By International President Tammie S. Pinkston, Zeta Nu-Clemson and Gamma Phi-East Tennessee State University
In January, we held our recruitment week for our first Ivy League chapter at the University of Pennsylvania. We began the week with an Information Session focused on the benefits of joining Alpha Delta Pi and the extensive network of sisters. Maria Miller Lohmeyer, Zeta Omega-University of Central Florida, took time away from her duties in D.C. (she’s the Public Liaison for House Speaker John Boehner) to join us and she inspired Potential New Members as well as those of us who have been around for a while! The women we met that week amazed all of us there….published authors, musicians, scientists, entrepreneurs……Even with my PhD, I felt unworthy and unaccomplished!
In one of the largest installations ever for any National Panhellenic Conference sorority, we re-installed our Delta Sigma chapter at the University of Mississippi. We have spent lots of time in Oxford this year as we returned in the fall for the groundbreaking ceremony for our new chapter home. We’ve seen a lot of progress and you can watch it too here. Very exciting!
We celebrated several anniversaries…..Xi-Ohio University, Omega-Louisiana State University and Alpha Alpha-University of Colorado each had their Centennial celebrations. It is such a privilege to be allowed to participate in these events. As our sisters reminisce, you can picture each one of them in their chapter houses over the years…getting ready for dates, studying, having formal dinners….and for most, having to sign out/in according to campus rules. My how times have changed! We continue to celebrate the 30th year of the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation and the sorority’s 35th year of our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This continues to be a rewarding and life-changing partnership.
We were honored and excited to have five sisters compete in the Miss America pageant: Miss Pennsylvania Amanda Smith, Iota-Florida State; Miss South Carolina Lanie Hudson, Zeta Nu-Clemson University; Miss Texas Monqiue Evans, Delta-University of Texas; Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges, Zeta Omicron-Georgia Tech and Miss Maryland Jade Kenny, Eta-University of Alabama. They made my heart sing when they took a picture throwing diamonds. Although Miss America is not an ADPi, she provided a bonus as our own sister, Jillian Tapper, Iota-Florida State took over the crown as Miss New York!
Leadership Seminar was lots of fun, fellowship and work for the over 600 sisters who attended various tracks in Atlanta. Our summer meetings are such fun to see “old” friends and “new” friends alike. What a treat it was to have Deana Carter, Alpha Kappa-University of Tennessee, join us. I think a good time was had by all.
This fall we installed three new chapters: Theta Upsilon at Shorter University, Theta Phi at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and Theta Chi at Charleston Southern University. Truly one of the greatest joys of this position is bringing young women in to our sisterhood! Part of the joy is being able to meet sisters who come from nearby chapters to help with initiation. We share lots of stories during our “down” time and also a little bit of hands-on education. It never fails that we take lots of pictures after we are finished – keep in mind, pictures with no make-up! I truly love these moments though as each picture shows pure, unmasked sister-love! I hope each one of you know that you take a little piece of my heart with you as you leave – I am richer and deeply touched by our time together and your willingness to assist, showing everyone how in Alpha Delta Pi, “We Live For Each Other”.
We continue to grow as next spring, we will be installing chapters at both Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) and the University of California, Riverside (Riverside, California) to complete our Theta roster! So literally, ADPi is growing from coast to coast! Our International Organization continues to evolve to support this growth. The launch of our New Chapter Development Team is exciting and intended to give focused attention to our newest chapters. It takes different knowledge/skills/abilities to get a chapter started than to maintain it…..these sisters focus on building the strongest foundation possible for our newest chapters and sisters.
Oh yeah…I almost forgot….I joined Facebook! Seeing so much more of you in your daily commitment to our sisterhood has been worth the wait. I have loved almost every minute of it (and you probably know if you contributed to the “almost”)!
All in all, 2014 has been a great year for Alpha Delta Pi, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Our sisterhood is strong because so many of us recognize that as individuals, we can make a difference. Each one of us has a responsibility to keep Alpha Delta Pi “First. Finest. Forever. Since 1851” and by fulfilling that expectation, our sisterhood soars! Here’s to continued success next year!!!
Thank you for being my sister!