Pamela Nix, Executive Director 2017-04-13 01:45:00
bouncing back through sisterhood One of the most impressionable movies I saw as a child was Rocky, the story of an Italian-American boxer who became the world heavyweight champion. He did not have the training, support, financial means nor athletic skill to compete at that level, but he did, and he won despite the setbacks and adversity he faced. I recently saw an online meme from the movie: "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows . . . Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life... It ain't about how hard you can get hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." Grammar aside, there is a lot of truth in that statement. Life is hard, and it hits us all at different times with different levels of intensity. The events of our childhoods both personally and globally greatly influence the degree of resiliency learned in those formative years. After that, it is up to us to figure out how to process through what happens in life and not let those unfortunate times define or defeat us. Easier said than done. According to psychologists Patti J. Fleck and Mary Bolin in the winter 2017 Angelos article "Bouncing Back: Resilience Skills You Can (and Should) Build Now," close relationships with family and friends build our individual capacity to be resilient. We need friends who care, listen and understand us as women and the challenges we face. It is in our friendships with sisters that we find positivity, hope and perspective. It is in those conversations that our sisters give us ideas on how to cope and take care of ourselves, share their experiences and remind us that we are tough enough to survive whatever we are facing in life. Take a look at your life unfiltered. Share with your sisters those things that are really bothering you. The power in each of us showing patience, love, mercy and most of all respect for those who are struggling to bounce back is life-changing for our sisters. When I lived in D.C. in my 20s, I ran the steps of the Capitol as the finale of my daily run on the mall. For me, it was a physical finish line, a mountain to be climbed, and once at the top I had the euphoric Rocky-like moment that I could do and survive anything. That ritual of going to the mountaintop daily bolstered my confidence amid the challenges I was facing at that time. Find your mountaintop ritual and go there every day and especially on the days you feel defeated in life. With time, you'll eventually find yourself telling your sisters, "Yo, Adrian, I did it!" news and events KAPPA DELTA PRESENTS DONATION AT ANNUAL HOSPITAL TOUR DAY BY SARA CULLINS, KAPPA DELTA FOUNDATION ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT On Nov. 5,2016,431 collegians and alumnae traveled from chapters in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland to attend the 21st annual KA Tour Day at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU – the largest KD Tour Day to date! In honor of Kappa Delta Founders Day, the foundation makes an annual donation of $25,000 to the hospital. Through the years, Kappa Deltas have given over $1.6 million to the hospital to improve the quality of life for both the patients and their families. Children's Hospital Foundation President Chris Broughton-Spruill, Epsilon Pi-Virginia Tech, and her staff gave attendees tours of the facility and educated them on the day-to-day operations, special services and treatment techniques used for patients battling various health challenges. The foundation's support has enhanced the hospital's functionality by providing funding for features such as a playground in the hospital's courtyard and the Kappa Delta Giggle Zone at the entrance of the hospital. The funding also has enabled the hospital to purchase several infrastructure medical needs, including a Spirit Select low bed and mattress and a PB90 ventilator for the transitional care unit, which were purchased with last year's donation. To end the day, attendees headed outside for the 34th annual Teddy Bear Run. Hundreds of motorcyclists drove by and dropped off teddy bears for the patients. To support Kappa Delta's philanthropic initiatives, please go to www.kappadelta.org/foundation/ways-to-give. KAPPA DELTA RECOGNIZES YOUNG WOMEN OF DISTINCTION BY SARA CULLINS, KAPPA DELTA FOUNDATION ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT From Bhutan, South Asia, to Puerto Rico, 10 young women are using their experiences as Girl Scouts to affect change in their communities and around the world. On Oct. 29, 2016, these women, also Gold Award recipients, were named the 2016 Girl Scouts of the USA Young Women of Distinction, and each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Kappa Delta Foundation. Kappa Delta has presented the Young Women of Distinction scholarship awards since 2000. Becoming a Young Woman of Distinction is no easy task. It requires determination, innovation, compassion and hard work. These women must research and select a topic related to a national or global issue, create a plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact, invite others to take action and then take the lead to complete the plan. Among the results, one young woman co-founded a service club called READ (Rural Education and Development) Bhutan that raised $160,000 to build a READ center in rural Bhutan and include in it more than 3,200 donated books. In Puerto Rico, a young woman launched a program for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math to develop their STEM interests and network with professionals. These young women are building confidence and inspiring action around the world, and the Kappa Delta Foundation is proud to partner with the Girl Scouts of the USA to honor the Young Women of Distinction and their vision, courage, confidence and character. KAPPA DELTA DELEGATES TELL US ATTEND NPC ANNUAL MEETING THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE NPC ANNUAL MEETING RECAP BY JULES SCHENK, KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA, NPC DIRECTOR OF MARKETING The National Panhellenic Conference 2016 annual meeting was held Oct. 20-23 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Representing Kappa Delta were National President Alison Jakes Argersinger, Delegate Julie Landgren Johnson, First Alternate Delegate Corre Anding Stegall, Second Alternate Delegate Carol Musser Coordt and Third Alternate Delegate Cynthia Allen Weston. At a town hall-style meeting, Jon Coffin from VOX Global, a strategic communications firm, moderated a panel discussion on the evolution of gender identity. The conversation presented an educational opportunity to listen and learn about a topic that intersects with the unique position NPC organizations have as all-women groups. Panelists were Tim Burke, president of Manley Burke and its Fraternal Law Partners division; Jessica Pettitt, Delta Gamma, diversity consultant for Good Enough Now; Dr. Lori Reesor, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at Indiana University/Bloomington; and Beth Stathos, general counsel for and member of Chi Omega. College Panhellenic and Alumnae Panhellenic area advisors met by region and attended breakout sessions to delve into specific areas, such as finance and recruitment. The meeting also included business sessions, opportunities to meet with vendors, and time to build positive relationships among members. The group honored 10 women who had served NPC and passed away during the year and celebrated the retirement of long-time delegation member Patty Disque, Chi Omega. Attendees also raised more than $8,000 for the NPC Foundation's Spirit Fund. BUILDING CONFIDENCE. INSPIRING ACTION at the intersection of competence and confidence BY JODI SCHEURENBRAND, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-FINANCE The importance of confidence as an element of success is a much-discussed topic and rightly so. Less often discussed is that self-belief is not the single most important cause of career success. Rather, studies show that competence and ability are equally and perhaps even more critical elements in accomplishing life's goals and maximizing one's potential. It is at the intersection of competence and confidence that we find greatest success. As an example of the importance of competence, Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo and one of the most powerful women in business, attributes her success to having a "hip-pocket skill" that she describes as "being something you're known for being great at." She goes on to say " focus on doing the current job you have so damn well that people say, 'nobody else can do that job as well as she's doing it.' " Without the underpinning of competence, confidence is often seen as arrogant and obnoxious, even self-delusional. An appropriate level of confidence allows us to be realistic about what we are good at, and what we need to work on, to allow us to maximize our growth. Studies prove that confidence alone rarely leads to success, and that confidence is no substitute for competence. As we all know, developing a skill or competency is an ongoing process involving practice, learning and feedback. And as you build skill and competence, you have the added benefit of building your confidence. Ironically, many women were never encouraged to master a skill. In a recent KPMG survey of 3,000 U.S. women, age 18-24, who were either attending or had graduated from college, only 39 percent reported being raised to master a skill. Additionally, only 34 percent were taught to share their point of view and 41 percent to make a difference in society. These contrast with 86 percent being taught to be nice to others, 85 percent to be respectful of authority and 77 percent to be helpful. While teaching young women the value of the "golden rule" is important, encouraging them to develop a set of competencies is absolutely essential to raising strong, confident women. Most of you are already highly skilled and competent in areas you've found interesting and challenging. I'd offer you this additional challenge: Encourage someone TODAY to take those steps that enable her to build her skill set and maximize her potential, in whatever arena that might be. Or join a chapter advisory board to encourage the development of skills in our collegians. Let's make it our collective calling to ensure all of us learn how to build a competent, confident future, because it's never too late to learn. UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL 24- 30: #KDConnected, an online event hosted by the Alumnae National Leadership Team. Post photos and comments related to the day's topic; prizes will be awarded. Go to KDHQ on Facebook. may 15: Christmas seal design entries due. For more information, see page 57 in this issue or go to www.kappadelta.org/foundation/christmas-seals. JUNE 28- JULY 1: National Convention, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix. For more information, visit kappadelta.org/news-events/convention-2017. CORRECTION The My Foundation Story featuring Beth Hudson Moore in the winter 2017 Angelos incorrectly stated Beth has served as the chapter advisory board chairman for Eta Delta-Dayton. The correct listing is Eta Delta-Wright State. Our apology is extended to Beth and the sisters of Eta Delta and Theta Delta-Dayton. Tell us your Study As Kappa Deltas, we all have a story to share, and believe it or not, your story is important. National Kappa Delta is looking for unique member stories about confidence, leadership, sisterhood, philanthropy and more to highlight! We want to hear about the good work you, a sister, or a collegiate or alumnae chapter is doing. Your story could be featured in Kappa Delta communications, including the website, social media, newsletters and The Angelos. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kappadelta.org/mykdstory to submit your story. Click here in the digital edition of the The Angelos or go to www.kappadelta.org/stories to view KA stories from sisters across the country. BE AN ANGELOS CONTRIBUTOR The Angelos staff is seeking individuals to share their expertise as writers or resources for a variety of topics, including education, health care, business/ finance, career and personal development. To volunteer your services or for more information, contact Sherry Anderson, Angelos editor, at sherry. email@example.com
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