I always knew that I would join a sorority. When choosing a college, Greek life was very important to me. Bradley had a very popular Greek system with not a huge campus so it was the perfect fit me...even if it was thousands of miles away from home!
I pledged my freshman year. I was a legacy to Sigma Kappa (my grandmother, Charlotte McClure was at the Uni of Oregon chapter in the 30's) so it was an easy choice. The girls were all so welcoming and sweet. I met so many of my best friends through Sigma Kappa, ones that I'm still close to this day. I get really excited when I meet other sisters - it's a true bond. I may not wear my letters on my chest anymore but I definitely hold them close in my heart!
College: Bradley University, Peoria IL
Chapter: Beta Nu
Pledge year: 1998
Current location: Oceanside, CA
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The annual holiday party started with delicious desserts and a table full of unwrapped ornaments for the exchange. We quickly got to know one another once we broke into two teams mixed with alumnae and collegiate members. We began by introducing and saying something special about ourselves. We played “Phrase Party!” which allowed us to be silly and provided lots of laughter. Team 2 won, but team 1 wants a rematch next year!
During the ornament exchange many received something they liked. There was not much stealing going on except for the twinkling star and purple elephant. However, someone did get “the big red bird” that we saw last year (if you were there, you know what I’m talking about.) Although it was short notice, many did make it to the holiday party, so thank you. Happy holiday and hope to see everyone next year!
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.
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