"My best friends to this day are women I met because of Theta," Jessica Lee, Phi deuteron/Stanford
"Theta's tagline is about more than sisterhood; it's about enabling, mentoring, and fostering growth in women," Gretchen Wherry West, Epsilon Psi/Richmond
"True leaders keep adapting and improving in this world of unending change," Joelle Jay, Beta Mu/Nevada
In each issue of the Theta magazine, we're delighted to introduce you to sisters who personify Theta's ideals of individual achievement and work for the common good, as well as our shared experiences of service, scholarship, and sisterhood. You can meet Jessica, Gretchen, and Joelle in the Autumn 2016 issue, as well as many other Theta collegians and alumnae from across the globe.
During this season of thanks and giving, let us be grateful for one another and for the first Greek-letter fraternity for women.
Now that we're a month removed from Convention, I've had the opportunity to reflect on one of my favorite observations while in Phoenix: the amount of love that was shown and shared among our Theta volunteers.
I was overwhelmed by what I saw: alumnae seeing each other for the first time in months or years and embracing, laughing, crying, or squealing with happiness.
Some of them shared their beautiful stories of friendship with me, and when we returned home, I wanted to hear more. We posted the following on Facebook this week: Have you made any close friends through volunteering for Theta?
The number of comments, reactions, tags, lovey emojis, etc., that we received was incredible. Here are few:
Five years ago, a recent graduate Theta asked for assistance from Theta alums in Massachusetts and I was the lucky one to answer the call. Abbey Shea is now a fabulous friend and inspiration -- thank you Kappa Alpha Theta for bringing us together!
My friendship with all of you has been such a blessing! It's hard to believe we haven't known each other forever. You are all such an important part of my life and I will be forever grateful to Theta and the Alumnae Committee for bringing us all together!"
You all were there through so much and were such dear friends and sisters. And I'll never forget how you were all there for me during some of the toughest parts of my life even after my official Theta volunteer time was over. You're the best!
I would say my friends met volunteering mean as much to me as my close pledge sisters I've now known over half my life.
This just made me tear up a little!! No words describe how thankful I am for Theta and meeting you! Sisterhood is not limited to our individual chapters!
What struck me about these posts was how these women would never have known one another if they hadn't volunteered with Theta. Many of the friends were intergenerational, and most didn't live geographically near one another.
But what struck me even more was the real and undeniable bond that is created among women when they work hard for a cause they love.
ThetaConnect is the new mobile app created for Thetas! ThetaConnect allows Thetas to connect with other Thetas in their area based on hobbies, interests, and career fields. Users are able to create and attend events in the area that fit in their schedule and that they are interested in. It is free for all Android and iOS users!
And today is ThetaConnect Day! To celebrate, share your photos and stories to social media using #ThetaConnect and email email@example.com with any special photos or stories to feature on our social media channels. Even if you only have time for a quick phone call to a sister you haven't seen in a while, make the call and share your story!
Some of the app features include:
Meet a Theta appears on your home page and allows you to connect with Thetas in your area with similar hobbies, interests, and career fields. Tap their profiles to see similar connections you have with them. Be sure to then add her to your contacts, to make it easier to invite her to upcoming events.
Theta Events appears on your home page and allows you to see what upcoming events are happening in your area. Tap an event that interests you to learn more about the event and to RSVP. See an event that a Theta sister would be interested in attending? If she doesn't have ThetaConnect, please send her an invite by typing in her email address.
My Events is available by tapping the red button at the top right-hand corner of your screen, called Events. Here you can create a new event, see events in your area, find the events you are going to, as well as the events you're invited to.
Please download the app today and use #ThetaConnect to post photos of your events with sisters!
What are you passionate about?
Whether or not you realize it, the answer to this question is an intrinsic part of you and your life. It's what you naturally talk about when you meet someone new at an interview or a party; it's what builds your network and connects you to others who share this passion; and it's the starting point to figuring out what you really want to do after college.
Unrealistic? No. Finding a job or career that actually ignites your passions can seem impossible, but it's not. Knowing your passion is the first step to understanding what types of jobs will excite and energize you.
To help ambitious millennials design a career they're passionate about, Levo League created a series of online guides that take you step by step through creating a career planning action plan—to find the one that's right for you and that you would be amazing at.
We're excited to announce that we've partnered with Levo to offer their Complete Career Toolkit to you for free! The toolkit is comprised of various guides designed to help you find a career you love. Each guide offers coaching videos, tips, and action items to get you the ultimate result: a job and career path that matches your passions.
To make this announcement even sweeter, Levo is giving away a $100 Modern Citizen gift card and $100 cash to four lucky winners. To enter, just sign up for your guide by November 4.
Get access by joining Levo today at www.levo.com/kappa-alpha-theta!
Our cover Theta, Tracey Long Carisch, Beta/Indiana, and her family traveled in 25 countries in 15 months on an adventure they dubbed "100 Ways to Change the World." During the two to six weeks they spent in each location, they became part of the community by participating in service efforts, from habitat restoration in New Zealand to assisting with preschool classes in Fiji.
The subject of our In Her Own Words feature—Louise Lev Geil, Beta Iota/Colorado—is also an enthusiastic traveler. In addition to skiing black-diamond runs, she has been trekking in Nepal. Twice.
Finally, our "How To" expert, Lisa Smith, Delta Kappa/LSU, offers tips on taking great photographs, whether you're using a DSLR to shoot Mount Everest or a smartphone to shoot the family vacation.
If you're receiving the print version of the magazine, it should have already arrived in your mailbox. If you're not, an explanation of our distribution system can be found on our website. That's where you can also access the online version of all issues, dating back to 2006.
Whether you're reading the online or print version, we hope you enjoy the current issue of our magazine!
As I read through the 39 names, I realized that I've worked directly with so many of these women—college district directors, permanent alumnae secretaries, former and current Grand Council members—and it made me proud to see how far they've come in their Theta volunteering journey.
For example, Fraternity President Laura Doerre is celebrating 10 years of service this year, but she certainly didn't start there. Her volunteer tenure began as an officer with her Houston NW Alumnae Chapter. And each year, she climbed the Theta ladder to the highest volunteer position.
As I thought about her trajectory, and those of the other women on the list, I began to think about our future. About your future. Have you ever thought about giving back to the Fraternity? What skills and talents could you share with us?
It doesn't take any time to get started, so complete a Volunteer Interest Indicator today (login required). And maybe in 10 years, we too will ask, "How did she get her start?"
International and district officers, committee chairmen, and PASes are eligible for volunteer charms.
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