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Viewpoint I know our commitment to our Purpose will continue to thrive when we commit to giving our time and talent to a united effort to fill plates, hearts and minds.
Fall marks a return to campus for our collegians and rekindled spirits of gathering for our alumnae across the continent! With recruitment winding down throughout our fall recruiting chapters, and sisterhood growing on our campuses, Alpha Gamma Delta is energized and poised to continue to provide inspirational experiences for each member! We also celebrate this historic time as we embrace our new philanthropic focus— fighting hunger! During our transition to a new and broader focus, we have taken time to reflect on our past charitable priorities of serving undernourished and underprivileged children as well as diabetes education and awareness. Alpha Gamma Delta’s rich history of philanthropic commitment provides a foundation upon which our sisters can reach new and amazing heights of “contributing to the world’s work” by fundraising, food-raising and supporting our partners with our hearts and hands in fighting hunger. Alpha Gamma Delta and the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation together, have established new partnerships with Feeding America and Meals on Wheels that will provide innumerable opportunities for our sisters to fight hunger within their communities in a variety of ways. We are delighted to carry on the legacy brought to North America by our own sister, Margaret Moffat Toy, Alpha Epsilon–Westminster College, by supporting meal delivery through Meals on Wheels from coast to coast. Our new relationship with Feeding America will help guide our philanthropic programming and service opportunities as well. Through
our philanthropic fundraising efforts, the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation will provide financial grants to fight hunger and directly impact those most in need. Our sisterhood has a broader reach today than ever before, as our membership has doubled in the past decade. Imagine our impact, sisters! I know our commitment to our Purpose will continue to thrive when we commit to giving our time and talent to a united effort to fill plates, hearts and minds. Onward and upward, Alpha Gamma Delta!
Rie Gerah Hoehner International President
Epsilon Nu–University of Central Oklahoma
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Quarterly Staff Director of Communications and Marketing Wendy Theus Barker Graphic Design Specialist Megan Disselkamp Publications and Marketing Specialist Shelby Kaiser Content Manager Jennifer Freeman Thompson
RED, BUFF AND GREEN SCENE
FHC FOCUS A Hoosier Home: Fraternity Housing Corporation Completes Renovation
FEATURE Our Philanthropic Heritage
HEALTH AND VIGOR OF BODY ALPHA GAM ACHIEVEMENTS Bodyweight Core Workout and Holiday Morning Crockpot French Toast Recipe SPOT A SQUIRREL
Contributing Writers Beth Hartnett Jager Samantha Avanzino Shannon O’Brien
ALPHA GAM BOUTIQUE
PROFILE Poised To Make A Difference In The Fight Against Hunger
PEARLS OF WISDOM How To Fight Hunger In Your Community
FOUNDATION Alpha Gam Gives Back
MARGUERITE SHEPARD INITIATIVE
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The number of visits our
11 Leadership Consultants completed by the end of May 2017
Alpha Gams 650 packed
with Million Meal Movement at Alpha Gamâ€™s Leadership Conference this summer! The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation also gave a generous donation of $20,000 to Million Meal Movement!
Congratulations to our new members and newly initiated members of Alpha Gamma Delta! We are so happy to have you as a part of our sisterhood. 2
By Order of International Council
Notice is hereby given that the 50th International Convention of Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity will be held at the Marriot Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, June 28-30, 2018. At International Convention 2018, sisters will travel to San Antonioâ€”home of the Alamo, San Antonio River Walk and some of the most beautiful natural bridge caverns in the United States. Join members from across the continent to celebrate sisterhood, embrace traditions and learn how the Fraternity is moving forward to fulfill our Purpose. In addition to the traditional ceremonies like Feast of Roses and the Honors of Epsilon Pi banquet, attendees will also receive valuable leadership training. Registration packets will be produced electronically again and will become available in early 2018.
Collegiate Reports Kansas
Epsilon Chi–Kansas State University Epsilon Chi completed their second Primary Recruitment and welcomed 36 new members to their pledge class on August 18! Welcome, Alpha Gamma Delta sisters!
Gamma Phi–Georgia Institute of Technology Gamma Phi sisters gathered together to attend the first game of the season in the new Mercedes Benz stadium!
Gamma Zeta–University of Memphis The Gamma Zeta Chapter had an eventful summer and beginning of the school year. Sisters traveled the world to places such as Costa Rica and Italy. They are excited for a fun year full of sisterhood, scholarship and service. 4
Zeta Gamma–Gannon University Zeta Gamma sisters celebrated their big/little family with a photo!
Beta Epsilon–Carroll University The Beta Epsilon Chapter contributed to the re-establishment of the Beta Theta Chapter at the University of WisconsinWhitewater and were so excited to welcome their new sisters! They also enjoyed the process of planning new philanthropy events to introduce fighting hunger and partnerships with Feeding America and Meals on Wheels.
Delta Zeta–University of British Columbia Delta Zeta Chapter had a wonderful sisterhood retreat as they came together for the first time after being away from each other all summer. Aside from catching up with our sisters, they had programming to prepare everyone for Primary Recruitment. The chapter also participated in Canada’s largest sorority recruitment in history and are so excited to welcome new members to Alpha Gamma Delta!
Zeta Omega–University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Zeta Omega had a year of growth—from volunteering at a local food bank to writing letters to the seniors in our community. When Zeta Omega sisters are not volunteering with local charities or working their on/off campus jobs, they can be seen studying and participating in leadership roles through various clubs. 5
Alumnae Reports Alabama
Auburn Opelika Alumnae The Auburn Opelika alumnae were busy this summer. The alumnae chapter started with Summer Salad Luncheon, then worked on finding recommendations for local young women participating in recruitment at various schools. During recruitment, Auburn Opelika alumnae also worked with local Gamma Delta Chapter by providing treats, ironing table cloths, polishing silver, rearranging china cabinets and planting flowers.
Central Florida Alumnae Club In August, Central Florida Alumnae Club sisters volunteered at Taste! Central Florida, a fundraiser to fight childhood hunger, with the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The event raised more than $300,000.
Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter The Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapterâ€™s first philanthropy event was a Flapjack Fundraiser held on August 12, raised more than $400 for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation! They officially kicked off the 2017-2018 year with a potluck dinner and general meeting on September 7. Sisters were asked to bring a healthy dish and a yoga instructor showed attendees yoga poses they could do at home. Other fall events included volunteering with Feeding Tampa Bay, a sister social at Painting with a Twist, a second Flapjack Fundraiser for the Foundation and Tampa Meals on Wheels, as well participating in the Humana Tampa 5K to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. The alumnae chapter will finish out 2017 with their annual Cookies and Cocoa Holiday Party in December.
DuPage Area Alumnae Club DuPage Area Alumnae Club provided, prepared and served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield, Illinois, for their Alpha Gamma Delta Week of Service project.
Dayton Alumnae Club The members of the Dayton Alumnae Club met to celebrate sisterhood and learn about fighting hunger on Hunger Action Day. Each sister holds a squirrel that highlights a fact about local food insecurity. 6
Norman Alumnae Chapter The Norman Alumnae Chapter assisted Upsilon Chapter with recruitment and provided a little fun along the way. The alumnae chapter hosted a surprise event for the collegiate women after round one of Primary Recruitment, complete with a sno-cone truck at the chapter house!
Oklahoma City Alumnae Club Oklahoma City Alumnae Club Alpha Gams enjoyed tailgating at the Republic show to support University of Oklahoma’s coach, Lincoln Riley. The Get Your Game On event included games, door prizes, food, drink and an OSU life-sized cutout of Mike Gundy.
Las Vegas Area Alumnae Chapter The Las Vegas Area Alumnae Chapter has been busy, hosting International Reunion Day (IRD), a Rededication Ceremony and an Alpha Gam Tea Party. A Las Vegas area alumnae member started a monthly lunch time event, Ladies Who Lunch Smart, that several sisters attended. They proudly welcomed 17 new alumnae members during their most recent Rededication.
Houston Alumnae Club Ladies from the Houston Alumnae Club attended the annual Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Luncheon on May 4. Connie Windes Zieba, Upsilon–University of Oklahoma, (Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation President 2016-2017), spoke at the luncheon. The Houston Alumnae Club sponsors the Syracuse Triad Scholarship, which honors Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta and Alpha Gamma Delta’s founding chapter at Syracuse University. The Syracuse Triad Scholarship was awarded for the fifth consecutive year.
Gamma Lambda Alumnae Gamma Lambda alumnae from 1967-2014 attended a mega-reunion event at Longwood University. The collegiate chapter hosted the alumnae chapter in the chapter room where they visited with old friends, made new friends, looked at old composites and circled-up to sing favorite their Alpha Gam songs. 7
Fraternity Updates Hunger Action Month
Alpha Gamma Delta commemorated our first Hunger Action Month this September. Sisters all over North America created awareness for the cause by volunteering their time to reduce hunger in their communities and raise funds for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. It was inspiring to see sisters of all ages get involved with our philanthropic focus. Each September, we will continue to participate in Hunger Action Month. Check out the hashtags #FightingHunger, #HungerActionMonth and #ContributingtotheWorldsWork on social media to see how other sisters served during the month.
Hazing Has No Place In Our Sisterhood
There has never been a bigger moment in history for fraternities and sororities to take a close look at our actions, traditions and activities as they relate to new member education and the responsible use of alcohol. Alpha Gamma Delta always has—and always will—have a zero-tolerance policy on hazing. Undoubtedly, you have heard the recent stories of fraternity hazing deaths at Pennsylvania State University and Louisiana State University. The blatant disregard for humanity and deplorable abuse of alcohol in these (and other) cases show the exact opposite of what our Founders intended. It is a loud call to action that sororities and fraternities can and must do better. For our collegiate members across North America, it is a call to own our behavior and live our Purpose in our every action. The time has never been more right for chapter leaders to take a hard look at your chapter’s events and activities to ensure their alignment with our policies and procedures. Because something “has always been done that way,” is no reason for it to continue if it jeopardizes the health and dignity of any member or of our chapters at large. For our advisors and volunteers working with our collegiate women, your engagement with our chapters and the work you do to support them has never been more important. Focusing on our new member education, the member experience and ensuring the adherence to risk management and harm prevention procedures is paramount. This summer, on Friday, June 16, federal hazing legislation in the United States, entitled the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act of 2017 was introduced by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). Alpha Gamma Delta is very much in support of this legislation. Please find additional information in a press release on our website. 8
Start an Alumnae Group
Interested in starting an alumnae group in your area? Whether you are looking to meet new people or network with a sister, Alpha Gamma Delta would love to connect you with members in your area! Alumnae groups host educational meetings and philanthropic events, as well as provide the chance to meet new sisters and stay active in the Fraternity. International Headquarters staff can help you get in contact with alumnae near you. If you are ready to connect, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Gam Extension
We are excited to welcome our new sisters at East Carolina University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In mid-September, we participated in Primary Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater followed by a Bid Day celebration. Additionally, Alpha Gamma Delta began recruitment efforts at East Carolina University at the end of September. We are pleased to welcome each of these women into Alpha Gam and cannot wait to see the impact they will have on their communities and beyond! Our Extension Team is gearing up for spring 2018 as we extend to Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. We cannot wait to #GrowAlphaGam!
East Carolina University
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A Hoosier Home: Fraternity Housing Corporation Completes Renovation
Statistics Beta Delta-Indiana University
31,568 total square feet
122 total bed spaces (more than any other Alpha Gamma Delta chapter!)
$5M total cost
Bloomington, Indiana—home to the Indiana University Hoosiers, where basketball is king, red vertical stripes are always in fashion and the Little 500 bike race takes the campus by storm each spring. The Beta Delta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta became part of the Hoosier family when the chapter was installed in 1947, and is currently one of 74 thriving Greek organizations on campus. The transformation of Beta Delta’s 1960s post-modern, red brick house into a more traditional, feminine home has been a dream for chapter members and alumnae since the chapter joined the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC) in 2011. Building a sorority house that provides top-of-the-line safety features and attractive, luxurious furnishings is no small task. In fall 2016, the FHC partnered with architecture
bike room for
27 more than
2,000 individual meals
1314 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, Ind.
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firm Krittenbrink and Associates of Norman, Oklahoma, and Indianapolis-based contractor, Kort Builders, to complete the 31,568-square foot dream home. During the yearlong construction project, members lived in a new fraternity house next door where they could keep a close eye on the progress. “Having a new chapter house means that Alpha Gam will be able to grow more efficiently at IU,” said Rachel Waddey, Beta Delta Chapter President. “It not only houses more members than ever before, it will also enable Beta Delta to recruit competitively in such a sophisticated fraternity/sorority system.” The finished product is a true Hoosier dream, custom-designed to meet Beta Delta Chapter’s every need. Walking up to the Beta Delta house today, it is unrecognizable. The entry welcomes visitors between immense stone columns into a porcelain-tiled two-story foyer. Eyes are immediately drawn to the curved grand
Little 500 Grand Foyer
staircase, an open second-story balcony and a breathtaking crystal chandelier. Immediately to the left is a gorgeous formal living room— complete with a custom marble fireplace and baby grand piano—that leads into a library, where members can comfortably study. The first floor also features the House Director’s suite, a dining room that seats 125, a stateof-the-art bike room and an amazing outdoor living space. The second floor living space includes a laundry facility, coffee bar, a get-ready room for hair and makeup and an informal lounge where members can watch TV, study and socialize. Day rooms around the perimeter of the second-floor feature desks, dressers and closet space for members’ personal items. The new third floor addition features four spacious bunk rooms–also referred to as “cold dorms”–so members always have a cool, dark place to sleep. The third-floor also hosts a designated craft room where members can get creative with projects such as Homecoming banners and Little 500 signs. The expanded and renovated Alpha Gamma Delta home was revealed to alumnae, parents and friends of Alpha Gamma Delta on September 9, 2017. Nearly 250 people, including
Formal Living Room
members of International Council, the Fraternity Housing Corporation Board and chapter representatives, gathered for a dedication ceremony and open house to celebrate this exciting milestone in the chapter’s history. Following the dedication, guests were welcomed inside for tours, hors d’oeuvres, an elaborate dessert bar and—most importantly—fellowship with sisters from near and far. “I had a great time at the dedication weekend, spending time with sisters,” said Rachel. “My favorite part was being able to meet alumnae who once called Beta Delta home and who were so excited to see our chapter’s growth.” The historic transformation of the Beta Delta house has come to fruition through the hard work and dedication of the Beta Delta collegiate members, advisors and alumnae, as well as the FHC board, the architect, builder and the hundreds of employees who played a role in the project.
Katie Jolley Abernathy, FHC President, Rachel Waddey, Beta Delta Chapter President and Bobette Sandifer Thompson, International Vice President-Finance and FHC Director, cut the ceremonial ribbon!
The Indiana University Little 500, named after the historic Indianapolis 500 IndyCar race, is an annual bike race that began as a men’s race in 1951 to raise scholarship money for students through the Indiana University Student Foundation. The women’s relay-style bike race launched in 1988, consisting of 100 laps (25.49 miles) around the track at Bill Armstrong Stadium on IU’s campus. Having and maintaining a team to compete in “Little 5” is a uniquely important part of Hoosier Fraternity and Sorority life. The renovated Beta Delta Chapter features a state-of-theart bike room on the first floor where members can work out together, train and store up to 27 bicycles.
Our Philanthropic Heritage
In 1919, Alpha Gamma Delta was the first National Panhellenic Conference sorority to establish an international philanthropic project. In 1920, our sisters began the first camp for undernourished and underprivileged children in the United States and Canada, allowing children to enjoy summer activities like swimming and fishing while having the confidence and reassurance in knowing where their next meal would come from. The beautiful grounds in Jackson, Michigan and Wellington, Ontario, created a picturesque view for the children to call home. These camps served as the philanthropic mission for the collegians and alumnae of our Fraternity. The camps were a haven for thousands of children for more than 25 years. This defining chapter in our history is an important part of our sisterhood, yet this is just one of the moments to look back on throughout our 113 years. In 2017, we are excited to create yet another defining moment in our history, but not without looking back on our past. We began with the philanthropic focus of feeding undernourished and underprivileged children in 1919, and have come full circle to continue to fight hunger in North America. Careful consideration was given for this important decision-to change our philanthropic focus. For almost two years, we researched and evaluated our philanthropic efforts as a Fraternity. We wanted to know what our membersâ€™ passions were and find out what impact was being made. We interviewed members, conducted surveys, hosted webinars and held focus groups.
Through this research we discovered a few things. Our members wanted hands-on opportunities related to our philanthropic focus and more than half of our chapters and clubs were already participating in serving local food banks or pantries. This led us to looking further into the topic of food insecurity. We learned that Margaret “Peggy” Moffat Toy, Alpha Epsilon– Westminster College, was responsible for bringing Meals on Wheels to North America and that our original philanthropy was hosting camps for undernourished and underprivileged children. Through research, we also discovered the strong correlation between diabetes and hunger. It was through these findings, and through long discussions in many areas, that the decision was made to broaden our impact and change Alpha Gamma Delta’s philanthropic focus to fighting hunger. The change was announced on January 6, 2017, and the official launch of Alpha Gams fighting hunger occurred at The Leadership Conference (TLC) on July 7, 2017. While our philanthropic focus may have changed, our partnership with the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation remains and is strengthened by this new opportunity. With so many organizations around the North America fighting hunger, the opportunity for local impact through fighting hunger grants will continue to increase. By fundraising for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, we can not only support scholarship and leadership, we can support fighting hunger efforts through grants provided to organizations in need. In addition to our continued partnership for the Foundation, we are proud of our additional partnerships that allow us to connect both nationally and locally. As we began the journey of shifting our philanthropic focus, we knew we would need partners with strong brand recognition, a host of volunteer opportunities and a willingness to collaborate with our members. It wouldn’t be enough to just say we were partners on the national level, we wanted to ensure our members would be able to connect to their local partners as well. We are fortunate to have two partners that meet those needs.
Our New Philanthropic Focus Feeding America is a national organization comprised of over 200 food banks and 60,000 member agencies. In the last year, they have provided more than 46 million meals to hungry Americans. But their work doesn’t stop there. They are actively involved in research, lobbying and doing whatever they can to advance the cause of fighting hunger.
Feeding America is proud to partner with Alpha Gamma Delta in the fight to end hunger in the U.S. Through volunteerism, giving and advocacy, the women of Alpha Gamma Delta are helping the 46 million Americans served by the Feeding America network each year. Every $1 helps provide 10 meals for those who struggle with hunger. It is my pleasure to be able to share in the fantastic energy and commitment that these future philanthropists bring to our mission! -Teresa Gruber, Employee Engagement Manager of Feeding America
Our second partner, Meals on Wheels America, is a national organization with local presence that seeks to keep seniors healthy and happy in their own homes. This partnership has an additional layer of meaning as our late sister, Margaret “Peggy” Moffat Toy, Alpha Epsilon-Westminster College, brought Meals on Wheels to America. She started the first program at the Philadelphia Lighthouse Settlement in 1954 and thanks to her, Meals on Wheels spread to every single state in the nation.
We’re proud to partner with Alpha Gamma Delta around our ‘America, Let’s Do Lunch’ campaign,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “Together, with Alpha Gamma Delta’s generous support and leadership, we hope to inspire its members and alumni across the country to drop off a hot meal and say hello to their homebound senior neighbors. -Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America 14
Meals on Wheels strives to provide nutritious meals to their senior clients; yet, what they provide is much more than a meal. Through deliveries, they provide a social connection to seniors who may otherwise be isolated from society. Both of our new partners are doing amazing work on a national and local level and we are excited to partner with them in the fight against hunger. We are even more excited for our members to connect with their programs locally. Our chapters also work with food banks in Canada to make an impact in their local communities. Through provincial associations and local food banks and pantries, those struggling with hunger in Canada are able to receive support during times of need. With all the support of our local and national partners, you may be wondering, how do I get involved? Getting involved in fighting hunger is as simple as filling out a form on a website, donating your time or money or even something unique as starting a community garden with your sisters to feed others! Starting the process of figuring out how to give back can be overwhelming. Here are just a few ways you can begin to fight hunger in your community. ǗǗ Volunteer at a food bank or pantry ǗǗ Visit AmericaLetsDoLunch.org to volunteer with Meals on Wheels ǗǗ Google search your area and “food bank” or “food pantry” ǗǗ Email email@example.com and we can help connect you with a local group This is an exciting time for Alpha Gamma Delta. This change will impact not just our philanthropic work, but every sister in our entire membership. Our Purpose charges us “To welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world’s work in the community where we are placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied.” How amazing were our Founders that even more than 100 years ago they could identify the relationship between community, service and leadership? Alpha Gamma Delta is excited to begin fighting hunger and we hope you are right there with us.
Make an Impact on Alpha Gam! The International Council Election Process is Underway
Without a faithful network of volunteers, Alpha Gamma Delta would not be what it is today—a dynamic, values-driven sisterhood that truly make a difference in the lives of others. The International Council election process is now underway, and we need member participation.
Officers to be elected are: • International President • International Vice President-Alumnae • International Vice President-Collegians • International Vice President-Membership
International Council members serve as leaders of our Fraternity, encouraging all sisters to carry out Alpha Gamma Delta’s vision: Inspire the Woman. Impact the World. While serving on International Council, officers maintain awareness of current Fraternity issues, participate in carrying out our strategic plan and ensure financial health of the organization. In addition, officers must understand the current nature of the fraternal movement and be willing to travel as necessary to represent the Fraternity.
• International Vice President-Extension • International Vice President-Finance • International Vice President-Education Job descriptions for International Council members are available at alphagammadelta.org/elections. By participating in the election process, you will help select qualified and experienced sisters who will lead the Fraternity onward and upward!
The structure of our Fraternity enables International Council to concentrate on long-term strategies for our success while empowering the Volunteer Service Team to work hands-on to provide guidance and expertise to members on a daily basis. In addition to working with volunteers, International Council works with IHQ staff to support operations. 16
1. Who is eligible to serve on International Council? To be eligible for International Council service, a member must: • Be an alumna in Good Standing. • Have served a minimum of two years in a Volunteer Service Team position. • Be current in paying yearly Alumnae Dues to the Fraternity.
In addition, a candidate for International President must have completed a minimum of two years of service on International Council.
2. What qualifications are necessary for International Council? International Council members must: • Possess high ideals and attain somewhat unto them. • Serve as both internal and external ambassadors of the Fraternity. • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Fraternity organization and programs. • Be able to communicate effectively to all entities within Alpha Gamma Delta and the community. • Be willing and able to fulfill all the specific duties of the office. • Be able to travel and to represent the Fraternity. • Accept the responsibility of conducting business for the good of the entire Fraternity. • Financially support the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.
3. How do I make a recommendation?
Individual members, chapter and clubs in Good Standing may submit recommendations to the Elections Committee. Forms may be requested from the Executive Director or secured from the Fraternity’s website at alphagammadelta.org/elections. A member requires two recommendations to be considered for the ballot. A member who recommends herself must receive two additional recommendations. Recommendations must be made for a specific office; however, the Elections Committee has the final responsibility to determine the best qualified slate of candidates. Ballot placement for each offices will be limited to two candidates. Recommendations are due to the Fraternity by December 10, 2017.
4. What happens after recommendations have been made? The Elections Committee will review all recommendations for eligibility. Those eligible will be asked if they are willing to serve and, if so, will be asked to submit biographical information and a headshot. After interviewing via conference call, the Elections Committee will determine which candidates most closely match the qualifications for each office and a ballot will be determined.
Please exercise your right to participate in the elections process! Elections Committee
Benita Wilson Dick, Epsilon Delta–University of Texas at Austin Elections Committee Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Who can vote in the election?
Diane Coulter Lana Hedlind Johnson Amanda Freind Nims Patricia O’Connor Vreeland
Voting Members of the Fraternity include current and former Grand/ International Council officers, current members of the Volunteer Service Team, each collegiate and alumnae chapter or club in Good Standing, each incorporated house association and each Chapter Advisor appointed by International Council.
More information about the election process is available at alphagammadelta.org/elections. 17
Health and Vigor of Body Bodyweight Core Workouts can keep your body and mind healthy this holiday season! Inspired by our Purpose, Health and Vigor of Body is a new recurring column to encourage healthy habits. Perform five rounds of 10 reps (on each side, if needed). Workout created by: Samantha Whiteside, MPH, CHES, CPT, Theta Chiâ€“Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Dive Bomb Push-Up CHEST
1. Stand up straight with your head upright and hands by your side. 2. Bend forward, keeping your gaze forward. Place your hands on the floor in front of you. 3. Walk your hands out until you are in a plank position. 4. Walk your hands back in and return to a standing position.
Alternating V-Up ABS 1.
1. Sit on the floor with your ankles crossed and elevated off of the floor, knees bent and arms extended at chest height. 2. Inhale as you move your torso to one side; hold and exhale. Move back to the starting, then move to the opposite side while continuing to breathe.
Front Bridge to T ABS/SHOULDERS
1. Bend down and support your body weight with your hands and feet, keeping your arms straight and hips high. If you are familiar with yoga, this is downward-facing dog pose. 2. Lower your head and chest to the floor, through your hands, bending your elbows. 3. Extend your chest and head past your hands, then forward and up.
Front Bridge and Arm Raise ABS/SHOULDERS
1. Lie on your back with your legs straight and your arms above your head.
1. Start in a forearm plank pose, resting on your toes and forearms.
1. Like the previous exercise, start in a forearm plank pose, resting on your toes and forearms.
2. Lift one leg toward the ceiling while squeezing your glutes. Crunch your upper body upward as you reach your opposite arm up toward the toes of your raised leg.
2. Hold the pose, then lower yourself back into the plank position. Twist to the other side and repeat in the opposite direction.
2. Extend one arm straight out while keeping your hips parallel to the ground and your back flat. Hold the pose, then twist to the other side and repeat in the opposite direction.
Holiday Morning Crock Pot French Toast
The smells of cinnamon will fill your home while waiting for this soft and delicious casserole to be finished! Recipe by: Kristin Timken Neusel, MS RD LD CDE, Beta Eta–Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Nutritional Information Serving Size 1/9 recipe Calories 164 Saturated Fats .4 gm Cholesterol 21 mg Carbohydrates 32 gm Protein 6 gm Sodium 167 mg Fiber 2 gm
Number of servings: 9 Ingredients
1 whole egg 3 egg whites 1 ½ cups skim milk 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon cinnamon 9 slices white bread
3 cups finely diced uncooked apple pieces (Gala work great; 3 cups is about 3 medium-sized apples) 3 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Directions 1. 2. 3. 4.
Spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place egg, egg whites, milk, honey, vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Finely dice apples. Add the apple pieces (3 cups is about 3 medium-sized apples), 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Stir these ingredients together, making sure to cover all the apple pieces. Set this bowl aside, it will be your “filling”. 5. Cut bread pieces in half making them triangular. Place one layer of bread (about 6 triangles) on the bottom of the slow cooker. Add ¼ of the filling and repeat until there are 3 layers. Add the remaining filling to the top. 6. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high 2 to 2.5 hours or low for 4 hours. 19
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Poised To Make A Difference In The Fight Against Hunger Beauty pageants may bring to mind elegant women dressed in glittering gowns, but Jessica Procter, Psi–University of Alabama, competes for a cause.
There is something that can be said about the joy of service you experience when doing something tangible, like feeding the hungry, Jessica Procter
Psi–University of Alabama
As Miss Alabama 2017, Jessica is leading her state in the fight against hunger. The 22-year-old Tuscaloosa native has gained national recognition for her dedication to this mission. Last month, she was named Miss America’s Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award recipient, a prestigious honor given to contestants who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to community service. Jessica’s involvement in eradicating hunger began long before the pageant titles—and even before Alpha Gamma Delta shifted our philanthropic focus. Her interest in community service grew out of her experience serving as a volunteer— providing aid to Haiti, Honduras and Costa Rica as a missionary for her church. After addressing issues of poverty and hunger abroad, Jessica was inspired to address systemic problems in her home community. Feeding America estimates that—in Alabama alone—nearly 860,000 people struggle with issues related to hunger. Almost 270,000 of them are children. “The level of poverty and basic needs that were not being met struck me,” Jessica said. “It’s easy to take for granted what we have, especially when it comes to food.” Jessica began looking for opportunities to change that. Her interest in solving Alabama’s problem with food insecurity drew her to Alpha Gamma Delta. At the University of Alabama, the Psi Chapter helps organize the institution’s Fifth Quarter program. After every Crimson Tide home football game, Psi Chapter Alpha Gams 24
stay behind to package leftover food for the West Alabama Food Bank. Jessica, the chapter’s former philanthropy chair, and her sisters bundle and deliver more than 2,000 pounds—2,700 meals!— of food per game. The program has donated nearly 79,000 meals in the past five years. Last January, Jessica was both thrilled and honored to help us announce the Fraternity’s new philanthropic focus to fight hunger. “There is something to be said about the joy of service you experience when doing something tangible like feeding the hungry,” she said. “Alpha Gamma Delta’s new philanthropic focus is a huge answered prayer of mine.” Contributing to the world’s work by providing warm meals to those in need is at the heart of Jessica’s responsibility as Miss Alabama, and what she will continue to do so after her year of service. With the generous scholarship support she has earned from the Miss Alabama and Miss America pageants, Jessica will return to school next fall to complete her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and psychology. She hopes to apply the educational and the leadership skills she has gained as a counselor and leader in her church community. While still ‘squeezing all the wonderful moments’ out of her experience as Miss Alabama, Jessica aims to channel the same level of focus when she’s no longer in the spotlight. “This is a model of how I hope to live my life every year: cognizant of the importance of serving other people,” she said.
Pearls of Wisdom
How to Fight Hunger in Your Community
Alpha Gams have welcomed the opportunity to serve our communities for more than a century, and we will continue to cheerfully volunteer as our philanthropic focus shifts to minimizing food insecurity and overcoming the lack of reliable access to sufficient quality of food in our local communities. Whether opportunities in your community are abundant or seem few and far between, consider one of the following ways to serve: 1. Deliver a meal to those who need it most. • Groups like Meals on Wheels make food easily accessible by bringing nutritious meals to the door of those who may not be able to prepare food at home. This simple act can allow older adults to remain independent in their own home and receive nourishing food they might not otherwise have access to. Work with your local soup kitchen, food pantry or other organizations who deliver or provide food to those in need to see how you or your chapter can best contribute.
2. Sponsor a holiday dinner for a family in need. • The holidays can be expensive for many reasons–and dinners–are no exception. Ask your local church if they know of a family in need that would benefit from a grocery haul sponsored by your chapter. You and your sisters can do anything from providing a gift card to a local supermarket to delivering groceries to their front door. This is a wonderful way to brighten up the holidays for those in need.
3. Talk to local schools about the need for breakfast in the classroom. • Hunger can be most harmful to children, as it can lead to severe health risks and jeopardize cognitive development. A full breakfast each morning can make the better day for both students and educators. Reach out to local schools to ask if there is need for food in the classroom. Programs like Blessings in a Backpack are smart examples of how you can help feed students over the weekend, when sponsored meals and class snacks aren’t available.
4. Volunteer at a food bank. • The result of contributing time and money to one of the many at food banks across North America can be powerful. Last year alone, the Greater Chicago Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of food to the hungry. Whether you serve by yourself or with sisters supporting a local food bank is one of the easiest ways you can make a difference in your community. Go to FeedingAmerica.org or FoodBanksCanada.ca to find a food bank near your campus or hometown.
5. Not sure what to do? Just ask. • We don’t always have the answers for how to minimize hunger in our community, and that’s okay. Ask local campus and community leaders how your chapter can best help. It may be as simple as emailing the volunteer coordinator at your local food pantry and asking them where they need support most.
Have a plan to serve? Tag @alphagamIHQ in your online photos so we can show our sisters all over the world how you are making a difference! #FightingHunger
Foundation Alpha Gam Gives Back
The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation works to impact and enrich our communities by providing essential support for education, philanthropy and leadership. We accomplish this in a number of ways â€“ we provide academic scholarships to sisters pursuing their dreams, fund educational and leadership experiences which enhance membersâ€™ lives and offer emergency financial assistance to sisters and their families during dire times of need.
see the direct connection between how funds raised for the Foundation impact our communities. That first grant is just the beginning. In December, your local community partners in the fight against hunger will have the opportunity to apply for their own grant from the Foundation. These grants have been established to help feed families throughout North America. Grantable programs may include, but are not limited to: local food pantries, food rescue organizations, meal assistance programs for children, families and seniors, educational programs promoting nutrition and more.
Now, with our members fighting hunger in our local communities, the Alpha Gam Foundation is also dedicated to supporting those efforts and providing financial support to local partner organizations.
Applications will open on December 1, 2017. Grants will be awarded in spring 2018. Encourage your community partners to apply at alphagammadeltafoundation.org/fighting-hunger-grants.
This summer the Foundation awarded its first Fighting Hunger Grant to Million Meals Movement, a nonprofit organization committed to feeding the hungry in Central Indiana. During The Leadership Conference (TLC), more than 650 of our members packed 74,000 meals to feed children and families in the Indianapolis area. The hands-on experience helped members
The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation is proud to join the fight against hunger. Visit alphagammadeltafoundation.org for more information.
Remember the Alpha Gam Foundation The mission of the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation is to impact and enrich our communities by providing essential support for education, philanthropy and leadership. 26
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Marguerite Shepard Initiative Through the Marguerite Shepard Initiative and our new academic recognition system, there are even more opportunities for collegiate members and chapters to be recognized for their scholastic accomplishments.
As one of Alpha Gamma Delta’s 11 Founders, Marguerite Shepard showed a great commitment to both her academics and Alpha Gam. She graduated magna cum laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She then went on to become Alpha Gam’s first Grand Vice-President and the second Grand President. Her great influence was the inspiration for the Marguerite Shepard Initiative which serves as a guide for Alpha Gamma Delta’s scholastic support for collegiate chapters.
Alpha Gam Style Guide
Chapters that have fallen below the Fraternity’s required 2.9 GPA for Good Standing receive campus and chapter-specific analysis of their academic standing and guidance on specific courses of action to be taken. This additional layer of support allows chapters to provide a better academic foundation for their members. When a chapter struggles academically, the academic officer and advisor can be unsure of what to modify or where to begin. By addressing specific directives and identifying areas of improvement, the chapter can begin to build a solid academic foundation that can lead it to future scholastic success. Additional information on the Marguerite Shepard Initiative, including the new recognition system and additional support for chapters needing additional academic guidance, can be located in the Academic Excellence Team Handbook.
In Alpha Gamma Delta, it is important that everyone who is involved in the organization—collegians, alumnae, volunteers and staff members— understand and accurately represent Alpha Gamma Delta’s values. A style guide is a reference that ensures accuracy, clarity and consistency in written communications. Armorial Bearings: Always capitalized. Also referred to as the Coat of Arms. Canadian chapters must use the Armorial Bearings without the helmet due to British government rulings. Do not refer to as Alpha Gamma Delta’s “Crest.”
We are very excited to offer this new level of support to our chapters, thus encouraging them to stay true to our Purpose. How does your chapter celebrate academic success? We’d love to see your photos! Use the hashtag #BeLikeMarguerite on social media or email them to email@example.com. 28
Alpha Gam Achievements Popular fashion blogger Jeanette “J” Scott Johnson, Epsilon Beta–University of Kansas, made the transition from blogger to author when her book, “J’S EVERYDAY FASHION AND FAITH: Personal Style with Purpose,” debuted in September 2017. Her blog, which receives millions of unique visitors per year, is focused around every day, affordable fashion. J was initially hesitant about posted the story of her struggles reconciling her faith with her love of fashion, but the response was overwhelming. Her post started a discussion that deeply reverberated with readers looking to find similar balance. Through personal experiences, current events and pop-culture references, “J’S EVERYDAY FASHION AND FAITH: Personal Style with Purpose” makes the connection between spirituality, strong values and making one’s personal style relatable, fresh and relevant.
Jeanette Scott Johnson Epsilon Beta–University of Kansas
J aims to open the discussion for women from all walks of life and faith. Part memoir, part call-to-action, her book explores topics that women don’t often openly discuss. Its overarching message is that caring about physical appearance doesn’t have to be a sign of vanity and that values, morals and faith can tastefully blend with a sense of style and creativity.
Family law attorney Manisha P. Patel, Theta Chi–Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, of Ward Black Law was recently appointed as Vice President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA). Patel began her term on June 1, 2017, and will serve through December 31, 2017. Her previous roles on the Executive State Board of NCAWA include Education Committee Chair and Secretary.
Shortly before entering Chapter Grand at the age of 92, Betty Stoutenborough Ritchie-Birrer, Xi– Illinois Wesleyan University, received the Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni 2017 Loyalty Award for her continued support of the university. Betty credited her spirit of giving and volunteerism to her mother for recognizing changes she saw in Betty during the early months at Illinois Wesleyan. On Betty’s first visit home in November 1943, her mother said, “You are becoming the young lady I hoped you would become.” That validation continued as Betty flourished as a dedicated member of Alpha Gamma Delta, the Home Economics Club and the Women’s Sports Association. During the next 70 years, Betty continued to serve in leadership and volunteer roles for a variety of organizations, including Alpha Gamma Delta, Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Women’s Association of the Capital City Chapter of Professional Engineers, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield and Sigma Phi Epsilon Literary Society at Illinois.
Kelly Miller Quintanilla, Zeta Kappa–University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, assumed the role of President/CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in January 2017. Kelly previously served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She earned her Ph.D. in communication from Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and joined the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty that same year. She is active in the community, serving as a board member for the Art Museum of South Texas, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Harbor Playhouse. 29
Theta Chi–Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Betty Stoutenborough Ritchie-Birrer Xi–Illinois Wesleyan University
Kelly Miller Quintanilla
Zeta Kappa–University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Spot A Squirrel Diane Sundt Christie, Delta Beta–Washington State University, spotted this squirrel statue while taking a walk in her local park in Edon, Alberta.
Shari Koss, Delta Alpha–University of Southern California and Amy Blake, Delta Tau–Chapman University came across this squirrel at the Haunted Mansion Holiday on their recent trip to Disneyland to celebrate Shari’s service to Alpha Gamma Delta.
At a dog sled racing camp in Segway, Alaska, sisters Alison Steinwand, and Dayna Peterson Forbrook, Beta Beta–North Dakota State University, stopped to take a quick photo with a “beware of squirrels” sign.
Alumnae Dues Where do your Alumnae Dues go? In the next year, your Alumnae Dues will help fund: • Convention programming • Extension, provisional chapter establishment and recruitment • Alumnae receptions and special events in local communities
Remember the excitement when you opened your bid card? The joy you experienced when you first met your sister-mother or learned about our Ritual on the night of your initiation? Experience those feelings all over again with Alpha Gam.
While Alumnae Dues are $40 annually, every sister who pays $50 for Alumnae Dues will be entered in to a drawing to win a free trip to the 50th International Convention in June 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Because of past contributions, Alpha Gamma Delta has been able to continue to move our Fraternity onward and upward through many different initiatives, including establishing two new chapters, the launch of the Academy for Chapter Advisors, as well as leadership and professional development for our Alpha Gam leaders—and that was just last year alone! Additionally, regional alumnae events were hosted by International Council members and Alpha Gamma Delta expanded its training for our Volunteer Service Team. We want to continue providing valuable opportunities and programs, but we need your help. This year, we ask you pay $50 in honor of our 50th Convention in 2018. Each sister who gives $50 will be entered into drawing to win a free trip to the 50th International Convention during summer 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Pay your alumnae dues online, mail payment to International Headquarters, or call 317.663.4200 during business hours to process payment by phone. If you have already paid $40 since June 1, 2017, and would like to be entered into the drawing, you may contribute another $10 to be eligible. 31
• Regional professional and personal development for alumnae • Advisor training • Volunteer Service Team and IHQ support to local alumnae chapters and clubs • Focus groups and task forces to guide our future endeavors • Alumnae membership records, mailings and support materials
Ways you can pay: • Visit alphagammadelta.org • Mail your payment using the envelope provided in this issue of the Quarterly • Call 317.663.4200
Georgia’s Corner Georgia’s Corner is a pictorial highlighting some of the many archives housed at International Headquarters. We’ve collected quite a few items since 1904, and we look forward to sharing them with you.
Alpha Gamma Delta’s Party Book, written by Marjorie McClellan Talney, Delta Epsilon–University of California-Los Angeles, International Chairman of Rushing, sits among photos of Bid Day and Recruitment from days past. The leather green party book, which was authorized by Grand Council in 1934, housed recruitment party suggestions, noting “the number of ideas for parties is practically infinite.” The 85page party booklet was made to improve recruitment efficiency and was not to be given out to other organizations. Photos surrounding Alpha Gamma Delta’s Party Book are from Alpha Beta, Gamma Alpha, Beta Iota, Iota, Lambda, Gamma Phi.
Chapter Grand Beta
University of Wisconsin-Madison Johnette Kennedy Pickett ‘59 University of Minnesota Judith King Potts ‘61
University of Washington Jean Trautman Hartt ‘42 Mary McDonald ‘36
Brenau University Mary Boyle Mingus ‘56
Boston University Sara Najarian Bejoian ‘51
Illinois Wesleyan University Betty Stoutenborough Ritchie- Birrer ‘44
Iowa State University Shirlee Kromer Perkins ‘44
University of Oklahoma Beverly Jones Barton ‘50 Mary Archer Hines-Jones ‘46
University of Alabama Dianne Word Neibling ‘59
University at Buffalo, The State University of NY Janice Robinson Mertes ‘37
University of Michigan Rebecca Beamish ‘94
Carroll University Janet Pfeil Goodman ‘52
Ohio Wesleyan University Cynthia Black Berchtold ‘55 Dorothy Dailey Jackson ‘48 Mary J Rasmussen Wright ‘48
Parsons College Sharon Bates Ewing ‘58 Purdue University Lara Conway Porter ‘87
Westminster College Betsy Bigler Lambert ‘46 Patricia Smith Lusk ‘48
University of Southern California Phyllis Clement Campbell ‘45
Dalhousie University Margaret Henderson Crickard ‘51 Jane Lee Griffin Westropp ‘56
Montana State University Dorothy Cook Ferguson ‘64
University of CaliforniaLos Angeles Peggy Barnard Jensen ‘42
Pennsylvania State University Martha Cooper ‘51
West Virginia Wesleyan College Delta Rho Sonoma State University Sandi Hall Kemper ‘57 Brittany Martin 2014
Marietta College Virginia Kane Garber ‘62
Central Michigan University Kimberly Kozian ‘85 Nebraska Wesleyan University Mary Williams Johnson ‘54
Queens University of Charlotte Merrill Jennings Wood ‘56
Eastern Kentucky University Teresa Johnson Lyons ‘89
Middle Tennessee State University Alberta Wilson ‘74
University of West Georgia Janet Bradley Pickney ‘71
Fort Hays State University Shirley Loflin Cimarron ‘77
North Dakota State University Ardith Eike Hoehn ‘49
Florida State University Virginia Walker Russell ‘40
University of Texas at Austin Kay LaBauve Parnell ‘49
University of Georgia Nell Hood ‘61
University of Montevallo Linda Bond Faust ‘78 Lauris Mattina Stewart ‘72
University of Central Missouri Sherralyn Denning Craven ‘59 Judith Lockridge ‘76
East Central University Mary Anne Roye Kirkland ‘70
Towson University Janet Balson Andrews 2009
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