"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.
If you've purchased a badge recently, you may have noticed a tiny gold piece attached to the stem (pin) on the back. Seeing it, you may have wondered "What is that tiny thing, and is it important?" You're not the only person to ask that question!
That tiny piece is called a bubble guard, and it is, indeed important: it can keep you from losing your badge. Here's how it should work.
When you put your badge on, put the pin through the fabric. Before you put the pin in the clasp and close it, slide the little bubble guard on the pin. Then clasp it shut. If for some reason the clasp opens, the bubble guard will catch your badge, helping it stay on your clothing.
Do you want to know more about Theta's badges? Visit History of Our Badge and Badge Disposition Guidelines on Theta's heritage website. Do you have a story about your own badge? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I sit here writing this, I cannot believe that it is already November. The day after Halloween, I saw the first commercial for the holidays! Slowly social media posts, more holiday commercials, and even invitations to holiday parties started creeping into my life.
At this rate, I better get my shopping list in order! If your holiday shopping list includes a new Theta badge, visit the website of our official jeweler, J. Lewis Small, Inc., to place your order before November 22 (to receive your badge in time).
Also, check out our newly redesigned Greek licensed vendor website, where you can view everything our 600+ licensed vendors offer. If you're on the go and prefer to shop on your phone, download the new FindGreek app. It's free in both the App Store and on Google Play. This app has the largest and most diverse collection of Theta licensed merchandise—right at your fingertips!
This year, the Alpha Mu/Missouri executive board introduced a Leading Women Speaker series to better connect our college members with alumnae. We invited several alumnae to "come home" to Theta to speak about their time as collegians, as well as their experience as a leading woman in the real world. These evenings proved to be uplifting, informative, and special for all the women involved.
On October 10, United States Senator Claire McCaskill, Alpha Mu/Missouri, attended our chapter meeting as a part of our speaker series. She graduated from Mizzou in 1975, and then earned her law degree in 1978. She went on to become a Missouri state representative, Jackson County prosecutor (the first woman to hold that position), Missouri state auditor, a 2004 candidate for Missouri governor, and the first woman from Missouri to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She is the epitome of a leading woman.
In her talk, Sen. McCaskill discussed the struggles she endured as a woman in the workforce and in politics and encouraged our members to be confident in themselves and always fight to achieve their dreams. She also allowed much time for questions and pictures.
A few notable quotes from her talk:
- "There is nothing wrong, there is nothing unladylike, about being ambitious."
- "Humor is an extremely important part of being successful, including being able to laugh at yourself."
- "Success is not what you own, success is loving what you do."
- "You know the difference between me and you? This is not the best job I'm ever gonna have." (to the Missouri speaker of the house after he harassed her)
In what ways are you promoting "leading women" at your chapter? Please share in the comments section!
If you're like me, you'll want to include Theta in your shopping, too. And, if you are finding yourself looking for fall recruitment items, bid day gifts, or initiation gifts, look no further than the Theta Marketplace page on this website. Here you'll find links to our official jeweler, J. Lewis Small, Inc., as well as links to all of our licensed vendors.
In addition, download the new FindGreek app, free in both the App Store and on Google Play. This is the largest and most diverse collection of licensed merchandise for all Greek groups - right at your fingertips.
It's fall, and while many of us think of pumpkins and Halloween, I think of elections! National Voter Registration Day is tomorrow, September 27, and is sponsored by the National Association of Secretaries of State. As Theta's director of government relations, I strongly encourage each of my U.S. Theta sisters to participate in the process. If you are not a registered voter, it's simple. For many states, the deadline for registering to vote is October 11, which is 30 days out from the election.
Check with your secretary of state or visit www.vote411.org. Once you enter your address on this site, you can see the candidates for your precinct, find your polling place, and even register to vote using the online voter registration tool!
The opportunity for women to vote was granted in 1920 (thanks to the 19th Amendment) but 18-year-olds had to wait until July 1971 for the 26th Amendment to be ratified. When Theta celebrated our centennial in 1970, many collegians couldn't vote. With our sesquicentennial coming in 2020, collegians are a big part of campaign efforts.
So exercise your right and participate. If you can't get to the polls, most states offer alternatives such as absentee ballots (you must apply for one) and early in-person voting at your county's board of elections.
If you want to get more involved, county boards of elections are often looking for poll workers. While it makes for a long day, it is exciting to see the procedures in action. I have served in primary and general elections and found it very rewarding.
So go register and VOTE!
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