The Baltimore Alumnae
Chapter awarded the Ruby A Honor
Badge for Scholarship to Rona
Weinstein who had maintained a 4.0
average. The Alumnae Advisory
Committee presented a plaque to the
chapter to be kept to honor the out-
standing pledge each year. This year's
honoree was Virginia "Ginger" Ryan, Katherine Saxe, Meredith
Mylander. Ginger, whose grandmother was Virginia "Ginny" Bogges Mylander, Past International Vice President in Charge of Ritual, was also presented a very special Founding Sister Award by the AAC for her years of work in establishing the Theta Beta chapter.
Wallace, Rona W einstein, Teisha Whitson, and Kalene Widerman.
Once primarily attended by commuters, but now heavily residential, Towson State University is a large state liberal arts school located in the suburbs of Baltimore.
Kappa Rho Installed At WMU
by Jackie Eysol
From Delta Chi fraternity little sisters to a Kappa Rho chapter of 52 charter members strong, spirit and sisterhood could not have been stronger as W estern Michigan University's Greek system accepted AOII as their ninth sorority on December 13, 1986. We laughed, cried, and smiled as our dream of becoming a national sorority turned into reality.
On Friday, December 12, 1986, everyone gathered forlnspiration Night at the A O n house on Lovell Street and warmly welcomed AOII International President Peg Crawford to Kalamazoo. The evening touched everyone in its own special way, while a feeling of togetherness swept through the house. Sisterhood was at its best.
Saturday found the Ladies' Library Association filled with energy and ex- citement. Peg Crawford officiated while the Kalamazoo Area Alumnae, Regional Officers, and members from the Omicron Pi chapter from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor assisted. The Kappa Rho collegiate chapter was in- stalled and the charter members initiated.
Members of the Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter pose after their installation ceremonies. The alumnae chapter was installed along with the collegiate chapter.
After the ceremonies, the charter was signed, while the photographer amused us by taking not only serious shots but also many fun shots, of the new KP chapter, which we will always treasure. Everyone relaxed and reminisced during the social hour which followed.
The evening continued with the beautiful Rose Banquet. Those in at- tendance included charter members, advisers, International and Regional Officers, alumnae, and guests. Jean Hawley acted as the toastmistress for the evening and greetings were given from the KP chapter by President Ann Farrand. The presentation of gifts took place and Marilyn Brownell, Colony Adviser, presented awards to Debbie Sprietzer, Sherri Houle, and Ann Farrand for their outstanding achievements with the scholarship pro- gram, rush program, and as colony president, respectively. Ann Gilchrist, Regional Vice President; Robbi Peterson, Regional Director; Jo Nowak, Regional Extension Officer; Heather Boggs, Regional Rush officer; and Peg Craw- ford, presented the program. Ann received her President's ring, and the dinner came to a close.
Kappa Rho colonized on September 29, 1985. We had the highest CPA on campus within the WMU Greek system in the fall and Kyra Hilton, Panhellenic Secretary, represents us on the Executive Board of Panhellenic Council. Striving to attain the best reputation in leadership, academics, and the social scene, KP has made AOII a name to remember for all of the students at WMU. With the help of Colony Adviser Marilyn Brownell; Pledge Adviser Lynn Gauldoni; the Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter; and the 52 charter members,
Kappa Rho chapter members pose with International President Peg Crawford. Spring 1987
Kappa Rho stands strong on campus.
W estern's 5
Is Growing In Canada
Iota Chi chapter members and Peg Crawford, International President pose together after Rose Banquet.
The Iota Chi chapter at the University of Western Ontario is a new addition to Alpha Omicron Pi. International President Peg Crawford initiated thirty-five members on October 25, 1986.
On Friday, October 24, 1986, the colony members participated in an evening of inspiration organized by Kirsten Eastwood. Kirsten is an alumna of Beta Tau, University of Toronto. She was the colony's Chapter Consultant and has remained a close friend to all the girls of Iota Chi. The theme of the evening was "Ritual is he heart of AOII." There was much laughter and a few tears as we prepared ourselves for the long ancitipated events of the next day.
The installation and initiation ceremonies were assisted by members of Beta Tau and Chapter Adviser Ruth McVey. After Peg Crawford performed these ceremonies, she pledged 18 young women as Iota Chi's first pledge class. It was a very exciting and rewarding day.
pledges. Chapter Adviser and mother of one of the Iota Chi members, Jane Bondy, did a wonderful job of coordinating the evening's festivities. Participating in the program were Peg Crawford, Judy McOsterich, Michelle Goddard, Ruth McVey, Kirsten Eastwood and Beta Tau President Judy Fisk. The two Chapter Advisers and Iota Chi President Lisa Badame received special recognition for their hard work and dedication to Alpha Omicron Pi.
The University of Western Ontario is located in London, Ontario, two hours west of Toronto. It is a large campus with over 20,000 students. Alpha Omicron Pi is the fourth sorority on campus and is the first new sorority in over fifty years. Alpha Omicron Pi has been received warmly by the entire Greek community at Western.
The members of the Iota Chi chapter are grateful to Peg Crawford for her kind words and encouragement on our very special installation weekend.
That night a lovely banquet was held for the initiates and
By Ann Meissner
If any AOII member is in the vicinity of Buffalo, New York, feel free to make a stopat Canisius College and meet your future sisters from the Nu Delta colony.
The N u Deltas began colonization in April of 1986. Like every other chapter just starting out, the Nu Deltas began as a nameless, unorganized group with commitments from no one. Today it has 36 anxious colony members awaiting initiation this spring.
Canisius is a small Jesuit college with about 4000 students. It hosts business fraternities for both men and women, and a social fraternity for men. Recog- nizing the need for a strong women's social fraternity, Colony President Lisa Bieron, contacted Alpha Omicron Pi.
Letters were sent back and forth between Nashville and Buffalo, and there were a lot of questions from pro- spective colony members. When AOII finally gave the O K , everyone was excited and eager to begin. Then summer vacation started, and everyone postponed their excitement for a few months.
Alpha Omicron Pi really seemed to "come true" in September of 1986. Malene Demaree was sent to Canisius
as a Chapter Consultant. Although everyone was willing to do their part in establishing AOII, it was Malene who got the ball rolling and everyone motivated.
During Malene's short stay of five weeks, the N u Deltas expressed their enthusiasm for AOII. Lots of determina- tion was shown through their organiza- tion. This group of colony members was definitely a 'high task' group when it came to getting work done.
Malene met with every member. She met with the colony as a whole.She also met with small committee groups on a regular basis. Needless to say, her schedule, as well as the calendars ofall of the colony members, were filled to the brim with meetings.
The Nu Deltas decided on a name and sub motto. They wrote a constitution and by laws, elected officers, and set a budget.
Fundraisers and philanthropic events started out on a positive note also. Many Nu Deltas participated in a balloon lift off to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Every colony member lent a helping hand in the AOII balloon sale for Sweetest's Day in early October, and in the "AOPie Sale" just before Thanks- giving.
All work and no play makes Nu Delta
a dull colony. So quite a few girls ventured up to the Great White North to visit the Beta Taus at the University of Toronto. After seeing what fraternity life is really like, the colony members started counting the days to a possible initiation.
Through working toward installation the members of Nu Delta have gotten to know each other, many alumnae, and sisters from other chapters. It has sparked enthusiasm in the hallways of Canisius College. Administrative Vice President Andrea Sweda, said that AOII, "is changing the commuter attitude. People have a reason and actually want to stay around school."
Most of the girls in the Nu Delta colony are commuters. They stay in touch outside of AOII as many are involved in other activities such as Student Government, the Yearbook, Little Theater, the College Program- ming Board, Army R.O.T.C., WCCG Canisius College Radio, W omen In Communications Inc., and many more.
Many members of Nu Delta are on the Dean's List, involved in academic Honor Societies, and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
All of the members are looking for- ward to becoming a full fledged AOII chapter.
New colony members at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York.
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A small percentage of Corporate Matching Gift Programs recognize Fraternity Educational Foundations. The companies listed below will match employee gifts to our AOII Foundation. If you are employed by or retired from one of these companies, please enclose a Matching Gift application from your company with your contribution to the AOII Foundation.
Avon Products, Inc.
Best Products Company Chemical Bank
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CPC North America
Digital Equipment Corporation Ensign-Bickford Foundation Equitable Life Assurance Society First National Bank of Minneapolis Fundreburke & Associates, Inc. Gary Energy Corporation
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Rainier National Bank
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Ross, Johnston & Ketersing, Inc. SAFECO Insurance Companies
The St. Paul Companies, Inc.
Scott Paper Company
Seagram & Sons
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United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. Warren-King Companies
The Washington Post Company
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ALPHA OMICRON PI • INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION • 1987
by Robin Beltramini International Director
1987 International Convention offers a chance for each of us to "Celebrate Sisterhood" through a sharing of knowledge and techniques with other fraternity leaders; a learning of "up-to- the-minute" AOII programs and policies; the honoring of outstanding sisters and chapters; and the renewing of old friendships and the making of new ones.
As a training opportunity for leader- ship performance and personal growth, nothing compares to International Convention. Regional Officers and Regional Directors will enjoy intense seminars designed expressly for them. Learning will not be limited to peer sharing, but also new information and team interaction will be important com- ponents of the time together. Selected subjects for collegiate and alumnae chapter presidents as well as chapter advisers and corporations representa- tives will include some "real situation" opportunity evaluation as well as up- dated general knowledge.
Delegates and non-delegates will have the opportunity to attend 13 different potpourri seminars. Subjects include: chapter relations, alumnae membership recruitment and education, conversation and rotation skills for rush, alumnae programming, collegiate membership education, extension and colonies, scholarship, AOII insurance (specifically liability). Some of these topics will be offered two or three times, allowing each delegate and non-delegate a chance to hear discussion on a range of issues.
The general sessions were so well received at the last conventions that we are, again, offering that format. Ed
King, Dean of Students at Bradley Uni- versity, will join us for a presentation centered on values in today's society. Ed is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and a well-known speaker on this subject. We can look forward to a timely, infor- mative, and entertaining presentation.
Dave Westol, legal counsel for and member of Theta Chi fraternity will be in Palm Desert to share with us thoughts on the liability of groups and individuals. With the increased interest in lawsuits, this is an important subject for fraternityleaders, members and cor- porations alike. Dave's presentation will be followed by an insurance and liability clarification discussion led by a repre- sentative of Alexander and Alexander, AOII's insurance agent.
Something new to look forward to this convention are large potpourri ses- sions. A partial list would include: Rituals, Traditions, and Jewelry; membership education; chapter rela- tions; and a presentation by the inter- nationally acclaimed Betty Ford Center.
We celebrate our sisterhood not only through learning and sharing, but also with our traditions. Convention tradi- tions include not only banquets and awards, but also Rituals. This year one of our most interesting ceremonies will be returned to the convention agenda. We will celebrate the candlelighting service for collegiate chapter sub- mottos. Weather permitting, this will be a beautiful service for all of us to share.
International Convention 1987 offers
a marvelous array of experiences that
can belong to each of us. Join us in the
warm weather climate of Palm Desert,
California as we CELEBRATE SISTER- A HOOD—AOII style.
Members of the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter are the models for the pictures on this page. They are meant as a guide to help you decide what to pack. You will be in a resort area, but save the shorts, jeans and bathing suits for your free time. June's daytime temperatures will be 100 or more, but when the sun goes down it cools off. Leave the umbrellas home; chances are it won't rain. Even though it's hot outside, inside the hotel will be cool. Remember to pack a sweater. Now that you don't have to worry about what to wear, you can look forward to Celebrating Sisterhood in style at our fabulous convention. See you there!
Don't forget your white dress!
Casual and Leisure-time dressing.
At the 1975 AOII Convention in Chicago, a dramatic and revolutionary event changed the course of Alpha Omicron Pi. That event changed our thinking about the way things should be done. That event changed our attitudes about ourselves and our standing in the Greek world. And that event was proposed not by an official body, but by a group of concerned individuals.
That event was Council's adoption of a resolution which combined the Execu- tive Committee and Board of Directors, and mandated the professionalization and streamlining of the Fraternity's operations.
What brought on such drastic changes? How were the proposals "sold" to the membership? What have the professionalization efforts meant to the Fraternity? And what needs to be accomplished in Alpha Omicron Pi's continuing professionalization efforts?
A Time for
By Ginger Banks,
Past International President
When dramatic changes were made in the way Alpha Omicron Pi operated in 1975, Fraternity leaders hoped for increased time for everything, greater efficiency, and more manageable work loads. But no one could have forseen that the changes would do all that and also benefit every member of Alpha Omicron Pi.
In order to answer these questions, many past and current Fraternity officers were polled. Their responses were not only enlightening, but touch- ing and inspiring. While the leaders naturally offered varying perspectives, their answers combined to paint a clear— and sometimes startling—portrait of what it was like to serve as an AOII inter- national officer prior to the 1975 imple- mentation of professionalization efforts.
—When Janie Callaway served as Administrative Vice President from 1971 to 1975, she was in charge of col- legiate and alumnae chapters, and every aspect of the Chapter Consultant pro- gram (including hiring, training, and scheduling the CCs, and notifying chap- ters of their visits). When Janie and her husband returned from trips, Janie had
in several large grocery sacks.
—Gerry King, who served as Inter- national Secretary from 1973 to 1975, remembers her predecessor Bobbye McCarter saying that the paperwork was so overwhelming, occasionally she would look at it and just sigh. Gerry said that she would not trade her service as Secretary for anything, but the Execu- tive Committee meeting minute taking, heavy correspondence, and probation and suspension processing took their tolls. "Since leaving the Executive Com- mittee 12 years ago," Gerry reported, " I haven't written many letters—not even
—Another former International
Secretary (who held that post from 1963 to 1965), Phyllis (Phyl) W esterman, said that as overwhelming as the paperwork might have been, that was only a por- tion of each Executive Committee
member's responsibility. " A t that time, there were only five of us on the Executive Committee," Phyl recalled, "and it was expected that every col- legiate chapter would be visited by one of us. M y trips ranged from California to Maine. Had there been frequent flyer programs then, all Executive Commit- tee members would have earned free trips."
—Jessie Marie Cramer (International President, 1961-63) and Norma Ackel (Interntional President, 1976-79) said they attempted to manage the paperwork by using secretaries who facilitated the AOII paper flow out of their homes.
Fraternity leaders maintained AOII workloads that ranged from 20 to 60 hours a week. And many served the Fraternity before the days of photo- copying machines or 10-carbon memo sets, before the days of overnight delivery services or calculators, and before the days of cassette tape re- corders or conference calls.
They also served at a time when cleri- cal assistance was not available from AOITs Central Office. Consisting only of two fulltime staff members, Central Office's function was to maintain Fraternity records and send out mailings.
THEY H A D THE FORESIGHT T O BE FARSIGHTED
It was largely because of what many dedicated women did for the Fraternity and the time they devoted to it that led to the realization that AOII could not continue expecting volunteers to donate their entire lives to the Fraternity.
With increasing numbers of women working outside the home and more de- mands entering everyone's life, Frater- nity leaders recognized that the demands of fraternalinvolvementat the international level had to be decreased.
Consequently, in the spring of 1975, a group of concerned Fraternity leaders proposed improvements in structure and operations. They recommended that the Fraternity's top structure be consolidated; financial, legal, and fraternal professionals be added to the Executive Board; Fraternity leaders be relieved of most clerical duties; and the Fraternity bylaws concerning International operations be suspended for the biennium to give the new Executive Board opportunities to determine the most workable alignment of their responsibilities.
"We were fortunate to have visionar- ies who saw the need for change at exactly the right time," said Joan MacCallum, who served as International President from 1979 to 1981.
Norma Ackel agreed. "The timing of Spring 1987
the professionalization efforts was per- fect," she said.
Jessie Marie Cramer said, "It is wonderful that the Fraternity leaders who proposed the changes had the courage to offer what might have been unpopular recommendations."
But, as it turned out, the recom- mendations were not unpopular. In fact, to the surprise of many Fraternity leaders, the proposal to professionalize was adopted by Council (the Fraternity's governing body) much more easily than might have been expected.
While many Council members funda- mentally agreed with the professionali- zation resolution, some were concerned that the slate for the new Executive Board was included in the resolution.
Some said that such an "all or nothing" approach robbed Council of its right to independently elect its leaders— a right deeply rooted in our heritage of democracy.
But the prevailing thinking was that while authorizing such revolutionary changes in Fraternity operations, Council needed to be certain which leaders would be implementing them.
"Council certainly put its faith in its leaders," said Joan MacCallum. "Since the leaders thought this was for the best,Councilwaswillingtogiveitatry."
Norma Ackel echoed Joan's sentiments. "We were amazed when Council voted to give us more than the amount of money we had requested to implement the resolution," recalled Norma. "That was a tremendous display of faith in the
TEAMWORK WASTHE KEY
Sue Lewis, who has been AOFI's Executive Director since 1977, under- scored those perspectives.
"The professionalization movement has certainly been a team effort," she said. "It has taken faith of the volunteer who, ingrained in the theory that doing a good job was doing the job herself, put faith in others—either in middle management volunteers below her through delegation, or in staff.
"In letting go, the volunteer had to acknowledge that the job could be done at least as well—and perhaps more pro- fessionally—in other hands."
Putting AOIT investments, day-to-day financial management, and extension activities into professional hands consti- tutes a fundamental concept of profes- sionalization, and serves as a key example of how operations improved as a result.
During the days prior to 1975, the Board of Directors was responsible for Fraternity investments, loans, and allocating funds to the Executive Com- mittee for daily Fraternity operations. The Board relied entirely on volunteers to handle those responsibilities.
"As treasurer of the Board of Direc- tors, Phyl W esterman handled the finances," said Norma Ackel. "She had great skill and I don't know what we would have done without her."
It might also be said that the Fraternity would not have known what to do without Phyl's bowling ball bag.
"In a lockbox in Ohio I was holding all of AOITs assets (deeds, leases, bonds, etc.)," Phyl said. "As we started to pro- fessionalize, all assets were to be held by First American Bank in Nashville, where we had moved our International
new system and the implement it."
Nashville in a bowling ball bag," remembered Phyl. "Flying that day was not good, but I made it. Allthe way to Nashville I worried not for myself, but what would happen to AOFI if we crashed and the assets were burned."
Since the bowling ball bag— and Phyl—arrived safely and soundly in Nashville, financial record keeping and daily financial management has been maintained by the International Head- quarters staff, and the Fraternity's investment portfolio has been managed by First American Bank.
The Executive Board officers stay in close contact with the financial profes- sionals—and it is still the volunteers who establish financial policy. Setting financial policy has been facilitated by the volunteers having been relieved of routine financial functions.
Another key development in the pro- fessionalization efforts was the transfer
"I personally carried the assets to
of extension functions to the Head- quarters staff.
"As the Executive Board member in charge of extension, Phyl Westerman wanted me to be more involved in extension work," said Sue Lewis."And she kept advocating that a staff member be hired to focus on extension—a key task needed for true growth."
Today, the Public Relations Coordina- tor in Headquarters works closely with the Executive Board to carry out their extension priorities and policies. As a result, response time to extension op- portunities has decreased, presentation materials and methods have improved, and the Fraternity has established strong chapters on quality campuses.
Systematically and painstakingly, the International Headquarters staff was built and additional functions were added to their responsibilities. As a result, countless activities that before 1975 were either handled by volunteers or were not existent are now routinely conducted by the Headquarters staff.
The staff development has fulfilled a fundamental goal of professionalization: providing the Fraternity continuity and greater stability. Such considerations are particularly important given the ebb and flow of personnel changes in the volunteer ranks—a dynamic very typical of fraternal organizations.
Another significant development, also a goal of professionalization, has been the involvement of the Executive Director in every phase of the Frater- nity's operations at the International level.
In addition to supervising the Head- quarters staff, for example, the Execu- tive Director serves as an ex-officio (without vote) member of the Executive Board, helps conduct training sessions for volunteers and staff, works closely with financial managers and officers, and is heavily involved in Convention planning and execution.
Fraternity leaders say that the great progress made by AOII during recent years is, in large part, due to profession- alization. But, more importantly, key observers say that the real fuel for progress has been the close cooperation between staff and volunteers, and the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts con- stantly offered by both groups.
The benefits of ongoing professionali- zation efforts have been many.
"As a result of professionalization," said current International President Peg Crawford, "I can't say that the amount of time I spend on AOII has decreased. I spend every free minute on AOII, anyway.
"But because a great deal of clerical and planning tasks have been taken off
Kay Sutherlin, current Vice President/
Finance, concurred. "Delegation of re- sponsibility to regional officers for the day-to-day running of chapter activities brought theneedforregionalofficersto feel responsible f o r decisions and stand bythem,"saidKay."Now,more people have vested interests in decision- making."
But responsibilities were not delegated to regional officers with just a wish and a prayer.
"From the old days of the Regional Director who got her box of files and a wish of good luck, we have progressed to formal, concentrated training ses- sions for RDs conducted by Fraternity leaders," said Sue Lewis."AndRD train- ing is just one example of the systematic, professional training that is now being offered to officers at every level of the Fraternity."
Sue continued, " I don't see profes- sionalization as simply giving staff more to do, but also as an up-grading of the roles of volunteers. We have beefed up the volunteer role.
"AOFI has shown that professionali- ze tion gives MORE authority to the vol- unteers, rather than takes authority away from them."
There have been many other benefits to the Fraternity that have come from professionalization efforts. Among those benefits cited by Fraternity leaders:
—"The further development of the regional system (started in 1969) helps build officer material. Regional officers respect the system of professionalization as an encouragement for them to go on to be International officers."— Carolyn Harris, International President, 1967-1969
—"The nature of the work of the Executive Board has changed. Now,
my shoulders, I can devote more time to creative thinking."
Enabling Executive Board members to devote more time to creative thinking has been facilitated not just by building the Headquarters staff and increasing their responsibilities, but with the con- current greater utilization of the regional officers.
"A key to the success of the Frater- nity's professionalization efforts has been the systematic development and strengthening of the middle manage-
o ment concept," said Sue Lewis. "The insistence of Joan MacCallum and Ginger Banks that the Regional Vice Presidents be allowed to run their regions has really helped develop not only closer supervision of our chapters, but much more effective personnel development of the volunteers in those
the Board sets guidelines and others carry them out. Before pro- fessionalization, we not only set the guidelines, but we had to carry them out, as well."—Mary Louise Roller, International President, 1955-57
in balancing the "double-edged sword" of delegating too little and too much.
Jo Beth Heflin and Peg Crawford ex- press concern that ongoing profes- sionalization efforts might interfere with the "heart part" of the Fraternity.
"Professionalization to me means taking advantage of all the tools available to us without losing the reason for our being: our Ritual,"said Jo Beth. "That is hard to do and perhaps that is where many of our efforts should be placed while we use financial and investment advice, computerization, Headquarters staffing, etc."
changes in our operations had to be made," said Jessie Marie Cramer. "For the good of any fraternity, profes- sionalization is the way it should be run."
And Phyl W esterman put AOLI's pro- fessionalization movement in a nutshell.
"It became clear that certain jobs should be handled by professionals," said Phyl. "Other AOIls who had given so many hours of service also felt we needed to reduce the work load of volunteers, have them make fraternal policy, and hire a professional staff to do the rest.
"The decision to professionalize our operations was the smartest decision made in AOII in our 90-year history."
Ginger Banks was AOIF's Interna- tional President from 1981-1985. Currently, she serves as a member of the Fraternity Development Commit- tee, 1st Alternate Delegate to the National Panhellenic Conference, and Vice President of the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation. Professionally, Ginger is Managing Editor of the Texas Bar
—"Collegiate and alumnae chapters
now receive needed and timely
information, constantly—which, of
course, makes for better informed
and happier members. The indivi-
dual members also have a better
image of our Fraternity in that they
feel free to contact Headquarters
for information, help, and many
services. AH of this could not have
been done even 5 years ago."—
Mary Ann Caldwell, Regional Vice
President, 1971-1975; currently,
Membership/Alumnae Coordinator Fraternity's history, several leaders in Headquarters
—"I can see the difference in the way the Fraternity now feels about itself. Throughout the Fraternity, there is a feeling of confidence and energy. That is showing in the number and quality of our members and chapters, and the campuses, on which our chapters are located."—Jo Beth . Heflin, current chairman, Fraternity De- velopment Committee
—"Our image has changed as a result of professionalization. Because we are more efficient in our operations, we are better able to project what we have to offer to the outside world."—Janie Callaway, Interna- tional President, 1975-1976
—"There is a feeling of a fraternity that is alive and well and moving forward. Back when I was on the Board of Directors, it seemed that we were always closing chapters or that we had several that were struggling to exist. Now, we are forming colonies, installing new chapters, reinstating closed chap- ters, and I get the impression that we are definitely on the move."— Jean Whorley Tripp, Board of Directors member, 1971-1975
ONWARD AND UPWARD
Fraternity leaders and members cite many strides Alpha Omicron Pi has made in many areas since 1975. But they also agree that professionalization is a constant refining process and that there always will be much to be done. For example:
Peg Crawford said she looks forward to the opportunities the Headquarters computer will provide.
Norma Ackel would like to see additional progress in compilation and preservation of historical materials.
Kay Sutherlin says that the Executive Board is working to reach the optimum
replied, "Yes, but there have been many milestones, such as incorporation, for- mation of the regional structure, and establishment of the Foundation."
"We must be careful not to lose our loving, caring image," said Peg. Jo Beth agreed.
When asked whether the profession- alization decision was a milestone in the
Other leaders were much more emphatic.
"With changing and complex tax laws,
and increasing, numbers of women
maintaining professions and homes, Journal.
High T ech
High T ouch
by Sue Lewis, Executive Director
John Neisbitt's MEGA TRENDS articulates the societal phenomenon of the increasing emphasis on both ad- vanced technology in our everyday lives and the converse increasing need for personal touch and support.
How appropriate, then, that Alpha Omicron Pi proceed with the next tech- nological advance in its long-range plan during the biennium with the theme CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD!
AOII computerized its membership records in 1977 but has maintained those computerized records with an outside firm until spring of 1986. We have been deliberately watching the hardware and software markets during the past decade, observing the rapid evolution of technological sophistica- tion and the continual decline in costs.
W h i l e t e c h n o l o g i c a l c h a n g e s wi l l continue, the Executive Board feels that the rapidity of those changes has stabilized, as well as prices, and that 1986 was the optimum year to bring our computerized records into International Headquarters and expand our capabilities.
In planning for this move, a study committee of AOFI computer experts from around the country had been re^ searching the latest in technology, and committee member and Regional Finance Officer Gayle Fitzpatrick joined the Executive Director for a series of proposal presentations and discussions.
The result was Executive Board approval of a lease/purchase agreement for a Digital MicroVax II (System 3), a state-of-the-art system comparable to the IBM 36. The Board further con- tracted with a local custom software company to develop the programming necessary for not only expanded membership record maintenance, but also collegiate chapter statistical pro- files, Development Fund donor records, and word processing applications.
Our Founders must have foreseen the high tech-high touch future when they founded Alpha Omicron Pi on, above all else, friendship and a commitment to one another not only in college, but throughout our lives. The strength of our alumnae networking and the con- tinuing involvement of women long\ separated from their collegiate chapters is evidence that we exercise our pride in practice.
"Our Founders must have fore- seen the high tech-high touch future when they founded Alpha Omicron Pi on, above all else, friendship and a commit- ment to one another . . ."
Providing local alumnae, as well as collegiate chapters, with up-to-date information on area AOLls facilitates the networking and welcoming of new members in alumnae circles. Our new membership software allows us to ad- ditionally store not only basic member- ship information, but also home and business phone numbers, business ad- dresses and occupational information, preferred name or nicknames, and data regarding legacies.
While there is a nominal charge for printouts and mailing labels, requests for printouts of special member segmentations or mailing labels have jumped from an average of 10 to 60 per month since the installation of our in- house facilities. AOils everywhere are working to emphasize our own special brand of high touch with reunions, state d a y s , c h a p t e r n e w s l e t t e r s , a n d individuals just wanting to contact her pledge class sisters from years ago.
We encourage you to complete the member profile on page 19, as well as the TO DRAGMA reader survey on the flip side and return it to Headquarters so that all of your key information can be included and that we can incorporate your views in future issues of the magazine.
"We encourage you to complete the member profile on page 19, as well as the T O DRAGMA reader survey on the flip side..."
Chapter statistical reports include chapter rush information, data on all other NPC groups on each campus, membership and pledge profiles, chapter philanthropic support, and dates that each officer report is received in Headquarters. These reports enable AOII volunteers and staff to spot membership trends and monitor progress and concerns of each chapter in a more efficient manner.
The Alpha Omicron Pi Philanthropic Foundation continues to increase its use of membership and donor records in fundraising and support of philanthro- pic and fraternity educational programs.
A broadening of computer usage will continue as a part of the Fraternity's long-range plan established by the Executive Board. Projections indicate that 60-65% of U.S. households will have personal computers by 1995. As more and more AOFI volunteer leaders make use of computer technology, they will be able to directly access Head- quarters records and data. Increased use of the computer in accounting and record-keeping will evolve as well.
High tech will enhance our ability and ease with which to reach out to one another. The need has never been greater, and the manifestation of in- creased interest of collegians and alumnae alike in networkingand caring about one another indicates that the high touch is real, as we together CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD!
The Rose Vine
The AOII Personal Support Network
by Liz Coffey, Executive Board Director for Alumnae
The concept of networking is not new. People have been doing it for centuries. Men, in particular, have for years had their "good old boys" clubs to help them get started in the business world. Women, on the other hand, have always had their small circle of friends to confide in and share ideas with, never finding it necessary to workat makingit dynamic. It just seemed to happen.
In today's world there are two kinds of networks: business networks and personal support networks. Agreatdeal has been written lately about the need for business networking. As more women join the work force and develop their careers, the need to interact with others in the same profession becomes apparent. One must develop contacts through professional organizations, social/community affiliations, and fellow workers if one is going to stay on top of the situation within a profession and advance in a career. The wise woman of today is learning the skills of business networking.
Personal support networks are just as important as business networks. In many ways they are more important because they are more caring. One's personal support network is made up of family and friends, people who have a genuine interest in your well-being. You in return have the same interest in them. Together you give and receive support and share in each other's ac- complishments.
When a woman is initiated into Alpha Omicron Pi, her sisters within the chapter become part of her personal support network. Ilike tocall this special kind of networking within AOII, The Rose Vine. Through The Rose Vine an AOII woman gains in many areas:
Support—The emotional support of other women who are sharing the feelings of community living as well as living the experience of our Ritual is invaluable.
Leadership Skills—The opportunity
to learn how to organize oneself and accomplish a goal while working with others is a skill that is carried into a facets of our life.
Friendships—The closeness that one develops with women of a similar interest with similar goals has a signifi- cant effect. A O n friendships are lasting.
Self-esteem—Helping others achieve their own personal goals can be very rewarding. Providing help and support to others builds our own positive self- image. 1
The AOII Rose Vine, our personal support network, does not stop at the time of graduation from a college or university. That is to say, it will not stop unless you let it. The Rose Vine, like a business network, needs your participation. You must stay in contact with your sisters and your Fraternity. The easiest way to do this is by joining an alumnae colony or chapter. By becoming involved you will be able to continue receiving the support and friendship that was so important to you in your college years. You will have the opportunity to use and further develop your leadership skills. Your self-esteem will continue to grow as you provide help and support to others.
The Fraternity, in return, has a number of ways of keeping The Rose Vine from withering. Each spring we ask our graduating seniors to fill out an AOII Network Card. These cards, with information about the senior's plans after graduation, are sent to the alumnae chapter president nearest her new location. The alumnae chapter is given the opportunity of contacting her about becoming part of the group.
A computer print-out is sent yearly to each alumnae chapter giving the names and addresses of each AOII living within the area. Contact can then be made either by mail or telephone with the AOIIs. Many membership chairmen within our alumnae chapters keep card files. The name of each AOII in the area
is filed both by name and occupation. This practice allows The Rose Vine to function as a business network as well.
Available this year is a new pamphlet,
Yes! We Promise You a Rose Garden.
This pamphlet stresses the advantages and opportunities of continued involve- ment in an AOII alumnae chapter. Space is left conveniently on the back for specific information about the chapter, such as the president's name and meeting times. These pamphlets are a valuable tool the alumnae chapter can use to reach new members.
Each issue of TO DRAGMA has a name/address change form in it. Not only does this allow us to keep our address list up-to-date, but it also gives us occupational information to pass on to our alumnae chapters. Several thousand forms are sent in each year to headquarters. This use of The Rose Vine helps us keep track of our membership and pass on the informa- tion to the alumnae chapters.
Unfortunately, not all of our members live in an area where there is an alumnae chapter. In some cases, re- ceiving an issue of T O DRAGMA is the only opportunity one has to use The Rose Vine. This is unfortunate and entirely unnecessary. Finding other AOIIs in your area is a simple task. Send a list of the zip codes within yourarea to Headquarters and they will send you a list of the names and addresses of the AOIIs. The Regional Extension Officer in your region will help you organize and start up an alumnae colony. Her name is listed in the fall directory of T O DRAGMA or can be received from Headquarters, if requested.
The AOII Rose Vine continues to grow each year. We now have over 80,000 members. This personal support network continues to give us oppor- tunities to develop friendships, share common goals and like "the good old boys" develop our own skills in business networking.
Please refer to this listing to describe your work for the member profile.
OFFICE SUPPORT, COM-
MUNICATIONS AND SALES
CLERICAL, SUPPORT STAFF 201 Secretary
202 Court Reporter
206 File Clerk
214 Billing/Payroll Clerk
216 Accounting Clerk
221 Production Clerk
222 Shipping/Receiving Clerk
COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTERS
230 Computer Programmer 231 Computer Analyst
232 Data Processor
235 Telephone Operator
236 Communications Specialist 237 Receptionist
250 Real Estate Sales
251 Business, Financial Sales 252 Transportation Sales
253 Utilities Sales
254 Print/Advertising Sales 259 Computer Sales
260 Agricultural/Food Sales 261 Apparel/Notions Sales 262 Chemical/Drug Sales 270 Home Furnishings Sales 271 Electrical Goods, Sales 272 Farm/Garden Sales
274 Industrial Sales
275 Commercial Sales
276 Medical Sales
277 Sporting/Hobby Sales 290 Sales Clerk
297 Sales Promoter
SERVICE OCCUPATIONS TRANSPORTATION, LODGING OR FOOD INDUSTRY
309 Recreational Service
311 Flight Attendant
313 Hotel/Restaurant Chef 314 Waitress/Bartender
317 Misc. Food Preparations 320 Lodging-House Keeper
DOMESTIC OR PERSONAL SERVICE 330 Domestic Service
334 Masseuse 338 Embalmer 362 Dry Cleaner
PROTECTIVE SERVICES 372 Security Guard
375 Police Officer, public
376 Police Officer, private 377 Sheriff/Bailiff
378 Armed Forces Personnel 379 Protective Service, other
AND CONSTRUCTION WORK
FARMING AND FORESTRY 401 Farmer
405 Horticultural Specialist
408 Plant Life Service
410 Animal Rancher
441 Commercial Fisher
446 Aquatic Life Cultivation 452 Forest Conservation
453 Forest Production Harvester INDUSTRIAL AND CONSTRUCTION
500 Metal Processor
520 Food, Tobacco Processor 530 Paper Processor
540 Petroleum/Gas Processor 550 Synthetics Processor
560 Wood Products Processor 570 Stone/Glass Processor 580 Textiles Processor
720 Equipment Repairer
860 Construction Worker
950 Utilities Worker
PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL AND MANAGERIAL ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING
002 Engineer, Aeronautical
003 Engineer, Electrical
004 Engineer, Computer
005 Engineer, Civil
006 Engineer, Cer.imic
007 Engineer, Mechanical
008 Engineer, Chemical
010 Engineer, Mining/Petroleum
011 Engineer, Metallurgical
012 Engineer, Industrial
013 Engineer, Agricultural
014 Engineer, Marine
015 Engineer, Nuclear
018 Surveyor/Cartograhper 019 Architect/Engineer, other
MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
020 Mathematician 021 Astronomer 022 Chemist
029 Math/Physical Sci., other
040 Agricultural Scientist 041 Biological Scientist 045 Psychologist
049 Life Scientist, cither
SOCIAL SCIENCES 050 Economist
051 Political Scientist
053 Social W orker
059 Social Scientist, other
MEDICINE AND HEALTH 070 Physician/Surgeon
071 Physical Therapist
075 Registered/Practical Nurse 076 Therapist
078 Medic.il/Dental Technician 079 Medicine/Health, other
090 Educator, Higher Ed. 091 Educator, Secondary
092 Educator, Kindergarten/Primary
093 Cuidance Counselor
094 Educator, Special
095 Education Administrator
096 Home Economist/Farm Adv.
097 Educator, Vocational
099 Educator, other
MUSEUM, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVAL SCIENCES
102 Museum Curator
109 Archival Science, other
LAW AND JURISPRUDENCE 110 Lawyer
119 Law occupations, other
129 Religious occupation, other
WRITING, ART AND DESIGN 131 Writer/Journalist
139 Writing Occupations, other 141- Commercial/Graphic Artist 142 Designer, Environ./Product 143 Photographer
144 Fine Artist: Paint/Sculpt. 1 45 Interior Design
149 Art/Design, other
ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION
150 Actress or Dramatist
151 Director or support staff 152 Dancer or Dance Teacher 153 Pianist or Piano T eacher 154 Musician, other
155 Professional Athlete
156 Disc Jockey/Radio
157 Sound/Film Recorder
159 Entertainment, other
MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRA- TIVE SPECIALIZATIONS
160 Accountant/Audi tor
161 Budget/System Analyst
lt>2 Purchasing Manager
163 Sales Manager
104 Advertising Manager
105 Public Relations Manager
166 Personnel Manager
167 Office Manager
16S Inspector, Public Service
169 Administrator, other
170 Marketing Manager
171 Conference Manager/Planner 172 Business Owner/Co-Owner 173 Real Estate Manager
180 Agricul/Forestry Manager
181 Mining Indus. Manager
182 Construction Manager
183 Manufacturing Manager
184 Commun./Utility Manager 185 Trade Manager
186 Banking/Finance Manager
187 Service Industry Manager
188 Public Admin. Manager
189 Manager, other
GOVERNMENT, TECHNICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS
191 Appraiser/ Agent
196 Airline Pilot/Navigator
197 Government, Legislative
198 Government, Executive Branch 199 Technical work, other
ALPHA OMICRON PI
Help us update our expanded membership records by completing this profile form, as well as the T O DRAGMA reader survey on the back, and returning it to:
(On magazine label)
Initiated Name _
Preferred Name (or nickname) Home Address
Home Phone ( Business Name Business Address
Business Phone ( Job title
Alpha Omicron Pi International Headquarters 3821 Cleghorn Avenue Nashville, T N 37215
*Sometimes a job title does not portray the nature of the work you do. Please select the Occupation Code from
the list on page 18 that BEST describes your work. The list was extracted from the Dictionary of Occupa- tional Titles, and will help us correctly catagorize our employed members.
Current AOII Office, if any
Past AOII Offices AOII Awards
.Yes, Iwould like to volunteer my expertise in assisting in any future AOII project that would utilize my talents. . Y es, I would like to be considered for future appointment to a regional or international office in AOII.
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Legacy information: I am an AOII
daughter granddaughter sister
Reader's Survey, Spring 1987
A CALL T O ALPHA OMICRON PI MEMBERS:
Take a minute to help your T O DRAGMA editor! Your response to the questionnaire will help the T O DRAGMA
staff prepare a magazine which truly will represent the needs and requests of its readers.
COLLEGIANS: Will you make copies of the questionnaire and have it distributed during a chapter meeting? ALUMNAE: Let us know how you feel about your magazine, too. A N D TOGETHER,we will continue to improve the publication!
Reader Profile: [check appropriate category]
Alumna (active in alumnae chapter, advisory capacities, etc.) Alumna (not presently involved in AOII-related activities.)
If you are ah alumna, check the appropriate categories:
over 50 years of age under 30 years of age
30-50 years of age Employed outside the home
TO DRAGMA recently established a number of special sections which appear regularly. Please check how often
you read these along with your evaluation of these departments and, remember, comments are welcome. Seldom Occasionally Regularly Comments
Exec Board Perspective Collegiate Chapter
Alumnae Chapter Activity
Letters to the Editor , The Editor's Place
Corporation Calls Features
In each issue of T O DRAGMA there are opportunities to have many feature-styled articles. Check which would be of interest to you A N D , remember, feel free to add any suggestions.
collegiate features (about collegiate members of achievement) alumnae features (about alumnae of merit)
alumnae briefs (updating alumnae across the country) fraternity education
our Headquarters organization Comments and suggestions:
successful scholarship programs successful rush programs successful pledge programs
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— ^ )
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Thank you for your response. Please return the questionnaire along with your member profile to International Headquarters.
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Collegiate Chapter Commentaries
ALPHA DELTA U. of Alabama
After a successful rush, starting new classes, working on philanthropy, and showing our spirit by winning the most pep rallies, "pandamonium" broke out at the University of Alabama. It was time for the Alpha Deltas to take charge.
Things got started with a memorable Homecoming. The Alpha Deltas kept busy making lawn decorations and prac- ticing for the dance competition. The Alpha Deltas were proud of our pledges as they won first place in the home- coming parade. The enthusiasm of homecoming was intensified when Alpha Delta's President, Sara Howard, was one of the top ten candidates for Homecoming Queen.
We are proud of our outgoing officers and are excited about the newly elected officers as well. Under the leadership of our new President, Rebeca Gillette, we are sure to keep up the hard work and success, reported Michele Burnham.
W ashington State U .
Alpha Gammas at Washington State University have faired another Palouse winter and a hectic, exciting semester. Various activities heighten AOII in- volvement on campus, year in and year out.
AOIIs and the men of Sigma Chi scored big during Homecoming in October. The high-spirited team slithered into first in the "Skin the Snake" event and took fourth in Spirit and Yard Display. The AOri-Sigma Chi team finished fourth place overall out of 22 teams.
AOII achievement prevails elsewhere on campus. Katie Wallblom, a freshman pledge, was crowned Duchess of Windsor of Waller Hall. Senior Kelly McDonald was elected Panhellenic Treasurer and pledge Debbie Bergh is president of Junior Panhellenic. Furthermore, our participation won a first place prize of $200 in the Red Cross blood drive for our 28 volunteers.
AOII and the men of Phi Kappa Tau teamed up for Greek Week Jan. 26-31. The week's events included a canned food drive, a newspaper collection competition, the traditional Olympiad games and the infamous Wheel Exchange. Proceeds benefited the Ronald McDonald House in Spokane.
With newly elected President Becky Ritter and the slate of officers, the sights are set to make 1987 a successful and fulfilling year, reported Joanne Payne.
ALPHAPHI Montana State U .
Alpha Phi chapter at Montana State University has never been better! Our successful rush of 24 terrific gals gave our Fall quarter a beginning that couldn't be topped.
Homecoming was a busy time of year for us. This year, we teamed up with the Pikes to build a float to the theme "There's No Place Like Home," from the Wizard of Oz. We were thrilled to hear that we won first place in the float com- petition! But the most exciting news came Friday night at the dance, when Kristy Zoe Harris, was crowned M S U Homecoming Queen.
The annual Spookhouse, our biggest philanthropic project, was the next big event, headed by Becky Snortland. We doubled up with the Sigma Chis to have a Halloween night full of fun and fright, with proceeds going towards arthritis research.
Our Fall party followed. The pledges, under direction of Karrie Simic, planned a super night with the theme "Harley Party."
We've had a lot of fun this year, but AOIIs also remained active in class. We were first in grades for all sororities on campus Fall quarter.
Several of our initiated members have adventured out into the world and are taking part in many unique experiences. Danette Gross, a sophomore in speech communications, is traveling for a year in the "Up With People" tour. Becky Paugh, a drama student, is working as a nanny for actor Jeff Bridges. Amy Radomske is on "Semester at Sea", taking credits toward her elementary education degree. Leslie Thompson is attending schoolinjapanfora yearasan international business student, and Megan Cassidy is on exchange to France to complete her French major.
The Alpha Phi chapter looks forward to welcoming these AOIIs home in the coming year.
ALPHA R H O Oregon State U.
Alpha Rho at Oregon State Univer- sity is "Celebrating Sisterhood" to the fullest! We started out the new year with a great rush and ended up pledging terrific girls! Fall term started out with the annual Sigma Chi Derby Days. Our princesses this year were Cheryl Huey and Stephanie Paris who did their best
to make sure that it was a fun event. Even though we didn't win, our AOFI spirit was incredible! As Halloween rolled around, we held our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and invited the men of >t>KT to join us. Halloween night turned into AOII Fright Night with <!>KT. The costumes were great and ranged from Pebbles and Bam Bam to Egyptians and Chipmunks who partici- pated in the lipsync entertainment. Even though O S U didn't fare too well in the Homecoming Football game, we were very proud when our very own Lila Asnani was selected as Ethnic princess for the Homecoming Court.
At our Founders' Day celebration, we selected Melissa Walker as Pledge of the Year and Leanne Bradshaw as Member of the Year. As the term began to wind down, Christmas and finals were upon us too soon. We received first place in the Christmas Lights Decorating Contest for sororities. When the ATH fraternity kidnapped our president, Rena Palacio, we were summoned to collect canned foods for her release. Everyone donated money to buy the canned foods that released our president while also placing us second in the food drive. Our annual Christmas Party was decked with sisterhood and cheer, and of course, Santa Claus who distributed gifts from everyone's Secret Santas, reported Cheryl Huey.
ALPHA SIGMA U. of Oregon
Alpha Sigma chapter kicked off winter term with the initiation of 100% of its fall term pledge class!
The pledges contributed to several activities that Alpha Sigma participated in. We fed Thanksgiving dinner to a family in need and later provided Christmas presents and a turkey to the same family.
In addition, we held a Halloween study break as a fundraiser and helped a kidney disorder patient pay for her dialysis treatment by collecting pop can studs.
Members showed our spirit in ways other than philanthropies. O n Dec. 6, we exchanged presents and poems. Then we watched skits performed by each academic class during our annual Christmas party. The day after, we enjoyed brunch and alumnae company at our Founders' Day celebration, reported Shari Silverman.
BETA LAMBDA Illinois Wesleyan
AOris at Illinois Wesleyan Univer- sity finished 1986 with a flurry of activity. Beta Lambda chapter opened its doors to the campus with its first Frat Man dinner. Every sister invited the fraternity man of her choice to a delicious meal. Afterwards we were glad to take our guests on tours and show them our beautiful chapter house. We hope to make these dinners a monthly event.
Our Chapter Relations Officer Jacqueline Blust organized the Thanks- giving/Schola rship Dinner on November 19. Scholarship Chairman Kris Hoshauer honored the sisters who made the Dean's List with roses. Several area alums attended. We celebrated Founders' Day, December 6, with a special brunch for collegiate chapter members and alums.
Beta Lambdas babysat for alums and faculty members while they did their Christmas shopping. We held our Christmas Dinner on December 8, complete with a Beta Lambda Santa and elves.
After a long and restful Christmas break we returned to campus ready to tackle 1987! We were proud to hear that junior Kathy McDonald was appointed chairman of the campus-wide committee for IWU's annual Sibling's Day. A Chapter Consultant, Colleen Emery, visited us for a week of meetings and activities. We enjoyed getting to know Colleen and showing her our campus, reported Kathy Nelson.
U. of Montana
Beta Rho, U. of Montana, had a busy fall with rush and competed in many events. The All-Greek dance and lip- sync was held and we took second place. Phi Delta Theta Bunny Days was another f u n part of the social calendar, especially when we won first place!
During winter quarter Cynthia Brooks and Julia Bos attended the Rocky Mountain Greek Conference. Social chairman Linda McCarthy and Vice- President Cindy Crilly have planned Initiation, which will be followed by Rose Ball, reported Julia Bos.
CHI Syracuse U.
Summer vacation ended a week early this fall for the sisters of Chi chapter, as we returned to Syracuse University to prepare for Formal Rush. The hours were long, but all of our hard work was rewarded with 34 new pledges. With
104 girls, including pledges, AOH is now the largest of fourteen sororities at Syracuse.
In early October, Chi chapter was honored to represent all other S.U. sororities by singing at the formal dedication of the Goldstein Auditorium in the University's new student center. Throughout the semester, Chi was active in sorority intramurals, playing softball, football and basketball. A few of our braver girls also participated in Sigma Phi Epsilon's Powderpuff Football Tournament and made it all the way to the finals, coming away bruised but with the second place trophy. Later in October, Chi entered three teams in Sigma Chi's Derby Days and won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the overall competition!!
Some of the other things which kept Chi busy this fall included hosting and taking part in many Panhellenic ex- change dinners, showing a movie with Sigma Alpha Epsilon for Alcohol Awareness Week, giving a Halloween party for underprivileged children with the brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha, and welcoming the newly recolonized Gamma Phi Betas with an ice cream social.
Our Fall Formal was held at the Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse.
We held our Founders' Day in mid- November this year to avoid the snow we normally encounter in December and 30 alums and almost 100 Chis attended the celebration at the Drumlins Country Club. As part of the afternoon's entertainment, the sisters performed their "AOFI on Broadway" skit for the alums and brought the house down! It was great to see all our old friends and make some new ones, too.
Also in November we won 2nd place in the Greek Sing competition for S.U.'s Greek Awareness Week.
As an appropriate end to our semester, we had a Holiday party for all of us and our guests. Almost everyone attended and the house was filled with Holiday revellers, sharing eggnog, cider, holiday cookies and secret sister gifts. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of one more semester, reported Laurie Anne Sprague.
U. of California-Davis
Chi Alpha began the 86-87 year with Fall Rush. Everyone had a lot of fun, and enjoyed getting to know our new pledges on bid day.
We celebrated in honor of our 15 pledges at Pledge Presents. The hard working pledges also got busy on their philanthropy and raising money for
their house gift. With so much hard work in store for the pledges, they took time off to go to Lake Tahoe for their retreat. Everyone had a good time and the pledges got a chance to really get to know one another. The last pledge event was the pledge social, a semi- formal dance entitled "The Best of all Possible W orlds."
The pledges were not the only ones who had a busy schedule. The Chi Alpha's social calender was full of f u n . We had a bar-b-q with Lambda Chi Alpha, and a Halloween party with Chi Phi. We also supported the Sigma Chi's Derby Days philanthropy project and had two Intermural vollyball teams, reported Brenda Erwin.
California Polytechnic State U.
The traditions, celebrations, and expectations for Chi Psi at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo are shining through with our first pledge class.
Fall quarter for us somehow managed to just "whiz" by. The quarter started out with our first fall rush ever. We pledged a class of 32 fabulous women! We would like to thank the rush team from Sigma Phi and Theta Omega chapters in helping us out in our very first rush.
Since then, our quarter was not without many fun filled and rewarding times. Our social chairman, Jennifer Pelham, organized two fun fulfilleddays in Santa Cruz, California for an outstanding retreat. Jennifer also arranged an evening of enchantment for our fall semi-formal at the Shore Cliff Inn in Pismo Beach.
Lisa V ore, our philanthropic chairman is preparing us for our very first philanthropic project with the help from our Sigma Phi sisters at Cal. State University, Northridge. Our philan- thropy is called "Mr. Fraternity." Our fraternity men at Cal Poly will go through a series of events to help raise money for arthritis research.
The upcoming months are exciting ones for us with the initiation of our first pledge class. We are also looking forward to Founders' Day celebration in San Diego, California, reported Ellen Benner.
DELTA C H I
U. of Delaware
Once again, the University of Delaware Delta Chis opened the fall semester with the spirit and motivation for a successful rush which gained us 21 pledges.
Sister Appreciation Week was held Oct. 5-11. Everyone had a "secret sister" who would do something special for her during the week. The idea was thought of by our Chapter Relations Officer Anne Pietrofitta and was a success. We also enjoyed an impromptu "fireside chat" at our house. It gave us the chance to be together, exchange laughter and smiles, and talk about the best sorority on campus.
Greek Weekend was held Nov. 6-9 with the Pledge Gong Show and Greek Letter Day. A Scholarship Tea was also held in November as was our hayride, officer elections and an officer workshop to orient new officers with their positions, reported Janice Frankel.
DELTA OMEGA Murray State U.
The Delta Omega chapter at Murray State University stayed busy the last half of the fall semester.
In mid October the pledges held a cook-out and dance at Kentucky Lake for the active members. The theme was carbon copy where couples dressed alike.
On the 19th of October all campus sororities held an open house. After visiting other houses we were proud to show off our new treasure.
Homecoming festivities topped off October beginning with a Parents' Day banquet and the following day we held our first pre-game reception at our new house.
The semester peaked in November when we raised nearly $1,000 for the Arthritis Foundation with our annual Mr. MSU pageant.
In November we celebrated Thanksgiving by having a big dinner at our house and two days following we danced at our annual Turkey Dance.
To complete the semester we went caroling in the community to build good will and Christmas spirit.
Special congratulations to Leigh Hall the 1986-87 Alpha Gamma Rho Sweetheart and to Janet Roby the 1986- 87 Alpha Tau Omega Sweetheart, reported Sandra Wagner.
EPSILON ALPHA Pennsylvania State U.
Epsilon Alphas kicked off Fall semes- ter with a very successful rush. Milly Yip and Traci Perkins, membership selection chairmen, organized three themes for the different rounds. First round was a red and white AOI'I cele- bration with helium balloons filling our suite. Camp AOn was the theme for second round, complete with camping
gear and bug juice. Our third round theme was New Year's Eve in New York, indicating a new year at A0II with our new pledges. After our preference parties we extended 35 bids.
Our pledges started off their pledge program with Sigma Chi's Derby Days. After serenading the brothers at midnight, decorating their house with AOn signs and performing a song and dance to Risky Business they placed 3rd in the Spirit competition.
The brothers of Phi Kappa Theta were our partners this year in Home- coming. Overall chairman, Kathy Home, and her committees organized the theme: Discover a New Meal Plan, to fit with the overall theme, Discover at PSU, A Whole New World, reported Kerri Lyn Fischler.
GAMMA CHAPTER U. of Maine-Orono
The sisters and pledges of Gamma chapter have stayed busy participating in a variety of activities lately.
We were involved in several success- ful fundraisers during the semester including a huge success in the phone-a- thon to raise money for the University of Maine. We finished 2nd overall on campus. On November 15, we kept our winning tradition in the Greek spon- sored bottle drive. O n December 12 our chapter sponsored a dance for Bangor Mental Health Institute's Christmas fund. All dance proceeds and our old stereo were donated to this organization.
We have also had many activities with our pledge class, including ice skating and a regressive dinner. The dinner started with an after dinner coffee and went backwards, finishing with a salad.
Other highlights of the fall semester included Chapter Relations sponsoring a Color Me Beautiful session. We had strong participation in campus Rape Awareness Day and had a good talk session with the Dean of Student Activities in December, reported Karen Lynne Leupold.
Indiana U. of Pennsylvania
The New Year rang in many ac- complishments for Gamma Beta. We welcomed eleven new sisters who were initiated on January 20. New officers for the year were also sworn in that same night.
Our former president, Kim Hoburg, was elected Greek Week chairman. Four other sisters—JoAnne Holmes, Kim Hoburg, Sue Palenik and Bev Round were inducted into Order of Omega.
We are sponsoring a contestant again this year for SAMS (Students Against Multiple Sclerosis).
Along with rush, a date party, a formal, Greek Week and graduation, the spring semester kept Gamma Beta on the go, reported Maria Maxin.
GAMMA OMICRON U. of Florida
Gamma Omicrons, U . of Florida,
spent a Sunday at the University Nursing Home playing games, singing songs, and learning about the "good old days."
Service Chairman Jill Stewart made prior arrangements, and the chapter brought cards, cookies and lots of enthusiasm to the home. Before the party, the girls went upstairs to personally invite the residents, who were a little apprehensive.
"I thought they were going to be too intimidated to enjoy themselves, but the residents really warmed up to us and everything worked out wonderfully," Jill said.
The favorite activity seemed to be the songs. The chapter and the residents sang hymns, old favorites, and tradi- tional University of Florida songs. Then, the girls sang a few AOFI songs, which were well received.
Afterwards, we talked with the residents while enjoying the refresh- ments. Topics of conversation ranged from college life in the 1930's to sorority life in the 1980's.
"It was so interesting to listen to someone who has been around for so much longer than you," Kathy Kisiel, Gamma Omicron, said. "It made them so happy just to have someone to listen."
The party ended two hours later than scheduled, and the chapter left after putting up "Smile" signs and promising to come back.
GAMMA THETA U. of South Florida
The Gamma Theta chapter at the University of South Florida, entered 1987 with smiles on our faces and a sense of anticipation for the coming year. Plans for participating in the upcoming Phi Delta Theta Derby, Sigma Chi Derby, and SAE Paddy Murphy are well on their way.
Fall semester held many accomplish- ments for the Gamma Theta chapter. We received first place in can collecting for Faith Children's Home, and second place overall in the Lambda Chi Kidnap. Lambda Chi Kidnap '86 received national attention on the news and in the news-
papers when their traditional president's kidnap of sorority presidents coincided with the visit of President Reagan to our campus. The secret service and F.B.I,in- vestigated the event. Because of this AOn wasn't allowed to use squirt guns to protect our president! The whole chapter sang our hearts out and received second place in the Panhellenic Greek Sing, and Chi Omega's Owl Prowl put us in the limelight when we received first place in the scavenger hunt. We are also involved in sorority intermurals and placed second overall in flag football, reported Melissa Longstreet.
Florida Southern College
The Kappa Gamma chapter has had quite a busy semester.
We were very busy in the area of philanthropy this semester. Starting off with Sigma Chi Derby, we placed first in the field day competition and third overall in Derby Week. Next, we co- sponsored a Skate-a-thon with the Sigma Chis, where we managed to skate, laugh, have fun,and at the same time raise money for a local charity.
Kappa Gamma is proud to have three sisters selected to Who's Who, they are Teresa Bowman, Kathy Kasch, and Kathy Tourville. We are also excited to have Lesley Whitehead serving as Pan- hellenic President for the 1987 school year, and our Sister Kathy Tourville is serving as SGA President.
KAPPA KAPPA Ball State U. Muncie, IN
The Kappa Kappas at Ball State started out the year with a very success- ful and fun rush for everyone involved. Much of this success was due to Rush Chairman Janet Taylor and assistant Karen Gartland. Because of their hard work we pledged 31 women.
The Kappa Kappas were in full force at the annual Watermelon Bust, sponsored by Delta Tau Delta and Alpha Chi Omega. We captured the spirit award for the third consecutive year. Janet Taylor proudly represented the Kappa Kappas making the top five in the W atermelon Bust queen contest.
Bet Stults was voted Miss February for the annual Phi Sigma Calendar girl contest. Voting was done by the entire campus.
The annual Sigma Chi Derby Days proved to be a success for us as well. Carmen Lewman was crowned Derby Days Darling and AOn captured second
place in the overall competition.
The Kappa Kappas brought home a first place trophy in the annual Theta Chi tug-o-war. The pledges won this event, presenting the trophy to the
active chapter with pride.
One main objective of the chapter for
the 86-87 school year is to participate in a philanthropic event each month. Kim Semler is the outstanding philanthropic chairman who is dedicated to attain this goal reported Pamela Peik.
U. of Illinois
Our 75th Anniversary celebration was wonderful as AOII alumnae from all over the country came to join in the cele- bration! International President Peg Crawford joined us as the joyful weekend came to a close at a very special dinner banquet.
Kidnap came sneaking around the corner as each girl donned a handker- chief mask and, armed with a squirt gun, kidnapped fraternity men and took them to a fun filled evening of laughter and dancing.
Stocking Formal jingled its way into the house along with the holiday cheer. The mansion looked beautiful with evergreen draped down the banister, accented with big red bows, while a little mistletoe was sprinkled here and there. The sleigh on the porch was a perfect setting for pictures taken to remember the evening by.
After the fun of Stocking Formal everyone had to buckle down and start studying for finals, which were just down the road. The twenty-four hour quiet rule helped everyone to acheive their scholastic goals. This past semester we climbed from 9th to 4th out of 24 sororities on campus, reported Melanie Burke.
IOTA SIGMA Iowa State
Homecoming was a time for charities and philanthropies around the Iowa State campus in Ames, Iowa. On Wednesday, October 1, Iota Sigma pledge Cindy Powell dove into a pile of leaves on central campus, earning $228 for arthritis research. This was the third fundraising event that Iota Sigma has been involved in already this year. The first was a bottle auction with the men of Phi Delta Theta for Homecoming 1986> where we raised $750. The second was a car wash where we raised an
additional $125. All this added together is a total of over $1000 for arthritis research, reported Kari Peters.
U. of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
fabulous fashion show to raise money for arthritis research, the women of Kappa Lambda were exhausted. T o recuperate we shared an evening of good times and gourmet food with the gentlemen of Phi Gamma Delta. The exchange was organized around a pot- luck dinner.
On Founders' Day we gathered at the house of a generous alumna, Trudy Steber,. to feast on a delicious brunch prepared by the alums.
Kappa Lambda's activities for the rest of the semester included a retreat to Banff in the Rocky Mountains, a Valentine's Day Bake Sale, and a year end banquet, reported Lisa Burroughs.
KAPPA OMICRON Rhodes College Memphis, T N
Christmas was a special time for the Kappa Omicron chapter. Before our last meeting of the year, we went Christmas caroling at a local nursing home. We strolled the halls singing and waving to the people who stepped out of their rooms to see us. After that, we lined up in the cafeteria to sing our program. It felt great to see the residents' pleased smiles and to hear them sing along.
During second term we enjoyed social events with fraternities and alums. To celebrate Founders' Day, we gave a reception for the alums the second week in January. Following the reception, alums and their dates were invited to join us at our second term party, held at the McCoy theater on campus.
Our pledge program is progressing well. Stringalong, otherwise known as big sister revelation, found our house a tangle of brightly colored yarn and creeping, climbing girls. Big and little sisters alike found revelation an unfor- gettable experience in AOII. The pledge project, selling mistletoe at Christmas, was fun for all. They made over two hundred dollars, which was donated to the chapter for house repairs.
Suzanne Mabee has been elected Rhodes Panhellenic president for next year.
Along with rose formal and the third annual balloon lift for arthritis, Kappa Omicron had a busy and productive spring, reported Michelle Wilkins.
Ohio Northern U.
The sisters of Kappa Pi chapter cele- brated in reaching our goal of quota: 3 1 - derful pledges!
Most of the sisters are busy studying in the arctic weather of Northern Ohio, trying to recapture last year's prize of highest sorority GPA-but we still have had time for an active social life! We've had a Toga Party with the brothers of Phi Kappa Theta, and our Rose Formal. We have also been kept busy with philanthropic projects including selling mistletoe and Hershey's kisses before Christmas. We sold balloons for "Up, Up and Away for Arthritis" in conjunction with the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and our local Arthritis Foundation. The balloons were released at halftime of a Northern football game along with the launching of a hot air balloon, reported Susan Klostermeyer.
U. of California San Diego
This fall Lambda Iota kicked off our best quarter ever by moving into the first Greek condo at U.C.S.D. and by pledging 24 fantastic women.
The quarter continued as Lambda Iota's one of a kind volleyball team lost allhopesofbeing"No.1"whenwewere beaten by a dorm team. But alas, spirit was regained by the pledge class philanthropic project which was an ice cream social with a circus theme and by our terrific "Winter Fantasy" dance.
Inspiration Week '87 was organized by Robin Rohde, and she added a moving new ceremony that took place on the cliffs of La Jolla's beaches at sunset, reported Nancy Hollingsworth.
LAMBDA SIGMA U. of Georgia
Fall quarter football games behind us, wintery days ahead of us, Lambda SigmasatU.ofGeorgiagotingearfora full calendar. Highlighting the quarter was Homecoming, as AOII placed second overall. The best prize was when our very own Ree Haney was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Lambda Sigma pledges placed first in the annual Tau Kappa Epsilon"Yell Like Hell." The pledges helped out the Arthritis Foundation by collecting $200 on Halloween Eve.
Patty Holzschuh and her committee did a great job for this year's traditional Red Rose Ball. A black tie affair, the event only takes place every four years, reported Diane Adams.
Founders' Day was extra special for Lambda Tau. Ginger Banks, Past Inter- national President, was our guest speaker. She shared some special AOII stories and tales about Stephen and Amy. The wonderful memories of her visit will be cherished forever by all, reported Paula Bourgeois.
U. of Southern California
Nu Lambda went into full swing this fall semester with our special rush. We pledged 12 fantastic women!
Our social scene has been busy as well. We had our initiation banquet at a restaurant in Universal Studio City. Our formal took place on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Other events in- cluded our Halloween dinner dress up, our big sis/little sis dress alike dinner, the Mothers' Club X-mas party, and our annual X-mas party and gift exchange.
We have also been busy being pro- ductive in other areas such as represent- ing AOII on campus and also spreading Greek unity. AOII sponsored,a birthday party forthe underprivilegedchildrenin the area. This was a joint project between AOII and Kappa Kappa Gamma, and it was an overwhelming success, reported Joyce Flanse.
OMEGA Miami U. Oxford, O H
Omegas have had a very exciting fall semester, beginning with an extremely successful rush where 47 sparkling rushees were pledged. Our calendar of activities has included two philanthropic projects—the first being a project in which care packages were delivered to Miami's freshman students and the second project was called "Love AOII Style," a take-off on the Newlywed Game. AOIIs were involved in various social activities ranging from fraternity parties with "Golf Outing" and "Barn Party" themes to our Canoe Date Party and Semi-Formal dance. V arious sister- hood activities included things such as "Welcome to the Rose Garden Week" for our new pledges, a bagel study break, Big Sister Hunt, and a chapter retreat. Omegas entertained guests on Homecoming Weekend with a brunch and on Parents' Weekend with a dinner- dance in Cincinnati. The close of the semester was busy with the celebration of Founders' Day with our local alumnae, reported Lisa Hampshire.
KAPPA T A U Southeastern
Louisiana U .
This fall Kappa Tau was pleased to welcome a full quota of 15 new pledges. Kappa Tau is now the largest sorority at Southeastern Louisiana University with 60 members and pledges.
Pledge Trainer Terri Locicero and Pledge Educator A m y Scaimbra are keeping the pledges busy and enthusias- tic. The pledges will be hosting a "Delta Omicron Gamma" Pageant (also known as Miss Dog) to raise money for a ruby A pin which will be presented to the pledge with the highest GPA.
Big Sis-Little Sis was a lot of fun this year! After a week of receiving confusing clues, the pledges met the members at nearby False River to finally discover that special big sister, reported Missy Lanaux.
LAMBDA C H I LaGrange College LaGrange, G A
The Lambda Chi chapter is certainly excited about the new year. Congratula- tions to allour new pledges. We pledged fourteen of the best girls on campus. They held a pledge retreat in October, and our annual pledge luau was held in November. We also participated in the annual Arthritis Rock-a-Thon which was held in October. We raised a lot of money for Arthritis, reported Kim Bowen.
LAMBDA T A U Northeast Louisiana U .
Rush was the subject on everyone's mind as the Lambda Taus returned for the fall semester. We extended our love and enthusiasm to 35 new pledges.
AOII was proudly represented on the homecoming court by Lisa Lester. Our homecoming display titled "Celebrate an Indian Victory" received the third place award.
A 24-hour Rock-a-Thon was held to benefit arthritis research. We also helped the local Arthritis Foundation with its Up, Up and Away fundraiser.
Sigma N u recently announced their White Rose Court. Four of the five members are AOIIs! Marian Brittion, Becky W atkins, and Jodie Cole are court members. Bernadette Riche was named White Rose.
OMEGA OMICRON Lambuth College Jackson, T N
The first week of the Spring semester at Omega Omicron was devoted to the pledges as we held Inspiration Week. Alpha Hour, special inspirational programs each night, and an AOII Night Out helped prepare our pledges for Initiation.
To raise money, we took on the job of selling M&M's—over $2,000 worth to be exact! We also had a campus-wide Valentine's Day Party, February 14.
And, on February 1, we also participated in a show for Greek All- Sing, reported Ann Myers.
U. of Tennessee-Knoxville
Omicron success ran rampant across Big Orange Country during fall '86. Rush success was evident as we pledged 45 beautiful rosebuds. We were able to share our rush excellence with Elon College by sending our rush team to North Carolina to perform our famous McDonald's skit.
An escape to the mountains for pledge retreat and jamming to the tunes of Borneo at pledge formal gave the new girls a chance to experience the f u n and good times of AOn sisterhood.
Big Orange football had support from the red and the white as we traveled to Atlanta to attend the Georgia Tech game. Football for Omicron was far from powder puff as we captured the Alpha League Championship title.
We played hard fall quarter, but our studies were far from neglected as we placed 5th out of 18 in Panhellenic scholarship.
Our 26th annual Bar-B-Q also entailed a lot of hard work and effort with proceeds going to arthritis research. Omicron also teamed up with the Knoxville Arthritis Club at a balloon launch which was nationally televised, reported Poppy Hansen.
U. of Kansas
Phi has been jumping into spring head first, on campus and in the Lawrence community. January started off with rush, and a very successful one at that. We had the highest acceptance rate ever and reached our quota of 44 new pledges.
Aside from rush, AOII is definitely seen and heard at the University of Kansas. We participated in "Rock Chalk", which is the Super Bowl of
Greek competition and philanthropy. We paired up with Sigma Chi and wrote an original 15-minute musical from scratch. Under the direction of Laurie Flynn and Shelly Brown our script was chosen out of 12 other teams. We per- formed it at the end of February.
Our musical talent continues at KU as Cinda Swenson begins every basketball game for the Jayhawks at Allen Field House with the National Anthem and the Alma Mater; quite a privilege.
We have been participating inactivities on campus. One that we are especially proud of is Sigma Chi Derby Days in which Sarah Folsom was elected Derby Days Queen. In the Sigma Nu-Alpha Chi Omega volleyball tournament, we won 2nd place.
However, the activity does not end there. We have been helping the com- munity by taking pets to nursing homes so that the residents may share some of their love with them. From Sunday school teachers to Brownie leaders, the spring semester offered hard work and incredible participation from Phi, reported Michelle Depenbusch.
U. of Chicago
This quarter has been a busy one for the Phi Chichapter. We spent our first year as a chapter directing our efforts toward visible campus participation and philanthropic activities. After celebrat- ing the first anniversary of our installa- tion on November 23rd, we have been able to concentrate on such internal aspects of chapter development such as a formal fraternity education program, final restructuring of our scholarship and pledge programs and monthly Ritual meetings. The Chapter Relations Committee organized weekly movie nights and a slumber party, fun events which have brought greater camaraderie to our group.
This year a panhellenic council was formed on campus and ourchapter went through its first formal rush. We received an amazing amount of help from Sherri Clark and Colleen Emery, numerous alumnae advisers, and Peg Crawford. We were very proud to be the Chicago Area Council's honored chapter on Founders' Day, reported Stefanie Rupp.
U. of Wisconsin Milwaukee
On October 27, Tracie Garbett ar- ranged to have three alumnae speak at our chapter meeting. We were honored to have Rosemary Greinke, a founding
member, Barb Hunt, a collegian from 1961 to 1965, and Pat Kaiser, a collegian during the late 1970's. Each alumna brought with her pictures, stories and memories of when each was acollegian. We all had the opportunity to hear how our own chapter has changed and evolved to where we are now.
The Phi Delta chapter is also proud that we had 100% initiation of all pledges received from the fall rush.
On November 1 our chapter partici- pated in a mass balloon launch sponsored by the Wisconsin Arthritis Foundation. The event was called"Up,Upand Away with Arthritis." Each balloon that was launched represented a dollar donated to arthritis. One hundred and seventy two of the balloons went up because of the donations from our chapter. Our members were responsible for helping fill the balloons.
On November 23 the Phi Delta chapter also volunteered to help at the second annual Jingle Bell benefit run, reported Laurie Matuszewski.
PHI UPSILON Purdue University
Last Spring at the 29th annual Grand Prix celebration, our Grand Prix candi- date, Kaylee Koester, received 2nd runner-up honors and was voted most spirited by her fellow candidates.
Our Homecoming candidate, Kim Dunn, put in many hours of hard work and campaigning, and her efforts were rewarded as she placed in the top five candidates and was recognized at our Homecoming game.
This year our philanthropic endeavors have been very successful. We published our 3rd annual Men of Purdue calendar and profits were over $1500. We also participated for the 3rd year in a 36 hour Rock-a-Thon with the
men of Beta Sigma Psi. Profits went to the Lafayette Urban Ministry, a local shelter for the homeless. November 1, we volunteered time and money for the nationwide, "Up, Up and Away with Arthritis" balloon launch.
AOII was involved with the reinstate- ment of outdoor concerts performed at the Slayter Center on campus. The Purdue administration expressed con- cern over the excessive use of alcohol at the center, and all outdoor concerts were banned. We, along with two other fraternities and one other sorority, appealed to the administration and were permitted to hold a well-supervised, non-alcoholic afternoon concert featur- ing Henry Lee Summer, a well-known midwestern musician. The concert was a huge success with possible annual plans in the making.
Pi chapter at Newcomb College started our second year back on campus with the pledging of 16 fantastic women.
We are also celebrating the purchase of our new house, and are presently in the process of decorating and remodeling.
On campus, we have been actively involved in the two blood drives spon- sored by Tulane's Community Action Council, both as volunteers and donors.
Socially, we held our "New Years'Eve in October" party. It was a smashing success, and we hope to make it an annual event on campus. We also
enjoyed Homecoming Alumnae Brunch, Semi-Formal, and Sigma Chi Derby Week.
U. of Maryland
The only way to begin the semester was to be at AOParadise. And 45 rushees agreed as they became the Pi Delta pledge class of fall 1986.
During October two event filled weekends kept Pi Delta busy. We joined with the brothers of Theta Chi to the theme of Alice in W onderland, and came away with a third place finish in the talent show. The following weekend we held parents' weekend.
AOris remained busy on campus. Judy Butler was named Pi Kappa Alpha's dream girl. Pam Myers was elected secretary of the Panhellenic Associa- tion, where she also serves as social chairman. Pi Delta's defending champion flag-football team compiled an un- defeated record en route to the playoffs again this year.
Panhel's annual pledge debut provided AOn with the opportunity to join all the other sororities for a funfilled evening. We also participated at the annual blood drive, reported Andrea Bricca.
U. of California Berkeley
As Sigmas basked in an unusually long Indian summer, the chapter also had quite a fall. We began with one of our most successful Rush weeks ever, pledging 27 new women. Open bidding brought us up to 33 pledges.
This fall, we had a 50's dance in San Francisco titled "Twistin' the Night Away." Our Rose Ball was held at the St. Francis on November 7th.
Every Saturday that the Bears were playing in Memorial Stadium, we met
first for brunch and then sat in the "AOn section" at the football game. Granted, the Bears weren't the greatest this year, but we had fun anyway. On the Saturday of the Cal-UCLA game, we invited all the dads up (and a lot of moms came, too) for our brunch, the game, and dinner afterwards.
Scholastically, Sigma is doing well. Weekly awards to "Superstars" who receive A's on tests, papers and evalua- tions have helped to keep us striving for excellence academically.
The senior class and the pledge class both had successful sneaks this fall, with the seniors decorating the dining room in a "Camp A0I1" theme (tent and all) and then rendezvousing at Jack London Square for dinner. The pledges decorated the house with a "Sneak Preview" theme and showed old movies.
In March we celebrated our 80 year anniversary with a huge gala at the historic Claremont Hotel in the Oakland/Berkeley hills, reported Donna Robertson.
once again received the Loretta Baldonado award named after a Sigma Phi sister who passed away two years ago.
The highlight of the fall semester was the success of M r . Fraternity. Philan- thropy Chair Cathy Cogswell and her committee planned the successful event which raised over $2^500 for the A0II Philanthropic Foundation, reported Martha Canchola.
SIGMA R H O Slippery Rock U . Slippery Rock, P A
The second half of Sigma Rho's suc- cessful fall semester included the great time our chapter had building our Homecoming float with the brothers of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Other Homecoming activities included Sigma Rho's Katie Love in her final ride as Slippery Rock's 1985-86 Homecoming Queen.
The hit of our semester was the much-anticipated date party held at the local Elk's Club. O u r pledge class did wonders in decorating the room for a perfect setting. The close to 100% turnout of sisters and pledges made the night a very special time for us. Thanks to Susan Boley for making it all possible.
The fall semester ended with the Sigma Rho chapter's participation in SRU's "Light Up Night" for Children's Hospital. This included a candle-bearing line-up across the entire campus, a sight to equal "Hands Acorss America," reported Penny Burns.
TAU LAMBDA Shippensburg U. Shippensburg, P A
Sisterhood is not just a word to the Tau Lambda chapter at Shippensburg University, it's a feeling. Three years have passed since our colonization and our A O n spirit and pride has never been greater. And with the addition of our 13 teriffic pledges this fall, T au Lambda is now over 70 strong!
A big round of applause is in order for sister Sandy Reedy who was the most beautiful member of the Shippensburg University Homecoming Court!
As the Holidays approached T au Lambda got caught up in the spirit with Christmas caroling for the elderly, selling personalized Christmas stockings to benefit arthritis research, a Christmas party spent with Harrisburg alumnae to celebrate Founders' Day, and the highlight, our semi-formal Christmas Dance, reported Cathy Heist.
SIGMA OMICRON Arkansas State U.
This fall has been a winning season for the Sigma Omicron chapter at Arkansas State University. We won first place overall, most spirit, and raised over $1,000 for St. Jude's at TK Fingerbowl. O u r pledge class w o n Cream of the Crop and the best-looking pledge class at the Lambda Chi Alpha Miss Greek Pledge Contest. Our own Jennifer Wilson became the new Miss Greek Pledge and Jill Rice came in second runner-up. Leith Mills was crowned ASU's Homecoming Queen this fall.
Inspiration Week was January 18-24. The initiation dance on January 23 had
the theme "AOn Blues," Stefanie Osborn.
Cal State, Northridge
The Sigma Phi chapter at Cal State Northridge has been sweeping the victories in everything we participate in. AOFIs teamed up with Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity to take Grand Sweep- stakes in Homecoming. Sigma Phi also went on to win the Phi Psi 500 sponsored by Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the Lambda Chi Pumpkin Bust sponsored by Lambda Chi Alpha.
AnotherwayAOnhasproventobea big winner is through involvement in the Red Cross blood drive. While do- nating to a great cause, the chapter held the title for most blood donated and
U. of Tennessee Martin
How do you spell success? For Tau Omicron, it was a Fall Rush 1986. Tau Omicron had one of the most success- ful rushes in years. Forty-three outstanding young women pledged AOII and what an energetic and creative group they were!
Tau Omicron concentrates a great deal of effort on our philanthropic projects. The pledge class jumped in and did the same. They raised over $200 with a "Stick-up for Arthritis" in which they "robbed" people for donations using water pistols. Members raised nearly $300 with another successful road block for arthritis.
Fall quarter was a busy time for Tau Omicron with a grea t number of activi- ties. The chapter participated in annual Homecoming events, including the float-building contest and pyramid building contest. T w o of our sisters, Brenda Rodgers and Carol Spellings, were nominated for the Homecoming court.
Tau Omicron's fall social had a dif- ferent twist this year. The theme was "Late Night With AOII" and the dress was "Formal PJ's." Unique costumes
were on the scene and it was a great success.
Winter quarter was exciting and loaded with chapter activities. We held our annual Rose Bowl competition, a scholarship competition similar to the GE College Quiz Bowl. We sponsor this event annually to promote scholarship on campus.
T au O m i c r o n s c e l e b r a t e d t h e anniversary of our chapter on January 31. Following the banquet we had a Pledge/Active retreat, reported Michelle Campbell.
THETA CHI Morningside College Sioux City, IA
After a short but relaxing Christmas break everyone was ready to return for a new semester of classes and an exciting Rose Week.
January 19-February 6 was our Informal Rush from which we gained many new sisters. There were many exciting events for Theta Chi members to look forward to during the spring months such as SHEAF Week, February Follies, Theta Chi's birthday and Rose Formal, reported Tara Meyer.
THETA PSI U. o f T o l e d o
Theta Psi, U. of Toledo, appeared on the stage performing our "AOII Jailbreak" for Songfest '86. Active sisters volunteered their time and rocked away for our annual Rock-a- Thon for arthritis research. Rebecca W alters undertook the position as chair- person and hostess for the 1986 M D A SuperDance, which was a success.
No time was wasted as we moved our energy to the Homecoming festivities. The long hours of constructing and pomping side by side the brothers of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity paid off— producing a third place homecoming float.
The fun and excitement did not end there! On a cool brisk autumn night the first fall date night, a hayride, was a success as the sisters rode through countryside on a horse-drawn wagon.
The following week the sisters went out dressed in a variety of ghoulish costumes to trick or treat for Unicef. The night ended with our Big-little heart Halloween costume party.
The Jacqueminot rose continues to grow and flourish at University of Toledo, reported Terri Y. Stanley.
Theta Pi Reunion
On September 20th, 1986, Theta Pi held its first alumni reunion, in Matawan, New Jersey. Forty sisters, representing five states and tengraduat- ing classes came for the catered buffet luncheon.
All kinds of AOII memorabilia, along with many letters from sisters who could not attend the reunion, decorated the hall. The time was dominated with catching up—big and little sisters who had not seen each other in some time; marriages and divorces, pictures of smiling children, the memories of those who had passed on.
The hours went by incredibly fast, as they seem to do the older one gets. Promises were made to make the reunion an annual event. And as each sister left with new AOII memories, she received a rose to remind her of the beauty of lasting friendships, reported Kathy Perricone Kleinlein.
Theta Pi alumnae pose at their first alumni reunion.
Three $750 Fellowships To Be Awarded
New York City Panhellenic will award three $750 Fellowships to sorority women doing graduate work at a college or university in the New York City Metropolitan area during 1986-1987.Those interested should request an applica- tion from Mrs. Kelso Sutton, 2 Tudor City Place, New York, New York 10017, and should return the completed form by August 1 , 1987.
In past years these fellowships have assisted women working for advanced degrees at such schools as New York University Graduate School of Business; Columbia University, School of Physicians & Surgeons and School of Journalism; Rutgers University, School of Law; John Jay College; and Princeton University. We are particularly pleased we have been able to increase the number of these fellowships.
U. of Washington
The key word for Upsilon so far this year has been change. It started during rush this fall when we introduced two fabulous new parties, Safari and Winter Wonderland. The parties went off stu- pendously and we were rewarded by pledging quota plus, a total of 45 new sisters.
Another event in the fall was our annual Pledge Dance held at the W estin Hotel. We all arrived early to have dinner together, another first.
We started into Winter quarter with a week of readjustment before heading into Inspiration Week. During the week the big sisters presented their little sisters with collages, stuffed animals, and pillows, three Upsilon traditions. Each class put on an event for the soon to be Initiates. The Pledges turned it around Friday night by putting on a show for the sisters.
Panhellenic made a change this year and set Greek Weekend during Winter quarter rather than Spring. On February 27 and 28 we welcomed high school students to our house giving them their first taste of Greek life. We pledged two of last year's guests during formal Rush. We hope to be just as lucky this year, reported Molly Hemmen.
U. of Nebraska-Lincoln
The members of Zeta chapter in Lincoln, Nebraska returned from summer vacation to a beautifully remodeled recreation/family room. Before rush got underway, the members of Leaders' Council and our Alumnae Advisory Committee had a picnic to start the year off. Zeta ex- perienced a very successful rush this year and took a 36-member pledge class.
"Rock-a-Thon," one of Zeta's annual philanthropy projects took place October 9 through 11. The weather, typical of Nebraska, was not the most appropriate, but the initiates and pledges were able to raise over $800 for arthritis research. Not only were members busy with "Rock-a-Thon" that week, but it was also the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Homecoming week. Zeta members were proud to rock their forty-eight hours next to the Homecoming display in our front yard.
After Homecoming and "Rock-a- Thon" were all wrapped up, the pledge
class participated in "Phi Psi 500," a Phi Kappa Psi annual philanthropic event that involved pledge classes campus wide. This year, the pledges brought home the overall third place trophy by placing first in the float competition and third in the obstacle tricycle race. Zeta pledges got a chance to shine again during the Alpha Tau Omega annual philanthropy Softball tournament.
Although the members at Zeta chapter have been busy with philan- thropic projects, campus activities and, of course, school, we always make time to show our parents how much they mean to us. October 18 was "Dad's Brunch" where we entertained our fathers with a talent show, then treated them to dinner and spent the afternoon watching Big Red football. Not to be outdone by their partners, our "Mother's Brunch" was November 15.
Recently, Zeta members were shown just how all their hard work and dedi- cation can pay o f f in the field of philan- thropic services. We received the Madeline Gerard Award which is pre- sented to the Greek chapter on the UNL campus which exhibits the most out- standing service to philanthropic projects.
E. Carolina U .
Busy as an AOII can be is how the women of Zeta Psi spent fall semester at East Carolina U .
We pledged 32 women in Fall Rush and got to really know them during Parents Weekend. Itwas a fun weekend, attending the ECU football game on Saturday and then having a breakfast for the parents on Sunday.
Soon after that came another me- morable weekend for the sisters and pledges, Homecoming Weekend. Friday afternoon the pledges were busy decorating the rented clubhouse with purple and gold balloons and crepe paper with high expectations of their first AOII dance.
While all of this was going on the sisters and pledges were busy working for the annual ECU Alumni Telefund.It is a volunteer effort to raise money for the university.Zeta Psi won third place for all of our hard work and the money we raised.
Our pledges also won third place in the Salvation Army's bell ringing at Christmas for raising money to help+he unfortunate, reported Karen Heim.
Support the Ruby Fund
Alumnae House Tour A Hit!
by Sandy Tomlinson
House tours have proven to be popular with Detroit North Suburban Alumnae Chapter, and an excellent way to draw new members out for chapter meetings.
In search of new program ideas a couple summers ago, member Sandy Tomlinson asked if anyone would be interested in spending an evening in a local Frank Lloyd Wright home. The planning committee's eyes lit up and the first house tour was launched.
This year Sandy's neighbor, Anne Kleppert, escorted AOIIs through her family's 1877 restored Victorian farm- house. The 5-bedroom home originally belonged to the Bassett family, whose acreage provided apples to nearby Franklin Cider Mill. Anne and husband Paul rescued the house in a state of great disrepair. Insurance agents laughed when the Klepperts asked for bids, noting the slightly sagging roof. Luckily, on their fifth attempt, a light snowfall covered the roof and evened out the sag, so the agent said, "Sure, we'll write it up!"
AOIIs marvelled at the large rooms, wide oak moldings around doorways, ceilings and floors, the warmth of radiator steam heat, and the beauty of period furnishings.
With anewlyacquired warmthforthe old farm house and an enormous ap- preciation for Anne and Paul's restora- tion work, we reflected on our evening over hot tea and old fashioned, warm apple crisp . . . with vanilla ice cream, of course!
Dollars for Scholars
Give to our AOII Scholar- ship Fund, AOII Diamond Jubilee Foundation, Dotti Winn, treasurer, 2809 Lincoln St., Evanston, IL 60201
Alumnae Chapter Activities
The Dayton Alumnae Chapter will be
very busy during the year of 1987. Our annual Swim-a-Long for arthritis is being planned again this year, it will be held during the month of April. The Swim-a-Long is our major fundraiser for arthritis. The money is designated for the Arthritis Foundation as well as local patient services. The calendar for the year is full of interesting programs such as low budget traveling, gourmet cooking, international awareness, and entertainment in the Dayton area.
GREATER ALLENTOWN BETHLEHEM
ST—R—R—IKE!!!! Wow! What a score!! Look at that form! These cheers could be heard as we bowled our way to raising money for arthritis. We began with the idea of a Bowl-a-Thon for arthritis in May, 1985 and since it worked out well, we decided to make it an annual event. We obtain pledge sheets from the local Arthritis Foundation and base our pledges on a per pin basis from the total of two games. Since we are a small group, this gives us a way to donate a substantial amount of money and have fun too!!
September 8, 1987 will be an exciting start to another year in our group's p r o g r a m . W e wi l l c e l e b r a t e t h e anniversary of the Greater Allentown/ Bethlehem Alumnae which was founded September 8, 1967. Mary Sue Benken, who really started up the group, is still an active member and we really thank her for all her work, reported Peg Zywicki.
On December 13, 1986, International President Peg Crawford installed mem- bers of the new Kalamazoo Area Alumnae Chapter during the install- ation of the new Kappa Rho chapter at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This event marked the realization of a long time dream to reactivate the Kappa Rho chapter and the culmination of many hours of work by local alumnae and colony members.
On hand to enjoy the festivities were Kappa Rho alumnae from across the state: Jo Jarosik Postmus, Judy Blett Leonard, Karen Trofast Johnson and E. Jean Schantz Thomas. A special moment was felt by all when Barbara Brainard Dancu, a Kappa Rho alumna,
acted as sponsor for her daughter, Debra Dancu, during her initiation.
A Rose Banquet was held following the installation in the Ladies Library Association Building. A n n Gilchrist, Regional Vice President, Robbi Peterson, Regional Director, Jo Nowak, Regional Extension officer, and Sue Elder, Circ. Chairman along with Peg Crawford presented an inspirational program, reported Sue Miller.
The Long Island Alumnae Chapter celebrated Founders' Day at a luncheon hosted by Theta Pi collegians and the New York/New Jersey Metro Area Alums. Thanks ladies, we had a great time!
In order to raise philanthropic monies, we have added a "lending library" to our meeting agenda. Sisters bring books to our meetings which we swapforaquartereach...aneconomical way to read through the best seller list while raising funds!
This winter "special" is the one word to describe the activities of the Memphis Alumnae Chapter. December was special for us because it was the month we held our "Home for the Holidays" luncheon for collegians from Memphis and the surrounding area.
Founders' Day was celebrated with the Kappa Omicron chapter bringing together "old" and "new"generations of AOIIs to honor Jessie, Helen, Stella and Elizabeth. And in February and March new officers were selected to continue the work of our chapter and our four founders, reported Debra L . Walker.
NORTH HOUSTON SUBURBAN The North Houston Suburban Alumnae Chapter invited the Houston Alumnae Chapter to celebrate Founders' Day with a luncheon at the
Wyndham Hotel on January 17, 1987. Carpools brought nine alumnae from the big city up 1-45 to join our twelve members. It was a day of sisterhood as we renewed our promises during Ritual.
This year is proving to be a busy one
for Long Island alums. Barbara Castello
has been elected president of Long
Island Panhellenic and several AOn displayed our true colors. Vivian
sisters were models at the annual fashion show in March.
Our annual Christmas meeting featured a grab bag. In addition to our regular meetings, we hope to attend a dinner theater this spring, reported Ann McGIinchey.
Brecher had us strip off our make-up, and it wasn't even Halloween! Vivian did an individual color analysis for those who wanted to participate. We should all be receiving more compliments these days now that we know what colors truly make us shine!
Our regular January monthly meet- ing had us beaming with delight as we
Marty Taylor of the Northwest Arkansas Alumnae Chapter sells the first T-shirt for the Arthritis Foundation's National Balloon Launch to Robert Robertson, a Fayetteville, AR businessman as Shelly May, mother of the Chapter'sPretty Baby, 1986 [a fund-raising project] and Kelli Nicholson, Arkansas Arthritis Foundation, Northwest Arkansas District Co-ordinator look on. The Northwest Alumnae Chapter co-ordinated the successful Washington County Balloon Launch and was second in the state project's fund raising. Photo courtesy of Richard Berquist, Northwest Arkansas Times.
Plans were made to participate in the boutique to be held at convention this summer. Look for our bunny parade.
The North Houston Suburban Alumnae Chapter has established two traditions which we think are special signs of sharing: our piggy bank and traveling basket. Our piggy bank makes all the meetings. She gobbles the quarters of members who forget to wear their pin or other AOFI jewelry. Our traveling basket holds a small gift. At each meeting or get together we hold a drawing. The winner keeps the basket and brings or sends the gift for the next meeting. The gift is an added incentive for attendance, reported Sue Metz Dornier.
This past fall has been a busy time for the Palo Alto Alumnae Chapter. In November we held our annual Holiday Auction of homemade crafts and food items. Marlyn Ahlenius Johnson did a fantastic job as our auctioneer. The funds raised go to meet our yearly expenses and philanthropic donations.
During December, Palo Alto Alumnae President Patti Batchelor Penning organized a Christmas dinner for our local AGO collegiate members at the home of Mary Pigg Tye. This was a great opportunity for our collegiate members to get a chance to meet one another during the holidays, and a wonderful time was had by all. We also managed a Christmas party for the alumnae that was enjoyed by everyone and included an opportunity to become acquainted with the new local director of the Arthritis Foundation.
We enjoyed our Founders' Day Luncheon in January with the San Mateo and San Jose Alumnae Chapters at a local restaurant.
As usual we have been involved with several philanthropic projects during the past months. Jane Weakley organized an Arthritis Education Forum last May for the Santa Clara County Arthritis Foundation and Patti Batchelor Penning helped with an auction of donated used cars to benefit the Arthritis Foundation in November. We are currently planning our 15th Book Fair in May at a local shopping center to benefit the AOn Philanthropic Foundation and a local arthritis research project, reported Janis Tremble Nelson.
Founders' Day 1987 was the biggest event planned for the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter during the winter months. The Founders' Day Luncheon was held at the newly refurbished
Wayne Hotel in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Also included on our agenda for the winter season was a special cooking demonstration/luncheon conducted by one of our members, Polly Quigley, who runs her own catering business. Aside from improving the culinary skills of our chapter members, this demonstra- tion also helped us raise funds for
Our chapter is still busy with the re-
organizing process and we appreciate hearing from all alumnae in our area. If you are new to the Philadelphia area or are a long-time resident interested in becoming involved with your sorority again, we would enjoy hearing from you. Please contact: Kimberly C. McGowan, 1659 Hemlock Circle, Downingtown, PA 19335, 215-873- 7325, reported Kimberly C . McGowan.
It has been a very fun-filled fall and winter for the Tucson Alumnae Chapter. It started on a sunny September afternoon with an ice cream social at the home of Carta Keegan. Tricia Clapp made her famous sugar free ice cream and an informal meeting was held. In October a general meeting was followed by a Self Defense talk and film presented by the Tucson Police Dept. at the home of Teri Anderson. A special November luncheon was hosted by our sisters in neighboring Green Valley. After a scenic drive to their lovely town we enjoyed a beautifully prepared meal with formal service at the home of Luanne Bunnel. Later in November the alumnae assisted the Arthritis Foundation with their Balloonfest '86. 20,000 balloons were released into the air raising money and creating a spectacular sight. The year ended with a "Make It, Bake It, Sew It,
Grow it" auction. Through the efforts of the Green Valley and Tucson Alumnae $294 was raised. Mary
Christoff Parker was a great auctioneer and everyone; alumane, friends, and family had a great time. Chapter Presi- dent Susan Arnold Targove kept the chapter informed of all the activities through a newsletter filled with in- teresting member news as well as chapter events. The spring activity schedule is full with elections, Ritual, officer installation, and a family picnic, reported Christina Flores.
The Washington, D C Alumnae have three members who have reached a true AOI1 milestone—their 50th Anniversary. They are Dorothy Barker (Pi, Newcomb College, '37), Mary Peterson (Chi, Syracuse, '36), and Ruth Haggerty (Chi, Syracuse, '37).
Our Founders' Day was held at the Pi Delta chapter house at the University of Maryland.
Once again our group supported the Jingle Bell Run for arthritis in early December. Linnette Garber, Diane Wells, Elissa Fisher, Robin Hammett and MichaelAnnWellsmetat8AMin West Potomac Park and ran the 3K Fun Run. With the help of friends and family, we raised over $100 for arthritis.
Our January activity was held at Mary Peterson's home, where we discussed travel. Linnette Garber shared her recent experiences in London with us, Mary Peterson had beautiful slides from trips to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies, and Nancy Bernard had tips for selecting the right clothing as well as organizing what you do bring, reported Michael Ann Wells.
celebrated Christmas by helping the elderly address Christmas cards—and by trading cookies and gifts at an after- noon tea. Nursing home patients who suffer from arthritis and other ail- ments benefitted from the group's annual philanthropic project. Alumnae addressed cards for the patients, de- livered homemade cookies and helped decorate rooms for the holidays. The alumnae Christmas party, hosted by Sue Schell, included a yuletide trivia contest, gift exchange and a guessing
Early January found the group deco-
rating trinket boxes for new initiates at the Alpha Gamma chapter. Each box was decorated with a red rose and pin cushion.
On Jan. 10, Pullman alumnae honored AOris Founders at a luncheon and candlelighting ceremony.
Activities for the spring included a white elephant sale for arthritis research, a party for Alpha Gamma seniors and a couple's dinner, reported Sherry Devlin.
The Richmond Alumnae have been very busy lending a hand to Rho Beta colony at Virginia Commonwealth. With the help of many area alums, Rho Beta was installed as a chapter on September 27.
We have been meeting once a month for pot luck suppers in members homes. We've had craft demonstrations by alums and a travel agent's tour to "Inexpensive Vacations". We celebrated Founders' Day on December 7, with the Rho Beta chapter. That was fun for all and very inspirational, reported Julia Leaman.
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