ChiAssociation Omega Alumnae

President’s Letter
Last year, the Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association experienced great success, as many alumnae reached out to us with interest in serving in leadership roles. Women who relocated to Omaha contacted our organization to unite with local Sisters. Membership and participation at alumnae events increased. The Lincoln Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter invited us to participate in an exchange. We enhanced visibility and communication with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Zeta Delta Chapter. I attribute our new successes to the many new faces serving on the Executive Board. These women have worked tirelessly to develop a solid foundation for our organization. Over the summer, bylaws were drafted and approved. As you can see, our newsletter has been updated and modernized. We also have a full calendar of activities for your enjoyment. I personally invite each of you to join us at social events and business meetings. Attendance at social events is growing, and we would love for you to join in on the fun. We encourage you to bring a Chi O friend, or two! In November, we will support local Chi Omega collegians and assist the Zeta Delta Chapter with Homecoming. We will share the philanthropic challenge they face with each of you for extended support. Circle December 5th in your calendar. During this anxiously awaited event, we will slate for the 2013 Executive Board and enjoy the annual ornament exchange. A fun time for all! For women looking to lend their time and talents, we have leadership positions available now, outlined in our “Do the Dues” story. Membership dues are also a necessary component for our organization to thrive. Please visit our Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association website to submit dues today. Our new online approach to dues is now easier than ever. We look forward to seeing you at our next Cinco de Chi O social on October 5th. Join us as we flourish to the future of the Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association! Jessica O’Neel, President Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association


Chi Omega Wants to Feature YOU
We would love to feature you in the next edition of our newsletter! Please relay information concerning personal and professional achievements, weddings, births, deaths or any other happenings in the lives of our alumnae to: Megan Schmitz 10365 Hamilton Plaza, Apt. #205 Omaha, NE 68114

Chi Omega says Thank You…

Eleusinia and Good Cheer

After decades of dedicated service and countless hours to Chi Omega, Dorothy Loring Rasgorshek is stepping down from the Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Board. Dorothy has been described by many as bleeding cardinal and straw, often known as the lifeblood of Chi Omega in the Omaha community. From supporting Zeta Delta as an advisor, keeping the Housing Corporation active and organizing the alumnae chapter in the area, Dorothy has been the glue that has held it all together. Dorothy served in many roles on the alumnae chapter, with her mainstay as the Newsletter Editor and Eleusinia Chair, ensuring that Chi Omega Sisters are always informed and connected. Her unwavering efforts helped the alumnae chapter win both the 2006 Alumnae Communication Award and 2008 Alumnae Sisterhood Award at National Convention. Dorothy is a loving sister, friend, confidant, mentor and a woman with an admirable passion for Chi Omega. We honor and thank her for her many years of dedication and service to the Chi Omega Fraternity. Jessica O’Neel & Amy Mettenbrink Gizinski Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with owl themed gear, and every mother and daughter in good cheer. It’s the happiest season of all, with Chi Omega greetings, and the greatest reason for meeting - it’s Eleusina, what a ball! This year’s celebrations continued to delight, with a well-decorated speaker, Sharon Marvin Griffin. Sharon spoke fondly of her time in Chi Omega and shared one of the greatest benefits of being part of Chi Omega, sharing the experience with her daughter, Melissa Marvin. Joanie Bergman, the Plains/Mountain Regional Alumnae Director, discussed the lasting benefits of Chi Omega. Not only was the event successful for the attendees, the Zeta Delta Chapter raised $2,500 for Make-a-Wish, as well – the most ever raised at this annual event. There are many reasons to rejoice for such a fun celebration, my favorite being all the sisterly love. We look forward to seeing you next year. It will surely be a hoot! Alysia Radicia, Vice President of Membership Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association

Cinco de Chi-O Events
*All Cinco de Chi O Events begin at 5:30pm!
Friday, October 5, 2013
Mattress Factory & Red Mango

Week of November 5 - 9, 2013

Monday, November 5, 2013

Pitch Pizzeria ($25 for wine/pizza)

Homecoming Week at UNO – Assist the Zeta Delta Chapter in collecting items for Homecoming festivities

Wednesday, December 5, 2013

Slating, Ornament Exchange - (Location TBD) *This event will begin at 6:30 p.m.*

Alumnae Spotlight

Melanie had aspirations of becoming a Chi Omega girl. During her freshman year of college, her dream became a reality, all while living the lines of The Chi Omega Symphony throughout her many successes. Melanie Krings (Schreiber) was initiated into the Chi Omega, Zeta-Delta Chapter in 2005. During her Chi O years, Krings accomplished more than most dream of. Krings became Miss Omaha in 2007, Miss Columbus, Neb., in 2005, named homecoming queen, and served as President of Zeta Delta. These were all accomplished while completing degrees in marketing, management and journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). A month after graduation, Krings married her best friend, Kelly Krings. The couple welcomed their first child, Trysten, in February 2011. Krings boasts that, without a doubt, her biggest accomplishment in life is her son. “He is my pride and joy,” said Krings. “I’ve been honored with collegiate and professional awards, but there is nothing that I am more proud of than being a mom to such a sweet, vivacious and spunky little man. He is my whole world now.” Krings currently works as a manager for the Executive Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “Working in education wasn’t planned, but I have loved every moment. November 2012 marks four years – my work is extremely rewarding, every day is different and I’m meeting people like crazy.” Krings has also earned her Master’s of Business Administration at UNO. She began teaching business courses at UNO upon completion of her coursework, in addition to her full-time duties. Krings continues her involvement in professional and nonprofit activities – fully embracing the true spirit of Chi Omega. She presents etiquette dinners for the MBA Programs and eventually would like to teach for the Executive Education Program. When asked if she attributes any of her success to Chi Omega, Krings anxiously responded, “Absolutely! I learned so many valuable lessons about life and leadership during my time in Chi Omega.

I’m very grateful for the friendships that I have with amazing women because of Chi Omega. And, since I work at UNO, it’s always fun to see Chi O’s on campus and in the College of Business.” What is next for Krings? “I’m contemplating a doctoral degree – it would be a big commitment, but I find the prospect very exciting!” With no signs of stopping Krings, she continues to vivaciously live the words of the Chi Omega Symphony each day. Alicia Krogstrand, Secretary Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association

In June 2012, Ashley Kosmicki (ZD ‘08) and Bradley Hall tied the knot at Omaha’s St. Cecilia Cathedral. Her beautiful celebration was filled with many family, friends and Chi Omega Sisters! Kate Koerten (ZD ‘03) married Tim McGee in July 2012. Stefani Sterba Coleman (ZD ‘04) had her baby, Creighton John Coleman, 6 lb., 10 oz., born 9/13/2012. Welcome to the world, Baby Creighton! Jenny Caveye Tesnohlidek (ZD ‘03) is expecting. Erin Chase (ZD ‘07) was recently engaged to high school sweetheart, and fellow UNO Alumni, Danny Anzures. Kirsten Voigt (ZD ‘05) said yes to Ryan Krause! Amy Panning Kaspar (ZD ‘06) accepted a new job at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. She now shares her sparkling personality and sincere nature with the 24 children to which she offers emotional support from abuse cases. Megan Schmitz (ZD ‘09) just got engaged to her college sweetheart and Omaha native, Matt Nelson. They plan to tie the knot in June 2013.

Chi O Corner

National Convention Recap
Dear Sisters, What a “strawsome” Convention last month in Phoenix! Thank you to all of you who were able to attend. More than 1,200 Chi Omegas gathered to celebrate our Sisterhood, to learn about making the most of the Chi Omega experience, and to spend invaluable time with Sisters. The Convention agenda was choc-full of workshops, ceremonies, and celebrations. Collegiate and alumnae chapters received recognition for their outstanding accomplishments during the Awards Luncheon on Friday. We slated the Governing Council for the 20122014 biennium, and we welcome a new S.T.B., Anna Funderburk Buckner (Alpha Beta/Auburn U) to the Council. Alumnae chapter leaders met together as a part of their own training track and swapped a number of ideas. Convention 2012 was a resounding success, and alumnae in attendance have raved about their experiences. In the future, we want everyone to be able to experience Convention! Convention 2014 will be held June 25 – 29, 2014 at the JW Marriott Grand Lakes in Orlando. Mark your calendars and we will see you there! Many of you are helping with new member recruitment this month. Thank you for all you do whether it is writing RIFs, advising the collegians, or coordinating some facet of the recruitment process. Our Fraternity continues to flourish thanks to the wonderful women we attract through recruitment. Your efforts and support are much appreciated! Joanie Bergman Plains/Mountain Regional Alumnae Director

Why I Joined the Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association Megan Moderow
Sara ‘Berg’ Lockard

I enjoy the Alumnae Association because it gives me the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones! (Head’s up to the pledge class of 2008 - your first year is free!) The Alumnae Association is a valuable tool to keep connected with the Chi Omega community and continue to participate with our long time friends.

Alysia Radicia

The Chi Omega Alumnae Association allowed me to stay connected to such a wonderful organization that was a major part of my life. It also led me to meet so many great, intelligent ladies!

Erika ‘Berg’ Jensen

I love seeing new generations of sisters join Chi Omega. It was such a huge part of my life in college; I knew I’d want to keep a piece of that in my life forever! Sheena Kennedy Area Recruitment Information Chair Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association

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Do the Dues

With the Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association’s newly approved bylaws, the dues structure has been reorganized. Going forward, the fiscal year shall be January 1 through December 31. Members who submit dues payments now through December 31, 2012 will hold membership from the date payment is received through December 31, 2013. Dues-paying members shall have the privilege of holding office, voting and receiving membership benefits, such as Alumnae Chapter event discounts and Alumnae Chapter communications. Dues are an integral part of the success of our organization and help contribute to many functions of our group, which include, but are not limited to: • Philanthropy events and contributions • Subsidize the costs of monthly programs • Donations to the Chi Omega Foundation • Representation at the Chi Omega National Convention • Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter National Dues • Omaha Area Panhellenic Association (OAPA)

Membership Dues are as follows:
Diamond -- $50 Pearl -- $35 Cardinal & Straw -- $20 Owl -- $10 *Owlette -- Free, 1st year postcollegiate graduation

Open Positions

We offer the ability to pay dues online or by check. Visit our website and click the button to submit payment via PayPal. If paying by check, please make checks payable to “Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association” and mail to: Erin Bearinger 15461 Harney St Omaha, NE 68154-2725 Membership in Chi Omega is for a lifetime. Our network of Sisters and the spirit of Chi Omega are a home wherever you are. We invite you to re-connect with the Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association today!

There are several leadership and volunteer opportunities currently available with the Omaha Chi Omega Alumnae Association! This is a great way to be more involved in Chi Omega and the Omaha community. Some have more time commitments than others, but there is something for everyone! If you are interested in any of the following leadership positions, please contact Jessica O’Neel for more information at Open Committee Chairs: Hospitality/ Sisters Offering Support Chair Newsletter Editor Website Chair Social Media Chair Programming Chair Eleusinia/ Special Events Chair Philanthropy Chair Membership Chair Active Relations Chair New Member Chair Historian Notifications Chair

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