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.