By Pamela Nix, Executive Director 2017-12-22 09:54:48
The joy is in the Journey, not January So often we begin each year trying to achieve multiple, lofty goals only to find our gym membership has turned into a donation by February. Last January, I was at a gathering where copies of a bestseller were given away. I took one as a commitment to read more books in 2017. As I looked at the cover of Matthew Kelly's book Resisting Happiness, I thought, of course, we do not resist happiness! In the first six pages, Kelly explains what keeps us from achieving what we desire in our daily routines and habits. Resistance is what stands between us and living the life we envision for ourselves. It is the conscious choices we make "to do" or "not to do" those things that are good for us and ultimately will make us happy. For the past several years, I have chosen a theme for the year that underpins my thinking and life goals. One year, I focused on removing the things that burdened my life. Another year, I chose to focus on trying new things like kayaking. The theme for 2017 was "discipline" and examining all my routines and how I spent my free time. Why did I find myself procrastinating about certain tasks, such as meal planning and errands, and let them weigh me down? The answer is resistance. My goal was to overcome this resistance to be more efficient completing the things I must do to find more time to do the things I enjoy. In working to create efficiency in my daily life, I now understand why everyone raves about Amazon Prime. The timing of running across Kelly's book was perfect. After many years of envisioning morning walks at sunrise, I realized the only thing between that life and where I was, was me. I began setting my alarm clock 5-10 minutes earlier every few weeks, and in six months I was getting up at 5 a.m. instead of 7 a.m, I do have to go to bed earlier, but it makes me so happy to get a head start on the day. The result of that change is the momentum built for the rest of the day, and accomplishing more makes me happy. What makes you happy? If resolutions never seem to stick, try taking a broader approach with a one-word theme to focus your efforts. Overcome resistance in the little things each day, and before you know it, you can transform over the year. After all, the joy is in the journey, not January. news and events KD CROWNED MISS AMERICA Cara Mund, a founding member of Kappa Delta's Theta Gamma Chapter at Brown University, was crowned Miss America 2018. Cara graduated with honors from Brown, where she served as president and vice president-community service of her KD chapter. At the 2014 National Collegiate Training Academy, Cara received the Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award, Kappa Delta's highest individual collegiate honor. The award is presented each year to the top echelon of Kappa Delta student leaders, based on high academic performance and exemplary leadership within the chapter, on campus and in the community. Community service is nothing new for Cara. At just 14 years old, she created North Dakota's annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show and was recognized for her efforts by former President Barack Obama in 2011. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with the Radio City Rockettes. After interning for Senator John Hoevenhe in her home state of North Dakota, she solidified her plans to attend law school at the University of Notre Dame and aspires to become the first female governor of North Dakota. Public service runs in her family; she is related to Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president in 1872. PARTICIPATE IN THE ANGELOS You are invited to share your experience on any of the following topics that may be published in a future issue of the magazine: • The Kappa Delta-Girl Scout partnership • Winter Olympics • Athletic participation later in life • Gen Z • Alcohol abuse Email Sherry Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. UPCOMING EVENTS JAN 26-28: 2018: National Collegiate Training Academy and Collegiate National Leadership Team Academy, Hyatt Regency Orlando. Feb 1: Applications due for graduate scholarships and KiDs Grants. March 1: Applications due for foundation-sponsored internships and UIFI. March 5: International Badge Day sponsored by the National Panhellenic Conference; proudly wear your KD badge or letters! March 23 - 24: Delta Mu-Newberry 50th anniversary celebration in Newberry, South Carolina; for more information, contact email@example.com. April 14: Tri-State Day in Detroit for alumnae and collegians in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio with a pre-event evening activity on April 13. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. May15: Christmas seal design contest entries due. Applications are available at www.kappadelta.org/opportunities. KAPPA DELTA VISION STATEMENT: Kappa Delta Sorority is committed to providing opportunities and experiences that build confidence and inspire women to action. CONNECT WITH KD: KAPPA DELTA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: 3205 Players Lane Memphis, TN 38125 800.536.1897 www.kappadelta.org REPORT DEATH NOTICES: www.kappadelta.org/alumnae-life/ report-a-deceased-member UPDATE ADDRESS: members.kappadelta.org CONTACT EDITOR: email@example.com or 901.746.3690 SUBMIT NEWS AND PHOTOS: kdneWS@kappadelta.org High resolution digital photos are required. Submissions may be mailed to the editor's attention at the address above. Hard copy photos will not be returned. 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COLLEGIATE AND ALUMNAE CHAPTERS CELEBRATE 2018 ANNIVERSARIES 110 years Mobile, Alabama Omicron-Illinois Wesleyan Sigma Sigma-Iowa State 105 years Central Iowa Omega Xi-Cincinnati 100 years Twin Cities, Minnesota 95 years District of Columbia Madison, Wisconsin Seattle Evening Sigma Omicron-Illinois Sigma Pi-Albion Sigma Tau-Washington State Sigma Upsilon-Indiana 90 years Alpha Omicron-Queens/ Charlotte Alpha Pi-William & Mary Alpha Xi-Louisville Atlanta Night Dayton, Ohio Fort Wayne, Indiana Greater Athens, Georgia Milwaukee San Antonio, Texas 85 years St. Louis 80 years Chattanooga, Tennessee Columbus, Georgia 75 years Chicago Northwest Suburban 70 years Beta Pi-Florida Acadiana Area, Louisiana Anniston, Alabama Bartlesville, Oklahoma Nashville, Tennessee Orlando, Florida Phoenix/Valley of the Sun San Fernando Valley, California Yakima, Washington 65 years Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico Huntsville, Alabama Winston-Salem, North Carolina 60 years Gamma Mu-Valdosta State Gamma Nu-Miami Gamma Omicron-Wayne State Gamma Xi-Kentucky Wesleyan Valdosta, Georgia 55 years Cleveland, Mississippi Mountain Brook, Alabama 50 years Delta Lambda-Georgia Southern Delta Mu-Newberry Delta Omicron-Eastern Kentucky Golden Triangle, Mississippi Greater Atlanta Day Murfreesboro, Tennessee Troy, Alabama 45 years Clarksville, Tennessee Dothan, Alabama Epsilon Epsilon-Appalachian State Epsilon Gamma-North Georgia Epsilon Zeta-North Carolina/ Pembroke Philadelphia-Suburban West 40 years Enterprise/Geneva County, Alabama Epsilon Omicron-Central Florida West Georgia 35 years East Bay, California 25 years Gwinnett County, Georgia Zeta Nu-Lynchburg Zeta Omicron-Wake Forest 20 years Zeta Omega-Memphis Zeta Psi-Valparaiso 15 years Eta Epsilon-South/Sewanee Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky Eta Zeta-North Florida Palmetto, South Carolina 10 years Eta Kappa-Northeastern Eta Lambda-Franklin & Marshall Eta Mu-Georgia College & State Fredericksburg, Virginia Greater Marietta/Roswell, Georgia South Central Mississippi Vestavia Hills, Alabama 5 years Theta Beta-Washington/St. Louis Theta Delta-Dayton Theta Epsilon-West Florida Theta Eta-Old Dominion Theta Gamma-Brown Theta Zeta-Lehigh Western Kentucky Area For tips on planning a celebration, see the Anniversary Manual in the Resource Library at www.kappadelta.org. GIFT HONORS 75TH ANNIVERSARY To commemorate Beta Theta's 75th anniversary at Pennsylvania State University, the chapter donated a memorial bench to the PSU Arboretum. Seated at left on the bench is Helen Dickerson Wise, a 1946 Beta Theta initiate, Kappa Delta Woman of Achievement, Order of the Pearl recipient and former Kappa Delta Foundation board member who joined other Beta Theta alumnae and collegians for the presentation. INVESTMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE Kappa Delta greatly benefits from the service and financial expertise provided by members of the Investment Advisory Committee, from left: Executive Director Pamela Nix, Elizabeth Williams Reeves, former National Secretary-Treasurer Shelli Stockton, National Vice President-Finance Jodi Scheurenbrand, Christine Sol, National President Tricia Ruma Spence and Director of Finance Leslie Jett Sweeney. BUILDING CONFIDENCE. INSPIRING ACTION The choice to be a woman of influence BY BARB HAMILTON STACY, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-COLLEGIANS The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection, renewal and anticipation. I see it as the start of a journey filled with promise and opportunity, much like how our Kappa Delta experience begins. As new members, we embark on a journey looking forward to all this great sisterhood has to offer. In spring 1992, 1 made the choice to join Kappa Delta at Ball State University – joining a then newly established chapter. In full transparency, I underestimated the impact that decision would make on the rest of my life, as I had no idea what was in store for me as a collegian and certainly not as an alumna. If I could go back and give advice to my 20-something self, I would say, "This is one of the most significant decisions you will ever make, because what appears to be a simple choice to join a sorority will shape you into a leader, help you find your voice, and give you the confidence to be a woman of influence." As I write this article, I realize that statement may sound a little dramatic and would create some intense feelings of stress for my 20-something self. However, after taking a step back to gain some perspective, I would see a bigger picture of what I would experience, learn and explore through Kappa Delta. The beauty of our sisterhood is expressed through kindness, thoughtfulness and patience, which shape us into strong, confident women without us realizing it. I once read you do not have to hold a leadership position to be a leader. Even when we aren't thinking about leading, we are. Our actions and words impact those around us. John Quincy Adams once said, " If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader." Kappa Delta gives each of us a platform, a voice and the opportunity to lead every day. Being a Kappa Delta means you choose to lead, and through our membership experience we stand up, speak up and build up our campuses and our communities. • When we vote in chapter meeting, we are voting for what is important to us. • When we accept a chapter officer position, we are choosing to lead. • When we select our new members, we are influencing the future of our sorority. • When we spend time with the Girl Scouts, we are inspiring women of the future. • When we volunteer to advise our collegiate chapters, we are strengthening our sorority. • When we host a philanthropy event, we are extending our influence to our community. It is my hope that you will recognize the power in the leadership decisions you make every day and know you are not alone as we strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest. Together we will impact the world. Join me on this leadership journey and choose to be a woman of influence.
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