The Echo - Spring 2015

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Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter Alpha Gamma Delta

Spring 2015 Volume 67, Issue 2

The Echo PRESIDENT’S LETTER Dear Sisters, I don't know about you, but I'm so glad that spring is right around the corner! Our chapter kept busy this fall and winter with events including a chocolate-making party, our annual holiday celebration and gift exchange [thanks to Charity Metz Schuller (AO ‘93) for hosting us!], and a visit from a Camp Carolina Trails camper at our January meeting, which was hosted by Mary Ann Walsh Akin (ZI ‘83). Camp Carolina Trails is a summer camp for children and teenagers with Type 1 diabetes, and 16-year-old Lexi Burns, who has attended the camp since she was in fourth grade, spoke to us about her experiences at the camp. At our February meeting at Jan Thorpe White's (B ‘50) house, I and two other sisters shared a bit more about ourselves during a program called "Get to Know a Sister." We continue to contribute to the world's work in our community through philanthropy efforts led by Jeanette Drane Benjey (X ‘65) and Carrie Wheeler (AO ‘94) . At our December meeting, sisters brought in donations (continued on page 2)



Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter’s IRD celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the home of Mary Ann Walsh Akin (ZI ‘83). Please see the invitation and RSVP on page 7.

Alert Day ............................ 2

This year’s 50 year pin honorees include those sisters initiated in 1965. The 50 year pin eligible sisters include the following:

Dirty Dollars and Annual

Katherine Old Barnes (ΓE) *

Jeanette Drane Benjey (X)

Spring Updates .................. 3 Collegiate Updates ............. 4 Support Fee ........................ 5 Alumnae News ................... 6

Lee (Taffy) Henry Chodorow (ΓE) Margaret (Meg) Duncan Hodge (AI) Ann Phenicie Roybal (ΓE) To receive a pin, those eligible must attend our IRD celebration. If anyone knows of other eligible members, please contact Jan Thorpe White (B ‘50) at or 919-851-0272 immediately. *If anyone has Katherine’s address, please contact Jan Thorpe White.

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST  Alpha Gamma Delta joins the American Diabetes Association to stop diabetes  IRD Invitation Editor: Lisa Pinyan Poole (ΓA ‘91)

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President’s Letter (continued) of school and classroom supplies to support Crayons2Calculators, a nonprofit agency that supports students in Durham's highest-need schools by providing school supplies to classroom teachers. This year our team raised nearly $800 for Triangle JDRF during their Walk to Cure Diabetes, and we were able to donate an additional amount to JDRF from the proceeds of our record-breaking pecan sale. We raised nearly $1,800 by selling 1,000 pounds of pecans. This allowed us to not only donate more to JDRF, but also to make a donation to Camp Carolina Trails, the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, and Shout Against the Whisper, an ovarian cancer awareness organization. We hope you are able to join us on Saturday, April 18 for International Reunion Day! Our theme this year is "Strength in Sisterhood," and we will celebrate with a luncheon at the home of Mary Ann Walsh Akin. More details can be found inside this issue, and don't forget - you can send in your RSVP online through our Web site, Have a great spring, and I hope to see you soon! Loyally, Dawn Pasley Myers (ΘO ‘99)

MARCH 24 KICKS OFF ALERT DAY This year is the American Diabetes Association’s 75th anniversary. Alert Day will kick off on Tuesday, March 24 and continue through Tuesday, April 21. The 2015 theme is: Take it. Share It. Step Out. American Diabetes Association Alert Day is a "wake-up call" encouraging the public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You can go to to take the test. Share the test with your friends and loved ones!


ALPHA GAMMA DELTA JOINS THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION IN THE MOVEMENT TO STOP DIABETES On February 11, 2015, Alpha Gamma Delta and the American Diabetes Association announced a new relationship in order to help educate and raise awareness of diabetes through our collegiate and alumnae membership. "Education is critical for the prevention of type 2 diabetes and avoiding the complications that can result from poor management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and we are thrilled to have Alpha Gamma Delta on board to help us further our mission in stopping this deadly disease," said Suzanne C. Berry, MBA, CAE, Interim Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association. "By providing members with opportunities for community service related to diabetes awareness and education, this alliance will help us achieve these goals by expanding our reach and impact." To help build awareness, Alpha Gamma Delta members will join in community service efforts by volunteering with local Association offices and will work to educate and raise awareness of diabetes on college campuses and in their communities via online and offline publications. "Alpha Gamma Delta is proud and delighted to join with the American Diabetes Association in a new relationship to leverage our combined resources to make a greater impact in our communities through education and service," said Rie Hoehner, International President, Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity. "By contributing to our world's work in this important area, our sisterhood will make a significant impact in raising awareness about diabetes in the many lives affected by this disease every day."

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Marianne Leitch Breneman (X ‘90) and Jeanette Drane Benjey (X ‘65) wearing their Spartan pride at our January meeting

Holiday Party and Gift Exchange


Quinn Killough Willard (ΓΔ ‘03) having fun at the Junior Circle Wine and Design event

JDRF One Walk 2014: We raised $820! Thank you to our team and donors. Spring Belk Charity Days: GRAC is selling Belk Charity Day tickets! Ticket holders will get 20-70% off most purchases, and there will be savings on rarely discounted brands. Ticket holders will also get $5 off their first purchase. You will need a ticket to shop. The sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 from 6-10 a.m. Contact Jean Campbell Burroughs (ΓΦ ‘79) at or 919-362-4837 if you would like more information. Scrip Fundraiser: is easy, free to use, and there’s no selling involved. Simply buy gift cards at and use them instead of cash, checks or credit cards at the retailers where you normally shop. For additional information about Scrip, contact Jean Campbell Burroughs (ΓΦ ‘79) at or 919-362-4837. Spring Clothes Swap: Mark your calendars and start cleaning out your closets! It’s time to swap your apparel and help local nonprofits in the process. Carrie Wheeler (AO ‘94) will be hosting a clothes swap on April 11th from 2-5 p.m. at 416 Greymist Drive in Durham. Pecan Sale: We raised $1,870.10! The proceeds were donated as follows:

$1,200 to JDRF

$250 to Camp Carolina Trails

$250 to Shout Against the Whisper

$170.10 to Foundation


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THETA MU COLLEGIATE UPDATE Over $1500 was raised by Theta Mu (UNC—Wilmington) at their Alpha Grabba Donut fundraiser. Money was raised from a donut eating contest, food and drink sales as well as a spare change competition. The Greek organization that accumulated the most points from the Alpha Grabba Donut fundraiser received $100 for their philanthropy and donuts for their entire chapter.


HEART OF ALPHA GAMMA DELTA Congratulations to Michele Kislan (ΔΣ ‘96), who was awarded the Heart of Alpha Gamma Delta at our January meeting. The award is given to a sister who has given a minimum of 3 years of outstanding service to the chapter. Her most recent work with our Adopt-A-Chapters has been above and beyond. Michele was also a recipient of the Delta Sigma Hawaii Scholarship. This scholarship is provided through the Foundation’s endowment fund program. She is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will graduate in May.

Theta Omicron (Western Carolina) welcomed 21 potential new members. The chapter celebrated its 19th birthday on February 25. WCU’s Greek Village is now open to any organization that wishes to live in the Village. Theta Omicron will be keeping their house next year. Go to for more information. International Reunion Day is scheduled for April 18, 2015, at UCGrandroom at Western Carolina University from 1-3 p.m. You can send your RSVP to Elissa Wells at 919-604-1449 or

2014-15 GRAC OFFICERS President

Dawn Pasley Myers


Vice President

Joyce Anne Porter


Charity Metz Schuller


Erica Snell Ring

Permanent Secretary

Jan Thorpe White


Lisa Pinyan Poole

Philanthropy Chairman

Jeanette Drane Benjey

IRD Chairman

Carrie Wheeler

Panhellenic Delegate

Erica Snell Ring

Junior Circle President

Johanna Wolf

Adopt-a-Chapter Liaisons

Michele Kislan, Jamie Stiller

IRD Committee Members

Michele Kislan, Mary Lou Szymkowski

Ways and Means Chair

Jean Campbell Burroughs

Philanthropy Committee

Carrie Wheeler

Honors of Epsilon Pi Committee

Jan Thorpe White, Jean Campbell Burroughs, Charity Metz Schuller

Remembrance Chair/Telephone



Jacquelyn Goodwin Burgess

Ritual Chair

Jean Campbell Burroughs

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DIRTY DOLLARS AND ANNUAL SUPPORT FEE This newsletter is provided to you as a member of the Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter. Stay informed on the news in Greater Raleigh by supporting the newsletter and our alumnae chapter. We appreciate your generous support and hope that you will continue to support our efforts to keep you connected to your Alpha Gam sisters. Our annual support fee is $25. Thank you to the sisters who graciously donated “Dirty Dollars.” Alice Eison Bivin (ΓE ‘55), Anne Diehl Little (ΓE ‘62), Barbara Mansfield Peck (ΓE ‘63), Carol Clayton Norris (ΓE ‘61), Eileen Dorgan Herbermann (AΘ ‘41), Jan Thorpe White (B ‘50), Jean Campbell Burroughs (ΓΦ ‘79), Lauren Bednarcyk Bond (AM ‘87), Michelle Kenney Alexander (ΓO ‘05), Phyllis Wall Purdy (ΓE ‘58), Barbara Crawford Stanley (ΓE ‘49), Joyce Anne Braswell Porter (ΒΔ ‘83), Marianne Leitch Breneman (X ‘90), Jeanne Swanner Robertson (ΓΔ ‘62), Anne Fleming Hunter (ΓE ‘53), Julia Parks Kron (ΓE ‘59), and Daphne Adams Ashworth (ΓE ‘54). To give Dirty Dollars and/or pay support fees, please send checks payable to Alpha Gamma Delta to the attention of our treasurer, Charity Schuller at 425 Fallen Elm Ave., Cary, NC 27513. You can also go to to give support to the newsletter or chapter. A convenience charge has been added to support fees if you choose to pay online.

INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS Do you have a change in name, address or marital status? Please notify IHQ with the information:


Alpha Gamma Delta International Headquarters 8701 N. Meridian Street

Are you planning to attend graduate school full-time in the 2015-16 academic year? Or are you planning to attend a career-related workshop or seminar, or will you be going back to school part-time? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may qualify for one of two Foundation programs and receive financial assistance for your education!

Indianapolis, IN 46260

Full-time graduate students should apply for a Foundation Scholarship! The deadline for 2015 has already passed, but when applying, the Scholarship application can be previewed, started and revisited multiple times.

Part-time students or sisters planning to attend a career-related workshop or seminar, apply for a Continuing Education Grant. CE Grant applications do not have a deadline and are accepted year-round. Not sure if your upcoming seminar qualifies? Contact Karen Frye Knotts, Communications & Programs Manager, at 317.663.4242 or Visit for more information and applications.

Phone: (317) 663-4200 Fax: (317) 663-4210

You can submit your address change to us locally and we will forward it to International. Go to contact to send in your address change.


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ALUMNAE NEWS Barbara Mansfield Peck (ΓE ‘63) and her husband Dick celebrated their 50th anniversary this past December.

Erica Snell Ring (AM ‘96) was awarded the SHRM - SCP (Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional) certification. It is a new certification for senior HR professionals who develop strategies, lead the HR function, foster influence in the community, analyze performance metrics, and align HR strategies to organizational goals.

SCHOLARSHIP Congratulations to Jamie Stiller (ΓO ‘05), who was awarded the Barbara Henderson Miller Scholarship. Jamie is pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This scholarship is provided through the Foundation’s endowment fund program.

SHARE YOUR NEWS! Have you recently married, had a baby, moved, started a new job, retired, had grandchildren or just haven’t updated your Alpha Gam sisters about your life recently? Please send your news and photos to:

Jillian Thomas Scalvini (AY ‘00) married Jason Scalvini on December 6, 2014. Jillian travels a great deal now and is unable to make the meetings; however, she thinks of everyone often and wishes her sisters the best.

CHAPTER GRAND Barbara Brinson Thomas (ΓE ‘45), entered Chapter Grand on September 13, 2014. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. For 25 years, she worked for the State of Florida in child welfare. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and working on missionary activities.

ELAINE MARSHALL TO HEAD NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECRETARIES OF STATE Elaine Folk Marshall (AΞ, ‘64) was named the new president of National Association of Secretaries of State. Marshall will serve the remainder of Kate Brown's term, which ends in July. Brown was recently sworn in as governor of Oregon, and Marshall was serving as the association's southern region Vice President. “I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to lead this highly respected organization of public servants,” Marshall said in a statement. “NASS is more than 100 years old, and states are now facing challenges that our predecessors never imagined, including issues such as cyber security, business identity theft, digital records management and other tech-driven aspects of policymaking in 2015.”


Strength in Sisterhood INTERNATIONAL REUNION DAY 2015 The Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta cordially invites you to celebrate

STRENGTH IN SISTERHOOD Saturday, April 18th at 11 a.m. Home of Mary Ann Akin 11308 Brass Kettle Road, Raleigh, NC 27614 Please respond with the form below and mail $25 made out to Alpha Gamma Delta to: Carrie Wheeler 416 Greymist Dr, Durham, NC 27713 You can also RSVP and pay at: Questions? Contact Carrie Wheeler at 919.280.5272

Brunch will be served

Name: Chapter & Initiation Year: News to Share:

Dirty Dollars Enclosed:

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JUNIOR CIRCLE Everyone had a great time at the Wine and Design event we had in January. The name of the painting was Wine Lovers. Johanna Wolf (ΘO ‘09) will be scheduling a night out at Raleighwood in May. Check your email for a survey to see what date and movie will work for everyone.

UPCOMING EVENTS For more information, please visit Date/Time



April 11

Spring Clothes Swap

Carrie Wheeler’s home

2:00 p.m. April 18 11:00 a.m. May 14 7:15 p.m.

416 Greymist Drive, Durham International Reunion Day

Mary Ann Akin’s home

Potluck—Installation of Officers

Erica Ring’s home

11308 Brass Kettle Road, Raleigh

126 Bankford Ct., Fuquay-Varina

Quinn Willard (ΓΔ ‘03), Erica Snell Ring (AM ‘96), Charity Metz Schuller (AO ‘93) and Johanna Wolf (ΘO ‘09) at Wine and Design

Greater Raleigh Alumnae Chapter Alpha Gamma Delta Jan Thorpe White Permanent Secretary 208 Summerwinds Drive Cary, NC 27518


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