Posted On: Friday, May 3, 2013 08:47 AM, by Victoria Fernandez
L-R: Joyce and Victoria at the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Founders Day celebration in Scottsdale.
When I was a new member, an alumna told me how Theta would enrich my life over the years, but I didn't really fully understand the depth of that statement at the time.
As a nervous freshmen preparing for recruitment, I diligently gathered recommendation letters from sorority women I knew. One of my letters came from a good friend who was a Theta legacy through her grandmother, Joyce Winsryg, Omicron/USC. I stayed in touch with Joyce throughout recruitment, gushing to her about how much I had loved the Theta members. Bid Day came, and I sent her an email thanking her for all her help, and shared the best news possible: I was a Theta. She emailed me congratulations, telling me how much her Theta experience had meant to her over the years and how she still kept in touch with her sisters.
Just over a year and a half later, I was attending the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter’s Founders Day celebration when a familiar face approached me. It was Joyce Winsryg! By then, I had transferred to Arizona State University and affiliated with Delta Epsilon Chapter, serving as the chapter’s ritualist. Joyce was receiving her 50-year pin and being honored at the celebration. I listened as the 50-year members talked about their years in Theta, and realized that while there were differences in age around the room, we were all a part of such a special bond that was bigger than us. We reenacted a part of the initiation ritual ceremony, and saw many of the Theta alumnae moved to tears; many had not witnessed the ceremony since their collegiate years. I think this is when I truly understood the depth of what Joyce had been saying about how Theta truly enriched her life.
I am a Theta for the special connections she offers. I am a Theta because no matter age or years away from Theta, she continues to enrich lives in boundless ways. I am a Theta for the sacred bonds she provides.
Victoria Fernandez, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State, is a sophomore and serves her chapter as ritualist.