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Amanda Miner Davison, Gamma Gamma/Rollins, is chairman of the Dallas Scholarship Application Review Committee. She has previously served as an alumnae district officer (now alumnae district director); Dallas Alumnae Chapter president (twice!), vice president, event coordinator, and Dallas CASA representative; and education advisor, Beta Sigma/SMU.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Reference chairman (now recruitment data assistant), rush chairman (now chief recruiting officer), and president (now chief executive officer).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? When I was in college, the Fraternity tagline was "Theta for a Lifetime," and I really took that to heart. I always just thought that was part of membership. I got married and graduated from Rollins in the same weekend. I moved to Dallas—took a year off—and then reached out to the Dallas Alumnae Chapter. Many of the women I am dear friends with today I met though volunteer committee work for the chapter.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? When I first got to Dallas, Carmen Crews McMillan, Beta Sigma/SMU; Mary Dean Sudderth Perry, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma; and Wilma Hoke Miller, Alpha Theta/Texas. As I mentioned, I'm not from Dallas; I'm from Ohio, went to college in Florida, and settled in Dallas because my husband went to SMU law school. Those three women really took me under their wing when I first moved to the area.
When I became a little older and could take on more responsibility, I was mentored by Susie Frey Woodall and Leslie Long Melson, both alumnae of Beta Sigma/SMU, and Dinah Hampton McClymonds, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma. They were in leadership positions and made it look so easy. Nothing was a chore. They also were active leaders within my community and did so with ease and grace. They would say, "Let me tell you about what I am doing this year!" or "I think you would like serving on this committee." These are women whom I've admired and love dearly. Talk about achieving personal excellence and being the best version of yourself! They are it.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? Many people will ask me, "Where were you a Theta?" and I just say, "I still AM a Theta!" I'm still giving back and supporting Theta because membership isn't just those four years. Theta is for a lifetime! I have loved being a Theta and I think everyone knows it. For many years, I had a Theta decal on my car. When they were younger, my sons would say, "Mom, you're not in college!" Now that they're older, I think these boys have figured it out.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? The Dallas Alumnae Chapter has had a close relationship with Dallas CASA for many years. In the early 2000s, I chaired the Parade of Playhouses, a fund-raiser for Dallas CASA that the Dallas Alumnae Chapter helped organize and support. This fund-raiser is still going strong today. During my tenure with the event, our chapter established (under Susie Woodall's presidency) a summer internship with Dallas CASA for a local Theta collegian to work on Parade of Playhouses. That internship (posted on Betties Blog) is still in existence, but today, there are four positions!
Additionally, our Dallas chapter was among the first to establish a Young Alumnae group. Now called CityKATs, it is the immediate post-college go-to group, typically ages 21-35. They have so much fun together and are making lifelong friendships in Theta. I'm very proud of my chapter's legacy with those two programs.
I have to say, there have been volunteer roles I have not been great at, but I knew enough to get out of there. Know when you are out of your element. It's OK! When I look at my Theta resume, some of those "failures" gave me clarity to what I needed to do. I now know very definitively what I'm good at and how I can best contribute. I've loved working on committees or boards with other Thetas. Just being together as a group—it's remarkable how that works, having people work together who are honest and supportive. I look back and am so grateful for all of these women.
Do you have a special Theta moment? The first one that came to mind was when I was asked to assist with Beta Sigma/SMU initiation. I did that for two years and asked to do it a third year. I was going to say no, but my pledge trainer (now new member director) from Rollins, Tracy Pickett McCalmont Hinton, had moved to Dallas and her daughter Melissa was being initiated at Beta Sigma. Her mother, Nancy Parks Pickett, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State, and oldest daughter Bonne McCalmont Whittaker, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt, both were in attendance (her youngest daughter, Amy, would go on to initiate at Gamma Delta/Georgia). How special was that? I absolutely had to be there to support her and her precious family.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I would probably say the most important thing on my heart right now is my family. I'm still figuring out the empty-nesting part. Dating my husband again. I look at Leslie and Susie—women with successful lives, beautiful families and they inspire me. I think I'm finally getting there. My one son got married last year and he and his wife are here in Dallas. My other son just got engaged yesterday—he's in law school in Dallas—and getting to be with all of them at this time is what matters the most.
Sara Lytle, Alpha Phi/Tulane, is advisory board chairman (ABC) for Zeta Upsilon/UT Dallas, Dallas Alumnae Chapter website coordinator, and permanent alumnae secretary (PAS) for Alpha Phi/Tulane. She has previously served as development advisor, Zeta Chi/Johns Hopkins; recruitment and Panhellenic advisor, Alpha Nu/Montana; Missoula Alumnae Chapter president; marketing and community involvement advisors, Zeta Upsilon/UT Dallas; and Dallas Alumnae Chapter membership communications coordinator.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Assistant membership chairman (now recruitment director).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? Soon after graduating from Tulane, I moved to Baltimore and stayed with my Theta big sister Kelly Drake Torres until I found a permanent place to live. I tagged along with her to an advisory board meeting for Zeta Chi/Johns Hopkins, led by fellow Alpha Phi/Tulane Claire Breedlove Smith, who was ABC at the time. I signed on as development advisor the next semester, and the rest is history.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I did not have the availability as a collegian to be as active a leader in my chapter as I wanted, so I made the decision as an alumna to be as involved as possible.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? 9 years
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? This has been the hardest question to answer. I have had so many Theta mentors over the past decade and I can see more being added to the list as I continue my Theta journey. Most recently I became the ABC for Zeta Upsilon/UT Dallas, which has been a challenging and very rewarding experience. As a new ABC, I relied heavily on my past mentorship from Suzanne Peterson, long-standing ABC for Alpha Nu/Montana, and contacted her frequently during the first year of my term. Most of all, what I take from Suzanne is her patience. She was very patient with me in a pivotal time in my life and helped me through some stressful situations. The patience she has with the collegians and her ABC duties is admirable and a testament of a true leader.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? It's the best way to stay updated with the Fraternity. It's truly amazing to see how our organization grows and changes over the course of time, and I've only been a member for 13 years. Secondly, I learn more about myself and leadership through Theta than anything else I've been a part of. Plus, the collegians are incredible. Watching them succeed is the best part of volunteering.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Recruitment will always be my first love. As recruitment advisor for seven years at Alpha Nu/Montana, we experienced a large leap in enrollment for recruitment one year. As we were setting up for preference round, we realized that we were severely lacking in seating for the next day. We knew the Fraternity across the street would have tables and chairs that we could borrow, but because of Panhellenic rules, neither of us could be on one another's property. In the wee hours of the morning, the men dropped off furniture in between our properties, and Theta women ran out to retrieve it. It's one funny recruitment "emergency" I will never forget!
Do you have a special Theta moment? As a Tulane student in New Orleans, you become well acquainted with hurricane season. A hurricane usually passes by the area right before the first round of exams every year. My sophomore year, a dozen or so Thetas piled into cars and ventured off to northern Louisiana to invade a member's childhood home. It was one giant girly slumber party for a week. The next year, our hurricane break would last an entire semester and change our beloved crescent city forever. It was my junior year, and the force from Hurricane Katrina blasted through the levees of New Orleans. I watched from afar as the city I'd grown to love was drowning under the deluge. Because these hurricane breaks weren't uncommon, I had thrown a small bag of possessions together and didn't give it a second thought as I headed out the door the day before Katrina landed. This single bag ended up being the only things I owned for the rest of that semester. When we learned we would not be returning to Tulane, I decided to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder. I reached out to the facility director of Beta Iota Chapter to see if they had room for me that semester. She said yes of course and warmly welcomed me into the facility a few days later. Come to find out, they did not have an actual vacancy when I arrived, but they made room for me. It was the only Theta facility I ever lived in and is still some of the best food I've ever eaten. It was like a semester abroad complete with new Theta sisters. Beta Iota didn't have to accept me, didn't have to include me, and didn't have to make room for me. But they did it anyway. Whether it's moving, needing a place to stay, or help in a tight situation, Theta has been the only one there for me every. single. time.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I have a passion for learning. I seek certifications, advanced degrees, leadership courses, and frequently read personal development books. As I advise for the college chapters, I'm always tempted by the new graduate programs the schools offer. Similarly, I find foreign culture extremely fascinating. I studied French and Arabic, dabbled in Spanish, and have Russian on my to-do list. I travel abroad as much as I can to immerse myself in the various cultures and greatly appreciate the unique qualities of each place. I am a dreamer who loves to explore and I honestly believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
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