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Chevron Corner... by Heather Pritchard (Nu), National President
The Chevron is a quarterly newsletter produced for Omega Phi Alpha, National Service Sorority alumnae and active sisters.
National Executive Board Members President Heather Pritchard VP Business Operations Kasey Stevens VP Programs Brittany Thornton VP Communications Lynn Andrews VP Finance Leann Williams VP Expansions Jessica Toms VP Chapter Support Trista Guzman VP Alumnae Relations Ginger McGarity VP Administration Nichole Barton VP Advancement Planning Pamela McEwen VP Membership Megan Johnston Past President Andie Bowman Hixson
Chevron Editors Chevron Editor Lynn Andrews Chevron Editor Tessa Duvall Layout Editor Shelley Lai
Distribution The Chevron is mailed out four times a year to all alumnae and active OPA chapters. Distribution dates are as follows: October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1.
Submissions Articles for the Chevron are written by active sisters and alumnae. If you would like to submit a feature story about an alumnae or a special project happening at your chapter, please email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org Pictures may also be submitted in jpg format.
National Office Mailing Address Omega Phi Alpha National Office PO Box 955 East Lyme, CT 06333
Official National Website www.omegaphialpha.org
Complete Sorority Contact List To request a complete contact list of all sorority officers, appointments, and chapter addresses, please contact the National VP Administration: Nichole Barton VPadmin@omegaphialpha.org
I was lucky enough to be able to attend our second annual “Digging for Diamonds” event in February. In 2005, OPA started conducting the Alumnae Society Induction ceremony – this allows us to recognize and honor those alumnae sisters who continue to live the Cardinal Principles each day of their lives, years after their formal initiation. Up until last year, it was only possible to be inducted into an Alumnae Society at Convention. In Spring 2013, we conducted our first non-Convention induction at Texas A&M, and this spring, we met near Alpha and Gamma chapters in Perrysburg, OH to induct 18 amazing women into the Alumnae Societies. Check out Ginger McGarity’s article later in this issue for a recap of the weekend. One thing I have come to treasure about this event is being able to hear stories from alumnae about their time in OPA. When we met at Delta in 2013, we were able to learn the story of how Delta Chapter came to be founded: a brother of Alpha Phi Omega at Texas A&M was dating a sister of our Beta Chapter at the University of Bridgeport. After spending all summer at home with her, he came back to the A&M campus, and approached Pam Faulkner, APO’s sweetheart at the time, about starting an OPA chapter. Pam helped the group through the colonization process (which at that time was not a well defined process – in fact it was the first time OPA started a chapter after the founding chapters united). Pam later went on to become our first National Expansions Director. This year, the stories didn’t disappoint. At Kappa Chapter, the tradition was to steal the Alpha Phi Omega mascot every semester, a tradition that spanned multiple generations of the chapter. (I suspect that the APO chapter tried to get back at OPA by stealing Opus the Penguin, their local mascot.) We also learned that OPA’s National Song, sung to the tune of Edelweiss, was actually written as the pledge class song for Gamma Chapter’s first pledge class. At Alpha, Raggedy Ann was picked as our mascot in part by a sister’s dog – they were out shopping one day, went into a toy store, and the dog immediately gravitated toward a 4 foot tall Raggedy Ann. The sister bought the doll, and the chapter drove around with it in their backseats all that semester, and then brought her to the 1967 Convention. And my favorite (although slightly inappropriate) – at Beta Chapter, pledges used to make a padded cover wrapped in felt for their pledge books with none other than… maxipads. (I warned it was a little weird.) One thing that really spoke to me from the weekend was a quote that I found in a flyer for an OPA open house: “Omega Phi Alpha is founded on faith, service, and loyalty.” I’ve heard our motto plenty of times before, and I could sing our national song in my sleep, but I had never heard OPA summed up in such a simple way. Service is what brought me to OPA, but my faith in its people and its purpose, and my loyalty to my sisters is what keeps me involved to this day. OPA love, Heather Pritchard National President
Welcome Alpha Xi Chapter! by Jessica Toms (Phi), VP of Expansions
n the land of sunshine there was a little bit of extra magic in the air for 19 young ladies as they stood proudly together to take an oath and acknowledge that a year of perseverance will yield a lifetime of treasures. Last February, OPA received a Petition for Colonization from a group of women at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The NEB was ecstatic with the idea of expanding, and especially developing a presence in yet another state. Throughout the colonization process, the colonists participated in 13 service projects. They sent two representatives to convention in Pittsburgh and four representatives to the Azalea District Summit that was hosted by Alpha Delta Chapter. On March 15th, 2014, all their hard work and dedication paid off as they were chartered as the Alpha Xi Chapter of Omega Phi Alpha and officially inducted as sisters. Alpha Xi brings OPA to a new territory becoming the first chapter in Florida. The celebratory weekend started with dinner at TGI Fridays where some of the colonists got to meet their big sisters for the very first time. Saturday, tours of the UCF campus were given by colonists and members of their Alpha pledge class. Following the tours, colonists and guests worked together on a service project. Everyone cut fabric and assembled fleece knot blankets that would be donated to Safe House, a women’s shelter where the sisters would be volunteering the following week for their first service project as Alpha Xi Chapter. Afterwards the colonists and guests proceeded to Blanchard Park for lunch, which became a memorable time of fellowship. The colonists introduced themselves to the guests and shared the journey the colony had taken and how much they’ve grown to become genuine sisters.
Following lunch everyone participated in a team building activity that included throwing a ball of string to someone who has something in common with you and continuing to throw the ball to someone else who also has something in common with you. It created a web among everyone that demonstrated while we are all unique; we are also connected by commonalties we have with each other and the ability to relate through our journeys together. Then the much-anticipated magical hour was finally upon the colonists. The colonists had eagerly awaited for the words they heard next that declared them lifetime members of Omega Phi Alpha and memorialized them as founding members of the Alpha Xi Chapter in a ceremony led by National President, Heather Pritchard. The celebration continued after the ceremony with cake, and more bonding, as big sisters were presented paddles made by their little sisters. A celebratory dinner then took place at Olive Garden. Sunday morning concluded the festive weekend with a brunch at Lake Claire where the new chapter was presented with chapter gifts from other chapters and sisters to honor their momentous achievement. Big sisters also sent gifts for their little sisters, which they anxiously and excitedly opened. March 15th, 2014 will always be a day that these nineteen ladies will cherish. It’s
the day they truly realized that hard work, dedication, and determination, would be awarded with accomplishing a great achievement. It was a day to be celebrated, not only by those present at the University of Central Florida Induction, but by Omega Phi Alpha sisters everywhere as Alpha Xi Chapter was created. In response to the occasion, Alpha Xi Chapter President, Eunice Wanjiru, said, “I am proud so to be inducted among such a resilient group of young women. These girls inspire me everyday and I am so glad they allowed me to lead them on this journey. I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for my sisters who have given me a heart full of joy.” Congratulations to the Founding Mothers who were inducted Alpha Xi Chapter: Melanie Avila Marquaysha Bush Miranda Carrick Christina Cooper Alyssa Costin Ashley Estimable Nicole Guedes Robin Hardison Michelle Guillen Christina Hixon
Sophie Luchin Kayla Mitson Nelly Morales Erica Patmon Vanessa Persaud Michele Sands Lakshmi Shanadi Jeana Valerioti Eunice Wanjiru
A special thank you to Alpha Xi Membership Director Ashley Estimable, who was responsible for planning the weekend’s activities. Her enthusiastic post following the event couldn’t have been better said, “More than anyone else, my fellow ΑΞ Founding Mothers understand that letters are not given, THEY ARE EARNED. Officially official.” Thank you for a memorable weekend UCF!
Steering Strategically Means a Change of Course Presented by the National Executive Board
or the last five years the National Executive Board has been trying to achieve strategic goals, but has struggled due to their responsibilities to maintain the day-to-day operations of the organization. In order to get OPA to reach the heights we are striving to achieve, big changes are necessary. This year during Convention, legislation will be proposed to help OPA create a strategic, forward-thinking NEB. By restructuring the NEB a new level of management will be created to handle the day-to-day operations of our organization.
annual expense was necessary. Convention is expensive for the national organization and for each chapter. Therefore, legislation will also be proposed to hold Convention every other year. A recent push for more hands on training to occur within districts, allows for the most important leadership training to be held at District Summits, which are more accessible to all members and more affordable. Convention planning is also time consuming. Changing the Convention frequency will allow more time for strategic progress and chapter support.
NEB Changes The proposed legislation shrinks the National Executive Board to five officers: National President, VP Finance, VP Lifetime Membership, VP Programs, and VP Communications. This will create five “teams” with a stronger infrastructure to handle the main areas of OPA’s operations. In order for a smooth transition, this change is proposed to occur in 2017.
Alumnae Changes In recent years DAAs (Directors of Alumnae Activities) have taken on more responsibility in OPA’s efforts to engage more alumnae. Being a DAA for an alumnae region is important because DAAs get to be a loud voice for alumnae wants and needs. Due to the great responsibility of this role, legislation will be proposed for DAAs to be elected starting in 2016. All alumnae we have current information for in the national database will be eligible to vote in the DAA elections, giving each alumna a chance for their voice to be heard.
New Secondary Level By trimming the NEB to a strategic board, the need for a level of management for the day-to-day operations became apparent. It is proposed that a new level be under the NEB that would be called “Managing Directors and Staff.” This leadership level will help manage the sorority’s essential operations in a more efficient and timely manner. This secondary level will be responsible for a smaller slice of the OPA pie, with each role having a key focus to accomplish. There will even be a tertiary level under these leaders (“Operational Coordinators”) to help with important tasks we want to make sure are someone’s priority. By adding these new sub levels, we are creating more opportunities for sisters to get involved and take part in a leadership role. Also by individualizing many roles the hope is that a sister will be able to find a position more suitable to her skillset and area of expertise, which will allow for more members to share their talents with OPA. Spring 2014
Proposed National Structure for 2017.
Additionally, it is proposed that some of the newly created non-NEB positions will be determined through national elections. These proposed elected positions are the ones that were taken from the current NEB. For example, VP Chapter Support is scheduled to become the Chapter Support Director under the VP of Programs. Please see the new organizational chart (above) to review the proposed overall structure. District Summits Moving forward District Summits are going to play a much larger role in the sorority. The goal is for Summits to be a gathering place for all members to enjoy sisterhood and to gain leadership training. To increase the importance of District Summits it is proposed that TLC elections be held at the Summits. Changes have been proposed that would make the TLC position a 2-year term to keep the same sister in contact with each district’s chapters for a longer period, which should help with chapter needs, such as officer transition, at the local level. Convention Frequency When thinking about how to best use OPA’s financial resources, a closer look at our largest
OPA’s Vision With OPA’s 50th Anniversary on the horizon, the goal is for OPA to start our next 50 years with a solid foundation and strategic leaders steering our future. Over the next 50 years OPA will hopefully be able to have a beautiful national headquarters and dozens of new chapters. To reach these goals, changes need to be implemented. Please read the legislation that has been proposed. Online forum discussions will be held this spring and summer to answer questions about the proposed changes. The most important thing to remember is that the goal of these changes is to create a stronger OPA and to give better support and customer service to our members.
Expansions Reach from Sea to Mountains by Jessica Toms (Phi), VP of Expansions
o tell it in the mountains, if you have not heard on January 21st, Omega Phi Alpha gained a new colony at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. OPA was thrilled to accept the petition and have the opportunity to expand into a new state. For WVU Colony, the year kicked off with forty-two eager young ladies accepting the challenge and delving into their colonization requirements. Colonists began their service projects by making Valentine’s Day cards and delivering them to a local nursing home, and holding a fundraiser at Sweet Frog. With much anticipation, the colonists excitingly await the unveiling of their Big Sisters. Welcome West Virginia University
Colony! With the addition of the WVU Colony, Omega Phi Alpha currently still has two universities working towards completing the colonization process. Since the University of Central Florida was inducted as Alpha Xi on March 15, that leaves the University of
Florida Colony next in line to complete their requirements and plan for activation. If you live in northern Florida or northern West Virginia, or simply want to support either colony during their colonization process, please contact Jessica Toms, at email@example.com.
Search is Underway for Past Presidents and NEB Members by Andie Hixson (Epsilon), Past President
aving the new database has been tremendous for documenting OPA, however, as an unintentional benefit; it clearly shows in what areas, decades and chapters, OPA is missing information. The inconsistency of the Chevrons in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s makes it difficult to rely on the newsletter as an accurate source. We are seeking any materials that will assist in recreating membership documents from 1967 - 2000, especially any that pertain to the National Executive Board and Chapter Executive Boards.
OPA Family Tree - Executive Branch To further Archive OPA and prepare for our 50th Anniversary, Andie Hixson, is researching documents to build an accurate Executive Branch Family Tree that displays 50 years of leadership. In current documents, discrepancies have been found with inconsistent dates or names. Therefore OPA is seeking confirmation of the
• Pam Westen - Listed as National President in 1970-1971 • Documents confirming names of each year’s National Executive Board members • NEB Annual Photographs • OPA Chapter Pledge Books • OPA Membership Ledgers
following for every year since our founding in 1967 to 2000: • Year • National President • National Executive Board Members • Any Contact Details for Above NEB Members In addition, OPA is specifically looking for the following: • National President from 1969-1970
And of course, any other interesting facts, photographs or data that coincide with this would be welcomed as well. Documents may be copied and submitted by mail, by email for documents that can be scanned or photographed, or simply type a list of the information that you have. When sending please provide the source and correct year on each piece. If you have any information that is relevant to OPA’s search, pertaining to past presidents, or documents that can confirm the data we have is accurate, please email Andie Hixson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Theta Honored for Contributions at Penn State by Kathy Andrusisin (Alpha Theta)
n January 31, Alpha Theta Chapter won numerous awards at the Greek Column Awards Ceremony at Penn State. The chapter was named Panhellenic Chapter of the Year and won the Distinguished Community Service Award, Outstanding Chapter President Award, and Living Your Ritual Award, as well as receiving the President’s Trophy for Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Excellence. The Distinguished Community Service Award is given to the chapter that strives to improve the University and University community by participating in and organizing community service opportunities. Penn State recognized Omega Phi Alpha’s efforts to promote service and giving back as a lifelong endeavor. The Outstanding Chapter President Awards are presented to the four chapter presidents representing each of the four governing councils at Penn State who have proven to be leaders within their chapter, the sorority community, and the University. Alexandra Richards, the 2013 Alpha Theta Chapter President, received this award for being an excellent leader. The Alpha Theta Chapter then went on to be named the Panhellenic Chapter of the Year, which is presented to the chapter that has demonstrated the most involvement and accomplishment in scholarship, leadership, programming, community service, and philanthropy. The President’s Trophy for Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Excellence is the highest award bestowed upon a fraternity or sorority at Penn State. Out of the 90 fraternities and sororities, the Alpha Theta Chapter was selected as being the most outstanding Greek-letter organization at Penn State. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority life at Penn State said, “This year’s recipient has worked hard to establish itself as a leading Greek-letter organization at Penn State, and their efforts have been evident throughout the University in a variety of areas. Members
Alpha Theta received highest honor during the Greek Column Awards Ceremony at Penn State. 1) Alpha Theta Chapter 2) The five Greek Column awards Alpha Theta won on January 31 3) Assistant Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Penn State Dina Liberatore with 2013 Chapter President Alexandra Richards holding the Outstanding Chapter President award 4) From left: 2014 Alpha Theta President Layla Seward, 2013 Alpha Theta President Alexandra Richards, 2013 Vice President Mary Schultz, 2014 Vice President Gillian Cedrone.
of this chapter are in numerous leadership positions with other student organizations, are actively involved in every aspect of fraternity and sorority life, and their work has significantly raised the bar for other fraternities and sororities in being the kind of Greek letter organization we all want to have at Penn State.” In response to receiving the awards, Alexandra Richards shared the following thoughts. What makes Alpha Theta stand out on campus? The Alpha Theta Chapter of Omega Phi Alpha is one of 20 sororities that comprise the PanHellenic Council at Penn State. At the end of each calendar year, chapter presidents are required to submit a “Chapter Accreditation” packet to the Office of Fra-
ternity and Sorority Life. This packet includes areas of educational programming, community service involvement, philanthropy projects, and several other requirements. As a National Service Sorority, the members of Alpha Theta truly cherish community service as we strive to make it a part of our daily lives here at Penn State. Each semester, our girls have a goal of completing 50 hours of service. The 2013 Executive Board did a lot of reflection during our term to see which service projects we found to be successful and enjoyable, and which we could improve. We surveyed our sisters asking their opinions during a chapter meeting and upon receiving feedback, compiled a comprehensive list of service projects and organizations our sisters wanted to become involved in. Rachel Passmore, Alpha Theta’s 2013 Service Director, was phenomenal and dedi-
cated much of her time to ensure that each sister was meeting their 50-hour goal while doing meaningful, fun service projects. It was certainly a team effort to achieve all that we did last year. I believe that our commitment and dedication to bettering our community is one of the main reasons our chapter has stood out on Penn State’s campus, and I am beyond proud to have served as Alpha Theta’s leader for 2013.
Take Home the Gold, Silver or Bronze
What do you contribute to the success of your chapter? When I began my term as Chapter President in January of 2013, I had very clear goals and aspirations. First, I wanted to receive Chapter of Excellence at the end of the year, as many of Alpha Theta’s past presidents had. For personal goals, I really wanted our chapter to grow, both in size and in other ways. I had each executive board member write down goals they wanted to achieve in their positions as well as overall goals they would like to accomplish together as an executive board. We agreed that we wanted to increase motivation from sisters for all events, create more sisterhood bonding opportunities, and continue to excel in the area of community service. In February 2013, we held our first ever sisterhood retreat. This was a wonderful bonding experience and a great way for the newly initiated sisters to bond with members. During my term, we sent out several surveys to see what improvements members felt we could make and assess the progress we had already made. I believe an important characteristic that a leader should have is the ability to take constructive criticism as well as be able to reflect upon the results, move forward and improve. Recognizing that the old ways are not always the best way and also realizing that changes needed to be made was a very valuable lesson I learned as Chapter President. We as an executive board realized that a common theme in the feedback was our sisters’ desire to feel more included in decisions and to have their voices heard. We created an anonymous “Suggestion Box” — a form that can be filled out online where sisters can suggest things to exec that they may feel uncomfortable voicing in front of the entire sisterhood. At each exec meeting, we would review and discuss any submissions, and bring any prominent ones to the rest of the chapter. We had tremendous success with the suggestion box so the 2014 Executive Board, led by current Chapter President Layla Seward decided to continue it this year.
by Brittany Thornton (Alpha Kappa), VP of Programs
he Olympics have concluded and the Oscars are done. However, OPA’s Red Carpet and Awards Season is right around the corner and provides the opportunity for members and chapters to be recognized for their commitment, exemplary acts of valor and upholding the Cardinal Principles. Omega Phi Alpha presents many awards each year
including service achievement awards for both individual and
awards, website and scrapbook awards, special alumnae honorary awards such as the Alumnae Service Award and our very highest award, the Susan Terzian Award. Has you chapter done an exemplary project that deserves recognition? The National Service Award and Areas of Service Awards are presented to the best projects with determining factors taking in account the planning, execution, participation, publicity, and overall benefit. If you haven’t reviewed the Awards Manual lately, your should. Learn what your chapter needs to do to be considered for National awards and accolades. The first part of the manual contains descriptions of each award, and the second half of the manual contains the forms and applications needed to apply. Some awards do not require applications; if your chapter has met deadlines throughout the year, the chapter will automatically be considered for these awards. Many awards are dependent on timely submission of paperwork and forms to the National Office – failure to submit forms on time may disqualify a chapter from receiving an award. Submit proper documentation and when writing
For Alpha Theta members, which award was the most prestigious to receive? Each of the awards our chapter received that night was an honor. However, the award that we are collectively most proud of is the President’s Trophy for Fraternity and Sorority Chapter of Excellence. This award embodies the Greek-letter organization that serves as an exemplary chapter and a role model for other chapters in all aspects, not just community service. For a chapter as small as ours to receive this award and be praised for all of our efforts in a room full of other fraternity and sorority members, Penn State’s President, Rodney Erikson, and other distinguished guests, was such an honor. Congratulations Alpha Theta Chapter for all your achievements!
remember the more details the better when describing the planning and events surrounding your service project. Take note that to be considered for awards the submission deadline is June 1st for the majority of awards. Now is the time to start preparing and gathering your information. After reading the Awards Manual, if you have any questions, email the National Awards Chair at awards@ omegphialpha.org or the VP of Administration at admin@ omegaphialph.org. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your chapter to be recognized for their amazing work!
Leap of Faith Lands Dream Job by Tessa Duvall (Rho), Chevron Editor
ife goes on post-college. But on Dec. 2, 2013 — my last Omega Phi Alpha meeting as an undergraduate — it didn’t feel that way. Holding back my tears, I stood among my Rho Chapter sisters at Western Kentucky University and explained to them how much they had shaped me. My sisters helped me become a better leader, a truer friend and more humble servant in just 3 1/2 short years. Exactly two weeks after that emotional meeting I accepted my first job as the education reporter at the Midland ReporterTelegram. My career would take me more than 1,000 miles and 15 hours away from home. At the time, it just felt right, as if moving cross-country was a perfectly normal thing to do. In hindsight, I realize how monumental of a leap I took. I would have never dreamed of taking that leap before joining OPhiA. Though my dreams have always been big, my means of pursuing them were not. I firmly believe that OPhiA equipped me to go on this postgraduate adventure as much as any other college experience. And with purpose and rationale, here’s why. Confidence. Although not one of Omega Phi Alpha’s three cardinal principals, perhaps my biggest takeaway from our sisterhood is confidence. It takes confidence to walk into a rush filled with girls you’ve never met. It takes confidence to stand up at a meeting to express your views. It takes confidence to run for office, lose, and run for it again the next semester. Rho Chapter allowed me time after time to develop my confidence in myself. It’s that same confidence that led me to apply and interview for a job far away from friends and family. Network. Your sisters aren’t just the women you see every week at chapter. These letters connect you to thousands of active and alumnae sisters around the nation, from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Even if you can’t make it to a national convention, you can still engage this network. If you’re spending your summer out of town for a job or internship, Spring 2014
Tessa Duvall (left), pictured with Rho Sister Valerie Ramsey, proudly graduates from Western Kentucky University with degrees in news/editorial journalism and sociology and a minor in political science.
find out if there’s a chapter or alumnae near you. You can never have too many friends, or sisters. Enthusiasm. Though you can’t chant and cheer to keep yourself motivated at work the way you motivate your sisters at Greek Games, you can carry a positive attitude and excitement with you into everything you do. Being a recent college graduate can be overwhelming — job hunting, moving, health insurance and more — but you take the good with the bad. Few times in your life will present you so much excitement and so many opportunities. Seize them.
Lastly, do not perceive alumna status as the same as banishment. Alumna status marks a different, but important, period in your life beginning. Embrace it. Take what you have learned in OPhiA and continue to apply it to the decisions you make in the next chapter of your life. OPhiA has served you well as an active, and she will continue to serve you for years to come. If you get the chance to sit it out or dance, take the leap, and know that the many OPhiA women who have gone before, or are just behind, will always have your back and be there to support and cheer you on.
Clip It, Stick It and Support Education by Lynn Andrews (Omicron), VP Communications
ith an abundance of OPA members in the education field, one of the easiest ways OPA can show support to them, or a school in the community, is by eating and enjoying your favorite brands. Sounds simple, but it’s true. Despite not having children yet, or the demand to support a school, I refuse to throw away free money. Many of my favorite brands are General Mills, which come with a pink Box Top for Education on the package. For years I have been clipping the pink squares and saving them in a drawer before recycling the package. I love to bake so I collect a fair amount of them rather quickly. When I have enough, I start asking around to find someone who has a child that needs to collect the Box Tops for a school assignment. This may not seem like a big deal, but all those Box Tops add up. Each eligible school participating in the Box Tops for Education program can earn up to $20,000 cash per year from the Clip program. Then there are additional bonus programs for which there are no maximum annual earning limits — those programs include eBoxTops credits or Bonus Box Tops. And actually, if you sign-up for these, you can receive special offers and coupons for purchasing these brands. It’s easy to find Box Tops. In fact, you may have some in your home right now. Clip Box Tops from hundreds of products: Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Chex, Land O Lakes, Yoplait, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Progresso, and not just food, paper products and household goods such as Kleenex,
Scott, Hefty, Ziploc, and so many more! All about Box Tops Box Tops for Education® is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising loyalty programs and has been helping schools succeed since 1996. With over 250 participating products, it’s an easy way for schools to earn cash for the things they need. Basic Facts: • 50 Box Tops equals $5, which adds up quickly if every student participates in clipping, sticking and returning Box Tops to their school. • Over 90,000 K-8 schools participate nationwide. • Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for your school - some brands have double or triple bonuses.
• The funds are used for a variety of needed materials that the school may not be able to afford otherwise – whether computers, books, science instruments, playground equipment, athletic equipment or instruments to outfit an entire orchestra. Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996. That’s impressive. How to Get Involved Getting involved is easy as 1 – 2 – 3. Clip, save, submit. Read the Box Tops for Education website to learn the various ways you can be a part of the program. Ask
teachers you know if their school participates, or search the website to find a local school involved in the Clip program. Offer to help the Coordinator Participating schools have a Coordinator who raises awareness about Box Tops in schools and communities, as well as, being responsible for organizing and submitting the Box Tops collected by the school. Coordinators appreciate all the help they can get! Here are some ways you can lend a hand: •During busy submission times (October and February), ask if there’s anything you can do to help. • Offer to make copies of collection sheets to hand out at school. • Help your Coordinator organize Box Tops collection contests. Interested in becoming a Coordinator, too? Talk to your school’s Coordinator to see if they’d like to team up, or contact your school’s administration to become one. There are several ways to get involved in the Box Top for Education program, whether you are simply clipping and saving the Box Tops or helping to organize the collection and submission for a school. Either way, participating in this program would be an excellent way to not only support education, but also fellow OPA sisters who are teachers. Learn more about how you can support your local teachers, students and schools by collecting the pink Box Tops at www. boxtops4education.com.
Take the Wheel and Race to Indianapolis, IN for Omega Phi Alpha’s - Convention 2014 as we Take the Lead in Service and Drive OPA into the Future Where: Hilton Indianapolis Downtown 120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, IN When: Wednesday, July 16 - Sunday, July 20 Follow on FB: Convention 2014: Taking the Lead in Service Registration & Cost Registration Fee: $89 ($20 fee for alumnae attending the Alumnae Luncheon) Accommodations: $129 + tax per night (For all room types - single, double, triple or quad) Event Overview Omega Phi Alpha’s National Convention is the annual gathering of representatives from each active university chapter, alumnae from each region, and national officers. Their purpose is to make decisions that will guide the future of the sorority. Although day-to-day administrative decisions are made throughout the year by the national officers, all of the important national issues are decided by the Convention Delegation during National Convention. In addition, a large part of Convention is devoted to exchanging ideas, networking, and developing beneficial skills that chapter leaders will use to maintain a healthy chapter. Active Chapters are required to send at least two delegates to represent their members, but the more active sisters who can attend, the better your chapter (and the sorority as a whole) will be as a result. Chapters utilize this time to connect and bond with other chapters. Alumnae play a significant role during convention. The planning committee, the workshop coordinators, the national leaders -- they are almost all alumnae. Alumnae hold 25% of the voting power at Convention, and they offer their crucial input on constitutional amendments, electing national officers, and offering support to chapters. Members serving as Alumnae Delegates are responsible for casting their vote on behalf of all alumnae worldwide. But the best part of attending convention as an active or alumna is the chance to make new OPhiA memories beyond college, to build new friendships, to strengthen bonds with favorite sisters, and to find a new way for personal growth in the Omega Phi Alpha.
ALPHA Chapter Bowling Green State University We held our Black and White recruitment, for our 13 new members. Our theme was “There’s Nothing Sweeter Than an OPhiA,” and was Valentine’s Day themed. Before Black and White, we held two information nights, had a care packages mixer that doubled as a service project, where we filled boxes with goodies to send to soldiers overseas, and we also had a “speed-dating” mixer. For service, we did hair and makeup at the Woodlane Girls’ Day event, we cleaned up our campus and our highway mile, and volunteered at a local nursing home. We are busy planning our second annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention/Awareness, which will be in April. We’re gearing up for BGSU’s Dance Marathon, which our whole chapter takes part in. For fellowship, we have had craft nights and gone ice skating. We will be participating in Greek Weekend, which is a time for all Greek communities to come together and celebrate our values. We will be lip-synching and dancing with another fraternity and sorority in the Greek Sing competition. We are looking forward to bonding with other chapters on campus.
NU Chapter Georgia Institute of Technology In February, Nu chapter hosted formal for the Azalea District at the Opera Events Center in the heart of Atlanta. We welcomed sisters from Omicron, Alpha Delta, and Alpha Zeta chapters with music, dancing, and hors d’œuvres. With 125 people in attendance, the event was a huge success! We are very grateful for all of the hard work our active district officer put into planning such a memorable night. Nu also completed a variety of exciting service projects. We volunteered at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Unity Garden by planting a variety of vegetables and herbs. Once the crops grow, they will be donated to the Atlanta Food Bank. We are preparing for Georgia Tech’s Celebration of Service - an event with all of the service organizations on campus, where we provide mini-service projects for students to do on their way to class. Women’s Day of Service is also coming up soon, and we will be participating in a variety of service projects that better the lives of women and children in the Atlanta area.
chi Chapter University of South Carolina Chi chapter celebrated the new year with a Beauty and the Beast themed rush – “Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Come Do Service With the Best.” We are thrilled to have eight wonderful women pledging this spring semester, and can’t wait to get to know the Alpha Zeta pledge class better as they progress toward initiation into
ALPHA ZETA CHAPTER Kennesaw State University
Chi Chapter welcomes the 2014 Pledge Class.
Alpha Zeta members at The Cupid Chase.
active sisterhood. Service projects this semester include Members of the Sorority TED Talks to learn more about each other and the world, as well as a Zumbathon event in April in partnership with the University of South Carolina student organization GlobeMed, where all funds raised from dancing will go toward the Alternative for Rural Movement in Orissa, India to promote global health equity. We are perhaps most excited for our second annual Polar Run, a 5K where participants wear extra articles of clothing and shed them throughout the run to donate to the Salvation Army. We are looking forward to a wonderful sisterhood retreat this semester, a Formal in April, and bonding with our area’s sisters in Raleigh, NC for District Summit. It’s bound to be a fantastic 2014!
This was the second year that our chapter volunteered at The Cupid Chase. The Cupid Chase is a 5k and 1-mile walk in downtown Senoia, which benefits epilepsy research through CURE (Citizens United in Research of Epilepsy). Mikki Lewis started this race last year to raise awareness for epilepsy. This cause is extremely close to Mikki’s heart because her daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2008. Our chapter was responsible for cheering on the race participants and being their encouragement throughout the course. The event is always full of joy and enthusiasm; featuring craft stations, dancing, and the most popular, a photo booth. It was amazing to see those affected with epilepsy participating in the race, shining with optimism. Being a part of The Cupid Chase is an incredibly eye-opening experience, allowing us to learn about struggles affecting people in our community and around the world.
ALPHA GAMMA Chapter Oklahoma State University Alpha Gamma started the semester with a celebration! We celebrated our 10 year anniversary on January 17, 2014. We hosted a banquet to celebrate with friends, family, and alumnae. We had a successful rush with a Tau pledge class of 24 girls. We had a literary theme: “Add a Chapter to Your Story”. For Nations, we will host a fundraiser that benefits the organization Life Straws, which sends straws that provide clean drinking water to developing nations. For University, we will do a midterm week motivation campaign by giving out snacks and scantrons around campus during midterms. For Permanent, we will help Campfire Birthday, a camp for underserved children that operates out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. For Community, we will help Meals on Wheels, which is a food delivery service for people that aren’t in a position to obtain meals on their own. For Members of the Sorority, we are taking a women’s self defense class as a chapter. For President’s Project, we are hosting a STEM day at an elementary school where we will do STEM projects and educate kids on how cool STEM fields are. We also plan to do a First Ladies of the United States Fashion Show at a local nursing home, volunteer at the Remember the 10 run in Stillwater, participate in Relay for Life, and Oklahoma State’s Dance Marathon. For social events, we have Mom’s Day in April, Formal in March, and monthly dinners at various restaurants around town.
ALPHA eta chapter Univ. of South Carolina Aiken
Alpha Eta members - “Sweet Sisterhood”. Spring Rush was February 10th-14th and our theme was “Sweet Sisterhood”. We have 14 actives and expect 15 new pledges. We welcomed all new officers and our goal for the semester is to transform and transition the chapter into a stronger sisterhood. For service, we wrote to women who have cancer, wrote letters to our sister Yvonne Saintil who joined the Navy, had a “Senior Prom” at a nursing home in Aiken, and a S.T.E.M project with Helping Hands. We also, will be volunteering at the Tri County Center which has a variety of mental illness patients that range from people who have Alzheimer’s to Down Syndrome patients, “Adopting a Player” for Homecoming where you adopt an athlete for the week, doing “Secret Sister” where each girl draws another sister’s name for whom they make care packages. We have planned a sisterhood retreat at a lake cabin in the woods with a Hunger Games theme where we will be Catching some OPA spirit!!
Founding District Hosts Digging For Diamonds 2014 by Suzy Sweeney McTaggart (Gamma), Alumnae Societies Coordinator
tunities within the national organization. The sessions included: • Alumnae Programming hosted by VP of Alumnae Relations Ginger McGarity • Convention presented by past national president Andie Bowman Hixson • OPA Giving Programs explained by VP of Advancement Planning Pamela McEwen • National OPA Now as shared by National President Heather Pritchard
Digging for Diamonds 2014 Alumnae Society Inductees in Perrysburg, OH. Front row: Our seven new Diamonds! Karen Knoppow (Gamma), Jan Luallen (Alpha), Geri Climer Dunkle (Gamma), Peg Morris Keffer (Gamma), Nancy Schaper (Gamma), Arlene Ruder Green (Gamma), Sue Fehlner Hess (Alpha). Second row: Becky Stellhorn Wernsing (Kappa), Rae Stover Patel (Nu), Suzy Sweeney McTaggart (Gamma), Kerry Oldenburg Kornacki (Gamma), Lisa Reichenbaugh Calhoun (Gamma), Karen Snow (Gamma), Deb Kendig (Alpha), Lesley Dawson Lawrence (Alpha), Diana Thompson (Kappa).
hrough tears and laughter, Omega Phi Alpha alumnae and collegiate members shared treasured OPA memories during the February 21-22, Digging for Diamonds weekend. Over 60 sisters representing 6 chapters converged on Perrysburg, OH to tour our National Archives, recount the history of Omega Phi Alpha, travel the OPA World, feed our archives, and induct 18 amazing OPA sisters into Alumnae Societies. Digging for Diamonds, established last year with an event in Texas, is a reunion-style event that celebrates the sisterhood and principles of Omega Phi Alpha throughout the years. This year, the celebration began with a “Stroll Down Memory Lane,” a session in which sisters shared OPA items (pledge books, photos, paddles, etc.) in addition to their stories from across the decades. The attending sisters were regaled with the stories of two Alphas, the origin of Ophia and the yellow rose, our national founding, and the heated rivalry with Alpha Phi Omega at Capital University (Kappa Chapter), among others. Much more than stories were shared during our “Stroll.” Members who attended our first National Convention, a group from Kappa Chapter, alumnae from across the country, and Founding District collegiate actives shared in the bonds of Omega Phi Alpha. Though the group has grown and changed since the time of those founding stories told by Sue Fehlner Hess (A) and Arlene Ruder Green (G), it was evident that our principles are the ties that bind across the years. Sisters visited Bowling Green State University to “Travel the OPA World in 90 Minutes” by participating in a service to the sisters project which detailed the current programming and opporSpring 2014
Reacquainting Omega Phi Alpha alumnae with the OPA World has been a priority for VP of Alumnae Relations Ginger McGarity, who is the driving force behind the Digging for Diamonds experience. The D4D weekend culminated in a beautiful banquet and ceremony celebrating the induction of 18 sisters into Omega Phi Alpha Alumnae Societies. Alumnae Societies honor alumnae who have lived OPA’s Cardinal Principles from activation to milestone anniversaries: Topaz for 10 years, Sapphire for 25 years, and finally a crowning Diamond for 40 years of membership. Several Alumnae Society members were on hand to welcome the new inductees including Thelma Riehle (A), Pamela McCullougn McEwen (E), Ginger McGarity (N and D), Andie Bowman Hixson (E), and Lynn Dudash (N). Our newest society inductees are: Topaz: Lisa Reichenbaugh Calhoun (G), Kerry Oldenburg Kornacki (G), Lesley Dawson Lawrence (A), Suzy Sweeney McTaggart (G), Karen Snow (G), Diana Thompson (K) Sapphire: Deb Kendig (A), Rae Stover Patel (N), Anna Hoffhines Schwarz (K), Heidi Wagner (K), Becky Stellhorn Wernsing (K) Diamond: Geri Climer Dunkle (G), Arlene Ruder Green (G), Sue Fehlner Hess (A), Peg Morris Keffer (G), Karen Knoppow (G), Jan Luallen (A), Nancy Schafer (G) Following the ceremony, Sue Fehlner Hess gave a funny and heartwarming speech about the differences between the time of OPA’s national founding and now. She pointed out that the world has changed since 1967 – for example pencils, pens, and handwritten letters have been replaced with text messages and emails, but the shared sense of friendship and sisterhood in Omega Phi Alpha remains strong. Alumnae wishing to reconnect with Omega Phi Alpha do not need to wait for our next event, please contact Ginger McGarity (email@example.com) to catch up and reconnect with your sisters, chapter, and the national organization.
With much appreciation for their tremendous efforts, OPA wishes to extend special recognition to the Digging for Diamonds Event Team Coordinators who so diligently planned the successful event. Thank you for your dedication and support, Kathy Andrusisin (Alpha Theta), Lynn Dudash (Nu), Amanda Lowry (Nu), and Suzy Sweeney McTaggart (Gamma) who serves as Alumnae Societies Coordinator. A job well done, indeed!
1. National Vice President of Alumnae Relations Ginger McGarity was thrilled to be reunited with her little sister Rae Stover Patel at D4D 2014. But Arlene Ruder Green convinced both of her little sisters, Peg Morris Keffer and Nancy Schaper, to join her at D4D. The bond between those three goes back more than 40 years, so they win the big-little bragging rights for this year. I wonder which big-little combinations we’ll see at next year’s D4D? 2. Digging for Diamonds 2014 Attendees 3. The D4D Dream Team worked for months to pull the event together. Pictured here are Suzy Sweeney McTaggart (Gamma) and Lynn Dudash (Nu). The D4D planning team also included Kathy Andrusisin (Alpha Theta) and Amanda Lowry (Nu). 4. In addition to checking some memorabilia out of the national archives to display, most of the alumnae present also brought their own items to share. This paddle depicts the blue daisy, which was the sorority flower when the Eastern Michigan University chapter was a local group. Thanks for sharing it, Geri Climer Dunkle! The back of the Kappa Chapter paddles that Diana Thompson brought to share were covered with the signatures of her chapter sisters, which made everyone else envious! 5. Years ago Alpha Diamond alumna Thelma Rheile (far right) spotted a large paper mache penguin that had been left behind at an OPA convention. He represented Opus, a Kappa Chapter mascot. Thelma rescued Opus and took him home. At D4D 2014, she brought him back to be reunited with Kappa Alumnae (l-r) Diana Thompson, Heidi Wagner, Becky Stellhorn Wernsing, and Anna Hoffhines Schwarz. 6. Digging For Diamonds offered a rare chance to hear some of the women who were critical to the founding years of our sorority share their memories. All of these sisters either served as national executive leaders in the first few years as a national organization, or actually signed the charter as the president of one of the three original chapters. Once they got started, the stories and memories were flying fast in the Stroll Down Memory Lane activity. (l-r) Jan Luallen (Alpha), Sue Fehlner Hess (Alpha), Arlene Ruder Green (Gamma), Peg Morris Keffer (Gamma), Geri Climer Dunkle (Gamma). 7. Arlene Ruder Green just can’t resist clowning around with OPA’s petite national leaders! Back in 1967, she jokingly highlighted the difference in height between her and her fellow NEB officer Susan Terzian. At D4D 2014, Arlene recreated that same pose with current national president Heather Pritchard
What’s So Important About STEM? Ginger McGarity (Delta/Nu), VP of Alumnae Relations
’m really great in chemistry and math. No, really! Those were my favorite classes in high school.” I was surprised to hear this declaration from my 20-year old after-school nanny when she offered to tutor my oldest daughter for her challenging middle school math class. Why was I surprised? Because she had explored several majors thus far in college, but never in a field related to math or science. As a professional in a technical field, I immediately saw my nanny as someone who hadn’t found her true calling yet. I sensed the need to tread lightly. I couldn’t determine why this bright young girl was not majoring in a field that leveraged her math and science talents. When I finally asked her directly, the horror of a proposed STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) flashed across her face. “OMG, no! That is so nerdy!” Although she doesn’t realize it, our beloved nanny has fallen victim to the culture’s negative stereotyping of technical career paths. Thinking they’re nerdy, unfeminine and something to avoid — even when faced with compelling statistics about earning power and job growth over the next 20 years. • STEM careers in the US are growing fast – 7.4 million in 2012 and expected to add another 1.2 million by 2018. Most of those (71%) are in high tech computing fields followed by traditional engineering (18%). • STEM careers pay well, very well. According to the US Economics and Statistics Administration, STEM careers pay 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts. • The gender gap in STEM is significant and growing. Teenage boys express interest in a STEM career almost three
times as often as girls do: 39.6% of boys versus only 14.5% of girls. STEM opportunities are huge and the salary potential is major league. Yet girls are turning away in droves. To be clear, I have a huge admiration for teachers, fashion designers, dancers and novelists. There is no way I could succeed in those careers. And there is definitely a need for attorneys, social workers, advertising executives and other non-STEM professionals. I just take issue with the insidious societal forces that redirect little girls away from STEM careers – even when girls show a talent and interest in those subjects like my nanny did. It’s critically important to identify those societal forces and eliminate them so that more girls find their niche in a STEM field. Why? 1. It’s important to the individual girl because it increases her chances of being continually employed for life. STEM careers are adding more high paying jobs faster than any other career path. 2. It’s important for our country. Basic supply and demand. We need people to fill jobs in high growth technical fields, but since so many talented girls are being diverted to other fields, more of those jobs are moving overseas. How can America stay competitive in the technology boom when they are missing a large part of potential talent? 3. It’s important to our world. We’re trying to solve our world’s science and technology problems without leveraging the full STEM brainpower of our women! How many medical breakthroughs or life-changing inventions have we missed out on because of this? We need to harness ALL of that
raw science and technical talent and put it to work to solve our world’s challenges. This is a very personal topic for me. When I mention my mechanical engineering degree to a new acquaintance, they are often astonished. I hope that means I don’t fit the nerdy stereotype that mechanical engineers have, but I suspect it has more to do with me being female. Most people don’t associate “woman” and “engineer” together in their brain. Even now in 2014, my addiction to perfume and dangly earrings doesn’t fit their mental picture of what an engineer looks like. Another reason this topic is personal, I am the mother of two beautiful, brilliant daughters. I am fascinated to watch my two girls explore their passions as they grow up. One wants to try building a computer over her summer vacation. The other wants to enter child beauty pageants. I’m excited and supportive of both interests. I admit, I go out of my way to praise them on their math test scores and ask them about the science project they are studying. I will find a summer program where my middle school daughter can build a computer. I am definitely overcompensating, but I am battling a huge wave of STEM-negative stereotypes and messaging they hear from society, including our nanny. My girls don’t have to choose a STEM career. But my responsibility as their mother is to make sure that whatever spark is there, that it receive enough nurturing to thrive. That’s true whether that spark is for database design or fashion design. Nobody is allowed to tell my girl that her dream career is just for boys!
Remembering OPA by Pamela McEwen (Epsilon), VP of Advancement Planning
s you look back at the time spent as an active sister, you realize that you came away from that experience with more than cherished memories. You learned about working together in a group to accomplish a goal, you gained confidence and attained leadership skills, all while understanding the importance of making friends and keeping friends. Now that you are out in the community-at-large, you might want to think about how you can continue to make a positive impact on OPA and ensure that the opportunity for service and growth remains available to other young women across the country and on more college campuses. Of course a member can make a donation to OPA at any time, through the Giving Program, which was detailed in the last Chevron. In addition to the Giving Program, OPA introduced the Legacy of the Rose, which extends recognition and honors members who pledge their support through other planned generous contributions. Legacy of the Rose The Legacy of the Rose is a way for Omega Phi Alpha to recognize the generosity of members who have made provisions in their wills or estate planning that benefit the sorority. These donors have named the Sorority as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, gifts of life insurance, and other deferred gifts. These options may provide a significant tax advantage for you. Legacy of the Rose members have expressed their commitment to Omega Phi Alpha through a very special and important form of financial support. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Charitable Bequest Intent form.
A Gift in Your Will A Charitable Bequest is one way you can include a gift to Omega Phi Alpha in your will or living trust. This type of gift offers four main benefits: • Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust will allow you to designate Omega Phi Alpha as a beneficiary. • Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can make changes at any time. • Versatility. You can structure the bequest in any way that you choose – amount, percent, accounts, etc. • Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value. Putting Your Family First When planning a future gift, it’s sometimes difficult to determine what size donation will make sense. Emergencies happen, and you need to make sure your family is financially taken care of foremost. Including a bequest of a percentage of your estate ensures that your gift will remain proportionate no matter how your estate’s value fluctuates over the years. IRA and Retirement Plan Beneficiaries Most retirement plans, including 401(k) s and IRAs, are income tax–deferred, meaning that income tax is not paid until the funds are distributed to you in life, or upon your death. This taxation makes retirement assets among the most costly assets to distribute to loved ones. Because named individual beneficiaries are subject to income taxes, retirement assets make ideal gifts to tax-exempt charitable organizations such as Omega Phi Alpha. Otherwise, the income taxes on retirement assets left to your loved ones can be as high as 39.6 percent.
Omega Phi Alpha would receive the full 100 percent value of the benefit without taxation. Life Insurance Policy Beneficiaries Life insurance is a popular method of providing much-needed funds to a beneficiary at your death. It is also a low-cost way to provide a large benefit for someone in need. Life insurance proceeds are almost always income tax–free to the beneficiary. The beneficiary designation in your life insurance policy determines where the proceeds will be distributed. The death proceeds, therefore, are not typically transferred through your will. Life insurance can be distributed to a charitable organization such as Omega Phi Alpha, if we are named as a beneficiary of the policy. Changing Beneficiaries Contact the administrator of the IRA, retirement plan or your insurance company for its change of beneficiary form for the life insurance policy. If you would like to name Omega Phi Alpha as a beneficiary, simply decide what percentage of the value (0–100 percent) you would like OPA to receive and name OPA, along with the stated percentage, on the beneficiary form. Then return the form to your administrator / insurance company. For More Information Please consult an estate-planning attorney for more in depth information in regards to making arrangements for your estate. To learn more about contributing or planning a gift that will make a lasting impact for Omega Phi Alpha, contact Pamela McEwen at donations@omegaph ialpha.org.
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- Submit Active and Pledge Fees (send dues transmittal form and money) to National Office, email@example.com - Submit a copy of your Chapter’s 2013-14 Constitution to National Office, firstname.lastname@example.org - President’s Council Report due, www.omegaphialpha.org/forum
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(To add your events and activities, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Chevron Calendar” in the subject. Issue 4 (Summer Issue) for 2013-2014 will identify events for August-November 2014.