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2004 Spring - To Dragma

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To Dragma Memories Recruitment in 1917
To Dragma will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2005. During the next few issues, we will continue to salute the magazine's centennial by reprinting selected material from early editions. An article titled Rushing Under Present Conditions by Merva Dolsen Hennings, appears on page 20. It was published in the September 1917 issue of the magazine. Written during the onset of the United States involvement in World War I, this article still offers profound and timeless advice on a better way to recruit new members.
Poetry in 1931
For many years, the magazine ran original poetry written by our members. They were published in a regular feature called The Quiet Comer. The poem below was by Vivian Ellis Howard, Beta Phi (Indiana U), and appeared in the May 1931 issue:
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5 Fraternity News
News, announcements and reminders from AOII.
8 Recruitment, Retention and Ritual All "3 R's" are essential, and this articlefocuseson how the third "R"relates to the first two.
11 Recruitment Redefined, Redesigned NPC's 2003 Unanimous Agreements help redefine and redesign recruitment on today's college campuses.
1 4 The Making of an AOII Chapter
Why don't we have a chapter everywhere? The AOII Extension process is explained.
1 9 New Consultant Program Announced
A Membership Recruitment Consultant Program replaces the CC Program to enhance collegiate recruitment efforts.
21 50-Year Members
AOII salutes those who will celebrate 50 years of membership during the next school year.
2 5 AOII Foundation
The spotlight is on scholarship and the Annual Loyalty Fund.
26 Membership Recruitment Forms
The address list, MIF, and Legacy Form are included in this issue.
3 2 Collegiate News
Our collegiate chapters focus on their favorite recruitment event.
3 9 Alumnae News
Alumnae share their favorite recruitment activities.
44 AOII Emporium
A sample of the merchandise available from the AOII Emporium.
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Sally Wagaman International President
AOII Perspective
Growth... collegiate growth and alumnae growth... more collegiate members, reaching total, pledging quota, adding new colonies... more alumnae chapter members, more AOII Always members, recruiting alumnae initiates, installing new alumnae chapters... Growth!
We are working in many areas togrow our Fraternity. At the collegiate level, we continue to examine every extension opportunity for its viability and worth to the overall organization. In addition to adding new chapters, we are also actively working with our current chapters to implement changes in the way we recruit new members. As part of our Leadership Academy programs, a Recruitment Boot Camp was held last November at AOII Headquarters. During this intense educational weekend, each chapter representative developed a recruitment plan based on AOII's values and the concept that recruitment is a year round effort and not just a mad dash during one week of school. W e are excited about the successes our chapters will achieve as they adopt these new recruitment strategies.
Not only are we changing our perspective on recruitment, but we are also solidifying our commitment to instill the principle of AOII for a lifetime. AOII Always education is incorporated into all phases of collegiate chapter life. It is important for each member to graduate with the understanding that it is her right and responsibility to be an active AOII alumna. And, recognizing the value of lifelong commitment through our alumnae initiate program, we continue to recruit dynamic women who add tremendous value to our organization.
Our alumnae are just as busy adding to OUTgrowth. Our alumnae network volunteers are helping our alumnae chapters as they work to increase their membership. In addition to alumnae chapter membership, the AOII Always programoffersanopportunityforallalumnaetofulfilltheirmembership obligations,especiallythosenotlivingin close proximity to an alumnae chapter. Because active alumnae are so important to the vitality of Alpha Omicron Pi, all AOII volunteers are expected to be role models by being members of an alumnae chapter or AOII Always.
As the beauty of spring (/rotfth begins to envelop our neighborhoods, consider how you can personally best contribute toAOII'sgrowth in2004. Joinyourlocalalumnaechapterand bringanAOIIfriendalong;becomean AOIIAlways member; volunteer to assist your local collegiate chapter or Corporation Board; or help to promote AOII to college bound women in your community. Whichever method you chose, you will serve as an inspiration to AOII and promote our good works to the world around you. Growth!
Fraternally
Sally Wagaman
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Fraternity News
Chapters asked to Bring Songs to Leadership Institute
Songs remain with us and remind us of the feelings and experiences we share with our AOII sisters. Singing unites us into one voice speaking in celebration
of AOII. Whether our songs welcome new members or long time friends, we join together in the tradition of singing that has long been a part of AOII. In order to gather the most complete selec- tion of all songs used by chapters, we
are asking each chapter to share their most beloved songs with one another by bringing a copy of the words and music to Leadership Institute. Combining these resources will create a selection of songs to be shared to expand our repertoire of songs we sing together!
Proposed Legislation Will Improve Funding for Collegiate Housing
Senate Bill 1246 is a piece of legislation currently before Congress which, if passed, would eliminate an arbitrary disparity in the income tax treatment of charitable con- tributions made for the benefit of college students. Currently, the Internal Revenue Code prevents fraternities,sororities and other student associations supported by charitable foundations from using tax- deductible contributions for the purpose of providing student housing. University foun- dations, in contrast, do not suffer from this restriction. S 1246 will correct this disparity in the tax treatment of gifts used for college housing infrastructure improvements and offer an opportunity to improve the condi- tion of our student housing. The House ver- sion,HR7,has passed.
The period of January 20 to May 1 offers the best opportunity for major legislation
to be passed before election-year politics overtake the normal legislative process. The Greek community will be implementing a grassroots letter writing and phone calling campaign. W e are hopeful that this effort
will push the Senate to agree to accept the collegiate housing provision that is in the House's version of the charitable giving bill.
The AOII Foundation has created a Task Force to review the parameters of the leg- islation, and work with legal counsel and corporation boards should the legislation pass. The Task Force members are Caroline Lazzara, AOII Foundation Director, ([email protected]),
Laura Mann, AOII Properties Director ([email protected]), and Sally Wagaman, International President ([email protected]).
W e strongly support the letter-writing campaign and hope you will support this effort with a letter to your senator. If you would like to send a letter in support of S 1246 please contact Bobby Stanton, AOII Foundation Executive Director, at 615/370- 0920 or via email at [email protected] npi.org. She will provide you with a sample letter and a list of Senators currently sup- porting the legislation.
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Recruitment Boot Camp
2003 Vice President-Membership Recruitment Leadership Academy November 21-23,2003
Recruitment Boot Camp was the first of two Leadership Academies held this school-year.
Partially supported by a grant from the AOII Foundation, the weekend event brought 90 gave Ul€ the collegiate Vice Presidents of Membership Recruitment (VPMR) to AOII International
rhis workshop
motivation
Headquarters for training on November 21-23, 2003. David Stollman, from Campuspeak,
was the primary facilitator and impressed our VPMRs with a new core values approach to
membership selection.
tOdoallThe weekend began with each chapter VPMR conducting a self-evaluation on an action plan workshop, then defined and discussed core values of AOII. Later, participants were
that it takes asked to relate these defined core values to AOII's Ritual.
to motivate
iy chapter.
Thank you!"
David returned and presented the concepts of alignment and branding. He stressed that alignment with our core values in all we do is essential for developing our "brand" image or perception on campus. In the "real" world, consumers choose a product brand that they know and trust. Manufacturers push to maintain high standards for their products,
never wanting to sacrifice any product's integrity. The result is that we, the public, identify
with a particular product, determining its success. All brands have a certain reputation. Applying these principles to AOII means examining and defining who we are and how we present this image to others on campus.
Next, a model of recruitment was discussed based upon the belief that "people join people," and recruit- ment should begin at the personal level. W e offer glimpses into our sisterhood through daily interaction and activities with one another. He presented a five-step model of recruitment and ten ingredients for success. To implement this program, it is suggested that each VPMR selects 20% of her chapter to serve as team captains. Team captains will be responsible for 4-5 chapter members to form a team that creates
a wish list of potential new members. This list will include sophomores and juniors as well as freshman. Teams will invite people on the wish list to normal activities, such as lunch, work-outs, sisterhood activi-
ties, and service projects. The result is that a number of women will become friends of the chapter, and they will go through the next recruitment process and become our sisters or be extended a bid through COR. The challenge is to look at this process as a benefit for Continuous Open Recruitment (COR) as well as Formal Recruitment. This program will not tax the chapter with much additional time or resources.
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i thought this whole weekendwas so helpful andI amsoCXCltcd to
go back to HllJ chapter and use ail of these great tools!-
This impact of this program is that it encourages sharing what sisterhood means in real life terms rather than through skits and stilted conversation. Even if a chapter is at campus total, it provides a method to project an image that is in alignment with the core values of AOII, while bringing the chapter closer as a result.
The final workshop task for each VPMR was to establish goals with objectives and time lines on their action plan. The message intended this weekend was to shift their thinking about recruitment to a year round approach of "marketing" AOII. The success of the program lies in the understanding and application of the concepts discussed.
Several small group breakout sessions enabled participants to share ideas and brainstorm. One group (far left) met in the International Headquarters Conference Center in front of the Centennial Alumnae Quilt, while another group [above) works in the Parlor near the AOII Archives. All VPMRs posed {below) for a group photo on the staircase in the Grand Hall entry way.
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Recruitment, Retention and Ritual. R The Third
By Beverly Landes Toumsend Alpha Phi (Montana State U) '59
Ritual Traditions,&Jewelry Committee
Perhaps it is the teacher in me, but I like three Rs. A n d I especially like Ritual. It seems fitting that an issue devoted to Recruitment and Retention should also include the importance of Ritual when considering the selection and maintaining of our members.
Recruitment comes from the French word, recrue, meaning "fresh growth." I like that much better than the old term, rush, which implies haste or eager- ness without preparation. Retention is to keep, to hold secure. Ritualgives structure and meaning to daily life. It is the model for attitude.
Surprisingly, it is the works of two men that have been most influential in my understanding of Ritual. The first is Edward M. King, a Sigma Chi, who wrote an article entitled, "The Secret Thoughts of a Ritual." The other is author, RobertFulghum. Youprobablyknowhimbestfor"AllIReallyNeeded to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" (1985) which I will refer to later in this arti- cle. His book which provokes further thought is, "From Beginning to End-The Rituals of Our Lives" (1995).
King says, "Never has the time been so ripe as this period in our history when the young people of today on our college campuses are crying out for the kind of message, guidance, value, and leadership that has been so long hidden in the pages of our Rituals."
Fulghum states, "{We} are joiners. W e associate with other people like us to affirmourselves. We come for people reasons...to spend time in the company of others who have our concerns, values, interests, beliefs, or occupations to get con- firmation of who we are—to feel connected to a larger image of ourselves."
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Recruitment. As Greeks we share common values and basic guidelines.
The words and ceremonies may differ from one fraternity to the other, but the message is universal. Strong chapters have the ability to effectively promote and sell their message of positive benefits of fraternity life. ThisiswhatRecruitmentisallabout-orshouldbe. Ifinditfascinatingthatthetenetswhichweembrace as fraternity men and women were learned when we were only five years old. Compare the nine-point "Basic Expectations of Fraternity Life" (NIC Commission on Values and Ethics) with Robert Fulghum's well-known advice from his Kindergarten classic.
/. / will know and understand the ideals expressed in my Fraternity Ritual and will strive to incorporate them in my daily life.
"Be Aware of Wonder"
//. / will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
"Learn Some and Think Some."
///. / will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore I will not phgsicallg, mentally, psychologically, or sexually abuse or haze any human beiny.
"Don't Hit People." "Hold Hands and Stick Together."
I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
"Don't Take Things That Aren't Yours."
TV. I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
V.
VI.
I will meet my financial obligations in a timelg manner.
VII. I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs. I will neither misuse nor support the misuse of alcohol.
"Warm Cookies and Cold Milk are Good for You."
VIII. I acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is properly cleaned and maintained.
"Clean Up Your Own Mess. Put Things Back Where You Find Them."
IX. I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternal expectations and will confront those who violate them.
"Say You're Sorry When You Hurt Somebody."
We need to be recruiting the people who have "learned some," "played fair," and "held hands." They already know what it takes to be Greek.
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"Play Fair."


Retention. Fulghum says. "Relationships were made because living things were looking for good company. When you found good company, you valued it deeply and were responsible for its upkeep and well-being. Building relationships always takes time. It is the practice of connecting and reconnecting, of union and reunion."
According to King, "What your Founders did is take the idea of friendship and move it a significant step forward to the concept of commitment."
Those two passages explain Recruitment and Retention precisely.
As a former AOII Regional Vice President and Greek Coordinator at Montana State University, I always enjoyed the invitation to visit a chapter. Sometimes I would imagine that I was a potential new member. Projecting myself into that role often helped me determine the status of the chapter.
Usually I witnessed an enjoyable and courteous atmosphere. I could see that their home was likely a gathering place for fun activities, where ideas and lives were shared. If letters and badges were wom, I believed them to be proud members of their organization. (At this point, I could imagine that an eager 18-year-old might have wanted to join.)
AsItouredthechapterhouse,Iwouldlookforthespeciallocationshonoringthefounders
and the charter, bulletin boards with information regarding philanthropy projects, composite pictures, trophies, and certificates. Was there a display for honor roll students and chapter GPA goals? Perhaps I would see a large map with pins denoting numerous collegiate chapters or the members' home towns. (By now the 18-year-old would sense a good chapter - a community of significance.)
During dinner conversation, I hoped knowledgeable members would be able to share the chapter's history and accomplishments with me. More importantly, could they explain that for which the fraternity stood and why they felt a personal bond with it? Had it made a significant difference in their life? (Ifthey could share this from the heart, Iknew the 18-year-old would have wanted to be a part ofthis chapter — forever.)
Ritual. Ifrecruitment can be considered a union, and retention implies reunion, then Ritual is communion. It is the act of sharing a common faith or discipline. In describing Ritual, Edward King states, "Basically I am a road map to help a person along her journey of life and assist her in her communion with her fellow travelers."
In Fulghum's words, "From beginning to end, the rituals of our lives shape each hour, day and year. Everyone leads a ritu- alized life. Rituals are repeated patterns
of meaningful acts. If you are mindful of your actions, you will see the ritual pat- terns. If you see the patterns, you may understand them. If you understand them, you may enrich them. In this way, the hab- its of a lifetime become sacred."
Wefailasachapterifwedonot practice the spirit of ritual as fully as its formal performance. Ritual can make
a difference in our lives and the lives of those around us. We are better students, community citizens, leaders, public servants, and friends because of Ritual.
Each of us fails as an individual if what
is said and done in Ritual passes over us, rather than through us. When you joined a fraternity, yes, you belonged. But it wasn't until you understood and lived your ritual on a daily basis that your fraternity truly belonged to you.
When you joined
a fraternity, yes,
you belonged.
But it wasn't until
you understood and lived your ritual on
a daily basis that your fraternity truly belonged to you.
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Recruitment redefined, redesigned
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Student demographics have changed. Here's whatgou must understand to ensure the valuable benefits of Greek membership remain available tofuture generations ofwomen.
Remember rush? Ifyou're over 30. most of us had about the same experiences: visiting every sorority for a round of open house parties, waiting for. accepting and regretting invitations to subsequent rounds of parties, Preference Night, and finally, Bid Day. During the structured daytime events held the week before classes began, your fellow rushees were primarily a homogenous group of typical college coeds: generally of European descent, from the middle to upper-middle classes, entering college directly from high school, attending college full time to earn a degree in four years, dependent on their parents to take care of most, if not all, financial responsibilities, working part time or not at all, and living on campus.
Today, rush is called recruitment, rushees are potential new members, and the decades-old model of the campus collegian, upon which NPC's traditional membership-enrollment system was established, is no longer typical of contemporary college students.
Only 16% of today's college students attend full time, are 18-22 years of age, and live on campus (Arthur Eevine, "The Remaking of the American University" Innovative Higher Education, Summer, 2001.); about 75% of all four-year college students now earn a paycheck, and about 25% of them work full time.
Contemporary students are ethnically, religiously and racially diverse, and come from a wider range of socio-economic backgrounds
t h a n e v e r b e f o r e : T h i r t y p e r c e n t a r e m i n o r i t i e s , 2 0 % w e r e b o r n o u t s i d e t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s o r h a v e a f o r e i g n - b o r n p a r e n t , a n d 11% s p o k e a language other than English while growing up. Many are also first-generation college students. All face more life pressures and bring with them a greater array of experiences than students in earlier decades. (Mary B. Marcy, "Diversity. Demographics, and Dollars: Challenges for Higher Education," July 2002.)
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The information below illustrates the differences between today's students and the traditional-student model.
Comparison of traditional and contemporary students
Traditional Student
Student studies full time; 0% work
Contemporary Student
Over 70% of students work
Traditional Student
18-22 years old, no family responsibilities
Contemporary Student
41% over 25 years old, many with family responsibilities
Traditional Student
Lives on campus
Contemporary Student
Commutes to campus
Traditional Student
Ethnically and socio-economically homogeneous student body Contemporary Student
diverse student body
Traditional Student
Graduated in top 10-25% of high school class Contemporary Student Graduated in top 50%
of high school class
Traditional Student
Completes BA degree in 4 years
Contemporary Student
Completes BA degree in 5-6 years
Traditional Student
Students spend all four years at the college they enter Contemporary Student
Many transfer students
(Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, 2000; S. Choy, "Access and Persistence: Findings from 10 Years of Longitudinal Research on Students," American Council on Education, 2002)
Responding to the more heterogeneous student body, campuses have developed out- reach and support programs, multi-cultural centers and ethnic-studies departments focus- ing on new student populations and as the number of older students has grown, so have the offerings of evening and weekend pro- grams designed to respond to working adults. Supplementing the traditional, structured classroom time and lecture, new systems of delivering education are being implemented: independent study, online learning, assess- ment-based grading,and credit for civic involvement, community service, and profes- sional achievement.
With this understanding of the changing campus environment, it became clear to NPC that, to maintain a stable or growing membership and offer relevant experiences for an increasingly diverse population, new systems to respond to the new students must be developed. A new recruitment process
to fit the needs of contemporary college coeds was of primary importance. In the '90s there was a continuous effort by NPC to improve opportunities to recruit new mem- bers. Because the process no longer served students nor the institutions well on all cam- puses, variations on the traditional system mostly proved to be unsatisfactory.
Seeking clearer direction, in 2001 the NPC Recruitment Processes Committee gathered data from surveys, oral interviews, past NPC recruitment committees and campus statistics. Information was solicited from NPC national presidents, NPC's College Panhellenics and Alumnae Panhellenics Committees, student life professionals (such as Greek advisors
on campuses), and campus Panhellenic presidents and Panhellenic vice presidents of recruitment. The majority of survey respon- dents, regardless of which group they repre- sented, felt there should not be just one system of recruitment: that each campus is unique and therefore requires a unique approach.
As a result of these survey findings and
NPC discussion, the following changes were among those agreed to at the October 2003 NPC meeting.
• A Marketing Plan that will encourage
and assist all NPC member groups, College Panhellenics and Alumnae Panhellenics in developing marketing programs that will focus on a variety of publics at the inter/national, community and university levels.
• New methodology for determining release figures will provide realistic opportunities to encourage managed growth while balanc-
ing the need for parity among chapters with membership opportunities for unaffiliated women. Quota will be set as late as possible
in the recruitment process to place the great- est number of women. How we manage the expectations of potential new members plays a large role in whether or not they will complete the recruitment process and how satisfied they will be with the outcome.
• A menu of four recruitment styles models has been adopted. The four styles each lead to the same goal, but in different ways. While the emphasis and details of each style will vary from campus to campus, the move from one rather inflexible formal recruitment system to a four-style system presents an opportunity to make clear choices by offer- ing alternative recruitment methods, respon- siveness to changing demographics, and cost containment via the no-frills recruitment concept adopted in ]
Briefly, the four recruitment models are:
Continuous Open Recruitment. On-going, informal events of all sizes organized by chap- ters and their alumnae. Bids offered directly to potential new members.
Minimally Structured Recruitment. Potential new members explore options at their discre- tion. Members and potential new members get to know one another in a relaxed, informal atmosphere without structured events. Each chapter determines the times and types of social occasions they will have, and may include a Preference event. The campus Panhellenic organization determines the date for issuing bids.
Partially Structured Recruitment. Events established within a more loosely defined time frame provide potential new members the flexibility to attend events according to their own schedules and interests. Potential new

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members are required to visit each sorority at least once; a Preference event and Bid Day conclude recruitment.
Fully Structured Recruitment. Traditional, with structured rounds and events highlighting positive aspects of sorority life and responsible membership. Traditional recruitment works well on some campuses, generally those with a large number of women interested in becom- ing part of the Greek system.
In consultation with the campus Greek advisor and with the approval of their NPC area advi- sor, college Panhellenics will determine which recruitment style is the best fit for their cam- pus. Implementation of the recruitment styles will begin in January 2005 after the college Panhellenics on each campus have assessed their needs using material provided by NPC. No-Frills Recruitment will remain a goal on every Panhellenic campus.
• NPC also established a Committee on Recruitment: to monitor trends and recom-
mend and implement recruitment strategies. The committee may include Greek advisors and other relevant experts. A new recruitment handbook will also be developed.
Now that you understand why and how recruitment is changing, here's what you can do to ensure the joys of sisterhood remain available to generations of women yet to come: Seek personal and informative Panhellenic- spirited contact with prospective members
at all times during the year. Let these young women know that only through Greek affili- ation begun during college will they have a multi-faceted association dedicated to life-long local and national support systems in which they are able to develop leadership skills, pursue knowledge, wisdom and scholarship, build career, personal and social networking, discover rewarding opportunities for commu- nity service and philanthropic endeavors, and form enduring friendships built on common experiences, aspirations, and respect. Relate to potential new members your fondest memories of all-night chats with your sisters, the help you
received from a senior English major that got you through a tough freshman writing assignment, the planning and execution of a fund-raiser to benefit arthritis research, the experiences you gained as a chapter chairman and then officer which later helped you advance in your career, the social skills you honed during recruitment, and the myriad new sisters you met and instantly connected with as an alumna. Tell them about the reunions you still attend, 10, 25, even 50 years after your col- lege graduation. Tell them that your Greek affiliation has been a building block and a cornerstone of your life, and still is.
Tell them that NPC is changing so that women in new circumstances and surroundings may enjoy these same life-affirming relationships, opportunities and memories, and one day fondly ask, "Remember recruitment?"
By Christine Barnicki, Chi Omega, for the NPEC editors


ThemakingofanAOII Chapter
What isextension?
Extension is the process of opening new collegiate chapters. The opening of a new chapter of AOII is one of the most exciting times for our Fraternity, yet it doesn't hap- pen often. Typically, AOII colonizes only once or twice per year. There is a lot that goes into the extension process. A n expla- nation of how extension works is perhaps the best way to start so that we can all work together to grow of Fraternity and answer the age-old question, "Why isn't there an AOII chapter at...?
Why isn't there an AOII chapter...?
There are many schools where AOII would love to have a chapter. Unfortunately, it
is not as simple as wanting a chapter and jumping into the colonization process. As a member of the National Panhellenic Council (NPC),AOII isone of26 groups that support and follow the extension guidelines set by the council. Each month NPC sends out a list of colleges and univer- sities that are opening for extension. NPC guidelines state that where more than two NPC groups exist and where a Panhellenic Council has been formed, the extension has to be approved by both the College/ University Panhellenic Council and the National Panhellenic Council before any- thing else can take place.
And there's more...
If AOII is interested i n establishing a new chapter at a school opened for extension, an informational packet o f information is sent expressing our interest. However, just because a school opens its Greek system to a new sorority, it does not always mean that is where we need to be. Many factors are taken into consideration on the part of AOII before submitting an informational packet to the school.
Installing new chapters or recolonizing chapters, which is the process of recruit-
ing new members to reopen a closed AOII chapter at a school, requires a large com- mitment on the part of the Fraternity. More specifically, it requires major commitment of the alumnae in that particular area.
Our goal is to develop not just colonies,
but successful colonies that will one day become strong AOII chapters. There are
no guarantees. In order to help ensure suc- cesses, AOII specifically looks at the follow- ing criteria before sending an information packet expressing our interest in pursuing this extension opportunity:
• Number of alumnae in the area • Collegiate chapters in the area
• Strength of the Greek system
• University/college support of the
Greek system
• University/college rankings and
growth rates
• Growth rate of Greek system
• Existence of a previous AOII chapter • If an AOII chapter has existed, how
long has it been dormant
• Is the school on our target list
• Fraternity time (Are we colonizing
elsewhere?)
• Financial commitment (Is there
housing involved?)
How do we decide?
Part of the responsibilities of the Vice- President of Development is to oversee, organize and carry out AOII's exten- sion opportunities. The Vice-President of Development works closely with
an Extension Committee and the Administrative Director of Public Relations at AOII H Q to establish new AOII colonies.
The Extension Committee is made up of a group of six AOII alumnae volunteers who utilize their knowledge and expertise of the extension process, public relations
experience, Greek systems and universities all across the United States and Canada. The purpose of the committee is to develop a target list of campuses on which AOII would like to establish or reestablish a chapter. The Extension Committee then evaluates each opening using the criteria previously mentioned.
The final decision is made by the Executive Board. Once this process is completed and the extension is approved, the Administrative Director of Public Relations, who works as the liaison between the committee, the VP/D and
the school and coordinates all AOII exten- sion events and activities, will submit an informational packet to the school for consideration. The packet highlights every aspect of AOII, particularly our policies on academics, alcohol and risk management issues. This packet is in competition with other Greek organizations also vying for a chance to colonize.
The Presentation ...
Typically a school will invite 3-4 groups to visit the campus and make a presentation. There is on average only three-weeks from the time the invitation is made until the actual presentation.
A presentation team will travel to the school to make the presentation. The pre- sentation is a chance to explain in more detail and in a face-to-face setting what AOII is all about, why we want to be on this campus, what we have to offer, meet with university officials, etc. The team is com- posed of AOII alumnae and collegians of various backgrounds, ages, roles and loca- tions throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The school will then notify AOII in the weeks to follow as to whether or not we have been invited to colonize.
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Extension Oppormnities - How Alumnae Help Grow OurFraternity


Colonization ...
The colonization process is long and very detailed. To begin, AOII will spend a majority of the colonization time conduct- ing various public relations campaigns and events. The purpose of this is to increase awareness of our new colony to the campus. This is the longest part of the colonization process and the part that can take as little as one semester or as long
as several years to complete. The actual colonization process is approximately two-weeks. It involves a number of parties, much like regular formal recruitment par- ties and personal appointments. Personal appointments are one-on-one interviews between and AOII and a potential new member. Personal appointments offer an opportunity for each person to leam more about the other and to answer any ques- tions. Whether we are colonizing a brand new chapter, recolonizing a closed chapter or absorbing a local interest group, the pro- cess is the same.
At the end of the colonization period, a Bid Day celebration takes place followed immediately by a Colonization ceremony. The Colonization ceremony is attended by the colony members, family, friends, uni- versity administrators and other Greeks. It is the only AOII Ritual event open to the public and officially establishes AOII on campus. The AOII group is now consid- ered a colony. This is a special designation given to a new AOII group composed of
all new members, prior to initiation and installation.
Installation ...
The new colony will then spend the
next ten weeks in a new member period. Education, training, establishing by-laws, electing officers and growing in fun, friendship and sisterhood are just some of the aspects of the new member period. A Resident Consultant will be assigned
to assist the new colony with this process. She will live on campus during this time and work directly with the colony mem- bers. She is in charge of their education and is a key person in helping the individ- ual members come together as one. This helps to ensure success and stability of the future chapter.
Once the new member period is complete, the colony members are initiated and the colony is officially installed as a chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi. This process is called installation. The International President, Vice President of Development, Colony Network Director and Specialist along with other alumnae, officers and staff members take part in the Ritual initiation and installation ceremonies. The formal Rose Banquet takes place later in the eve- ning to allow family and other guests join in the celebration of a new tradition and beginning.
How You Can Help Grow Our Fraternity?
There are many, many more details as to how the extension process works. But for the most part, it's as basic as reading, 'riting and Yith- matic! A n d now that you know the basics of Extension, here's how you can help AOII grow using three "R's" for extension...
Resource
While AOII is officially notified by NPC about new extension openings, you can help by keeping HQ informed about the Greek system and any possible new extension opportunities at a college or university near you that does not have an active chapter of AOII. More often than not, as a local alumna, you will have more insight about the happenings at an area school. Serve as a resource - your knowledge about campus culture, possible extension openings, etc. is invaluable.
Respond
An Alumnae Interest Form is e-mailed and mailed to all AOII alumnae within a 50-mile radius of a potential new chapter. The form helps to determine the level of local interest in establishing a new chapter by giving alumnae an opportunity to get involved. There is a place for everyone. Whether you can commit to an advisory position or can only give a small amount of time to assist with a special function every now and then, your help is needed and appreciated.
ReachOut
Establishing the new chapter is an exciting time. However, ALL chapters, including established chapters, need alumnae support beyond the colonization period. If you don't have time to be an advisor, be a role model. Show your enthusiasm by attending AOII philanthropic/ sponsored events, campus competitions, Founders' Day activities, Homecoming and other special events. Uphold the lifelong promise you made to AOII on your initiation day by staying connected with chapter members, advisors and the Greek Life office - it can make all the difference. Even more, work with your collegiate members to help them transition into active, alumnae roles. Encourage fellow alumnae to do the same. Your involvement will help to ensure success for the chapter and our Fraternity.
Ifyou have more questions regarding any aspect of extension or information regarding possible extension opportunities, please contact Lori Belew, Administrative Director of Public Relations at AOII International Headquarters - [email protected]
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LA
It all began withfouryoung college women and a dream to
continue theirfriendship throughoutlife, notjust during college.
When our Founders dreamed about AOII and its purpose they did not dream of a Fraternity where members were only loyal during their college days. They dreamed of an organization where mem- bers were committed for life and honored their promise of sisterhood. Our Founders had forever in mindwhentheymadetheirpromisetooneanother-we,too,madeapromiseofforever. Itisupto us to uphold that promise and ensure that AOII lives on.
AOII Always is a simple yet meaningful way to honor your lifetime commitment to Alpha Omicron Pi. With today's fast paced world and busy schedules, AOII Always offers a renewed sense of sisterhood and purpose to our daily life. By supporting AOII Always we are giving back to the organization that has given so much to us over the years. It is critical for every member of AOII to realize that participating in the Fraternity does not end with graduation, it just begins. It is this philosophy that will ensure AOII's future in the next century and beyond.
By becoming AOIIAlways members, we are shouting to the world that we are and always will be active, devoted members of AOII. During our college days, we were busy enjoying life's experiences and looking for what it was inside us that made us unique. As alumnae, we are still searching to
find out who we are, but it is as alumnae that we begin to see that being an AOII is more than just belonging to a group. It is about supporting and standing behind an organization that we believe in
- an organization that was there for us time and time again during our college days. It is about giving back and doing what we can to sustain and build an organization that has been in existence for 107 years. It is about honoring a pledge that we voluntarily made at our initiation.
Each and every AOII alumna has the opportunity to honor this pledge 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 decal, membership card, bookmark, notepad, a 10% discount coupon to the Emporium, as well as two electronic newsletters. When joining AOII Always, alumnae 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. To sign up, simply complete and submit the application form or visit the AOII website and register electronically.
AOII founder, Stella George Stern Perry, wrote in 1936, "We wanted a fraternity that should carry on the delightful fellowships and cooperation of college days into the workaday years ahead
and to do so magnanimously. Above all, we wanted a high and active special purpose to justify existence and a simple devotion to some worthy end." Keep the dream alive - become an AOII Always member today.
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"As a new member of AOII, I can remember thinking how wonderful it would be if it really were true that AOII was a lifetime experience. As time went by during my four-year journey as a collegiate member and each time I came into contact with our chapter's advisers, Corporation Board mem- bers, and other alumnae, it became evident to me that it indeed was true. As alumnae, it is our responsibility to give our collegiate chapters the help they need in building relationships between colleges and communities. 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 someone who is a member of our Fraternity long before they enter col- lege. Paying annual alumnae dues is an easy opportunity to continue my commitment to AOII."
Carole Jurenko Jones, Alpha Delta '81
"I joined AOII Always because I love AOII And wanted to support the organization in any way I can. I didn't realize that AOII was for a lifetime until a few years after my graduation when I got involved with the Collegiate Network - and I'm so glad I did. In my very first Ritual, at Convention '99,1 was brought to tears. That was my moment of feeling the connection - hav- ing that many women sharing the same Ritual - it was amazing!"
Karen Fredericks, Beta Phi '89
"I have found that AOII Always is a wonderful way to honor my lifetime commitment to AOII. Over the years, AOII has given me so much and the AOII Always program is a wonderful and easy way for me to give back. There are a lot of options out there and different ways to stay involved with AOII. When our alumnae stay involved, they are showing the world that AOII is for a lifetime. It is our job as alumnae to serve as an example for the future generations of AOII."
Sherry Haman, Sigma Omicron '94
"Being a part of a sorority was a fantastic experience for me in college. Eight years after graduation, I realized that I am still part of a sorority and wanted to be involved both nationally as well as with my local alumnae chapter. More and more students have choices of different organizations and travel situations and I really feel that being part of a sorority was an integral part of my happiness at college. I would love for my children to have the same experiences one day, but if alumnae aren't helping to support collegiate efforts and talk about these advantages, then the fraternity experience may slip through the cracks."
Amanda Bailey, Theta Beta '94 ToDragma [ Spring 2004
Please send a $50 check with the form below, or visit www.alphaomicronpi.org Sisters Online section to electronically become an AOII Always member.
Member Number Name
Address
City
State
Zip
Home phone
Email
Chapter/University
Y ear of initiation
Type of payment: Visa Credit card #
Expiration date
Designate my gift to the following area: Alumnae Leadership Development Technology Development Collegiate Leadership Development Overall Fraternity Development
Country
Mastercard
Check
Please check here if above contact information needs to be updated at HQ.
Note: If you would like to pay by check, simply com- plete this form and send along with your $50 annual check made payable to "Alpha Omicron Pi" to: Alpha Omicron Pi International Headquarters, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027.
Gifts made to Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity are not tax-deductible.
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The young woman above is a model. Her image is being used for illustrative purposes onk/.
Headlines scream of tragedies a world away, but the silent killer known as suicide often slips into our lives surrounded only by whispers. Among many people, the topics of depression and suicide cause such fear that even if a loved one appears to be struggling, there is confusion as to when and how to offer assistance. Sadly the gravity of the situation is often realized too late. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults, and every hour and forty-five
minutes it claims another young victim. It is time we work together to combat this problem.
Alpha Omicron Pi has developed an educational program for all its collegiate and alumnae members thai addresses issues surrounding depression and suicide. This program was made possible through funding from the AOII Foundation and is called F.A.I.T.H., Fostering Awareness In Teaching Hope.
Information is shared via an interactive cd-rom and is augmented by a F.A.I.T.H. Journal that provides extended learning and discussion in small group activities. The four different activities offer a variety of scenarios and topics for group discussion that allow a collegiate chap- ter to utilize one per year without repetition. In addition, each new member will receive a FAITH journal with her new member handbook starting in the fall of 2004. This journal lists well-known websites and contact numbers each member can utilize for further information.
FAITH highlights statistics, warning signs and most importantly, resources for help. It also includes real life accounts from members who have dealt with these issues firsthand. Their experiences and reflections provide insight into the many concerns and realizations that are faced when someone tries to harm herself. In addition, it seeks to de mystify and de-stigmatize depression and offers a questionnaire to identify symptoms. Small group activities allow the chapter to open the lines of communication to foster awareness, identification, and hope.
It is being presented at this time because spring is the time of year when suicide is most prevalent. AOII wants to draw attention and provide hope regarding a topic that has been kept in the dark for too long.
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[F.A.I.T.H.]
Alpha Omicron Pi's suicide awareness program


NewConsultant Program Designed to J-jTlllCLTlC6 Recruitment Efforts
Alpha Omicron Pi announces an aggressive, new approach to empower our collegiate chapters in the area of membership recruitment. With one of the Fraternity's majorfocuseson recruitment, AOII is making modifications to a traditional program in order to further grow our organization.
The Membership Recruitment Consultant program (MRC) has been designed to work one-on-one with collegiate chapters, network volunteers and their recruitment efforts. "This is a proactive deci- sion to help our chapters excel in recruitment and continue to attain quality members," explains Sally Wagaman, International President. The program will go into effect in July of 2004 and will replace the existing Chapter Consultant program.
How the MRC program will work:
• Two Membership Recruitment Consultants will be hired as full-time staff members. Like the Chapter Consultants, the MRCs will be based out of International Headquarters and their positions will require extensive travel. They will spend the majority of their time traveling from chapter to chapter assisting each group with some aspect of recruitment.
• The two consultant positions will take the place of the chapter consultants that have long been a part of our traditional CC program.
• The MRCs will work full time, year-around with chapters and with the network volunteers to assist with various areas of recruitment.
• Specifically, each consultant will visit chapters and provide intensive, recruitment-related insight on every stage of recruitment including, but not limited to, strategic development and action plans, year-around planning and preparation, public relations campaigns, formal recruitment events, conversation skills development, IMSP training, COR ideas and implementation, etc.
"Greek organizations, AOII included, are always looking for new recruitment action plans in order to successfully recruit the women of today," said Wagaman. "The MRC program will allow AOII not only to provide more recruitment resources, but also more intensive, focused services for greater, extended periods of time."
Thegoalistoprovideaconcentrated recruitmentresourceforourcollegiatechaptersthatwillresult in effective recruitment, membership retention and overall fraternity growth.
Whatare the advantages of the Membership
Recruitment Consultant
program over the Chapter Consultant
program?
The Membership Recruitment Consultant will focus on recruit- ment only. This means that during a chapter visit, time will not be divided between the
many areas typically covered by CCs. With extended visits focused on recruitment, more quality time can be spent, attention to details given, thor- ough needs analysis developed and a plan of action designed for a chapter's specific recruitment needs. The chapter's Collegiate Network Specialist team will concentrate onallotherareasof chapter development.
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Continuing over the next several issues, we are honoring the magazine's upcoming centennial by reprinting selected material from early editions.
By MervaDolsen Hennings, District Superintendent of Middle Western Chapters [Reprinted from To Dragma, September 1917]
Written during the onset of the United States involvement in World War I,
this article still offers profound and timeless advice on a better way to recruit new members.
With a mind filled with thoughts of Red Cross work and vexing itself with the many possible ways of food conservation, I find it difficult to realize that, of course, there will be "rushing" to be done this fall. (Notice I do not say "rushing as usual," for I feel that our college girls will be blessed with keener insight and more feeling than some of our business men have shown with their "business as usual" slogan.) But rushing of some kind there will neces- sarily have to be, and the problem that every chapter will have to solve for itself will be how to rush with as little expenditure of time, energy, and money as possible, and still bring the desirable girls into our ranks. I am sure you all feel with me that under the present cir- cumstances expensive and conspicuous rushing would be most improper if not absolutely wrong. If at this time we show ourselves to be fonder of gayety and carried away by our own selfish interests, we cannot expect the people about us to hold us in much respect. This is a time, rather, when we have every opportunity to show the world about us that our ideals are so high that of themselves they help us bear our share of the Nation's burden, and that our fraternities are far from being the mere social organizations which so many people have judged them to be.
Now is the chance to use the simplest methods for meeting the new girls: to let natural friendships take the place of feverish "crushes," and to show the new girl the compliment of believing that she is capable of choosing the group with whom she will be happiest and most congenial without the whirlwind accompaniment of dinners, dances, and expensive "eats." The impressionable young girl who comes into college this fall, it seems to me, is going to be struck most of all by that crowd of girls that is laying aside thoughts of self for those of service to country, and she will readily realize that expensive entertaining for her will mean less time and money for the more essential duties before us now. Let us keep our rushing simple forthis fall at least; perhaps -who knows? We may find the plan so much better after all that our old methods of rushing will seem obsolete and ridiculous, and in a few years we will look back and wonder why we tolerated them so long.


Alpha Omicron Louisiana State U
Ann Gonsoulin Hebert Mary Jablonowski Maher Elizabeth Stout Gwendolyn Geiger Watson
Alpha Phi
Montana State U
Karen Olson Egged Roberta Sampson Gaines Kari Kuhr Gress
Renee Bushnell Hames Katherine Manthey Holm Anne Kalainoff
Geneal Lindsay Kanalz Kerin Johnson Kemmerer Lucille Axline Leuschen Patricia Kieckbusch Reller Shirley Anderson Rothwell Mary Peterson Wooldridge
Alpha Pi
Florida State U
Julia Beasley Bardecki Anne Hitt Buchan
Barbara Reynolds Fulmer Joan Woods Gettings Sandra Hancock Griffin Mary Oglesby Hair Barbara King Haynes Gretta Larsen Jones
Nancy Gardner Miller Beverly Brown Speed Wanda Stokes Spencer Billie Jo McFee Swilley Patricia Hilton Talbot Margaret Shirley Thierry Jacquelen Spencer Thomas
Alpha Rho
Oregon State U
Barbara Elliott Anderson Margaret Hildreth Churchill Joyce Weatherspoon Coyner Margaret Rice Defrees Lenore King Gebhard Patricia Robertson Karaman Marilyn Kleven Lance Susan Schofield
Betty Boenig Vonderhellen Susan McCann Wilson
Joan Skeans Winningham Madelyn Johnson Zimmerman
Alpha Sigma
U of Oregon
Marilyn Miller Allen Kathryn Whiteman Hibbard Marienne Muir Hunsaker Marian Olson Jenkins
Jean Singleton Liechty Donna Krauspe Metz Beverly Hall Peck
Marie Keller Squires Carolyn Lemley Stump Clare Thompson
Alpha Tau
Dennison U
Diane Strong Anderson Patricia Minor Bender Nancy Wilson Bennett Nancy Wright Bloom Catherine Promer Brodt Marilyn Franks Campbell Alice Hull Rini
Patricia Lang Welch
Beta Gamma
Michigan State U
Sally Carlson Burch
Cleora Buczkowski Kelsch Marilyn Harding Lalone Maryln Guenoff Lawrence Janet Knopf Lincoln Barbara Spehar Millington Janet Reising
Charlene Rennoe Katherine Droegemueller
Saether
Mary Annis Stoner Robin Metz Sutton
Beta Kappa
U of British Columbia Evelyn Paulson Boivin Patricia Burnett Savoie
Beta Phi
Indiana U
Marilynn Kidd Andersen Janice Flora Armstrong Grace Berry Brady Dorothy Ehrhardt
Haussman
Joan Barnhisel Heaston Marilynn Bolitho Hodges Mary Simrell Hogan Phyllis Fox Hriso Marilyn Rutherford Jones Barbara Owens Kramer Nancy Wygant Logan Barbara Stinson McGee Judith Bright Neff
Sandra Stenhouse
Niermeyer
Marjorie Grinstead Olson
Mary McDermond Rodgers Ruth Vedell Schaaf
Sandra Puterbaugh Seay Rita Dalke Tracy
Patricia Hargus Williams Jane Coy Witte
Rose Smiley Zakarian
Beta Tau
U of Toronto
Diann Scrutton Evans Carol Hipwell Rothwell
Chi
Syracuse U
May Lieu Becker
Ann Palisi Bogert
Mary Lachowicz Buff Nancy Grossman Goreth Wilma Fabian Keeperman
Chi Delta
U of Colorado
Marcia Hunt Brewer Dawn Grilliot Davit Judith Bower Henning
Joy Jirik
Ruth Vanneman Kellar Marjorie Keilholtz Lax Winona Wendt Moritz Joanne Bruland O'Dwyer Frances Lovitt Perkins Loretto Sherman Reifel Margaret Kohl Rosenquist Virginia Sauer
Mary Gruenberg Stanton
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50-year members
Congratulations to thefollowingAlpha Omicron Pi members who were initiated between July L, 1954 and June 30,1955. AOII salutes these women who will celebrate their 50th anniversary with the Fraternity during the upcoming school year. We hope
each will continue to share our sisterhoodformany years to come.


Chi Lambda
U of Evansville
Greta Shaw Baird
Carol White Baumeyer Barbara Halvershorn Bell Elizabeth Romine Coffey Audrey Hamel Gabert Carolyn Reasor Grumm Wilma Kamman
Herrenbruck
Jane Dreher Johnson
Jo Ann Deneke Thompson Marilyn Kemp Wright
Delta
Tufts U
Janice Dunn
Louise Colman Hallisey
V Lafrance Isquith
Bertha Gutauskas Maneikis Mary Lawson Sitomer
Elizabeth Quimby Spiewak
Delta Delta
Auburn U
Phyllis Walters Adams Patricia Bowles Braswell Nancy Namie Carmichael Gwen Gibson
Jo Fowler Mazza
Sara Longshore McDonald Maryanne Doby Moorhead Dorothy Thomas Morgan Peggy Smith Mosakowski Arlene Knox Nettles Charlene Burley Sharman Elizabeth Richardson
Sherrill
Jane Parker Smith Sylvia Moon Stafford Margaret Towle Turk
Delta Sigma
San Jose State U
Mary Piatt Barnes
Janet Reinmuth Eastman Patricia Gould Eggert Jeanette Coleman Lopes Carol Knutson Radford Shelmardene Stuart
Rountree
Nancy Goodrich Wilson
Epsilon
Cornell U
Dorothy Diederick Cowing Marilyn Hennekens Mahan Lois Walsh McDonald Virginia Robson Miller Catherine Mesmer
Rehkeuger
Eva Stern Steadman
Epsilon Alpha Pennsylvania State U Joanne Gage Behringer Patricia Jones Blasingame Mary Copeland
Marilyn Long Swart Dolores Hepler Wilkinson
Gamma
U of Maine
Joan Lancaster Bouchard Lorraine Lander Cheney Eloise Pelletier Daigle Patricia Daigle
Joan Anderson Farnsworth Dorothy Bradstreet
Gilpatrick Constance Eberhardt
Linnell
Ruth Dolloff Quinlan Joan Fuller Russell Nancy Schmidt Toomey
Gamma Omicron
U of Florida
Gloria Kohler Brooks Bettie Blackburn Downs Carolyn Kohler Driscoll Jane Lockard Gurnow Elizabeth Spaulding
Haeseker
Betty Stoutamire Maitlen Rachel Cobb Orcutt Dorothy Lawton Priebe Francine Ivers Quinlan Martha Landrum Ratliff Grace LeBaron Sandefur
Iota
U of Illinois
Noreen Oconnell Ash Claire O'Connell Conlin Mary Ellis
Elaine Maclntyre
Joan Freitag Heina
Marion Hunter Keenan Nancy LeConte November Joan Cattaneo O'Brien Diane Kellogg Pellettiere Martha Craft Smith
Iota Alpha
Idaho State U
Thelma Falter Bilyeu Sydney Hodson Brookbank Arlis Powell Crawford Marilu Lofgren
Elaine Sakelaris O'Connor Shirley Almberg Wilson
Kappa
Randolph Macon Women's College Georgia Lillis Lowrance Ann Montague Ours
Kappa Alpha
Indiana State U
Patricia Armstrong Elizabeth O'Donnell Baker Carmen Davis Burns Lynette Blake Deckard Doris Johnson Freeman Deloris Brink Garrett Carolyn Motsinger
Hendricks
Suzanne Gentry Malone Shirley Lawyer McCann Mary Engles McFall Norma Henerberg Purvis Jane Blest Stewart
Carol Hollingsworth Utke Nancy Cade Wegrich
Kappa Gamma
Florida Southern College Diane Kallivokas Ares Mary Stone Brimberry Enes Molinari Cobb
Sandra Hawes Fredericks Patricia Blackman Gandolfi Carol Rogers Harrison Marilyn Howell Hock Beverly Jones Kirk
Wilma Wells Till
Kappa Kappa
Ball State U
Alice Shelley Blackwood Patricia McCubbins Burden Martha Hull Conley
Delva Carder Cooksey Sharon Dalke Crowder Ruby Lawson Curro Bonnie Sears Darrow
Sue Smith Davis
Loraine Zandall Embach Constance Wesner Fox Patricia Slane Gamble Judith Weil Hall
Marna Costello Holston Donna Hutcheson Mavis Donna Mendenhall
McCarthy
Patricia Turner McFann Elizabeth Niblack Roberta Mattingly
Petrovich
Myrna Cordtz Rapp Jan Johnson Slagowski
Kappa Omicron
Rhodes College
Polly Howie Dawson
Ruth Smith Pugh
Nina Briggs Simpkins Elizabeth Haire Stone Dixie Howard Strack
Sara Davidson Williamson
Kappa Phi
McGill U
Anne Tiedemann Converse
Kappa Rho
Western Michigan U Helen Beckwith Blythe Mary Beaty Collins Constance Washburn
Cowan
Theresa Weitzel Douglass Janice McMonagle Mick Carol Beggs Mosher Ardith Overbeek Riley Sharon Wall Steffens Barbara Hagan Sulkowski Dona Terbush Trudell Joette Moses Vine
Anne Beth Ward
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Kappa Theta
U of California -LA Monica Hauser Foley Patricia Dear Hillerman Geraldine Owen Luethy Virginia Whittier Pursel Barbara Becker Rogers
Lambda Sigma
U of Georgia
Patricia Barger Brown Joanne White Carroll Jane Crawford
Martha Finley
Beverly Matthews Gandy June Adams Gordon Martha Leonard Harrison Barbara Addison Johnson Mary Millians
Ann Croxton Perry
Mary Tuten Sprott Barbara Wenzel
Beverly Scarboro
Willingham
Nu Iota
Northern Illinois U Marylin Hagi Meyers Bernice Kraus Scott Gayle Fawcett Vogan
Nu Lambda
U of Southern Cal-LA Lillian Eckardt Churchill Janie Kesling Crawford Carolyn Smith Eller Lillian Weller Escobar Beverly Wood Freeman Mary Ryan Indenbaum Carrol McElroy Irwin Darlene Hall Jackson Patricia Yarbrough
Nicholson
Willa O'Day Olsen Marilyn Lyman Palmer
Nu Omicron Vanderbilt U
Mandy Simpson Barbara June Greer Bogle Martha Greene Boone Violet Couch
Diane Dupree Evans Marguarite Raymond Hays Margaret Looney McAllen Ann Griffin Minor
Evelyn Shepherd Pruden Ellen Henderson Seeley Marilyn Jacke Smart
Ann Grimsley Taulbee Mary Blewette Thomas Lucy Ross Winchel
Omega
Miami U
Robin Bowman
Joan Martin Erion
Barbara Calhoun Freeman Ellen Evans Hummel Mary Reed Kitchingham Mary Frederick Lynn Susan Coombs Masek Kathleen Kazhal Miller Dorothy Fitzgerald
Milliken
Joanne Adams Schoenleb Mary McConnaughy Stuart Marsha Sweet
Mary Dorenbusch Templin
Omicron
U of Tennessee
Mary Hassell Ayres Phoebe Glass Baird Clara Yarbro Bradshaw Katherine Alexander
Brandon
Janella Carpenter
June Schiro Chase Mary Holmes Fruit Carolyn Ingle Greer Sara Matthews Holmes Virginia Sanders
Huddleston Constance Margraves
Moody
Norma Stoots Pearson Carolyn Cronan Shull Marion Malone Starr Lois Randall Taylor Sara Swann Teets Barbara Terry Zimmer
Omicron Pi
U of Michigan
Nancy Jach Aupperle
Anne Shotwell Bosworth Diane Paradis Bouchey Gayle Turner Davidson Patricia McFarland Hall Louise Sprowl Kaeding Carole Miller Labby
Peg Davis Manz
Maryanne Domenic Pardon Mary Kane Paton
Janet Mabarak Shatusky Elizabeth Stone Stout Janice Goldman Thompson Carey Wall
Phi
U of Kansas
Jocelyn Schmidt Downing Mary Stephens Joslin Frances Todd Patterson Barbara Nichols Rubin Neoma Woolfolk Shrauner Sheila Dye Ward
Phi Alpha
East Tennessee State U Mary Shaver Bales Anna Wilds Dozark Mary Barger Ford Johnnie Garren Harvey Sylvia Smalling Howze Jeanne Jones
Patsy Broyles Leach Betty Middleton
Tresa Underwood Miller Mary Self Pal
Barbara Brown Payne Jane Reeder
Shirley Patton Richards Dawn Mauk Scott
Jean Seal
Anna Austin Stroud Wanda Holtsclaw Webber Elizabeth Wild
Bobbie Wooten
Phi Omicron
Hanover College
Lou Owens Dwenger Marilyn Williams Goodwin Mary Cronk Hatch
Nancy Herrington Holtman Sue Springmier Hooten Martha Lokotzke Lewis Molly Clary Petrie
Sandra Brown Vanderipe Judith Watkins
Pi
Newcomb College
Jean Wiggins Cairns Emma Martin Glenny Cynthia Stone Kerlin Sandra Dearmas Lloyd Joan Pilliod Michaelis Gwendolyn Munch Welch
Pi Delta
U of Maryland
Phyllis Turner Anderson Kreugh Eichelberger
Brennan
Mary Howell Buchness Elizabeth Mezey
Chamberlin
Kathryn Berry Duvall Rebecca Fraley Gaffney Lucile Martin Hall Beverly Ashwell Newell
Pi Kappa
U of Texas
Sylvis Oster Artmann Jean Toomey Gilbert June Witter Gillman Mary Hanchey Masek Barbara Smyth Turner Louise Wagner
Jennie Russell Walsh M Phyllis Williams
Psi
U of Pennsylvania Esterlee Hower Lucille Viti
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Northwestern U
Mary Burns Bollman Joanne Westerfield Dunn Patricia Palm Glass Suzanne Hamilton
Joann Hohhof Houser Catherine Miller Lindholm Virginia McElroy Maurer Margaret Ireland
McConnell
Susan Evans Rankin Ann Pfennig Watson Lynne Force Worth
Sigma
U of California Berkeley Janet Stockand Anderson Carol Kelterer Bonzell Marcia Thornton Dawson Naida Merry Jourden
Ann Atkins Lagasse Deborah Olson Powell Carla Paulson Rae
Sandra Pamphilon
Reynolds
Marjorie Fleming Roth Diane Hofmann Sasser Barbara Mellor Schultz Carola Henry Sohns {Catherine Hooas White
Sigma Chi
Hartwick College
Judy Scheifele Barclay Nancy Fehling Glover Doris Eitzen Howard Patricia Smith Hoye
Jean Christman Simmons
Sigma Omicron Arkansas State U
Marilyn Reng Bell Sarah Mattix French Charlene Hurd Gairhan Margaret Scott Lamb Shirley Basinger Martin Rose Kinman Miller Elizabeth Bedner Moore
Sigma Tau
Washington College Barbara Bailer
Jane Robins Hastings Henrietta Stenger Lemen
Sarah Taylor Parker
Tau
U of Minnesota
Barbara Lerschen Arnold Marilyn Miller Ekstrom Janice Robinson Greig Elizabeth Jackson
Gustafson
Roxanne Hansen Hardy Grace Rank Johnson Nadine Sweney Korth Jayne Thiele Lindholm Carol Morris Muecke Margaret Polski Sack Hazel Just Schweitzer Barbara Anderson
Sundquist
Carol Matson Trunk
members
Tau Delta Birmingham Southern Mary Ann Adams
Flora Jones Bellande Anna Taylor Brewer Gloria Glasgow Bryant Mary Davis Clayton Marilyn R. Flowers June Greene
Gloria Spruill
Theta
DePauw U
Donna Jensen Burke Carolyn Hancock Cleland Barbara Baughn Georgeson Marilyn Brown Jardine Barbara Garrett Krause Helen Pigott Laker
Barbara Ragland Maroney Janet Brebach Murray Barbara Land Padgett Susan Miller Poppe
Louise Poppe Reschke Paula Sedgwick Seism Grace Strand Sharnhorst Alice Jones Slanec
Carol Hauser Stark
Susan Nisbet Stephen Beverly Mullen Stodghill Janet Case Wandrey
Theta Eta
U of Cincinnati Carol Fries Caywood
Theta Pi
Wagner College
Barbara Noack Brubaker Dorothea Murray Catena Annemarie Jensen Godston Jean Gross Haughwout Ethylee Wesselhoft Hetner Janet Makinson Marks Dolores Hanley Navarino Barbara Odonnell
Barbara Pietracatella
Mary Fazakerley Schulz Wilma Noffke Studenmund Dorothy Wedg
Theta Psi
U of Toledo
Nanette Grisier Eckert Jane Schultz Ertle Judith Scarisbrick Jones Delores Evans Keith Joyce Butler Ochs
Jean Laskowski Smith
Upsilon
U of Washington
Joan Hilton Cates
Catherine Bailey Haseleu Ann Trimble Justin
Judy Kirk Knestis
Shirley Karvonen Sansburn Norma Wells
Christine Westenberg
Zeta
U of Nebraska-Lincoln Kathryn Krueger Breiner Patricia Mulligan Downey Coranne Kolb Gibson Eleanor Pifer Hamilton Joan Weerts Hummel Diane Major Kelley Phyllis Kapustka Murphy Janice Smith O'Donnell Kathryn Reed Robbins Mary Rohrbaugh
Sturtevant
Sara Kirkman Welsh
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Foundation Update Spotlight on Scholarships
Diamond Accolades are again being offered at $5 each to honoryour AOII sisters attending Leadership Institute 2004. Proceeds will help fund AOII foundation scholarships for next fall. Please order from the foundation by June 1. Email [email protected] to order.
AOII foundation scholarships help with the ever increasing costs ofhigher education. Here are profiles of two awards and the outstanding sisters that benefit from your gifts to these scholarship funds.
Edith Huntington Anderson Scholarship: awarded biennially during convention year to an AOII pursuing a career in medicine or a medical related field Edith was a PIP and beloved longtime chapter adviser of Epsilon Alpha, which was named in honor of her. In 1987 both AOII and Edith Anderson turned 90. That year the fund was started by Jacquelyn Struble Dinwiddie, EA '43, who personally wrote to many EA sisters requesting support forthis special tribute to honor Edith and her many contributions to AOII. Edith was consulted about the scholarship and it was her wish that it
be directed to the field of medicine.
This year's recipient is Melissa Desai, Delta Upsilon '01, enrolled in the M D program at Duke University School of Medicine. Melissa has dreamed of becoming a doctor since high school. Epsilon Alpha sisters who donate to this fund are helping Melissa achieve her goal ofbecorning a pediatrician, and carrying Edith's memory and legacy into the future!
Carey Griner Memorial Scholarship: Awarded annually to a Kappa Kappa Chapter member who is a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above and requiring financial aid In 1997 Carey was killed in a senseless auto accident after a weekend visit to her family. This scholarship was established
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not? for decades, surveys on the topic indicate that the majority o f adults in America do not have a
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for distribution of their resources
upon death. In fact, well over 70%
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When preparing your will, please consider including a bequest to the AOII foundation. Ifyou designate the AOII foundation in your will, please use the complete legal name, Alpha Omicron Pi foundation, and include the mailing address, 5390 Virginia Way, Brentwood, TN 37027. Y ou
can also include the AOII foundation with a will codicil, a simple form that can be attached to your existing will.
I fy o u h a v e n a m e d t h e A O I I foundation inyourwill, notifyus so you can be recognized as a member of AOII's Second Century Society.
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by Carey's family, friends and Kappa Kappa sisters, to honor her for her devotion to AOII.
This year's recipient is Kelly Nofzinger, Kappa Kappa '00, a senior elementary education major. Kelly was selected to take part in a student teaching program in Germany and hopes to help educate children in a third world country. Donors to the Carey Griner Memorial Scholarship ensure that
dmUtm Carey's spirit ofsisterhood and special love ofAOII are remembered Your Present can be an AOII's Future!
Annual Loyalty Fund gifts are an investment in the future. Big or small, every gift is valuable and i m p o r t a n t . Y o u r g i f t h e l p s A O I I p r o v i d e w o m e n w i t h t h e t o o l s f o r s u c c e s s i n c o l l e g e a n d i n l i f e t h r o u g h personal development, scholarships, leadership trainingand community service. Ifyou haven't made your annual gift this fiscal year, please send it using the envelope included in this magazine. Gifts made during the fiscal year July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004, will be recognized in the fall To Dragma.
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2004 Recruitment Directory
Mail Membership Information Forms (MIFs) to the following chapter addresses by the dates indicated beside each chapter name. This will allow the chapters to receive them prior to the start of their recruitment. Additional MIFs can be downloaded from the AOII website.
UNITED STATES
Alabama
ALPHA DELTA, Early August
U of Alabama
P.O. Box 861948
T uscaloosa, A L 35486-1498
DELTA DELTA, Early July Auburn U
Toomer Hall, Dorm C Auburn U, AL 36948-5002
DELTA EPSILON. Late July Jacksonville State U
JSU Box 3009 700 Pelham Road, N Jacksonville, AL 36265
GAMMA DELTA, Late July U of South Alabama POBoxU-1178
Mobile, AL 36688-
RHO DELTA, Early August Samford U, SU Box 4020 Birmingham. A L 35229-4020
SIGMA DELTA, Late July Huntingdon College
1500 East Fairview Ave, Box 65, Montgomery, AL 36106
TAU DELTA, Early August Birmingham Southern College BSC Box 549108
900 Arkadelphia Road Birmingham, AL 35254
ZETA PI, Early August
U of Alabama Birmingham Box 62 Hill University Center Birmingham, A L 35294
Arizona
THETA OMEGA, Early August Northern Arizona U
1109 South Plaza Way, #255
Flagstaff,AZ 86001
LAMBDA BETA, M id August California State U Long Beach 3980 East 8th Street
Long Beach, C A 90804
SIGMA, Early August
U of California Berkeley 2511 Prospect Street Berkeley. C A 94704
SIGMA PHI, Early August California State U Northridge 9210 Zelzah Avenue Northridge, C A 91325
Colorado
CHI DELTA, Early August U of Colorado
1015 15th St.
Boulder, C O 80302
EPSILON GAMMA, Early August U of Northern Colorado
1922 8th Ave
LAMBDA CHI, M id August LaGrange College
Attn: AOII President
601 Broad Street,LaGrange College LaGrange, G A 30240
LAMBDA SIGMA, Late July U of Georgia
1190 S. Milledge Avenue
IOTA SIGMA, Early August Iowa State U
2007 Greeley Street
Ames, IA 50014
THETA CHI, Early August Morningside College
3609 Peters Avenue, Box 1523 Sioux City, IA 51106
Kentucky
ALPHA CHI. Early August Western Kentucky U
1566 Normal Drive
Bowling Green. K Y 42101
DELTA OMEGA. Early August Murray State U
2040 University Station Murray. K Y 42071
EPSILON OMEGA, Early August Eastern Kentucky U
Powell Building, Box 128 Richmond. K Y 40475
KAPPA OMEGA. Early August U of Kentucky
368 Rose Street
Lexington. K Y 40508
PI ALPHA. Early August
U of Louisville
301 SAC Administration Building
Louisville, KY 40292
TAU OMEGA, Early September Transylvania U
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508
Lousiana
DELTA BETA, Late July
U of Louisiana at Lafayette P.O. Box 44823
Lafayette, LA 70504
KAPPA CHI. Early August Northwestern State U
NSU Box 4449 Natchitoches, LA 71497
KAPPA TAU, M id August Southeastern Louisiana U SLU Box 11665
Hammond. LA 70402
LAMBDA TAU, Late July U of Louisiana at Monroe Amanda Colter - Box 7524 Monroe, LA 71211-7524
Maine
GAMMA, Early August U of Maine
5759 Penobscot Hall Orono, ME 04469
Arkansas
SIGMA OMICRON. Early August Arkansas State U
P.O. Box 928
State U . A R
California
CHI PSI, Early September California Polytechnic State U 570 Pacific Street
San Luis Obispo. C A 93401-3939
DELTA SIGMA. M id August San Jose State U
373 East San Fernando Street San Jose. C A 95112
Florida
GAMMA OMICRON, Late July
U of Florida
819 West Panhellenic Drive Gainesville, F L 32601
GAMMA THETA, Late July
U of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, CTR 2377 Tampa, FL 33620
KAPPA GAMMA. Early January Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive Box 15217
Lakeland, FL 33801
MU LAMBDA, Early January Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. Box 2792
Winter Park, FL 32789
PI THETA, Mid August Florida International U PO Box 4825
Miami, FL 33265
Georgia
ALPHA LAMBDA, Early August Georgia Southern U
102 Olympic Boulevard Statesboro, G A 30458
GAMMA SIGMA, M id August Georgia State U
Office of Student Activities
33 Gilmer Street. Box 1897
72467
Greeley, C O
80631-5620
Illinois
DELTA RHO, Early September DePaul U
C/o Elizabeth Marcus
7837 North Neva
Niles. IL 60714-3209
EPSILON SIGMA, Mid September Quincy U
1810 Lind Street, Box 650
Quincy. IL 62301
IOTA. M id August U of Illinois
706 S. Mathews Urbana, IL 61801
NU IOTA, Mid August Northern Illinois U
918 Kimberly Drive DeKalb.IL 60115
PHI CHI. Mid September
U of Chicago - Koren Phillips 5709 S. Kimbark Ave.ttl Chicago. IL 60637-1614
Indiana
BETA PHI, Early December Indiana U
1415 North Jordan Avenue Bloomington, IN 47406
CHI LAMBDA. Early August U of Evansville
2032 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 2 Evansville. IN 47714-5102
KAPPA ALPHA. Late August Indiana State U
Lincoln Quad Box A
Terre Haute. IN 47809-0001
KAPPA KAPPA, M id August Ball State U
4319 West Clara Lane, #101 Muncie, IN 47304-5470
Iowa
ALPHA THETA, Late August Coe College
1220 First Avenue NE,
GMU Box *1254
Cedar Rapids, 1A 52402
Atlanta. G A
30303-0000
Athens. G A
30605
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Maryland
PI DELTA. Mid January U of Maryland
4517 College Avenue College Park, M D 2074°
SIGMA TAU. Mid January Washington College
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown. M D 21620-1197
THETA BETA, Mid August Towson U
PO Box 4092, SGA Office Towson, M D 21252
Massachusetts DELTA. Early January Tufts U
25 Whitfield Road Somerville, M A 02144
Michigan
BETA GAMMA, Early September Michigan State U
445 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
KAPPA RHO. Early September Western Michigan U
C/o Erin Ziegler
1517 Fraternity Village Drive Kalamazoo, MI 49006-6933
LAMBDA ETA, Late August Grand Valley State U
Stef Kruk -10326 42nd Avenue Apartment 10 Tuscola Allendale, MI 49401
Minnesota
TAU, Mid November
U of Minnesota
1121 5th Street, S E Minneapolis, M N 55414
Mississippi
NU BETA, Early September U of Mississippi
P.O. Box 7987
University, MS 38677
Missouri
DELTA PI, Early August Central Missouri State U A101 Panhellenic Hall Warrensburg, MO 64093
Montana
ALPHA PHI, Late August Montana State U
1119 South 5th Ave. Bozeman, M T 59715
Nebraska
PHI SIGMA, Early August U of Nebraska Kearney URS Pod C, 8101
Kearney, N E 68847
ZETA, Early August
U of Nebraska Lincoln 1541 "S" Street
Lincoln, N E 68508
New York
DELTA PSI, Early January/September State U of New York
c/o Fran Harkess
27 Elmwood Street
Albany. N Y 12203-3601
EPSILON. Early January Cornell U
14 South Avenue
Ithaca, N Y 14850
SIGMA CHI, EarlyJanuary Hartwick College
17 Maple Street
Oneonta. N Y 13820
THETA PI. Late August/January Wagner College
One Campus Road
Staten Island, N Y 10301
North Carolina
DELTA UPSILON, Early January Duke U - Lauren Lind
07 Bryan Center, Duke U Fratemity/Sorority Life Office Durham, N C 27708
EPSILON CHI, EarlyJanuary Elon College
P.O. Box 846
100 Campus D. Mosely Center Elon College, N C 27244-0846
ZETA PSI, Late July East Carolina U
805 Johnston Street Greenville, N C 27858
Ohio
ALPHA PSI, Mid August Bowling Green State U
716 Ridge Street
Bowling Green, O H 43403
CHI EPSILON, Early January The Ohio State U
84 East 15th Avenue Columbus. O H 43201
OMEGA, Early December Miami U
17 West Collins Street Oxford. O H 45056-1723
OMEGA UPSILON, Mid September OhioU
8 Church Street
Athens, O H 45701
THETA PSI, Late August
U of Toledo
2999 West Bancroft, Unit Fi Toledo, O H 43606
Oklahoma
CHI THETA, Early August Northeastern State U
NSU Mail Services, Box 27 600 North Grand Avenue Tahlequah. O K 74464
XI, Late July
U of Oklahoma
c/o Alissa Day. P.O. Box 720090 Norman, O K 73070
Pennsylvania
EPSILON ALPHA, Mid August Pennsylvania State U
15 Hiester Hall
University Park, PA 16802-2290
LAMBDA UPSILON. Early January Lehigh U
39 University Drive, Box G131 Bethlehem, PA 18015
PHI BETA, Early January East Stroudsburg U University Center. Box *48 East Stroudsburg U
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
SIGMA RHO, Mid January
Slippery Rock U
B105 University Union. Greek Affairs Slippery Rock, PA 16057
TAU LAMBDA, EarlyJanuary Shippensburg U
Cumberland Union Building, Box 7 Shippensburg, PA 17257
T ennessee
KAPPA OMICRON, Mid August Rhodes College
2000 North Parkway
Memphis, T N 38112-1699
LAMBDA OMICRON, Mid August Cumberland U
LacyDenney- P.O. Box 3122 Lebanon, T N 37088-3122
OMICRON, Late July
U of Tennessee Knoxville
c/o Trish Crosby
1531 West Cumberland Avenue Knoxville, T N 37916
NU OMICRON, Early January Vanderbilt U
2415 Kensington Place Nashville, T N 37212
OMEGA OMICRON, Late August Lambuth U
LAM Box 518
705 Lambuth Boulevard
Jackson, T N 38301
TAU OMICRON, Early August U of Tennessee Martin
UTM Campus. Box 126 Martin, T N 38238
RHO OMICRON, Late July MiddleTennessee State U
1301 East Main Street.MTSU Box 613 Murfreesboro,TN 37132
T exas
DELTA THETA, Early August Texas Woman's U
PO Box 424308
Denton, T X 76204
UPSILON LAMBDA, Early September U of Texas San Antonio
Student Org. Complex. AOII #141 6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, T X 78249-1130
Virginia
GAMMA ALPHA, Late August George Mason U
5765-F Burke Center Pkwy.Box 338 Burke, V A 22015
Washington
ALPHA GAMMA, Early August Washington State U
NE 820 Campus Avenue Pullman. W A 99163
TAU GAMMA, Early September Eastern Washington U
c/o Jennille Schab, President P.O. Box 104
Cheney, W A 99004
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West Virgina
SIGMA ALPHA. Late August West Virginia U
299 Prospect Street Morgantown, W V
Wisconsin
KAPPA SIGMA, Late August U of Wisconsin River Falls The Leadership Center
123 Hagestad Student Center
River Falls. WI
CANADA
54022
Alberta
KAPPA LAMBDA, Late August
U of Calgary
Box MH13 MacEwan Student Centre 2500 University Drive, N W
Calgary. AB T2N1N4 Canada
Ontario
BETA TAU, Late August
U of Toronto
24 Madison Avenue
Toronto, O N M5R 2S1 Canada
IOTA CHI, Early September U of Western Ontario
222 Broughdale Avenue
London, O N
N6A2K9
Canada
GAMMA CHI, Early August Carleton U - Julia Gardner
906 BeauclaireDrive
Ottawa, O N KlC 2L2 Canada
Quebec
KAPPA PHI. Late August
McGill U
3477 B Hutchison Street Montreal.QUH2X2G1 Canada
26505


Alpha Omicron Pi
legacy policy explained
•A legacy is defined as a biological or adopted daughter, granddaughter, o r sister of an initiated member, alive o r deceased, of any chartered AOII chapter. Half-sisters or step relations are also included ifthe relation to the AOII member has been a close one.
•Collegiate chapters are not required to offer a bid to every verified legacy.
•Collegiate chapters are required to give serious consideration to each verified AOII legacy o u t of courtesy to th e AOII sister to whom she is related. A collegiate chapter m ay decline membership to a legacy only for very appropriate and verifi- able reason(s).
•In no case should a legacy be denied an invitation to at least one invitational party afterthe firstroundofparties.
Legacy Introduction Form
•An AOII legacy should be a qualified rushee in her own right - grades, activities, accomplishments, a n d overall compatibil- ity with the chapter.
•If a chapter releases a legacy, a member of the Alumnae Advisory Committee must contact the AOII relative of the legacy by telephone to inform her ofthe legacy's release from membership consideration. This contact must be made prior to the dis- tribution of invitations for th e next round of recruitment parties.
•If an Adviser is unable to reach the AOII relative by telephone, written notification of the legacy's release must be sent. This is to be done within 7 days of the legacy's release from membership consideration.
•If a chapter carries a legacy through Preference,she isplaced on thechapter's first bid list.
AOII moms and daughters work and play together during Omicron(UofTennessee)Chaptersannualborbeque.
•AOIIs must remember that some legacies are happier in another Greek group. Every National Panhellenic Conference group offers a worthwhile experience for college women.
•Introduce your legacy with th e form below. Attach it to th e Membership Information Form (in this issue) a n d send it to the address for the school your legacy will be attending. You'll also find a listing of chapter addresses a n d th e dates your forms are needed in this issue.
I This form is designed to introduce AOII legacies to our collegiate chapters. It does not replace the Membership Information Form (in this issue) I which also must be sent. You can ensure proper introduction of your legacy by completing the form and sending it to the AOII chapter on the cam-
pus your legacy plans to attend. A list o f addresses appears in this issue of To Dragma. I Date
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chapter This is to advise you that my (check one) •
college or university
I will be attending as a (check one)
• Freshman • Sophomore your name
your city
your chapter
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• Daughter •
• Junior •
Granddaughter,
college or university Senior beginning date .
your street address your state
your maiden or initiated name
your phone
your zip
your year of initiation


Alpha Omicron Pi Membership Information Form
Please mail this form to the AOTT address for the college which this potential new member will attend. The addresses are listed in this issue or you may contact International Headquarters at 615-370-0920. If you have gathered this information in response to a chapter's request, please send the information directly to the return address indicated from the chapter.
attach photo if available
Senior
C>ther
Collegiate chapter pledging depends on your supplying available information.
For the AOTT Chapter at
Potential New Member Information
Name of Individual
Home Address
College Classification (check one) Parents'/Guardians' Names Parents'/Guardians' Address
Family Information
Sophomore
Mother
Junior
Grandmother
first
preferred name
Freshman
last
Sister
age
Does the individual have an AOTT relative? (check one) Give name of AOTT relative (including maiden) Address of AOTT relative
Phone (home): ( )
)
Have you talked with this individual about AOTT (check one) yes no Is this individual able to assume the financial obligations of membership? (check one)
(work): (
Does the individual have affiliations with any other NPC groups? If yes, list affiliation and relationship, (e.g. Kappa Delta, Mother)
Does the individual have a special interest in AOTT? Ifyes, please list.
Academics
High School Attended.
Scale School Attended after High School,
Scholastic GPA Scale Scholastic Honors
Activities
crty
Scholastic GPA
name
Class Rank/Class Size
Number of Credits Completed,
Please list names of organizations (explain type - school, church, community, etc) and the individual's participation and leadership in each one. Attach additional information on a separate sheet if necessary.
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city
of
yes no
SAT/ACT Score
, Major,
don't know


Special recognition and/or Honors received.
Personality/Leadership Qualities
Include information about the individual's character traits, leadership qualities and personality characteristics using specific examples whenever possible. Indicate the individual's special interests, talents and any other information to aid the chapter in getting to know her better and to indicate the contributions she could add to AOTT.
AOURecommendation for Membership
I. I recommend this individual for AOTT membership. I know this individual personally.
I do not know this individual personally, but I am basing my recommendation on information from these sources: (circle as many as apply) another AOTT Panhellenic Files High School Faculty Clergy peers of the individual a mutual friend other (please specify)
2. I do not recommend this individual for AOTT membership based on information received. If further clarification is desired, the Chapter Adviser may contact me.
3. I am unable to commit my opinion on this individual for AOTT membership: Due to limited information received.
Comments (if any)
Recommendation Given By:
Name Address
street
signature
city state/province
Phone: ( )
Collegiate Chapter Alumnae Chapter_
After contacting all available sources and receiving no information.
CHAPTER USE ONLY
Group Pledged Date
What to do with recommendations after recruitment:
Date recommendation acknowledged
Once recommendations have been acknowledged, you are to:
1. Destroy recommendations on all potential new members who pledged an NPC sorority.
2. Maintain files on those recommendations for potential new members who did not pledge any group. Recommendations should be kept on file for one college generation (4 years).
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Toni Morgan is a sister who lives the ideals of our Fraternity every day. She lets her light shine so others will know how proud she is to be a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. What better way to show our potential members and potential extension campus- es what value AOII can add to the lives of young women during their college years as well as for a lifetime? Toni is a wonderful ambassador for our Fraternity.
As our Vice President of Development, Toni is a busy lady. She looks for upcom- ing extension possibilities
at campuses on a regular basis. She works closely with the International Extension Committee as well as the
HQ liaison for Extension. Toni is involved in all of the Fraternity's Public Relations efforts. She also oversees our Marketing Programs. In addi- tion to these responsibilities, Toni communicates on a daily basis with other members of the Executive Board through faxes, emails, voice mail
and weekly conference calls to conduct the business of Fraternity. When asked what she likes about this position, she said, "I enjoy learning about potential campuses
for extension and I continue to appreciate all our sisters wherever I travel. I love spreading the philosophy of
AOII that promotes friend- ship for life, academic excel- lence and leadership skills."
Toni joined AOII at Alpha Chi Chapter (Western Kentucky U) in 1981. As to why she joined, Toni said, "I felt a sorority could offer me a home away from home. I wanted lo meet different peo- ple and Alpha Chi offered
a diverse group of sisters." Toni held several offices in the chapter. A n important skill Toni learned as part of her AOII collegiate experi- ence was leadership. Her activities in the sorority led Toni to become involved on campus in Panhellenic. She was a Rush Counselor as well as Panhellenic PR Chair and Panhellenic liaison to the campus Program Board.
Following graduation, Toni joined the Bowling Green Alumnae Chapter. During college she had been warmly welcomed at the chapter
as the Alumnae Relations Chairman and from that experience she had a very strong feeling it was nec- essary to continue being involved in AOII after col- lege. The family then moved to Huntsville, Alabama.
Toni immediately joined the alumnae chapter there and felt the same warmth and common bonds of sisterhood, friendship and service she had experienced earlier. Toni says,AOII isdefinitelyfora
lifetime. It is what makes life complete." Toni has served
in leadership positions in the Huntsville Alumnae Chapter, including president.
When Toni became involved on an International level, she wanted to serve
the Fraternity the best way she could, and recruitment seemed the perfect fit for her. Toni has been part of presen- tation and interview teams. She was a Regional Director, Regional Rush Officer, Collegiate Rush Network Specialist, a Collegiate Rush Network Director and a Collegiate Network Director before stepping into her role as VP/D.
Toni is the Judicial Affairs Officer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Toni stated, "My wonderful colle- giate experience is the reason I work on a college campus today." She feels her experi- ence in the Greek world has helped her immensely in
her professional life. Toni's position allows her to share with college campuses the importance of sorority mem- bership. In addition, Toni teaches freshmen the ben- efits of learning outside the classroom.
Toni married her college sweetheart, Dave, and they have a 10year old son, Allan. Dave and Allan, along with Toni's parents, are very sup-
portive of her sorority activi- ties. Being an English major, Toni is an avid reader. She works out at the campus fit- ness center (to relieve stress), takes family walks and enjoys traveling. Toni also finds time 10 be active in her church and Delta Kappa Gamma Society (for women educators).
When asked about her goals and vision for AOII, Toni states, among other things, "Iwould like for our Fraternity to play a positive and meaningful role in the lives of all its members." Toni feels this can be accom- plished by every sister doing whatever she can to support the mission of our Fraternity.
Our sorority offers us won- derful opportunities through volunteering lo grow and learn, while acting as role models for the future genera- tions of sisters.
Why not gel involved
with AOII today? You can find a volunteer applica- tion on the AOII website, www.alphaomicronpi.org, under the quick reference drop down button/volunteer opportunities.
By Sue Reid Mattern, HumanResource Committee Chairman, Chi Delta (U ofColorado), Triangle Alumnae Chapter
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Alpha
Chi
Lambda
What is your chapter's favorite recruitment event?
that night! The potential new members loved it, and w e made about
$ 2 0 0 ! It w a s a blast!
Alpha Psi
Bowling Green State U
Although it was a good time all around, Alpha Psi definitely h a d the most fun during second rounds. The newly redecorated house
was dressed up to look like a fifties sockhop. Records hung from the ceiling and pink and blackstreamersfilledthe doorways. A fun time was h a d making sock puppets to a d d a little cheer to children with arthritiswhen theydo their hand exercises.
Beta Gamma
Michigan State U
Workshops are one
of our most cherished events. For the past three semesters our VPMR has arranged for us to hold recruitment workshops with chapters around us. N o t only does this give us a chance to practice our recruitment skills, but w e get to learn how recruit- ment is run at another school, and interact with other AOIIs. Also as a chapter w e love the
first phase of recruitment. This is because it gives a chance to talk to numer- ous amazing women and about the thing w e love most-AOII.
Beta Phi
Indiana U
Before the recruitment pro- cess begins, our chapter likes to invite potential members to our house so they can see our strong sisterhood. Our favorite event ishaving girls over for Friends & Breadsticks. W e all get together in thelivingroomandtalk, eat and watch the show together. It gives the girls an opportunity to meet us in an informal w a y and geta fourofthehouse.
Beta Tau
U ofToronto
Although each d a y is unique, Philanthropy Night is one of our favorites. This past fall,
our theme w a s "Strike
Out Arthritis". W e dressed up in baseball gear, played baseball music and organized baseball- themed activities. It is a time when the potential sisters have a formal
opportunity to learn about Beta Tau's past philanthropic eventsand our ongoing commitment to the community. This is
especially important at the University of Toronto where w e are constantly challenged to eradicate negative stereotypes against sororities. Rushes are often surprised a n d always thrilled to learn about Beta Tau's passion for philanthropy a n d community works.
Chi Delta
U ofColorado
For a continuous open recruitment event last fall, ourchapter held a "mocktail" party. W e hadfraternitymembers serve different colorful drinks such as virgin daiquiris, margaritas and martinis in cocktail glasses.Thiswasa very creative idea that allowed us to mingle
with potential new mem- bers while having fun
in an enjoyable atmo- sphere. All of the girls
in Chi Delta thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did the guests w h o even- tually became AOIIs.
ChiEpsilon
The Ohio State U
Chi Epsilon has many COR's each quarter but our favorite istheIce Skating COR. Last winter quarter,wewenttoOSU's Ice Rink for a night of ice
Western
Kentucky U
For the fall recruitment of 2003 Alpha Chi was honored with having the highest return rate of rush- ees on Western's campus. We took ina wonderful group of 36 newgirls, which are a great asset to AOII. Weallgettowork together, yet are assigned our own roles through singing, acting, dancing, entertaining, and carrying on friendly conversations
withtherushees.The week is tiresome, yet full of spirit that you c a n only find from the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi, a n d it keeps thefoundation of Alpha Chi stable.
Alpha Delta
U ofAlabama
Our favorite recruitment event is the night before Skit Day. After the stage a n d decorations are put up, w e hold dress rehersal for our parents and alumnae. This allows us to practice our skit infrontofanaudienceand have a little fun relaxing before Skit Day!
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Georgia
Southern U
Our favorite recruitment event is Bid Day. Our whole chapter worked so hard for so long on recruitment and this
day brings usour new members! W e got
52 new members this
yearandourthemed bid d a y gathering
was a Hawaiian Luau. So congratulations to Alpha Lamba on all of our hard work! W e are very proud ofour
new members.
MontanaStateU
W e built a five hole miniature golf course, working late into
the night until it w a s finished. W e h a d different themes with water a n d sand traps and even a hole that mimicked our lawn with our brick house, roses and all! The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
donated $1.50 to our philanthropy for every hole in o n e w e made


skating and getting to know potential new members.
All of us had a blast skat- ing, chatting, and laughing, while trying to stay on our feet. That COR was filled with many laughs, potential new members, and
fond memories.
Chi Lambda
U ofEvansville
The women of Chi Lambda feel that the preferencial party of recruitment is one of the times that each sister shines her brightest. The smiles and tears spread throughout our suite on this night bringing some of the fondest memories to not only the new sisters but also the departing senior sisters. Preferencial party gives our sisters a chance to share part of what AOII means
to them with others and nothing is better than that.
Deh.
TuftsU
The sisters of Delta Chapter enjoy our mystery trip during our
fall recruitment. Each year w e take our guests on an apple picking adventure in central Massachusetts. W e also went on a hay ride and enjoyed lots
of fall treats. This event really lets rushees see how much fun the girls
of Delta have as a sister- hood. Being off campus, allows the sisters to be at ease because it is so far removed from the typical recruitment event.
Delta Beta
U of Louisiana- Lafayette
Our favorite recruitment event is skit day. This is the day that the Delta Beta chapter is able to show the girls what we are like and what our personalities are.
Delta Delta
Auburn U
During the last day of pre-recruitment this year, we held our first bowl- ing night. The Chapter Relations committee surprised the chapter
by renting out the local bowling alley for one night as a reward for our hard work. Members thought they were com- ing back for the final recruitment workshop, but instead were told to follow the caravan to
the local bowling alley. Cosmic bowling was not only a stress reliever, but also a great way to become closer as
a chapter.
Delta Omega
Murray State U
Our favorite part of recruitment is definitely Bid Day. W e have had a long, exhausting week, but somehow, we seem to be full of energy on Bid Day. Knowing that all of our hard work has paid off, and we gained wonderful new members is definitely a great feeling. The most exciting part is waiting anxiously for all of the new members to come running in. We instantly love
them and feel an AOII bond with them. There is nothing about recruitment better than that.
Delta Pi
Central Missouri StateU
Our favorite recruitment event is our theme
night. This year we did American Idol AOII style. It was a lot of fun. The winning singer in the skit was, or course, an AOII. Our theme was the talk
of recruitment. Everyone laughed and had a great time. Theme night is a night where we can be ourselves and show rush- ees how fun we are.
Delta Psi
State U of New York
Our favorite recruitment event is having a sister barbeque and inviting the girls over. It is a lot of fun because we are in a relaxed atmosphere and it enables us to get to know potential new members better.
Delta Rho
DePaulU
Our favorite recruitment event was our pamper evening the night before recruitment. Spending time together helped us remember what AOII is all about - sisterhood.
Delta Sigma
San Jose State U
Our favorite recruitment event is Theme Day. For fall recruitment we had
a Candyland theme.
The whole house was decorated like the game- board with bright colored squares lining the hallway and candy cane striped poles. The potential
new members' faces lit up when they saw how everything looked. W e decorated cookies for the battered women's shelter near campus and showed a video about Delta Sigma. W e all laughed and reminisced while the potential new members gazed in
awe at the incredible sisterhood in our video. Theme Day was an absolute blast!
Delta Theta
Texas Woman's U This year, Philanthropy round was a Candyland theme and we made candy lays for the kids
at Camp Esperanza.
The President of Texas Women's University, Ann Stuart, toured our room and brought people from all different departments on campus to look at it.
Deka
Jacksonville State U
Our favorite part of recruitment is having our mothers come in
for recruitment weekend. After a long week of preparation, we are so thankful to have them there to cook us deli- cious meals and snacks every day. W e love spending time with them and showing them what AOII means to us.
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She bragged on us to our greek advisor and the head of conference services about how
well we made the room look. She said it was the
Saturday Night Live. We usually perform our version of Spartan Cheerleaders, Coffee Talk, and then we add some current event spoofs. The skit reflects
our chapter's personality and shows how we really like to laugh and have a good time.
we return for the school year. It's a very stressful time, but we incorporate chapter relations and ritual into this period, too, which makes it a worthwhile and Ulflling experience for everyone involved!
Epsilon Sigma
QuincyU
Our chapter really
enjoys our preference party during recruitment weekend. Time and time again it has proven to be the make-or-break party between our chapter and the one other women's fraternity on our campus.
It is filled with laughs and tears. This final party also acts as a kind of send-off to our seniors because
the preference party is one of the final recruit- ment events they will take part in. Watching the new members file in to
our panhellenic celebra- tion after bids are handed out is another one of
our favorite parts of recruitment. Seeing both the faces of initiated mem- bers and new members is a great experience!
Gamma Alpha
George Mason U
Our favorite Recruitment event is our Preference Party which takes place on our third and final day. The ladies that attend Preference are selected because they all have the potential to be apart of AOII. At our Preference Party, we sing "Bring
M e a Rose" and "It Only Takes a Spark". It is a
party of sheer elegance and a time that our sisterhood really shines through.
Gamma
represent a microcosm of the world outside the limits of University Avenue. We are singers and soccer players, shy and comedic, tenacious and easy going. The best nights don't take a lot of time and money, or decorations and planning. They don't even take cute outfits. It is in nights like these, sharing a b a g of popcorn while enjoying time together, that we realize "it doesn't get much better than this."
Gamma Sigma
Georgia State U
For formal recruitment, the Gamma Sigma sisters have many recruitment workshops throughout the summer. The most fun
we have is at our sister- hood retreat at the very end of the summer. Our sisterhood grows through ritual discussions, cheesy teambuilding activities, watching movies, talking, playing games, staying up all night long, and just hav- ing a great time together.
It puts our sisterhood at its highest point right before recruitment, and these
are the memories that
will last forever.
DO best she had ever seen. Needless to say we were
Chi
U very proud. W e were all happy that our hard
work paid off.
Delta Upsilon
Duke lJ
Delta Upsilon's most popular recruitment event is Song and Skit Night,
in which our chapter
gets an opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of our dancers and actresses for potential new members.
Epsibn
Cornell U
Our favorite recruitment event is the completion of our skit for formal member- ship recruitment. W e get to see our sisters shine through their hard work, spirit, teamwork and humor that goes into its production. It is our chance to show the potential new members how strong our sisterhood really is.
Epsilon Alpha
Pennsylvania
State U
For the second round of formal recruitment, each chapter does a skit. This is our favorite round because it gives us a chance to really show the potential new members who we are. Every
year we put together a very funny rendition of
Epsilon
Gamma
Carleton U
For COR, the chapter often gets to know poten- tial new members best
in an informal setting. Through a series of pizza nights and coffee breaks, we sit around and enjoy casual conversation without all the stress of preparation beforehand.
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U of Northern Colorado
Epsilon Gamma loves the Preference Tea Ceremony. This is the time we let
our light shine. The room
is lit with only the flame from the candles, with beautiful roses surrounding the room. Potential new members are able to see the more ritualistic and serious side of AOII. With a ceremony following a wonderful desert, each member will give a speech or sentence about what AOII means to them and to Epsilon Gamma
as a whole. When the ceremony comes to an end and the potential new members are leaving, tears fill their eyes as they exit knowing that they have found a home
for a lifetime.
Epsilon Omega
Eastern
KentuckyU
At Epsilon Omega we take recruitment very seri- ously! Our own version of "Recruitment Boot Camp" is held every summer for our members. W e use this to prepare as much as possible for recruitment so less has to be done when
Delta
Gamma
U of South Alabama
Gamma Delta's favorite recruitment event is Bid Day. O n the night of Bid Day 2003, we incorpo- rated a creative game
for the new members to play so they could liter- ally "find" their bid day buddies. The inside of
our house was wrapped with tons of yarn and we gave each new member one end of yarn and told her to follow the end of the yarn. At the end, she was able to find her bid day buddy with some bid day gifts.
Gamma Omicron Gamma Theta
U of Florida
Our favorite times during recruitment are the times that are sporadic. They are the nights when we all throw on our PJs, grab pillows and blankets,
and scurry on to the over- stuffed couches to watch the big screen television at the AOII house. W e
U of South Florida
Gamma Theta's favorite sis- terhood event is Bid Day. This year we have one of our largest new member classes in Gamma Theta history. All of us were so excited to welcome our new sister with a lunchen
to get to know more about each of them.


Iota
U of Illinois
Our favorite recruitment event is Preference. W e sing 'The Rose", and it gets so emotional that many of the active members and even some potential new mem- bers tear up. When I see young women who have come to love lota so much throughout recruitment that they share our emotions too, I realize how much AOII means to me all over again. Preference at Iota truly is a sharing of our wonderful and amazing sisterhood.
Iota CM
U of Western Ontario
Our favorite recuitment event is lota Chi's very
own Planet AOII. W e decorate our house in
silver tinfoil and colored stars. Our outfits are ador- able and we get a chance to act hyper and dance.
Iota Sigma
Iowa State U
Each year, lota Sigma members look forward
to gathering on central campus at the Campanile, an Iowa State landmark, to welcome new girls into the chapter. The day is further celebrated by a picnic style lunch, sharing and serenades by Iowa State fraternities.
Kappa Alpha
Indiana State U
Our favorite event is Preference night, the
final and most personal event. W e get to share our reasons why AOII has been beneficial to us and
show the potential new members our undying sisterhood. It is a very emotional round filled
of fun because we get to show off our talents and show the girls that we like to have a good time. Then afterwards, the ceremony portion begins. When
all the rounds of Pref are over and all the PNM's are gone, all the members stand in a circle and sing "Lean on Me" while we reminisce about the week.
Kappa Lambda
U of Calgary
Our favorite recruitment event is bid day when
we finally get to discover who all our new sisters
are! It is amazing to have so many AOIIs- alumnae, collegians, and new mem- bers- all together for a huge potluck. It is a chance for us all to be proud of our suc- cess in formal recruitment.
Kappa Omega
U ofKentucky
This year our favorite recruitment event was Preference. W e showed a slideshow and had a moving speaker. Susan Byars, who was diag- nosed with Lymphoma two years ago, now in remission and back with us, spoke at preference. Susan spoke about how AOIIs not only at Kappa Omega, but all over the country gave her wonder- ful support, love and strength to fight her illness. Susan showed potential new members the true definition of Kappa Omega's sisterhood.
Kappa Omicron
Rhodes College
One of our favorite recruit- ment events is a tradition. On the day of preference party, everyone gathers
in the house for a couple
of hours to talk about what their experience in AOII
has meant, and why we are recruiting people to be part of this organization. It is a time we talk about indi- viduals and larger things; crying, laughing, and really getting to know each other in a way that we can't any other time of year.
Kappa Phi
McGillU
Preference Night is our favorite recruitment event. Each member recalls
a memory of AOII, or something about AOII
that they love. It is a mix
of poignancy and humor that makes the potential new members feel excited about our chapter. Also, we use roses in the short ceremony that makes the whole event particularly beautiful.
Kappa Sigma
U ofWisconsin
River Falls
Kappa Sigma enjoys Preference because it gives us the chance to really show the outward image of our inward ideals. During the actual ceremony surrounded by the glow of the candles and the warmth of sister- hood, we shine even more clearly and brightly to the Potential New Members. AOII is more than our sister- hood; it is our family, and our treasure.
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Northwestern
State U
At Kappa Chi, our favorite recruitment event is Theme Day. Our skit for theme is The Ruby City. Each year, the performances become more creative and unique. Auditioning is fun for chap- ter members, because the chapter chooses who will best fit each character's personality.
Kappa
Gamma
Florida Southern
For the first night of fall recruitment, the sisters
of Kappa Gamma had
a "block party" in the chapter house. Different sections of the house were decorated to resemble different
sections of an old f ashioned downtown block, and information about AOII was available throughout the house. One sister's room was decorated as an ice cream parlor and served as the refreshment station. The party provided a great opportunity for casual mingling and conversations about AOII.
Kappa Kappa
Ball State U
W e really enjoy Preference Party. W e have a Medieval Skit at the begin- ing and a ceremony at
the end. The skit is a lot
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Long Beach
Our chapter recently enjoyed a recruitment event w e called "Scary Mary". Each member
QJ Lambda Beta
Lambda Omicron
Cumberland U
Our chapter worked really hard this year a n d w e would agree our favorite recruitement event w a s skit night. W e had a blast and thegirlslovedit!Itwasa night to just have fun. W e really enjoy the songs and getting to just b e ourselves.
Lambda Sigma
U of Georgia
Lambda Sigma has an awesome work week prior to recruitment. W e take breaks from all of the prep- aration to relax and have fun. This year w e had a scavenger hunt, a pinata, and a contest to find the most Hershey Kisses in a whipped cream pie.
house tour, and preference night ceremony.
Nil Beta
U ofMississippi
Our first round party is philanthropy party and N u Beta's get very enthusiastic about it! W e all wear
AOII shirts w e have made that have our philanthropy on them. W e show a video to the Potential N e w Members which show- cases our involvement on campus, our campus beau- ties, and other N u Beta's involved in student activities on and off campus. W e also show clips from the AOII Arthritis AJAO video which shows the PNMs what AOII does for these children. Wealsosignour traditional door songs. N u Beta's love philanthropy round of recruitment atOleMiss!
Nulota
Northern Illinois U
Our chapter had a great time when w e planned a "board game night" for one of our continuous open recruitement events. W e formed groups based on which game w e wanted
to play, a n d rotated when we wanted to try a new game. It made us feel like kids again, and w e real- ized that games provide great conversation starters and tons of laughs!
Nu Omicron
VanderbiltU
Entertainment Round of formal recruitment is our favorite event of the year. The night is amazing with its incredible dances,
music, and spirit! For the past t w o years w e have had a Wizard of O z theme. Many talented AOII dancers perform, a n d in the end Dorothy and her new friends finally find the "Ruby City" filled with AOIIs.
After all, there is no place like AOII!
Omega
Miami U
During recruitment, w e have fun sisterhood activities between each round to make sure everyone's spirits remain high. These include skits, marshmallow eating contests, fun music, and dancing during to keep the members excited a n d make all of the hard work much morefun!
in the chapter w e created
a mock video of our drive to spring break, which w e coordinated with music and projected on the front of the room for the potential new members. This effect com- bined with fabulous acting created a tremendous hit.
Omicron
U ofTennessee
One of Omicron's favorite events is Preference. This
is a time when members express to potential n e w members what sisterhood and the sorority means to them. This whole ceremony is just one of the key ele- ments in describing h o w wonderful a n d beautiful our chapter is.
Phi Beta
East Stroudsburg U
During one of our recruit- menteventswehadsisters and potential new members design posters and cards
for our local fire and police workers. Everyone got to know each other while work- ing for a good cause. All of our posters and cards were delivered to our local police and fire departments, w h o were very greatful to have been recognized.
Phi Sigma
U ofNebraska- Kearney
Phi Sigma's favorite recruit- ment event is Philanthropy day. This year w e decorated picture frames using plastic frames, puzzle pieces and paint pens.
W e donated these frames to ARC (Association for
DO invitedapotentialnew member to the Halloween mazes at the Queen Mary
U in Long Beach. O u r sister- hood shined when w e
were holding on to each other for dear life as w e were scared out of wits! It was really scary but a lot of fun!
Lambda Chi
LaGrange College
Theme night is always a fun activity. The theme this year w a s "You're a Star in AOII." Each sister dressed as a different celebrity, so we had everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Faith Hill in attendence. The sisters decorated the student center to look like
a Hollywood event. It was a great evening of fun for all w h o were there.
Lambda Eta
Grand Valley St U
As a tradition of Lambda Eta, w e have a sixties party and perform a "hippy skit." Sisters dance and sing to famous sixties songs such as: AOII House; to the tune of "YMCA," a n d Esmeralda was a rushee; to the
tune of "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog." This event is a Lambda Eta favorite not only because it is a tradi- tion, but because it is what makes girls realize that w e have fun, and sisterhood is truely what it's all about.
Lambda
Lehigh U
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Omega Omicron
LambuthU
Our favorite recruitment event is "Theme Party!"
Each of us are assigned to
a different "decade" skit
and wear crazy costumes
to match that decade. W e go thru the 50's (with the poodle skirts), the 7 0 s (with the big hair and disco dress- es), the 8 0 s (with the awful outfits that never match), a n d the 9 0 s (with ghetto jerseys and sagging pants), singing and dancing.
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Recently, w e co-sponsored a recruitment event with two other sororities. W e met with the freshmen
girls outside for a carnival which included a popcorn machine, music, and chat- ting with the potential new members. At the carnival, everyone tie-dyed t-shirts that w e later donated to the local Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem, PA. The freshmen liked seeing that our sorority cares about the community.
Mu Lambda
Rollins College
The sisters of the M u Lambda enjoyed welcom- ing our potential new members through a n open recruitment blitz, complete with mini-golf, dinner,
Omega
OhioU
Upsilon
The most creative a n d excit- ing night is our skit night. This year our skit focused o n four college women a n d their experiences gained from
a road trip to Panama City Beach. By utilizing the talent of communication majors


Retorted Citizens). M a k i n g these frames allows potential new members to show
their creativity and
makes the conversations more relaxing.
Pi Alpha
U of I,ouisvill«>
Our first night of formal recruitment is always the best. Pi Alpha opens with the theme "Always AOII". W e sing an enhanced coke song with AOII lyrics and dress in red and black. W e decorate our suite with Coca Cola paraphanailia and tons of balbns and streamers. And for a memorable refreshment we serve coke floats, which are always a hit with the potential new members!
Pi Delta
U ofMaryland
Our favorite recruitment event was the theme par- ties that we had last fall. The Greek system here at the University of Maryland decided to give each party a theme last year. Our favorite was our Coca-Cola theme.
Pilheta
Florida
International U
Our favorite recruitment time is when all the members get together before and after rounds each night. Most
of all, Bid Day is the best because you get to relax and enjoy the day with your new sisters.
Rho Delta
Sam ford U
a local park. The new members along with the sisters enjoyed a sunny afternoon with a grill-out style picnic, chatting, and entertainment.
Sigma Chi
Hartwick College
W e love our theme parties when we get to dress up accordingly. It's great because you get to see a lot of the creative side of people based on their outfits. W e have fun activities that allow us to interact with the girls to get to know them and for them to get to know us.
Sigma Delta
Huntingdon College
Preference night is the most wonderful part of recruit- ment. All of the sisters are in their white dresses and pearls ready to express how much Alpha Omicron Pi means to us. It is a beautiful evening that makes recruitment so won- derful for Sigma Delta.
ter had a chance to show off their individual creativity through their costumes. It was also a wonderful chance for the rushees to see how we have many different personalities and characteristics, but have one common bond.
Tau
U ofMinnesota
At Tau Chapter, we do our best recruiting when we are all just hanging out. We'll invite guests over to watch "Friends" or the "Bachelor" on our big screen TV. We provide snacks, soda, and tons of energy to ensure
a fun recruitment event. Guests are able to see what AOII is really like, and they enjoy themselves
as well.
Tau Delta
Birmingham Southern
For our big/little sis reveal- ing, the chapter formed a large circle and the new members were in a smaller circle in the middle holding candles. The sisters on the outside sang "Bring Me a Rose" and passed around one lit candle. When a big sister recieved the candle they would go to the inside circle, light their new little sister's candle, and take
her back to the big circle with everyone. This was a great way to get the whole chapter involved in such a fun event.
Our theme night,
York, New York", was a favorite. Against the sky- line of New York City we sang broadway songs, complete with feather boas. It was a fun time
to relax, spend time with each other, and let our unique personalities
shine through.
RhoOmicron
Middle TN St U
For Rho Omicron, the entire experience of recruitment goes down
in our books as our favorite. From the summer workshop to the different nights of recruitment and the actual Bid Day, we enjoy the time we get to spend with our sisters. It is during recruitment, that we get to see all sides of our sisters, but it is also when true sisterly love prevails.
Sigma
UofCA-Berkeley
" N e w
Fall 2003 was the first time that our Recruitment activities included Philanthropy Night.
Sigma
Omicron
W e truly enjoyed educating ourselves a n d the other
Arkansas State U
Our favorite recruitment eventisskitnight.Wedo the Brady Bunch skit which we call it the AOII Bunch. It is a lot of fun and every- thing is more laid back on this night.
Sigma Rho
Slippery Rock U
This past spring each soror- ity on campus chose a dif- ferent holiday theme. W e choose Halloween as our chapter's theme. Every sis-
women going through Recruitment about the facts and figures regard- ing Arthritis Research.
W e were thrilled at the overwhelmingly positive response that we received from the women.
Sigma Alpha
WestVirginia U
The sisters of the Sigma Alpha held bid day at
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Shippensburg U
Our philanthropy rush was
geared to help those in the
amazing. During this event we show a video of the chapter's events of the previous year.
of sisterhood through a rendition of the show "Friends."
or a skit about AOII sisterhood, and then
perform it for everyone.
This is an enjoyable
way for us to interact i with one another, while building upon the ideals
childrens hospital in our The night is so much Upsilon Lambda
area. Sisters and potential fun and it really lets the U of Texas-
members helped design guests see a great side San Antonio
U pillow cases with puffy paints and sincere com-
ments on them. Everyone felt a real sense of accom- plishment as the rush ended and we had so many beautiful pillow cases
to donate.
Tau Omega
Transylvania U
Our favorite event is
the preference party. This party allows for the girls to see a closer, more inti- mate side of our chapter while letting us bond with our own sisters. W e all become emotional and are reminded of why we are sisters.
Tau Omicron
U of Tennessee- Martin
This year we took
a trip to a nearby lake and rented out cabins for Recruitment Retreat. All girls who were in atten- dance had an awesome time with the scheduled sisterhood events and hanging out with each other at the lake.
Theta Beta
Towson U
Our favorite event is our Theme Night. This semes- ter our theme was AOII Angels. The room
and our members looked
of our chapter.
Theta Chi
Morningside College
The majority of our chapter enjoys preference ceremony the most. Guests who were asked to join put a rose petal
in a bowl and were told to make a wish then the recruitment chair said "I hope your wish is the same as ours!"
Theta Pi
Wagner College
One of our favorite events was our Oscar's Night at last Spring's Recruitment. W e dressed in gowns, rolled out the red carpet, and welcomed potential new members to a lounge deco- rated with our favorite Hollywood memora- bilia! W e also had the media with two of our sisters videotaping and interviewing everyone who walked down the carpet. W e watched
a movie after a great night of recruiting.
Theta Psi
U of Toledo
One of Theta Psi's favorites is skit day.
This is a chapter favorite because it allows us to show the true meaning
Our favorite event is the Recruitment Counselor unveiling. An hour
after the new girls
have joined AOII, proceed to the location where the Recruitment Counselors are revealed. W e spend
at least 20 minutes screaming & shouting AOII songs & chants. W e then watch a Panhellenic slideshow as we cheer for
our chapter.
Xi
U of Oklahoma
Xi Chapter participated in our first formal recruitment this fall. Our favorite event by far, was Bid Day. After our afternoon Hawaiian- themed party, we sur- prised our wonderful new members by treating them to a picnic dinner and canoe ride in downtown Oklahoma City. After our festivities, we settled down for a slumber party at
the new and improved AOII house.
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U of Nebraska- Lincoln
One of our favorite events is to randomly divide into groups, give each group twenty min- utes to make up a song
for which AOII stands.
Zeta Pi
U of Alabama- Birmingham
The most exciting night for us would definitely be theme night! W e take the girls back through time starting in the 1950's to see what the Pi's were like back then and bring them through each decade! W e have a new ending each year for the 2000 group. This year we mixed several popular songs and ended with "We Are #1"!
Zeta Psi
East Carolina U
Our favorite recruitment event is house tour day. Our chapter has always been proud to show off our house, but it meant even more this year because when recruit- ment began, we had just finished repainting and renovating it. All
of the hard work that we put into our house made it even more fun to show off.
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[Idea Sharing]
What is your chapter's favorite recruitment event?
eating, laughing, a n d chatting. It is always great to hear h o w each has spent the summer and to welcome
any alumnae to the Calgary area.
Central Kentucly
Our favorite recruitment event is the dinner a n d alumnae ceremony for the Epsilon Omega seniors in the spring.
W e tell them about the fun w e have as a chapter and the ways we help the collegiate chapter. W e collect their addresses, email and phone numbers in order to contact them about our future meet- ings a n d activities.
Central NewJersey
W e love o u r annual Founders Day luncheon and Ritual because it reminds us of our bond of sisterhood.
Charleston
Our chapter recently discovered an interest- ing method of "finding" new AOIIs in the area. While conducting a garage sale fund raiser, one of our members wore an AOII alumna shirt and found a new sister. W e have n o w ordered shirts to wear for all future volunteer events, such as ourup coming Christmas
"wrap session" at Barnes and Noble.
Charlotte
W e hope to increase recruitment through our
idea of "Panda Pals." The identity of each pal is kept secret until later in the season. During the year, Panda Pals
do things like send letters sharing support
or good wishes, give small gifts, or send messages encouraging their pals to participate in activities. It helps members get to know each other better a n d builds chapter cohesion. It also helps members to feel more comfortable and therefore more excited to participate in activities.
Chicago City
In the Fall, w e nold
an event centered around the local col- legians. It is held at a member's home a n d
is very informal. This gives members the opportunity to talk and introduce themselves to the new sisters attending the event. Finally, this event allows us to give personal invitations to our upcoming Silent Auction and Cookie Exchange, which are always favorites with
the sisters.
Chicago NW
Suburban
Our September "Bunco Night" is a great w a y
to get reacquainted and welcome n e w members. While the game is
loud and competitive, it allows for laughter, stress relief and the changing of partners. There is no concentra-
tion or prior knowledge required to play, just the desire to have fun a n d visit with sisters.
Cincinnati
W e love to meet sisters! W e held a pottery
event this year that w a s open to sisters a n d their friends. Everyone made some fabulous pieces while w e shared our AOII memories.
Cleveland Area
One of our favorite recruitment events is a wine a n d cheese tasting party. W e take extra care to select unusual, quality cheeses a n d wines. W e educate
the guests about each particular item as it is served.
ClevelandWest
We send out letters to the new alumnae in our area. W e print them out on pretty rose paper
in a delicate font with calligraphy addresses and "Love" stamps.
Dallas
W e have our annual wine andcheese event each September to kick-off the year. It's
a great w a y to invite new members to join us because it's such a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Everyone gets to know one another while learn- ing a little bit about the different wines.
Acadiana
Our favorite recruitment event is o u r Christmas party/ornament exchange a n d cookie swap. W e invited seniors from Delta
Beta a n d several were able to attend. It w a s a lot of fun.
Baltimore
This year, our chapter planned to focus on meeting new people
in events without a business meeting. W e inaugurated a Cardinal Reception at the close of summer break a n d invited all area AOIIs
to this open house to meet sisters in a casual setting.
Bloomington- Normal
Our chapter looks at all meetings as recruitment events. W e offer a wide range of events each month. W e meet at restaurants as well as
in members homes.
W e also have a t least several events each year that are open to friends or spouses.
Bowling Green
The best recruitment event w e held in recent years w a s our Potato Bar Party last April.
This event celebrated members recently initiated into alumnae status. It w a s a relaxed, welcoming environment that allowed the n e w alumnae to get to know the Bowling Green Alumnae better.
Bozeman
Our most successful recruitment tool isour newsletter. The first newsletter of the year is sent to all local alumnae and generally creates a response from long lost members.
event is definitely our "Death by Chocolate" party. Everyone brings a chocolate dessert to share. W e love this event.
Calgary
One of our favorite events is our summer barbecue. W e gather at a sister's home with our families and enjoy a relaxed afternoon
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Dayton
Our Salad Supper is held every September. Members make their favorite recipes and
we all share our sum- mer experiences with each other. W e send invitations to all AOII alumnae in the area, not just those w h o regularly participate, so we usu- ally have one or two new faces.
Delaware
This year we are try-
ing a new recruitment event called "Delicious Dessert and Tea". Each person attending must bring a dessert and the recipe. Since the event is held in November, people should get
some great recipes for Thanksgiving. In addi- tion, all who attend are invited to bring a friend. Our hope is that by bringing someone new to the event, we can gain new members.
Denton County
Our favorite recruitment events are sisterhood gatherings when we can enjoy one another's company in a comfort- able setting. Whether we are having lunch together or hanging out at a sister's house, these events are always the most fun.
Denver
Our first meeting of
the year for the Denver Alumnae is a Rose
Tea held in a sister's home. This very special and elegant event has become a "tradition" for the Denver alumnae. It is the perfect opportunity to meet new alumnae in the area. Our treasurer
is always at the event to remind us to pay our yearly dues!
Evansuille Tri-State
Memory Crop Night- This is a private crop night at a local scrapbook store for AOII's, their family members and friends.
W e share creative layout ideas, using store resources, while eating pizza and treats brought by each other. What better way to express AOII for lifetime then by sharing our lives?
FortLauderdale
The first Saturday
in December the Ft. Lauderdale Area Alumnae have their annual Founders' Day Celebration and Holiday Auction. This event
quite often brings many additional sisters and friends to our event and has allowed us to recruit new members into the chapter.
Grand Rapids
We do not have official recruitment events.
The best way for us
to find potential new members is at the GVSU Homecoming tailgate. W e have two recent contact who will hope- fully turn into two new members.
GreaterHarrisburg
W e like to send a list
of our events to area alumnae highlighting our local buffet-style lunch and movie, which allows for a greater number of interests.
Greater Los Angeles
Our favorite recruitment event is our kick-off
event at the beginning of the year! W e invite all of the local alumnae in a mass email and then host a pot luck.
We share a bit about ourselves and our sum- mers as we get to know each other.
Greater Miami
Our favorite recruitment events are attending collegiate Rituals and other important events. By being active with our local collegiate chapter we are able to show that AOII is for a lifetime and make it easier for our young alumnae to make the transition.
GreaterPinellas
We do not have a recruitment event, but
we do try to get new members. W e send our newsletter and calendar to all the AOIIs in our area, this includes an invitation to join us and the information on how to join. W e also have
a telephone committee to call members or email to remind them of different meetings and activities.
GreaterPordand
Greater Portland sisters love to eat, so one of our favorite recruitment events is our fall pot luck salad dinner meeting.
W e call or send out our newsletter to area alums & try to entice them to come and meet us!
Houston
Our Fall Kick-off is our favorite event. W e always try to have a speaker or presentation that will be appealing to a variety of women. This year we combined
it with a fund raiser as well! W e mailed out invitations to our entire database to reach the most women possible.
Indianapolis
Our favorite recruitment event has become an annual event which is held in August. It helps kick-off the year on the right foot. W e meet
at a restaurant and informally greet potential new members in a non- pressured environment. Attendance the past 2 years has been wonder- ful, as has the feedback from non-members. This event helps us gain at least 2-3 members each
year.
Lafayette
W e have a decorating idea party. Everyone makes something to take home. One year we made gilded apples.
W e are blessed with some very creative and talented sisters.
Lake County
oflllinois
W e love to start our year off with Bunco! It's great
to get together and have
a chance to catch up on what everyone has been doing. It also gives our new members a chance to get to know everyone else.
Lehigh Valley
We invite people to attend the Musikfest music festival with us, which we call "A Night at Musikfest". W e
meet on Main Street in Bethlehem, PA to enjoy the food, sights and sounds of this wonderful local event. Members wear their letters or red and white.
Lexington
Our favorite event is painting pottery. This has become a yearly activity. W e bring food, paint, and sit around and tell stories. It is always fun for everyone involved.
Little Rock Area
W e contact all mem- bers in our area and encourage them to come to our September meeting. The program for this meeting changes from year to year, but is always a social event in a member's home. W e really enjoy seeing new faces and especially the new graduates. W e fol- low up with notes and phone calls to guests to let them know we were
glad they came.
Long Island
We try to find a way to introduce local alumnae to our chapter in a relax- ing and enjoyable way. Hence, we hold an annual pool party each August at a members home. N e w alumnae prospects are invited. Sunny or cloudy, there
is always enough food, drink, and conversation to go around. We
plan the date months in advance to try to avoid vacation conflicts.
Macomb County
Our favorite recruit-
ment event is called Welcome to Senior status. W e find the women so informed and so very personable.
W e always hope they will join us because
we know we have the best of AOII friendships, those that endure.
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Minneapolis/
St Paul
W e have an event called the "New Member Party." It is when we initiate new members into alumnae status, then go out for dinner. Also, w e take the HQ mailing list
and send our members names of non-dues pay- ing members from their chapter. People have had fun calling their sisters from their chapter even if they were not in college together at the same time.
New Orleans Area
Our favorite recruit- ment event is our
yearly High Tea and Panda Collection at
the Windsor Court Hotel. W e combine the tea with philanthropy,
by collecting stuffed pandas to donate to Childrens' Hospital of N e w Orleans. This event has proven to be a wonderful way to attract new members.
New York
CapitalRegion
This summer we spent
a day at the races
with our families and enjoyed the unique Saratoga Experience. The weather was beautiful. W e picnicked on the lawns and got to know our newest mem- ber, Megan Kiessling. All in all, we thought this was our best recruitment effort to date.
New York
City Area
W e nosted a new mem- ber recruitment rooftop party to celebrate "Sisterhood in the City" with a beach theme. It rained, but that didn't stop us from making yummy quesadillas, frozen drinks, and deco- rating with a tropical theme. W e had a great turnout and met lots of new potential members, while celebrating the start of summer season in NYC.
Northern
Orange Co.
W e annually support our local Arthritis Foundation's Camp Esperanza by "adopting" pandas
Dayton Alumnae
Chapter
Muncie
In the spring we had
a luncheon titled "Hats Off to Sisterhood." W e asked each member
to wear or bring a hat that had a story. What a response! W e had everything from a wed- ding tiara to a hat worn in Habitat for Humanity projects to a huge sunflower hat!
Napa Valley
Our favorite recruitment event is Founders' Day. It is such a great day
to celebrate sisterhood with local sisters. W e enjoy meeting new women and inviting them to our events.
Nashville Area
The Nashville Area Alumnae Chapter hosts a fall dining tradition that brings new and old friends to the home of an alumnae member for food, fun, and fellow- ship. This kick-off Pot luck is a grand success and helps to set the tone for a year of qual- ity activities.
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Phoenix Alumnae
Chapter
purchased thorough
our Emporium and delivering them to the children at the camp. This summer we decided to learn more about the camp by driving to the Bernardino Mountains
for their annual O p e n House. This camp allows children to be with peers who suffer with the same ailments, feel the same pain, and understand what each is going through. Strong bonds
of friendship are made. W e learned so much and were impressed
with what we saw. We now can promote more intelligently what we, as AOIIs, support.
Northern Virginia
Our favorite recruitment event would have to be our pot luck meeting in September. W e work really hard to recruit
new women and to continue to keep the women who are active, stay active. By having our first event of the year a social one, it makes it very inviting for people to attend and to bring another AOII with them.
NY/Nf Metro
Our favorite recruitment event is our "Welcome to Alumnae Status Party" that we have with the seniors of Theta Pi to welcome them into either our chapter or chapters in their hometowns. It is a wonderful opportunity to share with them what makes being an alumna so wonderful and differ- ent from the collegiate experience.
Omaha
Our chapter tries to recruit members through our fall mailing. What enables us to reach all
our members is updated addresses through AOII headquarters, especially for new graduates who move to the area. If you are interested in joining our chapter, we would love to have you.
Orlando Area
Our best recruitment event is our Founders' Day luncheon in
January. W e invite
the local collegians to share in the celebration of our sorority and to realize AOII is for life. Even if they don't join our alumnae chapter, we hope they will join the one closest to them when they relocate.
Ottawa
Every year, in March, we hold a pot luck buf- fet dinner to welcome our new graduates from Gamma Chi Chapter. We hold a Ritual
for welcoming each graduate. Our president presents them with their Senior Kit of information and we talk about the events we hold during the year. Our annual Welcome to Alumnae Status event is a chance for us all to remember that AOII is for life!
Palm Beach County
Our most popular event is our annual Founders' Day Luncheon. It is
the event which has attracted the most new members. W e have
a pot luck luncheon with new members not obligated to bring an item. Last year each member was asked to bring memorabilia from her collegiate days and there was also a prize for the member who wore the most AOII jewelry.
Palo Alto
W e began a hiking group two years ago in order to attract a differ- ent set of AOII alumnae to participate. W e ask for interested members to sign up to be on the contact list in the fall newsletter and the we organize an informal three to five mile hike once a month. W e welcome friends and family to join us.
This has been a very successful addition to our usual monthly meeting calendar.
Philadelphia
San Antonio Alumnae Chapter
In mid-September
host our annual new members meeting.
This fun and low-key event offers alumnae
the chance to meet or reconnect. Sometimes we have a picnic or pot luck dinner. This year we ordered pizza, ate salad and had some delicious desserts. W e take this opportunity to introduce officers and special guests, such as Executive Board mem- bers, and to discuss our calendar of events.
Piedmont, NC
W e send out postcards to all local alumnae inviting them to our annual kick-off meeting, which takes place in September each year. W e meet at a restaurant for appetizers and have a good time catching
up with one another
and welcoming new faces. Then, the current president hands out information for the year such as a schedule of events, and those who wish to, stay for dinner.
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Portland
W e have our regular events through the year, and all are considered recruitment events.
Our major recruitment event is a fall pot luck dinner. W e get to
see our sisters again after the summer and share everything we've done. It's great to see everyone's face again.
Rockford
W e held "A Stroll Down Memory Lane-Why AOII is Forever." Each alumna was to share
a memory about her recruitment. What an evening of sharing of love, laughter, and tears. O n e sister brought a jewelry case and inside she found a "Goldwater for President" button which her husband had safely tucked in the
case. Another shared her recruitment album and this led to a discus- sion of costs, outfits,
and living in the sorority house. The meeting ended with each member receiving a red rose just as many of us received during formal recruitment parties.
San Antonio
Our favorite event is
our senior welcome for graduates and fifth year seniors to become a
part of the San Antonio Alumnae Chapter. W e have a ceremony and we provide chocolate covered strawberries
and chocolate treats
with non-alcoholic cham- pagne. This has become an event that both alum- nae and collegians look forward to attending.
San Diego
This year our chapter added the recognition of 25-year members to our brunch which hon- ors 50-year members. We were pleased that several sisters who were either new or hadn't been to a chapter event in a while came to be recognized for their 25 years of membership.
San Jose
Our fall activities are always fun, welcoming and relaxing. This year our theme is, "Welcome Back to AOII." W e
began by sending out
our survey and dues notice along with a news- letter in September. Then our kickoff event is the fall brunch in October. W e have t w o levels of mem- bership-regular 3 5 . 0 0 or Rose 50.00. One of the benefits of membership is a free raffle ticket at each of our events. (Regular members receive one ticket and rose members receive two.)
Savannah
During our November meeting each member was asked to bring a new or old member who has not been attending our meetings. During that meeting, w e organized the Goody Bags which we sold to the parents for delivery to their daughters in late November and again
in May.
South Bag/
Palos Verdes
Our favorite recruitment event is our annual kick-off meeting at Friends of the Vine. W e get together to share stories, eat appetizers and enjoy fine wines.
This meeting allows us to further establish our sisterhood bond.
Southern
Orange County
Our favorite recruitment event is the September Membership Brunch.
In late August,
send out nearly
chapter newsletters and invitations to local AOII alumnae to join us for a day of good food and great sisterhood. The newsletter contains a list of scheduled meetings, plus a flyer advertising our major fund raiser,
the Holiday Boutique. During the brunch, we introduce ourselves
and share current news while passing the "Brag Basket." Then, w e play
a few games, but mostly get to know the new members. Of course, follow-up notes and phone calls are the best way to show our interest in them and to say how much AOII means to us.
St Louis
This summer w e
a pool party for new graduates in the St. Louis area. All who attended really seemed to have a good time, and we saw several familiar faces back at our September meeting.
State College
The Senior Dessert is a State College alumnae tradition...for over 15 years. It's so much of a tradition that when host- ess Judy Moyer had a schedule conflict for the evening, she willingly offered to have all the china and silver ready and a key under the doormat. The evening begins with Ritual. It is a time we wish seniors
well as they graduate and encourage them to continue their AOII contributions through an alumnae chapter membership.
Suburban
Maryland
get excited too, and want to come back
to participate in more events!
Triangle
Our alumnae chap-
ter uses the list of
area alumnae from Headquarters to address bright-colored postcards announcing our annual fall cookout, which is
our first meeting of the year. The postcards invite all alumnae to find out what's in store for the chapter during the upcoming year. We've had several new members join at the first meeting, so this is an effective method of recruitment for our chapter.
Tucson
Our favorite recruitment event is our Spaghetti Dinner each fall. W e look forward to this pot luck event as a time to renew our spirits and our friendships after hiding from the desert heat for the summer. The Spaghetti Dinner
is always our kick-off event after our annual newsletter is sent out to women in Southern Arizona.
Vancouver
We enjoy our wine Tasting night when one of our sisters educates us on the fine art of wine tastings.
Ventura County
A favorite recruitment event for Ventura alum- nae is the fall kickoff luncheon. The last one featured a "Renewing AOII Sister Friendships" theme with invitations sent county wide in the
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Tampa Bay
W e love to participate in Gamma Theta's recruitment activities
on the USF campus. Recruitment week gives everyone the opportu- nity to see old friends and make new friends as well as provides TBAC with the added advantage of recent graduate members to the AC. We have had several alumnae join us for the first time in the last few years and we love to celebrate our sisterhood!
Toledo Area
Our first meeting of
the year in September serves as a great recruit- ment event. During this meeting, we share our goals for the coming year and review all of the fun events we have planned. This is our opportunity to share our excitement with sisters
w e haven't seen in a while. Hopefully, they
W e recently
successful Happy Hour at a new restaurant/bar in Washington DC. It was attended by both Suburban Maryland Alumnae Chapter members and prospec- tive members. W e
had 8 or 9 prospective members attended. The atmosphere was casual and we were able to easily get to know the prospective members and talk about SMAC and alumnae life.
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