By Amber Vincent, Delta Gamma Vice President-Public Relations 2017-12-22 14:41:08
Chasing Perfection, Catching Excellence Delta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta is no stranger to awards, spotlights and banquets; however, there was something different about the White Rose Banquet at Kappa Delta's 2017 National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. In a room filled with sisters from all across the nation and across generational lines, National Vice President-Collegians Barb Hamilton Stacy detailed the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve the most coveted collegiate chapter honor in Kappa Delta: the Council Award. This award is presented to the collegiate chapter demonstrating the highest level of excellence during the previous biennium in operations, academics, recruitment, community service and sisterhood. Delta Gammas at convention listened in growing amazement as the NVP-collegians chronicled the many honors the top chapter had received on campus and within Kappa Delta, and then she announced Delta Gamma-Western Kentucky had earned the Council Award. Trying to hold back tears, Chapter President Anne Thomas Belcher accepted the award from former National President Alison Jakes Argersinger on behalf of the 170 active members of Delta Gamma. "It is amazing to see the ways in which our chapter has grown and flourished over the past several years," says Anne Thomas. "We are so proud of every single chapter member for her spirit, diligence and sisterhood that led to us receiving the Council Award and other awards." Delta Gamma received additional honors at the Awards Banquet, including the Financial Responsibility Award, the Judy Hare Thorne Angelos Award, the Patricia Beecham Nieman Shamrock Event Award, and Merit Chapter, which recognizes the top 10 percent of Kappa Delta's chapters nationwide. Delta Gamma sisters were elated with receiving all of these awards, but nothing measures up to the pride and excitement that came with being named the Council Award recipient. It far exceeded anything they dreamed of for their chapter despite Delta Gamma's history of achievement. Since Delta Gamma was established in 1965 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, it has been named a Merit Chapter eight times and first earned the Council Award in 1991. Delta Gamma has produced National Council and National Leadership Team members, Order of the Emerald and Order of the Pearl recipients, leadership development consultants, Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award and scholarship recipients, campus Greek Women of the Year, and many strong leaders who serve in the chapter, on local advisory boards and in alumnae chapters nationwide. Delta Gamma also shines in the light of its campus community. The chapter has brought home seven Karen Towel sisterhood awards recognizing the top sorority on campus and 30 Greek Week wins. Members have posted top Panhellenic grades, and 30 percent of current members hold leadership positions in clubs and organizations outside of Kappa Delta. Delta Gamma is a highly respected chapter, not only on Western Kentucky University's campus, but in the community as well. The chapter holds philanthropy as its highest priority. The chapter's Shamrock events, the Shamrock Shootout basketball tournament in the spring and Shenanigans dance competition in the fall, have grown to become the two most successful philanthropy events on WKU's campus and draw participants and guests from throughout Kentucky. THE COUNCIL AWARD COMES HOME Sept. 29, 2017, also proved to be a day the sisters of Delta Gamma wouldn't soon forget as Kappa Delta's new national president, Tricia Ruma Spence, and Kappa Delta's national vice president and Delta Gamma alumna, Susan Stockton, travelled to Bowling Green to formally present the Council Award to Delta Gamma Chapter. "Reaching this point does not happen by accident TRICIA RUMA SPENCE, NATIONAL PRESIDENT It was a humid, hot and cloudless weekend in Kentucky. Nonetheless, more than 200 chapter members, alumnae, parents and other guests gathered on the lawn of the chapter house for the presentation and lunch that followed. The chapter was honored to have in attendance WKU President Dr. Timothy Caboni, Director of Student Affairs Charley Pride and Head of Greek Affairs Andrew Rash. After heartfelt words from the university administrators and Susan, Tricia delivered the keynote address, saying "Reaching this point does not happen by accident. The members of this chapter strived to be the very best they could be." Tricia recreated the excitement that was first felt at the convention banquet in Arizona. She raised the crystal award for all to see and said: "On behalf of the National Council and the entire organization, our deepest gratitude for representing Kappa Delta so well and congratulations to each of you on a job very well done." After accepting the award, Anne Thomas, chapter president, had these closing remarks: "Vince Lombardi once said, 'Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.' This award is a testament to 52 years of women chasing perfection and catching excellence along the way. But this is not where our chapter stops. Our chapter will continue to chase perfection and catch excellence along the way." Friendship is the Basis for Success The Nashville, Tennessee, Alumnae Chapter kicked off its new membership year with a celebration! National Vice President-Alumnae Tove Bichel Thomas visited the chapter on Aug. 13, 2017, to present the Marjorie Rowles Stakes Award, Kappa Delta's top alumnae chapter honor that was announced at the 2017 National Convention. Nashville AC was recognized for its exceptional community service, support of area collegiate chapters and positive community visibility. The chapter annually hosts Shamrock events, supporting national and local child abuse prevention efforts, and Girl Scout activities, including International Girls Day events. The alumnae chapter averages around 75-100 dues-paying members with approximately a dozen of these women serving in leadership roles. Nashville AC leaders, Katie Kendall Pickel, Rachel Neiheisler Raker, Kimberly Shadwick and Lyrad Noel Vass Gal, were happy to share what works for their group. Q. WHAT IS YOUR CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP? A. It is a large mix of all ages from all parts of the country. Nashville is growing rapidly, and that growth is bringing in lots of women in their 20s just starting out in the world. That has added a fun and energetic synergy to our group. Q. WHAT IS YOUR CHAPTER' S FOCUS FOR ACTIVITIES, AND HOW DO YOU DETERMINE YOUR PROGRAMMING? A. We start our calendar planning with an officers' retreat in June or July. Because we have several officers of various ages, each officer provides valuable input. We also have conducted surveys using Survey Monkey and taken polls at the open house that begins the membership year. At our open house, we go over our plans for the year and introduce any new members and officers to the group. We meet once a month, and the rest of our year is mostly centered around social activities, such as a Founders Day brunch or a holiday ornament swap. Our casual and inexpensive events tend to generate a larger audience. We also host a Shamrock Event to support the prevention of child abuse and a fundraiser to support KD's collegiate chapters at Vanderbilt, Sewanee and Tennessee Tech. Q. HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR MEMBERS AND REACH OUT TO ALUMNAE WHO ARE POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS? We use a variety of social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our Nashville Kappa Delta website to make it easy for an alumna to find us and stay updated. Our president receives five to 10 emails a month from alumnae interested in our chapter. Current members frequently bring Kappa Deltas to our events. Q. HOW DO YOU ENGAGE NEW MEMBERS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR PARTICIPATION AND FUTURE LEADERSHIP? A. Because we have a large chapter, we have lots of room for involvement. Several of our positions, such as philanthropy and reference, have two or three members as co-chairmen. If someone is interested in doing something new, we just add that position. For example, one member wanted to be involved directly with our collegiate chapters. She has some wonderful ideas, and so we created a new position for her, collegiate relations. She is in charge of the AC supporting these chapters during recruitment and exam periods and for organizing a Senior Induction for the graduates. Another member wanted to bring us more local attention in Nashville area publications, and she is now our new community relations chairman. Q. HOW DOES MEMBERSHIP IN AN ALUMNAE CHAPTER DIFFER FROM MEMBERSHIP IN A COLLEGIATE CHAPTER? A. It is certainly more laid-back and less expensive! The most noticeable difference is the variety of ages in an alumnae chapter. This makes the group compelling and colorful. Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO AN ALUMNA WHO WOULD LIKE TO OPEN OR REVITALIZE AN ALUMNAE CHAPTER? A. Do not be afraid. Start small with easily attainable goals. Call the presidents of other successful KD alumnae chapters and ask what made them effective. Find another Kappa Delta to join forces with you. Two heads are always better than one! Q. THE NASHVILLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER RECEIVED THE TOP AC AWARD IN 2 0 0 9 WITH MANY OF TODAY' S MEMBERS SERVING IN LEADERSHIP ROLES THEN. WHAT DOES YOUR CHAPTER DO TO MAINTAIN MEMBERS' INTEREST AND THIS LEVEL OF COMMITMENT? A. We have a strong core of seasoned members who pay dues and participate on a regular basis. Our younger and newer members see members who have served in leadership roles locally and nationally, and they also see how KD continues to be an important part of who we are. They see the friendships that many of us have developed through being involved with KD after college. Q. DID YOU SET YOUR SIGHTS ON BEING KD' S TOP ALUMNAE CHAPTER, AND IF SO, WHAT DID YOU DO TO REACH THIS GOAL? A. Our alumnae chapter has only these goals in mind: Live the values of Kappa Delta and help build a better Nashville community. For information on how to establish or reorganize an alumnae chapter, visit www.kappadelta.org/alumnaelife/start-an-alumnae-chapter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 901.748.1897.
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