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Letter From the President Danielle Yates
Dear DC Delta Gammas, The time has come for me to write my final letter to you as chapter president. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult thing to do. Being a part of this chapter for the last 6+ years has led me to many life long friendships and fun times, while also providing an opportunity to hone my skills and experience as a leader. I've learned so much from the many capable local chapter officers, regional team and EO staff that I have had the pleasure to work with. Delta Gamma truly is membership for a lifetime. My last official order of business is to remind you to vote online for your new chapter officers during the week leading up to Founders Day (March 20-25) or at the brunch celebration on March 26. Your vote matters! There are numerous ways to vote this election cycle, including mail-in ballots, by e-mail or online voting. Remember, only dues-paid members are eligible to vote. Visit our Web site (wdcdeltagamma.org) to see a list of dues-paid members. I hope that I will have a chance to see you at Founders Day brunch. Founders Day is a very special event for local alums and collegians to come
W ASHIN GT ON , D C D EL T A G AMMA A L U MN AE C HAP T ER M ARC H 2011
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together to celebrate the shared rituals and values of Delta Gamma. Plus, you won't want to miss our dynamic and SIG Events downright adorable speaker, Beta Epsilon Update Roxanne LaMuth from the Delta Gamma Foundation. Foundation Focus Here's hoping that spring will come early this year! ITB, Danielle Yates President Washington, DC Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter
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What Not to Miss This Month by Tonya Richardson
Founders Day (more information on Page 4)
Join the Washington, D.C. Alumnae Chapter and collegians from American University for Founders Day Brunch to celebrate one of the most honored of DG’s ritual traditions. We are thrilled to be welcoming Roxanne LaMuth, Director of Development for the Delta Gamma Foundation, as the featured guest speaker. All alumnae members are invited to share in the tradition and participate in the Senior Bridge Ceremony to welcome graduating seniors from AU to alumnae life. When: Saturday, March 26 at 12 p.m. Cost: $40 for members/$45 for non-members Location: Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red/yellow/green lines) For more information or to RSVP, contact Jen Middleton at email@example.com.
Book Club Our next Book Club will be Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30pm at a member’s home in Crystal City. Please contact Lindsey at bookclub@ wdcdeltagamma.org for more details. Dine Out This month, Dine Out will be enjoying dinner at Bistro La Bonne on Tuesday, March 22. Bistro La Bonne is located on U St. and features a large menu of delicious and affordable French favorites. For event time, more information, or to RSVP, please contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org Wine Tasting March Pop-Up Event When: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm Where: Metro-accessible DC location Ever heard of a pop-up? It's a new trend in the foodie/wino world...you RSVP and the day of, you are told where to show up for food and drinks. Join your fellow winos for a "pop-up" wine group event at a metro accessible location in the city...will it be a wine bar or something else? Guaranteed fun will be had by all and special requests for locations should be made. Approximate cost $25/person. Location will be narrowed down will be provided 1 week out so that you can start planning accordingly. Group size will be limited, so RSVP for your spot ASAP with Meredith at email@example.com. Moms Night Out How about a Moms DAY out?!! The DG moms are considering a moms day out this spring or early summer. To cast your vote and get the most up to date information on all events contact firstname.lastname@example.org Sweet Peas March 4, 2011, 10:00 AM – Member’s Home, McLean, VA – With the weather in March always a question mark, join the group at a member’s home where we will be able to take advantage of the toys in the warm comfort of the playroom or outside if we get lucky and have a beautiful early spring day. For more information or to RSVP, contact sweetpea@ wdcdeltagamma.org For more information or questions about SIGs, contact sigdirector@ wdcdeltagamma.org.
American University—Beta Epsilon Update
Greetings Alumnae!! This month, DGs have been bonding with the new members and getting closer as a chapter. The first weekend of February, VP Programming Erin Waters organized a great chapter retreat in Pentagon city where Beta Epsilon bonded and worked on chapter goals. Later in February, the new member class went to Annapolis for their New Member Retreat. Girls bonded and went on an anchor hunt all around the city! DGs were feeling the love around Valentine’s Day! Sisters participated in a “Secret Valentine” and had tons of fun at the themed “Crush” event where sisters brought dates and hit the town! In March, DGs look forward to Spring Break, Initiation, Greek Week, and Founders Day! ITB, Beta Epsilon-American University Beta Epsilon is looking for a new House Corp President! Are you interested in getting more involved with local collegians and learning about Fraternity House Corp? Contact Lacy Smith at email@example.com. HC President responsibilities include: scheduling and running 4 House Corp meetings per year, assisting the Treasurer in completing a budget and Annual Agreement, helping the collegians to ensure their chapter room stays in good condition, and assisting the chapter in upgrading anything as necessary.
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Foundation Focus by Christine Rocchio
Graduate Fellowships: Delta Gamma Foundation fellowship applications are available at http://www.deltagamma.org/co ntent.aspx?audience=foundation &item=Foundation/3Helping Members/fellowships.xml. If you are going to Graduate School and would like to be considered for financial assistance from the Delta Gamma Foundation, then certainly consider applying. Deadline for applications is April 1st. March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month Prevent Blindness America has declared March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month in an effort to educate corporations and their employees on the importance of vision health, including warning signs of potential eye disease and safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye accidents. With Delta Gamma’s shared mission of “Service for Sight,” consider suggesting to your employer that your workplace participate in the Prevent Blindness America's Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program. The program is designed to help companies provide the tools employees need to protect their eye health. With more than 100 organizations already participating, the program offers educational and promotional materials that help deliver critical vision wellness information in the workplace. The materials were developed by leading eye care professionals including ophthalmologists, optometrists and research professionals designed to encourage employees to make vision care a health priority and help to avoid needless pain and suffering from preventable eye diseases.
“Healthy vision is something that is so vital to our quality of life, yet we tend to take it for granted that it will always be there for us," said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "This program will allow companies to provide useful and timely information about eye wellness and eye safety to their most important resource, their employees." To learn more about the Healthy Eyes Vision Wellness Program or to receive free information on eye safety in the workplace, visit the Prevent Blindness America website http://www.preventblindness.org. Remember the Foundation Challenge!! You deserve credit for all the good you do, even when it is not “Service for Sight” related. Acknowledgement of your service will be awarded at our Founders Day celebration on March 26th. So please take a minute to report your service hours by filling out our Online Form found at http://wdcdeltagamma.org/2010/0 9/05/update-your-service-hourswith-our-new-form or by contacting Christine at vpfoundation@ wdcdeltagamma.org.
Founders Day—March 26th. Bring in those Labels, Box Tops and No Longer Used Glasses!!!
Silent Auction and Super Silent starts at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails: 6:30pm.; Dinner: 8:30 pm Honoring: Visionaries of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington from 1936-2011. Tickets are available for sale at https://pbsmw.ejoinme. org/night_of_vision. For more information or questions, please call (202) 234-1010. Upcoming Foundation Events…
April 1st (Friday): Deadline for Graduate Fellowship applications. April 16th (Saturday), 10:00 AM: “Walk for Awareness”. In conjunction with the American University Collegians and Alumnae in celebration of their Chapter’s 75th Anniversary. This event is geared to raise community awareness of Delta Gamma’s mission to “Service for Sight,” while also raising funds for the cause. Location: Campus of American University. Donation of $10.00 for individuals and $7.00 per person for Teams of 5 or members suggested. So, come walk with your sisters and…Wear your letters!!! May 7th (Saturday), 10:00 AM: Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk of Northern Virginia. LocationBrowns Chapel Park (1525 Browns Chapel Rd, Reston VA) May 18th (Wednesday), 6- 9 PM: 3rd Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser. This event encourages fellowship across the entire Greek community while bringing attention to our philanthropy- Service for Sight! More details to come. June 5th (Saturday): National Capital Tour De Cure. The Tour de Cure is a bicycle ride with routes of different lengths for riders of ages and skill levels to be done at your own speed so you can enjoy the journey while doing good to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. Location: Reston Town Center.
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington’s Night of Vision… Black Tie & DiamondsSaturday, March 26, 2011 The Four Seasons Hotel 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Founders Day—March 26th
WDC Alumnae Look Forward To Founders Day on March 26
Please join fellow Delta Gamma Alumnae and collegians from the Beta Epsilon chapter at American University for Founders Day brunch on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Piedmont Room at Clyde’s in Chinatown. Founders Day, one of the most honored Delta Gamma traditions, provides an opportunity for alumnae and collegians to join together honoring the three Founders and rededicating themselves to the Fraternity’s ideals. It is also a time to welcome graduating seniors from American University to the alumnae chapter. This year’s event will feature speaker Roxanne LaMuth, Development Director, Delta Gamma Foundation. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Jen Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $40 for members, $45 for non-members. RSVP and advanced payment requested by March 14. Visit www.wdcdeltagamma.org to pay by Pay Pal, or you may send a check (payable to WDC Delta Gamma) to: Jennifer Middleton, 4425 Yuma St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 Clyde’s Chinatown is located at 707 7th St., NW in Washington DC. (Metro Red Line Accessible. See website www.clydes.com for parking information.)
Founders Day is fast approaching and it's time to nominate your sisters for the following fabulous awards: BEST "NEW" MEMBER: This woman has been a great addition to the group in her willingness to make a contribution to the group and local chapters since joining us within the last 12 months. ANCHOR GIRL: This woman has shown incredible DG spirit and pride. She's always proud to be a DG and an active participant at many WDC alumnae chapter events. SUPER SERVING ALUMNA: This woman exemplifies the Delta Gamma philosophy of service to her community through volunteer and professional activities throughout the year. BEHIND THE SCENES AWARD: This woman has put forth great efforts for our chapter, but in a very quiet way. She has been extremely reliable and dependable in the year and should be recognized for her dedication. MOST OUTSTANDING ALUMNA: This woman has shown personal devotion and service to the WDC alumnae chapter in the past year that is far beyond normal alumnae participation. Please submit your nominations by Tuesday, March 22nd to Meredith, our Awards Chair, at email@example.com.
DG Sweet Peas enjoying National Geographic Kids Play Area at Tysons Corner Center!!
Eleanore Christiansen Susanne Fitch and Kerri Cox
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DG Sweet Peas—McLean DG Book Club—Crystal City DG Dineout—Bistro La Bonne Founders Day—Clyde’s of Gallery Place DG Wine Group—Pop Up Event
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