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Letter From the President by Katie Novaria
The holidays have arrived and so has the December edition of Hannah’s News Bytes, the official newsletter of the Washington, D.C. Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter. In November our chapter soared to new heights at the Trapeze School New York, now based in Washington, D.C. Although many women were nervous at the beginning, the group of sisters supported one another and had a blast learning how to gracefully fly through the air. By the end of the lesson they were pros and several DGs had overcome their fear of heights! Be sure to check out the amazing photos! This month we have several fun events to help get you in the holiday spirit! One of our favorites is the WDC DG Annual Holiday Tea. This year the tea will be held on December 4th from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at The Darlington House in Dupont Circle. Not only is the tea a chance to dress up and get together with your Delta Glamorous sisters, but we will also be holding a raffle to “Do Good” and raise money for the DC Area Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. For more details or to RSVP contact Ruthie Goodell at email@example.com. A big congrats goes out to AU’s fabulous ATC and new DG mom…Ashley Lach! In November Ashley gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Charlotte (Charlie for short!). I think we have a DG girl in the making. Congrats Ashley! As always, I encourage you to check out our website, Facebook group, and new Twitter feed (@WDC_DGAlumnae) for all the latest updates, calendar of events, and DC Delta Gamma news. Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends and I hope to see you at the next DG event! ITB, Katie Novaria Xi ChapterUniversity of Michigan
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Inside this fabulous issue:
SIG Events Foundation Focus
Finance Update Panhel & BE
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Book Club December's Holiday book club will be 12/14 at 6:30 pm at a member's home in Penn Quarter. Dine Out Dine Out will be taking a break during the hectic holidays, but will be meeting in January for Winter Restaurant Week. If you would like to be added to the listserv or have any restaurant recommendations, please contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org Lunch Bunch Please Join LITB Lunch Bunch Thursday, December 15th at B. Smith’s at Union Station at 11:30 AM. Lunch in the Bonds is the monthly DG Gathering. Please RSVP to Carol Harman by Tuesday December 13th at
email@example.com 404-216-6347 DGs in DC December 10 - “Holiday Magic” at the Botanical Garden The votes are in! DGs in DC will visit the annual holiday season exhibit at the U.S. Botanical Garden next to the U.S. Capitol at First St., NW. Washington, DC to get in the holiday mood and celebrate the magic of the season. We'll meet at 11:00 a.m. It's free admission and all are welcome to check out the many other exhibits as well! Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or to be added to the listserv. Wine Group DG Wine Group: Holiday Happy Hour and Tree Viewing, Tuesday, December 20 Join the wine group for our annual holiday happy hour and tree viewing on Tuesday, December 20th starting at 6pm. We will meet at Old Ebbitt Grill to share some bottles of wine and then we'll head over to visit the National Christmas Tree. RSVP with Meredith at email@example.com
Sweet Peas December 2, 2011, 10:00 A.M., Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington D.C. – Join the Sweet Peas as we learn about the history of the Postal Service at the National Postal Museum across from Union Station. Budding postal workers and stamp collectors will love this interactive museum which includes modes of transporting mail over time, some of which kids can climb on such as a stagecoach and mail truck. And, don’t miss the chance to mail a postcard to Grandma or Owney the postal dog. The museum can be perused in no more then an hour or two, the perfect size museum for busy moms and their busy tots. For directions and more information on the National Postal Museum, see http:// www.postalmuseum.si.edu/index.html For more information or to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Moms Night Out - The next event will be in January. Join fellow DG mothers for an evening on the town. This group gives DG moms a night away from their children for an evening of adult conversation, food and beverage. Moms Night Out meets in the greater DC metro area. Contact email@example.com for more information or to be added to the email list.
Foundation Focus by Lynn Neagley
Happy Holidays, Ladies I am hoping that all of you will consider including Delta Gamma in your holiday plans by attending the Holiday Tea AND supporting us in providing toys for the children at CLB's annual holiday party for visually impaired children which is Saturday, December 10th at Mt. Airy Church in DC. How can you participate? Option #1: donate funds of any amount to our toy fund. Option #2: join me in a shopping trip to an area store to choose the toys! CLB provides the list of toys suitable for the children so it is a few hours max of shopping and we decide the day and time convenient for our DG "elves". Option #3: volunteer your time-3 hours max- to entertain the siblings of the children at the party. Interested in learning more? Contact Lynn, firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 703-447-4563. If you can't volunteer for the CLB party, keep in mind that clipping and saving labels is always appreciated so fill your envelopes full of labels this holiday season. On a final note-if you are volunteering and compiling Service for Sight hours, please send me your hours! We want to know what your are contributing to our community and give you some kudos for all you do! In the bonds, Lynn your VP: Foundation
Finance by Tricia Williams
Thanks to the women below, we are now up to 90 dues paying members! If you believe you paid your dues but haven’t seen your name listed or would like to pay your dues, please contact me at email@example.com. Thanks to all of our wonderful members! I look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. ITB, Tricia. Hilary Bombard Eleanore Christiansen Cathleen Gruver Robyn Hickey Lauren Marsh Sarah Olsen Julie Stofer
DG Panhel and BE Advisory Openings and Recruitment... Panhel by Tracey Yost
The Washington DC Alumnae Panhellenic Association will be collecting knit items, toiletries, and gently used books for Bethesda Cares and the National Center for Children and Families. Additionally, the December 7 meeting will be a Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange at the Kappa Delta representative's house in Chevy Chase. For more info or to donate before the December 7 Panhel meeting, contact Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org. BE Advisory Openings by Ashley Lach Are you looking for a fun way to give back to DG? Join the Beta Epsilon- American University Advisory Team. If you’re interested, please reach out to Ashley Lach, Advisory Team Chairman, at Ashley.Lach@gmail.com!! BE Recruitment by Ashley Lach It’s that time of year again…calling all recruitment volunteers! Beta Epsilon- American University is looking for some wonderful DG alums to come out and help during recruitment. No worries, we aren’t going to make you recruit, but we need help behind the scenes! Recruitment will take place on the following dates and times (see below!) If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Membership Adviser, Liz Padilla at Etribelli@gmail.com! Round 1Friday 1/20 5:45-10:45pm Round 2Saturday 1/21 2-8:45pm PreferenceSunday 1/22 1-5pm Thanks so much for your help!!! Ashley Lach
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise by Tricia Williams
Healthy . . . . Have you ever thought about running a race – or even a marathon – but don’t know where to begin? Begin with DG of course! Our DC chapter has a number of runners, many of whom have run marathons. We even have two DGs who are mentors for Team in Training, Danielle Frottier (email@example.com) and Katie Novaria (firstname.lastname@example.org), who would be more than happy for you to contact them if you are interested in training for a half or full marathon. Special congratulations to:·
Katie Novaria who recently completed her first marathon, the Marine Corps, and will be running the Disney marathon in January · Danielle Frottier who completed the Savannah half marathon and will run the Disney half marathon next month· Samantha Berman for completing the Rock n Roll Brooklyn 10k· Cortney Ogonowski for completing the Tough Mudder Jessica Schultz who completed her first marathon, the National Marathon in March, will be running the Washington, DC Rock & Roll Half-Marathon this spring.
Wealthy . . . . Many of us have heard that it costs $226,920 to raise a child – not counting college costs. Take a deep breath. It really doesn’t cost that much and here is why: that number includes the cost of housing which is almost 31% of the total! The assumption is that you will purchase a bigger home – take housing out of the picture and you are down to $156,574 which is $8,698 a year. Still seem high? Keep in mind a lot of the expenses are discretionary – odds are you will get tons of hand me downs (perhaps from fellow DGs?), clothes and toys can be purchased at consignment stores or on eBay for a fraction of the cost, and children survived the last 1,800 years without a private Chinese tutor . . . You can go to http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/calculatorintro.htm to type in costs and see what your total will be. That said, it never hurts to start saving and get your budgets in order if you do plan to have kids!. . . and Wise….. "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid" -- Albert Einstein
DGs do Trapeze!
DG Sweet Peas - Jenny Rice and two sweet peas at the National Arboretum
December 2 Sweet Peas December 4 Holiday Tea — Darlington House December 10 Dgs in DC—Holiday Magic December 14 Holiday Book Club December 20 Wine Group—Wine Outing & National Christmas Tree Viewing
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