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Letter From the President Danielle Yates
Happy spring! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring than DC DG’s Spring Fling networking mixer and philanthropy fundraiser. Stop by the event on May 19 at Clarendon Grill and join your sisters to do good for Foundation and mingle with local area Greeks and friends. Thanks in large part to the DG Foundation’s Chapter Giving Program, the proceeds from Spring Fling will benefit both the Delta Gamma Foundation and DC DG’s local philanthropy, the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. I hope you will join us and bring friends too. In other news, I’m sad to report that DC DG will bid farewell to Cristina Gomez and Genefer Thornton. Cristina served as the chapter’s VP of Communications for the last year and helped to refresh our monthly enewsletter with more pictures and feature pieces. Genefer has served the Chapter as both VP Finance and Founders Day Chair. I want to thank Cristina and Gen for their support and dedication to DC DG. Best of luck in your new endeavors! Finally, I’d like to end with a great opportunity for all of you emerging leaders out there. The position of VP Communications is now open and will be appointed this spring by the chapter’s executive board. If you are interested in learning more about the position, please feel free to contact me at president@ wdcdeltagamma.org. I’m requesting all applications and nominations by Wednesday, May 5. ITB, Danielle Yates
W ASHIN GT ON , D C D EL T A G AM M A A L U M N AE C HAP T ER MAY 2010
Inside this fabulous issue:
SIG Events My Favorite Things Foundation Focus Cut Away Calendary
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Special points of interest:
FRAT PAC: Fraternity President Beth Searcy visits DC DG Snapshots & News
What Not to Miss This Month by Tonya Richardson
“Spring Fling” Wednesday, May 19 from 6-9 p.m.Clarendon Grill Patio & Outdoor Bar 1101 N. Highland Street Come mingle with fellow Greeks and friends, all are welcome! Feel free to invite friends! Enjoy great happy hour specials and a mix of tasty treats! Most importantly, help "do good" for the Delta Gamma Foundation and local Service for Sight philanthropic organizations like Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. The Greek organization with the highest turnout will receive special recognition. Suggested donation: $5* with Foundation supplies* or $7 without *Foundation supplies donations include 5 Box Tops for Education from any General Mills products,5 Labels for Education from any Campbell’s Soup brand products (UPC code needed), or 1 pair of recyclable eyeglasses. RSVP to Tonya at vpprogramming @wdcdeltagamma.org
Book Club Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm contact Lindsey for details: bookclub@ wdcdeltagamma.org DGs in DC DGs in DC do Jazz in the Sculpture Garden Friday, June 11 beginning at 5pm. Come enjoy a summer evening downtown DC with live jazz, sangria, and your sisters! Please contact Katie Novaria with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org Dine Out Dine Out will be trying Regent Thai near Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan on Tuesday, May 25. Regent Thai offers a wide selection of traditional Thai dishes prepared with modern techniques, served in a welcoming, serene setting. For event time, more information, or to RSVP (no later than May 20, please), e-mail Tracey at dineout@ wdcdeltagamma.org. Lunch Bunch May 19 12:30 pm at DISH Restaurant located in The River Inn 924 25th Street NW DC Contact hagordon44 @comcast.net. Moms Night Out DG moms continue to meet regularly for an evening of food, drink, and conversation. So line up a babysitter and join us soon. Contact email@example.com rg for date, time and location of the next event or to be added to the email list. Sweet Peas Reston Zoo, 1228 Hunter Mill Rd, Vienna, VA, May 7 - A thirty-acre, familyfriendly zoo in the middle of Fairfax County! Zoofari wagon rides (included in admission fee) take young and old to see zebras, antelope, bison, ostrich. And, don’t miss the alligators, camels, reptile house, or waterfowl. The zoo and offers regular animal demonstrations, encourages animal interaction and provides plenty of places to get "up close and personal" with the animals. Cost: Adults $10, Children over 2 - $ 8, Children under 2 - Free. RSVP or send questions to Kerri at sweetpea@ wdcdeltagamma.org. For directions and other information about the Reston Zoo, see http:// www.restonzoo.com/
Washington DC Delta Gammas were on hand on April 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn in DC to meet and greet our Fraternity President, Beth Searcy, VP Finance Debbie Evans, and Vicki Nixon, Chair, Government Relations Committee and member of the Board of Advisors as they visit our nation’s capitol to work on behalf of the Fraternity and Sorority PAC’s lobbying efforts.
Among the twenty five collegians and alumnae that turned out for the reception were several from our WDC alumnae chapter including Alicia Robben, Vicki Nixon, Debbie Evans, Helen Gordon, Lynn Neagley; Christine Rocchio, Beth Searcey and Elizabeth Weiner. Melissa Hansen, Region 2 Director, hosted the event.
My Favorite Things: Kerry Cooney
Kerry Cooney (Beta Epsilon) grew up in Montclair, NJ. Before starting college at American University, Kerry thought sororities were not for her. She turned out to be very wrong! Once a Delta Gamma, Kerry became an incredibly active member, holding an officer position every semester. Kerry served as VP Panhellenic, VP Foundation, and Director of New Members. Kerry graduated a semester early, but continued to stay active in her collegiate chapter while earning a Master's Degree. Kerry graduated in May 2008 from the Special Education: Learning Disabilities program at American University. She is currently employed at the Lab School of Washington (a school for children with language-based learning disabilities) Kerry lives in the U St. area with her boyfriend Jim and their dog Derby. www.goodreads.com I know someone has already mentioned this as a favorite thing - but I also love this site! It is like a virtual book club. It is a fun way to share the books you are reading with friends or to get ideas of new books to read. You can rate the books you read and give your own review. It is really enjoyable. Now that I'm in the DG Book Club - I have so many more books to add each month too! www.mapmyrun.com This is a GREAT site for runners. You can plug in any street address and then map out your run. It is a great way to plan a run before you get out on the streets. It will go anywhere you tell it (across grass, along a broadwalk, etc) so you are not limited to streets. It also lets you save your runs or search for other runs people have made public. It helped me a lot training for my first marathon but it is great no matter what run you are trying to plan! www.overstock.com I am not a huge shopper I have a lot of trouble rationalizing spending money on myself (I know it is sad). BUT overstock is a way for me to get new things at a discounted price so I don't feel guilty! There are really honest reviews and it has a huge selection of things to buy. www.rottentomatoes.com This is a great website to check out before seeing a movie. It collects a large amount of movie critics' reviews of a movie and then gives is a percentage based on the good or bad ratings. Instead of going off of one person's review (who may be old or a man or just completely different than you) this gives you a good sense of the overall feeling for a movie. I was never a big movie review fan before this site - but now I love it! postsecret.blogspot.com This is an ongoing to project in where people anonymously send in secrets on handmade postcards. Some of the secrets are shocking, some are depressing, some are funny, and some are disturbing. There is a large mix of the types of secrets people send in but it is always enjoyable to read them. Frank (the person who runs the site and started the project) posts new secrets every Sunday. Check it out! www.allrecipes.com This is a great place to find new recipes! You can search for all types of dishes. People give reviews and you can save recipes in a "recipe box." It is so helpful! It has allowed me to try so many new recipes and has never steered me wrong.
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Foundation Focus by Christine Rocchio
The Spring FlingFoundation Fundraiser Greek Gathering Wednesday, May 19, from 6-9 pm Location: Clarendon Grill Patio & Outdoor Bar 1101 N. Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201. Metro: Clarendon (Orange Line) Cost: Suggested donation of $5 with Foundation supplies and $7 without Foundation supplies donations include 5 Box Tops for Education from any General Mills products, 5 Labels for Education from any Campbell’s Soup brand products (UPC code needed), or 1 pair of recyclable eyeglasses. Northern Virginia VisionWalk This year the Northern Virginia VisionWalk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 8 at Brown's Chapel Park (11300 Baron Cameron Avenue) in Reston, Virginia. Everyone is invited to lace up your walking shoes and be a part! With "Service for Sight" as such a huge part of our Delta Gamma mission, we hope you will consider joining your sisters and bringing your friends along to this fun and extremely important fundraising event.
They need everyone's energy and enthusiasm to help make this Walk a great success! And, all DGs are welcome, alums and collegians! If you have not already signed up for the VisionWalk, Please register for the Delta Gamma Team today at : http:// www.fightblindness.org/ site/TR? pg=team&fr_id=3330&te am_id=47670 Our Delta Gamma contact for the walk is Kerry Graves, Events Manager for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. She can be reached at: (410) 568-0176 or KGraves@ FightBlindness.org. The VisionWalk is the signature event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and has raised over $10 million since 2006. For more information, please go to www.FightBlindness.org. *Registration begins at 9 am and the Walk starts at 10am. We look forward to seeing you there as part of the Delta Gamma Team! Camp Lighthouse Volunteer Opportunity: Catholic University, WDC Monday- June 28 - FridayJuly 2, 8:45am- 3:15pm *Volunteer Camp Counselors Needed
Friday- July 2, 8:45am 12pm *Volunteer assistance for Tactile Flag Making Activity Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind will host its 51st Camp Lighthouse for children who are blind and visually impaired. This camp relies on volunteer counselors to give one-onone support to the campers. Volunteers assist campers with recreational activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, computer instruction and field trips. *If you only have a morning to donate to the cause, consider volunteering on the morning of FridayJuly 2. The activity that morning is to create tactile flags with the campers in advance of Independence Day. This volunteer opportunity is truly rewarding and fun! An orientation is offered, plus community service hours are provided to all volunteers participating in the week long camp. If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering please contact Jocelyn Hunter- Director of Communications Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind at (202) 454-6422 or firstname.lastname@example.org Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s volunteer camp counselors must be at least
For more information on any of these Foundation opportunities please contact WDC DG VP Foundation Christine Rocchio at (202) 253-8385 or email@example.com
16 years of age by the start of camp and adult volunteers are welcome. Save and Donate Those Labels, Box Tops, and Eye-Glasses! I am asking your help in continuing to collect labels and box tops (The Labels for Education & Box Tops for Education) from the everyday products we all have in our homes as they can bring much needed equipment to children who are blind or visually impaired. Another way to contribute is by donating outdated and unneeded eyeglasses/ sunglasses. Remember they can be recycled and reused by those in need. The labels/box tops and/or eye glasses can be sent to Christine Rocchio. Don't forget to recruit your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors in support of our cause!
Sister Snapshots and News
DG Does Good would like to celebrate the arrival two lovely legacies. Suzette Kuo gave birth to her second daughter, Sierra Lizbeth McGrann, on February 25. Genefer Thornton also recently gave birth to her second child, Lauren. Gen has accepted a new position with the Air Force and will be moving to Denver with her family at the beginning of May. Please send congratulations and well wishes to Suzette at firstname.lastname@example.org and to Gen at email@example.com. Best Wishes to Jen Olsen who is getting married this month. Good luck to Cristina Gomez who will be moving to Chicago to work as a fundraiser for The Community Builders. If you know of a sister who has something to celebrate or a sister who could benefit from DG Does Good assistance (a home-cooked meal or a cheery card), please let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SweetPeas or future astronauts?
DGs enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival by lantern-light!
May 7 May 8 May 11 May 19 May 19 May 25 SweetPeas VisionWalk in Reston at 10am Book Club Lunch Bunch Spring Fling Dine Out
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Stay tuned for WDC DG Award Announcements from DG’s annual convention. This year’s convention is in Denver from June 16-20.
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