Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bid Day at Alpha Chi Omega - Beta Eta chapter

The local collegiate chapter Epsilon Tau Epsilon supports is Beta Eta chapter at Florida State University. Today, two weeks of hard work (and lots of sisterhood fun) during their pre-recruitment training that culminated in a Preview for alumnae and friends; and a week of recruiting more than 1450 potential new members, culminates in BID DAY.

Below are the wooden letter the chapter paints to coordinate with each bid day.

Above, a bevy of the beautiful 2010 new members posing with the chapter's famous wooden letters (constructed by the Britain's dad) in the informal living room. They had just received their "Alpha" sisters for bid day.

The new members received a t-shirt, monogrammed bag, croakies, a composite and the chapter's new member handbook.

The theme of the day is "Forever Classic, Forever Alpha Chi".

This is a shot of the dining room.

The colors are white, teal and pink. The seniors are wearing teal dresses and the rest of the chapter is wearing white dresses.

We're so proud of the chapter and really enjoyed helping their success.

Thank you again to the numerous alumnae who helped the chapter!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Another Opportunity to Support Refuge House!

Join us in supporting Tallahassee Rollergirls as they support our favorite local cause, Refuge House!
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recruitment Preview!

Our collegiate sisters at FSU AXO invited us to a Recruitment Preview!

It will be held the Saturday before Recruitment begins and will showcase all aspects of Recruitment including a chance to see their videos (for first round and (new this year) for Philanthropy Day), the Skit and to take house tours. After the Preview, we are all invited to stay for snacks and conversation with our sisters. Please feel free to bring your daughters, granddaughter, nieces or neighbors as this will be a great introduction to sorority life and recruitment. (Note that anyone registered as a potential new member for FSU Recruitment 2011 cannot attend.)

Saturday, August 20th 1:30-3:00pm
Recruitment Preview and Reception
at the FSU Alpha Chi Omega House
518 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee

Please let Amy our president know if you (and your guests) can attend so she can tell the collegians how many people to expect. Contact Amy if you have questions.

We are SUPER excited about this fun opportunity.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Collection on Gaines - Supporting Refuge House

The Collection on Gaines is Refuge House's "re-vamped, re-vived resale shop" (Tallahassee Democrat, April 1, 2011)

Lulu, a woman blessed with a happy spirit and fun attitude merchandises the shop, and she makes the shopping experience a pleasure! Check them out on Facebook, , she uploads photos daily of new merchandise in the shop to entice her regulars. She blogs as well! Please read this post: The Donating Game: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - SO IMPORTANT!

We hope you will donate and shop at The Collection on Gaines frequently. Visit them on Facebook at

Lulu's talent for arranging items makes the shop fun, organized and trendy.

She changes displays for the seasons and trends, as seen in the Red, White & Blue display for July 4th at left.

Lulu working her magic!

"Barbie Bouquet" - too cute

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Help Us Help Refuge House

Calling All Alpha Chi Omegas!!

v      Refuge House’s Emergency Shelter provides for 450-500 women and children per year and the cost per person is $35.00 a day. That’s $1575.00 for the average 45 day stay!
v      Refuge House’s Hotline receives 3,300 domestic and sexual violence calls per year. After providing counseling, safety planning, crisis intervention and resources the average cost for each call is estimated at $80.00.
v      Refuge House’s Courthouse Assistance program, which provides information and assistance in preparing petitions for protective, injunctions, courtroom accompaniment, referral to free legal assistance and other Refuge House services, treats 1,000 victims each year with an average cost of $50.00 per person.
v      Refuge House’s Rape Crisis/ Hospital Response program, which provides forensic exams, crisis counseling, law enforcements advocacy for victim, medical supervision, forensic expert testimony in rape trials, ongoing counseling and medical follow-up, treats 100 rape victims per year at $550 cost per person.
v      Refuge House’s Transition Housing program places 60 women and children in supportive counseling and safe housing for up to 2.5 years at $315.oo per month per person

I’m sure a lot of you knew Refuge House provided these services, but I am almost certain none of you knew the financial cost. Compared to all other shelters in Florida, Refuge House provides services to the largest number (8) of counties in Florida. Most of the areas are predominately rural, undeserved areas with the exception of Tallahassee, Quincy and Perry, which means Refuge House really needs our help!


On Monday, October 3rd, Refuge House will be hosting the 12th Annual Sheriff Larry Campbell Golf Tournament at Southwood. I have volunteered to help in recruiting sponsorships and silent auction donations, and with Beta Eta and ETE’s help, I know we can provide Refuge House with some amazing donations.

If you would be interested in securing a silent auction donation, know of a company that would like to sponsor, would like to participate in the golf tournament, have a great idea on how to raise money, or volunteer to help on the day of, please email me at or visit .  I have a lot of marketing materials I can provide you and would really appreciate the help and support!

Let’s show our AXO support and bring awareness to this great cause!

Danielle Gulasa

Make Time to Socialize!

Hope to see you Thursday!:

Farewell Happy Hour
Thursday, August 4th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Drop by Jenn's house on your way home from work and share your best wishes with our graduating/departing alumnae, graduate students. See our Facebook page for more information, or email Jenn Butler.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Artopia - Fine Arts & Helping Others - SS

We were proud to support our sister Perry (Beta Eta, FSU) the Development Director for Big Bend Cares during her signature event:

What is Artopia? (from the website):
Now in its 13th year, Artopia is a charity art fundraising event that benefits Big Bend Cares. Local and regional artists donate their artwork for this event, which includes a few signed and numbered limited editions.

Before the volunteers started work! (left to right)

Marc (Brother of Hermes), Britain (Beta Eta, FSU), Chris (Delta Chi), Amy (Zeta Upsilon, Case), Kate (Beta Eta, collegiate Panhellenic Delegate)

Chris (Delta Chi) and Kate (Beta Eta, collegiate Panhellenic Delegate) showing a piece of art during the live auction.

Amy, Britain, Chris and Kate also worked the silent auction, Marc and Jenn worked the live auction, and we all served cake.

As always, the ETE president and social media guru Amy blogged about the event:

As did the 2009 Young Alumna and Beta Eta's chapter advisor, our buddy Britain: