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Published by Alpha Omicron Pi, 2016-08-02 22:43:56

2002 Winter - To Dragma

Vol. LXIX, No. 5

To Dragma of
Alpha Qmicron Pi
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Our Missions: 5
of Alpha Omicron Pi
Collegiate News
Our collegiate chapters share news and highlights of their year.
AOH Foundation
Highlighting the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Fund.
Alumnae News
Our alumnae chapters share plans and highlights of their year.
7b Dragma of Alpha Omicron Pi
The mission offo Dragma of Alpha Omicron Pi is
to inform, educate and inspire our readers on subjects relevant to our Fraternity, our chapters, our mem- bers, or Greek life; to encourage lifetime AOTF involvement to salute excellence; and to serve as
a permanent record of our Fraternity's history.
Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women's fra- ternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning and developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and community.
Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation, Inc.
The mission of the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation 6 is to reflect the love and sisterhood of Alpha
Omicron Pi through the funding of educational
and charitable programs.
Fraternity News
Quarterly AOH news and announcements.
AOH Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary
A salute to the past, present and future of the AOII Foundation.
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AOII Always
Because local alumnae chapter membership is not always an option, AOII
has developed AOII Always, a new international alumnae program.
NPC Highlights
"Celebrating 100 Years of Leadership, Values, and Friendship" was the theme for the 2002 National Panhellenic Conference Centennial Celebration and Interim Session.
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International President
Carole Junenko Jones, Alpha Delta (U ofAlabama)
Executive Director
Melanie Nixon Doyle, Lambda Sigma (U of Georgia)
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Carole Jurenko Jones International President
...we are reaching out to
our alumnae members by creating a new
international alumnae program,
AOII Always."
In the spring 2000 issue of To Dragma I wrote about AOII for a lifetime and how these words have impacted my life. I also wrote about my college days at the University of Alabama and how the relationships I formed as a colle- gian have remained with me through the years.
As colfegians we learn that being a member of Alpha Omicron Pi extends beyond our college days. As alumnae we have the opportunity to continue the journey we began in college.
This remains true today. We should be telling our stories and sharing our experiences so that the young women participating in recruitment today will have heard about AOII or know some- one who is a member of our Fraternity long before they enter college.
Additionally, as alumnae, we cannot realistically expect our collegians to be the primary financial support for our Fraternity. Every alumna is encouraged to support our organization through membership in their local alumnae chapter and/or through payment of a $50 annual AOII Always membership. Details of this new program can be found on pages 40-41.
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Think about it. We are collegiate
members of AOII for only a few years,
but alumnae members for the rest of
our lives. The majority of our lifetime
is spent as an alumna of AOII. Paying annual alumnae dues, whether
Therefore, it is not surprising that the largest segment of our membership, by far, is our alumnae.
With that in mind, we are reaching out to our alumnae members by creating a new international alumnae program, AOII Always. We want to encourage our alumnae to be "known" AOIIs in their communities.
through membership in your local alumnae chapter or through the AOII Always program, is your opportunity to continue your commitment to AOII. Your AOII Always contribution will support a number of important pro- grams and services, including Alumnae Leadership Development, Collegiate Leadership Development, Overall Fraternity Development, and Technology Development Your annual
In 1952, Regina Ryan Strauchon, support will make a difference in
Epsilon Alpha, wrote, "You can be very active in your community and very suc- cessful in your business career, but if you are not identified with Alpha Omicron Pi you are not giving your collegiate chapters the help they need in building relationships between col- leges and communities."
ensuring the growth, stability and future of our beloved AOII.
Carole Jurenko Jones

fraternity new:
Convention Registration is now online!
It is now easier than ever to come to convention. Register online and join us, June 25-29 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, VA for the 2003 AOII Convention. Find the registration form and convention information at convention.
Visit Sisters Online
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tions. Thefirst,My AOII, is filled
with tun information for all of our
members. The second, Officer
Resources is the place for any
AOIIofficertofindhelpfulinfor- naechaptertogivethemcredit
an alumnae chapter may order online at By marking AOII as the benefitting organiza- tion when you order or renew, you are helping AOII without spend- ing additional money.
To date, $785,166 has been raised for AOIFs new home. Those indi- vidual members and chapters who have supported this project are to be commended for their support and vision for AOIFs future far into the 21st century. If you have
allyvisityourAOIIhomein Brentwood, Tennessee, be sure to take a virtual tour of our new headquarters building by visiting
mation at the click of a mouse. The third area is AlphaLink, AOII's innovative online reporting systemforofficersonly.Your AOII member number and a passwordisrequiredforentryinto these areas. Your member num- ber can be found on your To Dragma mailing label.
Phantastic Photos!
Each alumnae and collegiate chapter is being asked to submit at least one photo of a sister or group of sisters for our Phantastic Photo Presentation during Convention 2003! Photos can show your chapter members engaged in educational, philan- thropic, and/or social activities. Please send actual photographs
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Alumnae who are not members of
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- no copies or printouts from a printer. Do not send photos showing cups or beverages - they will not be used. Photos will not be returned.
All chapters submitting at least one photo will receive
a special sticker for their delegate's Convention nametag. The more photos you submit, the more phan- tastic our presentation will be!
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AOII receives 40%
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1,2003. Do not write on the back
of your photos but pfease include
anotewithyourphotowithyour arebeingusedforscholarships nothadtheopportunitytoperson-
chapters name. Send photos to: Rebecca Davis, AOII International Headquarters, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027
and programmingforLeadership Academy and Leadership Institute. You are encouraged to order or renew your magazines through your collegiate or alum-
San Fernando Valley alumnae attend a 1950 Founders' Day breakfast held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The honored guest (center) was 1949-1951 AOII International President Mary Paschen Lindrooth, Rho (Northwestern U).
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"As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary, it is with love and appreciation that we remember those members who came before us and gave us our roots and heritage, honor the members of today who give us our strength and vision, and anticipate and plan for those sisters who will come after us who will
continue sharing A O I I sisterhood and principles."
AOII Foundation
The AOII Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Success hasn't been an instant phenomenonofthe"shakeandbake,""add water and stir" or "just microwave" variety. It's the real thing, made from scratch, with lots of love and care.
It all began in Miami, Florida, at the 1973 International Convention (IC) with the adoption of a resolution introduced by Fern Kallevang recognizing the need to consoli- date the philanthropic endeavors of the Fraternity. It called for a committee to investi- gate combining the Ruby Fund, Diamond Jubilee Foundation and AOII Philanthropic Department into one AOII Foundation.
Two years later at IC, Eunice Barkell, chairman of the Philanthropic Feasibility Committee, reported back, recommending a singlefoundationto administer the philan- thropies of the Fraternity1. Her resolution autliorizing a Philanthropic Reorganization Committee to work with legal counsel to investigate forming a tax-exempt foundation, was adopted.
exempt 501 (c)(3)foundationto dim! and manage the philanthropic purposes of the Fraternity. Theresolutionalsoapproved the charter and bylaws of the AOII Philanthropic Foundation and authorized the Executive Board to appoint the initial foundation board and to apply for IRS tax-exempt status. This idea had been simmering on the back burner for more than four years, but the vote would- n't be taken that day. Eleanore MacCurdy moved postponement until the next day. So it was on June 19,1977 - after receiving clarifi- cation that it wouid not affect consolidation of the Ruby Fund and DJF - that the Foundation was set in motion.
IP, Norma Ackel, addressing this convention, added momentum to the action, saying the Executive Board was in agreement The due diligence began, and on October 1,1977, Norma Ackel and six others submitted Articles of Incorporation to the State ofTennessee. Carolyn Huey Harris, one of the incorpora- tors, applauded the creation of the AO 11 Philanthropic Foundation in a 1980 To Dragma article: "Philanthropy is as basic to AOl I as our Ritual, or reason for being."
At the next IC, Adele Hinton, chairman of
THE thePhilanthropicReorganization Ehiringthistime,AdeleHinton,Executive
Dot Waters Williams, AOII Foundation Resident
Committee, offered the defining resolution Director of AOII, was unable to continue due recognizing the benefits offorminga tax-
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to illness. Sue Lewis was recruited to succeed Hinton and help carry out the intent of the '77 resolution.
AOII headquarters had recently moved from Indianapolis to Nashville. I^ewis recalls finding an office sale in the midst of unpacked boxes. Inside, among the true historical treasures of AOI I, were several boxes of postage stamps. Sheets of them. Perplexed by the discovery ofsomanystampslockedawayinthesate,
"A key thing was securing the tax-exempt status," says Sharon Martin, one of the Foundation's first elected board members. Martin,aformerchairofthe RubyFund, recalls that "the next thing we were working toward was a merger of the Ruby Fund."
In 1983 at IC, AOII approved the merger of the Ruby Fund into the AOII Foundation. Marianne Carton, Ruby Fund chairman at thetime,callsitprogress."TheRubyFund, formed in 1946 to assist one of our Founders in need, was always a very personal under- takingforthoseofuswhohelpeditoperate
she hegan making inquiries. Carolyn Huey
Harris solved the mystery explaining to Lewis,
membersolicitation,andforyears,asthe andforthosewhocontributedtoit.That's Fraternity has gotten a lew dollars ahead,
we've been buying stamps."
As so it was that dreams began to be fulfilled through the AOII Foundation, when these stamps were finally used to mail the Foundation's first solicitation for the Loyalty Fund.
the heart of the RF, of AOI I, and that should never change, of course," Carton says. What did change, for the better, shefeels,was the business side of it, the management, the recordkeeping, etc.
She retails how DJF was begun in 1959 by a group of AOHs - many of them past interna- tional presidents of the Fraternity - who wanted to be sure that scholarships of differ- enttypeswouldbeavailabletoFraternity members year after year. "Their accomplish- ments were remarkable, and their para- mountinterestwasmaintainingtheintegrity ofthefunds.Themergerhasblendedthe
successluL," Mills believes.
"We were so very pleased to have the poten-
MacCallum,AOIIInternationalPresidentat KarenMills,aformerDJFboardmember. the time. "Scholarships, yes," MatCallum
says, referring to AOlI's Diamond Jubilee
Foundation and its hallowed commitment
"Coming to the aid of sisters in need, yes,"
Fund and its noble purpose. "But we were
pleased to be able to assure our members of a
to be able to reach out to others in our com-
mitmenttoarthritisresearch,tobeableto interestsofboth,andithasturnedoutvery prepare leaders within the Fraternity, and to
term. We knew the potential, and our vision
was broad," MacCallum asserts.
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It was during the 1980s, as well, that "we began to have thoughts of the importance of bringing together the broader interests of the Foundation with the tremendous success of theDiamondJubileeFoundation,"says
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Philanthropic efforts by collegiate and alumnae chapters raise some of the money used for arthritis research grants andscholarships. The AOII Foundation currently oversees the Annual Loyalty Fund, the Ruby Fund, the Diamond jubilee Scholarship Fund, the Endowment Fund and Arthritis Research/ American juvenile Arthritis
The lengthy negotiations between the Foundation and DJF required legal

"What I value about the AOII Foundation most is that it has been very sup- portive of arthritis research over the past years, including pediatric
research, which Matt Harrison (photo above) is very hopeiul will end his daily pain and struggles with arthritis.
- Kamala Nolo, PhD. Vice Chair, Arthritis
Foundation - Tennessee Chapter
Many families attend AJAO Arthritis Conferences and Camps annually acrossthe United States. Pictured above and below are imagesofsomeoftheAOII
sponsored families.
Foundation Endowment Fund. "No one has been more instrumental in the growth of the endowment," Moss declares.
It was in this decade that the Foundation began the Second Century Society to recognize members who had made planned giving commitments of lite insur- ance, will bequests or trusts to the Foundation, Moss recalls. To date, 128 members have done so.
"In fact, this was a very innovative period," Moss says.ShewasfortunatetoserveasFoundationpresi- dent in a time "when it seems the Foundation was positioned to take off," she says, mentioning some of the programs introduced:
• Senior Challenge, inviting collegians to make an individual donor commitment to the Foundation during their senior year. "We know that members whogiveearlyinlifearemorelikelytostaycommit- ted throughout life."
• Rose Tributes at Convention and Diamond Accolades at Leadership Institute. "We noticed a tradition of sisters giving each other small presents at these meetings and wanted to formalize it in a way that benefited the Foundation."
• Donor levels. "We wanted to recognize life-long givingtotheFoundation."
• Limoges. "We wanted to offer these collectible treasure boxes as a tribute to AOII and
our Founders."
• DEARS. "We wanted an acronym to help members recall the funds at that time which were under the umbrella of the Foundation: Development, Endowment, Arthritis, Ruby and Scholarship.
"Our goal was to make AOIIs more aware of the Foundation and have fun doing it," Moss recalls.
Nothing could have been more tun than awarding
consultation. lThe logistics were considerable. Each of the original members of DJE needed to approve the merger," Mills recalls. "It took time."
And it took lots of diplomacy. "Having always appre- ciated the value the Foundation has for the Fraternity over time, I saw the opportunity to combine DJF and the Foundation as perhaps the most significant thing that could be done at the time," says Ginger Banks, PIP. For this reason, Banks worked with leaders throughout AOII to develop the trust and under- standingneededtoproceed."Membereducation
was important," she says, recalling the panel discus- sions and meetings that helped AOII feel comfortable with the decision to unify the fund. "The Foundation hasbeentruetothiscommitment,makingthisa prime example of what can be accomplished in unity," Banks adds.
Elise Moss, who was then chairman of CIRC and
later served on the Foundation Board and as presi- dent of the Foundation, handled the negotiations for the DJF merger over a 3-year period. It was finally accomplished in 1992! "This was significant because when DJF came into the Foundation as one of the funds, we were one entity — a stronger entity,"
Moss explains.
While the DJF merger was in the works, the AOII Foundation was moving forward. Barbara Hunt, whose service on the Foundation Board began in 1983, recalls the day in 1985 when Jessie Marie Cramer talked with her and Kay Sutherlin about donating "what seemed a considerable sum to us at the time" as an endowment for adviser training. "That really was the lsegmning of the endowment fund," Hunt says, something that Kay Sutherlin helpedbringtofruitionduringhertermsas Foundation president in the late '80s and early i90s.
In her most thrilling Foundation opportunity, Barb
HuntproudlyintroducedtheDecadeofEndowment "WhenIsuggestedthistotbeFoundationBoard-
atthe1987IC. Thegoalwastoraise$1millionin cash, securities, bequests and beneficiaries of life insurance - all by the Fraternity's Centennial Convention. "Ibis endowment exists to guarantee theperpetuityoftheFraternity,anditprovidesgrants for alumnae and collegiate programming. Asit grows, so does the strength of our Fraternity," Hunt reminds us, as she has on countless other occasions while visiting with collegians and alumnae.
As the Decade of Endowment goal was attained, Elise Moss credits Barb Hunt with championing the effort and continuing to encourage major gifts to the
raising$100,000forCentennialScholarships-inside, I was wondering, "Can this really happen?" Rosalie Barber admits. "But it did, with the generosity of individual AOIIs and chapters, and it was my proud- est moment to be AOII Foundation President as the names of 100 scholarship recipients were called."
Barber recognizes the importance of growing the scholarshipendowmentonescholarshipatatime,so it can be awarded annually. That's why she led the effort to have initiates of her chapter, Sigma Omicron, endow a scholarship. "AOIIs will give if
100 $1,000 scholarships at Centennial Convention.
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they understand the importance of it," Barber believes, noting that some of the gifts to this scholar- ship have come from first-time Foundation donors.
A closer kinship with members and the Fraternity was a hallmark of the Foundation during the 1990s. "We begantorealizetherewereterrificleadershipdevel- opment opportunities within the Fraternity - from LeadershipInstitutetoofficertrainingtochaptercon- sultant training. We invested in these leaders."
As the new millennium approached, the Foundation
invited members to help ensure the Fraternity's future
through pledges to the Millennium Endowment Fund.
Becky Weinberg, Foundation PVesident, 1997-1999,
alsoisproudoftheFoundation'smoveintoanewera 1991,saysthiscommitmenttoleadershiptraining ofcommunicationswiththeFoundationvideo," "givesback"totheFraternityinawaythathasmade LoyalForever.""It'sessentialtoimpartthemission theFoundation"morevisibleandviable"thanever. oftheFoundationtothemembershipsotheywilltake "Andit'sallbeenbroughtaboutbyoutstandinglead- ownershipforhelpingtoseethatthemissionis ershipwithintheFoundation,"Doylebelieves. fulfilled,"Weinbergbelieves.
In 1998, the Arthritis Foundation awarded its presti- gious Corporate Hero award to the AOII Foundation for its ongoing support of critical arthritis research and efforts to educate AOII members about arthritis. This is a relationship that has grown since a vote at the 1967 International Convention declared Arthritis to be AOIFs philanthropy. Research grants given each year have underwritten research into genetic markers, autoantibodies, enzymes, immune systems, viral correlations to rheumatoid arthritis and a host of other endeavors at universities from Stanford and TuftstoDukeandLouisianaStateUniversityMedical Center, to name a few.
Dot Williams, Foundation President during this 25th Anniversary, agrees this is a dynamic organization, evolving on several levels during her seven years of service on the Foundation Board of Directors. "The Foundation has come from hiring a part-time ExecutiveDirectorincrampedquarterstoafull-time Executive Director and three part-time staff members working in AOII Headquarters - a building the Foundation was able to help realize through tax- deductible donations for the educational areas. We've established the Foundation website and invested, along with the Fraternity, in a computer system that will streamline operations even as the Foundation continues to grow."
Williams also expresses pride in the new public rela- tions philanthropy project, "AOII Strike Out Arthritis!" just introducedto AOII chapters. "This is the signature event we've been dreaming of for years," she beams.
"It's unusual for an organization to be as inter-
ested in research as the AOII Foundation is,
but think of the pride we will share when the
cure for arthritis is discovered!" exudes Jean
Sells, Foundation President 1999-2001. "Our
grantrecipientsaresodedicatedtotheirwork, AndsothedreamscontinuetoguidetheAOII
B B A F O U N D ^ S O N
we wanted to continue our commitment to research, even as we expanded our support to the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization," Sells explains.
Today, annual educational grants also are made to enablefamiliestoattendeducationalconferencesand children and teens diagnosed with juvenile arthritis to attend camps where they learn better ways of coping with the disease. Alumnae and collegians alike feel a close kinship with these kids, Sells believes.
Foundation. We invite you to share in making these dreams come true.
The AOII Foundation's office is at AOII Headquarters, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027. [email protected]
Phone: 615/370-0920.
By Dion VoUaner, Tau Delta, Birmingham Southern College, Foundation Board Director
"Diiring thefirst25 years, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million in grants and scholarships. The Fraternity is indebted to the Foundation for its support of our educational programs and leadership training. In the next 25 years, by working hand in hand, the Fraternity and Foundation will position AOII to achieve a new level of prosperity and service."
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- Carole Jurenko Jones, AOII International President


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collegiate new
One of the most popular annual features of To Dragma is our colle- giate chapter reports. Both collegians and alumnae love to read about the activities, service and fun being had by current members of their collegiate chapters. AOII collegiate chapters are dedicated to sisterhood, education, and service. On the following pages we salute all the chapters submitting chapter news reports.
Every chapter had the opportunity to submit chapter reports on AlphaLink for this annual issue. If your chapter is not listed here, they did not report. Next year, encourage your chapter not to miss the chance to submit their To Dragma Collegiate News Report. We would Eke for all of our chapters to be represented.
Alpha Chi
Western KentuckyU
The Alpha Chi Chapter of AOII is always an outstanding presence on Western Kentucky U's campus. During the fall semester we were hon- ored to welcome International President Carole Jones to our chapter to celebrate Founders' Day. During her visit we presented a $10,000 donation to her for the AOII Headquarters Capital Campaign. r lbe diapter participated in other activities throughout the year including intra- murals and philanthropic events for other Greek organizations. In the spring we held our annual "Rose Bowl" to raise money for Arthritis Research. The event was a huge suc- cess. We also participated in campus wide "Greek Week" events and placed second in the overall competition.
Alpha Lambda
Georgia Southern U
The Alpha Lambda Chapter at Georgia Southern U has been very busy this semester. We have 37 new sisters who we are very proud of and love dearly. We went to Homecoming with Sigma
Phi Epsilon and won the Panhellenic Award for best Greek Spirit! Go AOn!
We also held our sisters' retreat in Savannah, GA, where we went kayak- ing, and our annual fundraiser, Trick or Treat for Arthritis.
Alpha Phi
Montana State U
This past Homecoming weekend, of October 5th, Alpha Phi Chapter cele- brated our 85th year here on the campus of Montana State U- Bozeman. We had a wonderful turn- out of alumnae who gathered from all over the country to join in the cele- bration. We opened our house to them so they could reminisce and see how much things have changed, or have not changed. We had a Ritual on Sunday morning followed by a nice brunch where we exchanged stories and traditions. It was a wonderful weekend with a lot of laughs and tears of happiness and pride, and most importantly, a great celebration. We are so proud of our chapter for staying strongfor85years.
Alpha Psi
Bowling Green State U
Alpha Psi started the 2002-2003 year
with a great fall recruitment We have a great group of new members, who are

Northeastern State U Time is certainly flying by! This fall our chapter gained 25 bright and beautiful new ladies through formal and informal recruitment. Our involvement in the "That 70's Homecoming" float, sent our ladies and the men of Phi Sigma Kappa on a salvage hunt for "deco and disco." This fall we will hold our first annual Mr. Chi Theta Pageant This fun filled week of activities will not only allow some of the fine men here at Northeastern to strut their stuff, but more importantly it will benefit the phUanthropy. This year our chapter will truly make an impact on our campus, and have a blast doing so!
all excited and enthusiastic about joining AOII. After recruitment Alpha Psi started in on the semester with a lot of fun activi- ties, which showed all the new members how much fun AOII is. Homecoming quickly approached where we held a brunch and open house for all the visiting alumni. After the start of a busy semester we also enjoyed our annual philan- thropy, bathtub races, and a
Halloween themed tea.
Beta Phi
Indiana U
We are so proud of our terrific academic performance! Our members had the most improved grades of any chapter on campus and we plan to keep up the good work!
Chi Delta
U. of Colorado
It has been a wonderful semes- ter starting with the addition of wonderful new members during
fall recruitment! Our Casino Night philanthropy fundraiser was a huge success and we received second place in Homecoming this fall
Chi Epsilon
The Ohio State U
Our chapter's philanthropy is Nachofest Held once a quarter on Thursday nights from 1 to 3 a.m., we set up on our front lawn and sell nachos and cheese to people who are out for the night Nachofest's popularity has been steadily growing since its inception, and for the past cou- ple of quarters we have been sponsored by major corpora- tions, including Don Pablo's and Coca-Cola. Our philanthropy chair works tirelessly to ensure that Nachofest is a success. We promote Nachofest the entire week and even have T-shirts to match our fliers that we wear the day of the event Nachofest is always a good time and a complete success. Last quarter
Recruitment at Alpha Delta, U of Alabama
we raised approximately $800 to be donated to the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation for arthritis research.
Chi Lambda
U.of Evansville
Chi Lambda is off to an incredi- ble start, filling quota with 26 new members. Our new cutie- pis are incredible! Many thanks to our VP/Membership Recruitment, Sara Ray; Assistant Recruitment Chairman, Sara Rudd, and the raTuitment party
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85th Anniversary Alumnae Brunch at Alpha Phi Chapter, Montana State U.
chairmen. Senior, Nicole Keith, won first place in Phi Kappa Tau's Leggs philanthropy, bene- fiting Paul Newman's Hole-in- the-Wall-Gang Camps for termi- nally ill children. We also took home first place in Lambda Chi Alpha's Watermelon Bust com- petition, benefiting the TK-State Food Bank.
Delta Delta
Auburn U
Delta Delta is busy making preparations to initiate 63 new AOIIs after the largest recruit- ment Auburn U has ever seen. We have numerous events planned for our new members to help welcome them to our chapter, including a progressive dinner hosted by several of the older sisters. Our Philanthropy Chair is hard at work planning
Alpha Lambda's big sister/little sister event Georgia Southern U.

the Walk of Roses, a walk-a- thon that Delta Delta holds annually to benefit arthritis research. Last spring we raised over $13,000 with the help of several generous sponsors. We are involved in other philan- thropic events in our communi- ty as well Several of our mem- bers serve on committees orga- nizing Auburn's Relay for Life,
it is also a good chance for all of our sisters to come together and do something fun together.
Delta Omega
Murray State U
Delta Omega has been working extremely hard making changes to benefit our chapter. We have created several new sisterhood
and eat dinner with them in one of our hallways sitting against the wall talking to each other. We try to have a dinner in the hall every month with a differ- ent fraternity. This is such a great experience and it allows us to become friends with all the Greek fraternities.
Delta Sigma
San Jose State U
The ladies of Delta Sigma are proud to announce that dur- ing fall 2002 recruitment we pledged 20 amazing new members and we are not stopping there. This is the largest new member class that we have had in a long time! This recruitment was great for our chapter. It really brought us together as
collegiate r
Delta Upsilon
Faff semester for Delta Upsilon has been a blast! Our annual philanthropy event, "Back to the Beach" raised money for arthritis research and was a ton of fun for both our sisters and for the over 10 other campus Greek organizations that partic- ipated. We've had a great time at sisterhood pot luck dinners, Dawson's Creek nights, and Ben and Jerry's outings, not to mention mixers and our crush party, "My Oh My...AOII." Also a highlight of the semester was "Polyester Prom," our annual fall date function where sisters and their dates wear their (or their parents') favorite bell-bottom, plaid, or polyester outfits. The outfits were hilari- ous and the event a hit!
Cornell U
Epsilon Chapter has been very busy this year with a variety of activities. Recendy, our chapter co-sponsored "Ithacaid," a show featuring fourteen well-known acapella, comedy and dance groups. Sisters worked on every part of the show, from gaining sponsors to selling tickets to working as stage crew. Proceeds from the show benefited a local environmental charity as well as Angelwish, an organization that grants wishes to children living
benefiting the American Cancer Society, and our chapter is plan- ning to volunteer for the com- munity-wide Jingle Bell Run, which raises money for the Arthritis Foundation.
Delta Epsilon Jacksonville State U
One of the big fund raisers our chapter participates in to raise money for philanthropy is a spaghetti dinner. Our spaghetti dinner is not a sit-down dinner, but instead it is a type of fast food dinner because you drive up to a window, give a sister your ticket and then they bring you a packaged dinner-to-go. We do all the cooking ourselves (with the help of a few AOII mothers) the night of the dinner. We raised a great deal of money this year and did not have to spend very much of our profits on supplies because we had businesses and parents donate a great deal. This event is not onlyagreatfundraiserforusbut
events. Our most recent was the grab-a-date and the Brown Bag Luncheon and Discussion Series. However, our most excit- ing change to our chapter has been the point system. This is a system using point value on events to encourage sisters to attend. We had nearly 80 alumnae attend Homecoming in October. We are very excited to be initiating 27 new members into our chapter in November. Delta Omega would like to con- gratulate Hillary Spain who was crowned Miss Murray State and President Wendy Davis who was named first runner-up. We recendy installed our new chap- ter advisor, Debbie Carter. Delta Omega is proud of all of the accomplishments and achieve- ments of our members.
Delta Pi
Central Missouri State U One event that our Delta Pi Chapter is involved in is called
"dinner in the hall." This is where we invite over a fraternity
Delta Theta
TexasWoman's U
We had a wonderful recruitment this fall, reaching quota. We held AOII Picnic which will be a massive event that all AOII fam- ily members and alumnae are invited to attend. We also held date parties and mixers this semester as well as a Big Sis/Little Sis pumpkin carving sisterhood event for Halloween. In November, we participated in the Jingle Bell Run which bene- fits Arthritis Research.
Outdoor fun at Beta Gamma, Michigan State U.
sisters and we are looking forward to a great year!
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Chi Lambda prepares for a fraternity philanthropy competition, U of Evansville.

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with HIV/AIDS. Other recent philanthropic events that Epsilon has participated in include selling pumpkins to benefit breast cancer research, and working a rest station at the Aids Ride for Life, a local 100- mile local bike ride. In addition to all of these philanthropic efforts, Epsilon has been busy with sister-sister events, social events and getting ready for spring recruitment. It has been a busyyearsofarforEpsilon,and we are all looking forward to the rest of the year!
Epsilon Alpha
Pennsylvania State U
This fall Epsilon /Alpha wel- comed 22 amazing new mem- bers after a very successful recruitment We had an exciting semester beginning with Homecoming with the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Later this semester we performed our ren- dition of The lion King with the brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa during Greek Sing 2002! And once again Epsilon Alpha partic- ipated in another successful Dance Marathon with the brothers of Acacia. I^ast year we contributed $109,221.91 to the grand total of over $3.6 million for children with cancer at Hershey Medical Center!
Epsilon Gamma
U. of Northern Colorado The ladies of Epsilon Gamma are excited to have moved into a new chapter house. After two years on campus and plenty of hard work and dedication by
our members, we finally have a place to call home. The house is thriving with girls stopping by and using it as a meeting place. The house was officially dedi- cated during the fall semester. The chapter continues to grow with the addition of our sixth new member class. Welcome to AOII, ladies! We have a full calendar and look forward to another successfuf and fun year!
Gamma Alpha
George Mason U
Gamma Alpha began the year stronger than ever obtaining the awards for Most Outstanding Greek Organization of the Year for the third year in a row, George Mason U AU-sports for the fifth year, the Most Improved Sorority GPA and the Highest New Member GPA. The year continued in excel- lence as the chapter presented 40 new girls at Greek Debut 2002. Gamma Alpha hosted its Second Annual Race for the Roses raising twice the amount of money than the previous year and continued to support the community by keeping our Adopt a Highway spot clean. Gamma Alpha supported Sigma Chi and Zeta Tau Alpha by par- ticipating in their philanthropy events and supported the GMU Student Government by Adopting a Spot on campus and promising to keep it clean. The sisters of Gamma Alpha wel- come the next semester with hif^i expectations to continue to support the Greek system and the community.
Chi Theta Bid Day waterpark festivities, Northeastern State U.
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Gamma Chi
Carleton U
This November, Gamma Chi is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Although our chapter is quite young, we have come a long way in the past decade. We have witnessed the participation and devotion of many outstanding members. As the 10th anniver- sary approaches, we look for- ward to hosting all of the women who have helped make the Gamma Chi experience a memorable one.
Gamma Delta
U. of South Alabama Achieving one of our top goals for the year, Gamma Delta
Chapter was named number one in grades for spring 2002. We hosted our 3rd Annual Strike-out Arthritis Softball tour- nament and it was a huge suc- cess. Teams, both Greek and non-Greek gave their time for this great cause while enjoying food and prizes. Our hard work paid off, when we made perfect scores and won Pike Fest, a dance competition for Pi Kappa Alpha's philanthropy. To cele- brate our sisterhood, we have incorporated a no-business sis- terhood meeting once a month. This is a time to appreciate and enjoy the friendship and bond that we all share. But our real highlight for this semester was that we achieved more than quota during recruitment and have a wonderful group of new members that are really excited about AOII. They are our future, and our future is defi- nitely looking bright
Delta Chapter members, Tufts U.

Gamma Omicron
U.of Florida
Gamma Omicron had an extra- ordinary 2002 Recruitment! We are extremely excited about our 2002 new member class. They have made our chapter bigger and better than ever. Just as in the past, Gamma Omicron host- ed our annual Alumnae Bar-15- Que during Homecoming. Our family weekend took place in September. All of our families had a great time getting to know each other and going to all the many activities planned lor the weekend. Gamma Omicron is continuing our athletic excel- lence. Last year we were 4-peat
all-sorority champions in flag football and are looking to con- tinue in 2002 with a 5-peat!
participating in philanthropy projects, such as Hands on Atlanta. We went to an elemen- tary school where we volun- teered to help children. We played games, tutored the chil- dren in math as well as read with them. It was a rewarding experience.
Gamma Theta
U.of South Florida
Gamma Theta has had an incredible year. During the previous spring semester the chapter won six awards at the Order of Omega awards ban- quet, recognizing all Greeks at the U of South Florida. Some of the awards included Risk Management, New Member
Education, and Intramurals. This fall Gamma Theta had a
Delta Delta's 2002 Preference Day, Auburn U.
Georgia State U
The Gamma Sigma sisters enjoyed working on a philan- thropy event lor arthritis research. It was (ailed Run for the Roses. We got people in the community involved by run- ning, walking, or sponsoring a runner for arthritis research. The Gamma Sigma sisters had a great recruitment We picked up 22 amazing new members who are already becoming involved with the chapter through sporting events and
ated 34 amazing women on
October20th. GammaTheta andcontinuousopenrecruit- Homecomingwasatimeofhav-
fantastic recruitment
We initi-
lota Chi
Western Ontario U
The 2002 school year at The L of Western Ontario started off with a bang for the sisters of Iota Chi. Not only was it one of our most successful recruitments to date, but we were the only sorority on campus to fill quota We also welcomed a large num- ber of new members through COR The sisters of Iota Chi are looking forward to a great year in which we hope to become even more involved in the uni- versity and community of London, Ontario.
Kappa Alpha
Indiana State U
The Kappa Alpha Chapter at Indiana State t) had a very suc- cessful recruitment. We pledged 16 wonderful new members and we reached campus total.
Kappa Chi
Northwestern State U
We are having a great year. Through formal recruitment
we're not finished yet We even initiated 100% of our new member class. It makes us proud to see them so excited to be AOIIs!
Kappa Kappa
Ball State U
Kappa Kappa is celebrating our 50th anniversary on Ball State's campus. Kappa Kappa chapter is looking forward to another great year, as we welcome 26 wonderful new women. This past year Alpha Omicron Pi was second on Ball State's campus for grades! We have been very successful academically as a chapter and hope to continue
that reign. Our overall GPA is 3.214. We are once again paired with the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon for the annual Haunted House. All the proceeds were split between our philan- thropies, arthritis research and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Along with Haunted House, we held many service events such as bingo with nursing home residents and leaf raking.
Delta Rho's Halloween for Children, DePoul U.
stays busy year round participat- ing in other Greek organiza- tions' derbies like Delta Gamma's Anchor Splash and Delta Delta Delta's Bulls at Bat, among others. The chapter had a blast during Homecoming with Lambda Chi Alpha and is looking forward to getting a house next fall!
ment, we have picked up about 20 great new members and
ing fun and increasing sister-
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Delta Beta school supplies service project U of Louisiana at Lafayette.

hood along the way. We held a parents' weekend on the same weekend as initiation. This included a banquet planned by the Community Relations com- mittee and a home football game afterwards. Then there were the exciting socials and the new member formal. All together, this year should con- tinue to be successful and fun.
U. of Kentucky
Liz Wilson was selected as Greek Woman of the year for the U of Kentucky. Liz is very active on campus. She is Panhellenic President and is part of Student Government along with many other extra activities. She is a wonderful AOII sister and lives our Ritual everyday. She encourages others to get involved and shows us the bene- fits of helping others. Kappa Omega also had a wonderful recruitment. We received 51 new members and the chapter is doing wonderfully in the Greek community.
Kappa Sigma U.ofWisconsin - River Falls
The sisters of Kappa
Sigma will celebrate
our 10th anniversary
on April 17, 2003!
Kappa Sigma wel-
comed 11 new mem-
bers from formal recruitment. During homecoming, our
ladies received kudos
for winning the Best Game Piece based on the theme, Dare to be a Player. Walk for the Roses, our favorite annual fall philanthropic event, walked its way down Main Street on Saturday, October
19th and proceeds benefited the AOII Foundation as well as arthritis research. I n other news, the ladies of Kappa Sigma have been very busy these past few months raising money for many local chari- ties. Last April, we raised $735 for Relay for Life and $585 for the Pierce County (WI) Humane Society.
Lambda Beta California State U - Long Beach
Our chapter really has a great sisterhood and we have chosen to focus on that this year. We are promot- ing a positive image on campus through wearing letters and shining in them. We have three members
working on Greek Summit for the CSU system and we are the only chapter on campus to have three members on the commit- tee. So far this year we have participated in Delta Chi's phil- anthropy which is water polo in intertubes. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect so the water was the perfect tempera- ture. We didn't place, but we had a lot of fun and we gave the other sororities a run for their money. Our philanthropy, Greek Row, went really well this year. We had seven out of the eight fraternities participate, including one cultural Greek fraternity, and supported arthri- tis research. We spent the day at the beach and played tug of war, had a swim contest, built sand castles and had an obstacle course. The guys competed for
kiiif.' Neptune, based on AOII facts. Everyone had a great time and all the fraternities received an award for participation.
Delta Sigma Car Wash, San Jose State LI.
VP/Membership Recruitment, Jennifer King and her ERC. During recruitment week, Kappa Tau impressed potential members and the other sorori- ties with our loud and cheerful energy. Skit night was the high- light of the week with our cre- ative costumes and songs. All of our hard work paid off on bid day when we welcomed our 21 outstanding new members! We also welcomed back our amaz- ing recruitment counselors- Selena Landry, Emily Gerkin, Angela Puglia, Regina Eschette and Joelle Mc Williams. Our bid
day was
decorated in a Hawaiian theme and we wore bright red jerseys with Hawaiian print let- ters on them. This was a very success- ful recruitment!
Kappa Rho
Western Michigan U
Fall recruitment was a lot of fun and we have over 25 new mem- bers to show our success. On bid night following formal recruitment, we rented a moon- walk to set up in our parking lot It was a new twist to the evening and a blast for everyone.
Epsilon Omega "Lip Sync" fund raiser. Eastern Kentucky U.
KappaTau Southeastern Louisiana U
The ladies of Kappa Tau Chapter had an incredible recruitment this fall. The chapter, of course, could not have done it without our strong alumnae support and the amaz- ing leadership of our
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Gamma Delta's 2002 Bid Day, U of South Alabama.

Lambda Chi
LaGrange College
The members of Lambda Chi Chapter are so proud of their 11 great new members. Way
to go, girls!
Lambda Eta
Grand Valley State U
The members of Lambda Eta Chapter have an extremely busy
Freshman Board, Orientation Leader and Dance Marathon. Apart from campus leadership, our chapter has been doing great with our philanthropy as well. Last spring we raised more than $5,000 with Kick- Off Classic, our annual flag football tournament. We also
such a rewarding experience for everybody and we look forward to making more great memories this year.
Nu Beta
U. of Mississippi
To start off the school year, we all came back a few days early
Nu Omicron
Vanderbilt U
Our main fall philanthropy event this year took place on September 29th to the theme, AOII Oscars. Organized by the adept and creative Najla Husseini, our philanthropy chair, AOII Oscars was a daz- zling success. The event occurred in the beautiful Stadium Club overlooking the Vanderbilt Commodore football field and made the evening quite elegant with our red car- pet promenade, heavy golden drapes and fancy stage adorned with movie reels and a red sequined podium. The guests feasted on fondue and succulent desserts while our sisters per- formed their very own AOII Oscar performance with ball- gown wearing awards presen- ters, and dancers and actors the- atrically demonstrating the movies nominated for awards. Moulin Rouge took first place, charming the audience with their colorful skirts, kicks and
calendarforthisyear.Oursemi- annual Spaghetti Dinner was a huge hit again this year with proceeds going to philanthropy. We also had a great recruitment once again bringing in a great bunch of ladies into our chapter. We are especially excited about the "Men of GVSU" calendar we are promoting this year as a fund raiser.
Lambda Sigma
U. of Georgia
After winning the JWH Cup, the Lambda Sigma Chapter contin- ues to be going strong this year. We have one of the top GPA's on campus, with a 3.37. We have several prominent leaders on campus. Some of the orga- nizations girls are involved i n are Tate Society, Arch Society,
on our annual McKinnon a fun time learning the
held the Fun-Run and a car- to get a head start preparing
wash with the UGA football players. We will also be putting
for recruitment. We all had
Benefit Concert, in memory of Lauren McKinnon, a member who passed away from Leukemia. Over the past few years, we have raised about $30,000 in her name.
Mu Lambda
AOII's newest chapter is getting off to a fabulous start! We have been working hard to become a strong presence on the Rollins College campus. We recendy held a successful open recruit- ment, resulting in several great new members. We've been having wonderful times with each other, celebrating sister- hood in our brand new house. Starting a new chapter has been
door songs and rehearsing. Recruitment was held at the end of September and when it was all said and done, we ended up with a great group of new members! On the social front, we held a date party and several swaps. We also held the 2nd annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament to support arthritis research. We had the other sororities and fraternities play each other to determine who would be crowned the Ultimate Frisbee Champion. As the fall semester comes to a close, we are looking ahead to another busy spring!
Gamma Omicron sponsors a Mr. U of Florida Pageant
flirtatious ways. The entire chap- ter participated in the fantastic philanthropy event and support- ed our sisters on stage, entertain- ing for the guests. The National Arthritis Foundation even
2002 Bid Day at Delta Omega, Murray State U.
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loaned us their display board in order to present the mission behind our Oscars event.
Omega Omicron
Lambuth U
Omega Omicron Chapter has been busy the past year. Not only has Omega Omicron raised approximately $800 for arthritis research, but we also raised approximately $400 during our 5th annual "Band Benefit." These events were a huge suc- cess for such a small school. Along with those events, we also had the '"A-O-Pie" sale, where we sold pies and other baked goods, as well as, "Stick Up For Arthritis." This was where our chapter went around to every residence hall on campus with water guns telling everyone to "stick 'em u p " and donate money for arthritis research. These events are already in the
Omega Upsilon
At Ohio U, Alpha Omicron Pi is doing very well! We've been busy with a very successful recruitment and have close to 40 new smiling faces in our chapter. We sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness week, which featured AOII Executive Board member, Bosalie Barber. Our next philanthropy was our annual Haunted House where
placed the pumpkins around campus to get our name out for others to see what a great organization we are.
Phi Chi
U. of Chicago
Phi Chi Chapter at the U of Chicago is off to a strong start by pledging 10 fabulous new women immediately following formal recruitment. We held many exciting activities, includ- ing a "crush party" at a local restaurant, a pumpkin sale to raise money for arthritis research, weekly movie nights to build sisterhood and bond with our new members and much more. Our chapter GPA is currently at 3.45 and rising with each passing quarter. Greek life at the U of Chicago continues to strengthen.
U. of Maryland
Pi Delta just keeps getting stronger and stronger on the Maryland Campus. We just took our fall new member class which put us at quota and we are so excited to see what these wonderful girls are going to do for our chapter. We just held our second annual Tricycle Race and AOPie-in-the-Face contest to benefit arthritis research. Last semester, we were so proud to have our Chapter Adviser, Mary Sotak Barbuto, win our campus' Chapter Adviser of the
Year Award at the seventh annu- al Greek Awards Reception. We
Kappa Alpha's Bid Day, Indiana State U.
enjoyed our scholarship ban- quet and our Homecoming
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we raised money for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. Last year over 500 people attended our event. We also take local children Greek trick or treating to all fraternities and sororities.
Phi Beta
East Stroudsburg U
This year our chapter has had a successful recruitment, receiving
Florida International U Recruitment is a time when the sisters of Pi Theta really come together! Crafts, singing and bonding are all the elements of work week The week of formal recruitment was a lot of work, but more importantly, a lot of fun. All of our work paid off on bid day when we were able to share the day with our newest bunch of sisters! Playing sports is one of the ways we have fun and show teamwork In our first year playing intra- mural sports, we placed 3rd in softball and 2nd in soccer.
Rho Delta
Samford U
Rho Delta participated in Samford's most celebrated event, Step Sing. This is an activity in which many organi- zations compete on campus with singing and dancing rou- tines in order to raise money for a local women's shelter, Jesse's Place. The sisters of Rho Delta donated the most items to win the Community Service Award for the third year in a row. Furthermore, the sisters of Rho Delta contributed to the cam- pus-wide event, Relay 4 Life, which is an all-night walking event to raise money for cancer research. This year, Rho Delta
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planning for this year, and we expect a good amount of dona- tions. In other news, our 13th member of AOII for Omega Omicron chapter, Mrs. Burnett, was awarded "Alumna of the Year" for Lambuth U at our foot- ball Homecoming game on October 26. Of course, we all knew it would be an AOII sister! Congratulations!
the Phi Beta Chapter of East Stroudsburg U. We also have given our services to many community activities including Special Olympics, coin drops, Penny Carnival and throw a pie at an AOII. We held a sisterhood retreat where we played games and learned more about our sisters and our chapter. Other events included our sisterhood Hayride and Home-coming. We also held a pumpkin carving social and
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was the only Greek organization to place in the group fhndraising and one of our own sisters, Natalie Fuller, won first place for the most money raised by an individual. As you can see, Rho Delta has been very busy repre- senting AOI1 on campus and in the community.
beque was a huge success, rais- with new carpet and a more ing $15,537 for the AO 11 classic feel. We also promoted
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a big turning point and achieve- ment for us. This coming year we will be holding our bi-annual spaghetti dinner for arthritis, our community-oriented haunted house and participating and supporting many community and campus efforts. Sigma Chi would also like to thank all who made these 50 years possible.
Sigma Omicron
Arkansas State U
The Sigma Omicron Chapter at Arkansas State U would like to congratulate everyone on a great recruitment. We received an awesome group of new mem- bers and we are so proud. So far the school year has been busyforus. Wehaveparticipat- ed in Greek Week events and Homecoming events. Our chapter held our new member dance. The theme was "Huggin' in the Hay" and it was so much fun for everyone!! We also held our big formal, RosebalL The Sigma Omicron chapter also enjoyed working on our huge philanthropy "The Tower of Terror." Each year we work with the local fire fighters and split the money raised between our organizations. It is a lot of fun to dress up and gel in the spirit of Halloween.
Sigma Phi
California State U.- Northridge This has been a fabulous year for the Sigma Phi Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi. From our spring recruitment we gained 12 wonderful new members and on bid day we expanded our chap- ter by 30 new members. We are
Rho Omicron
Middle T ennessee State U This year is off to a wonderful start. Through recruitment we gained 39 wonderful new members. Each one has some- thing great to offer to our chap- ter. On September 28th we held our sixth annual "Smoke
Arthritis Barbeque." This was our third year doing the bar- beque together with the uni- versity's family weekend. Many people from different organiza- tions on campus came out with their families and friends to support us and eat some good food before the school's first home game of the
season. The event included a catered dinner, door prizes, and live entertain- ment from the band Alto Funk. The bar-
U.ofCalifornia- Berkeley Sigma Chapter has been on the go since we returned to Berkeley for the fall semester! We had a ball attending a San Francisco Giants baseball game as one of our pre-recruitment activities. We were also very excited to see our chapter in an episode of TLC's "Trading Spaces," which aired on August 31st Sigma Chapter beautified Delta Upsilon's Chapter Room, tossing a suspect deer head and introducing an element of fun via lime green paint, and DU modernized AOIl's TV room

Week! Congratulations to our Olympic team and to Panhellenic VP Programming, Christianne Harder, for doing such a wonderful job during Greek Week!
Sigma Chi
Hartwick College
For the second time Sigma Chi has achieved Presidential Status on the Hartwick Campus. This is the highest award given to Hartwick Greek chapters. In spring 2002 we celebrated our chapter's 50th anniversary with our alumnae, advisers and members. Our 50th has marked
Foundation. Other great fall events included Homecoming, the annual Halloween fall festi- val with the Boys and Girls Club of Murfreesboro and our stocking stuffer project with the Salvation Army.
Sigma Chapter when many of the women wore their AO11 let- ters as they attended a screening of "Sweet Home Alabama". Finally, UC Berkeley knows how strong Sigma Chapter is - we were the winners of Greek
Lambda Eta Chapter Retreat Grand Valley State U.
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Recruitment enthusiasm from Kappa Kappa. Ball State U.

collegiate news all so excited Our most memo-
rable moment this year was hav- ing International President Carole Jones visit our chapter. She was extremely nice and complimented us on how well our house was run. All the sis- ters got a chance to ask Carole questions, and had some time to learn what it was like for her
community service for the Panhellenic council. Nicole Thomas is the Vice President of
successful the Sigma Phi mem-
bers are. In fall 2001, we won
Top Ranked Sorority GPA and
Best Greek Organization. We Public Relations for the
members are also Student Government representatives and inductees into the various prestigious honor societies at our college. Our chapter is very involved with our commu- nity and also incredibly active in events raising money for our philanthropy. The Sigma Tau sisters participate in community service activities including AIDS Walk and reading to and teach- ing different skills and values to elementary school children. Along with various philan- thropy events, such as Adopt-A- Highway, Pie in the Face, and Scratch & Help, we are plan- ning a huge concert event for next spring called Moon Bash, where we hope to raise a large sum for arthritis research.
U. of Minnesota
also were the All-U Fall Intramural champs for 2000- 2001. Sigma Phi won most out- standing Philanthropy for 2001 and we were the winners of Greek Week for 2000-2001.
Panhellenic Council. We went on Spring Break 2002 together to Panama Gty Beach, Florida. This was a great chance for the newer sisters to bond with older ones. We also started an alum-
nae newsletter to update them on our recent accomplishments. This is the strongest our chapter has been in a long time,
Sigma Tau
Washington College The 2002-2003 academic year for our chapter began with our transition to a new house. We gained 17 great new members last
spring, fulfilling our quota, which meant that we
FourAOII Homecoming Court members from Lambda Omicron, Cumberland U.
when she was a collegiate mem- ber. We all really enjoyed meet- ing such an extraordinary woman. Sigma Phi held vari- ous events this year to help raise money for those in need. Our fall 2001 new members hosted our annual AOII Night, which was a chance for all the Greeks on campus to help those in need. Anyone who walked in with a canned good got a slice of pie. We collected 600 cans, which we donated to five very needy families. We also hosted MR. CSUN, our annual male talent pageant. Our chapter has been very involved in the campus this year and the awards we have won show how
Sigma Rho Slippery RockU
We are the
largest sorority
on our campus
and are con-
centrating on
more involved.
Mara Mannella
is a senator in
the Student Government Association. Suzanne Zdarko is a member of a Spanish hon- orary, Sigma Delta Pi. Carrie Amstutz is in Order of Omega and is the Vice President of
members, Miami U.
Tau Chapter is turning 90 this year and our plans for the celebra- tion have been under- way for quite awhile. We held a fabulous recruitment and are excited for all of our new members. Out of 12 national sororities, our chapter had one of the highest GRAs cam- pus-wide in spring 2002. We also have
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could not have recruitment this
falL However, this break grant-
ed us ample time to perfect all
of our recruitment activities for the last few months, having two
next spring. In addition to 25 of our 39 sisters participating in varsity athletics, a number of
women on our Panhellenic Council; multiple women have also participated in Rho Alpha, New Student W eekend, and orientation programs. We're also very excited to get back into our philanthropy activities such as The American Heart Association Heart Walk, work- ing with children at a nearby air force base, volunteering at St Jude's Children's hospitals and inner city schools, and our biggie.. .our Omicron week; A
the Minnesota Greek Woman of the Year, Katie Clark We've been very involved on campus
"Tension R e/ease Tuesday" event for Omicron, U ofTennessee.

year, first place in rope-pull, first place in the Pyramid com- petition, and best of show in Pyramid. We are all so excited and proud of our chapter's many accomplishments.
Theta Beta
Towson U
The Theta Beta chapter is proud to announce our adoption of two pandas from the National Zoo in Washington DC. As a chapter we collected money which will go towards the main- tenance and upkeep the zoo provides for Mei Xiang (Ming Ming) and Tian Tian (Sing Sing).
Theta Omega
Northern Arizona U
Theta Omega has kicked oft a great year so far, and we're looking forward to keeping this trend continuing. Theta Omega received 28 new mem- bers this semester. We were marked as one of the chapters with the highest amount of new members through fall recruit- ment Besides a wonderful new member class, Theta Omega did outstanding with grades last spring. We were neck in neck with two other sororities and it was close to a tie for the highest GRA. With all this terrific news,
whole week dedicated to all Philanthropic events we can lit into it, raising money for arthri- tis research.
Transylvania U
Tau Omega had a very success- ful recruitment this year. We added 20 new members to our bouquet and they are already making a large impact on the chapter. We have been partici- pating in various types of phil- anthropy activities here in Lexington and at Transylvania. We also enjoyed our first func- tion of the year which was a Barn Dance.
Phi Beta Chapter, East Stroudsburg U.
Tau Omicron U.ofTennessee- Martin
The fall semester got off to a great start with our chapter recruiting 35 won- derful girls! The new members participated in the annual lip sync competition and won first place as well as best of show. We all worked hard during football Homecoming week and it really paid off. We won, for the third consecutive
As a chapter we took a day trip to the zoo and visited the pan- das. Theta Beta also held our second annual philanthropy event, "Pi Guy Olympics" last spring. Sororities and fraterni- ties gathered to watch contes- tants complete an obstacle course and answer trivia ques- tions about AOII to win the title of "Pi Guy". All of the money raised was sent to the Arthritis Foundation.
Theta Omega is never too busy for some fun! We held a spe- cial event for our alumnae dur- ing Homecoming, and it was so nice to visit with them and hear all the stories of what Theta Omega was like when they were collegians! Theta Omega held our new 'Rock Stars' semi- formal, and got decked out with our dates and dressed as rock stars! We also held our annual Ruby and Pearl formal at Snowbowl, a local ski resort/ restaurant near Flagstaff. Our annual Ultimate Frisbee
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Recruitment at Sigma, U of California, Berkeley.
International President Carole Jones visits Sigma Phi, California State U-Northridge

Tournament was successful, and we included everyone on campus to participate and help out with arthritis research as well. It was great to get the entire community excited about this event and spend a day of fun in the sun! Iheta Omega has been keeping busy with our sisterhoods as well, and our chapter retreat in November turned out to be a blast It was wonderful sharing with all the sisters more about each other, as well as participat- ing with fun activities. With all these continuing activities, it is no wonder that Theta Omega had a successful semester!
Theta Psi
Theta Psi started the 2002- 2003 school year with a bang. We began our year with an awesome new member class of 19 girls. After formal recruit- ment we began to prepare for Homecoming, we were paired up with the gendemen of ZAE and placed third in the float building contest! We are now getting ready for our annual philanthropy event Bowling for Roses and hope to raise even more money then last year!
at Zeta
Psi, East Carolina U.
U. of Nebraska
This fall the Zeta Chapter has been very busy. Along with the hectic first few weeks of school, we had a very successful recruitment week with 37 new members! Our recruitment committee did a great job this year! Football season kicked into full gear and Zeta definitely made its mark with a little flare!
\ Friday night before a home football game, we hosted Hungry, Hungry Huskers Bar- B-Que, one of our annual phil- anthropies. Our friends at Beta Theta Pi helped to support our cause by having their band, The
Beta Band, entertain our guests while they enjoyed barbecue sandwiches, chips, and pop on the front lawn. This year was a hit and we raised a lot of money to donate to arthritis research. Our new members were able to get a "taste" of what being an
rable experiences and we look forward to another successful and enjoyable spring semester. This coming spring, the Zeta Chapter celebrates its centenni- al and we are already making big plans!
AOII is all about. Our new members also had Big Sis/Little Sis week and were showered with AOII gifts with the week ending in therevealingof their Big Sisters. We also had a Riverboat party, where we traveled north to Omaha and had a dance party on a riverboat with three other Greek groups. Not only that, but Zeta danced the night away at our own date party, Steakout! The fall has held many memo-
Zeta Chapter members, U of Nebraska.
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East Carolina U
At the beginning of this school year our chapter helped out with the fall book rush at the University Book Exchange to raise money for our philan- thropy. Also this year, one of our sisters, Cole Taylor, is the President of Panhellenic. We are all very proud of Cole and how she is representing AOII at East Carolina
Alpha Lambda's (Georgia Southern U) fall 2002 sisterhood retreat
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Kappa Kappa's (Ball State U) ropes course activity.
De/ta Delta sisters (Auburn U) showing school pride.
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The AOII Foundation's Diamond Jubilee Foundation Scholarship
Endowment Fund invests annually in AOIIs with a bright future.
Talk about a legacy!
Help build the DJF Scholarship Endowment Fund for tomorrow. Use the envelope enclosed in this issue (please note "for DJF Scholarship Endowment) t o
mail your tax-deductible gift.
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The deadline is June 1.
AOII Foundation - Cehbrating 25 Years! The .Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation celebrates its Silver Anniversary this year at convention.
Rose Tributes are available for $5 each to honor a special sister at convention with a card from you and an embroidered rose to wear on her name badge. Einail [email protected] or call 615-370-0920 to order. You may also order online:
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Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Fund
Lambda Sigma Chapter has recently endowed a chapter scholarship through the Foundation, to be called the Langston-Purdy Scholarship which will be awarded for the first time at Convention 2003.
Your chapter can have its own permanent scholarship fund within the Foundation. Call
the Foundation office for information.
Scholarship Quiz
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When was the first Diamond Jubilee Foundation Scholarship awarded?
How much was the award? $50
When did the DJF merge with the AOII Foundation?
How many scholarships have been awarded since the first one in 1962?
What are the top chapters for number of scholarship recipients over the years?
Kappa Alpha, Indiana State U 26
Phi Sigma, U of NE, Kearney 26
Zeta, U of NE, Lincoln
Iota,U of Illinois
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Past Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Recipients
Where are they now?
JeanineHessSmith.AlphaPhi'59receivedthevery first Diamond Jubilee Scholarship in 1962 in the amount of $50! She has a degree in Secondary Education from Montana State U and majored in French and German with a minor in Art She taught school in her first years right out of college. She has three children and is very active in the American Rhododendron Society, currendy serving as a national committee chair.
Jeanine recendy attended the 85th anniversary of Alpha Phi Chapter. She states, "I know that being in AOII was instrumental in my growth and development as a more confident and balanced human being who recognizes the importance of con tributing to soci- etyandgivingbacktoothersingratitudefortheblessingsthathave come my way."
About receiving the scholarship she says, " (the scholarship) was very welcome, as 1 was working on the last year of my degree and money was tight"
Salty W agaman. Sigma Tau 79 received a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship in 1981. She was a Sociology Major at Washington College. During her
junior and senior years of college Sally took Computer Science courses and immediately after graduation joined the Sandmyer Steel Company. After just 6 years she was pro- moted to IT manager and is still in this posi- tion today. Sally has held many roles in AOII over the years, as Chapter President of her collegiate chapter, Chapter Adviser for
Beta Delta, Sigma Tau Corporation Board and Regional Director from 1992-1996, just to name a few. Since 1999 she has served on the Executive Board of the Fraternity as Vice President of Operations and also volunteers as a Panhellenic Adviser at Villanova University. She is the recipient of many AOII awards and in 1998, she received the AOII Woman of Leadership Award
Sally states, "Receiving a DJF Scholarship emphasized to me that there was more to AOII than my collegiate chapter experience. Receivingfinancialaid for my education encouraged me to continue my academic studies as well as my campus leadership opportunities and further my involvement in AOII."
Stefanie DeLuca, Phi Chi ^4 is a past Helen Haller Scholarship recipient The Helen Haller Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking Graduate Student applicant She was a Psychology and Sociology Major at the U of Chicago and she received her Diamond Jubilee Scholarship in 1997 while obtaining her P h D . at Northwestern U. Stefanie is currendy teaching Sociology at Johns Hopkins U She served as Chapter Treasurer and Chapter Relations Chairman at Phi Chi.
Shestates,"IdidnothavetobeaTeachingAssistantandIwas able to work in research early on in my studies and that is a direct result of receiving a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship."
Dr . L u c i n d a T h u r m a n W r i g h t , Pi Alpha *92 is a two-time Diamond Jubilee Scholarship recipient In
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1993 she was an undergraduate student at the U of Louisville majoring in Biology. Lucinda served as Chapter I"resident .as well as Panhellenic President She attended medical school at the U of Louisville and
J§& receiveda(GraduateDJFscholarshipin 1995. She is currendy a Board Certified Pediatrician with a subspecialty in Pediatric Cardiology. She practices at the Schneider Children's Hospital which is part of Long
Island Jewish Hospital.
She states, "With the burden of undergraduate tuition costs
coupled with the costs of medical school, thefinancialaid was a huge benefit The support of the DJF Fund enables sisters to achieve their educational goals."
Alida Le Blanc Lewis, Kappa Tau '80 is a 1983 Diamond Jubilee Scholarship recipient While in school she received the Outstanding New Member Award and served as the New Member Trainer. Alida has two sisters and a cousin that are members of AOII. Alida is a pharmacist and has worked in the field since her graduation. For the past 8 years she has worked at Medal Brook Hospital in Louisiana as Director of Pharmacy. She is also a moth- er of six children.
Alida states, "The DJF Scholarship helped lift a big burden off my shoulders. I had received scholarships for myfirstfouryears but did not have funding for yearfive.The DJF scholarship was a tremendous help."
In 2002
The Muriel T. McKinney Scholarship Recipient, Rebecca Bridge, Omicron, states,"...receiving the scholarship has made possible the opportunity offurther- ing my education with graduate school much more attainable."
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Greater Philadelphia alumnae enjoy a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo.
There are so many rewards to alumnae chapter membership! As a chapter member, you have the opportunity to make new friends, be involved in philanthropic and other worthwhile activities, "network" with other AOIIs, discover new interests, support the Fraternity and have fun! Contact them and you will find a warm welcome and an eagerness to include you in chapter activities. Broaden your horizons - join your local AOII alumnae chapter.
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The Atlanta Alumnae Chapter ended another year in style with Mimosas in May. The event was held poolside at the lovely home of Ann Edwards. We toured her beautiful gardens, which include a Jacqueminot rose bush given to her by the alumnae group. During the meeting, we held an Installation Ritual to officially wel- come our new officers, led by our new president, Tracy Stark, and to say thanks to our outgoing president, Malinda Sharp, and other very important officers. We were excited to have two other AOlis in our midst, as well: Malinda's mother Mary Jane Sharp, RTJ committee member and our current AOII Foundation President, Dot Williams. This fall we kicked off the new year with AOPie Night We discussed chapter business whilefeastingon delicious pies and desserts while socializing with sis- ters. We are looking forward to our fall philanthropic event as we participate in Hands on Atlanta Day by volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter. One thing is for sure — the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of AOII is always having fun reaching out to other AOIIs and the world about us in new and exciting ways!
Baton Rouge
A year of giving and sharing-the Baton Rouge Alumnae Chapter, in a spirit of giv- ing, is collecting pandas for the state Juvenile Arthritis Camp and is also collect- ing "Coats for Kids" for local needy chil- dren. We are also helping with the local Arthritis Gala in November. In the spirit of sharing, we have planned many interesting and fun-filled meetings from painting pot- tery to movies to crawfish boils.
The strength of our chapter is its fun-loving devoted members who are dedicated to AOII. We look forward to a fun-filled,sisterhood sharing, good time and giving year.
The Birmingham Alumnae Chapter is back! We have had several activities thus far including a family day at the zoo, a Book-It or Bear-It Party and a Christmas sweet swap and movie night If you are an alumna living in the Birmingham area and would like
to be involved, please contact us at [email protected]!
Join us at our fun events this year! We held a Halloween craft and delivered goody bags for Epsilon Sigma, volunteered for the Jingle Bell Run, and held a cookie and ornament exchange in December. In 2003, we will try our hands at AOII Crazy Bridge and ceramics. We will also have a special presentation by one of our alumnae on her experience as part of the 3-Day Avon Breast Cancer Walk. Join us for friendship and sisterhood!
AOII celebrated 85 years at Montana State U in 2002! The year kicked off at Homecoming with reunions throughout town, along with an open house, brunch and Ritual at the Alpha Phi house. Our first meeting for the year was a craft show and tell. Each member brought a craft, personally created, and shared the direc- tions. A011 night and Founders' Day held in December, again focused on the 85th Anniversary. Our spring schedule is loaded with fun activities including a Book Review and Exchange Night and a Creative Memories Workshop as a fundraiser for the Alpha Phi mortgage fund. In April, new alumnae and seniors are honored at the Annual Senior Salad. The Senior Kits are also presented to the new alumnae at that time, encouraging them to continue AOII activities wherever they go. Our Semester End Survival Kits continue to be our major fund-raising activity.
Bucks County
We have some wonderful activities planned for this year. In addition to our brunch meetings in members' homes, we held an ornament exchange, which was great fun. We will also go to the Barnes Art Museum which has a wonderful collection of Impressionist paintings. It has only been open to the public in the last few years. Our last event of the year will be afternoon tea at a well-known tea room in our area. Our members are eagerly looking forward to these events.
The Calgary Alumnae Chapter is full of fun, friendly, fabulous women who are all about socializing and sisterhood. We hold numerous events over the year which keep members interested and involved: Summer Sizzler BBQ, Bid Pick-Up dinner, Founders' Day, Pottery Night, Jingle Bell Run, Kappa Lambda/CAC Annual Bowl- off (which the alumnae won this year for the first time ever!), AOII Mommies & Me and the Seniors' Welcome "Death By Chocolate" Social just to name a few. We work hard to integrate our love of AOII and her ideals into our lives and love to share it with each other.
Central New Jersey
The Central New Jersey Alumnae Chapter is off to a roaring start again this year. We kicked off the year with a pot-luck dinner in September. Preceding our meeting, we held an all-day Ritual workshop for Phi Beta at the home of Donna Temples.
The collegians and alumnae gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be an AOII and developed a renewed interest in Ritual. Upcoming events include our annual Panty Raid Meeting where we collect underwear to donate to a local women's shelter, our Coody Bag Meeting where we put together some final exam treats for the collegians at Phi Beta, and a Mary Kay Makeover Night. W e're also looking for- ward to our Founders' Day cele- bration where we collect pandas to donate to the New Jersey State
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Atlanta Atumnae Chapter members.

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Police. Other upcoming events include a dinner theater and a cookout which pro- vide an occasion to meet each others' friends and loved ones. If you're interest- ed in joining us for any of these events, please contact Jill Bengis at 908-627-1670 or [email protected]. We look forward to meeting you!
Central New Mexico
The Central New Mexico Alumnae Chapter had a very successful year - doubling our membership! We've enjoyed getting together for several cookouts and held an ornament exchange for the holidays!
Another exciting year has been planned for the Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter! In September, we had a tremendous start to the year with a Saturday morning brunch at the home of one of our members. For the October meeting, we were thrilled to meet the newest members of AOII at our local col- legiate chapter. The November and December meetings were devoted to our Survival Kit fundraiser. Last year, more than 70 AOIIs enjoyed these semester exam surprise packages. Many fun activi- ties are to come in 2003, including Founders' Day, Senior Dessert, and an end-of-the-year salad supper with perhaps a Ninth Annual Bib Shower for one of our members. As we begin this new year together, we will be focusing on philan- thropy and sisterhood, reaching out to new and existing members.
Building on traditions and try- ing new things blend to keep the Charleston, SC chapter strong during its second year. We kicked-off the year with an AOPie Dessert Social and reflected on our recruitment days, hi October, we met for brunch and we met for dinner out in November. December meant Founders' Day, holiday fun and an opportunity to raise funds for the chapter as
we held our first Make It, Bake It, Grow It, Sew It during our annual salad luncheon. The chapter is also raising funds by man- ning a gift-wrap table at a local bookstore and holding a garage sale. February is when we visit adult patients at a local hos- pital. The visit of our Alumnae Network Specialist in March is reason for a weekend of activities and RituaL In April, we will enjoy the low country cuisine once more. Join us! Contact Carol Beard (843) 884- 4851, [email protected].
The Charlotte .Alumnae Chapter is off to a great start this year. We have a fun calen- dar planned for the year and would love for any and all AOIIs in the area to join us! One of the things we're most excited about is our newest philanthropic project We will be volunteering at a local group home for children. We will be providing them with needed supplies and working at some
Baton Rogue, LA Alumnae Chapter members.
Chicago City
After an exciting summer full of baseball games and dinners, our chapter is excited about another great year. In September, we had a special guest, Ashley, to our monthly meeting. Ashley attends preschool with one of our members' daughters. We donated money to her family to help with the costs of Ashley's cancer treatment In October, we had a pizza night and made Halloween treat bags for the local collegiate chapters. November was a busy month as we held one of our major fund raisers, our Silent Auction and Raffle. Members also attended a college footbaU-watching event sponsored by the Chicago Area Panhellenic. In December, we got a little domestic and enjoyed baked goods at our annual Cookie Exchange. Preparations are also being made for our spring fund raisers. We are hoping to hold another golf outing. We also continue to recognize our members for their contributions with our Sister-of-the-Month award.
Chicago N W Suburban
The heart of Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae is "the spirit of Fraternity and love" which exists among its members. Commitment to the principles of AOII and to our sisters is very strong. Diane Pellettiere, a past chap- ter president, felt it was impor- tant to honor our members who had unselfishly given of themselves. So, she created the "Rose Power Award."
Many names have appeared
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of their special events. project for all involved!
This will be a fun
AOIIs at the Adopt-a-Park sponsored by the BloomingtonlNormal Alumnae Chapter.

on this scroll over the years. Some names have appeared once, some more than once; but always with great honor for a job well done. At the May 2002 annual pot luck, the chapter honored six of our members with the Rose Power Award: Vicky Piatt, Sue Dunmead, Nancy Brown, Joyce Sustr, Tina Gary and Lucie Kreidler. While Vicky, our Ways and Means Chairman, had done extensive preparatory work for our auction and brunch, it became apparent that, following the birth of her daughter, additional help would be needed for the
Chicago W est Suburban
Our group gets together once a month for fun and sisterhood. We have guest speak- ers, dinner out and other activities. We donate to several local charities. We also adopt a collegiate chapter in Illinois. Last year we formed a book club which also meets once a month. Any alumnae in the west suburban area of Chicago are wel- come to come to our meetings or check out our website at www.arigelfire.corn/il2/AOII.
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Sue Kunze Rieger hosted this all-time favorite event. We will share Founders' Day in January with the Cleveland West Alumnae Chapter. Pat Cooper Blank will have members, spouses and friends at her house in March for a much-anticipated Wine and Cheese Tasting Night. April brings a trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Alumnae in the area who want to join the fun should contact Linda Standish at 216-765-0739 or [email protected].
The Dallas Alumnae Chapter is off to a great year. If you live in the Dallas area we would love to have you attend one of our meetings. Our membership is a great group of women ranging from recent col- lege graduates to 50+ year members. There is something for everyone in our group. Our spring schedule includes a lit- tle bit of everything: a tour of Central Market, a how-to for scrapbooking, a garage sale, bowling and attending a Texas
event. Practically without asking, these women stepped forward to form a commit- tee which hosted another successful auc- tion. This act of kindness and love typifies our chapter. ThanJsfully, we always take time to honor such sisters.
Chicago South Suburban
The Chicago South Suburban Alumnae executive board met this summer to plan for the upcoming year. We addressed the issue of retention and recruitment in light of our goal as a Fraternity to retain 90% and recruit 10%. We realized that we have a great opportunity to recruit family and friends from within our circle and bring them into AOII. With that in mind, we were very happy to be able to offer our members great informative, fun and interactive programs conducive to inviting friends and making people feel comfortable. Our theme is Around the World with AOII. Some of the programs include a "French Retreat" (massage therapy), "Las Vegas Night" (bunko), "Cinco De Mayo" (Mexican food and folkloric dancing), "Asian Self Defense Techniques", and "Tropical Garden in Chicago"(planting ideas).
A joint Ritual workshop for Central New Jersey Alumnae and Phi Beta (East Stroudsburg U) Chapter.
Bozeman Alumnae at their annual Senior Salad function.
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Cleveland Area
Our traditional Salad Potluck Dinner in September, hosted by Debbie Hunter, was the start to what is sure to be a mn-filled year of monthly gatherings and special events. College memorabilia and old pic- tures shared at our AOII Pride Night in October brought back treasured memories. Krista Malmquist Whipple hosted a craft night in November to get everyone busy making auction items for the December Make-it, Bake-it, Sew-it, Grow-it Auction.
Rangers game with our families and friends. If you're interested in attending one of our meetings, or all of them, give us a call. We're looking forward to seeing you again.
Amy Wiedeman, Kappa Delta (Wright State U), was recently appointed as inter- im director of Public Works for Montgomery County, Ohio and upon hir- ing a new Director, will become the Deputy Director. The Public Works

Department is responsible lor building maintenance, custodial functions, engi- neering and construction for county buildings, parks and recreation and solid waste disposal lor Montgomery County, Ohio. Amy has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Urban Studies/Environmental Studies from Wright State University and a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the University of Dayton.
Denton County
The Denton County Alumnae Chapter kicked off this year assisting Delta Theta with their recruitment. This year, we plan on hosting events that will allow members to bring their families, such as an afternoon of Texas Rangers baseball! Of course, there is also our annual night of romance and fun with our Valentine's Day Date party. We also end our year combining our efforts with Delta Theta to participate in Denton's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. This event brings both alumnae and collegiate sisters together for a good cause.
The Denver Alumnae incorporated several philanthropy projects into our programming this year. We collected pandas at Founders' Day that were given to a local children's charity. At Founders' Day we also collected donations for AOII's Ruby Fund. At some of our meetings we collected new clothing which was donated to New Garments Only through Denver Area Panhellenic. In the spring we held our Annual Geranium Sale— the proceeds were given to Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the AOII Foundation for arthritis research.
Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Chapter members.
The sisters of Evansville, Indiana Tri-State plan to enjoy their year by going out to eat, kicking off the U of Evansville basketball season with Chi Lambda collegians, partici- pating in an AOII Founders' Day Celebration, sending notes to special AOIIs during the month of February and dashing off to various locations with a progressive dinner. We plan to have fun!
Greater Harrisburg
Our chapter continues to focus on contribu- tion-, to local philanthropies. In the past calendar year, we have donated items, money and personal time to such agencies as The Ronald McDonald House, area food and clothing outlets, animal rescue and preservation services, shelter and counseling faculties and medical outreach programs. Perhaps our most exciting endeavor was working with Harrisburg Habitat for the Humanities providing loud for workers and doing actual hands on buildings and demoli- tion. We continue to support the collegians of Tau 1 ximbda Chapter (Shipp-nsburg U.) and fund raise with our
yard sale and chapter auction. There is always time for fun doing crafts, going to the movies, enjoying our football tail- gate and bringing fami- lies together at our sum- mer picnic-
Greater Lafayette
The Greater Lafayette Alumnae Chapter got off to a great start this
year. Our September business meeting was a success: we set chapter goals and planned the calendar for the year. Afterwards, we had fun meeting the new members of Delta Beta while enjoying salad and dessert We plan to strengthen our relationship with these wonderful young women as their "Alum Chums". Our fall included pottery painting in November and a Christmas ornament and cookie exchange. In the spring, we're planning on celebrating Founders' Day with Delta Beta (U. of lx)uisiana at Lafayette), attending AOII Day as a group and welcoming graduating seniors as alumnae. We're looking for more than a few good AOII's in Acadiana to join our great group. If you're interested, please contact Mary Kay Thomas at
Greater Miami
We have an exciting year planned with numerous events. If you are in the Miami area, we invite you to join us for one or all of our events.
Greater Pinellas
The Greater Pinellas Alumnae Chapter enjoyed a year of successful programs and socials emphasizing AOII friendships. We raised money at our luncheon and fashion show and shared our traditional Spirits of Christmas Brunch with our husbands and/or dates. We celebrated Founders' Day 2002 with Alumnae Network Specialist Lauren Mehalik. as our speaker. In April, we toured the Florida Botanical Gardens at the Pinellas County Extension Agency and then enjoyed lunch. We cele- brated the Kentucky Derby race with our husbands and/or dates. Our members enjoyed monthly lunches together as well
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Charleston. SC alumnae during their AOPie Social.

as the book and investment clubs. We also continue to support Gamma Theta at LSF in Tampa. Doris RudisilL G-Pac President, accepted awards for AOII Foundation Outstanding Support, Support of Headquarters Capital Campaign and a
Performance Certificate Leadership Institute in June.
Greater Portland
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new members of Sigma Omicron of Arkansas State U at a Mexican dinner party at the home of Rosalie Barber on September
17th. Twenty-two alumnae attended along with a special visitor, Rene Fitzgerald, Alumnae Network Specialist, from Austin, Texas. A Pizza and a Movie Party was held in October and in November we attended a performance of the Arkansas Symphony at .Arkansas State U. Other activities
include a Christmas party, an upcoming "Make it, Bake it, Sew it, Grow i t " silent auction, Founders' Day banquet, a pro- gram on surviving breast cancer, a dinner party for Sigma Omicron's graduating seniors, our geranium sale and a cook- out with dates. This year the first Lou Meginness Couch/Sigma Omicron scholar- ship was awarded to Pam Strickland, Sigma Omicron President. This scholarship was endowed through the AOII Foundation when the alumnae chapter, in conjunction with the collegiate chapter, met its goal of $10,000. Lou Couch was Sigma Omicron's first Chapter Adviser and long-time member of the Jonesboro Alumnae Chapter.
The Knoxville Alumnae Chapter is really looking forward to the uproming year. We are looking forward to accomplishing so much within our chapter and community. We have planned and are executing several exciting events that will encourage partici- pation and enthusiasm.
Lake County of Illinois
The Lake County Alumnae Chapter, for the first time, had a program each month this summer. In June, we hosted an A 0 Pie party at Baker's Square. July found us at Ravinia, a Chicago North Shore outside music theater, picnicking and singing along with Peter, Paul and Mary. During August, we enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Chicago Botanic Gardens, followed by a poduck at Shirley Aiken's home. Our fall meetings started off with a fun night of
Bunco and conversation in September, fol- lowed by an educational program in October about a transitional home and shelter for women who find themselves homeless for a variety of reasons. Each month this year we are collecting a differ- ent theme of favorite recipes, as we plan to publish our own cookbook next summer. Our chapter also reaches out each month
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sharon LaFlamme for serving as our president the past two years. We look for- ward to meeting her new daughter. We also would like to thank the current officers for taking on the leadership roles of our alum- nae chapter once again, as they all have served many times over the years. Quite a few of us have developed the hobby of scrapbooking. This activity truly unites us and gets us excited. We meet at a local scrap- book store to create our pages and to teach each other the latest techniques. We cele- brate Ritual at our December meeting. This is so special to all of us.
The Houston chapter started oft the year with our Fall Kick-off Potluck, featuring a guest speaker on the topic "Dressing Chic on a Budget." The evening is designed as a recruitment evening as well as the start of our year. We had a great turnout, were introduced to new sisters and learned how to weed out the stale items in our closets! For the remainder of the year, we have a Jewelry Fundraiser planned, monthly sisterhood dinners, a Happy Hour, a play-group; the list just goes on and on! There's always some- thing exciting going on in Houston.
Our chapter sponsored and participated in the Arthritis Foundation, Indiana Chapter, Jingle Bell Run on December 14, 2002. In addition to the run we have gone nuts sell- ing nuts to raise money for arthritis research. Our membership has continued to grow as reflected in our first meeting's attendance. Our monthly meetings feature: pottery painting, movie night, a cookie exchange, a winery tour, and a jewelry and trunk show. If you are in the area, please
join us the third Thursday of every month.
Greater Lafayette members gather gifts for the needy.
to help a chosen charity, following our theme this year of Sharing Our Sisterhood with Others. We invite all Lake County AOIIs to join us!
Lehigh Valley
We again had a great year of sharing fun, laughter and sisterhood! We are lucky to have dedicated members and even though we are a small group in numbers, we have a lot of AOII spirit and enjoy getting together to share this. Two of our most favorite events are "A Night at Robata's" (a Japanese Hibachi Restaurant) and our annual trip to Musikfest in Historic Bethlehem, PA. We invite all alumnae in the Ixhigh Valley Area to join us!
Little RockArea
Little Rock Alumnae Chapter had a busy year! With 35 members, we helped the RiceDepotbypackaging400lbs.ofriceto
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be given to those needing food, took baked goods to the Arthritis Foundation for an October fund raiser, had a successful garage sale, enjoyed an Arkansas Riverblades hockey game, had potlucks, luncheons, and Rose Hour at a favorite restaurant and gave handmade AOII alum- nae key chains to graduating Seniors at Sigma Omicron and Kappa Omicron. We are proud to have Frankie Frazier
Nordlund (Nu Beta) on the AOII Foundation Board, Mychelle Kleypas Williamson (Sigma Omicron) as CNS, Libby Watson Taylor (Sigma Omicron) as President of the Greater Little Rock Panhellenic and Mary Katherine Turner Diaz (Pi Kappa) serving on the Human
the U of Virginia, recently received her PhD in geological sciences and will be working in Antarctica. During the summer one of our newest alumnae, Barbara Lyras-Auffret had all alumnae members and their families over for a beach party in the Hamptons. A good time was had by all. At our first business meeting, with our new officers, plans were made to host a computer workshop for members, make a toiletry package for bat- tered women, and to make plans for our annual Founders' Day brunch.
Minneapolis/St Paul
Our biggest event this year was Tau Chapters 90th Birthday Celebration. This milestone event was celebrated on the weekend of October 18-20th 2002 with several get-togethers organized by commit- tee chair Georgia Gould-Lyle (Tau 1953.)
from the Executive Board and Ruby Fund Committee of the \OII Foundation, a reflec- tion by Mrs. Elise Marley on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation in Mobile, and the pre- sentation of special recognition to five of our local alumnae.
The Montreal Alumnae Chapter has begun the year with renewed enthusiasm. We are committed to our support of Kappa Phi Chapter (McGill U.). We aim to strengthen our ties to the collegiate chapter and encour- age recent grads to become active alumnae. To this end alumnae have helped with recruitment events, and we have planned some joint activities in our program. In November local alumnae attended the Canadian lxiterfraternity Conference, which will be held in Montreal. We are especially looking forward to our annual Pot Luck Dinner in early July. We are expecting two special AOII guests: Ginger Banks, Past International President, and Robin Beltramini, Chairman of AOII's Human
Resources Committee.
The highlight of our year was the celebra- tion of the 50th Anniversary of Kappa Kappa Chapter at Ball State U. It was celebrated over homecoming weekend in October with an Open House, Open Suite, parade, lunch, football game, a banquet on Saturday night and a brunch on Sunday morning.
Resources Committee. We were saddened with the death of one of our very faithful members, Ann Davidson Driver (Sigma Omicron), on June 18, 2002. She will be gready missed. Our group is blessed with members of all ages that share the bond of AOII sisterhood.
nized by Jackie Geiger (lota 1985), cocktail reception orga- nized and hosted by Lynne Hardey (Tau 1966), and presentation to the Corporation Board of funds raised for their building
restoration campaign. Thanks to the many people that made this event such a big suc- cess! See you in 10 years at our Centennial Celebration!
Local alumnae will be recognized in a spe- cial presentation during Founders' Day in January 2003. The Gamma Delta chapter is sponsoring the presentation to dedicated alumnae in the Mobile area. Founders' Day plans are still in the works. If you would like to attend, please contact the Mobile Alumnae Chapter President or the Gamma Delta Chapter. The luncheon will include remembering the Founders, reading letters
Long island
alumnae enjoy a beach parly at the Hamptons.
Members arrived from all over the county to celebrate and reunite with their sis- ters of 90 years. This event included pre- sentations to our 50-year members, Ritual and brunch at Tau
Chapter Orga-
Long Island
These past six months have been a time of change and happiness for some members of the Long Island of New York alumnae. Two members, Gail Limmer and Nancy Elliott, received their Masters in Library Science on Mother's Day. Both women are looking into new careers as librarians. Gail, however, is taking a break as she just had her second daughter, Danielle, in September. Nan Dowling's daughter, Carolyn, an AOII from
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survival bags to parents of local collegiate AOIIs. A unique event we tried this past year was an educational event at International Headquarters in celebration of Victoria Day, where we expanded our horizons and learned about our Canadian sisters and chapters.
New OrleansArea
The New Orleans Alumnae Chapter is a great group of women from diverse age groups, backgrounds and many different collegiate chapters. We enjoy each other's company and look forward to the many exciting events we planned this year. W e held a movie night and a Thanksgiving potluck party, at which time we collected canned goods for a local food pantry. A new event we have coming up this year is our Sweetheart's Tea and Panda Collection. We will also be doing a clothing drive for
love to meet you and have youjoin us at one ofour get-togethers. We can be reached by phone 859-727-4577 or email,
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library, and the Judith C. Armisto Fund (a scholarship created to honor the memory of Kelly Baird's mother). The Collegians used their funds to support a sister's family whose father died o n 9-11-01 and th e AOII Foundation. Our interaction with both Delta Psi and Sigma Chi (Harwick College) involved being advisers, providing Study Survival Bags, hosting a Senior Luncheon and participating in the Chapter's Rituals.
NewYork City Area
Northern Kentucky
Nashville Area
The Nashville Area Alumnae Chapter has
been "geared up" and "fired up" with
social, community service, fund raising, and
educational activities! Social activities
have included a wine tasting dinner at
Sunset Grill, a pottery painting party at All
Fired Up, movie and theater nights and an
interactive dinner at Hibachi Grill. The
chapter served th e local community by
decorating First Steps, a local school for
children with special needs, for Christmas
and providing gifts for the teachers and stu-
dents. Chapter members were also geared
up for service and participated in the this into a coherent and effectiveprogram. NashvilleZooArthritisWalk.ChapterOurmembershipincreasedbyfivenewalumnaechapterforawhile,wewould fundraisingactivitiesincludedsellingexam
the homeless in the spring. We know that there are several AOIIs in our area that are not active and our main focus this year is to get them involved. We would love for them to attend any or all of our events this year. We know they are out there and we would love to get to know them.
Our chapter is a small but committed group of sisters. We enjoy eating out and also hope to have a movie night this year as well as trying our hand at pottery and cooking classes. Each year at Christmas we donate toys to a local organization which helps those less fortunate. If you are a new graduate, new to the Northern Kentucky area or have been away from an
NewYork Capital
This has been a busy year for our group. Our goals were to increase membership, raise funds for philanthropic work and our own treasury, b e involved with local and nearby collegiate chapters and organize all
members. Delta Psi Chapter (State UniversityNewYork-Albany)participated
with us in a walk to benefit Breast Cancer Researchandcontributedtotwobakesales a_[email protected]. and a garage sale. The proceeds went to
support t h e AOII Foundation, a local
The New York City Metro Alumnae Chapter is welcoming new baby AOIIs this year. We had a surprise baby shower to cel- ebrate with the moms-to-be and gave them gift baskets including some baby pandas for their AOII babies.
Nashville Area Alumnae Chapter members.
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Northern Orange County
Children at Camp Esperanza, the Arthritis facility in Orange County, were the recipi- ents of Pandas 'adopted' for distribution there this summer by Northern Orange County Alumnae Chapter. The pandas were purchased from the AOII Emporium. Philanthropy Chair, Carole Dovala spear- headed the project, as well as coordinating the gathering of baby items for an unwed mother program at a local high school in the spring. At our planning meeting this sum- mer, Carole displayed our 'Buck in the Can' opportunity to be available at each regular meeting for members to contribute towards these philanthropic projects.
Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Kara Praed, our 50th Anniversary Luncheon Chair, has planned a wonderful luncheon at the Old Town Fairfax Hall on Sunday, November 3, 2002, with guest speaker, Kim McGowan, AOll Executive Board mem- ber. Linda Collier (Past International President), Nancy Garrett and Helen McMahon have all worked hard on putting together a "Memory Lane," show- ing off NOVA's first 50 years. After lunch, we will have our annual auction fundrais- er, which always proves to be lots of fun.
NY/NJ Metro
The New Y ork/New Jersey Alumnae Chapter is continuing to have another fan- tastic year. We are very excited about our line up of events including our Annual Bowling Party for Arthritis, our Ornament Auction for the Buby Fund and participat- ing in the American Cancer Society Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. We also are looking forward to getting together with other local alum chapters to share ideas. We like to share our talents with our local collegiate chapter, Theta Pi. We spend time with them at various philanthropic and social events to help spread sisterhood for a lifetime!
The Omaha chapter is up to a busy year. This fall we gathered for social meetings, including a fun game night. In December, we enjoyed Christmas with a cookie exchange and gift exchange. We are looking forward to celebrating with the Zeta Chapter on their 100 year anniversary. For the spring we plan to help with the local Arthritis Foundation's newest fund raiser, a charity walk.
Orlando Area
The Orlando Area Alumnae have had a very exciting year! We assist- ed with the colonization of Mu Lambda at Bollins College, and
Orlando Area Alumnae Chapter members.
have garnered more interest in AOII because of our outreach. We have an excit- ing and sharp group of girls at Bollins College, who have already been attending some of our alumnae meetings. We've also attended their open house and house dedi- cation and are getting ready for spring recruitment Because of the strong group of alumnae in our area, we've had a great year for our own recruitment and outreach. We look forward to another fun year of sis- terhood activities!
The Ottawa, Canada, Alumnae Chapter has a busy and interesting year ahead. Wine tasting is first on the agenda with an oppor- tunity to learn about vintages from around the world. (We have lots of enthusiastic travelers in our chapter!) November, 2002, brought new significance to Founders' Day. The collegiate chapter we support, Gamma Chi (Carleton U.), cel- ebrated the 10th anniversary of its installa- tion on that special day. Thanks to those special alumnae who have worked so hard to ensure the strength and longevity of Gamma Chi. The wintery January weath- er will signal another favorite alumnae event We'll put on our skating boots and prepare to whiz along the frozen Bideau Canal, the longest skating rink in the world! Fortunately, winter doesn't last forever, even in Ottawa, and when spring finally arrives, we'll all be looking forward once again to our annual Spring Luncheon at the Boyal Ottawa Golf and Country Club. Another great year lies ahead!
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San Mateo alumnae members at a local Panhellenic luncheon.

What a great year we have had! September gives us something to look for- ward to and a new year is ahead of us. The Rose Fund raiser was successful. It helped pay for a meal for Nu Beta, U of Mississippi, during recruitment Also, we donated pan- das to law enforcement and plans are in the making for donations of non-perishable food to a local food bank, in time for the holiday season. We have two alumnae serving on the AAC of Nu Beta.
We have scheduled events for the 2002/2003 year and look forward to increasing our membership and promoting our sisterhood via fun- filled meetings.
Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Alumnae Chapter
started off the year with a great turnout for our traditional October Brunch. Twenty-one members enjoyed socializing with
old friends and meeting five new members of the group. Included
in the remaining meetings for
the coming year are a trip to a
local museum and luncheon, a volunteer day at a local food
bank, a speaker on Feung Shui, a
garage sale and a Texas-style
BBQ. Founders' Day will be cele-
brated on February 15 with the
seven area alumnae chapters and
two collegiate chapters, Delta
Sigma (San Jose State U.) and
Sigma (U. of California - Berkeley). The National Panhellenic Conference Chairman will be the featured speaker. In addition, we have a
hiking group that meets once a month for a group hike in the local area. We wel- come any AOIIs in the area to join us for an activity.
Palouse Washington
Our chapter is located in the Palouse area of Washington State. We support the Alpha Gamma Chapter, Washington State U, and still make time to have "fun" meet- ings for our members to just sit back and enjoy their sisters' company.
Members of the Philadelphia AC helped make this year productive and rewarding, but also really fun. We began the year with a successful Founders' Day luncheon orga- nized by our treasurer, Kathy Dyer Borzelf. AOII Foundation Board treasurer, Carol Miller Stevenson, gave a presentation about the AOII Foundation and we also welcomed a speaker from UNICEF. Other special guests were members from nearby
Chairman, brought back some good ideas from Leadership Institute, where she proudly accepted a Performance Certificate on behalf of the chapter.
The Phoenix Alumnae Chapter has had a terrific start to our 2002-2003 year. Thirty-eight alumnae attended our
September Pot Luck brunch and enjoyed fabulous food and friendship along with the intro- duction of officers and a short business meeting. We enjoyed our annual Panda presentation to
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Fall brunch event for the Phoenix Alumnae
Lehigh Valley and Bucks County ACs, col- legians from Lambda Upsilon and two Executive Board members who are also members of the Philadelphia AC, Kimberly Carson McGowan and Sally Wagaman. Our traditional collection for the Ruby Fund and Ritual made the spe- cial day complete. Other events included a yoga class, Jingle Bell Walk for Arthritis, cooking class, trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, making goodie bags for LU and a Habitat for Humanity workday. Jennifer Masse, PR
Piedmont, N C
The Piedmont Alumnae Chapter has a busy year planned for 2002- 2003. We kicked-off the year at
Rthe Phoenix Fire Department in October. Every year since 1996
our chapter has donated Pandas of all sizes and styles to the Fire Department to be given to chil- dren involved in emergency situ- ations. We met at the firehouse and the firefighters and EMT's enjoyed the presentation along
: J with a photo session and conti- nental breakfast provided by AOII. A local TV station cap- tured the highlights for the com-
jjftkkM munity to appreciate. Our Sun Gty sisters plan to meet once a month for lunch, lots of fun and fellowship in support of their members in the retirement com-
dinner at a downtown Greensboro restau- rant, Ritchie's. For the fall we held our annual Potluck Dinner when we also selected a book for our book club, co-host- ed a Founders' Day with the Winston- Salem AC in November, and then donated gifts for the Angel Tree and gathered at Lisa Carwile's for a Christmas party. We can't wait for the spring, as well, for hockey games, new member brunch for Epsilon Chi Chapter (Elon College), Book Club, donating books to Hospice, cookbook sales and socials.

Each year we look forward to renewing our friendship at our sisters' home. We began the year with our fall dessert gathering. This Christmas we are adding a twist to our poduck. Instead of using one sister's china which is fit for a queen, we will each bring a place setting of our Christmas china. We will share the history with our sisters. Each one is also encouraged to bring a family recipe. Plans are in the making to meet with the Madison Alumnae Chapter.
San Antonio
The San Antonio Alumnae Chapter is in full swing making our sisterhood stronger, living out Ritual in our everyday lives and supporting our collegiate chapter, Upsilon Lambda, U of Texas - San Antonio. This 2002-2003 year, we plan to work hard to increase our presence in the community by participating in key community events. Also, we plan to fully transition each gradu- ating chapter member into alumnae status at the end of each fall and spring semester.
San Diego
The San Diego Alumnae Chapter wel- comes you and invites you to experience The Power of Friendship. A sister who recendy moved to San Diego and joined our chapter shares the following: "To all the AOIIs who are new to the San Diego area, I hope to see you at the next event I have lived in several cities with AOII alum- nae chapters and San Diego is one of the best I have ever been involved in. You feel welcome from the moment you walk into a meeting! They have a variety of events to fit everyone's needs, lifestyles and sched- ules. It is a great way to make friends
when you move a lot, like I have. I hope you will join us and see what the San Diego AOII Alumnae Chapter is all about"! There are so many rewards to alumnae chapter membership! As a chapter member, you have the opportunity- to make new friends, be involved in philanthropic and other worthwhile activities, "network" with other AOII's, discover new interests, support the Fraternity and have fun! For more informa- tion on joining the San Diego Alumnae Chapter, please contact Stephanie Putnoky at 858-488-4353.
San FernandoValley
The Alpha Omicron Pi San Fernando Valley Alumnae Chapter is planning an exciting year filled with community- involvement through participating with other organizations, planning an event with a Panhellenic sister sorority, Kappa Delta and participating in the SFV Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Fund raising event. Bunco Night to be held in January 2003. For more information, please con- tact us at [email protected]
San Jose
Make plans with the San Jose Alumnae Chapter and put fun on the agenda! This year is all about more fun and less busi- ness. Some of our activities have been supporting Delta Sigma Chapter, San Jose State U , through recruitment, a knockoff handbag party, a day at the spa, going to a movie, wine tasting and bocce balL.just to name a few. We are always recruiting new members and look forward to seeing new friends.
arship fund raising lun- cheon. We also provided Halloween treats and holiday treasures to collegians from Delta Sigma (San Jose State U.) and Sigma
Chapter (U. of California - Berkeley).
Sarasota Area
May 11th, 2002 the Sarasota Area Alumnae Chapter celebrated Mother's Day with a brunch at a favorite local restaurant We had a fabulous turnout mduding five collegians from three different chapters. Our officers gathered in July for an officer retreat and goal-planning session. Our ANS, Erin Gaddis, attended with great ideas. Our calendar of events is fun and exciting for 2002-2003. We have modified our Founders' Day event to include recog- nition of our 25 and 50-year members. We have also added an AOII night at a local potteiy-making location, volunteering at the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Bun, a Wine & Cheese Holiday Party, AOII Family Day at the beautiful and world rec- ognized Selby Botanical Gardens, etc.
South Bay/PalosVerdes
The South Bay/Palos Verdes Alumnae Chapter has experienced a lot of changes throughout the past five years. Our mem- bership numbers have fluctuated from 25 down to five members in 2001. We have started the 2002 membership drive with a bang. We already have 11 paid members and look forward to at least five additional members. Our new membership chairman, Carly Petersen, has done an excellent job acquiring new members. We have done a wonderful newsletter on a monthly basis. Also, we performed a mass mailing to drive membership. The strong officers of this chapter are dedicated to its success for now
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San Mateo
Welcoming area members from San Mateo and San Francisco, the San Mateo Chapter has scheduled nine events in the upcoming year. From barbecues to holiday luncheons and a walking tour of San Francisco you can tell we like to have fun.We are committed to San Mateo Panhellenic and gala gift baskets are being assembled
to contribute to the schol-

and the future. If you would like more information on our chapter, please contact Carly Petersen - Membership Chairman at [email protected] or Dana Miller - Chapter President at [email protected].
Southern Delaware
The Southern Delaware Alumnae Chapter is off and running. We were installed on April 20, 2002. Kim McGowan, Executive Board Director of Alumnae, was our installing offi- cer. Chapter members include: Alyssa Simon, Jennifer Whipple, Julie Jefferson, Ronye Wentling, Heather Bryan, Andrea Segeda, Sharon DiGiralamo, Sue Allenspach, Rayna Gray and Brande Heitz. This summer our president attended Leadership Institute and brought back a wealth of information. We can't wait to implement some of the ideas. Our 2002- 2003 calendar kicked off with a Pot Luck Dinner/Memorabilia Night We started our SDAC Scrapbook. We look forward to con- tributing more to the scrapbook and adding to the SDAC Legacy. If you live in the Eastern Shore (DE7MD) area come join us for f u n and friendship. Remember, AOII is for a lifetime. For additional information contact Alyssa Simon at delawreaopi@hot- or 302-644-4034).
Southern Orange County
The summer barbecue was a time to relax and visit with spouses and friends. In the fall, our members prepared handcrafted items for our annual Holiday Boutique, Gift Auction and Brunch. This event is our major fund raiser for the Arthritis Foundation and its research, for three collegiate chapters and for Human Options, a shelter for women and their children. We donate needed items, collected at our Qiristmas party, to the shel- ter as welL In addition, our members volun- teer at the Orange County Arthritis Foundation's four major fund raisers each year. Two winter gatherings included a hol- iday cookie exchange and a catered Christmas Party. During Founders' Day, 2003, we will award our first Chilcote Scholarship to a collegiate or alumna stu- dent who needs financial assistance to com- plete her studies. This scholarship honors
Blanche Chilcote for her many years of giv- ing and serving our alumnae chapter and the AOII Foundation.
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we made a $50 profit for a scholarship fund awarded at Founders' Day.
Suburban Maryland
The Suburban Maryland Alumnae Chapter is off to another successful year. We began the year with our annual barbecue, followed by our welcome back meeting, which brought new and returning members together. We have a lot of fun events planned for 2002-2003 including cosmic bowling, ice skating on the National Mall, the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Research, our annual holiday party, a girls night out
This year we are pleased to have two won- derful ladies represent our chapter at the St Ixmis Alumnae Panhellenic .Association. Rene Howard and Linda Liermann are our co-representatives, and are currendy hold- ing the office of President of the Association. It is traditional for the sorority that holds the office to host a tea in honor of their representative serving as president Ellen Duncan planned a delightful coffee reception to honor Linda and Rene. All Panhellenic representatives, presidents of each sorority and all international officers for each sorority are invited to attend. Our chapter members made breads and muffins, and served coffee, hot tea and punch. Ten AOIIs
were on hand to serve the ladies i n the beautifully dec- orated clubhouse where the event was held. We are thankful to Rene and Linda for their service and dedica- tion over the past several years, and for Ellen's hard work in planning such a nice recep- tion.
State College
In April, the State
College Alumnae
sent a letter to the
home of parents of Epsilon Alpha (Pennsylvania State U.) sisters expressing our pride of the chapter in leadership, scholarship and friendship at Penn State. We invited parents to help us with an end- of-the-year surprise and requested a $10.00 contribution for a Finals Week Goodie Bag. The letter was signed by the key alumnae advisers to the chapter. We wanted our AOII parents to know that AOII is for a lifetime and that the chapter is being supported by alumnae sisters. With the money received, we bought snacks and bottled water and put in a rose sack with a note to each Epsilon Alpha sister with best wishes for finals week. In addition to building public relations with families and the goodies each collegiate sister received,
Southern Orange County. CA's Holiday Boutique fund raiser.
with dinner and a movie and a progressive dinner. We plan on ending the year with the annual Beach Trip celebrating SMACs fifth year anniversary! We also have several fund raisers planned this year. We held our annual Yard Sale fund raiser the last week- end of September and raised $250, twice the amount we raised last year. We are also working on several other fund raisers including a Yankee Candle sale and a trip to a Washington Wizards basketball game. For more information visit
Tampa Bay
We have been very busy recruiting new members for IBAG as well as retaining our current list of members. We have also sup-
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ported Gamma Theta Chapter, U of South Florida, with their recruitment week activi- ties as well as their bid day. We also had a great time at their birthday party celebrat- ing Gamma Theta's 17th anniversary on the USF campus. We especially loved the food theme: desserts! In October, we had a Tailgate/Football game event for the alumnae to bring their families and see our sisterhood in action. We are looking for- ward to a busy schedule, but most impor- tandy: enjoying our love and support lor AOII and TBAC!
Toledo Area
The Toledo Area Alumnae Chapter has a great year of programming planned. This year we are celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Toledo Area Alumnae Chapter and some of our programming is focused on the "65" theme. For example, we will be visiting the historic Wolcott House for one of our meetings, where we will enjoy a speaker telling us about events that occurred in Toledo 65 years ago. At another one of our meetings, we will learn about 65 ways to eat healthy and be healthy. We are also holding our annual auction, where the money raised will go to the Arthritis Foundation to help sponsor Camp Busy Bee, a camp for children with juvenile arthritis. In the spring, we will welcome some of our col-
Toledo Area alumnae present pandas to a Toledo Fireman to benefit local children.
cific collegite chapter or area location for each of their meetings and parties this year. Everything has a Back to the Future college motif, beginning with the old-fashioned "rush party" dessert that launched the fall season. Other events incorporate themes such as homecoming, new member parties and spring break. Included in the schedule are a Christmas cookie and ornament exchange, a ser- vice project for a local retirement facility and a sis- ter outing with the newly formed Santa Barbara Alumnae. At the California General Election in November, the Ventura group worked as clerks at a local polling location as
legiate sisters into alumnae status. five years and still going strong!
The Triangle Alumnae Chapter has taken the pleasant challenge this year to work with the Delta Lpsilon Chapter's, Duke U, seniors to keep them involved with AOII after their college experience. We will be having activities that involve the seniors with the local alumnae in the area. The alumnae members will be getting the name of a senior in the spring, that will be like a little sister to them, and they will provide the senior advice, support and knowledge of AOII after graduation.
Ventura County
Ventura County Alumnae are mailing invi- tations to prospective members from a spe-
part of the "Adopt-a-Poll" program that combines civic duty and fund raising. The season concludes with a "graduation" bar- becue in May. All interested alumnae are invited to contact Mary Newman, president, at 2086 Lauralwood Drive, Thousand Oaks. Phone (805) 492-3854.
The Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter of Virginia has launched another exciting year! Our plans include poducks, the the- ater, bunco, and crafts along with plenty of sisterhood and laughs. We annually sup- port Avalon, a local women's and children's shelter, and FISH, a local food bank. If you're in the WilEamsburg area, we'd love to hear from you! Link to our website to check out the year's activities.
The Winston-Salem Area AOII Alumnae Chapter has enjoyed a potluck dinner and a craft meeting at A Bead Garden making our own jewelry. We held a won- derful joint meeting with the Piedmont Chapter in November. Future meetings include a Christmas dinner, Mexican night, chapter birthday celebration, with donations to the Alzheimer Day Care Center and game night
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Ventura County Alumnae enjoying game night

Leadership Academy
Alpha Omicron Pi will hold Leadership Academies lor Chapter Presidents (CP) and Chapter Relations Chairmen (CR) in 2003. The purpose of Leadership Academy is to provide practical training to chapter leaders as they assume their new roles. The train- ing is customized and designed to help the officers successfully navigate the challenges of their offices and vvithin their chapters.
"Last year's Leadership Academy for chapter president was very well-received," com- mented Lori Hart Ebert, LA facilitator and Chairman of AOII's Education and Training Committee. "CPs that participated gave us great feedback, telling us that after complet- ing LA, they felt more confident returning to their chapters," Ebert said.
Both Leadership Academies will be held in Nashville, Tennessee at AOII Headquarters. The datesforthe sessions are as follows:
CP Academy- February 28-March 2
CR Academy - February 21-23
Customized CP/CR training and AOII Imowledge-building sessions will be the focus of the weekends, as well as building leadership skills. Leadership Academy was created by the Education and Training Committee and partially supported by a grant through the AOII Foundation as a unique opportunity for specific officers to get the necessary infor- mation and resources and hit the ground running.
A participant from LA 2002 shared, "It (Leadership Academy) made me more confi- dent and motivated . It's comforting knowing that the other presidents are having the same feelings and thoughts that I am. I have gained applicable insight and confidence."
If you have any questions regarding Leadership Academy, please email Julie Hacker at [email protected].
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For most of us, our AOII experience began in college with sorority recruitment It was a time of excitement. It was trying to remember faces and names, learning the Greek alphabet or at least the two or three letters that made up each sorority's name, opening yourself up to new friendships, and making hard choices. But somehow, all the chaos led each of us to the same destination - Alpha Omicron Pi. All across the United States and Canada each year, the process continues. This year, a couple thousand more young women pledged themselves to AOII and AOII loving accepted their allegiance. Just as each of us did, they pledged allegiance not only to AOII, but to those who have come before them and to all those who may ever be sworn members of Alpha Omicron Pi. In fact, AOII was founded because four young women wanted to continue their treasured friendships for a lifetime.
The fun and friendship continued throughout our college years. That's when most of us ventured out on our own for the first time. For many, AOII was our home away from home. Sisters were always there to support each other. AOII taught us how to lead and how to follow. We learned life skills such as time management and budgeting, and we have AOII to thank for our ability to have an informative conversation with a complete stranger. We lived together, ate together, worked together, studied together, parried together, laughed together, and occasionally, cried together.
For many of us, when we left college, we left AOII behind. Not everyone, of course, because AOII remains indebted to the thousands of local dues paying alumnae mem- bers, alumnae chapter officers, collegiate chapter advisers and international volunteers who have kept this great fraternity at the forefront of the Greek world for 105 years. With immeasurable gratitude, AOII thanks you.
But to the 60,000 plus members who moved on without us, we want to find a way to bring you back home. Did you know that 100% of our collegians support AOII with their annual dues while less than 10% of our alumnae members do so? Alumnae are encouraged to join local alumnae chapters or start one in their area. This is, by far, the best way to continue those lifetime friendships and to create new ones. However, for many, local alumnae chapter membership is not an option, so AOII has developed AOII Always, a new international alumnae program.
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Let us remember the pledges that we made - our allegiance was lovingly accepted when we voluntarily promised to never
break Our bond with AOIL

Each and every AOII alumna has the opportu- nity to honor her lifetime commitment to AOII through membership in her local alumnae chapter or through a $50 annual AOII Always membership. AOII Always members will receive an acknowledgment packet that includes an AOII Always decal, membership card, bookmark, notepad and an Emporium 10% off coupon/flyer. They will also receive two electronic newsletters per year. When join- ing AOII Always, alumnae will have the option to earmark their $50 to one of the following areas: Alumnae Leadership Development, Collegiate Leadership Development, Overall Fraternity Development, or Technology Development. Local alumnae chapter members are also invited to join AOII Always, but not as a substitution for local membership and sup- port of their alumnae chapter.
If AOII has temporarily slipped into a place of unimportance in your life, you are missing an opportunity and surrendering a privilege. Let us remember the pledges that we made - our allegiance was lovingly accepted when we vol- untarily promised to never break our bond with AOII. There is no one else to support AOII but AOIIs - i f we don't do it, who will? Join all of your AOII sisters in reflecting credit upon your Fraternity by doing your part to ensure that AOII will be around for our daughters, grand- daughters, and far into the future.
'Roommates and lifelong friends
Photo left: Nancy Eich McGuire and Donita Bowman Dennis, both Delta Delta's (Auburn U) are shown in 1974 in their dorm room following Donita's candlelighting. Thirty years later, the two friends, holding their original AOII jerseys, reminisced at a recent birthday party honoring Donita. The party was planned by Donita's daughter, Deann Dennis Hebert, and sister, Kelly Bowman LaLumia who are also AOIIs.
Please send a check with the form below, or visit Sisters Online section to electronically become an AOII Always member.
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Member Number_
Street, City, State, Zip &Country_ Home phone
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National Panhellenic Conference 2002
To Dragma/WIINTER 2002
"Celebrating 100 Years of Leadership, Values, and Friendship" was the theme for the National Panhellenic Conference Centennial Celebration and Interim Session. The Marriott Oak Brook, Oak Brook, Illinois, was the site for the meeting from October 10-12,2002. Serving on the NPC Executive Committee for the Centennial Celebration are:
• Sally Grant, Alpha Phi, Chairman •MarthaBrown,DeltaGamma,Secretary • Elizabeth Quick, Gamma Phi Beta,
• l^aura Sweet, Sigma Sigma Sigma, College
Panhellenics Chairman
• Carol Warren, Pi Beta Phi, Alumnae
Panhellenics Chairman
The Opening Session brought greetings from President George W. Bush and proclama- tions from 27 Governors. President Bush's letter stated the following:
"I send greetings to those gathered for the 100th Anniversary of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).
Since its establishment in 1902, the NPC has enriched the lives of thousands of women by emphasizing education, leader- ship, health, safety, and many other impor- tant issues. Through your programs that support women'sfraternities,you encourage young women to become active and respon- sible leaders in their communities, and help prepare them to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.
I applaud the NPC for your dedication to maintaining standards for academic and social excellence. Your efforts to promote friendship, service, and good citizenship reflect the compassionate spirit ofAmerica.
Laura joins me in sending our best wishes as you celebrate this milestone."
The business of the Conference was accom- plished through Executive Committee and Standing Committee reports. Various Alumnae Panhellenic and College
Panhellenic delegates attended standing committee meetings and special roundta- bles. Delegates in attendance were from Northwestern U, Ohio Wesleyan U, U of Chicago, U of New Mexico, and East Carolina U . National Presidents, Executive Directors, and Editors had full agendas for their respective meetings.
An amendment to Unanimous Agreement, Article VII, 1A was adopted at the business sessionfor2001:
Resolved, The Initial College Panhellenic Violation Form must be presented to the President of the College Panhellenic Association within 48 hours or on the first school day after the alleged infraction is known, whichever provides the longer peri- od of time, to allow for the proper prepara- tion of the report. The statute of limitation for filing violation forms shall be 10 days after the acceptance of bids. (Throughout this section, the term "school day" shall exclude Saturdays and Sundays.)
Valuable information points included:
• The Research Committee had a panel dis- cuss guidelines, stipulatations, and concerns involving the various requests for informa- tion from individual College Panhellenics, Inter/National Fraternities, and NPG
• Research done by an institution is "out- come based". Ihey have to be able to relate the value of co-curricular program to the mission of the institution.
• Social Science research should be able to describe in "crystal clear" terms what the research is going to do, the purpose of gath- ering the research, and what the benefits are for the stakeholders. It should clearly describe what can and cannot be done with the research.
• Courts are struggling with the "right to know" vs. "the right to privacy".
• Fraternity secrets must be maintained to maintain intimate association.
• Weighing the "Negatives" (unknown out- come, identifiable population) against the "Benefits" (data helps make decisions, sup- ports resource allocation, and public rela- tions) of participation in scientific research.
The Centennial Luncheon featured, Corre Stegal, Kappa Delta, as the speaker. In a humorous and yet respectful way, Corre shared the highlights of the accomplish- ments of the first hundred years of the National Panhellenic Conference.
Excerpts from her speech include:
"Studying the history a bit gave me an even greater sense of awe that this volunteer alliance of distinct and autonomous, yet united organizations, has stuck together, grown stronger, and todayrepresentswhat some have; called the greatest organization of American women."
"These; were brilliant women, our early lead- ers. . .well read, well prepared, and intensely dedicated to the ideals offraternalism.They traveled great distances in uncomfortable circumstances and spent weeks at these meetings, working on fraternity business. No planes for these early NPC soldiers...they traveled on trains mainly...and sometimes by car on roads that seldom were paved."
"The real story of NPC has always been the interfraternal friendships that have developed as a result of our NPC service as we realize over and over again that we truly are Greek we work together for the protection, preservation, and growth of the fraternity system and its finest ideals. It's always been amazing to me to note that in spite of the fact that our early delegates developed great friend- ships and had much respect for one another, thev maintained the custom of the day, and very formally referred to one another as Miss or Mrs... .or Dr."
"One hundred years after it'sfounding,this organization of visionary heritage believes in the power of our individual groups and in our collective strength as the National Panhellenic Conference."
Adding their own touch to the NPC Centennial, Phi M u and Delta Zeta held an anniversary luncheon to celebrate the

Sesquicentennial of Phi Mu and Centennial for Delta Zeta. During the Memorial Service, Karen Lrette, Gamma Phi Beta, led each person to reflect on the past leaders and how their presence is in our Conference in so many irreplaceable ways.
Jean Scott, NPC Foundation President was proud to report that the Foundation goal of $750,000 for the Centennial Fund was met with the donation from Phi Mu Fraternity. Theta Phi Alpha announced a contri- bution toward the SAFE video in honor of retiring Alternate Delegate Ruth Thompson after 26 years. Phi Sigma Sigma made a gift to the Drug/Alcohol Consortium. After start- ing the challenge to all College Panhellenics, the U of Oklahoma Panhellenic Council made a gift of $1,000 to the Centennial Fund. The NPC Foundation has granted more than $37,000 to support the programs of the Conference. The first grant from the endowment was announced as the establishment of the Distinguished Lectureship.
The Centennial Celebration, (haired by Beth Saul, Alpha Epsilon Phi, was a tremendous success. Green, gold, and white balloons and Centennial bookmarks decorated the special his- torical exhibit area. Each member
group contributed numerous items for the displays. The displays included photos of founders, an Alpha Xi Delta 1919 dance card, Delta Zeta ink well and pen from one of the founders, Panhellenic cookbooks, original fraternity jewelry, and a telegram from John F Kennedy to Theta Phi Alpha for their golden anniversary in 1962. Ihe Centennial Committee is grateful to each member group for sharing these treasures. In addition, display boards portrayed the various Centennial celebrations held around the country by local Alumnae and College Panhellenics. A printed directory of all of the individual celebrations, buildings and structures dedicated and/or named in honor of NPC women, and the listing of each NPC member groups contributions to the histori- cal archives was distributed.
The Centennial Banquet featured sorority members from Northwestern U in a reen- actment of the first NPC meeting entitled "One Fine Day". Period costumes and songs sung by Gina Powers, Miss Illinois 2000, provided a wonderful visual image of what it was like 100 years ago in Chicago.
by Letitia FuBterson, Chi Omega Fraternity 1st Alternate Delegate
AOII Salutes our 2002 Panhellenic Presidents
AOII Collegiate Panhellenic Presidents
Alysen Mayes, Cal Poly State U/San Luis Obispo
Laura Burnley - Central Missouri St U Heidi Hooberry - Cumberland L Michelle Keating - East Stroudsburg U I.aura Sanders - Huntingdon College Cathleen Cox - Lambuth L
Penny Skauge - Morningside College Leslie Bean - Northwestern State U Rebecca Hilty - Shippensburg L Laini Vogel - Southeastern LA U Tracy Vaughn - Texas Woman's U Sunny Woodward - UC Berkeley Sheryl Roque - U of Alabama/B'ham Kristi Womack - U of Ch icago Heather Same - 0 of Louisville
Lena Carpenter - U ofTexas/San
Ixah Palmer - U of Wis/River Falls Karleen Horvath - Western KY U
AOII Alumnae Panhellenic Presidents
Aileen Bacon - Chicago, IL
Reba Traber - Escondido, CA Libby Taylor - Gr. Little Rock, AR Marty Harrison - Orlando Area Gty Pat Bojinoff- Portland, OR
Reba Traber-SCCAP,CA
Rene Howard - St Louis, MO
AOIPs 2002 NPC Delegation: Peg Kramer Crawford, Delegate; Mary McCammon Williams, 1st Alternate; Linda Peters Collier, 3rd Alternate, Carole Jurenko Jones, International President, Melanie Nixon Doyle, Executive Director; Robin Mansfield Wright, 2nd Alternate.
To Dragma/WINTER 2002

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The purpose of an AOII Day (formerly known as State Day) is to create FUN and SISTERHOOD for all alumnae and collegians within a geographical area. AOII Day is a terrific way to renew old friendships, but is also especially effective in helping develop new friendships. It is an excellent opportunity to reach members who may not, otherwise, be involved in any aspect of AOII. The publicity you can generate with an AOII Day event helps our Fraternity in the development of new collegiate and alumnae chapters and in locating key alumnae. Through this fun and sisterhood, participants con- tinue to support the principles of AOII and reflect credit upon their fraternity.
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To Dragma/WINTER 2002

"We want girls who will not only take a lot of fun... out of college but also put some useful service into it"
—Stella George Stem Perry
"Alpha Omicron Pi is.. .developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and community"
—Alpha Omicron Pi mission statement
Service is one of the most important tenets of the experience that is membership in Alpha Omicron Pi. The words of Stella George Stern Perryofferedin1936arenotsignif- icantly different than the AOII mis- sion statement printed on the inside cover of this To Dragrna. So, "ser- vice" as a concept, has been with us from the beginning. However, it transcends the boundaries of Alpha Omicron Pi. It manifests itself in the leadership skills exhibited by AOIIs insociety.
Today, women are called to be lead- ers in a myriad of disciplines—from homemaker and PTA president to government and industry managers. We continue to impact thefinearts and cultural worid. Traditional roles arestilloptionsforwomen,butwe find ourselves stretching into all areas of life. AOII "notables" include multiple, capable, outstand- ing women who have committed themselves to excellence in their fields o f interest and are making a difference in today's world.
In researching this column, within
our membership, I found evidence
of at leastfiveTeachers of the Year,
two outstanding social workers, one
presidentofauniversity,sixinterna- toothers,toourcollegesanduni- giftTheservicetothe tionallyr«»gnizedartists,fournurs-
es who obtained state or national recognition and many college or university professors of distinction. Those are only the women I found with a "casual review" of documents from the last five years!
Ifwereviewthesamedocuments for leadership in areas not traditional for women, the results are even more dramatic.ChiefExecutive,Financial and Operating Officers abound Past issues of To Dragrna and entries on the AOII Website have highlighted attorneys elevating discourse in the
By Robin Lee Beltramini,
lota (U ofIllinois),
Macomb County-Alumnae Chapter,
To Dragma/WINTER 2002
and technologists with improved designs and procedures; local, state, provincial, and federal political lead- ers who have improved the quality ol life in their regions; all of them members of Alpha Omicron PL
Sufficeittosay,noneofthese womenreachedher personal, or professional goals by doing the mini- mum or focusing on "self." In talk- ing to them, the overriding theme is two-fold, "I do what I do because I love it" and "I do what I do because I feel that it makes a positive contri- butiontosociety."That"makinga contribution" is what brings us back to the Founders.
pleting) a work of art Presiding at a meeting can be impor-
tant, but so is attending
and participating in dis-
Jessie Wallace Hughan, Helen St
Clair Mullan, Stella George Stern
Perry, and Elizabeth Heywood
Wfyman were extraordinary young
women who matured into societal leaders,strongvoicesintheirchosen importanttothefutureof professions. Those four, turn-of-the-
century collegians felt that each individual must strive to be of value
Alpha Omicron Pi and to the world about us. Everyone has a talent a
versities,toourcommunities.They Fraternityandtothe
infused our Ritual and our pro-
gramming with those ideals that
endure today. It is incumbent
upon each of us to work toward
those positive goals in all aspects of
our lives—to improve the situations
around us using the Founders as
modelsofbehavior. Someofus,
like the women Ifoundin my
research, and the Founders, have becomequitewellknown.Others liketothinkthatAOII of us simply "do." We perf orm
those small, necessary tasks that "make the world go 'round."
had just a little something to do with making ser- vice a seamless part of each of our dairy lives.
The size or prestige of the task is unimportant You will see million- aires and CEOs of Fortune 500 cor- porations ladling soup in the home- less kitchens. You willfind"stay-at- home" moms assisting major not-
for-profit organizations with book- keeping and strategic planning. Giving blood is sometimes more important than giving money. Donating time can be more benefi-
I'd like to think that Stella would be proud would think that we had found women of character, who wanted to have fun, yet put in some usefal service—women Stella, herself, might have chosenforthe legacy of our Founders.
areas ol government and families;
state supreme court justices; doctors
with cutting edge research and treat-
ments; accountants who have been
electedbytheirpeerstoleadstate cialthanrommissioning(orcom- HumanResourcesCommittee and national associations; engineers
cussion. A fraternity leader and a civic leader both can impact lives in a positive fashion. An Alumnae Network Specialist can renew enthusiasm for sisterhood in our mature members. An International Standing Committee member can explain how her committee influences the organiza- tion that is Alpha Omicron PL
T o
Most of us don't think of ourselves as "distin- guished," or "notewor- thy," or even "profession- al," but each of us is
world is putting that gift to work in the most use- ful manner. When we sort our daily activities, each of us accomplishes something each day that is of benefit to others. Muchofthetimewe don't even notice it That is the heart of service. I'd
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