I just returned from National in So Bend, and what a time we all had! ETA Province was represented by 4 sisters from Lambda Alpha Tacoma, 2 sisters from ETA Alpha Portland, and 3 sisters from Xi Epsilon Yakima. Pretty good turn out for our little Province! Congratulations to our own Jeri Elliot National Vice President, Xi Epsilon for taking 9th place per capita for total hours, and celebrating their milestone 40th birthday! Way to go Xi Epsilon, you are SPECIAL!
National Convention is such a special time to see our sisters and meet new ones, a time to learn about the business of our sorority, yes it is a business, and learn things that we can take back home to our own chapters. I encourage everyone to start saving now for National in Albuquerque. I know of one of our sisters (not saying any names) that saved all her five dollar bills for convention and ended up with over $700.00 to take to convention this year! Also plan on sharing a room with your sisters, the more in the room the cheaper your cost will be, and who has more fun then 2 to 4 sisters to a room! So start planning and saving your five dollar bills, would like to see everyone in Albuquerque.
As we reminisce about National we are also planning for our Province Conventions. ETA Province “Hats in Review” Convention is October 7th - 9th 2016. You will not want to miss the “Mad Hatter Mixer“, mixing and socializing with our sisters. Saturday morning will start the day out with the business meeting and then a break for the “Red Hat Luncheon“………….hmmmmm I wonder what color of hat I should wear! After we conclude with the rest of the business, you won’t want to miss the “Hat Parade Banquet” and of course don’t forget your pajamas for the raffle. I wonder how many items will be traded and bargained for after the raffle this year, that’s part of the fun! The weekend will go by so fast, before you know it we will be at the “Hats Off to Delt’s Brunch” saying and hugging our sisters and hats good bye! It will be one “hat” of a time, so come one hat, come all hats, plan on coming to ETA, we would love to see you all there-with or without your hats!
This year we want to “Bake the World a Better Place” with ingredients that will grow our sorority in membership and chapters. Linda Dressen our National President has put a recipe together that will help us grow:
11 National Officers - 39 Past National Presidents - 84 Active Chapters
27 Alum, MAL and Associate Chapters
The icing is: New Members - New Chapters
Start baking and use the ingredients to help our membership grow. Ask for help, plan a tea or social, get out there and spread the word on how we are baking the world a better place.
If you have ideas or news to share, please let me know so I can pass it on to all of our sisters. Enjoy the rest of your summer and hope to see you all in the fall.
July 21, 2016
Dear Theta Province Sisters,
Our 2016 National Convention in South Bend was awesome! As with every event, whether it’s a wedding, school program, or convention, there will always be a “hic-up”. If you are fortunate enough to experience only 1, then you are lucky. Congratulations to Bonnie DeMeyer, 2016 Convention Coordinator for an excellent job! If I had to choose my favorite event, I’d not be able to do so.
Congratulations to Linda Dressen, National President. Linda announced her theme of “Bake the World a Better Place”. Everyone enjoys gifts, but, the ones that come from the heart of a baker, just seems that much better. Seeing old friends again, while meeting new ones, is always special as well as visiting Notre Dame, South Bend Chocolate Co., and Shipshewana. What beautiful architecture, delicious goodies, and fantastic shopping. It was a wonderful experience
Remember to keep membership a priority. An excellent way for all of us to do so is through our fundraising and philanthropic projects. When prospective members see how much we enjoy participating in our own projects, they are more likely to ask about our sorority. Invite them to help you deliver your donations to different recipients. When we experience their faces, emotions, and sometimes tears of appreciation, there is no better example of what our values are, what we are and what we stand for.
Just some suggestions for possible projects you might like to consider. Applebee’s (www.appleamerican.com) Dining to Donate through Applebee’s Community Connection and Bob Evans (www.bobevans.com) Community Fundraisers through Community Giving Program. Both will donate 15% of total guest check proceeds to organizations. Many big corporations such as Kroger, Marsh, etc. have fundraising options, as well. Partner with local nurseries for a seasonal flower sale. Run concession stands through local school sport functions and county fairs, etc. Make your projects a “two-in-one” by adding a collection barrel for non-perishable food items for your local food pantries. I’ve heard really good ideas from you girls. Keep up the good work that you all do.