The US-China Policy Foundation (USCPF) has recognized Barbara Franklin with its Lifetime Achievement Award in US-China Relations, for her important and ongoing contributions to strengthening the economic and political bonds between the two countries. She received the award in November at the USCPF Annual Gala in Washington, DC.
Barbara served as Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, the highest-ranking woman in the Bush administration. As such, she led an historic Presidential mission to China in 1992 with the purpose of normalizing commercial relations with that country. Since that time, Barbara has worked with numerous organizations, made speeches, and traveled overseas to strengthen the relationship between China and the US. She is a board member of the US-China Business Council, National Committee on US-China Relations, Atlantic Council, and Council on Foreign Relations.
Barbara is a 50-year member, and is recognized by the Fraternity as a Notable Theta.
February 2013 Spotlight
Becky Straw Phi/Univ. of Pacific
Becky graduated in 2003 with a degree in graphic design but wanted to travel and found a position in Romania volunteering with children rescued from government orphanages. After several overseas experiences with various nonprofit groups, in 2011, Becky co-founded The Adventure Project, a non-profit established to increase investments in positive social enterprises around the world. The organization has raised more than $500,000 to help create 500+ jobs in Haiti, Kenya, India, and Uganda, selling stoves to nearly 5,000 families there. The Adventure Project has also added three other programs that effectively address poverty through micro-entrepreneurship ventures in India, Uganda, and Kenya.
The Adventure Project also recently received a Classy award for Best New Charity of the Year on the East Coast.
June 2012 Spotlight
Brooke Willard Alpha Theta/ Univ. of Texas-Austin
Brooke was one of 46 riders selected from more than 300 applicants for the Texas 4000, a team of 46 bicycle riders who travel from Austin, Texas to Anchorage to promote cancer awareness. She has been training for a year and a half for the trip, which is the longest charity ride in the world. The team left Austin on June 1 and will reach Anchorage on August 10. The ride takes 10 weeks, and the team will average 75 miles per day.
Brooke is the service and philanthropy director for Alpha Theta Chapter.