Thursday, December 30, 2010

Have You Marked February 5th on your calendar? Here is your reminder!

Alumnae Panhellenic of Tallahassee, Inc.

2011 Scholarship Awards Luncheon & Benefit Auction

Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11 o’clock in the morning

Delta Zeta Sorority House * 749 West Jefferson Street

Bid on fabulous gift baskets, merchandise, edibles, live plants and more! After a delicious luncheon and awards ceremony, enjoy the exclusive live auction. Please respond no later than January 30, 2011 by mailing your check for $25.00 to:

Alumnae Panhellenic of Tallahassee, Inc.

Attn: Shelley Green

11387 Turkey Roost Road

Tallahassee, FL 32317

Note: Please indicate your sorority affiliation and if you would prefer a vegetarian meal.

Alumnae Chapter, business sponsored themed gift baskets and donations for the auction are needed. Contact President, Kathy Dilworth at Kathy.A.DilworthATgmailDOTcom

Monday, December 27, 2010

Florida's State Day

On years when we do not have our National Convention, states and regions gather to enjoy the society of their sisters, do a bit of training and, most importantly, have fun!

Let Amy or Jenn know if you can attend State Day for Florida this year. We can carpool if you like. We know all 7 collegiate chapters in the state will be there and we hope all 18 alumnae chapters will attend as well.

Save the Date!!!
2011 Florida State Day

Alumnae and collegiate chapter Executive Board members are invited to attend this fantastic event to meet or reunite with Alpha Chi’s from across the state and share ideas!

February 19, 2011 ★★★ 9:00am until 4:00pm

Ocala, Florida

Everything You Need to Know About State Day 2011

★Registration cost - $30 per person (including lunch and training materials)

★Registration deadline - Friday, February 4, 2011

★Overnight accommodations are available at
Holiday Inn
3600 SW 38th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34474

★Attire: Business or chapter attire

★Honor someone special in your life by donating to the Star Booth. Proceeds from the Star Booth will go to the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.

★In honor of Hera Day (which is March 1), we will be collecting toiletries and baby supplies for the local Ocala domestic violence shelter.

★The Alpha Chi Omega Carnation Booth will be available. If you or your chapter have goods you would like to sell, please contact Amanda Causey, PCC or Lorraine Franckle, PAC.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DV and the workplace? Yes, there is a connection.

We talk about domestic violence shelters helping DV survivors; women & children trying to escape domestic violence; and signs for identifying and avoiding dating violence, but do you know it affects the workplace?

Kim Wells serves as the executive director for the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, and her group won a fantastic donation last month from Hopeline© from Verizon to address this issue.

"According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intimate partner violence victims lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work a year, the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs, and the cost of domestic violence to the U.S. economy is more than $8.3 billion. A 2005 national telephone survey by CAEPV found that 21 percent of full-time employed adults were victims of domestic violence and 64 percent of them indicated their work performance was significantly impacted." (from the CAEPV November 30, 2010 press release)

Amy and I were introduced to Kim Wells through her blog, and her tweets @kwells2416.

Personally, I'm thinking we should talk to Kim about alumnae initiation into Alpha Chi Omega. She embodies the ideal Real.Strong.Woman.

Thanks to Kim, we know today is a super important day on the calendar for Domestic Violence Awareness.

Today is Liz Claiborne Inc’s seventh annual It’s Time to Talk Day.

If you follow Twitter hashtags (#) you will find tweets about this day marked thusly #ITTTD


We hope you appreciate AX – ETE taking the opportunity to inform you about CAEPV, Kim Wells and #ITTTD.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hall of Commitment = win ... Photos = fail

One of the great joys and honors for an alumnae chapter is to host Hall of Commitment (Third Degree of Initiation) for the senior and transfer collegians.

When opportunities arise for sisters to share in ritual, they remember The Bond that unifies them and the values they strive to uphold. One of our alumnae said it best on Sunday, "Every time I hear this ceremony I learn something new." How refreshing and exciting to remain inspired by ceremonies envisioned more than 100 years ago.

Sorry we forgot a camera to document the event, but we do want to recognize our sisters!

Thanks for giving of your time to help cultivate our future alumnae!
Barbara (Gamma Iota, UF)
Chelsie (Iota Psi)
Erin (Iota Psi)
Kim (Beta Eta)
Jenn (Theta Lambda)
Jennifer (Iota Psi)
Tara (Beta Eta)

Welcome to the Third Stage of Membership!
Julia A
Lindsey G
Sarah L
Katie W
You will be missed.

We hope this blog post inspires YOU to remember your pledge to Alpha Chi Omega. Live with Wisdom, Devotion and Achievement today!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gifts for Alpha Chi Omega Bakers

With thanks to Iota Iota alumnae chapter (Seattle) and Lexi of Dishin with Edna, here are some gift ideas for the Alpha Chi Omega bakers in your life.

Cookie Cutters:
copper lyre cookie cutter from Aunt Holly Cookie Cutters $16
Greek letter tin cookie cutters from $14.99 for the set

Individual cutters from BakeGreek $4.99 each or $94.99 for the whole Greek alphabet
Cookie Molds
One of four lyre mold designs available from Springerle Joy $26-39 each
Star decorations from King Arthur Flour $4.95 for 8

White sugar pearls from King Arthur Flour $3.95
Do you know of other items we should include? Please let us know! Comments welcome and encouraged!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Steve Ellis Memorial Scholarship Run - Save the Date

Save the date for the Steve Ellis Memorial Scholarship Run, which will be held on Saturday, May 21st 2011.

Steve, a senior writer for the Tallahassee Democrat and Pi Kappa Alpha alumnus, died in November 2009. His wife Alpha Chi Omega Karen (Beta Eta, FSU) and his friends at the paper have joined together to honor his memory with a scholarship in his name at FSU. It will help deserving students studying sports journalism.

The run will be held on campus the weekend of the FSU-Clemson (Steve's alma mater) baseball series. Please mark your calendars and plan to run, walk or volunteer at the event!

Stay tuned for more information here or you can join the scholarship's Facebook group here.

Donations can be made at any time by sending a check to

Steve Ellis Memorial Scholarship Fund
Florida State University Foundation
2010 Levy Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2739

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Turkey Trot - Run, Volunteer, Make a Difference for DVA

What could be more meaningful on Thanksgiving than incorporating family and helping others?

Fulfill that urge by running or walking in the 35th Annual
Turkey Trot. Want to help "behind the scences"? They need volunteers also.

From the
Gulf Winds Track Club website:
Since 2001 the main beneficiary of Turkey Trot proceeds has been the Refuge House. More than $70,000 has been raised for the Refuge House since that time. The mission of Refuge House is to provide direct services to battered women, their children and sexual assault survivors, as well as to work to eliminate the conditions in society that allow such violence to continue.

Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010

Turkey Gobbler 1 Mile Run/Walk - 8:00 a.m.
5K, 10K and 15K - 8:30 a.m.

November 21, 2010
Music Fest – 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Chez Pierre
A Musical Short Cut to the Starting Line Register and Pick up Packets

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Another Sister is a "Woman to Watch"!

What a treat to open the Tallahassee Woman magazine and see our own
Jenny (Beta Lambda) listed on the Women to Watch page

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Get Your JINGLE On

The Junior League's annual Jingle Jubilee will be held November 18-20th.

Many Alpha Chis around the nation contribute their time and talent to JL and our sisters in Tallahassee are no exception. When perusing this advertisement from the Tallahassee Magazine we saw Christine (Beta Eta)!
We will be attending Jingle Jubilee as an ETE activity on Nov 18th! Can't wait for the fun!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Smartie Sister

This is a little belated, but a very heart-felt congratulations to Lauren (Beta Eta) for winning TWO scholarships!

Well Done!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Eat Ice Cream: Help Cure Leukemia & Lymphoma

The Beta Eta Collegians will walk with their team in Light the Night on Veteran's Day.

As a fundraiser, they will be wearing banana suits, sundae suits and serving ice cream (and taking tips) on THURSDAY, November 4th, at the Brusters on 1709 W Tharpe St, Tallahassee

PLEASE, stop by between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to buy some ice cream and help support Light the Night.

Yummmm: Bruster's Flavors!

Friday, October 29, 2010

My Alpha Chi Sweetheart is YOU

When past-president and current chapter
advisor of Gamma Iota Ashley, married
ATΩ alumnus Will, 21 AXΩ sisters sang
The Sweetheart Song at their reception!

Sisters represented three different chapters - Beta Eta, Gamma Iota and Theta Lambda; five past presidents of the chapter were included in the group; and the alumnae ranged in age from 22 to 60!

They provided souvenir song sheets in the colors of the wedding (yes - subtle and lovely red & green!) for those who serenaded.

Monday, October 25, 2010

More Sisters in the News

Dining in the Dark offers demo of what life is like for blind
By Ashton Wilkins • Democrat Writer • Published: October 25. 2010 2:00AM

Toni King started out as a client at the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a nonprofit dedicated to guiding people through vision loss. She is now an independent living specialist and former member of the organization's Board of Directors.

On Sunday, she helped those who could see to experience life for an hour as someone who is visually impaired at the sixth annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark event. The event is named for Bailey, a former client and board member who became blind and deaf in 1999 after an attack of meningitis. Bailey passed away in April 2005. The organization's Inspirational Community Member award also is named after her. Norine Lebitzke [Beta Eta], president of the board of directors for Lighthouse of the Big Bend and Paula Bailey nominee, won the award.

Norine's other accomplishments and contributions

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We love to see sisters in the news

It was exciting to open the Tallahassee Democrat on Sunday and see Connie's (Beta Eta) name in big letters. We are proud of her impressive teaching career!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Founders' Day - Happy 125th Alpha Chi Omega

ETE celebrated our 125th Founding Date and honored Domestic Violence Awareness Month a few days early on Tuesday the 12th.
(back row) Jennifer, Amy, Caryn and Karen
(front row) Erin, Chelsie and Tara
The Beta Eta collegians invited us over to "the 518" for traditional turkey dinner. As always, "Mom Marie" and her fantastic staff served excellent food. We enjoyed a full dining room of new members and lifetime members, and everyone was wearing purple of some sort.

Happy 125th Founders' Day

to all the Real.Strong.Women Alpha Chi Omega Women's Fraternity initiated from 1885-2010!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trunk Show on Sunday at "the 518"

ΑΧΩ Trunk Show

Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 10 AM – 2PM
At ΑΧΩ-BH House

Featuring some NEW ΑΧΩ merchandise including the tiara, jewelry, key chains, koozies, designer t-shirts, Big Sis/Lil Sis gifts, Vineyard Vines tote bags and more!

Trunk Show Presented by Marlene Kruelle, ΑΧΩ Alumna and Owner of Sorority Spirit

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Alpha Chi Omega making news for DVAM

We were proud to see so many tweets by and about Alpha Chi Omega chapters on the daily #DVAM page. We are helping spread our WISDOM about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and showing our DEVOTION to others so we can ACHIEVE an end to Abuse! Thank you to all our sisters.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Music Fest Will Benefit Refuge House - DVA

MusicFest 2010: Sounds of Hope, a Benefit for Refuge House, will be held on Sunday, October 17, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. on the spacious grounds of Unity Eastside Church, 8551 Buck Lake Road in Tallahassee. It’s a non-religious community event.   
Community friends are joining with members of Unity Eastside to create MusicFest 2010. Sponsors and volunteers are being sought now.
This event will feature 4 hours of music on 2 stages, performed by well-known local musicians. Performers will include Sir Charles AtkinsThe New 76ersHarvest GypsiesFrank Lindamood, Mark Russell, Reckless Daughters and Cicada Ladies. 
There will also be
  • Silent Auction
  • Seated Massage
  • Fabulous Food
  • Bake Sale
  • Fun Activities for Children and Adults. 
Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for children; free for children under 5! 
All proceeds of the event go to Refuge House, which has provided safe shelter and related services for women and children escaping abuse since 1979. Today, the need for their services is greater than ever, but funding is harder to find. 
You can e-mail us at  Hope to see you there!

Please "like" MusicFest: Sounds of Hope on facebook

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Supporting Local MacDowell Fellows

As many of you know, MacDowell Colony was Alpha Chi Omega's first philanthropy and one that we continue to support nationally and locally.

Events featuring two Tallahassee area MacDowell Colony Fellows take place this month. Friday evening, FSU celebrates the Ruby Diamond Grand Reopening, the College of Music's 100th anniversary, and the start of the 2010-2011 concert series with four commissioned works performed by the FSU University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Combined Choirs (over 600 voices!).

One of the 4 commissioned works that will be performed was composed by MacDowell Fellow Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. She is both an FSU faculty member (the Francis Eppes Professor of Music) and an FSU alumna (and fellow Panhellenic sister, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha). Zwilich is also the first woman composer to receive a Pulitzer Prize for composing.

From FSU News:

Zwilich has a special, longstanding connection to Ruby Diamond.
"I first entered Ruby Diamond Auditorium as an FSU freshman, playing violin in the orchestra and trumpet in the band," Zwilich said. "During my years at FSU, this was the place where I encountered so much of the repertoire, playing under Ernst von Dohnányi and Pablo Casals to name two of the most memorable conductors, and playing in everything from the Opera to the unofficial Lab Band, since at that time jazz was not yet a part of the curriculum. This was a place that profoundly affected my life, and I was deeply honored to receive this commission."
In keeping with the momentous nature of the celebration, the Oct. 8 concert at Ruby Diamond is black tie optional.
Tickets for the event are $25 general admission ($15 for FSU students with ID) and may be purchased through the FSU College of Music Box Office, located in the lobby of Ruby Diamond. For ticket information and box office hours, please call the College of Music Box Office at (850) 645-7949 or visit the website at

Our second featured Tallahassee area MacDowell Fellow is acclaimed wood sculptor Mark Lindquist. A 40-year retrospective of his work is on display at the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy through October 23rd. To give you an idea how impressive he is, his 25-year career retrospective was hosted by the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.!

You might also be interested in other MacDowell related posts
MacDowell Month: AXOs Appreciating the Arts
MacDowell Month: It's Almost Here
Supporting Sisters in February

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Kicking Off DVA Month with Cupcakes

To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness month, a few of our officers teamed up with The Pixel Project and the FSU Alpha Chi Omega collegians to Paint It Purple for DVA!

The idea was to make cupcakes and decorate them in purple and white and then to blog about it for a "blog party" on October 2nd (today!!). Jennifer and Amy did the baking and then took the cupcakes and lots of supplies (frosting, sprinkles, napkins, etc.) to the FSU AXO House yesterday and had a great time at lunch with the young women talking about domestic violence awareness, the Pixel Project and Refuge House, our local domestic violence shelter.

After lunch, Jenn and Amy delivered about 7 dozen cupcakes to the Refuge House administrative office for the staff to enjoy and share with the residents at their safe house. Here are a few photos of the fun we had:

We were happy that together with Britain and Peyton's cupcakes we had plenty to share and were also able to leave over two dozen at the chapter house for the sisters to enjoy, and to share with friends.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Alumnae Panhellenic October "Socialite Night"

We are big supporters of Alumnae Panhellenic of Tallahassee and therefore hope to see you at their October "Socialite Night" on Thursday, October 7th, 2010, starting at 6:30 pm on the deck at Chez Pierre.

Chez Pierre
1215 Thomasville Road
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Alpha Chi in the News - Keeping Tallahassee Beautiful!

Great work by our ETE Treasurer, Jennifer (Theta Lambda, Clemson) quoted in Gerald Ensley's column in the Sunday Tallahassee Democrat! She volunteers one Saturday a month with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of North Florida to keep part of High Street free of litter. Thank you for your work, Jennifer, and for representing Alpha Chi Omega so well!

Citizens adopt good attitude about litter
GERALD ENSLEY/Democrat The city's Adopt A Street program for volunteer groups to pick up litter has been renewed in 2010. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of North Florida have been participating for six years, with monthly litter pickups along High Road between Tharpe Street and Old Bainbridge Road.
Nobody likes litter along the roads. And give Tallahasseeans credit: Many of them are willing to do something about it.

You saw that Wednesday evening at the Renaissance Center, where the city held a sign-up meeting for its renewed Adopt A Street program. More than 35 people showed up at Wednesday's meeting. And they represented a rainbow of civic groups and motivations.
There were teachers, such as Karen Metcalf of Cornerstone Learning Community, who want their students to learn community service. There were businessmen, such as Applebee's Restaurant manager Bill Schack, who want to be good neighbors. There were Masonic Lodge members, such as Melton Headley, who want to improve the Frenchtown community where they meet.
There were individuals who just want to make a difference.
Hanson said Wednesday's meeting added 30 new groups to the 35 groups that were still active. She wants to find volunteer groups for the remainder of the 110 existing signed streets, then start adding more streets.
She expects to tap the many student, church and civic groups that participate in her clean-ups to volunteer for the Adopt A Street program – and she believes there is "lots of opportunity" to improve the appearance of the 6,700 streets and roads in Leon County.
"I would particularly like to see West Tennessee and all our corridors adopted, because that's where people come into town and we don't want them to look like a trash heap," Hanson said. "(Her organization draws) lots of high school and college groups and lots of groups with children. I have a perfect avenue and I'm going to make every effort I can to step it up."
Litter pickup programs, obviously, are meant to remove litter along roadsides. But as Tom Jackson, who oversees the county program, said, "I know if you clean (a road) today, it takes only one day for (litter) to be back."
So the real value of such programs is education and awareness, which, hopefully, lead to litter prevention. Florida Department of Transportation programs manager Steve Liner oversees the state Adopt A Highway program, which counts 1,200 groups covering 2,400 miles of state highways.
"The groups that go out there for three or four hours, especially in this hot sun, are going to think twice about littering," he said. "And the driving public will think twice because they see volunteers giving their time to keep a community free and clear of litter."
It does seem to work. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of North Florida organization has participated in the city program for six years, picking up litter on High Road from Tharpe to Old Bainbridge. They do it the third Saturday of every month. Besides being good exercise, fun fellowship and a great way to "bond with the neighborhood," it's been effective.
"The (amount of litter) waxes and wanes, but we definitely see less than when we started," said Jennifer Butler, a member of the group.
That's the goal.
(Read the full article here.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Founders' Day Dinner and DVA Vigil

Please save the date and plan to join us and the FSU Alpha Chi Omega collegians on Tuesday, October 12th at 5:30pm to celebrate Alpha Chi Omega's 125th Founders' Day. Beta Eta will provide dinner, a Thanksgiving-style buffet with turkey, stuffing and all the usual accompaniments. Yum!

After dinner, at 7pm, the chapter will hold its Annual Domestic Violence Vigil in the front yard. Support for survivors of domestic violence is Alpha Chi Omega's national philanthropy, and October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

We hope you can join us for both events on October 12th!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Shop with Alpha Chi - SS

You know when you see a post marked SS that we are Supporting Sisters! We loved discovering a new video from Proctor Honda featuring their Sales Associate, Terri (Epsilon Zeta, Auburn) talking about her job. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Alpha Chi Omega Actress in the News

There's a great new article/interview with Tallahassee native Alpha Chi Omega alumna Maddy Curley (Epsilon Chi, UNC-Chapel Hill) in International Gymnast's online magazine. Here's an excerpt. Read the full article here.

Gymnast-turned-actress Maddy Curley spoke with IG this week about her recent projects, including a gymnastics-themed screenplay she hopes will get produced before the 2012 Olympics.
From the set of NBC's "The Event," gymnast-turned-actress Maddy Curley spoke with IG this week about her recent projects, ranging from parts in "The Office" and an unofficial "Footloose" remake to a gymnastics-themed screenplay she hopes will get produced before the 2012 Olympics.
Curley has enjoyed steady work in Hollywood since she earned a B.F.A. in Drama and International Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she competed in gymnastics from 2000-2004. She made her professional acting debut in 2006 with a co-starring role in "Stick It," Touchstone Pictures' gymnastics-themed film starring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.
Among Curley's more recent credits, she played a pivotal role in the two-part season finale of CBS's "Cold Case" last year, and recreated Kevin Bacon's classic dance-and-gymnastics scene for the unofficial "Footloose" remake that premiered in Los Angeles and New York this summer. She is currently shooting an episode of NBC's "The Event," a conspiracy-thriller series that is scheduled to debut on Sept. 20.

See also Cupcakes and Cold Case.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Big Bend Cares - SS

Support local non-profit Big Bend Cares at a Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday, September 19th at St. Luke's Anglican Fellowship.

When: September 19th 12 noon - 2:30 pm
Where: St Luke's Anglican Fellowship, 3725 Apalachee Pkwy 850 385-7889
Suggested Donation: Adults $7 Children $3.50
Supporting Big Bend Cares, Ability First and Brehon Institute

Register for the event here or call the church at 385-7889.

We share this as part of our mission to Support Sisters. We're proud to know Perry (Beta Eta, FSU) makes a difference through her work at Big Bend Cares!

"Big Bend Cares provides education and comprehensive support to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS."

Our Mission: Promoting Domestic Violence Awareness - DVA

"In 1992, Alpha Chi Omega adopted domestic violence awareness as its national philanthropic cause. Since then, we’ve promoted education and prevention programs that help people understand and prevent the problem. We’ve also funded programs that assist and protect domestic violence victims and their children. And we’ve provided grants to domestic violence shelters and programs across the United States." from Alpha Chi Omega Foundation

In the Tallahassee-Thomasville area, we support Refuge House. Here are some of our programs:
  • We collect new undergarments, comfortable clothes and slippers for victims of sexual assault. When these women are seen at the hospital their own clothes are often kept for evidence. We provide Refuge House (our local domestic violence shelter) and their trained volunteers and SANE nurses (Sexual Assualt Nurse Educators) with enough clothes and other items to take care of everyone they see all year, through the generosity of our members and through grants we received from Alumnae Panhellenic of Tallahassee (twice now, in 2005 and 2008).
  • April 3, 4 and 5, 2009, Epsilon Tau Epsilon in conjunction with Beta Eta chapter and the Beta Eta Advisory Board and the in-the-process-of-being-formed Xi Omega Xi (Beta Eta alumnae virtual chapter) hosted a Reunion Weekend and Philanthropy in honor of the 80th Anniversary of Beta Eta’s Installation. All proceeds benefitted our local domestic violence agency, Refuge House. Together we raised $10,000.
  • Each fall we commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness with the Alpha Chi Omega collegians at Florida State University. Here are some photos: 

During the year, we promote Domestic Violence Awareness by offering ways to commemorate:
January: National Stalking Awareness Month
February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

We tag posts to make them easy to track, using "Domestic Violence Awareness" and/or "DVA" in the title of the post and in the Labels.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lyre Preview/Convention Recap

Epsilon Tau Epsilon member Britain Dwyre (Beta Eta, FSU) served as a Convention reporter at Alpha Chi Omega's National Convention in July, and as such, she'll appear in the next issue of The Lyre magazine. Pretty exciting! A separate article that she wrote appeared on the Alpha Chi Omega blog, and in case you didn't see it, here is a link and an excerpt:

Alpha Chi Omega Convention 2010, In My Words

by Britain Dwyre
(Beta Eta, Florida State University)
According to Webster’s dictionary a Convention is a large meeting or conference, esp. of members of particular profession. While this definition works, I argue that Alpha Chi Omega Convention is SO much more. Convention to me is five days to reconnect with sisters and friends and a time to make new connections! It is a time to celebrate, to learn, and to shop. Convention is a time to stay up late and wake up early, and to do as much in between the prior as possible. Convention is the most fun you will have with 800+ of your sisters, that only happens every two years.
In the weeks leading up to convention many emails, tweets, and Facebook messages are sent coordinating meetings, presentations and reunions. Packings lists are made, analyzed and amended. Blog posts are done sharing past conventions, offering wardrobe advice and showing support for the Star Booth. Pre-Convention shopping takes place for: reunion night dinner decorations, Stars honoring those Alpha Chis who have impacted us, last minutes wardrobe “essentials” for convention, etc. After all of this is complete I had a suitcase weighing 49.5 pounds (*sigh* I am under the Delta imposed limit). I am ready for convention.

Read the rest (and see a photo) here!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Lyre - Don't lose your subscription!

Are you Life Loyal? This scan from a recent copy of The Lyre explains the process (click on the picture to see it full size):

Our sisterhood broke all the benchmarks set with over 2450 Life Loyal members in the first two years of the program. Changing to this system allows Headquarters to prepare fantastic new programs for our collegians such as the four-year member experience (which Beta Eta, our local collegiate chapter, is piloting this semester).

We're proud that many of our local Alumnae are Life Loyal:
Betty (Gamma Zeta - KS State)
Ramona (Beta Eta - FSU)
Jenn (Theta Lambda - Clemson), ETE Treasurer
Barbara (Gamma Iota - UF)
Britain (Beta Eta - FSU), Beta Eta CA
Maxine (Beta Eta - FSU)
Amanda (Gamma Iota - UF)
Amy (Zeta Upsilon - Case), ETE President

Become Life Loyal by signing up here!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Let's take a minute to thank our dues paying members!
Alumnae dues are voluntary, but without them, our chapter would not function.

How are your dues disbursed?

★DVA & SVA activities in the area (see recent letter from Refuge House for our donation to purchase a car seat)

★Other philanthropic causes

★AXΩ Foundation

★Collegiate chapter support (pre-recruitment, Hall of Commitment, presidential leadership basket) and more.

★Headquarters for National Alumnae dues

★State of Florida AXΩ Days

★Convention costs for ETE delegate

Aimee (Beta Eta)
Amy (Zeta Upsilon)
♪Barbara (Gamma Iota)
Barbara (Beta Eta)
Britain (Beta Eta)
Caryn (Beta Xi)
Cheyenne (Beta Eta) - graduate student
Helen (Beta Eta)
Faith (Beta Eta)
Hilary (Gamma Chi)
♥Jenny (Beta Lambda)
Jennifer (Theta Lamba)
Jessica (Gamma Iota)
Kristen (Gamma Iota/Beta Eta)
Laura (Beta Eta)
Lynda (Beta Gamma)
Maxine (Beta Eta)
Mary Budd (Beta Eta)
Marylynn (Beta Eta)
Maxine (Beta Eta)
Motney (Beta Eta)
♪Ramona (Beta Eta)
♪Sara Lou (Beta Eta)
Terri (Epsilon Zeta)

♪ - Pearl Roll giver
♥ - Hera Roll giver

We appreciate your investment in us!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thank you ETEs for your help

Thanks to all the alumnae sisters who assisted Beta Eta during recruitment! THEY COULD NOT have done it without your "behind the scenes" help. We appreciate your LIFETIME commitment to Alpha Chi Omega and for setting a great example for collegians to follow!

Tara R (Beta Eta, FSU)
Lynda M (Beta Gamma, LSU)
Aggie S (Beta Eta, FSU)
Patti I (Beta Eta, FSU)
Alexz G (Beta Eta, FSU)
Jessica P (Gamma Iota, UF)
Cheyenne O (Beta Eta, FSU)
Jenny W (Beta Lambda, Arizona)
Betty B (Beta Eta, FSU)

Ashley C (Beta Eta, FSU)
Susan L (Beta Eta, FSU)
Amy W (Beta Eta, FSU)
Amy Z (Zeta Upsilon, CWRU)

Ashley E S (Gamma Iota, UF)
Nancy H (Gamma Omicron, Marshall)
Betty A (Gamma Zeta, Kansas State)
Shanna H (Beta Eta, FSU)
Lauren B (Beta Eta, FSU)
Jenn B H (Theta Lamdba, Clemson)
Meagan D (Kappa Xi, UWF)
Kristen S (Gamma Iota, UF, Beta Eta, FSU)
Maria S (Beta Eta, FSU)

Danielle G (Beta Eta, FSU)
Karen H (Beta Eta, FSU)
Erin B (Iota Psi, Elon)
Chelsie W (Iota Psi, Elon)
Jennifer O (Iota Psi, Elon)
Barbara C (Gamma Iota, UF)
Lauren G (Beta Eta, FSU)
Erin M (Beta Eta, FSU)
Kaitlin M (Beta Omicron, FSC)
Britain D (Beta Eta, FSU)
Jessica H (Beta Eta, FSU)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Welcome to our Sisterhood ...

... and to the Beta Eta chapter of Alpha Chi Omega!

The chapter welcomed the following new members:
Mia, Orlando
Megan, Tampa
Tia, Jacksonville
Mary Kate, Gainesville
Stephanie, Fort Lauderdale
Sydney, Savannah, GA
Courtney, Lighthouse Point
Audra, Milton
Haley, Lauderdale By The Sea
Chelsea, Jacksonville
Annalise, Orlando
Katrina, Loxahatchee
Mackenzie, Charleston, SC
Alex, Severna Park, MD
Kayla, Tampa
Lindsay, West Palm Beach
Bianca, Ft. Lauderdale
Jane, Woodbridge, VA
Lex, Coconut Creek
Kaitlyn, Gibsonton
Evan, Ponte Vedra Beach
Katie, Marietta, GA
Tori, Tampa
Amanda, Green Brook, NJ
Jamie, Jupiter
Lizzie, Key Largo
Sarah, Jensen Beach
Jessica, Tampa
Chesley, Palm Beach
Alex, Boynton Beach
Janet, Jacksonville
Kirstie, Altamonte Springs
Rachel, Fort Lauderdale
Catalina, Coral Springs
Hope, Tampa
Megan, Altamonte Springs
Richelle, Bradenton
Nicole, Naples
Kendall, Boynton Beach
Nicole, Palm Harbor
Malia, Jacksonville
Lindsey, Tampa
Jordan, Plantation
Jenna, Brandon
Ashley, Lakeland
Abbey, Ponte Vedra Beach
Rylee, Naples
Hannah, Jacksonville
Brooke, Boynton Beach
Katie Marie, Marietta, GA
Simone, Jersey City, NJ
Katelyn, Ormond Beach
Abigail, Jacksonville
Kyrsten, jacksonville
Katie, Orlando
Katelin, Brentwood, TN
Isabelle, Mercer Island, WA
Lauren, Jacksonville

Thank you to the MANY SUPPORTIVE alumnae who gave their time to the chapter:

We enjoyed help from alumnae who represented 10 different chapters!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Join us for AXO Lunch August 31st

We hope to see you at a casual lunch on Tuesday, August 31st at Uptown Café (1325 Miccosukee, on the corner of Miccosukee and Magnolia). We’ll start at 11:30am but come when you’re free and stay as long or as briefly as you are able. Check out the menu here. Click here for a map.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

You Could Win This Lyre Sculpture!

Sharing this with you because it’s always nice to help out another alumnae chapter, and we thought the prize in the drawing was really fun!

The 2010 Fundraiser for the House Corporation Board of Epsilon Psi Chapter, University of California, Irvine, is an 
  Opportunity Drawing to be held on Founder’s Day, October 15, 2010 for a   
 24” Garden Lyre.
We are hoping that many of you would like to buy a ticket (or tickets) for a chance to own this treasure The garden sculpture is a smaller version of the Lyre Sculpture featured in the Spring 2010 Lyre magazine and winner of the “Best Lyre Project” at National Convention 2010.  The wrought iron sculpture is impervious to all weather conditions and will be shipped to the winner. Retail value including shipping is approximately $320.00.

Tickets for the drawing are:                                                                                                    
1 - $10              10 - $50
3 - $20             25 - $100
5 - $30                          
 Checks for your ticket requests should be written to Alpha Chi Omega House Corp for Epsilon Psi and mailed to:
 Laurel Arnold
9 Willow Tree Lane
Irvine, CA 92612 
Once your request has been received, we will email you your ticket numbers.
 Questions? Contact Laurel Arnold at laurellarnold at aol dot com or
Jill Stroope 714-296-9592 / jillstroope at hotmail dot com
 Enclosed is my check for the Opportunity Drawing to be held on October 15, 2010.
 Telephone No.: