Friday, February 24, 2012

Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Luncheon Recap

Saturday, February 11th we enjoyed an afternoon of sisterhood at the Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Luncheon at Auction at the FSU Kappa Alpha Theta house.
one of our two tables of sisters (Aaryn - front right - is a sister from Kappa Xi chapter at UWF!)

more sisters at the luncheon

Inspirational speaker this year was DeeDee Rasmussen, Kappa Alpha Theta, Chair of the Leon County School Board

 Jenn and Amy reporting on how Alpha Chi Omega used the 2011 Philanthropic Grant to benefit our local domestic violence shelter, Refuge House (learn more about our project here)

Jenn presenting the 2012 Philanthropic Grant to Kappa Alpha Theta.

Libby, center, won a 2012 Eugenia F. Kenshalo Scholarship! Jenn, right, gave a wonderful introduction of Libby that began "She is the kind of member every sorority wants." Kathy Dilworth, left, was named Alumnae Panhellenic Woman of the Year, a well deserved honor!

 These 8 FSU Panhellenic collegians were honored for their academic achievements. All have grade points above 3.7! Libby, far left, and Stacia, fourth from right, are both Alpha Chi Omegas.

This is the beautiful Panhellenic Scholar pin the 8 collegians above received. 

The luncheon is also a fundraiser with a silent auction and a live one. Thank you to our sisters who donated items, including Barbara, Margaret, Amy, Betty and Jennifer. Auction items: 

The Kappa Alpha Theta House Director and collegians were lovely and gracious hostesses for the event. We appreciate their hospitality and loved seeing their beautiful home. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Alpha Chi Omega Ritual Week!

National Ritual Celebration Week
Alpha Chi Omega is very pleased to announce that we will be participating in the second annual National Ritual Celebration Week, March 4-10. Collegians and alumnae are encouraged to take time each day that week—either by participating in collegiate or alumnae chapter activities or personally—to reflect on the meaning of our Ritual and how living our Ritual improves your life and your chapter.
To get you excited for the week and in honor of our seven founders, here are seven suggestions for celebrating our Ritual to get you and your chapter started planning:

  1. Organize a Service Day activity. This can be with your chapter, a group of sisters, your family or friends. If you don’t have time to volunteer this week, reflect on the opportunities you have to give in the upcoming year.
  2. Reflect on the meaning of the The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. Re-read The Symphony at least once during the week. How does it relate to where you are in life right now? What is your favorite part of it? Why? Also, put a framed photo on your desk at work or home and share The Symphony with others.
  3. Connect with a sister you haven’t spoken to for awhile. Go to lunch. Have a phone date. Send a card. Write a text. Make time one day this week to reach out to and tell her why you’re glad she’s your sister. If there is a sister that you have lost touch with over the past couple of years, please feel free to contact headquarters to see how we can help the two of you reconnect.
  4. Participate in National Panhellenic Conference’s International Badge Day on March 5. Wearing your badge to work, on campus, to your community gatherings not only honors Alpha Chi Omega, but gives you a chance to connect with other sorority women in your area and celebrate the history of women’s fraternities. The VP Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation handbook has great tips for appropriate badge attire.
  5. Change your Facebook profile picture, timeline cover photo or recent photos to the Ritual Celebration Week logo. Also, post your Ritual reflections and other Alpha Chi Omega stories and thoughts as your status updates and on the Alpha Chi Omega Facebook page. In addition, tweet your Ritual reflections during the week. Use #AXORitualWeek at the end of your tweet and follow that hashtag throughout the week to see what sisters are saying on Twitter.
  6. Reflect on how you personify Alpha Chi Omega’s values of Wisdom, Devotion and Achievement. Consider a conversation about one of these ideals with a non-Alpha Chi and tell him or her why you value your Alpha Chi Omega experience so much. Also, the Ritual Best Practices (available in the resource section) has Ritual discussion questions on Wisdom, Devotion and Achievement. Talk about your answers with your chapter and sisters.
  7. Perform the Rededication of the Bond Ceremony (in the green Ceremonies binder) at your chapter meeting. Collegians: Invite area alumnae to your chapter meeting that week and perform the ceremony for both collegians and alumnae. Alumnae: If you don’t live near a collegiate chapter or don’t have an alumnae club, take time one day to reflect on your Initiation ceremony. Are you living the life you pledged to live that day? If so, how else could you show that every day? If not, there is no time like the present to start!

This year Alpha Chi Omega will be hosting guest bloggers each day to share their Ritual stories with our members. Please visit our website ( each day during the week to learn about and celebrate our Ritual, sisters and history. Alpha Chi Omega will also share daily Ritual thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you, Alpha Chi Omega Headquarters, for these great thoughts, excerpted from the February Flyre, the monthly collegiate officer newsletter. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Stubbs Educational Foundation Mardi Gras Gala

Last year members of ETE, the Tallahassee Alumnae chapter, attended the Stubbs Educational Foundation Mardi Gras Ball, supporting a local alumna, and celebrating the arts (yay for MacDowell Month). It is that time of year again... if you are interested in attending let us know.. so far Amy Z, her hubs, Chris, Jenny Sue, her hubs, Marc, Britain and her fiance, Chris, are all planning on attending... we'd love to have you join us.

The Stubbs' Educational Foundation's is a non-profit created by Martha and Ron Stubbs to provide music scholarships for K-12th grade students in North Florida and South Georgia. To date, the foundation has awarded approximately 555 scholarships valued at $441,027.58 and has established 26 endowments. At least 70% of the scholarships go to financially need-based students and the remaining to merit recipients. The Mardi Gras Ball is just one way the Foundation raises money to fund music scholarships. The evening features dinner, live music, dancing, and live and silent auctions. This year’s Mardi Gras Ball is on February 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum. Current Foundation President Chuck Stubbs welcomes all interested in the Mardi Gras Ball or the Foundation to contact (850) 893-8782.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hot Yoga for Domestic Violence Awareness

FSU Alpha Chi Omega presents

Hot Yoga Fundraiser at Journeys in Yoga, 1111 Magnolia Dr #34, February 26, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm for Domestic Violence Awareness

100% of proceeds will benefit Refuge House

$10 per person. Alumnae and friends are welcome.

The class will be taught by AXO alumna, Suzanne!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Junior League Whale of a Sale

The Junior League of Tallahassee, Whale of a Sale is coming up...

February 9-11, 2012
Tallahassee Mall - Former Goody's Location

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 - Preview Party
  • Friday, Feb. 10 - Early Bird Shopping
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 - Shopping Extravaganza
Purchase Tickets to Preview Party
Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m.

Don't miss our Tally Land-themed food, auction and music from local sensation Tobacco Road, all while supporting the Tallahassee Community! (Tickets are $35 individual/$60 couple before Thursday, Feb. 9. The online price includes credit card fee and shipping.)

Below is a message from Junior League of Tallahassee provisional member and Beta Eta alumna Cheyenne Overby

Hello fellow Alpha Chi Omega Alums!

As some of you may know, the Junior League of Tallahassee is having it's annual Whale of a Sale February 9th - 11th. As provisional members, we are responsible for gathering merchandise to contribute for the sale. As a grad student in Tallahassee, this is proving to be a little difficult for me. Whale of a Sale excepts gently used items ranging from kitchen appliances to sporting goods to baby items and pretty much everything in between. If you have anything you may be interested in donating, please let me know and I'd be happy to pick it up from you this coming weekend. Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous early February weather we are enjoying!

Cheyenne Overby, BH '06