Get your chapter t-shirt today! They are purple, fitted, v-neck and perfect for wearing to Zeta Mu's Ultra Violet fundraising event, Sigma Kappa's Best Dance Crew on Feb 29th. Cost is $15. You can pay online using credit card/paypal by using the same link for dues payment on the Join page of our website. Sizes are small, medium, large and extra large. Please send an e-mail with your size request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing says sorority like matching t-shirts, right?
We held our formal chapter meeting, officer elections and officer installation ceremony on Monday, January 23. It was wonderful to reconnect and share our ritual together (and afterwards share our hilarious old sorority stories!). It is always a great time when we get together! The slate was approved with an overwhelming majority. Thank you to our fantastic slating committee: Lori, Rachel and Lauren for perusing all letters of intent and selecting a fine group of leaders. Congratulations to the new executive council!!
President, Melissa Caputo
Vice President Membership, Emily Murphy
Vice President Programming, Larissa Lazarus
Vice President Finance, Melissa Jack
Vice President Communication, Colleen Bingham
Vice President Philanthropic Service, Jessica Holzer
Alumnae/Collegiate Liaison, Karina Moyano
Panhellenic Delegate, Bianca Marino
Historian, Nancy Bobick
Triangle Correspondent, Rachel Kitt
We are looking forward to a fabulous 2012!
We are fortunate to have Sigma Kappa Foundation Trustee, Susan Polizzotto, as a member of the La Jolla Alumnae Chapter. We caught up with Susan after a recent trip to Maine with other Sigma Kappa celebrities, like our dear National President, Laura Owsley. Their adventure included a visit with our oldest philanthropic partnership, Maine Sea Coast Mission and a tour of Colby College. Susan was gracious enough to share some of her thoughts about the trip and some fantastic photos with our chapter blog. This will give you a sneak peek into an upcoming article in the Sigma Kappa Triangle. Enjoy!
The Foundation has had the privilege to be one of the top supporters for the Maine Sea Coast Mission. We have continued the tradition of supporting a philanthropy that was decided at the 1918 Convention to honor our Founders and the Alpha Chapter. Our members and chapters donate money and gifts to support various Maine Sea Coast Mission programs such as their annual Christmas program where over 3,000 people in coastal and island communities receive gifts from the Mission, emergency relief programs and scholarships. Though the "times have changed", and our national philanthropies have evolved and grown, Sigma Kappa's belief in providing philanthropic service and support to our communities has not changed.
For me, I thought that this would be one of those "once in a Sigma Kappa lifetime" experiences. I couldn't have imagined a more meaningful and symbolic way to celebrate the past 100 years of partnership with the Maine Sea Coast Mission than with a trip to Colby College, where Sigma Kappa all started and participate in philanthropic service by wrapping Christmas gifts at the Maine Sea Coast Mission.
It's hard to say there was just ONE thing that was the best out of the entire weekend. If I had to pick it would be 1) perusing through the historical archives at Colby College and
viewing the pictures and memorabilia from our Founders and Alpha Chapter members and 2) "Shopping" and wrapping gifts for the Christmas program at the Maine Sea Coast Mission.
Sigma Kappa is one of, if not the largest, donor to the Maine Sea Coast Mission. We
MAKE a difference to the island communities in Maine. The Christmas program provides gifts to needy families during the holiday season. Our monetary donations support the emergency relief program (providing assistance with food, clothing, shelter, and medical needs) and scholarships for young men and women giving them the opportunity to pursue education beyond high school. The Maine Sea Coast Mission may not be nationally well known, but it is incredibly heartwarming and fulfilling to know that we still are able to honor our Founders and the early Sigma Kappa members in Maine who volunteered their
time in support of this missionary.
Loyally in Sigma Kappa,
In November I attended the initiation of Zeta Mu's fall new member class. I haven't attended an initiation ceremony since my last year as a collegiate member and I realized my ritual dresses had long since found their way to the Goodwill. How in the world was I going to find a white dress in November? The Friday before initiation, I ran to the mall in a white-dress-finding frenzy. I scoured the stores until I found a tasteful dress buried in a clearance rack. It was 3 sizes too big but I had run out of options and at a mere 25 dollars it was a steal from the regular price of 200. In true Tim Gunn fashion I was determined to "make it work". Some simple stitching, double sided tape, a white sash and voila! I had something that hopefully didn't look like a white trash bag and wouldn't flash anyone. I wore my reworked dress to initiation and I was grateful for the last minute find.
Pictured at the top are me and my little-little sis, Leanne, on her initiation day. I wish I still had that white dress; I loved it. We have such joyful looks on our faces, making this one of my favorite sorority photos. Initiation was always a time to reflect on the reasons I joined and continued to give my energy to the chapter. It was a treat to be able to share this special day with Zeta Mu and their 2011 fall new member class. We were also fortunate to have Madison Alexander (District 3 Recruitment Coordinator Manager) join us to see her sister, Lexington, initiated. I love how our ritual is a timeless string that binds us together no matter what chapter or decade we joined Sigma Kappa.
On January 23 we will be holding a formal chapter meeting and executive council elections for members of the La Jolla Alumnae Chapter. If you are like me and haven't had a taste of ritual in a while, it will be a great reminder of the ties that bind us. Don't worry; badge attire only - no white dresses or white pantyhose required. We hope you will dust off that badge and join us.
Sigma Kappa La Jolla Alumnae Blog