KAPPA DELTA 'SING THE PRAISES' OF RETIRING PRESIDENT "Alison, your faith and grace have blessed so many of us through good times and bad. Your voice, which you so beautifully share with others, truly is a Kappa Delta jewel." KATIE PARROTT TREICHEL, COLLEGIATE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY "Your loving heart shines through in everything you do. From your leadership skills, your poise and your faith, you truly are a living example of what Kappa Delta is about." BONNIE PURVIS WARREN, NATIONAL PRESIDENT 2005-2009 "One of Alison's most impressive leadership traits is how she remains true to her values and principles when she makes difficult decisions." SHANNA SHARPE DAVIS, ASSISTANT TO THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT "There is no one I know who loves Kappa Delta more than my mom. And there is no one prouder of her than me. She displays the light and love of our Ritual each day." ABBY ARGERSINGER, ETA ZETA-NORTH FLORIDA "Alison has been a beacon of positivity and grace throughout her time on the National Leadership Team and National Council. She is a role model, sister and friend who makes everyone proud to be a Kappa Delta." CHERYL GRANT SIZER, KAPPA DELTA FOUNDATION SECRETARY-TREASURER "Alison is my role model. She has always reminded me of the blessings our sisterhood can bring if we let others impact our lives." HANNAH WEBSTER, KAPPA ALPHA-FLORIDA STATE "You are the finest example of grace, poise, honor, sincerity and faith." BETH MARTIN LANGFORD, KAPPA DELTA FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN BY SHERRY EGAN ANDERSON, ANGELOS EDITOR If you were to describe the quintessential "KD lady," poised, kind, gracious, positive and sincere are adjectives that might come to mind. These words have been used frequently to describe Alison Jakes Argersinger who retired from her role as national president at the 2017 National Convention. Since she first led her chapter, Gamma Epsilon at Florida Southern College, as president 1980-1981, Alison has shown that strength and gentleness can live in perfect harmony. She told chapter leaders at the 2016 National Collegiate Training Academy: "The ability to be able to communicate a vision and inspire others is what makes us effective leaders. . . The friendship scroll reminds us that as leaders and as sisters we need to be kind and patient." During her two-year term as national president, Alison reinvigorated the strategic planning process. She led the sorority through the difficult process of closing a chapter, and she grappled with the untimely loss of collegiate members as she consoled their families and chapter sisters. She also experienced the immeasurable joy of KD sisterhood. "Serving on the National Council was the easiest and the hardest job I have ever had," Alison says. "It was easy meeting women from all over the country at installations, anniversary celebrations, State Days and such. Each time, I was reminded how special our sisterhood is, and I always left feeling so proud of Kappa Delta." Alison served at the national level for 25 years, including national vice president-membership 2011-2015. She also supported Kappa Delta in her communities, including serving previously as co-president of the Tallahassee, Florida, Alumnae Chapter; president of the Lakeland, Florida, Alumnae Panhellenic; and former chapter advisory board member for Kappa Alpha-Florida State and Gamma Epsilon-Florida Southern. She did all this while also working as a teacher and raising four children – Abby, Michael, Erin and Hannah – with her husband, Tom. She says: "I was a chapter leader and grew so much through that experience. It sounds cliché, but KD became a part of my DNA, and I felt inspired to give back to the organization that had given me so much." Alison not only gave back to the organization as an effective leader, she gave her heart to KD sisters. For many years, she served as national director of music, and as a National Council member she continued to share her voice with others, evoking tears as she sang at the 2015 memorial service and laughter while she led a cheer at the 2016 Collegiate National Leadership Team Academy. "You learn being a KD means 'I am a part of something much bigger than myself,' " Alison said following her 2015 installation as national president. "You learn that you really can endure, you really are strong, and you really do have worth."
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