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Posted On: Thursday, September 19, 2013 01:30 PM, by Elise Connor Rowan
On Oct. 19, as we do every year on Bettie Locke's birthday, Thetas everywhere will exercise the widest influence for good in their communities for the fifth annual Kappa Alpha Theta Day of Service. The concept is simple: As Thetas, on Oct. 19, we serve. Whether you sign up for a chapter-sponsored event at the local retirement home, plan a beach cleanup with your roommates, or fill the last open slot at your local soup kitchen, do something for others! Make an impact in your community. That's what Bettie did.

If you think back to 1870, Bettie Locke didn't establish Kappa Alpha Theta for herself; she created Theta to benefit all women in pursuit of intellectual curiosity, leadership, community involvement, and personal excellence. That is what the Day of Service is about—serving in however big or small a capacity to benefit the larger community. How amazing it is to know that your actions, combined with those of thousands of other Thetas, can make a lasting imprint on the world every Oct. 19.

When you're planning how you will spend the Day of Service, think about the intention behind the Day of Service. In developing your plans, remember the difference between service and philanthropy:

Through service, we provide help or aid to others. For example, you can clean up litter in the park, visit senior citizens in a retirement home, read to a child, or walk dogs at the local animal shelter.

Philanthropy is when we donate funds or goods to organizations or people in need. Donating to food drives, raising money for CASA or Theta Foundation, or collecting prom dresses would be great examples of philanthropy. We love 5Ks just as much as the next group of energized women ready to put on those running (or walking!) shoes, but 5Ks are an example of philanthropy, not service!

Follow @BettieLocke on Twitter to help your chapter, friends, and others prepare for Day of Service! Two weeks before you serve, Bettie will be tweeting different ideas for service projects. During the Day of Service, tweet Bettie pictures of the impact you are making in your community. Check out the Theta website for additional resources that can be utilized before, during, and after the Day of Service.

Because we're focused on impact, this year's Day of Service Photo Contest will be a bit different. This year, send us a one-paragraph description of what you did on Oct. 19 and how you made a difference. Submit accompanying photos (no more than five) to, and Facebook visitors will have the chance to vote for a photo that best exemplifies the spirit of impact behind the Day of Service!

Elise Rowan, Gamma/Butler, is the director of service & philanthropy for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

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