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Posted On: Thursday, April 10, 2014 09:00 AM, by Angela Grimes
L-R: Lisa Olney, Theta Foundation trustee; Jennifer Coleman, FHC committee member; and Kate Madigan, ADD District II
Wisdom and perspective are the hallmarks of this decade, and you finally have plenty of both! Over many years, you've learned what works and what doesn't, and also what brings you the greatest personal satisfaction as a volunteer.

Your time may be more precious than ever, which is why you're choosier about the opportunities you pursue. Your focus may be shifting too—from broad issues like social change to causes that are closer to your home, work, family, or place of worship. By following your heart and utilizing your many talents, you've demonstrated you're ready to ascend the highest ladder of leadership.

• Advance in the levels of service to Theta as a district director, Fraternity facility consultant or on a Fraternity committee
• Become the president or officer of a non-profit board of directors
• Join the parent/teacher organization in your child's school
• Become a professional mentor
• Use your professional skills to chair a committee such as a special events, public relations or finance

Angela Grimes, Beta Kappa/Drake, is a Fraternity facility consultant and a member of the volunteer engagement committee.

Posted On: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 09:00 AM, by Angela Grimes
Washington DC-Suburban MD Alumnae Chapter at a 5K run
You've logged some successes as a volunteer and are hungry for bigger challenges and more responsibility. So the volunteer positions you seek now — or those that find you — often involve chairing a committee or special event, joining a leadership team, and blazing new trails that require higher-level skills and expertise. Your advancing career and/or growing family may require your volunteer pursuits to take a temporary back seat as you learn to master the art of work-life balance, but service to others is always close to your heart.

• Serve Theta as an advisory board chairman, facility corporation board officer, or alumnae group president
• Join the board of directors of an organization where you have been volunteering
• Lend a hand to planning a gala or 5K walk/run fundraising event for a cause that you feel strongly about
• Lead a Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop or a faith-based youth group
• Coach a local sports team

Angela Grimes, Beta Kappa/Drake, is a Fraternity facility consultant and a member of the volunteer engagement committee.

Posted On: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 09:00 AM, by Laura Richardson
Orange County Alumnae Chapter members at a CASA event
Whether you're still in college or you've already entered the "Real World," you've got the energy to really make a difference! Your volunteer journey may have started on campus or through some Theta leadership role, but it quickly expands to community charities and causes you admire as you begin to make a name for yourself.

You prefer group activities like Habitat for Humanity and political campaigns that include a strong social component, so you can work AND have fun at the same time. Meeting new people and collecting new experiences is your priority as you give back.

• Engaging with a local alumnae chapter or circle
• Engaging with young alumnae group
• Advising at a college chapter
• Becoming a CASA volunteer
• Joining a local Panhellenic group
• Joining a professional networking group/chamber of commerce
• Volunteering abroad or through a City Year or AmeriCorps program on a national level
• Unpaid internships
• Junior League/service leagues
• Assisting with political canvassing/rallies
• Staying involved with causes from college

Laura Richardson, Beta Tau/Denison, is an alumnae district director and serves on the volunteer engagement committee. She is also a Life Loyal member.

Posted On: Monday, April 7, 2014 09:00 AM, by Leslie Holzmark Franklin
Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations, including our beloved Kappa Alpha Theta. To celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week, we salute YOU for the selfless and tireless volunteer work you do for Theta and for countless other worthy organizations and causes.

All week long we'll explore the decades of your life and how your volunteer participation and priorities evolve over time — each day we'll focus on a different 10-year span. In case you didn't realize it, your changing passions, availability, work and family obligations, personal finances, and other factors influence how, when, and where you choose to donate your time and talents. Yet one thing remains constant: As a volunteer, you develop meaningful and marketable skills, amass incredible experiences, make lifelong friends, and contribute to a better world. And THAT is something to really appreciate!

And Theta staff appreciates you, our volunteers! Here's a personal thank-you for all that you do:

Leslie Franklin, Alpha Phi/Tulane, is a member of the volunteer engagement committee. She is also a charter Life Loyal member.

Posted On: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:00 AM, by Laura Locke
A few of the Theta Theta/NC State advisory board members at a recent meeting.
"You are amazing...Remember that!"

In scanning Pinterest this week, I came across this phrase. I was preparing this blog post, and this statement jumped off the screen at me.

April is National Advisor Appreciation Month. Kappa Alpha Theta advisors are amazing women who give unselfishly to our college chapters. They support, empower, advise, and mentor our college women to be their best selves. Mornings, evenings, weekends, and every time in between, they are present. They take time away from family, friends, and work to be there for meetings, phone calls, and water leaks in the facility!

We all have stories of advisors, past and present, who have touched our lives in very special ways. Many of my college chapter advisors from my undergraduate years at Texas Tech are the reason I chose to become a chapter advisor years ago. Whether it be a shoulder to cry on, a stellar letter of recommendation, a pat on the back, a baby shower hostess, or a friend and confident in a time of need, these women touch our lives in special ways.

Serving as the advisor training committee chairman is a role I cherish as a Kappa Alpha Theta volunteer. It is so rewarding to work with these advisors who have made the choice to serve such an important role. I am in awe of their curiosity and dedication, and when I have the privilege to lead an advisory board training, I leave with a tremendous amount of gratitude for these women who not only exemplify the qualities of leading women themselves but also nurture these qualities in our collegians.

In big ways or small ways, share your stories of these amazing women, and remember to thank them every chance you get! You can do so all month long on our Advisor Appreciation Board so that everyone can learn how special she is.

Laura Locke, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech, is the advisor training committee chairman for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. She is also a member of the Lincoln Alumnae Chapter.

Posted On: Thursday, March 6, 2014 09:00 AM, by Michelle Mouton Geiger
As we celebrate National Ritual Celebration Week, including International Badge Day, I can't help but be reminded of the common bonds all Panhellenic women share. As I perused my Facebook newsfeed on International Badge Day this year, the number of photos of badges—our Theta badge and those of numerous NPC groups—was a pleasant reminder of how fortunate I am to have so many friends and colleagues who proudly continue to support their fraternal organizations and live their values.

As stated in the Panhellenic Creed, "We, as Fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live."

It's easy to see the connection to Theta's own values when I read this, and it is a reminder that all of us have the privilege and responsibility to be representatives of Kappa Alpha Theta and all Panhellenic groups as we share our pride. Just as we strive to live our Theta ritual through our daily lives, the National Panhellenic Conference provides opportunities for all sorority women to engage with and live our common values. By providing programs like Something of Value, consulting team visits, and Advance Panhellenic!, NPC shows an outward dedication to our ritual. Though each NPC group's ritual is unique, NPC supports all of us in our efforts to be our best selves and to celebrate our common values.

Though we know that NPC offers many resources for college chapters and Panhellenic councils on college campuses, the support for Panhellenic women goes beyond college. Alumnae Panhellenics provide tangible ways to continue to develop our common bonds and celebrate our organizations. Alumnae Panhellenics often offer scholarships, conduct special welcoming ceremonies for graduating college members, and most importantly, provide a continued avenue for sorority women to share their values, support one another, and enhance their communities. What a perfect way to live our ritual outside of college life!

We are all proud of our Theta affiliation, and are equally proud to be part of the larger Panhellenic community. What better time to reflect on this connection and the way we share our experiences as members than during National Ritual Celebration Week!

Karen Ledbetter, Gamma Tau/Tulsa, Michelle Geiger, Delta Kappa/LSU, and Cate Bibb, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech, are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd alternate NPC delegates, respectively, for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

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