KD Connect - February 2015
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Mobile Alumnae Chapter members enjoyed the annual Christmas party, which was held at Suzanne Lyell's home on Dec. 17.
Approximately 25 members also celebrated Founders Day on Oct. 23 at a local restaurant.
Alumnae are looking forward to the Spring Party in May.
For more information about the Mobile Alumnae Chapter, contact Donna Adcock.
The Mountain Brook Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter hosted a Christmas party honoring members' daughters and local collegiate members. The event was hosted by Lori Reich, whose home was beautifully decorated for the holidays. Liz Woods helped add holiday touches with her festive holly wreaths and garland throughout the home. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Lucie Haynes, Amy Knight and Anna Carson.
Pictured are Isabelle Lawson , Adelaide Vandevelde and Anna Carson.
For more information about the Mountain Brook Alumnae Chapter, email email@example.com.
The Alpha Upsilon Chapter was very excited to initiate 17 upstanding new members in December 2014! The new Alpha Upsilon Council consists of ten hardworking juniors and seniors. The new council is as follows: Kelsey Holdbrooks; (president), Ashley Pace (vice president-member education), Lallie Bennett (vice president-membership), Allie Young (vice president-operations), Mara Scarbrough (vice president-community service), Merrit Mathis (vice president-public relations), Olivia Schmitz (vice president-standards), Hannah Byrne (secretary), Harper DeWine (vice president-finance) and Taylor Davis (Panhellenic delegate). The council discussed its goals and bonded at a retreat on Jan. 3.
In November, the Alpha Upsilon Chapter hosted a Girl Scout event for 20 local Girl Scouts. The event was a cultural celebration of Mexico. The girls made traditional crafts and enjoyed Mexican food provided by the Hoover/Birmingham Area, Ala., Alumnae Chapter. The crafts were designed to teach the girls about art styles and famous Hispanic women. The goal was to empower the girls to think about different ways women can make an impact in the world.
During January, Alpha Upsilon members embraced the opportunities provided by Birmingham-Southern’s Exploration Term. Several members traveled abroad to Europe to explore its history. Others studied film by attending the Sundance Film Festival. Other members stayed on campus, learning about a broad range of topics such as the influence on food choices, patterns of social and economic inequality, and education. Many others were able to branch out into the community to hold internships in law, history and medicine, as well as teach in local schools and provide services for low-income individuals. Twenty-three Alpha Upsilon members made the dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester. These individuals are recognized for being full-time students with a GPA of at least a 3.5. In addition, the chapter is ranked second in grades among the other sororities on campus.
Alpha Upsilon’s annual Shamrock Event took place on Feb. 28 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, Ala. The event consisted of a SuperHero 5k with a children’s carnival to follow. There was food, games, raffles and a one mile fun run. Last year’s Shamrock Event raised over $10,000 to benefit Alpha Upsilon's local beneficiaries, the Exceptional Foundation and Exchange Club of Birmingham, as well as Kappa Delta’s national beneficiary, Prevent Child Abuse America. This annual 5k event gains support from not only family members of current Alpha Upsilon members, but also from Kappa Delta alumnae around the area.
The sisters of Delta Delta Chapter are happy to announce they were, once again, first in grades this past semester! The chapter members were ecstatic to hear the news, and they are working hard in hopes of earning the title again this semester. The chapter is also excited to welcome three new members to the Kappa Delta sisterhood! Molly Baker, vice president-membership, along with several chapter members had a wonderful time getting to know Caylee Sanders, Jessica Holton and Chelsea Gilmore leading up to Bid Day. These women will participate in the new member program over the next few weeks. Delta Delta wants to congratulate these ladies on their journey to initiation in Kappa Delta!
Earlier in the semester, the newly elected council members enjoyed a weekend retreat in Montgomery to plan for the new year. Throughout the weekend, they discussed the new Chapter Excellence goals and appointed offices, created the semester master calendar and participated in several team-building activities. The council members would like to thank chapter advisory board member, Mrs. Joanna Ames, for her wonderful hospitality during the retreat!
Spring Shamrock is right around the corner and the sisters could not be more excited! Shamrock is scheduled for March 18-21. The Color Me KD Run will take place on the morning of March 21. Registration is online this year, and the cost of participating in the run is $25 and includes a T-shirt. Shamrock was a HUGE success last year, raising over $20,000 for the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center and Prevent Child Abuse America. Members hope to surpass this number with the help of students, community members and local businesses. If a business would like to donate or get involved, contact Morgan Stokes. For their logo to appear on the T-shirt, a business must donate a minimum of $150. Sponsoring the finish line is a minimum of $50. The ladies of Delta Delta hope alumnae and families will get involved and support their efforts to eliminate child abuse!
Delta Sigma-South Alabama
This past fall, the ladies of the Delta Sigma Chapter had many events that brought them closer. Adding 37 new members to the chapter helped the chapter grow in numbers, but also added to the sisterhood. Other events that took place this fall were Badge Day with the Girl Scouts, an ice cream party with the Girl Scouts and Turkey Thursday with alumnae and the sisters’ families. At the end of the fall semester, the chapter installed a new council of sisters who are eager to make the chapter the best it can be!
The Delta Sigma Chapter has a lot of things planned this spring. These events include informal recruitment Bid Day where the chapter plans to grow even more, three days of Shamrock events, and Girl Scout events. All of these events will bring sisters closer and allow them to help the community!
Kappa Delta Epsilon Lambda is having an exciting semester! It recently had its Official Visit with National Leadership Team member Lois Edwards. She was such a joy to host for a weekend and gave the sisters great feedback. Pictured are sisters with Mrs. Edwards.
On Feb. 13, the sisters of Epsilon Lambda helped local Girl Scouts sell cookies at their Valentine’s Day table. The chapter has planned two more events this semester with the Girl Scouts, which are The Power of Girls Retreat and Girls Go Tech. Sisters are so excited to spend these days with the sweet Girl Scouts!
The newly elected council members settled into their positions and are off to a great start. President Lauren Griggs is such a sweet, intelligent woman who will lead Epsilon Lambda to be the best chapter it can be!
Epsilon Lambda's 15th annual Shamrock 5K is coming up on March 7, 2015. With the purchase of a ticket, runners will get a raffle entry, T-shirt and admission to the Carb Feast on March 6 from 6-8 pm. Members hope to raise $15,000 for Shamrock this year, which is $5,000 more than what they made last year.
Coming up in April will be Senior Night for the class of 2015. Plans are still in the works for this event. Epsilon Lambda is also hoping to have a reception at the end of the school year for collegiate sisters, alumnae and parents. Stay tuned for more information!
This past fall, Kappa Delta was busy around the Auburn campus. The social calendar started off with an alumnae tailgate, which was also the same weekend of Auburn’s Homecoming and Kappa Delta’s Parents’ Weekend. Attendees enjoyed chicken fingers, chips and dip, and cupcakes. Tents were also set up outside of the Kappa Delta chapter room to help beat the Alabama heat. After the tailgate, many went to the Auburn vs. Louisiana Tech football game where the Tigers came out on top!
For International Women’s Friendship Month in September, Kappa Deltas greeted students on the concourse with a warm smile and flowers. Additionally, members celebrated the holiday by enjoying cookies and lemonade on the lawn outside of the Kappa Delta chapter room. Members were encouraged to bring anyone and everyone to enjoy some treats and take a break from the school day.
The newly elected council has done a great job so far and is working well together. The council members are aware of times when one council member has a lot on her plate, and they offer their assistance and help whenever they can. Sisters are confident this council will help take Sigma Lambda to new heights!
Sigma Lambda's Shamrock Event took place Feb. 28. This event is a top priority for the entire chapter. The Shamrock committee attends dinners and meetings at Miss Edith’s (one of their chapter advisors) house every Sunday. These meetings began Jan. 19 and will continue weekly until the big event. The addresses for the sponsorships have been collected and the letters have been sent out. Please watch the chapter's social media for more information about the chapter!
This past October, Kappa Delta welcomed many of the Tuscaloosa Girl Scouts to an event to celebrate Halloween. The Kappa Delta members and the Girl Scouts dressed up in their favorite costumes, made Halloween crafts and participated in Sorority Row Trick-or-Treating. Everyone had a blast!
Sisters enjoyed hosting a Valentine's Day event with local Girl Scouts where they decorated cookies, made Valentine's Day crafts and bonded. The sisters of Zeta feel very lucky to have such a close relationship with Tuscaloosa Girl Scouts and always love spending time with them. Sisters also feel lucky to have such an outstanding chapter council this year. Zeta's newly elected council is very excited to begin serving and is already doing a great job!
KD participated in Panhellenic Preview Day on Feb. 28. The chapter was very excited about meeting many new faces at Preview Day!
Zeta Chapter is proud to host its annual Shamrock 5k Run benefitting Families and Children Education Services Inc. locally and Prevent Child Abuse America nationally. The race will take place on Saturday, March 7 beginning at 1 p.m. with late registration opening at noon at the Kappa Delta house. Please visit the University of Alabama-Kappa Delta Facebook page for more information.
Phoenix/Valley of the Sun
Phoenix-area Kappa Deltas are excited to have a new collegiate chapter opening at Northern Arizona University in 2015. Three members of the Phoenix/Valley of the Sun Alumnae Chapter made the trip to Flagstaff in October for the presentation by National Vice President Betty Mulkey and National Headquarters staff members. We shared the expansion news at our Founders Day luncheon, where we celebrated sisterhood and raffled donated items to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse Arizona.
We continue to support an elementary school in a low-income area of Phoenix by collecting school supplies at our events. Kappa Delta also participated in Phoenix Panhellenic's teddy bear drive and donated our time volunteering at the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. In December, we gathered at an alumna's home for our annual party and ornament exchange.
Lunch Bunch is the first Wednesday of every month, year-round. We meet at 11:30 a.m. at various restaurants around the Valley.
March : Kona Grill at Chandler Mall
April: T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort, 5200 E. Camelback Road
May: Cinco de Mayo at Depot Cantina in Tempe
June: Charleston’s, 17001 North Scottsdale Road (at Bell)
RSVP for Lunch Bunch to Barbara Benson at least 24 hours in advance.
More events will be announced as we plan our evening and weekend activities for the spring and summer.
With a new collegiate chapter in Flagstaff, we could use help with recommendations. Our young alumnae are developing relationships and planning special interest activities. Although only Lunch Bunch locations had been set in advance of this publication deadline, we are always open to suggestions for fun events and service opportunities. We would love to have any Kappa Deltas in the Phoenix area join us. Email co-president Linnea Maxwell for more info.
Local KD alumnae are thrilled to be revitalizing the Central Arkansas area chapter. This past fall, a planning committee met to get things going. Events that were held included a kickoff gathering, International Women's Friendship Month celebration at Bar Louie, brunch at Red Door, pottery painting, and an event at J. Crew for Eta Sigma-Arkansas/Little Rock collegiate members.
Come be Irish for a day at the Central Arkansas Kappa Delta Shamrock Party, Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Dugan's, 401 East 3rd Street, Little Rock. Be sure to wear green!
Join CAKD for a tour of the Esse Purse Museum Saturday, April 18, at 12 p.m. Lunch to follow at the Root Café.
Do you want to be apart of the revitalization of CAKD? 2014-2015 memberships are now available! Diamond member: Full-member annual dues are $35. Emerald member: Participation through mailings is $25. You can find membership forms on our website. Contact Megan Moore with questions.
Not sure about joining? Stop by one of our events this spring!
Eta Sigma-Arkansas/Little Rock
Before leaving for winter break, the sisters of Eta Sigma celebrated the holidays with their annual Secret Santa party at the last chapter meeting of the semester. The chapter also celebrated with a Tacky Christmas social where members made gingerbread houses and dressed up to see who had the best tacky Christmas sweater!
Spring is here again, and that means it’s time for spring Shamrock! Last year, Eta Sigma expanded its Shamrock Event to a Shamrock Week! Last year's event was such a success that another Shamrock Week is in the works for this year. Keep up with Eta Sigma on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more Shamrock news!
The Zeta Gamma Chapter at the University of Arkansas had a very successful fall semester. The chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary in September with a dinner that included alumnae and collegiate Kappa Deltas and speakers such as former Kappa Delta National President Corre Anding Stegall.
Also in September, the chapter celebrated International Women's Friendship Month with an event called "Sweet Tea with KD." Kappa Deltas passed out cups of sweet tea to people on campus to help spread the word about IWFM. Zeta Gamma's fall philanthropy dinner, Boot Scootin' Barbecue, raised over $8,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America. Kappa Delta members sold a number of tickets to students and professors who came to dinner at the Kappa Delta house to eat barbecue. Zeta Gamma’s new house mom, Lisa Powell, outdid herself with a new Christmas Party tradition for the members. Mom Lisa baked over 500 cookies for all of the members and had a Christmas lighting party and ornament exchange. Each pledge class had a Secret Santa exchange, which everyone looks forward to each December.
Zeta Gamma’s newly elected council is so excited to get to work this spring semester. The council is as follows: Sara Beth Brakmann (president), Lauren Doran (vice president-member education), Madison Jackson (vice president-membership), Morena Valdizon (vice president-operations), Bailey Barnett (vice president-community service), Regan Myers (vice president-public relations), Caroline Dominick (vice president-standards), Bradey Chambers (secretary), Eby Ness (vice president-finance) and Annie Troester (Panhellenic delegate).
The chapter has many exciting events coming up! On Saturday, March 14, Zeta Gamma will put on its second Paint Dodgeball Tournament for Shamrock. Every sorority and fraternity on campus will participate in the tournament, and this year, Zeta Gamma is hoping to get more of the community in Fayetteville and Springdale involved. The chapter will also have a Shamrock dinner after the tournament on March 14 that will, hopefully, raise as much as the fall dinner for Prevent Child Abuse America.
Sisters plan to pass out ribbons in April to spread awareness during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Zeta Gamma will also have an alumnae event this semester. Details will be released soon!
Our 32nd Annual Shamrock Event is approaching! The Shamrock luncheon, co-hosted by the Long Beach and Orange County alumnae chapters, will be held Saturday, March 14, at The Grand Event Center. Entertainment will be provided by “The Newfangled Four,” 2013 International Collegiate Barbershop champions.
Invitations were available at the January meeting and sent to our members not in attendance. If you would like to request an invitation, please contact Karen.
Please contact your favorite businesses for donations for door prizes or silent auction items. Introductory letters are available, as well as receipts for tax purposes. If you have any new items to donate or would like to make a financial donation, please contact Karen and arrangements can be made for pick up.
Please note: The winter issue of The Angelos includes an article about Shamrock with reference to our event. There also is a link to a video featuring some of our members!
Don’t forget, your help is always needed in preparing for this worthwhile event.
LET’S MAKE THIS OUR BEST SHAMROCK LUNCHEON EVER!
For more information about the Long Beach Alumnae Chapter, email Karen.
The Newport Harbor Alumnae Chapter held its annual holiday party at the home of Kathy Tucker. Members brought Christmas toys for their local philanthropy, Women’s Transitional Living Center, which supports women and children suffering from abuse. Pictured from left to right are Kristen Lund, NHKD president; Debbi Kulick; Valerie Goettsch; Peri Sexton, alumnae chapter operations specialist; and Angela Iler.
For more information about the Newport Harbor AC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
North San Diego County
Enjoying the Happy Art Walk and lunch in Balboa Park are members of the North San Diego Alumnae Chapter: front row from left, Susan Guzzetta, Jill Retson, Jan Wier and back row, Verna Garey, Adele Sloboda, Lori Perez, Marion Reid and MaryJo Hedges.
For more information about the North San Diego County AC, email email@example.com.
Pasadena Alumnae Chapter members donated toys for Christmas to a local facility for children.
Alumnae are invited to attend a luncheon at San Gabriel Country Club on April 11.
For more information about the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter and upcoming events, contact Bev Johnson.
The San Francisco Alumnae Chapter held a Founders Day brunch. Women in attendance all came from different chapters and discussed their experiences of Kappa Delta from college.
The AC's second annual croquet tournament will be held on March 8!
SFKDAC is always looking for new members and volunteers to help with events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be involved.
The San Jose Alumnae Chapter celebrated Founders Day with a dinner, hosted a paint class to raise money for Gamma Iota's new house at San Jose State University, and inducted 13 graduating seniors into the alumnae chapter.
This spring, the AC will host a Shamrock luncheon in March, a Japanese cooking class in April, and senior inductions in May.
We would love for more sisters to get involved! Contact Jenn for more information.
San Mateo Peninsula
In celebration of Founders Day, the San Mateo Peninsula Chapter gathered for a luncheon at a member’s home. We all had an opportunity to share (in five minutes each) something we had done, read or seen. It was a wonderful way to find out more about our sisters, to reflect on KD history, and to celebrate the true meaning of being a Kappa Delta.
On Dec. 14, we enjoyed a Christmas party at a member’s home where we had refreshments and ended the lovely evening with the swapping and “stealing” of gifts. We had 18 people attend with a wide range of ages.
In January, we had a brunch with a "white elephant exchange" and donations to the Turnstyle Thrift Shop, which is part of Assistance League San Mateo County. The AL raises funds to address local community needs. This was a fun as well as a worthwhile event. In addition, several of our members are volunteers with this organization. Laura Sale, for example, has been volunteering with the Assistance League for more than 50 years, and Donna Ravaglia has also been very involved in this philanthropic work.
On March 14, the San Mateo Peninsula Alumnae Chapter will host a Shamrock Party for Kappa Deltas and guests. This will be our major fundraiser for the prevention of child abuse. We will have a social hour followed by games such as bingo, pinball and pool. The evening will end with a variety of desserts and prizes.
In April, Kappa Deltas and guests will tour the Cantor Museum at Stanford University followed by lunch.
Our last event for the season will be in May. We will hold our installation of new officers’ luncheon and plan our future events.
Since we now have a Facebook page and a Google group that includes many of the Kappa Deltas in our area, we are encouraging informal get-togethers along with our scheduled activities. Such events this past year included a group getting together on a Friday night for dinner, another meeting for lunch to celebrate several birthdays, and yet another was a member giving an opera recital and inviting KDs to attend. We believe that encouraging alumnae to get together informally, or on the spur of the moment, will help to build closer friendships as well as help increase the number of ladies actively involved with our chapter. We shall encourage more of these gatherings in 2015.
Any Kappa Delta who is near San Mateo, Calif., is welcome to join our alumnae chapter. We have two co-presidents: Ashley Roland and Shirley Melnicoe. Ashley is in charge of contacting new members and maintaining our Facebook page. Shirley is also happy to provide any information about the chapter and our events. We are open to new ideas and creative ways to keep our sisterhood alive and vibrant, and we welcome new members.
West Los Angeles
Members of the West Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter enjoyed a Stella and Dot trunk show event.
The West LA AC was also represented at Kappa Delta's Southern California State Day. Members Nicki Klein and Annie Geffroy won a handmade KD quilt in a raffle benefiting the Kappa Delta Foundation.
For more information about the West Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter, email email@example.com.
Alpha Iota-California/Los Angeles
This fall, Alpha Iota welcomed an amazing pledge class of 57 new members and maintained perfect retention throughout the quarter. With 180 members, Alpha Iota reigned as the largest sorority on the row at UCLA and will not need to participate in winter and spring recruitment. In November, the chapter hosted another successful Shamrock Event. Twelve fraternities and three sororities battled head-to-head in the flag football tournament in contention for the coveted championship trophy. The event raised nearly $15,000!
On the note of philanthropy, Alpha Iota fortified its partnership with Povertees, a non-profit organization that "uses fashion as a social medium to help willing individuals escape the cycle of poverty." The chapter hosted its second annual Pocket Party where guests customized their own pocket T-shirts. All of the proceeds went to delivering provisions to the homeless of Los Angeles, and ultimately toward creating opportunities for their employment. The Pocket Party was a huge success with nearly 100 guests in attendance and over $2,000 raised!
Alpha Iota held its second annual fall chapter retreat. Members embarked on a night-long adventure, starting with a bonfire at Dockweiler Beach, followed by a trip to the famous Millions of Milkshakes in Hollywood, then a broomball showdown, and finishing with a hike up Runyon Canyon just as the sun rose.
Two members of Alpha Iota were elected to UCLA's Panhellenic Executive Council. Paige Zimmerman, the chapter's 2013-2014 vice president-community service, was elected as the Panhellenic president. Jennifer Hackelman, the chapter's 2013-2014 vice president-finance, was elected as the Panhellenic vice president-finance.
This quarter, Alpha Iota will once again participate in the Confidence Coalition's "You Make Me Smile" campaign. Members will pass out balloons on campus, at Ronald Reagan Medical Center, in Westwood and at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Members of the Beta Rho, Epsilon Upsilon, Gamma Iota, Zeta Rho and Zeta Zeta Chapters of Kappa Delta have been invited to participate in the event as well. That evening, Alpha Iota will host a dinner for all participating chapters to celebrate another successful event.
Beta Rho-San Diego State
This past semester, Beta Rho hosted a Panhellenic pool party in honor of International Women's Friendship Month. Sisters celebrated International Girl's Day in November with an empowering Girl Scout event! Formal recruitment was a great success for Beta Rho and the fall '14 pledge class is wonderful!
The newly elected council is excited and ready for a great year. Beta Rho's new president, Jenna Tattersall, is the former vice president-operations. She is doing a great job helping the other council officers transition into their positions and accomplish their goals. The rest of the council is as follows: Sydney Bale (vice president-member education), Tiara Thomas (vice president-membership), Virginia Eastwood (vice president-operations), Kelly Kortright (vice president-community service), Jessica Furia (vice president-public relations), Hannah Weigel (vice president-standards), Taylor Dillon (secretary), Christina Dempster (vice president-finance) and Erin Di Leva (Panhellenic delegate).
Beta Rho's biggest event of the year is coming up this spring! Shamrock 5k Run/Walk will be on March 22. Plans are coming along beautifully, and the chapter is hoping it will be the best Shamrock yet! In early March, Beta Rho will be participating in Greek Week. It is teamed up with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Gamma Delta, Delta Sigma Psi, Sigma Alpha Zeta, Nu Alpha Kappa and Kappa Alpha Psi on the Gold Team. Members are determined to take home the championship this year!
Beta Rho will be participating in the "You Make Me Smile" campaign in April. Members will hand out balloons with confidence messages on campus, in malls and around the San Diego community in hopes of brightening peoples' day and boosting their confidence. Beta Rho is hosting an alumnae event on May 3 at 11 a.m. More details about the alumnae event are coming soon!
Epsilon Upsilon-Cal Poly/Pomona
Epsilon Upsilon’s International Girls Day celebration in November was a hit. Three successful business women attended and spoke to Girl Scouts about following their dreams and developing good study habits. There were plenty of games and other interactive activities for the Girl Scouts to enjoy. During fall formal recruitment, Epsilon Upsilon welcomed more than 30 new members. Pictured is the chapter on fall Bid Day.
The newly elected chapter council has been working hard to implement new strategies to ensure chapter success. With a strong PR plan, Epsilon Upsilon hopes to gain more campus prestige. Council has defined their chapter goals and officers are working diligently to achieve them. Epsilon Upsilon celebrated the holidays by having a Christmas-themed social with the gentlemen of Pi Kappa Phi and by going ice skating with sisters who live in the Bay Area.
Epsilon Upsilon's Shamrock Event took place Saturday, Feb. 28, at Cal Poly Pomona. The event was a 5k Fun Run, which brought out a large crowd to support child abuse prevention! Epsilon Upsilon will be participating in Greek Week in April where all the chapters on campus will compete in events. Sisters plan on entering the lip sync competition and creating a can structure to donate food to the local food bank.
As for upcoming alumnae events, Epsilon Upsilon will be planning a formal dinner at the Kellogg mansion on campus. Stay tuned for more details!
Gamma Iota-San Jose State
To celebrate Kappa Delta's Founders Day, the Gamma Iota Chapter held an alumnae event at the chapter house. Collegiate members barbecued food and baked cakes for the alumnae. The sisters were happy to spend Founders Day with their Kappa Delta family.
The Gamma Iota Chapter also welcomed a new council in November! The council (pictured) had an amazing retreat. They went to dinner in San Jose and stayed downtown overnight, then went on a hike the next day to discuss their goals for their term.
On March 12, the Gamma Iota Chapter will be hosting Shamrock Showcase, which is a dance and lip-sync competition. The event will be in the San Jose State Event Center, which can hold 2,500 to 7,000 people and has hosted Hilary Clinton, Conan O'Brian and Drake. The chapter is so excited for Shamrock season!
Zeta Rho-San Diego
The chapter celebrated International Girls Day in November with local Girl Scout troops. Girls—from elementary- to high-school-aged—participated in activities focused on values, success and confidence. In December, Zeta Rho celebrated the holidays with a Secret Santa gift exchange and an ice skating event in Coronado at Skating by the Sea.
In the fall, the chapter welcomed eight new sisters during informal recruitment. This past formal recruitment in January was exceptional for the chapter. On Jan. 25, 44 bids were given out, exceeding quota. Bid Day festivities were held at a sister's house on the beach. The new members were welcomed into the sisterhood through various "Camp Kappa Delta" themed activities. There was also a photo booth so the new members could capture and share their first Kappa Delta memories!
Another recent accomplishment for the chapter was an increase in chapter GPA by .233. This is the largest increase in any chapter on USD's campus.
This spring, Zeta Rho will be hosting its third annual Shamrock 'N Roll event. The evening will include skits performed by USD students who form teams to lip sync and dance to their favorite songs. There will also be multiple raffles in order to raise additional money for the prevention of child abuse.
Additionally, the chapter will be hosting two Girl Scout events with local troops. Zeta Rho looks forward to building confidence in young girls as well as high school students.
Spring Initiation will be held on USD's campus on March 21. As a result, the Zeta Rho sisterhood will be larger than it has ever been before!
Zeta Zeta-Cal State/San Bernardino
The sisters of Zeta Zeta Chapter had a fun and successful fall quarter! Their International Women's Friendship Month event called, "Take a Seat and Make a Friend," was open to all women on campus. The event was a fun opportunity for women to make new friends by sitting in a beach ball pit together and having a conversation started by a unique list of questions. The event also had an area for women to listen to music while Kappa Deltas handed out cotton candy. The chapter celebrated International Girls Day with local Girl Scouts by having a Barbie sleepover.
Throughout the holiday season, the Zeta Zeta Chapter had various socials and holiday-themed events. It had a Christmas light social with the men of Sigma Chi Fraternity, during which attendees walked various blocks and enjoyed the Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate. The chapter had an ice skating event with the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Participants had dinner at the skating rink and socialized while they learned to ice skate.
The chapter always looks forward to the alumnae dinner (pictured). While members were able to see many alumnae members during big/little reveal, the dinner offered another chance to catch up and meet alumnae sisters they didn't know before.
The Kappa Deltas at Cal State San Bernardino are so excited for this year's Shamrock Event. They have been working really hard to finalize all of the details and get sponsors and vendors for the event, which will take place on March 7. They hope to raise even more money than they did last year!
Sisters are excited to participate in the campus-wide community service event called "Coyote Cares Day." During this event, all organizations on campus get together and work on various community service projects around the city of San Bernardino. The Zeta Zeta Chapter loves participating in this event each winter quarter because it brings the entire community together for a good cause.
Denver-area alumnae celebrated a fantastic 2014 at the annual holiday party in early December. KD ladies and their dates contributed items to a silent auction, with the proceeds benefiting Kappa Delta charities. Hot ticket items included a basket of homemade pumpkin delights, a hand-knit afghan, movie passes and a collection of holiday note cards. One lucky couple took home the door prize of a fire pit, complete with all of the ingredients to make s'mores!
Each month the alumnae chapter hosts social hours around the Denver area. Choose the location that best suits you, and we'll see you there! Significant others are welcome. The next event is on March 12 at the following locations:
Thirsty Lion, 1605 Wynkoop Street, Denver
Baker Street Pub and Grill, 8101 East Belleview Avenue, Denver
The Arvada Tavern, 5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada
Colorado Mountain Brewery, 1110 Interquest Parkway, Colorado Springs
Boulder, location to be determined
We have several exciting events planned for 2015! You can stay up to date by visiting our website; Facebook page; or by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Epsilon-Colorado State
Before winter break, the ladies of Phi Epsilon hosted an ornament decorating sisterhood with their Panhellenic sisters from Pi Beta Phi. The event was a great way for women from both chapters to socialize and take a break from the stress of finals. Phi Epsilon provided winter snacks including hot chocolate and tea, snowmen and snowflake cookies, and candy canes. There were a few mishaps with glitter overload, spilled paint and broken ornaments, but overall it was a really great event. The event was for Panhellenic Pals, a system created by CSU's Panhellenic council to provide chapters the opportunity to socialize with other organizations. Since the establishment of Panhellenic Pals, feelings of Greek unity have increased significantly. The event definitely strengthened Phi Epsilon’s relationship with Pi Beta Phi. The chapter hopes to continue socializing with other groups on the Colorado State Campus in the future.
Phi Epsilon is excited for this spring’s Shamrock Event on March 26. They will be hosting ShamRockyRoad, Phi Epsilon’s version of an ice cream social. They will be serving all-you-can-eat ice cream with a live band and raffle. All of the proceeds from ShamRockyRoad will go to Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse Colorado. Prevent Child Abuse Colorado will be attending the event with a table to help raise awareness of child abuse locally. Phi Epsilon is very excited for this event because of the success of Fall for KayDee, their fall philanthropy, and last year’s ShamRockyRoad. The chapter encourages all alumnae to come out for Shamrock this year!
The Greater Hartford Alumnae Chapter's first event of the membership year was held in September at the Pond House Cafe in Elizabeth Park in celebration of International Women's Friendship Month. We marked Founders Day in October at a brunch. In early December, we began the holiday season with a potluck and food drive at the home of our gracious host, Jaymie Holbert. Nonperishable food items were collected and delivered to the local food panty.
On March 5, alumnae will meet for a sisterhood KD Supper Club at the PF Chang's at West Farms Mall. On March 21, the AC will sponsor a Girl Scout career workshop in East Windsor. This multi-troop activity is for girls in grades 5-12. Participants will be introduced to a variety of careers and will earn a KD badge.
The Hartford Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Brunch will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Wethersfield Country Club, and all alumnae are encouraged to attend. In late April we will also have a reception and welcoming for the graduating seniors of Theta Alpha Chapter at Quinnipiac University.
All Kappa Deltas are welcome at any of our events, and we would love to have you come. For more information, email Katy Hanlon. Detailed event information is sent by email, so just ask to be included on the mailing list. We would especially like to hear from alumnae who would be willing to assist with our Girl Scout workshop. We need career representatives as well as members to assist with workshop tasks.
Eta Nu-Sacred Heart
This fall was a very exciting one for the women of Eta Nu! They had an amazing recruitment and were able to initiate 46 beautiful new members! They also welcomed a brand new council for 2015. The previous council did an amazing job and there are very big shoes to be filled for the new council. Eta Nu's new president is Katie Gennusa. She has been doing a fabulous job so far and the chapter knows that she and the rest of council will do great things this year!
There are a lot of exciting events coming up this spring for Eta Nu! They have their annual Shamrock Fashion show in March. This is a great event that gets all different organizations on campus involved. In early April, Eta Nu will be involved in Greek Week! It is fun for the chapter to compete against other Greek organizations in various friendly competitions. Later that month, Eta Nu will have formal. The sisters are very excited to attend all these events this semester!
From recruitment to council elections, the fall 2014 semester was an exciting one for Theta Alpha! Recruitment was a huge success and after two weekends of recruiting, they welcomed 50 new members to join the Delta class.
To start off the semester right, Theta Alpha celebrated International Women’s Friendship Month by hosting an event called "Craft Your Friendship" for the Panhellenic community. During the event, women from different sororities were split up into groups and each crafted an image that best described their Panhellenic love, friendship and sisterhood. The sisters of Theta Alpha also co-hosted an event with the Quinnipiac Women’s Volleyball Team and helped them raise money for breast cancer research.
Of course, a semester would not be complete without helping the Girl Scouts sell some cookies! Theta Alpha took over the Student Center for two days and reeled in the crowds of students who were excited to buy those delicious cookies. They helped local Girl Scouts raise over $5,000!
On Nov. 10, Theta Alpha held its International Girls Day event with a local Girl Scout troop. Sisters came in groups and hung out with the girls, colored confidence pictures and ate yummy snacks!
To bring the semester to a close, Theta Alpha elected a new council (pictured). The chapter has had two amazing councils so far. While it’s hard to say goodbye to the previous council, the chapter is in good hands and change is important! With a variety of leaders who bring new vision and skills to the council, Theta Alpha will grow into something bigger than anyone imagined. It’s clear that the new council is composed of great leaders who are ready to take on the responsibilities of their positions. Each member has transitioned into her position and has already made a positive impact on the chapter!
As a new spring semester begins, Theta Alpha is busy planning its Shamrock Event called Shamrock the Ropes, a tug of war competition. This will be the chapter’s second annual Shamrock Event .The event is open to all students and faculty at Quinnipiac University. Theta Alpha is so excited to work with Prevent Child Abuse America and continue to work hard to raise money for this worthy cause.
Theta Alpha will be holding a mini recruitment Spirit Week in April to start preparing the new members for recruitment in the fall! Also in April, Kappa Delta will participate in Quinnipiac's one day community service project called the Big Event. In the past, Theta Alpha has been stationed at Girl Scout camps, and sisters are hoping for this assignment again!
To close the spring semester, Theta Alpha will hold a White Rose Ceremony and celebration for graduating seniors and alumnae. This is a nice transition for the graduates as they begin a new phase of their Kappa Delta experience.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
District of Columbia
Members of the District of Columbia and Montgomery County alumnae chapters enjoyed getting together for a holiday potluck and ornament exchange this past December.
DCAC is hosting a Shamrock Event to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America and SCAN of Northern Virginia, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being of children and the prevention of child abuse. A brunch and silent auction will be held on Saturday, March 21.
DCAC's annual meeting and elections are Sunday, March 8. Interested in serving on the board or leading a committee? Contact Kendall Casey for more information.
Sigma Mu-George Washington
The Sigma Mu Chapter at George Washington University had an exciting fall semester! The chapter began the semester in September with an ice cream social for International Women's Friendship Month, which encouraged sisterly bonds across all women on campus. Sigma Mu's second formal recruitment was a blast, and the pledge class of 2014 went through an exciting new member period that resulted in the initiation of 53 new sisters.
The chapter held a Chili Cook Out on campus to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America and Safe Shores, D.C. The Cook Out raised over $4,000 for the prevention of child abuse. In October, the chapter got to aid a sister in hosting "Girls Rock: Confidence Through Music," an event targeted at young girls to build self-confidence through music. The sister, Corrine Zmoos, won the individual 2014 Confidence U Grant from the Confidence Coalition to plan and host this meaningful event.
November had an exciting start when Sigma Mu held a dessert reception on campus to connect with Washington, D.C., alumnae over cupcakes! Pictured are alumnae at the event. A few weeks later, the chapter hosted a health workshop for local Girl Scout troops to encourage healthy eating and lifestyles for International Girls Day.
Sigma Mu finished the semester by electing a new chapter council composed of Megan Kilissanly, Natalie Polinsky, Kirsten Drzyzga, Emma Grundhauser, Haley Jones, Kathryn Hurst, Nicole Giletto, Jody Greene, Sonya Desai and Alix Della Penna.
There are many exciting events coming up this spring, including Sigma Mu's first alumnae brunch since it was reestablished. Sisters are also looking forward to Sigma Mu's third official Shamrock Week, a sisterhood retreat in late February and the "You Make Me Smile" campaign in April. This is already proving to be an exciting year for Sigma Mu!
In September, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Alumnae Chapter hosted a brunch on Las Olas Boulevard to celebrate International Women's Friendship Month.
The Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale alumnae chapters had a combined Founders Day celebration at Farmer's Table in Boca Raton. This event was very well-attended, and our members enjoyed fresh food from local farms.
In January, more than 20 sisters from both Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale attended a reception in Deerfield Beach with National President Beth Langford, National Panhellenic Conference Delegate Julie Johnson and Executive Director Pamela Elms.
A canvas-painting event will be held in Fort Lauderdale in late February or early March, and a dinner/cocktail hour will take place in April. Since the brunch in September was so well-received and attended, we are planning another brunch to be held this spring.
We will also be sending out information on a couple of 5K races and volunteer events that individual members are participating in to see if any sisters would like to join.
Finally, we are advising our chapter of any events that are hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Alumnae Panhellenic Association.
For more information, contact Carey Warburton or our general email address.
The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter is hosting Women's Wednesday events on the last Wednesday of every month. Pictured from left to right at the kickoff event last fall at MShack are (front row) Carol Russell, Erica Kelly, Nancy Keyser, (middle row) Michelle Parker, Rachel Robertson, Allie Schmidt, (back row) Allison Clemons, Lexi Lahiff and Kayla Gothier.
For more information about the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter, go to the Alumnae Chapter Directory and click on the Jacksonville AC newsletter and find us on Facebook and Shutterfly. Questions? Please email Kayla Gothier.
The Orlando Alumnae Chapter held its annual Founders Day dinner and our annual holiday dinner. Both were well attended and encouraged Kappa Delta connections. A large donation was made to Harbor House of Orlando.
The chapter will be planning an event in February that is to be announced - so keep your eyes and ears open!
We are currently looking for new leadership for the alumnae chapter. Please email us to nominate someone or express your interest. This is a great way to give back to KD, meet new sisters and have fun!
To find out more information and get involved, visit our website, email email@example.com or check out the AC on Facebook.
The Sarasota Alumnae Chapter has had some interesting programs, such as a presentation by the president of the Sarasota Historical Society about Florida's role in the Civil War. To prepare for the holidays, an interior decorator provided tips for decorating at Christmas. Members also gathered as a group for a trolley ride in the city to see the Christmas lights, and the AC held a canned goods food drive and donated the items to a local food bank.
This spring, Sarasota alumnae will go as a group to the guide dog facility to see how the dogs and participants are trained. Members also plan to have lunch with another KD sister who resides in an assisted-living facility.
For more information about the Sarasota Alumnae Chapter, contact President Patricia Rowe.
The Southwest Florida Alumnae Chapter has been busy having fun and making memories. Starting off our year, we gathered Sept. 18 to celebrate International Women's Friendship Month at Vino Picasso for a painting party sisterhood event.
Founders Day was celebrated Oct. 11 with a luncheon at Cristof's on McGregor in the private room. Surrounded by sisters, we remembered the founders and day with a special reading and KD-trivia activity presented by former Kappa Delta Foundation board member Nannette Justus Smith.
On Nov. 16, alumnae, along with Eta Tau-Florida Gulf Coast collegians, gathered at Mary Lee Mann's home in thanksgiving of Kappa Delta sisterhood. We mixed and mingled among collegians and fellow alumnae in an intimate and relaxing setting. We'll be sure to plan more events like this again!
Alumnae gathered Dec. 27 to enjoy Christmas and welcome in the New Year with the festive Holiday High Tea at the Ritz Carlton Naples Beach. We also shared our holiday giving project, recapping our shopping results and donations for the wish list of teens and women at the Domestic Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples.
On Jan. 31, we enjoyed the Barbara B. Mann Backstage tour of "Phantom of the Opera," lunch and the matinee show.
Please join us Feb. 27 for the Spring Fling Everblades Hockey Game. Significant others are welcome. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 7:30 p.m. game. We will meet at the upstairs restaurant for dinner then head to seats for the game!
The SWFL Alumnae Shamrock Event will take place March 14. This fun evening of refreshments and socialization is a fundraiser for the prevention of child abuse.
Our membership year will come to a close with the White Rose Celebration on May 16. Join us for desserts and more!
To get involved with the SWFL Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter, please contact Talia Gates.
For updates and more information, please also join our Facebook group page.
This past September, some members of the St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter participated in and assisted behind the scenes with the Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint (5K) and Tag-a-Long Trot (1K), the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's fall fundraiser. The AC also held an ice-cream social (and meeting) at the waterfront home of Marcy Shuck.
In October, the St. Petersburg AC held a joint Founders Day event with the Tampa AC and Delta Eta-South Florida. Nearly 40 members, including five White Rose Circle members, attended the luncheon at Feather Sound Country Club. Special thanks for that event go to our hostess and AC Treasurer Brenda Dannewitz.
In November, AC members supported the St. Petersburg Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Fundraiser featuring a fashion show by Patchington. Eight members attended and while there recruited a KD friend attending with another sorority member!
The AC held a wonderful holiday dinner in December at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, thanks to hostess Karen Keaton. The January meeting was a fun KD sisterhood singalong and scrapbook event. The group enjoyed dinner before breaking out the vintage KD songbook and singing around the piano!
In March, the AC will hold a Shamrock Event at St. Petersburg Total Wine & More with proceeds benefiting the Suncoast Center, Inc. and Prevent Child Abuse America. Family and friends are invited to the limited-capacity event where they can bid on gift baskets and other auction items as well as enjoy refreshments, including all-homemade appetizers! This is the AC's most popular event each year, and members are pleased to continue support for Suncoast Center for more than 10 consecutive years.
In May, the AC will hold a progressive dinner meeting at various downtown eateries - from appetizers through dessert. Over the summer, there will be a social hour event at a local hotspot to recruit new members.
Alumnae can reach out to the St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter on its new Facebook page, and everyone is encouraged to "like" the AC! For more information, alumnae may also email AC President Merrie Beth Neely.
In December, we enjoyed our annual Christmas Coffee With Collegians. Local alumnae, along with collegians from several different chapters who were home for the holidays, gathered at the home of National President Beth Langford for a morning of sisterhood and a break from the holiday hustle. Attendees enjoyed a wonderful array of refreshments, socializing and song.
This event always is so much fun and always brings to light interesting connections, for example, high school classmates who are now sisters, having pledged Kappa Delta at different universities; legacies and their Kappa Delta relatives; collegians who hadn't realized a former teacher or other known adult is a Kappa Delta; and more. We always say that Tallahassee is a city full of connections, and this event certainly proves that to be true.
We are excited for our upcoming "St Pedi's Party" in mid-March. Serving as our annual Shamrock Event, this evening is a lot of fun for all involved. We take over a local nail spa for the evening. For the price of admission, alumnae and other guests enjoy their choice of manicure or spa pedicure, appetizers and other refreshments, and the chance to relax and socialize with other local women. They also have the chance to purchase raffle tickets for great prizes. This event highlights and raises money for child abuse prevention services, including our local recipient, the Tree House Emergency Shelter run by the Children's Home Society. To reserve your spot at this year's event, contact our alumnae chapter.
You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a group on Facebook where we post news and photos related to local alumnae events. It's called Tallahassee Kappa Delta Alumnae, and we look forward to seeing you there.
On Sept. 25, members of the Tampa Alumnae Chapter were invited to attend a complimentary Pure Barre class provided by owner Shannon O'Brien. It was a wonderful opportunity to get our alumnae season kicked off and exercise at the same time.
To celebrate International Women's Friendship Month, Tampa Alumnae Chapter Secretary Aleja Suarez Giovenco spoke to the Delta Eta-South Florida collegiate chapter and their mothers on the friendships between women and how women support each other over the years. This event was hosted by Delta Eta on Oct. 18 at the Rusty Pelican Tampa.
On Dec. 21, the AC hosted a luncheon for members at the Columbia Cafe in downtown Tampa. Each member brought a new, unwrapped gift or gift card for A Kids Place, a local foster home.
The Tampa Alumnae Chapter is currently planning a Shamrock Event in March at Hamburger Mary's, Ybor City.
We are always looking for members to become involved. Please contact Melissa Kaddouri.
Kappa Delta Beta Pi had an eventful fall semester filled with Gator football games, an alumnae brunch, International Girls Day with Gainesville Girl Scouts, council transitions and a very merry holiday season. Like at any other SEC school, Kappa Deltas sure do love their Saturday football games! This fall, the chapter invited alumnae to join the excitement with a brunch at the house before the Gators played LSU.
The holiday season is always hectic around Beta Pi. This year began with electing the 2015 council. Beta Pi’s new council members are: Katie Backstrand (president), Brittney White (vice president-member education), Katie Gauger (vice president-membership), Caitlyn Considine (vice president-operations), Brittany Butler (vice president-community service), Rebekah Baker (vice president-public relations), Mary Katherine Fechtel (vice president-standards), Emily Harvey (secretary), Hanna Leise (vice president-finance) and Micayla Johnson (Panhellenic delegate). These ten newly elected council members bonded over a holiday photo shoot in playful candy cane socks (pictured).
This spring, Beta Pi will be participating in Delta Deserts, an annual desert party where all the Panhellenic sororities on campus that have a "delta" in their name bring baked goods for everyone to share. This event is hosted in February every year with Valentine's Day in mind.
Dance Marathon is a campus-wide philanthropy that is very dear to the women of Beta Pi. On March 14-15, many Beta Pi sisters will participate in Dance Marathon by standing for 26.2 hours for those who can’t. The chapter and the rest of campus have been raising money all year for Dance Marathon, which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network and Gainesville’s local children’s hospital, Shands.
Delta Eta-South Florida
This spring, the women of Delta Eta participated in informal recruitment. The chapter was fortunate to welcome 14 great new members. Bid Day took place at the house and then some of the members took the new members bowling. It was an excellent way for the sisters and new members to interact and get to know each other in a fun, relaxed environment! The new members were initiated on Feb. 22.
The new council was transitioned in early January and everyone is full of ideas to help strengthen the chapter. A new pearl points system has been implemented to encourage and reward sisters for their involvement on campus. As a chapter, Delta Eta participated in USF’s annual Stampede of Service community service project to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sisters were split into various groups and assigned to different work sites all over the Tampa Bay area to clean up trash, rake leaves, volunteer at elementary schools, etc.
The Delta Eta Chapter will host its annual Shamrock Event on March 22. The previous vice president-community service decided to change the event from a golf tournament to a paintball tournament this year. Hopefully, this change will attract more of a crowd, both male and female, which will increase awareness and revenue for Prevent Child Abuse America. Many other Greek chapters are also holding their philanthropy events in the coming months. The Delta Eta Chapter will compete in Zeta’s Step Show on March 17, which raises awareness and money for Breast Cancer. On March 21, the chapter will participate in Bulls for Kids, part of the nationwide fundraiser called Dance Marathon, to raise funds for children’s hospitals. The chapter will also participate in Panhellenic’s philanthropy, Circle of Sisterhood, taking place March 30-April 3. During this time, sisters are encouraged to attend various events on and around campus in order to raise funds and resources for underprivileged girls and women. The following week, April 6-10, is USF Week.
Epsilon Omicron-Central Florida
Epsilon Omicron welcomed the spring semester with open arms! Excitement was in the air as sisters returned to campus because, let’s face it, who doesn't love a new year? Before the chapter left for winter break, members elected their new council for 2015. The incoming council officers are all thrilled to start their new positions and begin preparing for upcoming events such as Shamrock! Epsilon Omicron's fall events, like International Girls Day and International Women’s Friendship Month, were big hits within the Greek community and the Orlando area. Epsilon Omicron can’t wait to make Kappa Delta proud with its spring affairs!
March is approaching, which could only mean one thing…Shamrock! Epsilon Omicron is hosting a 5k around campus on March 22, and sisters are hoping for a massive turnout that involves students, Greeks, alumnae and local runners. Every year, the members set a goal for how much money they want to raise, and every year, they exceed it. After Shamrock, the sisters will have six days to relax before it’s all about Knigh-Thon. Thousands of students come together at Knigh-Thon to raise money and awareness for the Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network. Sister Kelly Lippman is representing Kappa Delta as the dancer relations operations director for the program, putting in over 20 hours weekly!
Epsilon Omicron will also be preparing for fall recruitment in April with workshops that will get the chapter ready for what is to come. Alumnae mock recruitment will happen in August. All alumnae are invited to be a part of this incredible experience and see what the chapter will be doing.
Eta Tau-Florida Gulf Coast
Kappa Delta's Eta Tau Chapter recently transitioned the new council for 2015. The council members (pictured) are all very excited to take on the new leadership opportunity and planned a council retreat to kick off the spring semester. The chapter is looking forward to another year growing and bonding together!
The women of Eta Tau are excited to host their biggest Shamrock Event, Wing Fling. This year, Wing Fling will be catered by local restaurants, and the wings will be cooked by professional chefs. There will be competition for the sorority or fraternity whose wings have the best sauce, in addition to a wing eating contest for guests. In 2014, Eta Tau raised $11,000 through the Wing Fling event. The chapter goal is to increase this number each year to provide more support for Prevent Child Abuse America. Be sure to follow the chapter on social media for more updates!
Eta Zeta-North Florida
Fall recruitment was a great experience for the women of Eta Zeta. Sisters were thrilled to welcome more than 70 new members on Bid Day. Eta Zeta Chapter is now around 200 members strong. Because of the increasing size of the chapter, sisters are being more intentional about building strong relationships with other women in the chapter and are making extra effort to get to know sisters outside of their pledge class. They enjoyed many fall celebrations and sisterhood socials that helped them grow closer within the circle of Kappa Delta.
Eta Zeta had a bowling tournament as part of its fall Shamrock Event. It was a huge success! The chapter also elected a new council in the fall, and they are a very driven group of women who will no doubt make a positive impact on the chapter for years to come.
Shamrock Week is coming up the week of March 8! They will have a 5k run at the university on March 8 starting at 8 a.m. The sisters are also giving back to the community with service projects and dedicating one day out of each month to serve their "monthly mission." In January, they volunteered at an after-school program for underprivileged kids called the "Sanctuary on 8th Street." In February, sisters served at the Daniel Foundation.
Gamma Epsilon-Florida Southern
The fall semester was eventful for the sisters of Gamma Epsilon. Members started out the semester celebrating International Women's Friendship Month with their "Kapture the Moment" event. This celebration doubled as a pre-recruitment event for Gamma Epsilon. Women from around campus were invited to come meet the sisters, take goofy photos with various props and frames, and help themselves to an assorted of goodies at the candy bar. The ladies of Gamma Epsilon welcomed 31 beautiful, strong women into their sisterhood this fall. Recruitment was an immense success for the chapter.
This fall, Gamma Epsilon also elected a new council to lead the chapter. Jane Campbell, former vice president-member education, was elected as the chapter's president. After displaying exemplary leadership skills this past year, the chapter knows Jane and the rest of council will help Gamma Epsilon reach new heights. The sisters of Gamma Epsilon ended the fall semester with a lovely Christmas celebration. Activities included an ugly sweater contest, dessert bar and hayride.
This spring, Gamma Epsilon is proud to celebrate Shamrock Week. The main event will be Loop the Lake, the chapter's annual 5k run benefiting Prevent Child Abuse America and Heartland for Children. Last year, Gamma Epsilon raised $11,000 from this event, and it hopes to surpass that amount this year. Loop the Lake will take place on March 28. Additionally, Gamma Epsilon will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this spring. This celebration will take place March 13. The chapter is very excited to share such a special event with alumnae!
Kappa Alpha-Florida State
Kappa Alpha is excited to share some great news about its fall Shamrock Event. In previous years, Kappa Alpha's fall philanthropy event was called “KD on The Green,” a golf tournament. This year, Kappa Alpha decided that change is sometimes a good thing. Taking a risk, the chapter changed the fall philanthropy to “Bump it Like Beckham,” a soccer event with a twist. Each person was encapsulated inside a giant clear bubble. The idea was to "bump" the opposing team members, all while kicking a soccer ball down to the goal. This fun-filled day was a HUGE success. Needless to say, the risk that Kappa Alpha took with changing the fall philanthropy really paid off. A significant amount of money was raised at the event and donated to Prevent Child Abuse America and the Children's Home Society of Florida. It was a very proud moment for Kappa Delta!
The Kappa Alpha alumnae relations chairman has planned several upcoming alumnae events, including a Shamrock Event fundraiser and a Senior Induction at the home of a local alumna. All alumnae are invited! Stay tuned for more information about these exciting events.
The chapter's spring Shamrock Event is the Color Me KD 5k. This year, the run will be held on the same weekend as Moms' Weekend. Tons of moms, other family members, friends and students will all join up to run a 5k while getting paint thrown at them! It is a blast! Money raised through this event will also benefit PCAA and the Children's Home Society.
Theta Epsilon-West Florida
In the fall, the sisters of Theta Epsilon Chapter at the University of West Florida showed their admiration for the other Panhellenic sororities on campus by throwing a Panhellenic Tea Party. This event was for all sorority women at UWF to come together, dress up and enjoy some tea and baked goods! Hosted before recruitment and during International Women's Friendship Month, the event served as a reminder that Kappa Delta will always strive to empower and encourage others even if they might wear different letters.
Theta Epsilon's Shamrock Event is coming up on April 11. This year, the ladies decided to change up the theme and turn it into the Super Shamrock 5k where kids, families, students, etc. can come in superhero attire and run for a noble cause. Theta Epsilon hopes to double its Shamrock earnings from last year and raise a minimum of $8,000 for child abuse prevention efforts. That day will be a time for Theta Epsilon members to be heroes for children in need!
The Zeta Xi Chapter has had a busy past few months. The new council has been meeting to figure how to work well together and is planning a council retreat. Katrina Zdanowics is the new president of Zeta Xi and she has proven herself to be a positive and encouraging leader. The chapter's new VP-community service, Carolyn Rizzo, and VP-public relations, Kailee Martin, helped organize and promote a knockout dodgeball tournament to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America in November. Numerous other Greek organizations on Rollins campus came to support the event and it was a huge success! The chapter has hosted numerous events with the local Girl Scouts. In December, Girl Scouts came to the Kappa Delta house, and sisters helped them come up with New Year's resolutions and brainstormed ways to follow through with them.
Zeta Xi Chapter had an exciting spring recruitment at the beginning of January. Prior to recruitment, the chapter participated in Spirit Week, which included sisterhood activities to bond, boost confidence and have fun! The Bid Day theme was "Welcome to the Fun House," which involved carnival- and circus-themed decorations, T-shirts and a cake. The Zeta Xi Chapter gained 28 amazing new members! Pictured are sisters on Bid Day.
Zeta Xi's big spring Shamrock Event is going to be Wing Fling on March 25. The event will be a wing eating night open to the entire Rollins community. Sisters plan to create a go-fund-me page to try to increase the amount of funds they raise this year! In April, the chapter will host its annual Father/Daughter Weekend! This weekend is a time for all the fathers to meet everyone in Zeta Xi, see the Kappa Delta house, and participate in a group meal and other fun activities. The members look forward to this weekend all year.
The new council is currently planning a social event for alumnae weekend on March 28. This will give alumnae an opportunity to come back to the KD house and meet the collegiate members of the chapter. Stay tuned for more information about alumnae weekend. Zeta Xi is excited for all that is planned in the upcoming months, especially initiating the new members!
Greater Atlanta Day
The Greater Atlanta Day Alumnae Chapter enjoyed an open house at the home of Gale Probst in honor of International Women's Friendship Month.
AC members celebrated Founders Day at a luncheon hosted by the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter at the 1818 Club and at GADAC's regular meeting in October.
The AC presented a congratulatory certificate to Deborah Walker-Little, executive director of Interfaith Outreach Home, in recognition of her receiving the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcaster's Spirit Award for outstanding community service. Interfaith is one of GADAC's local philanthropies.
Sheryl McCollum, a noted speaker and author, mesmerized the chapter at the November meeting where she discussed her work at the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute.
Several GADAC members and collegians from Eta Omega-Kennesaw State joined forces for a workday in November at Wellspring Living. Members beautified the grounds and sealed the floor of the new gazebo that was purchased with funds from the 2014 KiDs Grant that was awarded to GADAC for Wellspring Living.
GADAC collected teddy bears for the DeKalb County police and fire departments at the AC's annual Christmas party and sent 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the troops. Members also attended Girl Scout Day at the Georgia Capitol.
GADAC will hold its annual Shamrock Game Day Party on Friday, March 6, at Ansley Golf Club. This event gets more popular each year. There will be a silent auction, raffle and fashion show. All proceeds go to Wellspring Living for Girls, which provides restoration programs for survivors of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
In addition, the AC will participate in a joint Shamrock 5k run with Eta Omega-Kennesaw State on March 14. This event will also benefit Wellspring Living.
New officers will be installed at the March meeting; spring birthdays will be celebrated at a restaurant in April; and GADAC will wrap up the year with a field trip to the Delta Museum at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
GADAC plans to have a large group attending the KD National Convention in Orlando in June.
Greater Atlanta Day Alumnae Chapter offers many levels of involvement. The AC supports three collegiate chapters and two local philanthropies. Members participate in a variety of social events and community service projects each year.
Please visit the GADAC website or email President Lyn Routenberg for more information.
This past fall, the Macon/Middle Georgia Alumnae Chapter donated seven dozen white roses to Eta Mu-Georgia College for the chapter's Preference ceremony. Several of our members were able to attend the chapter’s Initiation. We also assisted in its fall Girl Scout event by providing party supplies and treats for the Girl Scouts.
We have had several social events including dinner at local favorites like the Rookery. We celebrated Founders Day with dinner at Ingleside Village Pizza.
Since we just re-established this fall, we are happy to have about 18 members and were able to elect chapter officers!
For more information, please email email@example.com or look for us on Facebook.
The Southwest Georgia Alumnae Chapter encompasses nine counties. Although it is a large area, members stay connected to each other through email communication and AC activities.
The AC is planning a summer luncheon to unite Greek women from the area to discuss ways to support high school spring graduates who will be participating in recruitment at their respective colleges.
To be added to the Southwest Georgia Alumnae Chapter email list, please contact Lee Neal Bush, AC president.
The sisters of Delta Chi Chapter would like to thank all of the alumnae who made it out for the Homecoming meet-and-greet. Sisters enjoyed connecting with alumnae during the event and look forward to involving more alumnae in future events.
The chapter has been extremely busy hosting "Frozen" parties all over LaGrange. The hit movie that won the hearts of children across the nation certainly did not skip over the hearts of the KD ladies. Both Chick-Fil-A locations in LaGrange recruited Delta Chi members to support their "Frozen" night, and many laughs were shared as they helped hundreds of young girls build rock trolls and paint fingernails. So much fun was had by all in attendance that the chapter used these events to inspire their own International Girls Day Frozen movie night. Girl Scouts from all across LaGrange enjoyed spending time in the house as the Kappa Deltas hosted a sing-along movie night to Frozen. There was a lot of dancing, popcorn, candy and giggles shared by the girls. However, the most memorable part of the evening was inspiring the girls to break through any barriers they may feel the world has put up between them and their dreams and reminding them that girls can do anything!
Finally, Delta Chi Chapter would love to congratulate the members of the newly elected chapter council. Huge shout out to the new president, Megan Cassady, who has jumped head-first into her position. She is always prepared with advice and suggestions when crazy surprises come up. The chapter can’t wait to see what she will accomplish in the next year. To learn more about all of Delta Chi’s new council, check out its website.
The ladies of Delta Chi would like to invite alumnae to their Shamrock Event this March. They are planning a 5k event to raise awareness for Prevent Child Abuse America and would love to see all of you there. Please keep email addresses updated and “like” Kappa Delta at LaGrange in order to have the most up-to-date information about this event. Also, the school will be hosting its annual May Day festivities once again and the Kappa Deltas will be competing in the Step Sing competition. Come on back to LaGrange and revive your competitive spirit. The sisters can't wait to see you around. Again, to keep up to date with all things Delta Chi, please “like” Delta Chi at LaGrange on Facebook, follow kappadeltaLC on Instagram, or visit its website. Hope to see you soon!
Delta Lambda-Georgia Southern
This past September, the ladies of Delta Lambda celebrated International Women's Friendship Month by hosting a dinner at their house for international women on Georgia Southern's campus. At the dinner, participants were able to learn about each other's cultures and gain insight about Kappa Delta. The Delta Lambda Chapter celebrated International Girls Day by hosting a carnival at the chapter house in November for local Girl Scouts. The girls were able to interact with sisters on a personal level and participate in lots of fun activities.
Delta Lambda is proud to announce the 2015 council: Megan Economos (president), Lindsey White (vice president-member education), Victoria Leathers (vice president-membership), Kiersten Kidwell (vice president-operations), Ashley Fitzgerald (vice president-community service), Bailee Jordan (vice president-public relations), Lauren Holland (vice president-standards), Nicole Gump (sectretary), Brittany Roley (vice president-finance) and Kaitlin Kidwell (Panhellenic delegate).
Every spring, Delta Lambda hosts its annual Shamrock Event, War of the Wings. The event is an opportunity for Statesboro community members to get involved with the chapter by submitting wings to the taste contest or just stopping by for some food and fun! This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event, which will take place in March. This spring, the chapter will also participate in its annual Buckle Up for Safety Campaign with the local Sigma Chi chapter. The event is an opportunity to promote safe driving among Georgia Southern students and to honor members from both organizations who have been lost in car accidents.
Delta Phi-Georgia Southwestern State
Delta Phi hosted its Shamrock Week on Oct. 13-18. The week included a bake sale, a fundraiser where visitors donated money to put a painted hand print on a set of wooden KD letters, and an event where visitors donated $1 to pie a sister in the face (pictured). At the end of Shamrock Week, the White Rose beauty pageant was held. The beautiful young ladies who participated in the pageant were invited to ride on the chapter's Christmas parade float on Dec. 4. The chapter hosted a successful International Girls Day event on Nov. 8 where girls from the community were invited to participate in exciting games and activities to promote confidence and good sportsmanship.
A newly elected council was installed on Dec. 7. This council includes Ansley Jones as president along with Abby Morgans, Akiebia Hicks, Andi Reid, Elizabeth Lumpkin, Haley Phillips, Jamie Gesslein, Jordan Jones, Layne Gray and Rachael Medlin. Homecoming week was Feb. 1-7, and former Delta Phi president Hannah Bray ran for 2015 Homecoming Queen.
The chapter will assist at a Girl Scout cookie rally on March 28. Sisters will help set up the event and work with different groups. The event is for Girl Scouts to earn their next badges! The annual Kappa Delta Alumnae Brunch is scheduled for April 18. All alumnae are invited and encouraged to attend. Parents' Day is scheduled for April 25, which is also the date of the White Rose formal.
Delta Psi-West Georgia
Last fall, the women of Delta Psi enjoyed celebrating 117 years of Kappa Delta sisterhood with their incredible alumnae during their Founders Day cookout! Sisters enjoyed corn hole tournaments, basketball games and, most importantly, each other's company! In December, members participated in fun sisterhood events such as decorating the chapter house for Christmas, going ice skating and taking their annual Christmas card picture!
Delta Psi is excited to have a new council and is looking forward to all they have in store for the chapter! The new council is: Chandler McKinney (president), Shelby Spires (vice president-member education), Hannah Kidd (vice president-membership), Mollie Snyder (vice president-operations), Adrianne Couch (vice president-community service), Anna Jones (vice president-public relations), Maddie Richards (vice president-standards), Shelby Douglas (secretary), Taylor Sullivan (vice president-finance) and Taylor Chaffin (Panhellenic delegate).
In January, the chapter held spring recruitment and gave bids to three amazing women. They can't wait to show what it means to always strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest!
Delta Psi will be hosting a Shamrock 5k on March 28 at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the prevention of child abuse. Family Day will take place immediately after the run so all family members are encouraged participate in the 5k! Alumnae are also invited to attend the Delta Psi Founders Day Tea on April 4 to celebrate the establishment of Kappa Delta at West Georgia.
Epsilon Gamma-North Georgia
In December, the sorority hosted a successful KD Tacky Christmas for the Troops event where everyone brought a toiletry item to donate. Kappa Delta provided hot chocolate and holiday desserts, and everyone danced and sang karaoke. A "tackiest sweater" award was given and a few Christmas games were played as well. In November, Kappa Delta held its International Girls Day event at Pine Valley Recreational Park where the sisters and young girls did fun activities such as zip-lining and crafts. At the end of November, the new chapter council members were installed and assumed their positions. The chapter elected a group of amazing, talented and hardworking ladies to lead the chapter for the next year. The chapter is truly blessed by this group of leaders who are already doing an outstanding job.
In January, the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta welcomed 43 new Kappa Deltas into the chapter after a long and successful recruitment weekend. Thanks to the VP-membership, Abigail Vandiver, recruitment weekend could not have gone smoother. The chapter spent countless hours each night preparing for the next day, but in the end, everyone was happy as could be and it was worth every hour of work. Bid Day 2015 was a day that everyone in Epsilon Gamma Chapter, including all the alumnae, will never forget. The chapter now has 43 new women (pictured) who are excited to grow in Kappa Delta.
In March, Kappa Delta Epsilon Gamma is looking forward to its annual Shamrock 5k called Run Dahlonega. It will take place on March 7, starting on the North Georgia drill field where runners can sign up before the race and get their T-shirts. Funds raised from the 5k will benefit child abuse prevention efforts. Last year, the event raised around $22,000, and Kappa Delta is hoping to raise even more money this year through an increase in the number of runners and sponsorships.
Initiation for the new members will take place the day after Run Dahlonega. Alumnae are more than welcome to participate in Initiation. The chapter's vice president-public relations is considering a spring alumnae event similar to the fall alumnae event. Additionally, the chapter plans to participate in many fraternity events in the spring.
Eta Mu-Georgia College
The Eta Mu Chapter at Georgia College & State University installed its newly elected council (pictured) on Nov. 23, 2014. The new council is as follows: Cydney Thornton (president), Kelly Cole (vice president-member education), Laurel Trust (vice president-membership), Laura Ahrens (vice president-operations), Victoria Ross (vice president-community service), Lisa Ouyang (vice president-public relations), Victoria Vanhuss (vice president-standards), Chelsea Collins (secretary), Erin McElveen (vice president-finance) and Sarah Weigle (Panhellenic delegate). Eta Mu is lucky to have these women leading the chapter this year!
Recently, Eta Mu participated in the "You Make Me Smile" campaign to boost confidence on campus. Each balloon had a confidence-boosting message written on it, such as "You're amazing just the way you are!" that could brighten up any girl's day. Along with the balloons, Eta Mu sisters had a "Today I pledge to be..." chalkboard that people could write on to express what they are confident about or what they want to be confident about. Overall, it was a great event to kick off the spring semester!
The sisters of Eta Mu would like to announce that Shamrock Week will be held March 9-13. The week will begin with the "Shamrock Kickoff Band Party" where there will be music, food and fun activities. Shamrock Week will consist of numerous spirit nights at restaurants such as Barberitos and Dunkin' Donuts. For the first time ever, members will host a spaghetti night at the KD house during Shamrock Week. Shamrock Week is one of the chapter’s favorite times of year, and sisters cannot wait to get started. Alumnae are highly encouraged to attend these events!
Eta Omega-Kennesaw State
Eta Omega at Kennesaw State University is proud to announce its newly elected council. Council is as follows: Halley Ramsey (president), Courtney Allen (vice president-member education), Sydney Whitesel (vice president-membership), Nana Cha (vice president-operations), Haley Cooper (vice president-community service), Hannah Anthony (vice president-public relations), Elisabeth Clay (vice president-standards), Samantha Popham (secretary), Annie Hill (vice president-finance) and Abby Smith (Panhellenic delegate). These sisters have a wide array of expertise and majors, including education, international affairs, communications, psychology and business. Council members are working hard to plan Eta Omega's spring Shamrock Event and strengthen their sisterhood.
Eta Omega sisters closed the semester and celebrated the holidays with a themed chapter meeting. Everyone enjoyed dressing up in tacky Christmas sweaters, exchanging Secret Santa gifts and participating in a mini photo shoot. The photos taken at the event were used for social media posts centered around the “Twelve Days of KD Christmas!” Eta Omega is now focusing more on celebrating sisters' birthdays to show appreciation for each and every sister. Along with social media shout-outs, the birthday chairman is bringing goodies and treats to the sisters.
Eta Omega Chapter and the Greater Atlanta Day Alumnae Chapter are hosting their third annual Shamrock 5k on March 14 to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and Wellspring Living in Atlanta. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Perch Recreation Park on Kennesaw's campus. Last year, with support from local community members and Kappa Delta alumnae, Eta Omega raised a little over $20,000. This year, its goal is to raise $25,000. For more information visit “Kappa Delta’s 3rd Annual Shamrock 5k” Facebook page, or go to the website.
Kennesaw State University’s first-ever spring football game will be on March 28. Eta Omega sisters are excited to support the Owls and show school spirit! KSU is becoming less of a “commuter’” school and more of a traditional college by forming a football program, as well as encouraging the growth of Greek life on campus. KSU now ranks as the third largest university in Georgia. The sisters of Eta Omega are excited to help build chapter and university traditions during the first few years with a football program at KSU.
The chapter is looking forward to its upcoming Shamrock events, the Waffle House dinner and 5KD. Sigma Phi is focusing on ways to further promote the philanthropy events in order to raise more money and increase attendance at all of the events planned for this semester! Be sure to follow the chapter on social media for more Shamrock updates!
Gamma Mu-Valdosta State
The past few months have been busy and exciting for Gamma Mu! The chapter held its first Girl Scout event of the year, giving the girls tours of Valdosta State's campus (pictured). The chapter had an Academic Excellence dinner on Feb. 4 for chapter members who have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher throughout the fall semester. The dinner took place on campus and was a time for sisters to also recognize professors who have helped them throughout the semester in achieving their academic goals.
On Feb. 10, Gamma Mu held a Kappa Delta night at a local Zaxby's to raise money for Shamrock. The main Shamrock Event, a flag football tournament, will take place in March. The members of Gamma Mu were excited to volunteer at one of their favorite events of the year, an annual clay shoot sponsored by the Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, the chapter’s local Shamrock beneficiary. Lastly, Gamma Mu participated in spring recruitment and is excited to welcome a new pledge class into the Kappa Delta sisterhood.
Gamma Mu will be holding its annual Shamrock Flag Football Tournament on March 7-8 in Lake Park, Ga. Sisters are looking forward to this fun-filled weekend raising money for Prevent Child Abuse America and the Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County. Shamrock is also a great opportunity for sisters and the community to interact!
As the New Year begins, the Sigma Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta at the University of Georgia is aspiring to achieve many new goals. The chapter is proud to announce the University of Georgia’s Panhellenic Council elected Kappa Delta’s own Ashley Merkel as Panhellenic president for the upcoming year!
Before the winter holiday, the chapter gave Christmas cards displaying the newly elected council along with ornaments to each sorority at UGA in order to promote positive relationships across campus. Additionally, members of Sigma Phi handed out candy canes with inspiring notes at the main study hall on campus to encourage students during finals week.
On another note, the chapter’s Girl Scout events were a major success this past semester. Members hosted a Halloween trick-or-treat where Girl Scouts dressed up and visited the apartments in the house to receive a tasty treat. The chapter also hosted an International Girls Day event with a “Frozen” theme. At this event, Girl Scouts and members of Sigma Phi decorated cookies, made ornaments and read a story about individuality. These Girl Scout events were so successful that Sigma Phi is looking for another location to accommodate the growing attendance at its events.
Fall fun for the Boise Alumnae Chapter included a trip to the pumpkin patch.
Most recently, the chapter enjoyed pottery painting at Ceramica.
This spring, the Boise Alumnae Chapter will host a social event at BodoVino, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, and members will attend a Steelheads hockey game on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:10 p.m.
For more information about the Boise Alumnae Chapter, contact Lesley Krone.
In the fall, Zeta Chi hosted an alumnae tailgate. The event was a great way for sisters to get to know alumnae. Everyone had a great time! The sisters of Zeta Chi are committed to strengthening their relationships with alumnae this year and hope to get them more involved in some of their upcoming events.
This spring, the chapter has planned some exciting Girl Scout events. Members are hoping to participate in Relay for Life with the Girl Scouts. This would be a new event for Zeta Chi, which would allow the chapter to get more involved and establish a more prominent presence in the community.
The Chicago Lakeside Alumnae Chapter held a painting event at Bottle and Bottega in downtown Chicago. Pictured are Mary Beth Pavlik, Lindsey Szymczak, Michelle Zimmermann, Lindsay Ritenbaugh, Rebecca Womack, and Alyson Workman.
The Peoria Alumnae Chapter met for our Christmas meeting on Dec. 10, 2014. We traveled to Polly Campbell's new home in Eureka, Ill., where we enjoyed a video program and delicious Christmas-inspired refreshments.
On March 11, we will hold our Shamrock meeting, including the final collections for our Shamrock project. On May 12, we will host Senior Induction for the graduating seniors of Eta Beta-Bradley.
We would love to see some new faces! For more information about the Peoria Alumnae Chapter, contact Jane Gramkow.
The Springfield Kappa Deltas gathered three times in the fall of 2014. On Sept. 23, we met at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library for a book signing and continued the evening with dinner at Obed and Isaacs. Some sisters attended the book signing; some met for dinner; and some were there for the entire event!
We held our Founders Day dinner at the Sangamo Club on Oct. 27.
We included spouses at our Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 17. We also bade farewell to Elaine Mayer who is moving to Colorado. Our group held a silent auction and collected diapers and money for The Parent Place, our Shamrock project. Pictured are: Corrie Zalewski, Marylee Peters, Helen Brooks, Virginia Scott, Emma Trapp (collegian), Cindy Sedam, Nicki Burke, Elaine Mayer, Ann Carlson, Gwen Lewis, Susan White, Mary Lou Booker, Margaret Ackerman and Karen Witter. Lori Shafer attended but is not pictured.
Spring events are still in the planning stage, but will center around our Shamrock project. The Parent Place, a local nonprofit agency, teaches parents and professionals who work with children effective parenting skills. We will hear a presentation from The Parent Place executive director over lunch, but the date for that has not been set. Our hope is to have a second spring event, which will be a philanthropic activity benefiting The Parent Place.
We encourage local alumnae to attend our events. Please contact Susan White, president, for information.
Delta Beta-Eastern Illinois
Delta Beta celebrated the holidays by hosting a sisterhood event where members decorated ornaments and made holiday cards for kids in the hospital. For International Girls Day, sisters "traveled" the world with the Girl Scouts to learn about other cultures. With passports in hand, the Girl Scouts traveled from station to station, with each representing a different country. They learned many new things about the unique cultures of France, China and Italy before heading back to the United States to discuss how American culture compares to others. At each travel stop, the KDs helped the Girl Scouts make crafts and sample food from that particular country. It was a great time for everyone!
The chapter is pleased to present the 2015 Delta Beta Council! Sisters are honored to have these leaders represent the chapter. They have already put so much work into their positions and are doing a fabulous job.
First row, from left: Emily Adair, vice president-member education; Deanna Schumacher, vice president-finance; Melanie Kaderabek, president; Kelcey Bruen, vice president-community service; Carly Bell, Panhellenic delegate.
Second row, from left: Allison Dart, secretary; Annie Gorman, vice president-public relations; Katie Colletti, vice president-operations; Bridget DeLaurentis, vice president-membership.
Spring recruitment was very successful and Delta Beta is excited to welcome the new sisters home. The sisters of Delta Beta are looking forward to the Initiation of their spring new members on March 10. Bridget DeLaurentis and Annie Gorman worked together to help promote Kappa Delta all over EIU's campus.
This year, Shamrock will be a three-day event happening March 24-26. Greek Week events start April 6, and the chapter is looking forward to participating in tugs, pyramids, air band, Greek Sing and other fun events! Delta Beta's formal is coming up on April 20.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois, located in Charleston, is in desperate need of supplies. Many Delta Beta sisters and other members of the EIU Greek community have stepped up to donate. If you would like to make a contribution, the Children's Advocacy Center needs Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, bottled water, stamps and white copy paper. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Kelcey Bruen for more information.
Make sure to follow Delta Beta on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Watch for throwback pictures of alumnae on the chapter's social media, and feel free to share your own Kappa Delta throwback pictures by emailing Annie Gorman or by tagging EIU Kappa Delta in the post.
Eta Beta had wonderful sisterhood events for the holidays. Members enjoyed an ice skating event right before finals, as well as a holiday party including crafting, games, prizes, trivia, a photo booth and yummy snacks and pizza. During Bradley University Greek Life Grand Chapter, Kappa Delta was awarded five stars, the highest GPA for a sorority for both the spring and fall semesters, highest new member GPA, and the most community service hours for the fall. Individual sisters also received special awards, including Outstanding President, Scholar of the Semester, and Outstanding New Member.
Eta Beta members are very excited about the newly elected council. They include: Michelle Issen, president, a junior majoring in elementary education; Kelsey Simpson, vice president-member education, a sophomore studying psychology and social work; Rachel Ehlermann, vice president-membership, a sophomore majoring in political science and public relations; Leahmay Baker, vice president-operations, a junior business management major with a double minor in marketing and entrepreneurship; Alyssa Contreras, vice president-community service, a sophomore studying health science and Spanish; Rebecca Tomsik, vice president-public relations, a sophomore majoring in advertising with a graphic design minor; Kristie Elliot, vice president-standards, a sophomore studying actuarial science; Lennon-Rios, secretary, a freshman majoring in secondary education; Hannah Haberman, vice president-finance, a sophomore studying accounting; and Taylor Provax, Panhellenic delegate, a sophomore elementary education and special education major.
The spring Shamrock Event is approaching quickly! The Shamrock 5k will be held the first week of March, and the theme is "Shamrock Your Socks Off!" The chapter plans to use socks with shamrocks on them for promotional tactics, as well as prizes, to support the theme. There will be a very large focus on social media for this Shamrock Event, including making videos, Vines and a Snapchat account specifically for Shamrock so that Bradley students can stay updated in a fun way! Eta Beta is hoping to give the 5k runners T-shirts designed to match the spring Shamrock theme and advertisements throughout campus.
Fall quarter was a very exciting one for Lambda Chapter at Northwestern University. For International Women's Friendship Month, the chapter put together Ghirardelli chocolate and a note for each Panhellenic, Multicultural, and National Pan-Hellenic sorority on campus to recognize their members for being part of the strong Northwestern Greek community. The gifts were delivered to each sorority and the notes explained Kappa Delta’s connection to International Women’s Friendship Month.
The highlight of the quarter was the chapter's Confidence Coalition events. Lambda hosted its second annual Confidence Week from Oct. 27-31. A popular part of the week was the “BE” photo campaign. Sisters asked people on campus to tell them what they strive to BE. In addition to the “BE” photo campaign, sisters handed out confidence balloons and delivered messages written by students to their friends. For International Girl's Day, Girl Scouts came to the house for a confidence workshop that consisted of watching the “Like a Girl” video, making a skit to illustrate concepts from the video, having a discussion about what it means to be confident, and crafting a picture frame in which they wrote words that describe them or something they like about themselves. Finally, the chapter participated in formal recruitment from Jan. 8-13. Lambda celebrated Bid Day on Jan. 13 with 38 new sisters (pictured).
On Feb. 26, Lambda Chapter partnered with the Sigma Nu Chapter at Northwestern University to put on an event called SigmaNuggets. All proceeds went to the Kappa Delta and Sigma Nu Dance Marathon team. The team will be dancing and raising money for Dance Marathon from March 6-8. On Feb. 27, Northwestern's Panhellenic Association and Interfraternity Council hosted the annual Gone Greek Night where each chapter performed a song in front of the other chapters. This year, Lambda was paired with Sigma Nu.
Additionally, the chapter will be hosting Girl Scouts and helping them sell Girl Scout Cookies at the Arch this quarter. In May, Lambda Chapter will host its annual KΔrdboard Regatta event where students make cardboard boats and try to float them across the campus pool. All proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.
The sisters of Omicron Chapter were excited to participate in spring informal recruitment this year. There was quite a buzz around Illinois Wesleyan's campus as all four chapters hosted informal recruitment events.
Chapter members hosted a Girl Scout event called "Love your community, love yourself" on Feb. 28, and has another Girl Scout event called "College 101" planned for March 28. The council and the entire Omicron chapter are looking forward to another fantastic and successful semester!
Pictured are Girl Scouts at a recent KD event.
The sisters of Omicron Chapter will be holding Initiation for their spring new members on Saturday, March 21 at 10 a.m. Please contact the chapter directly for more information, and be sure to follow them on social media for additional updates!
Sigma Omicron enjoyed a fun and eventful fall semester. From recruitment to Homecoming (pictured) to council elections, sisters had many opportunities to get involved and make a difference! They ended the year by celebrating the true meaning of the holidays with the Crisis Nursery Center near campus. Chapter members came together and decided to purchase gifts for the children at the Crisis Nursery Center. They felt it was important for the children to experience the excitement of receiving their own gift, and for them to know that a Kappa Delta was thinking of them over the holidays.
The sisters of Sigma Omicron are so excited for all that is in store for them in 2015! One of the events they are looking forward to this spring is Shamrock Week, which is scheduled for March 9-13. Events will include a 5k run, dodgeball tournament and much more! Be sure to check out the chapter's social media pages for more Shamrock updates.
For the holidays, the Indy Evening AC got together at a favorite local spot where we enjoyed socializing over a fabulous meal. Sisters also brought donations of clothing, winter supplies and gifts for three children and their mother at the Julian Center, a Prevent Child Abuse America affiliate. It was a joy for us to be able to serve a local family for the holidays!
In April, the Indy Evening AC will get together for a sisterhood event, and in May, we will hold our annual Teddy Bear Tea! At this event, sisters bring their sisters, mothers, aunts and other female friends to join us for a tea party. Everyone brings a teddy bear along, which is collected for children being served by a local Prevent Child Abuse America affiliate.
To learn more about the Indianapolis Evening AC, email KDIndyEveningAC@gmail.com or find us on Facebook at Indy Evening Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Delta.
Formal recruitment at Indiana ended on Jan. 20. Each round was very successful, and Sigma Upsilon's party chairmen were very happy with the way each recruitment party turned out. This year, Indiana University’s Panhellenic Council added a new philanthropy round. Each chapter on campus presented their philanthropy to potential new members and made a small craft with them while explaining how the project would be used to benefit the chapters’ philanthropies. At Sigma Upsilon, chapter members made pinwheels with potential new members. After recruitment, new members wrote notes and attached them to the pinwheels to donate to the Middle Way House, Sigma Upsilon’s local child abuse prevention beneficiary.
Sigma Upsilon’s newly elected council has been very active in setting chapter goals. Vice President-Community Service Kelsey Sigman has been very active in setting up Habitat for Humanity builds and is currently working on scheduling times for the sophomore and freshmen pledge classes to volunteer at the local soup kitchen. Allison Harris, vice president-member education, has been working closely with the new members to educate them about Kappa Delta values. She is planning sisterhood events, such as movie nights, cookie decorating and crafting, so new members have an opportunity to meet women from all pledge classes.
Initiation for Sigma Upsilon's new members will be held March 8. The chapter will be hosting Mom's Weekend on April 10-11. The following weekend will be the annual spring formal, Kappa Delta Presents. Formal will take place on Friday, April 17, and the formal banquet will be on Saturday, April 18.
Zeta Kappa-Ball State
The Zeta Kappa Chapter elected a new council last month. The new president, Erica Wiley, a junior hospitality and management major, previously served as the vice president-member education. The new vice president-member education, Kelly Smith, a junior theater major, has held the positions of SET leader and external social chairman. The new vice president-membership, Allison Murray, is a junior elementary education major with a concentration in primary education. She has held previous positions such as a recruitment party head and SET leader. The new vice president-operations, Hannah Mason, a sophomore speech pathology major, previously served as a SET leader. The new vice president-community service, Samantha Schwartz, a sophomore nursing student, was community service chairman for her pledge class and servedon the Shamrock committee. The new vice president-public relations is MacKenzie Rodoski, a senior elementary education major with a concentration in primary education. She has served as a recruitment party head and assistant vice president-public relations. The new vice president-standards, Jami LaFord, a sophomore social work major, was previously a SET leader and a recruitment party head. The new secretary, Kalie Pluchel, is a freshman meteorology major. This is her first position in Kappa Delta. The new vice president-finance is Jessica Recker, a sophomore accounting major with a minor in fashion. She was the assistant vice president-finance before joining council. Finally, Pauline Dearing, a junior special education major, is the new Panhellenic delegate. She was a recruitment party head and SET leader before joining council. The new council is eager to serve this year!
Zeta Kappa will host its annual Shamrock n' Bowl on March 21 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Clancy's Bowling Alley in Muncie, Ind. The night before, there will be a spaghetti dinner with the proceeds benefitting Prevent Child Abuse America. Also on March 21, there will be an alumnae event at the Kappa Delta house before Shamrock n' Bowl. Alumnae and families are encouraged to come ready to eat and play games.
Zeta Kappa will hold Initiation for the Alpha Phi pledge class on March 29. The time and location is to be announced. Zeta Kappa is hosting a "Cuts for Confidence" event in honor of sister Sarah Stockton. This event will raise money for her medical bills as she battles stage two breast cancer. The event will be on April 18.
Zeta Psi Chapter welcomed 12 beautiful new women to the Kappa Delta sisterhood during fall recruitment. The fall Shamrock Event was a huge success as the chapter raised $2,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America by doing "Bed Races." Members of the Valparaiso University Greek community and members from the town of Valparaiso came out and supported this wonderful cause.
In November, Zeta Psi welcomed a new council to guide the sisterhood into the next chapter of its history. Sister Bethany Sodo remained on council and became the chapter's new president. The rest of council is as follows: Samantha Boatright (vice president-member education), Kathleen Ouradnik (vice president-membership), Hannah Kestler (vice president-operations), Shannon Egan (vice president-community service), Marisa Lareau (vice president-public relations), Chelsy Lyman (vice president-standards), Rebekah Koehn (secretary), Alexandra Reinhardt (vice president-finance) and Laura Scheck (Panhellenic delegate). Zeta Psi Chapter is excited to see what the new council will do! After the holiday celebrations, Zeta Psi participated in formal recruitment, adding 17 new members to its sisterhood. Pictured is the chapter on spring Bid Day.
The month of February was very busy for Zeta Psi. Many members of the chapter participated in Valparaiso University's third annual Dance Marathon. The chapter held a Dads' Day celebration where sisters and their dads attended a basketball game and ate pizza together. They also hosted a confidence workshop with a local Girl Scout troop. Big/Little reveal, Second Degree, White Rose and Initiation all took place at the end of the month.
On April 12, Zeta Psi will hold its spring Shamrock Event. It is a three-on-three soccer tournament. All KD alumnae and members of the Valparaiso University community are invited to attend and participate. The chapter will participate in Valparaiso's Song Fest on April 26. Members chose the theme “Powerful Women” for their Song Fest performance. They will be singing and dancing to songs that promote confidence. In May, 13 members of Zeta Psi will be graduating. The chapter is looking forward to celebrating their accomplishments and their future plans.
In December, the Central Iowa Alumnae Chapter held its annual holiday dinner at a hotel where a member, Maggie, works as the hotel's wedding and event coordinator. Maggie did a beautiful job getting the room ready for the event. The evening was complete with good food, great friends, a photo booth and ornament exchange for all of the members and their dates to participate. AC members closed the evening with old stories from their time at Sigma Sigma-Iowa State.
Upcoming events include:
March 8 – Brunch at Wellman's West, 10:30 a.m.
May 30-31 – Sisterhood retreat at Sigma Sigma-Iowa State
June 17 – Social time at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny, 5:30 p.m.
July 16 – Social time at the Valley Junction Farmer’s Market, 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Aug. 9 – Business planning session
If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to Stephanie Andrews.
Sigma Sigma-Iowa State
Sigma Sigma hosted its second annual Kappa Delta Classic golf tournament on Oct. 4. Teams of up to four participated in 18 holes of golf, as well as dinner and a silent auction. The event was very well-attended, and raised over $11,000 for Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and Prevent Child Abuse America. The Shamrock committee was able to present PCAI with a check for $9,000 (representing 80 percent of the proceeds) to help the organization continue to foster safe environments for at-risk children in Iowa. The remaining 20 percent of the proceeds went to support the national efforts of PCAA.
The chapter celebrated International Girls Day with local Girl Scouts by hosting a mock career fair where attendees were invited to dress in attire representing their future professions. Members of Kappa Delta gave presentations on various careers, played games and ate dinner with the Girl Scouts. The event concluded with a runway show of Girl Scouts in their career attire.
Council elections were held in early November, and officer transitions took place on Dec. 1. Katelyn Keating, the previous vice president-membership, was elected as Sigma Sigma's new president. The other council officers are as follows: Merrick Ernst (vice president-member education), Allison Tikalksy (vice president-membership), Kathryn Leidahl (vice president-operations), Mary Heiller (vice president-community service), Claire Anderson (vice president-public relations), Sydney Reeves (vice president-standards), Jordan Roos (secretary), Natalie Thiesse (vice president-finance) and Raeann Hanlon (Panhellenic delegate).
On March 5, Sigma Sigma will host its first-ever spring Shamrock Event since the chapter was reactivated. This philanthropy event will be called KD Shakes, and will feature both mint and vanilla shakes made by chapter members. The event will be held in the backyard of the chapter house and is open to everyone. The event will also include a competition between fraternities or other campus organizations. The organization that purchases the most shakes on March 5 will be given a free four-person team in next fall's Kappa Delta Classic.
Sigma Gamma-Kansas State
Every September, the women of Kappa Delta celebrate International Women’s Friendship Month. Members are reminded of the importance of friendship and are encouraged to make new bonds and grow the relationships they currently have. This year, the Sigma Gamma chapter invited all sororities on the Kansas State University campus to celebrate International Women’s Friendship Month and use # IWFM14 on social media. This hashtag had a powerful impact as many members of Sigma Gamma got involved and it spread among all sororities on campus. For the first time, all 12 of the sororities were also invited to an event held at the Sigma Gamma chapter house. The event theme was a tea party, which included cupcakes and sweetened and unsweetened tea from McAlister’s. Attendees enjoyed using the photo booth and were able to purchase T-shirts to remember the event. Everyone was dressed up and enjoyed meeting women from other chapters.
“You could tell everyone was really excited to be at the tea party and meet women they might not have met otherwise,” said Sigma Gamma member Gabriella Casenove. “This event was a way to connect amazing women across campus. The event spread the International Women’s Friendship Month spirit and everyone who attended is already eager to return next year.”
Sigma Gamma hosted some exciting spring Shamrock events. For the fifth year, the chapter held its Shamrock Shootout basketball tournament and all-you-can-eat buffet. The chapter is proud that the Shamrock Shootout, held Feb. 28, had participation from the Manhattan community as well as Greek and non-Greek affiliated students. On March 1, the all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring food from local businesses, was served at the Kappa Delta chapter house. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this event went to Prevent Child Abuse America and 80 percent benefitted the Crisis Center in Manhattan. Last year, Shamrock raised $17,000, making it the most successful sorority philanthropy on campus.
The new Zeta Epsilon council is settling in and already implementing a lot of great ideas. Sisters are confident this new council will take the chapter to new heights! In the fall semester, Zeta Epsilon improved its overall GPA from a 3.27 to a 3.35, boosting its academic standing among the other sororities from eighth to fifth.
The Shamrock Basketball Tournament was such a big hit in the fall that the chapter decided to plan another tournament in the spring. This one will have a March Madness theme. Zeta Epsilon's 25th chapter anniversary is April 28. Anniversary celebrations for all alumnae and collegiate members will take place this upcoming fall. The sisters of Zeta Epsilon also invite all alumnae back to Kappa Delta on May 3 for the annual Alumnae Tea. More details about these exciting events will be coming soon! This summer, the main level of the Zeta Epsilon chapter house will be renovated and members could not be more excited to see the results.
We have recently completed our first full year as the re-established alumnae chapter of Bowling Green, Ky. In 2014, we elected officers, recruited a core group of active members, and although we started as a social group, we successfully supported our community and local Delta Gamma Chapter as well. Events included hosting an Alex's Lemonade Stand, designing and selling alumnae Homecoming shirts at Western Kentucky University, organizing an alumnae event and picture at the house before the football game, delivering goody bags to the chapter during finals week, gathering for monthly social events, and hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party and gift exchange.
On Feb. 28, Delta Gamma Chapter will be hosting its Shamrock Shootout Basketball tournament, which supports child abuse prevention efforts. We also are looking forward to the Delta Gamma Chapter's 50th anniversary celebration in September. In addition to special events, we will continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month for a social outing.
If you live in the Bowling Green area and are interested in getting involved with our alumnae chapter, please contact President Mandy Berry Rogers and follow us on Twitter: @BGKDalumnae.
In honor of Founders Day, Louisville Alumnae Chapter members made and served dinner for 45 people at Gilda's Club, a cancer-support organization. It was a great way to give back and celebrate our amazing sisterhood.
The Louisville AC hosted an annual holiday party for all local KDs. We enjoyed delicious food, great company and a small gift exchange. This is always one of our most popular events and gives us an opportunity to meet new sisters and reconnect with some we may not see enough.
Each year after the holidays are over, the Louisville KDAC gets together for a brunch to kick off the new year.
AC members are happy to recognize Sarah Hughes Barker, AC president, who was recently selected as the Junior League of Louisville's president elect.
On Feb. 28, AC members will attend the Louisville Area Panhellenic Scholarship Luncheon. Each year the Alumnae Panhellenic Association awards three to four scholarships to local collegiate women. This year, two Kappa Deltas from Alpha Xi-Louisville will be honored!
We love to meet KDs from all over! To get involved or for more information, contact Sarah Barker or visit our website or our Facebook page.
In the fall semester, Alpha Xi celebrated International Women's Friendship Month with a "Kisses with KD" event where women on campus were handed chocolate kisses with inspirational messages on them. Alpha Xi had a very successful fall recruitment, bringing in one of the largest pledge classes in chapter history. The new chapter council has been working very hard to improve the chapter, developing new strategies to keep sisters engaged and involved with KD.
In December, Alpha Xi held a Midnight Munchies event right around finals week where all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy were served. All proceeds from the event went to support the work of Prevent Child Abuse America.
Alpha Xi's council is working on some exciting plans for the spring semester to further support Prevent Child Abuse America. Be sure to follow the chapter on social media for more updates!
On Oct. 24, Beta Lambda hosted its Shamrock Event, a 5k glow run, which included a special guest from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. There was an excellent turnout!
To celebrate the holidays, at the end of the fall semester, the Beta Lambda Chapter had a tacky sweater Christmas party. It was a great way to reach out to potential new members before spring recruitment.
Upon returning from break, the chapter recognized its 15 members on the Dean's List by hanging a sheet banner outside of the cafeteria congratulating them on their accomplishment of a 3.7 or higher GPA. The chapter was proud to welcome 17 outstanding new members after a successful formal recruitment in January.
On March 6, Beta Lambda will host its annual Shamrock dinner. This year, the chapter has received donations from local Qdoba restaurants that will be sponsoring a taco bar for the event! The chapter is excited to have the dinner at a new location, Grace Christian Church. Members are excited to work more with this local group after having participated in its "Feed the Starving Children" donation drive. The sisters of Beta Lambda hope to see many alumnae at Shamrock!
Delta Gamma-Western Kentucky
Delta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta kicked off last semester with Spirit Week led by Emily Goodin, vice president-membership, and Chelsea Fromm, assistant vice president-membership. Sisters Goodin and Fromm prepared members for recruitment with the help of Katie Clarke and Lindsey Houchin, two members of the chapter advisory board, along with recruitment committee heads. Delta Gamma welcomed 62 new members, the largest pledge class for the chapter. The fall 2014 pledge class maintained 100 percent retention during the semester.
On Oct. 14, Delta Gamma hosted its 23rd annual Shenanigans dance competition. Between a successful dance competition and Prevent Child Abuse America pinwheel sales, the chapter raised more than $10,500 for PCAA and the local Family Enrichment Center. Sororities and fraternities were paired to compete to a "Road Trip" theme, with VanMeter Auditorium reaching maximum capacity.
This fall, Delta Gamma also celebrated a first place float and overall win during Homecoming Week. At the end of the week-long celebration, Delta Gamma hosted alumnae for the annual Homecoming brunch on Nov. 8. At the brunch, the Delta Gamma House Corporation Board announced it is planning to expand the chapter house. The house corporation board is currently raising money and seeking donations to fund the project.
The Delta Gamma Chapter ended the semester by installing a new chapter council on Nov. 23. The new council is as follows: Jordan Webb (president), Brittney Runnion (vice president-member education), Meredith Queen (vice president-membership), Emily Sturgill (vice president-operations), Sarah Price (vice president-community service), Angela Petkovic (vice president-public relations), Katherine Parks (vice president-standards), Katelyn Nichols (secretary), Casey Birge (vice president-finance) and Jordan Coffman (Panhellenic delegate). The new council is excited to lead the chapter in 2015.
Delta Gamma hosted its 13th annual Shamrock Shootout in Preston Center at Western Kentucky University on Feb. 28 and March 1. Shamrock Shootout is a five-on-five basketball tournament that raises funds for the local Family Enrichment Center and Prevent Child Abuse America.
The sisters of Delta Gamma were thrilled to participate in informal spring recruitment where they welcomed 10 new members. The new members will be initiated on March 28. Please contact Brittney Runnion, vice president-member education, for more information.
Spring will be busy for Delta Gamma as sisters will participate in many campus and community philanthropy events, such as Up 'til Dawn, a student-run fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Dance Big Red, a student-run fundraising event benefiting the Children's Hospital Foundation. Delta Gamma will also pair with a fraternity each month to volunteer at an organization in Bowling Green. In February, Delta Gamma volunteered at the Humane Society with the men of Sigma Chi. Delta Gamma will compete in Western Kentucky University's Greek Week. The week will kick off on April 19 in E.A. Diddle Arena with Spring Sing, a song and dance competition between sororities and fraternities.
Delta Iota-Murray State
Delta Iota hosted its first Shamrock Event, Paintball Edition on Oct. 20. It was a huge success. The chaper exceeded all goals and raised over $7,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky! The paintball tournament was held at Wizard Land Paintball Field, and teams from Greek chapters and other campus organizations participated. During this event, teams competed against each other in a multiple round paintball battle. In the end, the gentlemen of Sigma Pi Fraternity were the winners. It was a day filled with fun and lots of paint!
On March 26, Delta Iota will participate in the annual Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show. This show is held every year and is a huge event on Murray State's campus. All fraternities and sororities create a step routine related to a theme of their choosing. Delta Iota's step coach this year is Alpha Phi Alpha member Dexter Alexander, and he is very excited work with the chapter. The step team is already working very hard, and is ready to bring Kappa Delta home a win. Members would love for you to come out and watch and support their efforts. More details to come!
Delta Omicron-Eastern Kentucky
To start off 2015, the members of Delta Omicron's council (pictured) got together for a weekend to plan for the semester. The council planned different sisterhood events and set dates for important chapter events like Parents' Day and various community service events. One sisterhood event was a day spent at Get Air in Lexington, which is a building filled with trampolines. The chapter participated in informal recruitment this spring and welcomed three new members. Sisters cannot wait to show them what it means to be a KD!
Delta Omicron planned three very exciting events for the spring semester. During the first event, held Feb. 26, the spring new members received their bigs. The next event, Parents' Day, was held March 1. Later in March will be Greek Weekend and Greek Awards. Kappa Delta is paired with the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon this year.
Delta Tau-Morehead State
Delta Tau had an extremely successful fall semester. On Nov. 14, all sisters supported local alumna Susan Ahmadi by volunteering at her "Go Confidently" Handbag Collection and confidence workshop for International Girls Day. Sisters donated purses, passed out snacks and helped lead group discussions. It was an amazing way to celebrate confidence!
Council elections were held shortly after on Nov. 16. Delta Tau had a wonderful election process this year. The chapter was very proud to see many new members step up and show a strong interest in leadership by running for positions. The sisters of Delta Tau are confident the new council will lead the chapter to great heights. The newly elected Delta Tau council officers are: Kelsey May, president; Allie Winkleman, vice president-member education; Makenzie Waltermire, vice president-membership; Alli Banks, vice president-operations; Hannah Conley, vice president-community service; Kelsie Handshoe, vice president-public relations; Lizzy Snowden, vice president-standards; Jessica Bush, secretary; Sarah George, vice president-finance; and Haley Tye, Panhellenic delegate.
As the fall term slowly came to an end, Delta Tau had one last sisterhood event before winter break. Sisters dressed in tacky Christmas sweaters and brought gifts for a fun gift exchange to celebrate Christmas. Delta Tau had an amazing fall semester!
To welcome students back from winter break, Delta Tau sisters passed out green ink pens that said "Kappa Delta wishes you an 'inkcredible' spring semester." All of the students really enjoyed receiving encouragement, even if it was from a simple ink pen.
Delta Tau recently participated in Great Pretenders, Delta Zeta's lip-syncing philanthropy event. Chapter members love to support other organizations' philanthropies. Delta Tau will be collaborating with Sigma Phi Epsilon in April to host Spring Sing. It is a fairly new event in which groups can perform a musical number to support the philanthropies of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Delta.
Delta Tau is very excited to see what the rest of 2015 brings!
The fall semester was a busy one for the women of Epsilon Omega. Sisters passed out balloons to each of the sororities on campus, encouraging them to participate in International Girls Day. They also passed out paper balloons to women all around campus. These balloons had inspirational messages written on them to help promote confidence. Epsilon Omega welcomed 15 new sisters through spring recruitment. To celebrate, they enjoyed ice cream sundaes and played games to get to know each other better.
A new council was elected in November. The new president is Alexa Maier, who was the previous vice president-member education. She is leading the chapter to success with her organization and positive attitude. Taking over the member education position is Hannah Clendenin, who is developing more ways to grow the new members' love for Kappa Delta. The vice president-membership is Cindy Le, who has already demonstrated her skills during spring recruitment. Julia Maier is the new vice president-operations and has been working on the overall organization of the chapter. The new vice president-community service, Ashley Murphy, will now coordinate all of Epsilon Omega's philanthropy events. Kate Borrelli, the vice president-public relations, has focused on polishing the chapter’s image and promoting all of the great things sisters are doing. The new vice president-standards is Emily Paige Hall, and she is holding members accountable for living up to Kappa Delta's high standards. The secretary is now Kaleigh Yurkew, and she is creating more effective attendance requirements. The chapter finances are now in the hands of Brooke Dobbs, who has worked hard on creating better payment plans. Lastly, the new Panhellenic delegate is Lauren Johnson, and she is keeping the chapter up to date on campus activities.
On March 28, Epsilon Omega will host its annual Shamrock Week. The week consists of a trivia night, a spaghetti dinner and a 5k run/walk. All alumnae are strongly encouraged to participate and will have a separate tent at the event. The chapter will also be participating in Chi Omega’s Greek Sing in March. Members have already started preparing by choreographing dances and picking music. Epsilon Omega will finish off the semester with Parents' Weekend, an event complete with a day at Keeneland Race Track and a brunch to celebrate the chapter's accomplishments in the spring semester.
Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky
NKU's Eta Eta Chapter elected its new council in November. Officers are working well together and are doing a great job so far! In January, the chapter participated in informal recruitment. The sisters of Eta Eta were excited for the opportunity welcome new members into the chapter. Initiation will take place later this spring.
Last semester, the chapter held a Girl Scout Spa Day where local Girl Scouts were able to have their hair and nails done while spending time with Kappa Deltas for the day.
In the spring semester, Eta Eta will host its Golf Scramble Shamrock Event. This year, it will be held March 28 at a new golf course. Sisters have new ideas for ways to make the event run smoother and are excited to have their families participate along with members of other sororities and fraternities.
In April, the chapter will host Dads' Day where sisters and their fathers will attend a Reds game. To make sure everyone feels included, they will also host a Parents' Day dinner with a slideshow featuring the chapter’s activities and accomplishments. It is going to be an amazing semester!
Gamma Xi-Kentucky Wesleyan
Gamma Xi Chapter experienced a breakthrough this past fall semester when it gained 14 new sisters. With the increased number of members, the chapter has experienced a sisterhood like never before! During Homecoming weekend this past fall, alumnae were invited to a luncheon with the chapter. The turnout was great this year, and collegiate members enjoyed getting to know and celebrate with the ladies who have made Gamma Xi the chapter it is today.
The sisters of Gamma Xi also put together an all-around fantastic International Girls Day event. Local Girl Scout troops were invited to an evening filled with food, knowledge and fun! Girls went through stations representing different cultures and learned how to make dream catchers, speak and write Chinese, and perform karate for self-defense. In addition to events on campus, the new council was selected in November! New council members are excited to work towards the potential of becoming a merit chapter this year. Hard work and dedication from council, along with support of collegiate members and alumnae will be necessary, but Kappa Deltas are always up for a challenge!
Pictured from left, Taylor Wilson (vice president-standards), Brittni Fitter (vice president-operations), Pennilyn Plumer (vice president-community service), Emmalee Speer (vice president-public relations), Kathryn Dishion (president), Daphne Parker (vice president-membership), Summer Newsome (Panhellenic delegate), Bria Wright (secretary), Rhiannon Moore (vice president-member education) and Heather Lacy (vice president-finance).
This spring semester is going to be very full! The chapter is planning an alumnae luncheon for March, and members are excited to spend time with the alumnae that attend and continue to be involved and generously give to the chapter. April 6-10 kicks off Greek Week on campus. Gamma Xi will be defending its three year championship against the other four Greek organizations. Members hope to bring home a win for Kappa Delta for the fourth year in a row! Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest!
The Baton Rouge Alumnae Chapter has enjoyed a busy fall participating in the following events:
Sept. 18, 2014 - The annual potluck dinner and membership meeting was held at a local alumna's house.
Oct. 23, 2014 - Several members attended the Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana luncheon held in Baton Rouge. Chapter members also celebrated Founders Day at a local restaurant.
Oct. 26, 2014 - The AC participated in Trick-or-Treat Down the Row at Louisiana State University. Chapter members brought their families to trick-or-treat down sorority row and have a little Halloween party in the courtyard of the Kappa Delta house.
Dec. 4, 2014 - Chapter members and guests celebrated the holidays with music, refreshments and holiday door prizes at a Christmas party held at the Walden Clubhouse.
The new year is off to a great start with alumnae enjoying a social hour at a local restaurant in January and a get-together at a member's home in February.
This year the AC will host monthly social hours. In March, the AC will participate in an Easter egg hunt at the Epsilon-Louisiana State chapter house and a Kendra Scott Jewelry party where 10 percent of all purchases will benefit the Girls Scouts of America the USA local Baton Rouge chapters.
Please contact Alice Johnson and Kimberly Storm Bergeron at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining the Baton Rouge Alumnae Chapter! We look forward to meeting you at one of of our next events in 2015!
Members of the Cenla Alumnae Chapter enjoyed a Christmas party with local collegiate KD sisters.
This spring the group will host a Shamrock Event in support of the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) group and Prevent Child Abuse America.
Contact Christal Workman if you would like to get involved with the Central Louisiana (Cenla) Alumnae Chapter.
On Dec. 18, the Lake Charles, La., Alumnae Chapter held a Christmas party at the home of Bobbie Lee and Amber Dorion. Local collegians from the Epsilon-Louisiana State chapter mingled with the alumnae over gumbo and desserts. Three large Santa bags filled with toys were collected at the event. The toys were donated to KPLC Community Christmas toy drive.
On May 11, the Lake Charles, La., alumnae chapter will be 60 years old. We are currently planning a luncheon to celebrate this milestone. In June, we will have our annual rec-writing party to complete recommendations for all local incoming freshmen who are planning on participating in fall recruitment.
Alumnae can get involved in the chapter by contacting Gina Neck.
The Mandeville/Covington Alumnae Chapter met in October to discuss the revitalization of the AC. We had a great turnout, and we are so excited about the future of our AC. We met again on Jan. 18 to elect officers and plan events.
A KD Kickoff Party for all local alumnae will be held in March. Watch for details to follow!
For more information about the Mandeville/Covington Alumnae Chapter, contact Heidi McGehee.
With thanks to Michelle Anderson, the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter hosted a spectacular Christmas Party at the Column’s Hotel on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Everyone brought gifts that were donated to Toys for Tots. We also had a successful dinner on Oct. 29 at the Southern Yacht Club to celebrate our KD founders. We were excited to welcome several new alumnae that evening and honored to have Lydia Barousse, a past National Council member, speak.
Our alumnae chapter sent 14 recommendations on new members to various KD chapters throughout the country and remains active in the Greater New Orleans Alumnae Panhellenic Association, participating in its annual banquet and attending regular meetings. Kappa Delta is in the rotation for a leadership position on the board.
Our very popular book club meets bimonthly, usually at the home of an alumna, and is growing in participation. In September, we discussed "Dollbaby" by local author Laura Lane McNeal. On Nov. 18, we reviewed "Strapless" by Deborah Davis, and in January, we met at a local restaurant to discuss "The Last Original Wife" by Dorothea Benton Frank.
The book club will meet on March 18 to discuss "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. As usual, all alumnae are invited to attend even if they don't have time to read the book and just want to socialize. We also are planning to co-host an event with one or two other local alumnae chapters from National Panhellenic Conference groups -- details to follow! We will elect officers this spring and welcome New Orleans KDs to help lead our alumnae chapter.
For more information, email email@example.com and watch for activities posted on Facebook at New Orleans Kappa Delta Alumna Association.
Alpha Chi-Louisiana Tech
Many things have been going on at the Alpha Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta at Louisiana Tech University. The International Girls Day event in November was a success with many Girl Scouts coming out to celebrate. The day ended with a short concert of "Frozen" songs given by a Girl Scout.
The new council for the Alpha Chi Chapter was selected, and the new officers are excited for the upcoming year. They are as follows: Mary Payne (president), Kaitlin Robinson (vice president-member education), Abbie King (vice president-membership), Mallory Breaux (vice president-operations), Madison Vige (vice president-community service), Kerrigan Pettis (vice president-public relations), Allie Flowers (vice president-standards), Rachael Maxson (vice president-finance), Allie Flowers (secretary) and Taylor Guillot (Panhellenic delegate). Also, four Kappa Deltas were recently chosen to serve on the Orientation Student Leader staff. They are Rachael Maxson, Kerrigan Pettis, Mackenzie Potts and Hannah Whitten. This is such a great honor since there are just eight total on staff.
The annual Shamrock 5k and Fun Run will be held on March 21 at Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston, La. The event is always a great success. Also, Kappa Delta Formal will be held April 11 at the Norton Building in downtown Ruston. Formal is always such a great night to get dressed up and have fun with sisters!
As the 2014 fall semester came to an end, a brand new council was slated, elected and installed. The newly elected council hit the ground running with many great ideas and fun-filled events for the sisters of Delta Zeta! The new council includes Anna Grace Greer (president), Kia Weinreber (vice president-member education), Allison Crotwell (vice president-membership), Kimmie Morrison (vice president-operations), Jenna Mailhes (vice president-community service), Lauren Lewis (vice president-public relations), Lauren Norton (vice president-standards), Lauren Rappold (secretary), Morgan May (vice president-finance) and Grace Jeanfreau (Panhellenic delegate). This council is composed of both returning and new members, which members believe is a strength. The returning council members plan to continue implementing past projects and ideas that worked well, and the new council members have many great new ideas that will continue to improve the chapter. President Anna Grace Greer, previously vice president-member education, plans to use what she learned from her former position to boost chapter morale and encourage members to continue to lead as confident women on campus. Great things are to be expected from the newly elected Delta Zeta Council, and they cannot wait to see what the next year holds!
It’s Shamrock Season for the Delta Zeta Chapter! This year, the new vice president-community service, Jenna Mailhes, decided to spice things up with by making the annual 5k a color run called "Color Me KayDee." Jenna said, “I felt it was time for a change. I hope this new idea will catch the eye of more people in our community.” The race will be held March 14 at Forsythe Park in Monroe, La. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by a one mile fun run at 8:30 a.m. The color run will begin at 9 a.m. The fee to run will be $35, and all proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America nationally and child abuse prevention locally. The sisters of Delta Zeta invite all collegiate and alumnae members to attend Shamrock and help them raise funds and awareness for this important cause.
Kappa Delta at LSU has been booming the past few months. Epsilon had an extremely successful International Girls Day celebration held in the LSU Student Union Ballroom for the first time. The Mothers' Club and chapter alumnae adorned the chapter house in the most beautiful Christmas decor. Epsilon wrapped up the semester with its annual "finals treats" courtesy of the Mothers' Club.
With the start of the new semester, the freshmen members exemplified true "Epsilon" qualities. They achieved third highest GPA on the row, and nearly half of this new member class was present at KD's water stop at the Louisiana half marathon, an event that required sisters to be present at 5 a.m. Geaux freshmen and Geaux Epsilon!
The chapter is busy planning its spring Shamrock Event! Members will once again sell hundreds of plates of jambalaya at the Baton St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Epsilon will be the only food vendor at the event. The chapter will cap off the weekend with a fraternity volleyball tournament, "Slamrock," where different fraternity teams will be coached by chapter members. Epsilon is anticipating an extremely successful event!
Gamma Kappa had a very eventful fall semester. Recruitment was a huge success as was Homecoming, which happened shortly after. During Homecoming, Kappa Delta placed first place overall for the first time in almost 10 years. Members also showed their support as Gamma Kappa’s very own Madeleine Orte was crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen.
For International Girls Day, the ladies of Gamma Kappa welcomed more than 50 Girl Scouts into their home. There were several stations set up, and each had a unique topic for discussion such as what the Girl Scouts want to be when they grow up and what they want to do to make a difference in the world. There was also a photo booth with different costume accessories where attendees could take fun pictures.
Gamma Kappa welcomed its new council (pictured) in November. The 10 new members of the council are: Annie Briley (president), Katelyn Bayhi (vice president-member education), Sarah Martin (vice president-membership), Ashley Roy (vice president-operations), Karlie Rowley (vice president-community service), Amie LeBlanc (vice president-public relations), Mary Katherine Chiasson (vice president-standards), Madison Guidry (vice president-finance), Caitlyn Manfre (secretary) and Sarah Macnamara (Panhellenic delegate).
Gamma Kappa will be showing lots of spirit soon with Greek Week taking place March 9-14. Greek Week is a great opportunity to promote Kappa Delta as well as the Greek community as a whole. The chapter will host its big Shamrock Event the week of March 16-21 and will be doing things differently. Donation letters will be sent out shortly, so be on the lookout for ways you can help Kappa Delta while raising money for Prevent Child Abuse America. There will also be new and exciting events happening the week of Shamrock so keep your eyes peeled for fun local fundraising events with Gamma Kappa!
Anne Arundel County
Alumnae gathered in Anne Arundel County and beyond during the fall of 2014, with new sisters always joining in.
In September, sisters dined at Four Seasons Grille in Waugh Chapel to celebrate International Women’s Friendship Month. Participants received a small token of friendship, and the event gave Alpha Rho alumnae a chance to share stories about their time at the KD house at the University of Maryland.
More reminiscing occurred at the house during Alpha Rho’s 85th anniversary celebration. Elaine Ricca DiAiso and her 1960s' sisters gathered participants around the newly acquired piano to sing KD songs.
Tary Miller Dalpini was the perfect hostess for a Founders Day potluck dinner at her home where Natalie Schott Cronin’s daughters learned similarities between Girl Scouts and KD and sold cookies.
November was our road trip to Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU for KD Tour Day, when nearby chapters are invited to tour the hospital and watch motorcyclists ride by to deliver teddy bears for the children. Sisters also enjoyed Clayworks’ Ladies Night projects.
At the Christmas tea at Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis, we honored Sheri Schou Roe, Pi-Nebraska, for her entry into Kappa Delta’s White Rose Circle for 50-year members.
As new members of the Greater Baltimore Alumnae Panhellenic Association, we will be joining Baltimore-area sorority women on March 7 for the annual scholarship lunch scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cross Keys. Two scholarships will be awarded to collegiate women attending Maryland colleges who are active in their NPC sororities. (Last year one was a KD!) There will be a speaker in addition to lunch and presentation.
Also in March, our Shamrock support will include several dates at area restaurants with proceeds going to support the fight against child abuse. The date for all of us to come together will likely be Wednesday, March 18, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Waugh Chapel area in Gambrills.
As supporters of the Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Washington, D.C., we are invited to attend the April 1 scholarship reception at a member’s home. Last year there were two KD winners!
Join us on April 11 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Anne Arundel County Alumnae Chapter with a barbecue at the home of our treasurer, Pamela Johns Bishop, from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Carpools will be available.
We continue to support Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, including the Distinguished Women Award Event on April 23. Kappa Delta’s Janet Marie Smith and The Honorable Lynne Battaglia are previous honorees.
Annually we recognize graduating seniors in May with ceremonies at Alpha Rho-Maryland, Sigma Mu-George Washington, and Zeta Mu-Towson to induct them into the wonderful world of Kappa Delta alumnae life.
Details of these events and additional events throughout the year are advertised in our newsletter published twice a year, through emails to alumnae on our roster, and in our Facebook group at “Anne Arundel County, MD Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority.”
Contact Cydny Holt for more information or to be included on the AACAC mailing list.
Our members in 2014 were initiates of 31 different chapters with initiation years ranging from 1944 through 2012. Some have lived in Maryland a long time, and others were new to the area. Joining the AACAC provides you with an opportunity to socialize and network with women of diverse chapters and backgrounds. You can also use the activities to gather sisters from your own chapter to catch up with one another.
We can provide information about volunteering with the collegiate chapters in the area.
Members of the Montgomery County and District of Columbia alumnae chapters enjoyed getting together for a holiday potluck and ornament exchange this past December.
For more information about the Montgomery County AC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Rho had a busy start to the spring semester with formal recruitment, Bid Day and the new member retreat. After a week of recruitment, the chapter welcomed an outstanding group of new members on Sunday, Feb. 8. Pictured are new members on Bid Day. The Initiation of new members will take place this spring.
On March 28, Alpha Rho will host Joy Bauer, nutrition and health expert on the Today Show, for a special lecture for the entire College Park community! The chapter plans to participate in many philanthropy events hosted by other sororities and fraternities this spring.
The Zeta Mu Chapter of Kappa Delta had an excellent fall semester. For its Shamrock Event, the chapter hosted a very successful silent auction that included bidding for items/activities, raffles, prizes and even karaoke! The week leading up to the event was filled with events such as tabling, “Sham Dunk,” a fraternity basketball tournament, and a cornhole tournament.
To celebrate International Women's Friendship Month, the lovely ladies of Pretty Girl Revolution spoke to the chapter about appreciating who you are and building confidence. The chapter also hosted a "You Make Me Smile" campaign where they handed out balloons with positive messages all over campus.
Zeta Mu partnered with the Alpha Rho Chapter of Kappa Delta at the University of Maryland to host an International Girls Day event with Girl Scouts. This year, Kappa Delta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity won Towson's "Yell The Madness" dance competition, which helped them earn enough points to place first in all of Homecoming. Although the chapter did not take an informal pledge class, it hosted two very successful open house events. One event had the theme, "Only the Best Get PicKeD," and the other had a nautical, "Get Hooked on KD" theme. In preparation for formal recruitment, the chapter held a sisterhood retreat/recruitment workshop at the beautiful home of one of the sisters. Elections for the new council took place Sunday, Nov. 16. The newly elected sisters have already had their council retreat and are eager to watch all of their new ideas and plans for Zeta Mu unfold.
The chapter has a busy spring planned. It will host a Parents' Day brunch March 7, big/little reveal March 28, Second Degree April 7, a Girl Scout event April 11, and Initiation April 12. Towson's annual Greek Week takes place April 18-24. All fraternities and sororities will compete in events including the annual Greek Sing competition. This is a very exciting event for Greek Life, and Zeta Mu has come in either first or second place in the past two years.
The Cape Cod Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Delta applied for a 2015 KiDs Grant to assist the Jordan Hospital Club of Plymouth, Mass., in providing teddy bears for children who come to the emergency department at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth. Since 2008, the Jordan Hospital Club has provided teddy bears to children who are patients (or who are accompanying a patient) in the emergency department. We will find out soon if our project was awarded a grant.
It can be an unsettling and fearful time for a child to visit the emergency department, and a teddy bear can offer needed comfort. A teddy bear offers familiarity and something soft and cuddly for the child to focus upon. This aids in the child’s care by calming him or her down, providing a distraction and making the sterile environment a little more pleasurable. It assists the doctors and nurses with building a bond with the child.
We are planning a number of fun events for the year, including pottery painting and a drop-in at the CCAC president's house to fill birthday boxes for Birthday Wishes, a Massachusetts nonprofit providing birthday parties for homeless children in our area and beyond. Dates will be announced via our Facebook page and our e-newsletter "Nautilus News."
Any Cape Cod-area alumna who is interested in joining us is welcome and may call or email Nicole Fichter Nyberg.
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This fall, Eta Kappa welcomed 35 extraordinary new women into the chapter. Over 400 Northeastern women signed up for formal recruitment. During recruitment, Eta Kappa hosted an open house night, a Prevent Child Abuse America-themed philanthropy night, a "Sweet Home Kappa Delta" sisterhood night and a ritualistic Preference night ceremony. These newest members, the Iota class, come from all across the country, from California to Texas to Illinois to Massachusetts, and they participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities on campus. These women have already demonstrated how valuable they to the chapter. They participated in FSL’s Homecoming “Take it to the Floor” dance competition, created a team and competed in Delta Zeta’s Turtle Tug, and applied to be APOs for the upcoming year. The Iota class members received their big sisters, and some of them are excited to take on littles of their own this spring as Eta Kappa welcomes six new members into the sisterhood. The chapter is continually impressed with all that the new members bring to the chapter.
The sisters of Eta Kappa are excited to host their annual Shamrock Event this spring! The chapter’s second annual KD Karnival will take place Sunday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m. in Krentzman Quad. The event will feature a variety of fun games, as well as pinwheel sales and food fundraisers. As always, 80 percent of the proceeds will go to a local child abuse prevention agency and the remaining 20 percent will go to support the national efforts of PCAA. During the same weekend, Eta Kappa will be initiating its newest members, the Kappa class. The chapter invites any interested alumnae to attend the Initiation ceremony on March 28 from 5-9 p.m.
Kappa Delta Eta Phi had an amazing semester at Boston University! The Kappa Delta Fall Fest Shamrock Event was a huge success. The event featured a pie eating contest, cornhole and many other fun activities. The women of Eta Phi had a blast at their International Girls Day “recyclable” fashion show. The Girl Scouts dressed up in wrapping paper, much of it Frozen themed, and posed with confidence balloons and picture frames.
The chapter had an amazing formal recruitment! It welcomed 47 unbelievable new members who are an amazing reminder of all that Eta Phi and Kappa Delta represent. The women are already establishing lifelong friendships. The chapter celebrated First Degree with the new members, and they are extremely excited to expand on Ritual knowledge and execution throughout the semester.
Eta Phi elected a new council in the beginning of December. The women are a group of highly driven, intelligent sophomores and juniors who cannot wait to serve the chapter. In addition to supporting the chapter goals of social success, retention and academic success, they plan to focus on placing a higher priority on Ritual in everyday life.
Eta Phi's spring Shamrock Event, called "Smart Cookie," involves multiple student organizations competing in a game show where they are asked questions from actual fifth grader's homework. Chapter members will sell Girl Scout cookies at the event, and if last year's Shamrock is any indication, they will sell out within the first hour. The community at Boston University loves this fun, spirited even.
The chapter’s "You Make Me Smile" campaign is coming up in April. Sisters will set up a confidence board where students can write messages of encouragement and share why they are confident. The women of the chapter will also be handing out balloons with messages that support confidence. This year's new member class cannot wait to participate in the "You Make Me Smile" campaign since so many of the women were extremely impressed by the Confidence Coalition during recruitment.
Eta Phi will also host an alumnae brunch during the upcoming semester. The new member class will get to meet some of the amazing women who came before them in the chapter.
Detroit Tri-County Alumnae Chapter members enjoyed a Founders Day celebration in October, spa day in November, a holiday ornament craft night in December, and a cooking class in January. Member Amber Stout, community service chairman, continues to keep us involved in the local community. We appreciate all she does!
In March, we will host our annual Zumbathon for our Shamrock Event.
To learn more about the Detroit Tri-County AC, email Kdtricounty@gmail.com and look for the AC on Facebook: Kappa Delta - Detroit Tri-county Alumnae Chapter
Alpha Alpha-Michigan State
The women of Alpha Alpha Chapter have been gearing up for a very busy spring semester! For the first event of the year, the sisters teamed up with the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan on Jan. 25 for a day of learning, cheering and, of course, cookies. Over 500 Girl Scouts attended the event designed to promote best practices for cookie selling success, followed by the Girl Scout Cheer-Off. Girls of all ages created cheers to be performed during the Michigan State University Women's Basketball game later that afternoon. Alpha Alpha members not only had the opportunity to spend the day getting to know Girl Scouts from around the state, but were also able to exemplify how confidence can "make the sale."
The new chapter council has been hard at work planning the year’s events, with more Panhellenic, philanthropy and campus events than ever. Comprised of nine sophomores and one junior, their majors range from nutrition and human biology, to political theory and Constitutional Democracy.
"I'm excited to work hard for the chapter that has given me so much. Now it's my turn to give back," said vice president-operations Jordan Spivak. "I have no doubt that the leadership roles of our members can skyrocket this year, and that our outside involvement can grow more than ever before."
The ladies of Alpha Alpha also cheered on their home team for a sisterhood event at a Michigan State hockey game! The Spartans faced off against the University of Michigan Wolverines for Hockey Senior Night with a section full of Kappa Deltas to cheer them on. Go Green!
Spring semester is typically a busy time for Alpha Alpha, and this year is no exception! Chapter members will be holding their annual Shamrock 5k to support Prevent Child Abuse America. The tentative date for the event is April 21. Details will be released closer to the event on Alpha Alpha's Facebook page. Alumnae are not only invited to the event, but encouraged to bring friends and tour the chapter house while in the area!
"This year's goal for the Shamrock 5k is to raise $8,000," said Vice President-Community Service Anna Mayotte. "We're going to need all of the alumnae help we can get, but child abuse prevention is a cause we can all stand behind, so I know this year will be a great race!"
Gamma Omicron-Wayne State
With the busy holiday season over, a new semester is upon us! Gamma Omicron has elected a new council for the upcoming year. The incoming council is as follows: Briana Collins (president), Arianna Martinez (vice president-member education), Angela Meriedeth (vice president-membership), Danielle Moskwa (vice president-operations), Ivana Kakos (vice president-community service), Madeline Miriani (vice president-public relations), Kimberly McClain (vice president-standards), Caroline Radzwion (secretary), Elizabeth Richert (vice president-finance) and Kajun Lloyd (Panhellenic delegate). Gamma Omicron is excited to see what this council has to offer!
On Jan. 30, Gamma Omicron held a Girl Scouts Fair Play event at Wayne State's athletic building. It was a huge success! Over 50 Girl Scouts registered and participated in volleyball, basketball, softball and cheerleading activities. They also watched and kept the score for the WSU women's basketball game. The Girl Scouts enjoyed meeting with the basketball players as well as getting their autographs. Members were very pleased with the turnout and had a great time with the Girl Scouts!
On March 28, Gamma Omicron will have its annual Shamrock Vera Bradley fundraiser at Leo's Fine Jewelers! More information is coming soon!
Also, Gamma Omicron will host its first Shamrock Pancake Breakfast on March 29! Admission is $5 per person, and proceeds will go to Prevent Child Abuse America and Michigan Children’s Trust Fund. Be sure to follow the chapter on social media for more Shamrock updates!
Sigma Pi held its annual Shamrock Pancake Brunch in November. The event was held at a church in Albion to accommodate the large number of attendees. This year, the chapter raised more than $2,300 for Prevent Child Abuse America! The Shamrock Event was the weekend after Albion College’s Homecoming weekend. It was a great opportunity to see alumnae who were unable to come to the homecoming open house in the Kappa Delta lodge. Soon after, the new chapter council was elected and transitioned. The future of Sigma Pi is looking very bright under the leadership of these outstanding women.
Right before leaving for winter break, the women of Sigma Pi Chapter had a warm holiday celebration at the chapter lodge. With finals coming up fast, it was a nice, relaxing evening with snacks and a secret Santa gift exchange. Hopefully this will become a new festive tradition at Albion!
Now that everyone is back from winter break, the focus has been on formal recruitment. Leadership Development Consultant Abby Kemp was with the chapter for recruitment. Abby is the second LDC to visit Sigma Pi this year. The chapter had such an enriching and enjoyable visit with LDC Andrea Shook this past fall. Pictured above are the new members of Sigma Pi.
Alumnae are encouraged to watch for the chapter’s spring newsletter, which will come out in late April/early May. It will feature the new members and other exciting chapter events. The newsletter is being revived this year, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
The chapter will participate in Delta Gamma’s “Anchor Week,” which culminates with “Anchor Splash,” a water routine. Greek Week is also in April and will be a fun time for every member of the chapter. Sisters are especially looking forward to “Mock Rock” where the chapter is paired with a fraternity to choreograph and perform a dance routine. Sigma Pi is paired with the men of Alpha Tau Omega for Mock Rock this year. The senior Kappa Deltas will join the alumnae circle soon, and Sigma Pi will have to say goodbye to many big sisters and mentors. There will definitely be a large Kappa Delta presence at commencement to watch and cheer for the graduating sisters!
The Rochester, Minn., Alumnae Chapter gathered at Victoria's Ristorante in Rochester to celebrate Founders Day. We had good conversation and a lovely dinner. In addition, Alumnae Chapter President Amy Majsterski read National President Beth Martin Langford's inspiring Founders Day message.
For more information about the Rochester, Minn., Alumnae Chapter, email email@example.com.
The Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter offered alumnae the opportunity to connect at an International Women's Friendship Month seminar, “2015 Interior Design Trends,” presented by ASID member Lora Riach Marceau, daughter of KD Darlene Juliar Riach.
KDs socialized at Vice President Laurie Rupe’s condo while holding a potluck lunch to commemorate Founders Day, and were welcomed at the annual Christmas Brunch at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.
The new TCAC Yearbook with phone numbers, email and postal addresses was distributed at Christmas. Susan Buettner Albrecht kept TCAC’s Facebook account updated; Sally Hielsberg Schakel handled the computer list; and Muriel Bochnak readied the directory for the printer. TCAC attracted nine new dues-paying members this fall.
KDs donated journals at Founders Day for a Girl Scout project; volunteered at Sojourner Shelter one evening; collected $100 when passing the Christmas sock (pictured) for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU; sold nuts at Christmas to send a delegate to KD’s 2015 National Convention; and “supported” Sigma Sigma, Sigma Psi and Theta Iota chapters with KD treat sacks at finals. Dues-paying members donated more than $250 to purchase robes for the new Theta Iota Chapter at the University of North Dakota.
TCAC invites KDs and friends to a Shamrock Event Bunco Tournament on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at Rojo Mexican Grill in Edina at 5 pm. Entrance fee is $15; there will be prizes! Contact Cathy Winchell Gies to participate. Eighty percent of the money raised will benefit the local Sojourner Shelter, and 20 percent will go to Prevent Child Abuse America.
On April 13, a wine and canvas (art) event will take place for KDs and guests. Saturday, May 2, is the White Rose Luncheon to honor new members of Kappa Delta’s Diamond, Emerald, White Rose and Nautilus Circles. Held at Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, the cost is $28 per person. A silent auction fundraiser, installation of officers and presentation of the 2015 Outstanding Member Award will take place. Reservations for both events are due one week in advance; contact Laurie Rupe.
A summer picnic for collegians and alumnae at Kenneth Rosland Park, Edina, is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. Bring your own beverage and a dish to share. Welcome back TCAC’s National Convention delegate and hear the latest news!
Find more information on events, visit TCAC’s website or on Facebook. New alumnae are always welcome!
This past fall, Cleveland Alumnae Chapter members became active resources for Gamma Psi-Delta State. AC members hosted a chapter/alumnae swimming party before school started to promote sisterhood, attended weekly meetings, invited collegians to alumnae meetings, helped Gamma Psi with social events on campus such as tailgating, supported on-campus events such as the Miss DSU pageant, hosted an International Women's Friendship Month brunch for chapter members and important women in their lives, joined the chapter for the Margaret Wade statue dedication on the DSU campus (she was a founding Gamma Psi member), and hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for alumnae and collegians to promote sisterhood.
This spring, the AC plans to support the Shamrock tennis/golf tournament, Girl Scout cookie sales, a sister competing in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, recruitment events and the chapter/alumnae Easter egg hunt.
If you are interested in learning more about the Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, contact Valerie Antici. You may also "friend" Valerie on Facebook.
School is back in session at the University of Mississippi, and the sisters of Alpha Mu are excited to see what 2015 will bring. This past fall, the chapter welcomed 140 new members on Bid Day, the biggest pledge class in the chapter's history.
Alpha Mu hosted its first fall Shamrock Event this year. The event included a golf tournament, tennis tournament and silent auction to benefit the prevention of child abuse. In October, Alpha Mu held an alumnae brunch during Homecoming weekend. Many Alpha Mu alumnae attended and were able to enjoy delicious food and see the beautiful foyer that was renovated over the summer.
Throughout the fall semester, chapter members took occasional breaks from their studies to attend sisterhood events. Alpha Mu had a pumpkin carving party in October and a cookie and ornament decorating event in December. Most recently, 21 chapter members went on a mission trip to Nicaragua (pictured) where they helped build a school.
Finally, new council members were chosen for 2015. Council members include: Lindsey Landrum (president), Ali Roberson (vice president-member education), Elyssa Howell (vice president-membership), Kacey Brown (vice president-operations), Amy Rosenthal (vice president-community service), Liz Corbus (vice president-public relations), Emilie Hilliard (vice president-standards), Emily Mullins (secretary), Lauren Iskander (vice president-finance) and Ashford Thompson (Panhellenic delegate).
Spring Shamrock is right around the corner on March 19-22. More information about spring Shamrock will be announced on Facebook soon. On March 28, Ole Miss hosts a day dedicated to community service called the Big Event. The community and Ole Miss students volunteer at various places in Oxford. Alpha Mu members participating in this event will be assigned various tasks to complete. Finally, the chapter looks forward to hosting Girl Scout events this semester.
Beta Sigma-Southern Mississippi
The women of Beta Sigma Chapter at Southern Miss are keeping busy! The International Women's Friendship Month tailgate was a huge success. Women from all corners of campus were invited to the Kappa Delta tent for food, a photo booth and quality time with each other and with the KDs. Equally as successful was the annual Shamrock-N-Run 5k race hosted by the chapter. More than 1,000 USM students and members of the Hattiesburg community came out in support of Prevent Child Abuse America.
Most recently, local Beta Sigma alumnae hosted a surprise Christmas party for the chapter. The party offered a much needed study break and sisterhood event with a plethora of food and drink followed by a Christmas movie. Additionally, the Beta Sigma council was able to seamlessly transition the newly elected officers, and the new council (pictured) has hit the ground running. The chapter is very much looking forward to another fun and busy semester!
Beta Sigma is looking forward to many exciting spring events. The March Girl Scout party will take place March 24 at the KD house. Local Girl Scouts will come over for dress-up and snacks followed by a tour of the USM campus. Parent Picnic is also coming up, and all parents of collegiate members are invited to an outdoor luncheon. During this event, individual members will be recognized for various accomplishments, and the total raised for PCAA during the previous academic year will be announced. Also coming up this semester will be the annual midnight pancake breakfast and a sisterhood event. Beta Sigma will finish off this spring semester with a recruitment Spirit Weekend as preparations begin for 2015 fall recruitment.
Delta Omega-Mississippi State
On Dec. 2, Delta Omega hosted its winter Late Night Pancake dinner where friends, family and alumnae enjoyed pancakes and sausage with live entertainment. The event was a huge success and raised both money and awareness for child abuse prevention efforts. Delta Omega’s local Shamrock beneficiary, Sally Kate Winters Home, received 80 percent of the total profit and the remaining 20 percent went to Prevent Child Abuse America. Watch a video from the event here.
The members of Delta Omega ended the year in the holiday spirit with a family-style Christmas. Members dressed in festive attire, played fun games and spent quality time with each other.
Gamma Psi-Delta State
The Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta at Delta State University is very excited to welcome the new council for 2015. The council is as follows: Patricia Lamensdorf (president), Morgan Oswalt (vice president-member education), Madison Ennis (vice president-membership), Adrian Dill (vice president-operations), Madyson Hood (vice president-community service), Katie Smith (vice president-public relations), Brinkley Henry (secretary), Madison Smallwood (vice president-finance) and Katelyn Cheatham (Panhellenic delegate). The council officers are working together to prepare for formal recruitment coming up in August 2015 and are wishing the best of luck to their sisters all over the nation!
You can help the sisters of Gamma Psi raise funds for the prevention of child abuse by playing in their Shamrock Golf Tournament on March 21 at Cleveland Country Club. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., and the first tee off will be set for 8 a.m. It is going to be a four-man scramble, and the cost is $50 per player. The fee will include golf cart, T-shirt and a goody bag for each player. The registration deadline is March 5. For more information, contact Shelby Hitt.
The newly elected Mu Chapter Council includes Cadi Duncan (president), Tasha McGuire (vice president-member education), Mary Maxine Burks (vice president-membership), Leah Travis (vice president-operations), Grace Anne McGill (vice president-community service), Mariah Stewart (vice president-public relations), Hirni Patel (vice president-standards), Frances Bullard (secretary), Lauren Gaddie (vice president-finance) and Lillian-Lee Broussard (Panhellenic delegate).
Formal recruitment in the fall resulted in one of the biggest groups of new members in chapter history. In October, the Mu Chapter celebrated its centennial anniversary. In addition to a birthday party held at Millsaps College, the chapter hosted a huge Mu Centennial Celebration with alumnae the weekend of both Millsaps’ Homecoming and Kappa Delta Founders Day. This eventful weekend consisted of a Centennial Soiree as well as a Founders Day Brunch before the Homecoming game. This important occasion in the history of Mu Chapter allowed sisters the opportunity to celebrate the past, present and sure-to-be-future excellence of the chapter.
The fall Shamrock Event, Striking Out Child Abuse, was a bowling tournament that included 20 teams. It was a huge success. During the chapter’s International Girls Day celebration, Girl Scouts and KDs watched inspirational videos and wrote compliments on pieces of paper taped to each girl’s back. The chapter also enjoyed a holiday party with desserts and a gift exchange prior to Christmas break.
Emerald Evening, the spring Shamrock fundraising event for Mu Chapter, was held Saturday, Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It was held at the Millsaps Green House and included music, a silent auction and hors d'oeuvres. The sisters of Mu appreciate your support of their Shamrock Event benefiting the prevention of child abuse.
The St. Louis Alumnae Chapter kicked off our first event of the year at the home of Order of the Pearl and Order of the Emerald recipient, Cindy Bartell. It was great to see sisters after a summer break and be joined by sisters new to the group.
We celebrated International Women's Friendship Month by consuming chocolate at Bissenger's in the Central West End. KD collegians from Washington University and Saint Louis University joined us as we socialized over chocolate and beverages in the café. Girl Scouts, pictured, also attended with their mothers/grandmothers.
Our members recognized our Nautilus, White Rose and Emerald members within our group with a lovely Founders Day dinner at Granite City Food & Brewery. A prize went to the attendee most knowledgeable of KD trivia. As usual, good food and good company made for an enjoyable evening.
Our November event was held at our local philanthropy, South Side Early Childhood Center. We toured its new facility that Kappa Delta contributions helped build. We also brought donations of diapers and essentials for the children.
We celebrated Christmas at the home of Willeyne Berger and brought donations to help provide Christmas gifts for a family in need at SSECC.
March will bring our annual Shamrock Event. This year we will be hosting a breakfast brunch with a local restaurant, Corner Pub and Grill.
Our annual Panhellenic Ladies Night Out will be held at Greenbrier Country Club on April 16. The event will offer boutique items and canapés. Proceeds will help fund Panhellenic scholarships.
South Side Early Childhood Center will be holding its annual gala at the Ritz on April 18. Several Kappa Deltas plan to attend and volunteer at the event.
April is also the time of year to induct into alumnae status the collegiate ladies at Zeta Iota-Saint Louis and Theta Beta-Washington/St. Louis who will be graduating. It's a wonderful time to impress upon these young women the importance of Kappa Delta throughout their lives.
May 9, we will honor the recipients of the St. Louis Panhellenic scholarships at the annual Scholarship Banquet.
May 14 will provide some much-needed downtime as we meet at Carolyn Cotta's home for dinner and socializing.
Alumnae can get involved in our chapter by contacting our president, Joan Pohlmann. We will forward a copy of our most recent monthly newsletter and invite the alumnae to our next function.
This fall, Alpha Psi Chapter focused heavily on recruitment. With one of the best recruitments the chapter has had in a while, the chapter gained some wonderful new members. Bid Day, with the theme "New Bids on the Block," was celebrated at the home of a Kappa Delta alumna. Continuous open bidding was also successful and allowed the chapter to meet its membership goals.
During International Women's Friendship Month, Alpha Psi held several events on campus. Chapter members participated in a letter writing event and a "confidence corner" where they were photographed in front of a chalkboard on which sisters wrote encouraging words to them. The chapter also held an all-sorority "sleepover" movie night. Attendees watch the movie Sleepover, enjoyed snacks and celebrated the bond between Panhellenic women. The chapter also participated in the "You Make Me Smile" campaign. Later in the fall, Alpha Psi hosted several events for the chapter, Panhellenic community and alumnae including an Academic Excellence celebration, an all-sorority study session before finals week, a Thanksgiving dinner and a Christmas party. The Alpha Psi chapter of Kappa Delta was once again crowned Drury University Greek Week champions!
The newly elected council went through transitions and installations this fall. The new president, Laddie Miller, trained for her new position while helping all new council members reach their transition goals. The new council planned and prepared the chapter calendar for the upcoming year, and some decisions about chapter goals were discussed and decided upon. Alpha Psi's new chapter goals for this year include improvement in recruitment, philanthropy and social success.
Upcoming events for Alpha Psi include spring Shamrock on March 27, Greek Appreciation Week on April 13-15, and the Academic Excellence Banquet on April 25.
Epsilon Alpha-Missouri Science & Technology
The Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta hosted informal recruitment Feb. 13-15. Elizabeth Mulina, vice president-membership, put in countless hours to make the weekend successful. The rest of the chapter and council really stepped up and worked hard to recruit the best possible women for Kappa Delta!
The newly elected council members are as follows: Aspen Williams , president; Uma Kota, vice president-member education; Elizabeth Mulina, vice president-membership; Abigail Dare, vice president-operations; Cara Kyonka, vice president-community service; Erin Clawson, vice president-public relations; Alexis Jenkin, vice president-standards; Kelsey Buford, secretary; Jordan Jacobs, vice president-finance; Samantha Friederich, Panhellenic delegate.
Fueled by a successful Official Visit from a member of Kappa Delta's National Leadership Team, these council officers are filled with enthusiasm about new, positive changes for the chapter. They are confident that the Epsilon Alpha Chapter will continue to make great strides and are looking forward to celebrating the chapter’s accomplishments with alumnae and national Kappa Delta in the near future.
In March, the university will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. It’s a very fun weekend for the school and especially the Greek community. Epsilon Alpha will be participating in the Knight and Queen competition, and game events known as the "Follies" and "Gonzo Games." Although it isn't mandatory, it is tradition that new members and new initiates from each Greek organization participate in the "Snake Invasion" the week prior to the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Participants carve "walking sticks" with help from the older members of their chapters then go to designated pit areas across campus where they "kill" rubber snakes while chanting about St. Pats. It is a great point of pride to "kill" the most snakes and win the competition. The members of Epsilon Alpha can't wait to show their spirit to the Missouri S&T community! Anyone who is interested is welcome to join in the fun.
Epsilon Alpha will also hold their annual alumnae brunch on Sunday, March 15!
This past November, Epsilon Iota held its largest International Girls Day celebration. Over 100 local Girl Scouts participated in the event focused on building and promoting confidence. Kelsey Babson, the outgoing International Girls Day chairman and current vice president-community service planned the day and activities. It included games from all around the world, crafts to promote confidence, a fashion show and a photo booth. All the activities were centered on an international theme. Each Girl Scout was paired with a Kappa Delta and went through the stations, collecting prizes along the way. Together, they decorated cupcakes and made tie blankets to send to the kids at Rainbow House.
The sisters of Epsilon Iota will be holding their Shamrock week on March 2-8. The week will kick off with profit shares Monday through Thursday at local restaurants in Columbia. On Friday, members will hold a late night dinner, Koncessions with KD, from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at the chapter house. They will serve pretzels, hamburgers, nachos and corn dogs. On Saturday, they will hold a silent auction and brunch, also at the Kappa Delta house. They will conclude Shamrock week with Kapture KD on Sunday. Organizations and other fraternities and sororities create teams and play a game of capture the flag. Last year's Shamrock week raised $20,000 for the prevention of child abuse. The Chapter hopes to raise even more this year!
Theta Beta-Washington/St. Louis
After two weeks of hard work and late nights, the sisters of Theta Beta welcomed 55 new members into the chapter. Even though it was only the second formal recruitment after colonization, the whole process was a wonderful success. Sisters grew closer as they prepared for recruitment, and the strong bond between Kappa Delta sisters was evident to potential new members, resulting in a very strong pledge class. So many people worked extremely hard. Recruitment wouldn't have been so successful without the support of the chapter advisory board, led by the fabulous Kristen Otto, visiting Leadership Development Consultant Megan Tucker, and the tireless dedication of vice presidents-membership Connie Zhou and Frances Fuqua. The chapter is also grateful to the many parents and alumnae who donated white roses for Preference round. Sierra Kindig, vice president-member education, planned a wonderful New Year's themed Bid Day that was a huge success. Following chapter tradition, afterwards the whole chapter went ice skating together at nearby Shaw Park. With morale very high, everyone is excited to get to know the fabulous new members.
Chapter members are eagerly anticipating many social and philanthropic events during Thurtene Carnival, for which the chapter is paired with Beta Theta Pi. Other upcoming events include Big/Little Week, Initiation, Semi-Formal and Formal, all of which are sure to be great fun for sisters. Big/little reveal, which took place Feb. 27, was a highlight for the semester. Initiation will be held March 5.
Zeta Iota-Saint Louis
Zeta Iota had an amazing fall semester filled with lasting memories, sisterhood events and philanthropy. The chapter welcomed 72 new members during fall recruitment and the fun was nonstop from there. In December, the chapter held its second annual Kuts for Confidence hair drive event, which raised $10,000 for the Look Good, Feel Better initiative of the American Cancer Society and more than 1,000 inches of hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This event was created not only to bring confidence to all women battling cancer, but also to support two Zeta Iota sisters battling the disease, one in remission and another who lost her fight with cancer the following month.
The tragic loss of sister Sarah Wieglos on Jan. 30 brought even more meaning to Kuts for Confidence. Sarah was an example to all of the lives she touched of how to handle adversity with strength, courage and faith. Throughout her more than two year battle with Leukemia, Sarah remained a pillar of optimism to all those around her. The sisters of Zeta Iota are thankful for the time they had with such an amazing person. Through the loss, the chapter grew closer and stronger during time spent together at memorial services and sisterhood events honoring Sarah’s life.
When Zeta Iota returned from winter break, the chapter enjoyed an Official Visit from national Kappa Delta Chapter Operations Director Stacy Barger. It was the first event that Zeta Iota’s newly elected council organized, and the weekend went off without a hitch.
The Zeta Iota Chapter has many exciting events coming up this spring, including a Moms' Weekend March 20-22 with various outings, dinners, brunches and crafting activities around St. Louis. Moms' Weekend is always a special time. Many members invite not just their moms, but also their sisters, aunts, grandmothers and other special people in their lives.
Following Mom’s Weekend is Shamrock Week! With a variety of activities that allow everyone to participate, Shamrock Week is well known and anticipated by the St. Louis University student body. Students participate in a kickball tournament, campus carnival, a famous burrito-eating contest and other fun activities! Alumnae are invited to attend these events, and can contact Carli Beckett for more information. Zeta Iota can’t wait for the fun and to raise awareness and funds for Kappa Delta’s beloved philanthropies!
Although the Zeta Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta at Stephens College is a small one, it is just as dedicated and enthusiastic as a chapter twice as big. The school year started off with the successful recruitment of seven wonderful new members. The new members were celebrated with a beach-themed Bid Day followed by a trip to the pool. Pictured is the chapter on fall Bid Day. Following recruitment was International Women's Friendship Month in September. To celebrate, the chapter asked fellow students to nominate a friend and describe why she is such a great friend. The best friendship story won the pair of friends a free mani/pedi at a nail salon in downtown Columbia.
Also in the fall, the chapter elected a new council. It's wonderful to see the younger chapter members stepping up to take leadership positions. Zeta Upsilon had a visit from a leadership development consultant during council transitions, and she was very helpful. So far, the new council has been stepping up and handling the transition well. In December, Aja Depass, vice president-community service, arranged a holiday event with the local Girl Scout troops to educate them on all the different holidays that occur in December such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas. It was a great turnout, and the Girl Scouts had a wonderful time crafting and bonding with the chapter members. Zeta Upsilon recently participated in spring recruitment. Since there were only four spots to fill, there was no formal recruitment event but rather, personable coffee dates with potential new members. Bid Day was on Jan. 31 and had a Tiffany & Co. theme.
Zeta Upsilon's Shamrock Event is coming up on March 7. The new vice president-community service has worked hard to organize and promote the event to ensure the most successful Shamrock possible. The event is a 5k walk/run at Stephens Lake Park. Sisters hope for a great turnout and encourage all alumnae to attend to help them support child abuse prevention efforts!
Pi Chapter's vice president-membership Morgan Mattly organized a successful open recruitment during the first week of the spring semester. “It was so great to be able to welcome such outstanding new members who we know will strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest,” said Morgan.
The new members were welcomed to Pi Chapter with a Winter Wonderland-themed Bid Day, complete with ice cream and a banner featuring Olaf from the movie "Frozen." The new members are: Rachell Borges, Jessica Burger, Sarah Cundiff, Brooke Matney, Rebecca Olson, Mary Rigatuso, McKenna Thorngren and Paige Young. Pictured are the new members at their first new member meeting.
"It was great to hang out with our new members on Bid Day!” said Dani Lamer, vice president-member education. “I can’t wait to get to know them better as we kick off the new member period.”
Initiation for Pi Chapter's new members will be held Friday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. The chapter’s spring Shamrock Event, Chillifest, will be Sunday, March 15, from 4-8 p.m. Confidence Week will be April 5-11. Sisters are also planning to have an alumnae event on April 11 around 5 p.m. More details about these events will be available soon. Follow Pi Chapter on social media to stay updated!
Alpha Sigma-New Hampshire
The sisters of Alpha Sigma had an amazing fall semester welcoming over 40 new members! Due to recruiting so many members in the fall, the chapter is pleased to announce it will not be participating in spring recruitment. Additionally, Alpha Sigma hosted an alumnae brunch which included house tours, tasty treats and lots of storytelling. This event brought back alumnae of all ages and was a very rewarding experience for the sisters.
Alpha Sigma hosted a local Girl Scout troop for International Girls Day. Sisters and Girl Scouts made fun crafts, participated in confidence-boosting activities and had a dance party! To finish off the semester, the sisters continued the tradition of holding "KD Christmas" and exchanged secret Santa gifts. This sisterhood event is loved by all who participate.
Alpha Sigma's new council is made up of sisters Emily Tucker, Cassidy Paini, Kirsten Bailey, Nicole Lee, Morgan Bailey, Ashley Avery, Alexx Schlieder, Jackie Perry, Tori Barnaskas and Jaime Gweshe. They are excited to bring new ideas to the chapter and continue to lead Alpha Sigma in the right direction for academic, social and individual chapter success!
This spring, Alpha Sigma will host its annual silent auction, which is the chapter’s spring Shamrock Event. Last year, the chapter was thrilled to raise over $14,000 and this year hopes to increase that number. Alumnae participation is strongly encouraged, and many Kappa Delta alumnae come back and enjoy the event! Alpha Sigma will also be holding events for Confidence Week during April, not only to promote the confidence of members, but to spread confidence to those on the University of New Hampshire campus. The chapter plans to strengthen the sisterhood by hosting weekly sisterhood events and budgeting for a fun and exciting event toward the end of the semester for all sisters to attend!
Fall was an exciting time for Eta Xi. After five years at Dartmouth without a house, Eta Xi finally got a brand new, magnificent house on campus. On Saturday, Sept. 20, Eta Xi held a "house opening" party and invited all of campus to attend. Many members of the Dartmouth community came to congratulate the chapter on its new house and admire the beautiful interior.
The sisters of Eta Xi loved hosting their first recruitment in the new house this year and welcomed 39 new members to the sisterhood. During winter recruitment, Eta Xi welcomed an additional12 amazing new members.
For Dartmouth's Homecoming, Eta Xi held a Pre-Bonfire Kickback event with the Tabard, a local coed fraternity, to provide a mingling space for students and alumni. Sisters participated in booths with activities such as face painting, pumpkin carving and, of course, free food! Donations were collected and given to the New Hampshire Children's Trust. On Oct. 30, Eta Xi Chapter held "Wing Fling," a wing tasting event, for fall Shamrock. Members raised over $16,000 from donations and ticket sales, and all profits went to Prevent Child Abuse America and the New Hampshire Children's Trust. Eta Xi will be having an alumnae brunch on the morning of Saturday, May 16. All Kappa Delta alumnae are invited to visit the new house and spend time with the collegiate sisters!
Zeta Theta-New Jersey
This year's newly elected council (pictured) was fortunate enough to have their transition period at the same time as the chapter's Official Visit from Collegiate Membership Director Courtney Dickey. The pairs of outgoing and incoming council members met with Courtney individually and discussed areas in which the chapter is excelling and areas for improvement. Courtney gave the new officers detailed instructions and ideas, which is something new council members are not always fortunate enough to receive. The transitions were thorough and helped the incoming council members feel prepared for their term. Courtney left the outgoing council members feeling proud of the work they accomplished, the incoming council members feeling ambitious and excited for what lies ahead, and the whole chapter feeling motivated to become the best it can be. The newly elected chapter council knows that they are privileged to have had Courtney visit during their transition period and could not be more thankful for it.
The sisters of Zeta Theta are excited to announce that their Shamrock and Run 5k will be held on The College of New Jersey campus this year instead of at a nearby park. The Shamrock and Run 5k will take place March 29. Members look forward to more student participation this year, in addition to the wonderful alumnae and community participation they receive each year. Keep an eye out for more information about the event on the chapter’s social media pages!
Before winter break, the sisters of Epsilon Rho held a holiday party where they enjoyed hot chocolate and competed to build the best gingerbread house. This was also an opportunity to formally say goodbye to the sisters who were going abroad second semester.
During Rochester's alumni weekend, the chapter hosted an alumnae brunch. It included an address by the president and a slideshow of chapter events.
Epsilon Rho's fall Shamrock Event was extremely successful, raising over $6,000 for the prevention of child abuse. In the week before the main event, the chapter celebrated Shamrock Week, which included a speaker from a local women and children's shelter and a frozen yogurt fundraiser.
The chapter had a sisterhood event at a local corn maze where the sophomore, junior and senior pledge classes competed to see which group could finish the maze first. The seniors won, followed by the sophomores and then the juniors. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed donuts and cider.
Finally, Epsilon Rho recently completed a very successful formal recruitment. The chapter welcomed 26 wonderful women into Kappa Delta. Initiation for the spring new members will be on Saturday, March 28. Also, be on the lookout for Epsilon Rho's alumnae newsletter coming out later this semester!
The sisters of Eta Iota finished the 2014 school year strong! They welcomed 12 new initiates as the Pi class, hosted the annual Shamrock Trivia Night, volunteered at the Girl Scout Sleepover in Queens, and held a smashing holiday-themed Winter Semi-Formal. To say the semester was a success is an understatement!
The Girl Scout Sleepover was one of the most memorable events of fall 2014. Sisters traveled to Queens to spend an evening building confidence and working to prevent cyberbullying with over 100 young Girl Scouts from across the state. This event is unique in that it gives sisters a chance to reach so many girls on a personal level and really make an impact on their lives.
Every semester, Eta Iota continues to expand! Welcoming new sisters and introducing them to our sisterhood is one of the most important tasks that we take on as Kappa Deltas. Mark your calendars for a several important dates in the coming months – Bid Day will be Sunday, March 1 at 12 p.m. and Initiation will be Sunday, April 19 at 1 p.m. The women of Eta Iota sincerely hope alumnae are able to attend these events and support the chapter as it continues to grow!
Additionally, the chapter will host a local Founders Day celebration on March 8 at 1 p.m. Alumnae are invited to join collegiate sisters at Pace University to celebrate the founding of the Eta Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta! There will also be an Alumnae Panel on April 15 at 7 p.m. Alumnae will be invited to speak to the chapter about life after college. More information to come!
Omega Chi Chapter celebrated Bid Night on Jan. 20 after five long days of formal recruitment. Sisters were thrilled to welcome 43 new members into the Kappa Delta family. Bid Night was themed "New KiDs on the Block," and members both old and new enjoyed pizza, crepes cooked onsite by Collegetown Crepes, foam visor decorating, a photo booth, and dancing to throwback classics like Britney Spears. Welcome home to the newest pledge class of Kappa Delta, Omega Chi!
On April 25, Omega Chi Chapter will be hosting a dance marathon in honor of Mili Mandic, a sister who passed away last January. Proceeds will benefit The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, which is dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death by installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and supporting ongoing research on genetic cardiac disorders. Anyone in the Ithaca area is encouraged to attend to celebrate Mili's life and spirit. As the date approaches, please check the chapter's Facebook page and website for details on how to get involved.
In celebration of Founders Day, Charlotte Alumnae Chapter members met at Art Gallery 22 and had a wonderful time.
Earlier in the fall, International Women's Friendship Month was celebrated at Dean and Deluca with an outstanding turnout.
"Gone Girl" and "The Goldfinch" were the two fall selections for the AC's book club.
In March, the AC will host a Shamrock Event at Ten Park Lanes bowling alley. Shamrock supports the prevention of child abuse.
Alumnae can find information about events on Facebook or by emailing CharlotteKDAC@gmail.com.
Triangle Alumnae Chapter members celebrated International Women's Friendship Month with a casual brunch at a local restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. Members were encouraged to "bring a bestie." It was a fun and enjoyable time to celebrate the bond of friendship!
For more information about the Triangle Alumnae Chapter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alpha Omicron Chapter hosted an International Girls Day celebration on Nov. 1 in the Ketner Auditorium. Three Girl Scout troops attended. After enjoying snacks and ice breaker games with chapter members, the girls listened to a representative from the Global Girls Project who spoke about women's roles in third world countries. The Global Girls Project works with girls and young women in third world countries to promote education and experiences that allow them to succeed. The Girl Scouts and Kappa Delta sisters learned how confidence can impact their lives and the lives of women and girls all over the world.
Alpha Omicron's spring Shamrock Event will take place March 21. More details coming soon! Email email@example.com for more information or check out the Alpha Omicron Chapter website.
Beta Chi-North Carolina/Chapel Hill
In the fall, Beta Chi Chapter hosted its annual Homecoming brunch. Sisters were thrilled so many alumnae attended. More recently, Beta Chi held a masquerade social for all members to have some fun after the first round of midterm exams. Everyone danced the night away at Top of the Hill.
The chapter helped a local Girl Scout troop by setting up a table to sell cookies outside the house. The sale was a huge success for the troop! Beta Chi's annual Shamrock N' Run 5k race took place on Jan. 21. This year, a "fun run" 1k was also added to appeal to more runners. Over the past few months, the newly elected council has done a fantastic job to ensure the chapter runs smoothly and to build excitement about chapter events, both social and philanthropic.
This spring, the sisters of Beta Chi are looking forward to attending formal. They are also excited to participate in the Cookout to Knockout ALS, an annual philanthropy event held in partnership with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity to honor the father of one of Beta Chi's alumnae who passed away from ALS. The fundraiser has proven to be wildly successful and also a great time for all involved.
Epsilon Epsilon-Appalachian State
In November, Epsilon Epsilon received Sorority of the Year for 2014. This is the second time in four years it has won this top award! Bid Day was a huge success and the chapter welcomed 41 new members in the fall. In December, members celebrated their newest pledge class at the chapter’s Winter Rose Formal at Crestwood Resort. Complete with a band and returning alumnae, it was a perfect night! In December, seven sisters spent their winter break on a mission trip to Jamaica to lead Bible studies and help improve living conditions.
Epsilon Epsilon has an awesome new council for the upcoming year! The new chapter president, Erin Taylor, studies health promotions and was on council last year. She has a strong drive to see the chapter succeed and is going to take Epsilon Epsilon to great places! Other council officers are as follows: Emma Elsea (vice president-member education), Christine Gunderson (vice president-membership), Claudia Shoemaker (vice president-operations), Emily Shaw (vice president-community service), Kaitlin Wright (vice president-public relations), Brianna Corum (vice president-standards), Marisa Gibson (secretary), Ellen Thomas (vice president-finance) and Katherine Thomson (Panhellenic delegate).
The annual Shamrock Pancake Dinner will take place March 20. Members hope to break the chapter’s fundraising record of $16,000. Please consider attending to support Prevent Child Abuse America! There will also be an alumnae cocktail on Saturday, March 21, at Lost Province Brewery.
Epsilon Zeta-North Carolina/Pembroke
During the fall Homecoming game, the Epsilon Zeta Chapter hosted alumnae at a tent set up in the tailgating area with food, cornhole games and music. The alumnae were excited to reunite with sisters and meet the new members! The chapter sends out monthly newsletters to keep alumnae informed about chapter news and make them aware of events they may want to attend. If you are not receiving these email newsletters, please contact KD.EpsilonZeta.VP.PR@gmail.com.
The newly elected chapter council members are quickly adapting to their new leadership positions and growing closer as a team. Sister Jenna Strader was elected president for a second term, and the chapter is looking forward to watching her shine!
At the beginning of March, the chapter plans to have a guest speaker come to campus to talk to students about relationship abuse as part of the "Friends say the Tough Stuff" initiative. The annual Shamrock Pancake Dinner is scheduled for March 28. All alumnae are invited to the Pancake Dinner. A few smaller functions will lead up to the main event to get the campus and community pumped for Shamrock! On the first day of Shamrock Week, March 23, Epsilon Zeta will host its very first Daggerman Reveal following a presentation by a guest speaker from Prevent Child Abuse America. On March 25, Kappa Delta will pass out fliers with candy attached to promote percentage night at The Wing Company to help raise money for PCAA.
The Epsilon Zeta Chapter plans to host alumnae again in April for a day event. There are more details to come as the alumnae relations chairman works hard to make this a fun day for all sisters.
Last semester was a huge success for Kappa Delta at Elon University. The fall season was filled with fun philanthropy events, exciting elections and stories from sisters living around the world. The 2014-2015 school year kicked off with International Women Friendship Month. Throughout September, sisters urged women across campus to send “candy-grams” and thoughtful messages to other women who exemplify confidence and friendship. At a football game, sisters handed out handwritten, confidence boosting stickers to women of all ages.
October was all about bonding with sisters both new and old. At Homecoming celebrations from one end of campus to the other, several generations of Eta Chi members came together to cheer on the Elon Phoenix. Eta Chi hosted its beloved Shamrock Event, KAYsoDEEas, in November. Elon University students gathered at Elon Community Church and ate quesadillas to their hearts’ content, all to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.
At the end of November, the sisters of Eta Chi elected a new council for the 2015 term. Former vice president-operations, Rebecca Voelker, is now the president of the chapter. Sisters Jessica Cervini (vice president-member education), Marika Baccioco (vice president-membership), Kelly Reagan (vice president-operations), Emma Yarborough (vice president-community service), Joelle Halle (vice president-public relations), Jennifer Fukunaga (vice president-standards), Ciara Corcoran (secretary), Carly Davenport (vice president-finance) and Fiona Bush (Panhellenic delegate) are also excited to be a part of the new council.
With the spring semester comes formal recruitment and a new pledge class for Kappa Delta at Elon University. The sisters of Eta Chi could not be more excited for even more women to become a part of the Kappa Delta community of sisterhood, confidence and love.
The winter months are melting into spring and the sisters of Kappa Delta Eta Chi are in full bloom. The members of the Zeta pledge class will be initiated in March. There is nothing more exciting than new members experiencing everything KD for the first time. Vice President-Community Service Emma Yarborough has planned Shamrock Week for the beginning of March. Kappa Delta will also host a water-basketball tournament in late spring to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.
The spring semester is filled with numerous non-Kappa Delta events in which sisters love to participate. Kappa Delta will make teams for ElonTHON, a 24-hour dance marathon benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network, and Relay For Life, a walk-a-thon benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Sisters of Eta Chi encourage alumnae to come to all scheduled sisterhood and philanthropy events. Be sure to watch for details about the White Rose Mothers’ Weekend planned by VP-PR Joelle Halle for late spring. Alumnae are also welcome to attend that event. The sisters of Kappa Delta Eta Chi are very excited for the semester and the many activities planned!
Eta Psi-North Carolina/Charlotte
2015 is already off to a great start! The chapter celebrated its third chapter anniversary on Jan. 22 and hosted a Confidence Week on campus Jan. 26-30. Rebecca Schneiderman, vice president-membership, led the chapter through informal recruitment in early February. Although it was more casual, sisters were extremely excited to participate in spring recruitment and gain new members who are striving each day for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.
Kappa Delta is looking forward to Shamrock this March. Keeping with tradition, "breakfast for dinner" will be enjoyed by everyone who comes out to support Shamrock. Vanessa Sutthoff, vice president-public relations, is striving to promote this event to be the biggest one yet. Alumnae should follow Eta Psi's Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts for more information about Shamrock. If alumnae would like to volunteer, they should contact vice president-community service, Erica Thompson.
Eta Upsilon-North Carolina State
The Eta Upsilon Chapter started the 2014-2015 school year with a bang. The KDs at NC State began with recruitment and had a wonderful Spirit Week with Caroline, their amazing leadership development consultant from National Headquarters. At the end of the week, Eta Upsilon members welcomed home an amazing pledge class of more than 50 smart, beautiful women. The Bid Day theme was "Let It Be, KD" and was a major success with new and initiated members. Activities included snowballs, a wonderful meal from Eta Upsilon's chef, and a huge dance party in the chapter room.
Eta Upsilon held its fall philanthropy event, Pig N' Pie, to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America and SAFEchild Raleigh. There was a barbecue competition among fraternities and a dessert competition among sororities. Other fun tailgate-themed activities included cornhole and a pie-eating contest.
The chapter celebrated International Girls Day with the Girl Scouts in November by hosting a dress-up show and other confidence-boosting activities. Kappa Delta members showed the Girl Scouts how important it is to remain confident and have fun! Eta Upsilon also elected a new council in the fall, and council members received excellent training from Megan Ogar, a member of the National Leadership Team.
On March 21, Kappa Delta will be hosting its annual Shamrock N' Shag, which consists of a huge silent auction, tons of delicious desserts and, of course, shagging. Silent auction items are highly sought and help raise a majority of the money donated to PCAA and SAFEchild Raleigh.
For the first year ever, Kappa Delta at NC State will be paired with the men of Lambda Chi Alpha to host a philanthropy event called Bounce for Kay. The event honors Kay Yow, a former NC State women's basketball head coach, who passed away in 2008 from breast cancer. The event is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with teams composed of members of the Greek community. Funds raised through ticket sales and team fees will go to support breast cancer research.
This past semester, the ladies of Gamma Chi have been very busy! The chapter welcomed seven new members during formal fall recruitment and elected a new chapter council. Members participated in many events including the fall Shamrock Event where the chapter teamed up with a local PDQ restaurant one night to raise funds for Prevent Child Abuse America.
As the holiday season approached, the chapter held sisterhood events and other events to build Panhellenic spirit. The chapter had a holiday sisterhood event where members met at the chapter house for a holiday sweater party. Homemade hot chocolate and cookies were served and sisters gave and received presents through a white elephant gift exchange. A team of sisters also baked holiday treats and delivered them to each of the other Greek organizations on campus as a way to spread holiday cheer.
The Gamma Chi Chapter will not participate in recruitment this semester. Members will use the time to focus on sisterhood and plan some great events. The chapter council has been working on plans for a spring Shamrock Event, and a chapter social is planned for late April to bring Greek Week to an end. After a very successful fall semester, the sisters of Gamma Chi look forward to upcoming events and hope to make these next few months as wonderful as the past few!
Gamma Gamma-High Point
The newly elected council of Gamma Gamma includes Anne Davey (president), Tricia Grywatch (vice president-member education), Amanda Rossi (vice president-membership), Alexis Williams (vice president-operations), Leila Gresh (vice president-community service), Liz Reichart (vice president-public relations), Haley McKeown (vice president-standards), Carlie O'Meara (secretary), Maya Dongier (vice president-finance) and Lauren Kidwell (Panhellenic delegate).
On Dec. 10, 2014, sisters of Gamma Gamma participated in the “You Make Me Smile” campaign by passing out 300 blue balloons with confidence phrases written on them. This initiative of the Confidence Coalition inspired confidence among the female students of High Point University the day before final exams began.
In January, Gamma Gamma recruited a pledge class of 69 outstanding young women. The Bid Day theme was "Roundin' up the Best in the Wild, Wild West."
Gamma Gamma is celebrating 60 years of sisterhood this spring! The chapter’s reunion weekend takes place April 10-12, 2015. For more information, visit the website. Registration is now open. Contact Molly Phalen with any questions.
Initiation of the spring 2015 pledge class will take place March 21. Gamma Gamma's Shamrock 5k run will be March 22 benefiting Prevent Child Abuse America and Family Services of the Piedmont.
Gamma Sigma-East Carolina
The Gamma Sigma Chapter celebrates International Women's Friendship Month each year in September. This year, sisters set up tables on campus outside the bookstore and handed out balloons with words of confidence to students passing by. The goal of this event was to promote confidence and spread the meaning of friendship to others in the community.
A Thanksgiving dinner was hosted at the house before Thanksgiving break. Sisters of every pledge class participated, bringing a favorite dish of their choosing to accompany the catered turkey and ham. Over 150 sisters made for great sisterhood bonding and plenty of leftovers!
Council elections also took place in November. The new council officers are as follows: Brittany Butler (president), Danielle Naftali (vice president-member education), Sarah Brickels (vice president-membership), Linnea Thomas (vice president-operations), Mary Ashley Darrow (vice president-community service), Kristina Shattuck (vice president-public relations), Samantha Smith (vice president-standards), Maggie White (secretary), Morgan Walser (vice president-finance) and Catherine Markle (Panhellenic delegate). They went on a council retreat together in January to start bonding and preparing for the upcoming school year. The chapter's leadership is off to a great start!
The sisters of Gamma Sigma were excited to introduce six new members to the chapter this spring! During spring Bid Day, with a theme centered on the movie "Up," sisters enjoyed a day of bowling and fun. Congratulations to these ladies as they begin their Kappa Delta membership.
The ladies of Gamma Sigma hosted their spring Shamrock Event the last weekend of February. On Feb. 27, they held their annual Pasta Dinner at the Greenville Masonic Lodge Sisters prepared all the food and managed the raffles. The Shamrock 5K Walk N' Run took place the following morning at the Town Commons on First Street. The events raised funds for Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and the TEDI BEAR Children's Advocacy Center for the victims of child abuse.
It is going to be a great year for Gamma Sigma!
Zeta Omicron-Wake Forest
In January, the Zeta Omicron Chapter at Wake Forest gained 50 new members. To celebrate Bid Day, sisters dressed up in as much green apparel as they could find to welcome the new Kappa Deltas. The Bid Day theme was “The Oscars,” and the lounge was decorated with gold. New and current members enjoyed eating pizza and taking photos with props at the photo booth. Afterwards, they went rollerblading and had a blast skating and dancing in the middle of the rink.
For International Women’s Friendship Month, the chapter delivered white roses to all of the other sororities with a note thanking them for their friendship. Alumnae were invited to an open house in the fall, and it was a huge success. Also in the fall, as a way to celebrate the holidays, the KDs had a joint event with Chi Omega where attendees enjoyed cookies and listened to a capella groups perform holiday songs. Many people attended this Panhellenic event and felt the spirit of the season.
The newly elected chapter council consists of Emily Buchardt, president; Caroline Hardin, vice president-member education; Emma Trapp, vice president-membership; Danielle Crane, vice president-operations; Caroline Wilkinson, vice president-community service; Alice Pauly, vice president-public relations; Emily Jobe, vice president-standards; Rose Spiegl, secretary; Val Zappia, vice president-finance; and Kelsey Roche, Panhellenic delegate. They are extremely excited to be on council and look forward to working with the entire chapter of Kappa Delta.
Last month, the chapter hosted two events to help the Girl Scouts sell cookies to Wake Forest College students. Both events went very well, and many people bought cookies to support the Girl Scouts. The Shamrock Event was held on Saturday, Feb. 28, to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America. This event included a 5k run/walk, fun music and donated food from the Winston-Salem community.
Initiation was held March 1, followed by a small celebration in the KD lounge in Davis Hall. The chapter was thrilled to initiate 50 new members into the community full of love and friendship.
Sigma Psi-North Dakota State
The women of Sigma Psi hosted their Shamrock events in the fall. This year, Shamrock Week included dodgeball, Zumba and tug-of-war. Pictured are sisters after the Shamrock Zumba event. For International Girls Day, sisters handed out sticky notes with confidence-boosting messages to people on campus in hopes of brightening their day! Sigma Psi elected a new council and the officers are working hard to accomplish their goals and make the chapter the best it can be.
In October, the sisters of Sigma Psi traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., to assist with the recruitment of the founding members of a new Kappa Delta chapter at the University of North Dakota. The new chapter at UND, called the Theta Iota Chapter, celebrated its first Bid Day on Oct. 19. The sisters of Sigma Psi were proud to be a part of this exciting and historical event!
The ladies of Sigma Psi Chapter are planning a Parents' Day in April that alumnae are invited to attend. Plans are also in the works for an alumnae dinner. Stay tuned for more information!
Theta Iota-North Dakota
In October, LDCs Ally Moore and Caroline Blevins led recruitment with the sisters of Sigma Psi from North Dakota State University. On Oct. 19, Theta Iota had its first ever Bid Day celebration. Shortly after Bid Day, on Nov. 8, the new members had their new member retreat at Memorial Union.
Theta Iota installed its first ever chapter council in November just before everyone left for winter break. The council includes: Lizz Denning (president), Rebecca Kickert (vice president-member education), Allie Batcher (vice president-membership), Trista Kirchgesler (vice president-operations), Kiara Bock (vice president-community service), Allison Zimmer (vice president-public relations), Queen Ngale (vice president-standards), Beth Berard (secretary), Kelsey Lee (vice president-finance) and Mackenzie Schock (Panhellenic delegate). National Vice President Betty Brown Mulkey and Kappa Delta's National Panhellenic Delegate Julie Landgren Johnson joined the women of Theta Iota and their friends and family for a beautiful Initiation ceremony and installation celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6.
This semester, Theta Iota is looking forward to celebrating a lot of firsts! Their spring recruitment was the first week of February, and they will be initiating those new members on March 28. The chapter's first ever Shamrock Event is scheduled for the first week of March. Members are working on plans for a spring alumnae event that will likely be a brunch and tour of the chapter's future home. Greek Week is in the spring, and the women of Theta Iota are excited to participate in their first Greek Week activities. The chapter is also planning at least four sisterhood events with the chapter and with the other sororities on campus. Not only are there many sisterhood events in the works, there are also a number of socials with fraternities on campus. On April 28, Theta Iota will be having its first-ever Parents' Formal, and sisters cannot wait for parents to come visit before finals week!
Alumnae members had a busy fall in Columbus. In early October, we held a meet-and-greet to welcome new members. In early November, although a little delayed, we held a Founders Day Brunch where we honored Samara Priesler with our Outstanding Alumna Award.
On Dec. 4, we had a cookie exchange and made exam goody bags for Sigma Kappa Chapter at Ohio State. Pictured with the goody bags are, from left, Pat Todoran, Marisa Repici Nye and daughter Lilly, Lindsey Bowman and Linda Rodgers.
The new year got off to a good start with a family bowling party on Feb. 6.
In March we will be getting together for the sixth consecutive year to make fleece blankets for the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University. On April 18, we are holding a painting party, where we will have refreshments and enjoy art instruction by a professional as we create our own paintings. We are also hoping to host a night at the ballpark over the summer.
KDs interested in learning more about the Columbus Alumnae Chapter may email Debbie Conway, AC president, or visit the chapter's Facebook page or website. Check out what is coming up and send the AC a message for more information.
The Dayton Alumnae Chapter kicked off the membership year with a tour of local philanthropy Care House, an advocacy center for child victims of abuse and neglect.
In September, AC members joined Theta Delta-Dayton collegians for a wonderful tea to celebrate International Women's Friendship Month. A game of "Chit Chat" gave the women the opportunity to get to know each other.
Theta Delta-Dayton also joined the Dayton AC and Eta Delta-Wright State for brunch at the Marriott. In addition to the Founders Day ceremony and reading of the national president's letter, members of the Nautilus and White Rose circles were recognized and given white roses.
In November, the AC held a vendors' fair for its Shamrock Event and raised more than $700 dollars for the prevention of child abuse. Later in the month, Dayton AC President Elizabeth Koegler presented at the International Girls Day event hosted by local collegiate chapters. The AC also provided pizza for the collegians and Girl Scouts.
Christmas was celebrated with dinner at Figlio's restaurant and an ornament/decoration exchange. Members also donated gift cards to be given to families supported by Care House.
January's business meeting featured a dessert buffet, and some members also attended the 16th annual Farmville Four Luncheon, a get-together for Dayton alumnae of the four sororities founded in Farmville, Va.: Kappa Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. This year's event was hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha at its house on the University of Dayton campus. KDs Marcia Booher, Linda Petersen and Bev Reno have attended most, if not all, of the 16 luncheons!
For more information about the Dayton Alumnae Chapter and upcoming events, email KDDaytonAlumnaeChapter@gmail.com.
The Greater Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter wrapped up 2014 by celebrating International Women’s Friendship Month, Founders Day, a Trivia Night of fun and games, as well as supporting Grandma’s Gifts with the AC's Adopt -A-Family project. Grandma's Gifts was created by Kappa Delta sister Emily Douglas-McNab, Gamma Nu-Miami/Ohio.
GCKDAC’s Shamrock Event, Raising Some Racquet for Kids, will be held Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. - Sunday, March 22, 9 p.m., at 1990 Waycross Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240. This is an IRT Tier 3 tournament. Please join us for a great weekend of fun, friends and racquetball as well as the opportunity to win some awesome prizes at our silent auction!
For more information about upcoming AC events and ways to get involved, "like" our Facebook page. If you are interested in being added to our Google group or Evite list please email co-chairman Jennifer Jones. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!
Northwestern Ohio Alumnae Chapter members celebrated Founders Day on Oct. 23 with dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Toledo.
For more information about the Northwestern Ohio Alumnae Chapter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Delta is excited to introduce a newly elected council (pictured) as of November 2014. Alpha Nu's new president, Hannah Hatch, is a music education major who sings in Wittenberg's choir and loves working with kids. The vice president-member education, Rebecca Shreffler, is a chemistry major who also sings in the choir and is a member of the chemistry club. Vice president-membership, Kelcey Cook, is a math major who volunteers with young girls in Girl Power and acts as manager of the varsity football team. Olivia Miller, the vice president-operations, is a math major who is captain of the women's club volleyball team. Katherine Barlow, vice president-public relations, is pursuing a dual major in psychology and business marketing. She works as a resident advisor and serves as treasurer for a service organization on campus. The new vice president-community service, Alyssa Tomcho, is a biology major who participates in the annual Wittenberg Dance Concert and the Lutheran Student Movement. Lindsey Heil, vice president-standards, is an English major. Megan Poff, secretary, is a psychology major who works for Wittenberg Dining Services. The vice president-finance, Valerie Halvorsen, is a math major who runs track and cross country and is treasurer of the History Club. The new Panhellenic delegate, Jendaya Herbert, is a dual major in political science and international studies and is the secretary of Circle K. The chapter council is happy to welcome 21 new members to the chapter after a successful recruitment, and they look forward to the busy year ahead!
In March, the Alpha Nu Chapter will initiate 21 or more new members into the sisterhood of Kappa Delta. Also happening this spring is Alpha Nu's semi-annual Shamrock Event, Mac and Cheese with the KDs. The proceeds from the event will go to Prevent Child Abuse America and the Rocking Horse Center of Springfield. The event will be open to the public, and alumnae will receive invitations. Alpha Nu is also very excited to participate in the first Tiger Dance Marathon to raise money for children's charities.
Beta Mu-Bowling Green State
The Beta Mu Chapter of Kappa Delta had an extremely busy and rewarding year so far! Sisters knew the year was bound to be a great one when they initiated 22 women into the sisterhood after a successful fall recruitment. Also around the time of Initiation, the chapter was able to reconnect with alumnae at the BGSU Homecoming football game tailgate and alumnae brunch. Beta Mu celebrated International Girls Day with local Girl Scout troops. Sisters and Girl Scouts handed out balloons for the "You Make Me Smile" campaign and enjoyed a cake to celebrate that “girls can do anything!”
Beta Mu had a successful fall philanthropy event, "Mac and Cheese with the KayDees," that raised over $1,700 for Prevent Child Abuse America! In addition to classes and celebrating the holidays, Beta Mu elected a new chapter council before winter break. These new leaders are excited to work with everyone and maintain Beta Mu's status as a "Chapter of Excellence."
Everyone was excited to come back in January and dive right in to planning the third annual Shamrock 5k, which took place on Feb. 21. The chapter had a goal to donate $10,000 to Prevent Child Abuse America. They had participants from campus, the Greek community, the Bowling Green community, alumnae and local Girl Scout troops. It was great for everyone to come together and run for a great cause!
Spring semester is always a busy one, especially for the Kappa Deltas at BGSU. Beta Mu has over 40 women participating in one of the largest philanthropic events on campus, Dance Marathon. Between holding leadership positions and running the event, to standing on their feet for 32 hours or biking 180 miles in one weekend, KDs do it all! The weekend devoted to Dance Marathon and Children's Miracle Network takes place April 17-19. Beta Mu is also looking forward to participating in Greek Weekend in March. The chapter is partnered with Phi Gamma Delta from the Inter-fraternity Council and Omega Phi Alpha from the Multicultural Greek Council. While Greek Weekend is always a fun time to participate in contests, it is even more fun to come together as a Greek community. It is also when Greek awards are given out by Fraternity and Sorority Life. In the past, Kappa Delta has been successful in earning Greek awards, and sisters are looking forward to another award-winning year!
The women of Beta Nu welcomed 23 new sisters into the chapter this fall at their “We Sure Know How to Pick ‘Em” themed Bid Day! The new sisters were initiated on Nov. 2, 2014, and they couldn't be more excited! On Oct. 4, Beta Nu held its third annual Shamrock and Run 5k. The event was very successful, raising over $7,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America.
Relay for Life is a huge event at the University of Toledo. All sisters attended Relay for Life this year, walking laps around the track for 12 straight hours and dressing up for a different theme each hour. It was a great way for the chapter to bond while also raising awareness and support for everyone affected by cancer. This holiday season, the sisters of Beta Nu dressed in black outfits and Santa hats to take a photo for their holiday greeting card, which was sent to all of the local organizations and Greek chapters on campus. Fall semester was packed full and the sisters had so much fun!
This spring, the chapter’s philanthropy dinner, Wingo Bingo, took place on Feb. 26. Sisters served wings to community members who donated money to the philanthropy. On March 21, the chapter will attend UT’s Big Event, which is the largest community service project at the University of Toledo. Sisters will help clean up trash, visit nursing homes, serve in soup kitchens and more.
The weekend after Big Event, the women of Beta Nu will participate in UT’s Songfest where they choose four songs, mash them together, and sing and dance in front of the whole community. On April 18, the chapter will dance the whole day away – literally! Rockethon is an annual event at the university where students and volunteers are on their feet for 13 straight hours raising money for Mercy Children’s Hospital. The sisters are excited for all that will happen in 2015!
Eta Delta-Wright State
The women of Eta Delta had a wonderful time celebrating the holiday season together. Sisters had fun making Christmas cookies for other chapters on campus and for members of the Eta Delta Chapter Advisory Board. Near the end of the semester, members painted Wright State's rock with sayings such as "Happy Holidays" and "Good Luck on Exams" and images of Christmas trees and KD letters. After the rock painting, the chapter held a formal chapter meeting adding fun holiday sweaters to their formal outfits. After meeting, some members participated in an optional gift exchange while other sisters made Christmas cards for two of the new members who had not yet been initiated.
Starting Monday, March 16, the Eta Delta Chapter will begin hosting spring Shamrock events! Throughout the week, sisters will table around campus and participate in a variety of activities to raise money for the prevention of child abuse. They will also sell pinwheels, the national symbol of child abuse prevention, which will fill Wright State's quad to show the community's support.
The main Shamrock Event will be Eta Delta's first ever KD Carnival. The carnival will take place Friday, March 20, and will include a vendor fair, small games and prizes, and a cake walk! Be sure to follow the chapter on social media for more Shamrock updates.
Eta Gamma-John Carroll
The Eta Gamma Chapter celebrated International Girls Day in November with local Girl Scout troops. Inspired by the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, the event theme was "Free Being Me." The event incorporated a variety of ways to explain and talk about self-esteem. Activities ranged from learning how the United States is made up of many cultures to talking about the definition of beauty in different countries. In December, Eta Gamma celebrated the holiday season with a Secret Santa gift exchange among its members. Members enjoyed an evening of giving and receiving presents, and then decorated ornaments for the Christmas tree on the KD floor of the residence hall.
Eta Gamma's annual Shamrock Late Night Pancake Breakfast will take place on Sunday, March 22. Attendees will be able to purchase raffle tickets, listen to performances by John Carroll University's student a cappella groups and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes. The Kappa Deltas are looking forward to another successful fundraising event to support Prevent Child Abuse America. From April 12-17, the Eta Gamma Chapter will participate in JCU's annual Greek Week. The chapter has already selected a theme and started practicing for the lip sync performance that takes place at the end of Greek Week, and the members are excited to showcase their hard work and creativity.
In the fall, Eta Rho celebrated International Women's Friendship Month by decorating the sidewalks on campus with words that promote confidence in women. For Homecoming, the chapter held an alumnae dinner to celebrate Eta Rho’s five-year anniversary.
The newly elected chapter council is: Abigail Jude (president), Julie Barger (vice president-member education), Kathryn Spitznogle (vice president-membership), Lynnsey Maassel (vice president-operations), Victoria Martini (vice president-community service), Kayle Ort (vice president-public relations), Nicole Hornic (vice president-standards), Alicia Nelson (secretary), Lydia Wolcottand (vice president-finance) and Emily Elfers (Panhellenic delegate).
On Monday, Jan. 12, Eta Rho took a chapter picture in support of the Kappa Delta chapter at The Ohio State University for the National Championship game (pictured). Spring recruitment took place Jan. 26. The theme was, "A League of Our Own." On Friday, Feb. 6, Eta Rho hosted a Girl Scout event with the theme, “She Can Be Anything, She Can Do Everything.” The purpose of the event was to show the girls they can become anything they want to be when they grow up. The event also included a raffle for troops to team up with Kappa Delta to sell Girl Scout Cookies on campus.
Eta Rho has many exciting upcoming events! The annual Shamrock Pancake Breakfast is going to be held at Our Father’s Kitchen in Wilmington on Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Eta Rho will also participate in Relay for Life on Wilmington College’s campus on Friday, April 10.
The fall semester was a busy one for the women of Gamma Nu! They kicked off the semester with a reveal of the chapter's newly-renovated suite, which looks amazing! The chapter also hosted many successful events in the fall, including an International Girls Day celebration where sisters set up two posters at Armstrong Student Center and had students write why they are confident.
Gamma Nu also hosted a Sprite Date with the theme, "Sail the Sea with KD." Potential new members came to the suite to meet Kappa Deltas. Pictured is the KD suite decorated for the Sprite Date. In addition, members handed out pens outside of King Library the Sunday before finals week with a note that said, "You will do inKreDible on finals! - Kappa Delta." It was a great event that caught the eyes of some potential new members. The chapter participated in recruitment during the end of January and welcomed an outstanding new pledge class!
<[?Gamma Nu has a full calendar this spring. Sisters will be welcoming their moms to campus for Moms' Weekend on March 6-8. They also have their Shamrock Event, Paint Brawl, coming up on March 15! Initiation for their lovely new members will take place on April 11, and they hope to see a large number of alumnae there!
Right before winter break, Omega Xi elected and installed the 2015 chapter council (pictured). The council is as follows: Lisa Miller (president), Erin Gates (vice president-member education), Kayla Cromer (vice president-membership), Amanda Naciff-Campos (vice president-operations), Courtney Miller (vice president-community service), Madison Hahn (vice president-public relations), Kathryn Suttling (vice president-standards), Amanda Norden (secretary), Allison Walke (vice president-finance) and Jenna Bovenzi (Panhellenic delegate). They are excited to serve the chapter and are looking forward to implementing new ideas.
The women of Omega Xi are really excited about their upcoming Shamrock events. Courtney Miller, vice president-community service, has planned a three-on-three basketball tournament and a barbeque for families and alumnae to attend. On March 8, Omega Xi will initiate 14 new members from spring recruitment.
Sigma Kappa-Ohio State
The Sigma Kappa Chapter at The Ohio State University hosted its first KD Karnival in the fall. Five fraternities volunteered to set up different booths and games. The fraternity booth that received the most tickets was Kappa Sigma, and they received $150 to donate to their philanthropy. The event also had a DJ and a variety of snacks such as popcorn, cotton candy and cupcakes. Pictured are sisters and Brutus at the KD Karnival.
The chapter hosted an alumnae event in October during Homecoming week. Alumnae loved seeing the house, watching the game and reminiscing with friends. Sigma Kappa participated in formal recruitment in January and sisters are thrilled with their amazing new pledge class!
This year, Sigma Kappa will host its 25th annual Slapshot Hockey Tournament on April 10.. This is the longest running philanthropy event on Ohio State’s campus. Fraternities have already expressed a great deal of interest in making teams! Sisters are also looking forward to three Girl Scout events coming up this semester and Greek Week events happening in April.
This fall, Theta Delta celebrated International Women's Friendship Month with a photo shoot. Riley Quinn, the photographer, did a wonderful job capturing the spirit of the chapter and produced beautiful pictures that are featured on Theta Delta's newly designed website.
Theta Delta held council elections in November and is proud to announce the new council: Olivia Hirt (president), Annie Schmig (vice president-member education), Jessica Shremshock (vice president-membership), Janine Kjolhede (vice president-operations), Jessica Pozniak (vice president-community service), Emily Schweiss (vice president-public relations), Alyssa Bojarski (vice president-standards), Carolyn Whitaker (secretary), Catherine Merck (vice president-finance) and Erika Mrzlak (Panhellenic delegate). Council looks forward to accomplishing great things in 2015!
To celebrate the holidays, the sisters of Theta Delta had a Christmas party. The sisterhood committee did a wonderful job planning it! There was cookie decorating, a movie and games. The party also included an Academic Excellence prize raffle. Each sister earned tickets by submitting any tests or projects with grades of As or Bs, as well as hours logged in Roesch Library. Prizes included a KD Alex and Ani bracelet, Kate Spade earrings, Kappa Delta merchandise and various restaurant gift cards. As a chapter, Theta Delta logged over 2,000 hours in the library! That’s a lot of studying!
The University of Dayton has deferred recruitment, and celebrated Bid Day on Feb. 1, 2015. Initiation will be held on March 22 at the Crowne Plaza Dayton.
This March, Theta Delta will host its second annual Shamrock the Rope! Last year, it was a success, raising over $11,000. Eighty percent of the proceeds go to the chapter’s local beneficiary, the CARE House of Dayton. The remaining 20 percent goes to Prevent Child Abuse America. The CARE House will use this money to fund training materials for people to learn to recognize and react to signs of abuse in children and will help purchase stuffed animals to comfort children who come in. Please check the chapter's social media for updated information regarding Shamrock 2015! Contact Jessica Pozniak with any questions.
Tulsa Alumnae Chapter members enjoy monthly social hours at local venues. Special events during the fall were dinners to celebrate Founders Day and International Women's Friendship Month. Members gathered for the AC's annual holiday party and ornament exchange. Tulsa alumnae also tried a new event and came together for a brunch one Saturday morning. The group is looking at dates for another brunch this spring, and plans are to continue meeting monthly for social hours.
Alumnae interested in learning more about the Tulsa chapter may email TulsaKDAC@gmail.com, "like" the AC on its Facebook page, join the AC's Facebook group, or follow the AC on Twitter.
At the end of last semester, Beta Epsilon elected a new council (pictured) and sisters could not be more excited! Ten new officers were installed at the end of December. The theme of the transition period was "Superheroes." During the first part of the transition process, each outgoing officer gave her incoming counterpart a gift with a superhero theme letting her know members of the chapter look up to her and have complete faith in her abilities. New officers been working on developing fresh ideas to help improve Beta Epsilon and keep it moving forward. The new council members of Beta Epsilon recently had an overnight council retreat where they participated in various team building and communication strengthening activities to insure the new council will be progressive and cohesive.
The women of Beta Epsilon are looking forward to their Shamrock Event that will take place mid-March. This semester, they will be hosting a Quidditch Cup tournament. This is a first for Beta Epsilon, and they are hoping the rest of the Greek community and student body are just as excited to participate in the event as the sisters are to host it! Beta Epsilon is also going to have the T-shirts for the event available for sale to non-Kappa Deltas in order to raise as much money as possible for Prevent Child Abuse America. More information will be posted on the chapter's social media sites as the date approaches.
The women of Nu Chapter have wrapped up a successful fall semester filled with philanthropy, "cheesing," and, of course, Homecoming. The end of October at Oklahoma State brings alumni from near and far back to Stillwater, Okla. for America's greatest Homecoming celebration. The weekend-long event consists of food trucks, football and house decorations made with tissue paper and created by each Greek chapter. Each year, Kappa Delta pairs with a fraternity, and they work rigorously for months preparing a deck for the alumni to enjoy. The KD house also was open to alumnae all weekend, with cookies and hot chocolate for alumnae and their families. Shortly after Homecoming the chapter celebrated another much-anticipated Greek tradition at OSU – Freshmen Follies! Fifteen freshmen from Nu Chapter (pictured) paired with Beta Theta Pi Fraternity members to present a 10-minute, high-energy show, which they rehearsed for months under the direction of older members. KD and Beta won third place!
"Cheesing for Charity" was a success, with ticket proceeds from the show going to a different charity each year. The spirit of philanthropy was strong within Nu this fall as well. The second annual Hearts and Halloween 5k was held in early November in support of the Lauren Elise Foundation, shortly followed by "Meet Me Under the Mistletoe," a holiday celebration at the chapter house where each attendee brought a toy to be donated for the Christmas season. Members also brought dates and friends to decorate cookies, take pictures and drink hot chocolate. The semester concluded with the annual council installment at the final chapter meeting of the year. These 10 new officers are led by President Annie Alexander and are excited to serve the chapter in 2015!
Nu Chapter has hit the ground running towards Shamrock 2015! This year's annual Shamrock Softball Tournament will be held March 6-8 at the Sanborn fields in Stillwater, Okla. Team packets are out, and registration is open with competitive and recreational leagues to choose from. Nu's vice president-community service is partnering with the vice president-public relations and countless other incredible chapter members to make this year's Shamrock a success. Proceeds from Shamrock benefit Nu's local beneficiary, Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services, KD's national beneficiary, Prevent Child Abuse America. Shamrock information can be found on Nu Chapter's website under the "Philanthropy" tab, on Facebook and on all of Nu Chapter's social media accounts.
The Corvallis Alumnae Chapter hosted a lunch cruise on the Portland Spirit this past September! It was wonderful getting to know members from many different collegiate chapters. We had such a great time, we plan to host an event in Portland every fall.
In November, alumnae attended Alpha Kappa-Oregon State's new-member education meeting (Stage 6) to talk about lifelong membership in KD. It is always fun to meet the new members and answer their questions about life during and after college.
Join us for our next social event on March 14 from 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. We'll be participating in the downtown Corvallis "Rhapsody in the Vineyard," a fun event where local businesses offer food and beverage samples and showcase their products and artwork. We will also choose a restaurant to have dinner together.
This spring, we will attend/participate in the Alpha Kappa-Oregon State and Alpha Lambda-Oregon Shamrock events.
Alpha Kappa also hosts its alumnae for a social event every April. (In the past it has been the Alumnae Brunch, but they are considering other ideas.) They love meeting and hearing from area alumnae, so please consider making the time to attend!
Check our Facebook group or website to find out when these events will be happening.
Stay up to date by joining our Facebook group and checking our website. Send questions to Karlie Moore, chapter president.
For the past four years, the Portland Alumnae Chapter has had a strong presence on the executive council of the Portland Alumnae Panhellenic in positions such as secretary and vice president. Currently, the AC is represented by our delegate, Michelle Potter, and the Portland Alumnae Panhellenic president, Annie Young. Through the Panhellenic Alumnae Association, KDs have helped raise money for scholarships for Panhellenic alumnae living in the Portland area who are interested in advancing their education.
AC members also have helped the Raphael House, a local Portland organization that supports domestic abuse victims. Additionally, we’ve helped women going through sorority recruitment at Portland State University. As Kappa Delta does not currently have a chapter at Portland State, we are able to serve as neutral support to help women choose a chapter. Through our involvement in Panhellenic, we've demonstrated the Greek system’s ability to work together to do amazing things.
We are planning a painting event in March, date to be determined. For more information, visit the website. Please contact Adrienne Perkins for event details, or check out our Facebook group. We will also be collecting items to donate to the Raphael House at this event.
Our AC primarily uses Facebook to communicate. Search “Official Portland/Vancouver Kappa Delta Alumnae Group” and request to join. If you do not use Facebook, email Adrienne Perkins, and she will email you any upcoming event information.
We organize four large events per year (at least one of which is a family-friendly event), several smaller events on weeknights, and a bimonthly book club, so there really is something for everyone. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions. Events are a great way to make new friends and network if you are new to the area.
Alpha Kappa-Oregon State
The ladies of Alpha Kappa had a fantastic time celebrating International Girls Day on Nov. 14. Kappa Delta invited local Girl Scouts to color pictures and decorate cookies. The most rewarding part of the afternoon was drawing self-portraits with the Girl Scouts. They were instructed to draw themselves and write a description of what they like about themselves. Identifying the beauty in themselves and each other and writing it down on paper brought smiles to all the girls' faces. The opportunity to connect with the Girl Scouts and help build their confidence was a great reminder for the sisters of why they love KD and why our sisterhood is so special.
Spring term is a very exciting and busy time for the KDs at Oregon State. Mock Rock will take place April 8-10. It is the largest philanthropy event on campus and has the highest number of participants than any other. Members have been working very hard on the details for this event to promote Prevent Child Abuse America and the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) throughout the week. The three-day-long event consists of coin jar donations, skits, a senior serenade and the main event, a huge lip syncing and dance competition in which many Greek and non-Greek groups participate. The sisters are looking forward to what this year will bring and the chance to raise awareness for PCAA and CARDV!
In October, the Alpha Lambda Chapter welcomed 72 new members. With the theme, "There's No Place Like Home," Bid Day was a huge success. Since then, these wonderful ladies have completed the new-member program and were fully initiated into the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Kappa Delta on Nov. 23. The members are so proud to have grown their sisterhood so much and cannot wait to continue doing so!
Alpha Lambda's Shamrock Event took place earlier this month. In addition to the annual Spaghetti Feed on Feb. 5, Alpha Lambda hosted its first-ever "Color Me KD" Shamrock Event. Sisters wanted to step up their game and hosted a 5k color run at Alton Baker Park in Eugene on Feb. 15.
Save the date! April 10-12 is Alpha Lambda's annual Alumnae Weekend! Many fun events are planned, and the chapter house will be open for house tours during the weekend. It is going to be a blast! All alumnae are welcome to attend.
During the fall, the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter co-hosted a Girl Scout event with the Alpha Phi Chapter at Westminster College. We also supported the Xi Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh during its formal recruitment by helping out behind the scenes.
The alumnae chapter will be hosting its first ever Shamrock Event in March! Plans are being finalized for a No Menu Monday event at Bar Marco in Pittsburgh. We are also excited to be involved with the Pittsburgh Alumnae Panhellenic Association's Scholarship Benefit Luncheon in April where there will be a raffle, fashion show and a great opportunity to connect with other Greek alumnae in the area. We are proud to support the benefit where the proceeds go toward providing scholarships for collegiate Greek women who either go to school in the Pittsburgh area and are members of a National Panhellenic Conference organization or live in the Pittsburgh area when they are not at school and are affiliated with an NPC member group.
We are looking for alumnae who are interested in helping us grow the alumnae chapter and meeting other sisters who live in the Pittsburgh area! For more information, email us at KDPittsburghAC@gmail.com or find us on Facebook at Kappa Delta Pittsburgh Area Alumnae Chapter. We look forward to meeting you!
Last semester, the sisters of Alpha Phi hosted two Girl Scout events. These events involved teaching the girls about etiquette and communication skills, along with other activities to build their confidence and help them realize that girls can do anything! On Jan. 2, six Alpha Phi sisters traveled to North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Pennsylvania for Westminster's choir tour. While on tour, sister Annalise Spackus got engaged!
The sisters of Alpha Phi participated in spring recruitment and welcomed a class of 12 amazing new members. The chapter's newly elected council has had a great start and officers are bringing a lot of fresh ideas and new perspectives on ways the chapter can improve. The chapter plans to focus on academics and social promotions this year. Ideas to improve academic success include study groups and tutoring for sisters who are struggling. The chapter’s biggest goal is to motivate all sisters to be the best they can possibly be academically, socially and personally. The council plans to develop smart and safe ways to promote the sisterhood, its members and events on social media. It is also a priority for chapter leaders to work more with other fraternities and sororities to build Greek unity.
Alpha Phi has a lot going on this spring! The spring Shamrock Event will be a 5k run held in March. The sisters are preparing for events with the Girl Scouts that will promote confidence and build their self-esteem. Alpha Phi is partnering with Theta Chi Fraternity for a lip sync competition, and all proceeds will benefit their philanthropies. The chapter is holding a handbag drive, running from now until April 10. All bags will be donated to the Lawrence County Crisis Shelter. Greek Week will be happening the week of April 12.
Beta Theta-Penn State
The sisters of Beta Theta at Penn State had a holiday celebration where sisters and members of the chapter advisory board wrote letters and made care packages to send to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. A solider contacted Beta Theta's vice president-public relations on Facebook and explained that soldiers get very lonely in Afghanistan after the holidays and would appreciate receiving cheerful letters. Members of Beta Theta were pleased to write letters, and it was a very nice event to get everyone together after winter break.
Beta Theta's spring Shamrock Event will be held in April and will be a huge basketball tournament that many people are expected to attend. The best part of this event is the opportunity to pie any Kappa Delta in the face in exchange for a donation to Prevent Child Abuse America.
The chapter’s fall alumnae brunch will take place during Homecoming weekend. Sisters are already starting to plan this fall event and look forward to getting alumnae more involved and having them come back to visit the chapter.
Beta Upsilon welcomed 16 new members on Sunday, Jan. 26. The chapter celebrated with new members at Twisty Freeze, a local ice cream shop in Selinsgrove, Pa. The new member class is composed of 13 first-year students and three sophomores. Congratulations to S2K15!
Beta Upsilon will be hosting its Shamrock Event on Saturday, March 21. This year's theme is KD Karnival. Plan to come prepared for fun and games! For more information, you may contact Rachel Gerber.
Alumnae are also invited to attend Initiation, which will be held March 15. For more information, contact Danielle Boutwell.
Eta Lambda-Franklin & Marshall
Although it is still early in the new year, Eta Lambda has been very busy this semester. Coming back early from winter break, sisters participated in Spirit Days to prepare for the upcoming formal recruitment. Days were filled with lots of recruitment preparation and practice, but sisters made time to participate in many activities to strengthen their sisterhood as well. They planned gatherings for nail painting, cookie decorating, writing compliments on papers attached to each other’s backs, and more.
Members’ hard work preparing for recruitment paid off! After showcasing their sisterhood, philanthropy and love for Kappa Delta, Eta Lambda was fortunate to welcome 25 new members on Jan. 11. The new members have already hit the ground running and will soon complete the new-member program and become initiated sisters. In addition, new members are signing up to serve on various leadership committees in the chapter. Eta Lambda is excited to see what these new members will bring to the chapter in future years.
Spring is a busy time for Eta Lambda Chapter. Local Girl Scouts will be on campus twice this semester, once for a campus tour, and again for a Ban Bossy-themed event to build confidence and leadership abilities. Of course, Girl Scouts will also be selling cookies to campus at the end of February to make sure everyone enters March in a full sugar coma. This spring, Eta Lambda will also host a flag football tournament as its Shamrock Event this semester. Its Shamrock White Rose Bowl will attract participants from many different student groups, and promises to be an afternoon full of football and fun.
The initiation of Eta Lambda's newest member class on Feb. 28 was one of the most highly anticipated events of the semester. After weeks of educating new members about what it means to be a Kappa Delta, Eta Lambda officially welcomed its newest members home. New members had chance to connect with alumnae at a brunch the day before Initiation.
The sisters of Eta Theta Chapter were very involved on campus last fall. To celebrate International Women's Friendship Month, they organized a table in the quad where students could write messages to their friends to tell them why they are beautiful. Kappa Delta sisters then delivered those notes, along with a balloon that had a confidence message attached, to the recipients.
This past fall, Eta Theta hosted three Girl Scout events – a campus tour, a dance event and an International Girls Day event with the theme, "Free Being Me." Brianna DiTullio, the vice president-member education, hosted a Secret Santa gathering at her house for all the new members. Chapter members also handed out candy canes in the student center with a "good luck on finals" tag during the last week of classes to spread some holiday cheer!
At the beginning of the spring semester, Eta Theta welcomed 45 beautiful, confident new members! This month, the chapter will focus on bonding events for the new pledge class including Big/Little Week, the new member retreat and Initiation. The sisterhood chairmen came up with the idea of "themed chapters," and kicked off the idea with a Valentine's Day-themed chapter meeting. During the first week of classes, the chapter held two mixers with Sigma Nu and Beta Theta Pi in Philadelphia. The first social function was a "Grabba Date" where sisters had 24 hours to find a date. That same week, sisters also rented a bus to all attend the basketball game together and bond over a common cause: beating Georgetown!
The chapter is looking forward to hosting three Girl Scout events this semester. In March, the new members will experience their first Shamrock Event. The chapter is planning on continuing the annual Cornhole Tournament and encouraging each sister to coach or sign up at least one team. Sisters encourage all alumnae to come back to see their families, play cornhole, and support an incredible cause. The chapter is so excited to see their graduated family members!
This semester, Eta Theta is ready to compete in Sigma Chi's "Derby Days," Phi Sigma Kappa's "ZillyJam," and Beta Theta Pi's "Ducky Races." In April, Kappa Delta is prepared to take home the title of Greek Week Champion after a fierce competition last year.
This past semester was filled with exciting events for the women of Theta Zeta Chapter. To celebrate International Women's Friendship Month, they gave away free cupcakes on campus and passed out balloons with encouraging messages such as, "You are beautiful!" and "Be confident!" to support the "You Make Me Smile" campaign. To finish off the month, the chapter held a plus-one brunch in its beautiful new house where each chapter member invited another sorority woman in support of Panhellenic unity.
Theta Zeta's Girl Scout events were a huge success this past semester. They invited girls ages 6-8 to a Halloween-themed party to help them learn about their five senses. For International Girls Day, the chapter had a workshop about the power of the media for middle-school-aged Girl Scouts. They learned about how media distorts society's perception of beauty and that everyone is beautiful both inside and out!
After winter break, the chapter returned to Lehigh for formal recruitment. Theta Zeta welcomed 39 wonderful new ladies to the chapter. The chapter’s Bid Day celebration was NFL- themed with the slogan "Kappa Delta, Drafting the Best Since 1897." Members were so excited to meet the new members!
On March 21, the chapter will be having its annual Shamrock Event, a silent auction held on Lehigh's campus. Proceeds from the event will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and Theta Zeta's local beneficiary, Project Child in Bethlehem, Pa. The members of Theta Zeta love the Shamrock Event and are excited to raise even more money than last year! Theta Zeta will also be hosting two more wonderful Girl Scout events this semester.
This year, the Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta worked very hard to establish good internal PR. For International Women's Friendship Month, the chapter held a sisterhood event where sisters could write inspirational phrases on post-it notes. During the following week, sisters were able to post those notes throughout campus, spreading the positive and empowering messages to all women. For International Girls Day, the chapter held a sisterhood/community service event and watched the Disney film, Brave, with the local Girl Scouts.
The chapter hosted an alumnae event before the Pitt Homecoming game and also held its annual powderpuff football event for Shamrock. Each year, Shamrock brings all of the sororities and fraternities on campus together to support one cause in a very fun and exciting way. On Feb. 13, sisters hosted their annual Cocoa and Kisses event to increase campus PR. During this event, they handed out free Hershey's Kisses, inspirational quotes and hot cocoa to students walking by.
The chapter will host an alumnae brunch and networking event in early April where sisters will be able to ask Xi alumnae questions regarding their professions and post-graduate activities. In late March, Xi Chapter will also participate in Pitt's Greek Sing. Greek Sing is an annual competition where sororities and fraternities pair up and create themed musical numbers.
Kappa Delta's Theta Gamma Chapter will remember 2014 as a year filled with many amazing memories of sisterhood and love both inside and outside of the chapter. After initiating its Delta class (pictured) and electing a new council for the upcoming year, Theta Gamma held its first-ever secret Santa gift exchange and boosted school confidence by handing out treat bags in the libraries during finals period. On Dec. 8, the sisters celebrated the end of a semester at their Semiformal held at Kartabar.
Theta Gamma participated in spring formal recruitment on Feb. 5-9 and welcomed an amazing group of new members. The Epsilon class will be initiated on April 12.
Theta Theta-Rhode Island
This past semester, the Theta Theta Chapter has had many exciting events. To celebrate the arrival of the new Beta class, sisters went apple picking and returned to the suite where the apples were later decorated. There was also a Christmas party where sisters dressed in ugly sweaters and participated in a gift swap. To celebrate International Girls Day, members of Theta Theta met with a local Girl Scout troop where they danced, played games and had fun face painting. Pictured are sisters and Girl Scouts at the International Girls Day celebration.
Another exciting event was the election of Theta Theta's new council. Three of those elected previously served in other positions on council. They, along with officers new to the council, are eager to begin working and helping the Theta Theta Chapter of Kappa Delta reach its fullest potential. All are excited to see what the year has in store!
This spring, the chapter will host its first Shamrock Event, a basketball tournament called Shamrock Slam. People can pay to join a team, and members of the University of Rhode Island men's and women's basketball teams coach and referee the tournament. Chapter members are very excited to work not only with each other, but with other members of the URI community. The chapter is also looking forward to participating in URI's annual Relay for Life. This will be the second year sisters have participated.
In September, Charleston alumnae enjoyed a get-together downtown at a rooftop venue. We had a great turn out and tried to get a sense of what kind of events everyone would like to have or attend.
On Oct. 23, Zeta Sigma-Charleston invited alumnae to spend Founders Day afternoon with members carving pumpkins. Later, alumnae celebrated Founders Day at the Alley, a bowling alley and restaurant in Downtown Charleston. We had appetizers and chatted about where we went to school and our collegiate chapters.
We also had a great time when women from Kappa Delta National Headquarters came to Charleston to take photos and videos of KD collegians and alumnae for social media campaigns and publications. They took photos around town, including the pineapple fountain, Battery Park and the cistern on the College of Charleston's campus.
We are really trying to increase participation at events by offering a variety of activities. We are hoping to have more events in the spring, such as sporting events and social hours at various restaurants in different areas of Charleston to accommodate everyone.
To find out what events are going on, visit the Charleston AC on Facebook or send an email to email@example.com.
KD alumnae residing in the Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., area celebrated Founders Day with a potluck dinner on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the home of Sherry Anderson, Delta Gamma-Western Kentucky. Pictured, front from left, are Katie Amick, Gamma Epsilon-Florida Southern; Jonnie Kern, Delta Rho-James Madison; back from left, Ashly Huff, Zeta Mu-Towson; Cameron Smith, Epsilon Pi-Virginia Tech; and Morgan Flahive, Omicron-Illinois Wesleyan.
If you are interested in getting together with KD alumnae in the Upstate area, email upstateKD@gmail.com.
“Clean your closets for CAPA Night” was a huge success. Low Country Alumnae Chapter members donated gently used clothes and household items before a meeting at Truffles Cafe in Bluffton. Items were delivered to the Closet Treasures thrift store that is operated by and benefits the Child Abuse Prevention Association of Beaufort.
Pictured with the donations for CAPA are Kim Tillotson, Jeanette Davis, Molly Thomas, Bobbie Elder, Vicki Melton, Pat Strickland, Kay Williams, Fran Veldran and Lindsay Daly. Not pictured are Tammie Blank and Mimi Carman.
Five AC members also represented the chapter at the "Death by Chocolate" fundraiser for Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina. The KDs served the judges chocolate treats prepared by local chefs, collected score cards and tabulated results for awards.
For more information about the Low Country Alumnae Chapter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Midlands, S.C., Alumnae Chapter was called out by a member who is currently battling ALS to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We accepted the challenge with members of Beta Zeta-South Carolina and raised more than $200 for ALS research.
In celebration of International Women's Friendship Month, we hosted a cookout for AC members and collected more than 100 new and gently used handbags for a local organization that supports battered/abused women and children.
In honor of Founders Day, we hosted a get-together at Still Hopes Retirement Home with "veteran" KD alumnae.
Also in the fall, the chapter hosted a "Go Confidently" event with a local Girl Scout troop for International Girls Day. The girls decorated paper flowers and wrote positive things about themselves on each petal, and then we attended a USC women's volleyball match.
We had a great time celebrating the holidays with more than 50 AC members!
The Midlands AC will host a KD Carnival Shamrock Event in March and participate in the ALS walk and brunch in May.
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Newberry Alumnae Chapter members enjoyed several activities in the fall. AC members attended a Girl Scout tea party where etiquette was taught, set up a tent and tailgates for the Newberry College Homecoming, and hosted a holiday party where they collected for Toys for Tots and handbags for Sistercare, which provides services for battered women and their children.
Jessica Shealy has stepped up to take the vice president position and help plan 2015.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find the Newberry Alumnae Chapter on Facebook.
On Sept. 23, the Palmetto Alumnae Chapter held a kickoff event to celebrate International Women's Friendship Month and reach out to possible new members. The sisters met at a local restaurant and shared stories from their time in their collegiate chapters and more.
The chapter appointed a vice president-community service to increase our efforts in the community. Nancy Reading was chosen and planned her first event, "Socktober," that was held on Oct. 28. AC members brought goods to donate to our county's local women's shelter.
Our first Couples Christmas was held on Dec. 12. Sisters and their significant others came together for a fun holiday celebration. Appetizers were served, and each couple took part in a Christmas gift exchange.
The AC's new slate of officers will be selected in early March with council elections held shortly thereafter. Dates/times are to be determined.To be nominated/selected for office, sisters must be dues-paying members.
Alumnae interested in joining our chapter can contact email@example.com.
Beta Zeta-South Carolina
Beta Zeta's holiday celebration was a huge success! Members decorated the house with lights, trimmed a holiday tree, made gingerbread houses and drank hot chocolate. This was just what everyone needed during a stressful week of finals! As the year ended, Beta Zeta members took a moment to reflect on the semester and the many amazing memories made. Bid Day brought an amazing group of 120 new women to the chapter, all of whom are striving for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest. These new members went through six weeks of meetings as well as a retreat to learn all about what it means to be a Kappa Delta.
The fall Shamrock Week was a huge success, raising over $50,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America. Alumnae events were also a highlight of the fall. Members enjoyed attending a USC volleyball game with alumnae members and Girl Scouts. Collegians loved hearing about their own alumnae members participating in the Midlands ALS walk with "Team Suzi."
The sisters of Beta Zeta were quite busy this past semester between Initiation, socials, Girl Scout events and philanthropy work, but they loved every second of it! The members are looking forward to an amazing 2015!
The chapter has many events scheduled for spring and hopes to reach alumnae and the community with its efforts. The spring Shamrock Week will take place March 16-22. Individual events for this week are still being finalized, but all Kappa Deltas are encouraged to come and join for a good cause! Greek Week competitions will be held March 30-April 3. Beta Zeta's spring Girl Scout events are scheduled for March 21, April 1 and April 19. Beta Zeta will also participate in the Derby Days competition to support Sigma Chi's philanthropy, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. The date for this competition has yet to be determined.
The sisters of Delta Mu were extremely excited to return to school and KD after the holiday break. At the first chapter meeting of the semester, sisters filled their planners with dates for Girl Scout events, socials and a ton of other functions happening this spring. Delta Mu had its first Girl Scout event of the semester, and it was so much fun. As a sisterhood bonding day, members are also planning on going to Hiwire, a trampoline park in Columbia. Everyone has such great ideas and they are working so hard to make this semester one of the best yet! Delta Mu hopes to share these awesome moments with alumnae because they mean so much to the chapter!
Shamrock Week is scheduled for March 16-23, with the Color Me KD 5k Run taking place on March 21. Greek Week will be held April 13-17, and Parents' weekend will be April 18.
The women of Delta Mu are so excited to make some new memories this semester. It's going to be great!
Epsilon Psi-Francis Marion
The Epsilon Psi Chapter will celebrate its 30th chapter anniversary this April. To honor this important milestone, the chapter has decided to hold a weekend-long celebration. The weekend will kick off on Friday, April 17 with a meet-and-greet. There will also be several fun activities such as a picnic, baseball game and brunch. The chapter has made arrangements for a surprise speaker at Saturday's White Rose Banquet. The ladies of Epsilon Psi hope this event will bring alumnae and collegiate members together to reconnect, reminisce and celebrate the chapter's accomplishments and promising future by acknowledging the foundation laid by the chapter’s founding members. For more information about this event, please contact Casey Sanders, vice president-public relations.
The chapter has also been hard at work on its upcoming Shamrock N' Run 5k and fun run. The event will be held on March 7 at the Fitness World Gym coed location. The Shamrock Event is a great and enjoyable experience for the chapter, Francis Marion University community and the entire Florence community to join in the fight against child abuse. It is a wonderful opportunity for the sisters of Epsilon Psi to share their chapter's accomplishments and goals with others and gain the support of the community. For more information contact Arismel Perez, vice president-community service or like the Facebook page at "Kappa Delta Shamrock N' Run."
In the fall of 2014, the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Kappa Delta at Wofford College hosted its second annual Shamrock N' Shuck, an oyster roast to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and the Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg, S.C. The event was held on Wofford's campus for students, faculty, parents and community members to enjoy. It was a huge success, raising over $4,500. The chapter looks forward to hosting another Shamrock N' Shuck next fall!
Wofford Kappa Delta was pleased to welcome 38 new members following formal recruitment in fall 2014. Recruitment provided a special time for members to grow and bond as they worked to choose the chapter’s newest members. On Bid Day, members’ hard work and dedication to Kappa Delta paid off when they welcomed their newest pledge class!
In November, members celebrated International Girls Day with the Furman University Kappa Delta sisters by hosting an event for local Girl Scout troops at River Lodge Park in Greenville. Girl Scouts and Kappa Deltas enjoyed crafts, costumes, a photo op and a presentation on inner-beauty and confidence in young women. The chapter also elected its new chapter council in the fall. These young ladies are excited about their opportunity to lead the Epsilon Sigma Chapter this year. They have already begun planning and implementing new ideas. The newly elected president is sister Chandler Balentine of Greenwood, S.C.
Chapter members are excited about hosting their sixth annual Shamrock N' Run 5k race. The race will be held Saturday March 14 at 10 a.m. at Duncan Park in Spartanburg. Shamrock N' Run will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and the Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg. With the cost of registration, participants will receive a T-shirt and breakfast. The Wofford College Kappa Deltas would love your support for this fun event!
Epsilon Tau is off to a great start this semester! The newly elected council is transitioned and has already planned many activities for this semester. Council is excited to serve Kappa Delta together and make a stronger bond in AOT. Spring recruitment allowed for the addition of seven new sisters. These women are fabulous and will represent Kappa Delta’s values every day. Epsilon Tau's vice president-membership and vice president-member education did a great job organizing spring recruitment and the spring new-member program. Pictured are three of the seven new members from the spring class. The chapter is now preparing for formal recruitment in the fall. Epsilon Tau is excited for all that is to come!
Kappa Delta Starlight Soiree formal took place Feb. 28. Prior to the event, members attended the Miss Clemson pageant to support sister Hailey McShan.
One of the chapter's most exciting events, the first-ever Shamrock N' Run 5k, is coming up. In recent years, Epsilon Tau's Shamrock Event has been a golf and tennis tournament. However, newly elected vice president-community service wanted to change things up and plan a 5k. The event will take place at a local park about 10 minutes from campus that already has a 5k trail. There is also a picnic area and doggy park so it is sure to be a great day!
The Zeta Pi Chapter of Kappa Delta participated in recruitment in January. Furman University has delayed recruitment, allowing the potential new members to get a feel for the university and organizations on campus prior to joining the Greek community. Zeta Pi had a stellar recruitment this year and welcomed 37 new members.
Kappa Delta's Bid Day theme was NFL with the slogan, "Drafting the Best Since 1897." Sisters enjoyed getting decked out in their Bid Day gear and sharing the excitement of their new members with everyone on campus. Pictured is the chapter on Bid Day.
The new member retreat was held the weekend following Bid Day. After the retreat, it became clear the new members are a diverse bunch of incredibly talented women. Sisters are excited to see what they will bring to the sorority in the future.
Spring semester is a busy one for the sisters of Zeta Pi. Along with academic commitments and extracurricular activities, members are busy with the new-member program and preparing for Initiation. Initiation will take place after spring break and is a tradition to be cherished. The chapter council is eager to pin all of the new members and share the excitement of the experience with the chapter. Following the Initiation ceremony, they will have a catered dinner together on campus and big sisters will pass down Kappa Delta memorabilia to the newly initiated little sisters.
Elections for Zeta Sigma's new council were held in November. The new council is composed of six juniors and four sophomores. The chapter will be led by new president and former vice president-community service, Phoebe Wheeler. Under the leadership of the vice president-membership, Rachel Hackett, members worked hard to ensure Zeta Sigma had one of its most successful recruitments yet! Members were proud to welcome 54 new members to the chapter.
Each year, College of Charleston Greek Life participates in a community service event benefitting the Low Country Food Bank. The event, Pep Supper, consists of a dance competition, banner competition and a canned food drive. The theme of the competition this year was Music Legends and Zeta Sigma's specific theme was Rihanna. This year, sisters Megan Freifelder and Megan Kolvenbag choreographed an outstanding performance for the Zeta Sigma sisters to perform, and Rebecca Harvey painted an impressive banner. The chapter worked hard to collect thousands of pounds of cans to donate. Ultimately, Zeta Sigma won the dance portion of the competition, and placed third overall. Panhellenic Delegate Sarah Munro organized the whole event for the chapter and did a great job.
Zeta Sigma is looking forward to a busy spring semester. Shamrock weekend will be March 21-22, and will include the Shamrock golf tournament, a parents’ soirée, a mothers’ brunch, and a shopping event at Madewell. The Kappa Delta Shamrock Golf Classic will be held March 21, at The Links at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, S.C. Registration begins at the clubhouse at 7:30 a.m. until the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. There will be lunch for golfers and a silent auction at noon following the tournament. Golfers and parents will be invited to a parents' soireé on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The mothers' brunch will be Sunday, March 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the College of Charleston Kappa Delta house. Following the brunch will be a shopping event at Madewell on King Street. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Darkness To Light. Alumnae are encouraged to attend the brunch and shopping event on Sunday, and are welcome to attend any of the other weekend events!
After having another successful cookie exchange and Toys for Tots drive in December, the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter started 2015 with a meeting of the officers to set the calendar for the year. We shared this calendar with the alumnae chapter during a fun night out at a local restaurant. New sisters came for the first time, and we are excited about what's to come this year for the Chattanooga AC.
On Feb. 28, we will support the Beta Kappa-Tennessee/Chattanooga Shamrock Event, a flag football tournament. In addition, we are sponsoring a float in the local St.Patrick's Day parade on March 14. The parade benefits Kids on the Block, a children's advocacy group in Chattanooga.
We are always looking for sisters to join our group. We communicate mostly through Facebook, but anyone interested in learning more about the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter may contact Diane Spicer.
For International Women's Friendship Month, we hosted dinner and games for the women at the Salvation Army. The ladies at the shelter enjoyed having the night off, and they loved winning prizes. Sisters enjoyed meeting the ladies and look forward to doing more community service projects at the Salvation Army.
We are currently planning our Shamrock Event, and we will continue playing trivia at Don Pancho about once a month. We've been on a winning streak lately!
On March 24, we will be attending the annual Girl Scouts Recipes For Success fundraiser. It's a fun night of Girl Scout Cookies and other refreshments.
If you would like to get involved with the Clarksville Alumnae Chapter, email President Amber Moak. You can also "like" us on Facebook. We post all of our events there, and you're welcome to join us at any of them.
The Nashville Alumnae Chapter celebrated Founders Day on Oct. 11 with brunch at local restaurant Puffy Muffin. On Nov. 16, Beta Tau-Vanderbilt and the AC co-hosted International Girls Day for Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts, and later in the month, AC officers Shari Bazydola, Rachel Raker and Kimberly Shadwick attended the Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee launch party. Alumnae celebrated the holidays Dec. 18 at the annual holiday party and ornament exchange.
Activities for the new year include the Girl Scout Journey event and campus tour; pottery and pizza event; and Beta Tau-Vanderbilt's annual Shamrock Event, a dodgeball tournament and pancake brunch.
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The Tri-Cities Alumnae Chapter started the new year by helping Gamma Delta-East Tennessee State prepare for a Kappa Delta Official Visit.
AC members are excited about a painting party in February, volunteering at the animal shelter in March, and supporting the Shamrock Event in April.
Alumnae interested in learning more about the Tri-Cities Alumnae Chapter may contact Emmalea Johnston.
The Alpha Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta is excited to introduce its 2015 council members:
Alix de Witt, president, is an English major from Tennessee. In her free time, Alix enjoys listening to folk rock music and trying new restaurants in Memphis. She works as the Director of Children's Programs at Comunidad Cristiana Esperanza and loves every second of it!
Alli Heinemeyer, vice president-member education, is a business major and varsity tennis player from Texas. She is the 2017 Class Council President, on the S’mores board and even runs a stationery business in her spare time.
Kayla Wilson, vice president-membership, is a chemistry major from Texas. Kayla participates in undergraduate chemistry research and plans to graduate a year early to pursue a master's degree in biomedical engineering.
Regan Adolph, vice president-operations, is a history major from Louisiana. Regan is a member of the Honor Council and the Catholic Student Organization. In her spare time she enjoys babysitting and volunteering.
Allie Baldassaro, vice president-community service, is a neuroscience major from Louisiana. She is a cheerleader at Rhodes College and does behavioral neuroscience research.
Carolyn Dishuck, vice president-public relations, is a biology major from Alabama. She participates in undergraduate chemistry research, volunteers for Special Olympics and enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs.
Annie Giarla, vice president-standards, is an environmental science major from North Carolina. Annie loves horses, serves as co-president of the Rhodes College Equestrian Club and volunteers with disabled riders.
Mason Brown, secretary, is a Spanish major from Virginia. Mason is on the swim team, writes for The Bridge newspaper, and loves cats and Law and Order SVU.
Cecile Lonjaret, vice president-finance, is a junior business major from Arkansas. Cecile is a member of the Rhodes Student Government and the Rhodes Ambassadors.
Alpha Delta alumnae and other KD alumnae in the Memphis area are invited to join the Rhodes College Kappa Deltas for a Girl Scout event on April 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts will come to the Rhodes College campus for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Alumnae are invited to speak about their time at Rhodes and what they are doing now, or simply to join in on the tour.
Alpha Epsilon has been busy with a multitude of great events over the past few months! From the annual International Girls Day celebration (pictured) to the holiday cookie decorating party, the sisters of Alpha Epsilon have been bonding with the local Girl Scout troops and making wonderful memories.
The fall semester also brought the installation of a newly elected chapter council. Alpha Epsilon is thrilled to have Lindsey Cherry as president, Scarlett Miles as vice president-member education, Mary Claire Culpepper as vice president-membership, Jennifer Staiman as vice president-operations, Mary Catherine Burdge as vice president-community service, Allie Burgard as vice president-public relations, Elizabeth Griggs as vice president-standards, Hannah Morrow as secretary, Kaily Groover as vice president-finance, and Jessie Rosenberg as Panhellenic delegate. Kappa Delta at Tennessee has been striving for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest this semester, and will continue to do so as the year progresses.
Alpha Epsilon has a lot to look forward to this spring! The chapter is introducing a new aspect to the celebration of Shamrock Week, a Color Run 5K Race. All Shamrock events will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America. In addition to supporting Kappa Delta philanthropies, sisters will participate in Carnicus (a Greek skit competition), All Sing (the Greek singing competition) and Greek Beat (the Greek dancing competition). The chapter is especially excited about participating in For the Kids Dance Marathon, an all-night event that benefits East Tennessee Children's Hospital, and the Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society. Members cannot wait to see what opportunities and great times spring semester holds!
2014 was a fun-filled and successful year to say the least. Beta Kappa hosted many social events, including mixers for Halloween and Christmas and a Homecoming tailgate with alumnae. The chapter recruited an amazing fall pledge class and is continuing to seek women who strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest during the spring semester. Beta Kappa held its annual War of the Wings in November, which raised $4,000 for the Children's Advocacy Center. Beta Kappa also celebrated International Girls Day with some of the most adorable Girl Scouts from Chattanooga. Beta Kappa held a fundraiser for Room at the Inn during International Women's Friendship Month to collect canned goods and hygiene supplies for a women's shelter. Chapter members also participated in She's the First, a cupcake fundraiser to help send a girl from a third world country to school.
Beta Kappa has claimed 2014 a year for the books and is striving, along with the new council, to make 2015 just as great. The new council is: Taylor Farmer (president), Shelby Lea (vice president-member education), Laura Wright (vice president-membership), Sara Hrivnak (vice president-operations), Brittany Gilbert (vice president-community service), Amanda Clarke (vice president-public relations), Brianna Mullins (vice president-standards), Rhiana Van Fossan (secretary), Kara Maynard (vice president-finance) and Savannah Schultz (Panhellenic delegate). Beta Kappa has planned some amazing mixers, sisterhood events, alumnae events and Shamrock, and cannot wait to see what 2015 has to offer.
On Feb. 26, Beta Kappa participated in Greek Show on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's campus. The spring new members were initiated on Feb. 27, and Shamrock, a flag football tournament, took place on Feb. 28. The chapter will also be having a date party and a formal this spring. Additionally, sisters are looking forward to hosting an alumnae resume building/career fair mixer later this semester.
After an exciting and hectic two weekends of formal recruitment in January, the sisters of Beta Tau could not have been more thrilled to welcome 45 new members to the Kappa Delta sisterhood! Bid Day was held Jan. 18 in downtown Nashville's historic Broadway district. The Bid Day celebration was a luau-style party called, “WelK∆me to Paradise.”
The following week was filled with fresh-baked cookies, a movie night and plenty of delicious food over which new members were able to bond. The week culminated in the annual Beta Tau sisterhood retreat, which was held at Camp Holloway, a location that was generously provided by the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. At the retreat, new members shared an evening of fun and laughter, getting to know the members of their pledge class, and hearing words of wisdom from seniors who will be graduating later this semester.
In mid-March, Beta Tau will host its annual Shamrock Dodgeball Tournament. Teams from across campus will compete to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Continuing a great tradition started last year, Shamrock will occur during Beta Tau's Parents’ Weekend, which allows parents and siblings to participate in the tournament as well!
Delta Pi-Middle Tennessee State
The sisters of Delta Pi held a Founders Day celebration with alumnae at their chapter house to celebrate 117 years of Kappa Delta. The chapter also held a Secret Santa party before leaving for winter break with all sisters drawing names and buying gifts for their secret Santa partner. The chapter held elections and the newly elected council is as follows: Kara Taylor (president), Kacey Roberts (vice president-member education), Laine Orlic (vice president-membership), Emily Newman (vice president-operations), Berkley Banyai (vice president-community service), Emily Simpson (vice president-public relations), Emma Green (vice president-standards), Vanessa Beard (secretary), Samantha Gatewood (vice president-finance) and Brooke Hughes (Panhellenic delegate). Pictured is the chapter with council in the front row.
Mark your calendars! Delta Pi will host its annual Wing Fling event on March 28.
The sisters will be welcoming a spring pledge class and their Initiation will be on April 25. All alumnae are welcome to attend. Please contact Kacey Roberts to find out more details. Be sure to follow Delta Pi on social media for updates!
Delta Upsilon-Tennessee Tech
The Delta Upsilon Chapter celebrated International Women’s Friendship Month in late September. Members passed out balloons with confidence-building messages like “You are beautiful” and “You can change the world” to fellow students and teachers on campus. Along with the balloons, sisters handed out treat bags filled with candy and tied with more encouraging phrases. This campus event was a great way for the sisters of Delta Upsilon to get together and build confidence on and around campus. It was also the perfect opportunity to meet fresh faces and show everyone what Kappa Delta and the Confidence Coalition truly stand for!
Delta Upsilon’s annual spring Shamrock Event will be held March 1-5. During this time, sisters will be raising money for Prevent Child Abuse America by hosting a Blue Coast Night, a basketball tournament and the chapter’s famous War of the Wings event on campus and in the community. In the past, the Delta Upsilon raised approximately $23,000 for Shamrock and is on track to being just as successful this year!
This January, the Eta Epsilon Chapter extended 32 bids to wonderful women, and all 32 accepted their bids! This is Eta Epsilon's largest pledge class thus far, and members are so excited! The Bid Day theme this year was "KD Strong." The new members were initiated on March 3.
Sisters are excited for events coming up this semester! On March 6, they will host the chapter’s annual Shamrock Pancake Dinner, as well as the first Moms' Weekend. They are also looking forward to spring when they can spend time in the beautiful mountain air with the local Girl Scouts. On May 10, the Eta Epsilon Chapter will celebrate the graduation of 14 seniors. These wonderful women will be missed, but they are off to do some amazing things! The chapter is so thankful for the dedication of these sisters.
Gamma Delta-East Tennessee State
Sisters spent Halloween working on and participating in Homecoming competitions. Kappa Delta not only ended up winning first place overall for Homecoming, but also took home first in the banner competition and canned creations weight competition. Kappa Delta was also the only Greek organization to place in the Pride Walk competition. The Gamma Delta Chapter hosted a very special 60th anniversary celebration with Kappa Delta National Vice President Betty Brown Mulkey in attendance.
For International Girls Day in November, the chapter held a Girl Scout Prom where girls had their make-up, hair and nails done for a dance hosted in the chapter room. The newly elected council officers were smoothly transitioned into their positions and spent a week out of Christmas break at a Greek leaders retreat and a council retreat in Gatlinburg.
Lots of fun events are coming up this spring. This year's Shamrock Golf Tournament will be held March 28. Emily Powers, the vice president-community service, will issue a flyer with more details about this event closer to time. The Take Back the Night candlelight vigil will be held April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Cave Patio outside of The Culp Center. On April 14, the Summit Awards will be held at the Carnegie Hotel. Relay for Life will be on April 24 starting at 2 p.m.
Zeta Beta's newly elected council is a wonderful group of women who are well-equipped to take on their new positions. Some sisters are new to council, while others have been on council previously. Zeta Beta's new president, Abby Duke, is very eager to make sure the chapter is the best it can be. Abby served on council last year, as VP-membership. That role has been taken over by Allison Keathly. Since Union University is a smaller school, there is no need for a formal recruitment in the spring. However, Allison has already been working on skit ideas and decorating concepts for recruitment in the fall. Ashley Ellis, Zeta Beta's new VP-member education eagerly awaits new members, and Bid Day plans are already in the works. Kasey Comfort. VP-community service, and Mary Kate Crump, VP-public relations, have been working hard preparing for upcoming events. Zeta Beta's fall Shamrock Event was the chapter’s second annual Spaghetti Dinner. Also, Mary Kate worked hard to prepare a celebration for Zeta Beta's 25th chapter anniversary on Feb. 10. VP-Finance Jenna Summerlin did a wonderful job spreading the word about buying magazines to support chapter housing. Our other new members of council are: Iona McHaney, VP-standards; Bridgette Stiner, VP-operations; Kelsie Wood, secretary; and Hollie Wilson, Panhellenic delegate.
A highlight of the spring semester is Union University’s dance competition called Variety Show. Each year, Zeta Beta comes up with a great dance that tells a story. Last year, the ladies of Kappa Delta came in second place with their performance called, "The Story of a Princess." Every member loves working on this production. They dance, sing, make costumes, do makeup, fix sets, or a combination of these. Zeta Beta loves the feeling of sisterhood and many laughs this show brings.
This month, the ladies of Zeta Omega launched their first-ever #FreeYourselfWeek where members promoted confidence in women, especially women in the Panhellenic community, by pledging to go without makeup or using filters on photos for an entire week. They chose the name #FreeYourselfWeek to encourage women to free themselves from the pressures put on them to look a certain way. Zeta Omega invited all of the other chapters on campus to participate and were met with incredible support. The message sisters sent was this: "You are more than what people think of you. You are more than your Instagram likes. You are more than enough. #FreeYourselfWeek. No makeup. No filter. Just you." #FreeYourselfWeek was such a success on campus and sisters cannot wait to do it again next year.
Later in February, Zeta Omega hosted its annual Shamrock Event, War of the Wings! As always, the event was a success thanks to the support of the Memphis community as well as local alumnae.
In March, The chapter plans to host an alumnae brunch. Sisters are looking forward to reuniting with some of their more recent alumnae as well as connect with older members they might not know. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming brunch!
Austin Hill Country
Austin Hill Country Kappa Deltas gathered at the home of Sharon Malone Waits for our annual Christmas cookie exchange and toy drive on Dec. 14. We brought our favorite Christmas cookies and took home samples of each. All the cookies were so delicious and creative! We had a cookie decorating table set up for the children who attended. They had fun creating their own special cookies covered with icing and sprinkles. A big thank you goes out to Casey Shockey, husband of AC board member Cathy Shockey, for getting Santa Claus to attend our party! We all enjoyed his visit and hope he will be able to attend next year, too! In addition to sharing a wonderful afternoon of fellowship with our Kappa Delta sisters, we collected toys and gift cards that were donated to Austin Children's Services' Project Santa. The gifts went to children who spent their holidays away from their families at the Austin Children's Shelter.
We will be hosting our second annual Shamrock 5K Walk/Run benefiting Prevent Child Abuse Texas on Saturday, March 28, at the Texas State Capitol. If you'd like to volunteer at the event, please email Jackie Mason. For all the details and to register for the event, go to our website.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 3. We will be hosting the seniors from Sigma Epsilon-Texas at our annual Senior Welcome event at the UT KD house. This is a special day as we welcome these young women as alumnae and introduce them to life as KDs after college. Kappa Delta is for life! Remember always to say, "I AM a Kappa Delta."
To get involved with our chapter, visit our website. You can join our chapter and pay dues online. You can also check out our photos and see our calendar of events. Like us on Facebook - Austin Hill Country Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter. Email our chapter president, Carol Edwards.
In November, the Cypress Alumnae Chapter celebrated its inaugural Grateful for Girlfriends Get-Together and Gift Exchange. Local KDs and their female family members—mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters—were invited to gather for brunch and fellowship. The adults exchanged fun socks, and each legacy received a small gift from her mother.
Throughout the fall months, we collected new and gently used books to benefit Boys and Girls Country in Hockley, Texas. We gathered more than 225 new and gently used books encompassing all age groups (from board books to teen-interest), and covering every interest from Berenstain Bears and princesses to "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and Nancy Drew to current teen “light” reading, such as the "Hunger Games" and "Twilight" series. There were plenty of classics mixed in, too. We delivered these to the BGC Library, along with bookmarks made by the legacies at our girlfriend event in November.
Spring events include PJs & Pampers in March (think slumber party plus philanthropy), KD Derby—Run for the White Roses in April, and KD Night Out in May, a fun night to relax with friends. Visit us at our website for dates and details.
We are a fun group of KDs with lots of opportunities to help and volunteer! If you want to meet/join the group, please email CypressKappaDeltaAC@gmail.com, view the AC website, or join our Facebook group (search for Kappa Delta Cypress Alumnae Chapter).
The Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter had a busy fall. In October, five members traveled to Gamma Beta-North Texas for Stage 6 of the new-member education program, which focuses on KD membership for a lifetime. We ended the month celebrating Founders Day at Lucille's Bistro with 25 members present. We enjoyed dinner and had a beautiful KD cake complete with yummy white roses.
In November, we gathered at the home of Carol Van Hook, Alpha Chi-Louisiana Tech, for our "Focus on Philanthropy." Everyone brought items for Safe Haven, a home for abused women and children. Pizza was served, and we had a great time visiting.
Our first Tacky Christmas Sweater party was held Dec. 11 at the home of AC President Becky Weingardt, Beta Sigma-Southern Mississippi. We snacked on appetizers and sweets and had an ornament exchange. Cindy Bruce, Zeta Alpha-Texas Tech, won a prize for the "tackiest" sweater. We also partnered with Richardson/Plano alumnae to provide the KDs at North Texas with some special treats for finals.
February brings valentines, and KDs are not to be left out. We made valentines for the ladies and children of Safe Haven. Coloring, cutting, pasting, glittering and chocolate—what's not to enjoy!
Hannah Marion, Alpha Chi-Louisiana Tech, has some fun and interesting meetings planned for the spring. We will have a paint party in March and a self-defense class in April.
Elections are right around the corner, so if you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Becky Weingardt.
We welcome all alumnae in the Fort Worth area to join our group. Email Becky Weingardt for more information.
KD Nancy Johnson and friends have been reading to local school children. She has organized the Houston Northwest Alumnae Chapter to bring books to donate to the school's "1000 book reading challenge."
Our group will be hosting a painting social later this spring as a membership-boosting event. Please plan to come and invite KDs in our area to join you!
For more information about the Houston Northwest Alumnae Chapter, contact email@example.com.
Nearly 50 Kappa Delta collegians, Kappa Delta alumnae, and mothers and daughters of Kappa Deltas attended the sixth annual Mother Daughter Cookie Exchange hosted by the Richardson/Plano Alumnae Chapter. The event was held on Dec. 20 at the Dallas home of AC member Cynthia Green. Kappa Delta collegians and alumnae in attendance represented many different chapters from around the country. In fact, the collegians in attendance represented 10 different schools: Auburn University, Birmingham-Southern College, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University/College Station, Texas A&M University/Commerce, University of Arkansas, University of Mississippi, University of Missouri, University of North Texas and University of Texas.
Each guest brought a batch of cookies to the exchange to enjoy while there and to fill decorative boxes with a mix of cookies to take home and share with family and friends over the holidays. Mothers and daughters enjoyed time together as well as visiting with Kappa Delta sisters they may not have seen in a while. The event is a favorite of chapter members because it opens the doors for members' mothers and daughters and shines a light on the bond of sisterhood through Kappa Delta.
More information about the Richardson/Plano Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter can be found at our website.
Eta Alpha-Texas A&M/College Station
This past fall, the Eta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta at Texas A&M held an International Girls Day event (pictured). Planned by the International Girls Day chairman, Kendra Emerson, the event included a guest speaker who is a pageant queen along with an assortment of different stations with activities designed to instill confidence in young women and the local Girl Scout troops in the Bryan/College Station area.
In September, Kappa Delta hosted an outdoor movie night on the front lawn of the house to celebrate International Women's Friendship Month. The event included a large blow-up movie screen that ran the movie "She's The Man," popcorn, soda, candy and women from all across campus! Over 300 women attended the event, and it went off without a hitch!
Also this past fall, Kappa Delta held its first alumnae tailgate to celebrate Founders Day. The event was organized by the alumnae relations chairman, Ellie Tendall, and had a wide variety of alumnae from the Bryan/College Station area attend to celebrate Kappa Delta!
In November, a new chapter council was elected, and the women were sworn into their positions as follows: Lindsay Ernest, president; Savannah Schwarz, vice president-member education; Kiona Millica, vice president-membership; Rebecca Gotlieb, vice president-operations; Kendra Emerson, vice president-community service; Adrian Gobeli, vice president-public relations; Kayla Brown, vice president-standards; Jessica Stahr, secretary; Caitlin Falke, vice president-finance; Ashlyn Brandenburg, Panhellenic delegate.
The Eta Alpha Chapter will be hosting its annual Shamrock Event on Feb. 27-28. This event includes a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday night, followed by a Flag Football Tournament the following day. The dinner event will include music, games, food and a raffle with an assortment of great prizes! Last year's event raised over $51,000 for child abuse prevention efforts. Over $35,000 went to the local beneficiary, the Prenatal Clinic of Bryan, and the remaining funds went to support the national efforts of Prevent Child Abuse America. This year, the chapter hopes to raise even more, and sisters have put in many hours of hard work already to make sure the event is a success.
Gamma Beta-North Texas
Gamma Beta kick-started the fall semester by welcoming 38 fabulous new members from formal recruitment. International Women's Friendship Month celebrations commenced shortly after. The ladies of Gamma Beta spent two days in the heart of campus passing out blue balloons with encouraging messages on them to fellow women in order to spread confidence and happiness throughout the community. They did not stop there, though! Members hosted an immensely successful handbag drive as well as an IWFM Brunch at the KD house to celebrate the power of female friendship.
Gamma Beta received first place in the overall women's volleyball league and second place for Greek organizations in Homecoming 2014. In November, the chapter hosted a "Red Carpet Event" themed Nautilus Ball which consisted of an elaborate buffet, cupcake bar, photo booth, awards presentation and lots of dancing. Shortly after the outstanding formal event, Gamma Beta elected 10 dedicated sisters to serve on the 2015 council (pictured). The last event held by Gamma Beta in November was Dads' Day, where the ladies spent an evening with their fathers and KD sisters cheering on the Dallas Stars hockey team. To conclude the fall 2014 semester, members participated in a holiday party sisterhood event where everyone indulged in a hot chocolate bar and homemade goodies while watching holiday movies and competing in team-building activities.
The Gamma Beta Chapter is so excited for all of the events happening this spring! Sisters are especially looking forward to the annual Shamrock 5k and Fun Run on March 7. A pre-Shamrock cookout dinner in the sorority courtyard will take place March 6. Their theme for the 5k is “Superheroes.” Participants will not only serve as “heroes” by raising money for the local Denton Advocacy Center and Prevent Child Abuse America, but they will also dress the part!
Gamma Beta members will help local Girl Scouts sell cookies on campus later this semester. They will have their huge lawn letters set up in the heart of campus along with posters and sidewalk chalk to advertise the sale of Girl Scout cookies. Finally, members could not be more thrilled to announce their annual KD Quesadillas event, set for April 9. All proceeds will go to support someone in need, either a sister or another person in the community.
Gamma Upsilon-Texas A&M/Commerce
KD Sing Song is the Gamma Upsilon Chapter's annual Shamrock Event. Held on Nov. 20, Sing Song helped raise over $3,500 for Prevent Child Abuse America. Organizations all over campus competed for the Sing Song trophy by singing and dancing to the theme, “Throwback Thursday.” This theme allowed participants to choose any song released before 2004 and add their own touch with creative choreography. This event brings members of the community and members of the university together for a night of good entertainment and memories.
Initiation is coming up on March 28 at 4 p.m. Alumnae are encouraged to attend and meet all of the wonderful new sisters of Gamma Upsilon.
On May 9, there will be a banquet to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta. Mark your calendars now and make plans to come back to Commerce!
In the fall, Sigma Epsilon welcomed 63 new members during formal recruitment, and new members experienced their first semester of college and sisterhood in Kappa Delta. The semester was filled with laughter, and memories were made at numerous events. The chapter held an alumnae tea to celebrate Founders Day and network with local Kappa Delta alumnae, many of whom are Sigma Epsilon initiates! The former vice president-standards, Rose Palermo, planned amazing date events, ranging from a "Destination Unknown" date event that shocked everyone with a surprise paintball tournament, to a "Boots and Bow Ties" themed semi-formal, with custom photo books and a raffle with prizes including a GoPro, iPad and three $100 gift cards! Chapter members dressed in costumes with their dates for the "Halloween Casual" date event, and the night concluded with costume awards.
Sigma Epsilon welcomed families during Family Weekend, which included a barge where the former vice president-community service, Kristi Tamberelli, hosted a Shamrock Auction that raised $8,000! The weekend also included a tailgate complete with a live band and catered barbecue, and a brunch on Sunday morning.
Sigma Epsilon elected and installed the 2015 council (pictured), who started its term by sending holiday cards to Greek organizations on campus, university deans and chapter advisors. Sigma Epsilon sisters went home for winter break, and many spent their vacations changing lives on mission trips! The official Texas Kappa Delta Instagram “regrammed” photos to share how sisters spent their vacation. Members were eager to reunite when spring semester began! The new vice president-standards, Jillian Quisenberry, surprised the chapter at the first chapter meeting by announcing a date dash and a joint date event with the Delta Gamma chapter at UT in February. The spring semester is off to a great start for Sigma Epsilon!
There are many exciting things coming up. The chapter will kick off Shamrock the first week of March. The fundraising will consist of T-shirt sales, a profit share with a local food truck and a golf tournament. Dad’s Weekend will be the same weekend as the Shamrock Golf Tournament, allowing dads traveling to Austin to participate in the golf tournament while they are in town. In March, all of Greek life participates in “Round Up Weekend,” a huge PR event and fundraiser for the Greek community at UT. Sigma Epsilon will host “KD Quesadillas” that Friday. This event brings students to the Kappa Delta house for Mexican food, a live band and face painting!
Mom’s Weekend will take place in April. The vice president-standards, Jill Quisenberry, is planning a masquerade- themed formal for the end of April. Alumnae will host a “Senior Welcome” for graduating seniors at the end of the semester, welcoming them into alumnae status. The chapter has a lot of surprises in store for them throughout the rest of the spring!
Zeta Alpha-Texas Tech
Zeta Alpha wrapped up 2014 with an International Girls Day celebration (pictured) held at the end of November. Fifty wonderful Girl Scouts filled the lodge for an evening of holiday crafts, games, hot chocolate and more!
The new year brought new leadership, new ideas and new opportunities for Zeta Alpha! The newly elected 2015 council members were busy planning and brainstorming before classes even began. Sisters Rachel Ruhman (president), Kaitlin Jackson (vice president-member education) and Maggie Cesarini (vice president-standards) attended Texas Tech Fraternity and Sorority Life’s inaugural Leadership Summit, held during the first weekend of January. The three-day retreat, attended by leaders of all Greek councils, focused on positive ways to inspire our members and elevate our organizations. Darcy LeDoux, vice president-public relations, was also selected to attend as an intern for the program. The time and dedication each council member has put into the planning of their position creates a leading vision for Zeta Alpha in 2015!
The spring semester looks to be a busy one, filled with lots of exciting events in the chapter and community. It began with the chapter’s annual Shamrock 48-Hour-See-Saw-A-Thon Feb. 25 - March 1. The event was held in the local mall in Lubbock, Texas, where members took turns on the seesaw and sold raffle tickets throughout the day. Vice President-Community Service Julie Williams hopes to exceed last year's earnings of more than $16,000 for the Children's Advocacy Center in Lubbock and Prevent Child Abuse America!
Near the end of March, the chapter will join the rest of the Panhellenic community in celebrating the second annual Panhellenic Pride Week. The week celebrates the strong sisterhood and unity of the Panhellenic community at Texas Tech. Chapter members will attend several interactive events throughout the week, including a Panhellenic Block Party with the 11 other sororities on campus!
Beta Delta-Utah State
Beta Delta had a busy fall semester! This year, its annual Shamrock fundraiser was held during fall semester. Beta Delta hosted a yoga night, a service auction, a dodgeball tournament and its first Shamrock 'N Run 5k.
In conjunction with USU's Homecoming week in October, Beta Delta alumnae were welcomed to the chapter house for an open house prior to the football game. The following morning, collegiate members participated in Utah State's Homecoming parade with a local Girl Scout troop. The rest of October was busy with big/little reveal and socials with the fraternities on campus. Sisters gathered together to celebrate Founders Day with a dinner and "birthday" celebration.
November began on a high note with Beta Delta's Dads' Day celebration. Attendees played lawn games and enjoyed a barbecue lunch at the chapter house before heading to the football game that afternoon. The second week in November was Beta Delta's White Rose Weekend where 49 new members experienced Second and Third Degree (Initiation). International Girls Day involved a celebration with the local Girl Scouts with the theme, "Throw Like a Girl." The celebration (pictured) included activities to promote confidence in the girls.
Before Christmas break, members celebrated the holidays with their annual sisterhood Christmas party. At the beginning of spring semester, Beta Delta was able to participate in an informal spring recruitment for the first time in several years. Following a short continuous open bidding process, the chapter welcomed 13 new members into the sisterhood. They also had the opportunity to partner with the Child and Family Support Center during the annual Princess Party where current members and potential new members had the chance to work with little girls in the community. The annual Moms' Day celebration was held on Feb. 28. Mothers and their KD daughters enjoyed brunch, crafts and presentations about Kappa Delta.
Chapter members are looking forward to a variety of events this semester. The spring 2015 new member class will go through Second and Third Degree the third weekend of March. Beta Delta's Spring Formal will be held the last weekend in March, and sisters are looking forward to honoring the graduating seniors at this event. Seniors will also be acknowledged during Senior Week which falls the third week of April. Kappa Deltas will also take Girl Scouts on campus tours in April.
Beta Deltas also look forward to participating in the annual Step Show hosted by Psi Sigma Phi and Theta Nu Xi, the multicultural fraternity and sorority on Utah State's campus. They also eagerly anticipate attending Utah State's "Robin's Awards" and the Order of Omega awards banquet.
Alpha Theta recently gained two wonderful new members through informal spring recruitment. The chapter hosted a winter wonderland-themed Bid Day to welcome the new sisters (pictured).
The women of Alpha Theta looking forward to hosting their spring Shamrock Event, KD Karnival, on Saturday, March 14. Sisters are also preparing to participate in Relay for Life on Friday, April 17. This is a campuswide event that members of the UVM community, including Kappa Deltas, are very passionate about. The chapter will hold Initiation for the spring new members on March 22.
Northern Virgina Alumnae Chapter members gathered for lunch to celebrate Founders Day at the home of Mary Rizek in Fairfax, Va. Standing from left are Myrna Templeton, Denice Salter, Mary Taylor, Mary Rizek and Treva Rein. Seated from left are Elaine Clark, Virginia Olander, Earlene Fisher and Molly Donnelly.
For more information about the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter, email Queenfirstname.lastname@example.org.
In the fall, Alpha Chapter hosted an alumnae event to celebrate the reopening of the Stubbs sorority dorm building. Collegiate sisters gave tours of the chapter room, and then everyone headed to Wilkes Lake for a picnic. The event was a great opportunity for sisters of all ages to interact, reminisce about their KD experiences and look through old year books and old composites.
Alpha Chapter hosted a 5k "Run with the Cops" event (pictured) for its fall Shamrock Event. Students and local police came out to run and support the cause! On Feb. 13, sisters passed out "KonfiDence Kisses," Hershey's Kisses with confidence-boosting phrases attached to them, to people on campus. Sisters wanted to remind everyone that Valentine's Day is also a day to love yourself!
Alpha Chapter has some exciting events coming up this spring, specifically related to Shamrock. On St. Patrick's Day, sisters will have a booth on campus with a white banner where students can place their hand print in green paint to form four-leaf clover shapes! The banner will say, "Lend a Hand to Prevent Child Abuse America." They will also use the booth to sell tickets to their main Shamrock Event, the Miss Longwood Pageant! All proceeds from the competition will go to Prevent Child Abuse America and Madeline's House, a local battered women's shelter.
Alpha Pi-William & Mary
The Alpha Pi Chapter had an especially busy fall! At the start of the school year, the chapter welcomed 39 wonderful new members. The new-member period was filled with fun sisterhood events, Clue Week, Homecoming, the new members’ first date party, and meeting many sisters!
Chapter members celebrated International Women's Friendship Month in September by passing out shamrock hair ties on the terrace and sharing movies with the other Panhellenic sororities on campus. In November, they celebrated International Girls Day (pictured) with over 100 Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts learned about healthy lifestyles, and sisters loved spending the day with them! The women of Alpha Pi are looking forward to an equally fun, but hopefully slower spring semester in Williamsburg!
Alpha Pi's famous Shamrock Event, Campus Golf, took place Feb. 28. Each year, the event raises around $25,000 for Avalon, the local women's shelter, and Prevent Child Abuse America. This year's theme was "There's No Place I'd Rather Tee" (influenced by the popular song "Rather Be").
In the fall, Kappa Delta Beta Alpha hosted its annual Shamrock Event, Corner Crawl, partnering with restaurants on the UVA corner to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America. Members spent the week leading up to the event encouraging the UVA community to eat on the corner for the night of Corner Crawl. This year was one of the most successful yet, raising about $7,000.
Beta Alpha made the official transition to a new chapter council this semester. Members are so excited for the new faces that will represent the chapter in the coming year. The new council includes Emily McDuff, Samantha Westrum, Ellie Springsteen, Stephanie Miller, Sky Cardwell, Kim Gollogly, Aaku Tamrakar, Megan Wrobel, Annie Springsteen and Ellie Kayton.
The chapter participated in asuccessful spring recruitment, and sisters are absolutely ecstatic to welcome a new pledge class into the KD family! The new members are already exuding KD confidence on Grounds! Chapter members couldn't be happier to have such incredible people added to their circle and look forward to seeing the amazing adventures the new member class brings to the chapter.
The women of Beta Alpha are looking forward to their annual Girl Scout weekend in March. Sisters will get the chance to spend time with the Girl Scouts by showing them around campus, participating in workshops with them at the camping retreat, and helping teach lessons in confidence. Sisters are also excited to start planning their second ever Confidence Campaign at the University of Virginia in support of the Confidence Coalition. This will be an entire week of events created to inspire confidence within the community. The campaign was a huge success last year, and they plan to continue to improve upon the attendance and fundraising for this coming April. The money raised through the Confidence Campaign goes to The Shelter for Help in Emergency in Charlottesville.
Epsilon Pi-Virginia Tech
Epsilon Pi has been extremely busy and successful over the past few months! On Nov. 14, KD members handed out balloons to women on Virginia Tech's campus to celebrate International Girls Day. On the balloons were different inspiring messages to encourage women to "go confidently." Council elections also happened in November, and a new council was officially installed in December. Epsilon Pi is proud to recognize Nicolette Glasure, former vice president-public relations, as the new president. Other members who assumed council roles are Brooke Hubbard (vice president-member education), Alyssa Perna (vice president-membership), Morgan Platt (vice president-operations), Juliet Ellis (vice president-community service), Kendall French (vice president-public relations), Leigh Sheppard (vice president-standards), Rachel Jenkins (secretary), Katie Angell (vice president-finance) and Hedieh Yazdani (Panhellenic delegate).
The chapter welcomed 64 new members (pictured) on Jan. 18. They wasted no time getting involved, attending a retreat at the KD house on Jan. 23 and bonding as a new-member class. The new members also had the opportunity to volunteer at their first Girl Scout event! The January Girl Scout event is an Epsilon Pi tradition where the local troops are invited to a tailgate at a women's basketball game. There is face painting, poster making and games with the women of KD. The Girl Scouts also have the opportunity to hang out with the players prior to the game and get autographs!
The new members will have plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in all that is Kappa Delta as there is an eventful spring schedule planned. With many opportunities for philanthropic and social events, all members of Epsilon Pi are excited for what is to come!
The new members of Epsilon Pi will be initiated on March 21 at Virginia Tech's famous War Memorial Chapel. Following Initiation, at 4 p.m., will be the White Rose Brunch hosted in the Squires Student Center. The annual Big Event, hosted by Virginia Tech, will take place on April 11. With three different Kappa Delta teams formed, it is safe to say Epsilon Pi will have a great turn out!
On April 18, Virginia Tech will host its 3.2 for 32 Run in remembrance of Hokies who passed away during the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Virginia Tech is home to the largest collegiate Relay for Life event! Come out and support the Hokies and the fight against cancer starting at 5 p.m. on the Drillfield. April 25 marks the date that the Hokies will be playing the spring game at Lane Stadium.
Theta Eta-Old Dominion
This past fall, Theta Eta hosted its first-ever Shamrock Event! With an "Amazing Race" theme, the event had contestants performing obstacles all over campus, and the first team to complete all of the tasks won. Theta Eta also welcomed its Gamma class (pictured) the first weekend of September, and it was exciting for everyone!
Lastly, the chapter elected a new council right before break. The president, Alyse Gurak, was formerly the vice president-public relations. The vice president-membership and Panhellenic delegate kept their positions for a second term. All other positions are newly elected sisters. Theta Eta participated in spring informal recruitment on Feb. 14-19.
Theta Eta has some exciting events coming up! The chapter will be taking part in Old Dominion's Greek Week. This is a week where all Greek organizations are divided into teams and compete against each other to win the Greek Week title. Members will be also host their semi-annual KuesaDilla dinner. This is a huge philanthropy event every semester.
Zeta Nu Chapter is pleased to announce its new chapter council. Kirsten Gulick is the new president of Zeta Nu Chapter. She served on council last year as vice president-community service. She is a health promotion major with a minor in sports medicine from King George, Va. Ally Dietz is the new vice president-member education. An English writing major with a double minor in history and public relations, she is from Unionvale, Va. Crissy Francis is the new vice president-membership for Zeta Nu Chapter. She is a criminology major with a human services minor from Waverly, Va. Hannah Cooke is the new vice president-operations. She is an environmental science major with a minor in international relations from Annandale, Va. Amber Robinson is the new vice president-community service for Zeta Nu Chapter. She is a psychology major from Ocean City, Ma. Shannon Clow is the new vice president-public relations. She is a graphic design major with a business minor from Cary, N.C. Haley Kujawski is the new vice president-standards of Zeta Nu Chapter. She is a sociology major with a psychology minor from Gloucester, Va. Shay Harris is the new secretary. She is a communications major with a public relations emphasis from Fredericksburg, Va. Sarah McCreery is the new vice president-finance. She is an elementary education major from Montvale, Va.
The chapter has many exciting events this semester! On Feb. 28, the women of Zeta Nu hosted a community service Girl Scout event. Shamrock will take place March 20-21. Big/Little reveal is set for March 26.
Zeta Tau-Washington & Lee
The sisters of Zeta Tau Chapter have had a busy few weeks back at school. After winter break, sorority members returned to campus to prepare for formal recruitment, and the women had a blast preparing for each event and representing KD. On Friday, Jan. 16, the chapter welcomed 27 wonderful new members! New members enjoyed dinner with the juniors, bonding games with the sophomores on Bid Night, and brunch with the seniors the next morning. They participated in First Degree, the first round of Initiation, on Saturday, Jan. 17.
In other news, seniors Bailey Ewing, Sarah Beth Hampton and Katherine Rush were inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, which was founded at Washington and Lee in 1914. Bailey, Sarah Beth and Katherine were recognized for both their academic achievement and extracurricular involvement and were so happy that several KDs were in the audience to cheer them on.
Brooke Peccie, vice president-community service, led the local Girl Scout troop, along with a handful of KDs, around the fraternity houses to help them sell Girl Scout cookies. Targeting boys was a great idea as the girls were nearly out of boxes by the end of their trip. The most recent chapter happening was Winter Formal in Charlottesville. The upperclassmen were so excited to have a new pledge class to share in the formal fun, and the evening was one to remember for all.
The women of Zeta Tau are looking forward to the spring Shamrock Event. The annual Fancy Dress Ball will occur on March 27, allowing the women will enjoy another opportunity to dress up for a formal evening in Lexington. Athletes that play both winter and spring sports will have games almost every weekend from March to May, and those involved in the arts will have concerts and performances throughout the term.
When election time came around last fall, numerous women of Sigma Iota were eager to step into leadership positions. Early in their term, the previous council created a chapter goal to have at least 18 members run for council the following year. That goal was surpassed when 19 members applied for various council positions this year. It was a wonderful achievement for Sigma Iota to see so much dedication and interest from their members. With so many qualified candidates participating, the election process itself proved to be rather difficult. All 19 women were extremely eligible candidates, and Sigma Iota was proud to elect the women who best fit their desired positions.
In mid-November, the chapter welcomed the new council: Ellette McAuley (president), Thea Snow (vice president-member education), Stephanie Reiser (vice president-membership), Sy Pendergast (vice president-operations), Lindsay Bullock (vice president-community service), Nicole Braman (vice president-public relations), Natalie Lee (vice president-standards), Claudia Covelli (secretary) and Katy Weisbeck (vice president-finance). The newly elected council has immediately immersed themselves in their positions, implementing new and innovative ways to improve the chapter.
President Ellete McAuley expressed her excitement for the new council’s upcoming term, stating, “Although composed of many different leadership styles and personalities, this newly elected council works fluidly together for the betterment of Sigma Iota and each of our members. I see so much potential in each officer and can’t wait to see the difference we can make in the next year!” The election of a new council is always an exciting transition, and it is quite evident that the chapter has a very bright future ahead of it with this charismatic new council leading them.
Many Kappa Deltas across the country have made some of their best memories with their chapters during Shamrock events. Sigma Iota is no different! Each year, Sigma Iota hosts a campus-wide Shamrock Event known as Shamrock Shootout. The event includes a basketball dunk contest, a wing-eating competition and a basketball tournament. The dunk contest is always a crowd-pleaser, with basketball players jumping over all sorts of items to showcase their impressive talent. The wing-eating competition is an invariable nail-biter, with a huge audience watching with anticipation to learn which team will finish their plate of wings the fastest. Lastly, the basketball tournament never fails to end up in a heated match between the two best teams as they battle for the title of Shamrock Champs. This year, the tournament will be held March 6-8, and Sigma Iota would love to see their Kappa Delta sisters come watch the event and join in on the fun. Please contact Sigma Iota for further information.
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Sigma Tau was thrilled to welcome an outstanding group of new members (pictured) through informal recruitment in January. Also, the chapter president, vice president-member education and vice president-standards attended the Greek Leadership Academy in early February and were excited to bring back many new ideas to implement in the chapter.
The sisters of Sigma Tau are busy preparing for their Official Visit later this spring, as well as Shamrock, mock recruitment and Initiation for their new members. They hope to have many alumnae involved in their Shamrock Event on March 28.
In December, the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter continued its longstanding holiday tradition—an auction of handmade items. Members bid on these items, with all of the proceeds going to our charities. The bidding was fast and fierce at times as members got the opportunity to purchase some one-of-a-kind handmade holiday gifts and treats! The event was hosted by Barbara Gibson Froemming at her lovely home. Members also brought holiday gift wrap items to be donated to Meta House. The large assortment of gift wrap, bows, tags and ribbon are used to wrap all of the toys and gifts that are donated to Meta House, and something that is very much appreciated!
The alumnae chapter celebrated Founders Day on Oct. 25 with a delightful luncheon. We had 20 sisters gather as we welcomed four sisters into the Emerald Circle for 60 years of Kappa Delta membership. The new members of the Emerald Circle are Carole Schwartz Bailey, Judy Gram Thompson, Barbara Grzmehle Napier and Joan Seeboth Reinicke. Division 8 Operations Specialist Michelle Zimmermann was the guest speaker at this year's luncheon, and her comments were very well-received.
The Milwaukee AC will host its second annual Trivia Night on Sunday, March 1. The event will be held at the Three Lion Pub, 4515 N. Oakland Ave., in Shorewood, Wis. Email Becky Skupien for more information. Last year was a blast, and the fun is sure to continue at this year's event. Best of all, as our Shamrock Event, all Trivia Night proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin. The public is invited to participate in this event.
Make sure to save the date for this year's Illinois/Wisconsin State Day to be held Saturday, April 18, at the Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wheeling, Ill. We are pleased to announce that Pamela Elms, Kappa Delta's executive director, will be the guest speaker at State Day. For information, please contact Annette May.
Marquette University recruitment was held earlier this month, and Initiation is scheduled for Sunday, March 29. We are so excited to welcome these new sisters and hope to have them represented at State Day in late April.
The Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter is always looking for new members and also members who would be interested in joining our board to plan events and activities for our members. The board works together to manage the disbursement of our funds to our charitable causes, plans our community service projects, coordinates member engagement and recruitment, and manages our collegiate relations with Upsilon Chapter at Beloit, Gamma Tau Chapter at Ripon and the new Theta Lambda Chapter coming to Marquette. Please email Chapter President Sandy Wysocki if you have any questions or would like more information.
The Gamma Tau Chapter of Kappa Delta recently participated in formal recruitment. The chapter had a classy Great Gatsby-themed recruitment with beautiful decorations and great conversations. Members are thankful for the help of all alumnae who could attend throughout recruitment week. The chapter ended the week by gaining seven wonderful new members. Pictured is the chapter on Bid Day.
Now that recruitment is over, members will focus on some upcoming PR campaigns, Girl Scout events and sisterhood activities. They hope to continue to involve alumnae in their activities throughout the semester!
The ladies of Gamma Tau will host Initiation for their spring new members on March 8, Spring Formal on March 28, and a Girl Scout event on April 4. The chapter will say goodbye and good luck to their seniors at graduation on May 17.
Upsilon Chapter started off the spring semester strong with a new council at the forefront. The new council (pictured) is made up of eight juniors and two sophomores who are driven to lead the chapter to excellence. As a team, they are striving for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest, while focusing on academic excellence and social success. The chapter as a whole is enjoying its centrally located house on College Street, and sisters are looking forward to a successful Shamrock and Initiation!
Upsilon Chapter has many exciting events coming up! The Shamrock Talent Show will take place on March 21 at 8 p.m. The chapter will host a Girl Scout event on March 28 at 1 p.m. Second Degree for the new members is set for April 8 at 9 p.m., and Initiation is scheduled for April 10 at 9 p.m.