Sunday, April 25, 2010

Congratulations Tracey!

It'll be two exciting Wednesdays in a row for Tracey C. (Epsilon Chi, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)! On April 21st, she won the Family Success Award from the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship; on April 28th, the winner of the Rotary Club Ethics in Business Award will be named. Tracey is one of the seven nominees! We wish her the best of luck and send our congratulations on these well-deserved honors!

(Congratulations and best wishes also to Martha Stubbs. Her daughter-in-law Joy (Gamma Iota, University of Florida) is our connection to the Stubbs Educational Foundation. We are proud to support their work providing scholarships for local music students!)

Institute honors achievers in business
Sean Flood, an FSU alumnus and owner of the Gotcha Group, probably put it best in his praise of business support he has received from the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

"I can truly say that without the generosity of JMI, I would not be here," Flood told those gathered for the institute's annual celebration of business achievement.
It was an anniversary party Wednesday night for JMI in honor of its 15 years of business support, but the companies that have benefited from JMI programs are just as much of the story. The spotlight shines on them as much as it does on the institute, founded through a gift from legendary South Florida automobile retailer Jim Moran.
Thus far, more than 3,000 Florida businesses have received assistance. JMI also coordinates the school program Junior Achievement in Leon County and has had more than 9,000 students participate.
JMI also sponsors the entrepreneurial roundtables that get company owners together to discuss problems and opportunities. Sam Varn, owner of Awards4U in Tallahassee, is a long-time roundtable member and received the JMI Advocate Award for his efforts to make the institute's programs more visible.
The award for Outstanding Commitment went to Arthur and Pamela Aveling of King Arthur's Tools. They were honored for their JMI involvement, but also sharing what they learn with business owners.
Pam Butler, CEO of Aegis Business Technologies, received the award for Community Support and Involvement. The Financial Growth Award went to Steve Roden, CEO of LearnSomething Inc. Fred G. Shelfer Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill Industries Inc. Big Bend, received the Success Story Award for improving his organization's profitability.
Tracey Cohen, president of Target Copy, was presented with the Family Success Award in honor of her achievements in taking the reins of the business started by her mother, Mayda Williams.
Students were honored, too. Seniors Stephanie Farquhar and Sara Clack produced a marketing plan for the Uptown Cafe as part of their venture consulting class, and it has paid dividends for the business. They received the Student Excellence Award.
In a business plan development competition that had a $5,000 first prize, the winners were the team of Cameron Bullock, Sam Nebel and Trey Ware. They worked with the FSU Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability, whose scientists have invented a technology for making energy grids work smarter, and needed a business plan for commercializing the technology.

Rotary award recognizes good ethics in business

The Rotary Clubs of Tallahassee, Wakulla and Monticello are hosting their 10th anniversary Ethics in Business Award at the civic center Wednesday. Seven local business men and women have been nominated for the award, given in memory of the late Bill Dugger, a former Rotary president.

"Every year I am pleased that our local businesses have this many people who do business ethically," said Mark Thomasson, Rotary Club of Tallahassee president. "Everyone nominated is a winner because this is a celebration of ethics and good practices."
The nominees are Eugene G. Rivers III, Lucy Ho, Mark A. Tarmey, Martha Stubbs, Melvina MacDonald, Steve Evans and Tracey Cohen.
Stubbs, owner of Stubbs Music School & Educational Foundation, was humbled to hear of her nomination for the award.
"I'm very honored to know that people in the community see how we do business as ethical," she said. "And I'm looking forward to the honor of meeting the other nominees, being with the Rotarians and being considered for their most prestigious award."
The nominees are selected by graduate students at the Florida State University College of Business, said Maureen Thompson, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee.
The keynote speaker for the mid-day lunch event is Alberto Ibarguen, CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Eugene G. Rivers III, Keller Williams Town and Country Realty: Tallahassee Realtor since 1993 with his wife Rebekah as his teammate. Aside from providing service to clients as a Realtor, Rivers also believes in giving back to his community, having been named the leading fundraiser for American Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy, the March of Dimes, Public Television and Public Radio, and the American Diabetes Associations.
Lucy Ho, owner of Lucy Ho's Azu and Masa Restaurants: Long-time local restaurateur known for her passion to prepare great food. Not only does Lucy Ho take care of her customers, she serves the community with her many years of dedication to the FSU Theater Department, where she sews the many costumes seen on stage. Ho even invites college students to her home to indulge in a tasty meal.
Mark A. Tarmey, 4M Design Group: Formed 4M Design group in 2007 and has more than 28 years of architectural experience. Tarmey has received certificates of appreciation for design and generous contribution to the ABC TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" from the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, "support and service in the revitalization of the Frenchtown Community" presented by Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and for "outstanding leadership, mentorship and participation" in the Lawton Chiles Honors externship program.
Martha Stubbs, founder of Stubbs Music School & Educational Foundation: Martha Stubbs has dedicated considerable time to improving the future of music education, not just through her school, but by volunteering her time to a variety of music organizations. She is active in the Florida State Music Teachers' Association in which she has served as president, and as the Florida State Music Teachers' Foundation president.
Melvina MacDonald, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare's Employee Assistant Program: Active Rotary member. Through Melvina MacDonald's efforts in helping troubled clients, TMH was the very first winner of the Florida Psychological Association's Psychologically Health Workplace Award in 2009 and the national award in 2010.
Steve Evans, FSU Foundation interim president: Evans retired from IBM after 30 years of dedicated service. Since then, he has found another full-time calling in helping others succeed in business. He serves as a mentor to business owners and an example of ethical business practices.
Tracey Cohen, president of Target Copy: Cohen is known for her generosity at work and in the community. At Target Copy she always make sure that what the customer wants and needs comes first, even if she has to send them to a competitor. She serves on the board of the North Central Division of the Children's Home Society of Florida and was chair of Turning Lives Around in November, where more than $50,000 in cash and pledges was raised for the organization.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Tallahassee Ballet - SS - Fine Arts

Performances by and events that support The Tallahassee Ballet:

Snow White's Tea Party Sunday, April 18 2-4pm at the Brokaw-McDougall House (click the link for more information and tickets)

WineDown in Mid-Town TTB benefit at The Winery, April 25, 2010

Grab your friends and head to The Winery at Red Bar for WineDown in Midtown, an extraordinary evening of wine and food pairings, live music, dancing, and a silent auction benefiting The Tallahassee Ballet. Enjoy a five-course culinary experience designed by Chef Owen Hardin of Täpäs with complementary wines provided by local wineries and purveyors.
Proceeds from the evening support outreach programs of The Tallahassee Ballet (TTB). TTB has built an impressive reputation of providing an excellent training ground for young dancers and emerging professionals from the Big Bend region.

Sunday, April 25 @ 5-8 p.m.
The Winery at Red Bar
1122 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Fla.
Tickets: $45 single / $80 couple
Buy Your Tickets Today online or by calling 850-224-6917 (ext. 2)

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs TTB's Dance for Spring, April 30 - May 2, 2010
The Season culminates with the fairest of them all...the Tallahassee premiere of the ballet,Snow White. The classic tale is based on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs written by the Grimm Brothers. An audience favorite, the story comes to life on stage with theatrical magic, colorful scenery, delightful costumes and more. Featuring new choreography by TTB Artistic Director Rick McCullough, Snow White is a spring production for children of all ages and not to be missed.

Full Length Performances:Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Abbreviated Children's Performance:Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 10:30 am
We support The Tallahassee Ballet because we appreciate the fine arts and because we support sisters. Executive Director, Janet, is a Beta Eta chapter (FSU) alumna.

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*Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre is named in honor of Dean Emerita Nancy Smith-Fichter who is an Alpha Chi Omega alumna (Beta Eta, FSU).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Our April - June Calendar - come play with us!

We were derelict in our newsletter duties this spring and we apologize, but we are back in action with our spring/early-summer calendar. It includes fun, "supporting sisters" activities. We want to see you!

Sunday, April 11
Hall of Commitment at the Beta Eta House, 518 West Park
2:45-3:30pm Welcome the graduating seniors as they become alumnae!

Saturday, April 17 Support the fine arts & our sister
6pm dinner Dinner at Tapas at Midtown, followed by
City of Angels at 8pm (Tallahassee Little Theatre). Kristen (Gamma Iota, UF & Beta Eta, FSU) has a lead role!

Thursday, April 22 Dinner at
Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack

Monday, May 3 Salad Days
6pm Our very fun and very popular annual casual get together, bring a salad to share and see Amy’s newly remodeled kitchen. Weather permitting we’ll have dinner by the pool!

Wednesday, May 12 Craft Night at Jenn's house to get read for Alpha Chi's Convention

Wednesday, May 19 Lunch at No. 1 Fresh Stir Fry at Market Square

June 4 - June 6 Support the fine arts & our sisters
Alice in Wonderland presented by the South Georgia Ballet, Cairo HS Auditorium

Thursday, June 10 Psi (Oklahoma) initiate Peggy Maguire’s 100th Birthday

Monday, June 14 Happy Hour/Dinner at

Saturday, June 26 Support our sister
Artopia at the Brogan, benefitting Big Bend Cares

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Moving on to the "Real World"

ETE looks forward to welcoming 39 Beta Eta seniors to Alpha Chi Omega's Hall of Commitment on Saturday. We recognize this ceremony marks the seniors' first alumnae activity and we work to make it meaningful and memorable.

After they "travel through the 3rd Degree", each senior receives a bag with sursies to help her along the AX alumna path. Our president Amy (Zeta Upsilon - Case) announces where each senior will go after graduation and then we enjoy a dessert reception together. Afterward, "new and old" alumnae help deliver exam goody bags to our local alumnae-graduate students.

We wish our blog readers Wisdom.Devotion.Achievement.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

March for Babies - Supporting Sisters

On Saturday, April 10th, the Big Bend March of Dimes will hold its annual March for Babies at Cascades Park here in Tallahassee. Learn more about the event here.

We support March of Dimes because of the wonderful work they do in the community to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality, and because the cause is near and dear to our fellow sisters. Karen (Beta Eta, FSU) works all year long to make this and other MoD events a success. Britain (Beta Eta) volunteers on the planning committee and organizes a team of her co-workers to participate.

Become a fan of Big Bend March of Dimes on facebook here.
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Thank you for helping us support sisters!