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Why Do I 'Do' Theta?
Posted On: Monday, May 26, 2014 09:00 AM, by Louise Root Bearss
What does Theta give to me that prompts me to give back? My Theta life as an alumna is not a world onto which I have piggybacked through my husband, my children, or my work. It is my world, one I help create through my actions.Dear sisters,
Sometimes I find myself thinking, Why Theta? Why do I “do” Theta? What does Theta give to me that prompts me to give back? I truly ponder this question, certainly not all of the time, but when time is short and my life is crowded. I know each of us asked ourselves this when we first joined, but as alumnae, these become even more important questions to which there is no one answer.
I loved Theta as a collegian, to the point that I did not quit living in the Theta facility until shortly before finishing college and marrying. As I sat at the dinner table on my last night at the Delta Theta facility, I realized I was the oldest active in the room and knew it was time to move on, albeit with tears in my eyes. And I did move on. I moved on to what all graduates do – navigating and living life.
Life for me was to take place in Tampa, across the bay from my hometown of St. Petersburg. I knew very few people, and it was a far smaller area at that time. People didn’t pop back and forth across the bay quite so often as they do now, and I knew I had to find a support system. Thank goodness for Pam Williams LaCrosse! She and I had been at Delta Theta together, and Pam helped me begin to find a niche in her hometown. And she did it by joining me in becoming active in the Tampa Alumnae Chapter.
And now it is years later. Pam and I are still friends, and I count my Tampa Theta sisters among the finest women I know and have ever known. There were a few years when the chapter was not very active. Most of us were too busy raising kids and working to figure out why, and it went on that way for a bit. Then one day I thought about how much we were missing, and I decided I had to change that. Along with some other like-minded sisters, we did just that. So now here we are, a Golden Kite Chapter, more intent on pruning our activities than adding to them so we don’t scare away newcomers!
But back to my original questions. Why Theta? Because as Thetas we have become the best we can become. Our Theta roots run deep, teaching us the importance of living to a higher level, instilling in us the importance of living an honorable life, and enveloping us in a sisterhood that is loyal and loving. Why do I “do” Theta? What does Theta give to me that prompts me to give back? It feeds me with challenges, opportunities, and dear friends. It helps me focus on a world that needs help. It supports learning and service, and encourages philanthropy. Theta greatly broadens my world. It is not a world onto which I have piggybacked through my husband, my children, or my work. It is my world, one I help create through my actions. Giving back what I am able will never balance the scales.
I have been given so much.
None of us can do everything all of the time, but I hope each of you, Thetas to the core, will take a few minutes to think about why you made the promises you did. You are Theta. Young or old, rich or struggling, healthy or sick, single or married. We are Theta, and we are you. Please join us now. We are waiting for you!
With Theta love,
Louise Root Bearss, Delta Theta/Florida, is president of the Tampa Alumnae Chapter, and is Delta Theta's permanent alumnae secretary.
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