“My heart goes out to each and every sister; I crave for them to be the best and noblest in this life.”
- Helen M. Dodge (1924)
I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying all things fall even if the weather isn’t quite here yet. The alumnae chapter has been very busy this summer learning and preparing for the rest of the year. In June, I had the privilege of attending International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia with two of our amazing officers, Autumn Nance and Jacqueline Belden. From enjoying specific breakout sessions to enjoying keynote speakers, we truly Made Our Mark in Atlanta. Our chapter won two honorable mention awards during convention. The first was the Public Relations Excellence Award and the second was Clara Worden Award for growth. During our week in Atlanta, we found a new and deeper love for our sorority and came back with a wealth of information to help guide our chapter for the next two years!
Our calendar for the upcoming months is full of fun ways to engage with your sisters in with Wichita area. (Check out a few of our upcoming events in the sidebar!) Some of these events include exciting and new Social Sisters events, our Fall in Love event in October, and of course Founders Day in November. Our Founders Day team has been working hard to make this event entertaining and enriching. I encourage each and every one of you to attend and reach out and invite a sister. Our sisterhood is strong and continuing to grow and that is because of your efforts.
Thank you for your continued support of Gamma Phi Beta, and I can’t wait to see you all soon!
Love in IIKE,
Two of the three phases of the Capital Campaign remodel project are now complete! The school year began in August with a brand new Scholar's Hall open and ready to go. It is located on the second floor of the chapter house in a space wisely created for future needs.
The collegians are already enjoying this spacious area set aside for quiet study. Converting a drafty attic space that could only be accessed by ladder and had leaky dormer windows to create a comfortable, attractive, spacious study area took time, as well as more funds than originally expected.
The final phase of this project will take place during semester break. Our goals are to:
- Complete leadership development room.
- Expand cubbie storage space to allow for 100+ members.
- Purchase new furnishings for the library and leadership development room.
- Purchase additional furnishings for the chapter and living rooms.
We need to raise an additional $18,000 to reach our goal of $310,000 and complete the renovations! In order to meet the Gamma Phi Beta International Foundation requirements, we must complete our fundraising by December 31, 2016.
We are eager to reach out to every sister who has not yet participated in the campaign. Members are asked to commit $10 for every year they have been a Gamma Phi to help reach our goal. For example, if you were initiated in 1980, give $360 by sending a check to P.O. Box 20702, Wichita, KS 67208 OR go online to www.gammaphibetawichita.com/overview and make your gift using PayPal.
Thirty-two new sisters pledged Gamma Phi Beta following fall recruitment. Help us make sure they have the space they need to successfully complete their college education.
If you were unable to attend the open house in late September, plan on checking out the renovation and expansion following Founders Day celebrations November 12. We look forward to sharing this exciting project with you.
Affiliated Housing Corporation
Affiliated Housing Corporation or AHC is the new name for House Corporation Board. HCB became AHC in February to align with recommended updates from International. The past year has been an exciting time to be a part of AHC and to witness and be involved with the expansion and renovation of the Beta Chi chapter house. The creation of the second floor Scholar’s Hall has truly been a thrilling! We all dreamed of one day having a useable upstairs to the house and that dream is now a reality. I encourage you to come by the chapter house after Founders Day for the Open House gala and see for yourself.
Did I mention how exciting it has been to be a member of AHC? Well, would you believe we have one immediate opening on the Board and another opening that will occur at the end of the year? With sadness, the current open Board position is a result of the death of our dear sister Janet Rhodes. The open Board position that will occur at the end of year is a result of Autumn Nance leaving the area to attend graduate school. So, if you’d like to help shape the future of the Beta Chi chapter house, being a member of AHC is perfect for you. All those nagging recurring problems have been solved (knock on wood) like the chronic water in the basement… and now it seems most of the house is brand new. And most of the areas that aren’t new, are slated for the next phase of construction as part of the Capital Campaign. If you’re interested in being a part of this excitement, call or email Lori Marceau, 316-371-3557, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the projects AHC is currently pursuing are the installation of a new key fob entry lock for the north door and programmable thermostats. As we go forward with phase three of the Capital Campaign, the creation of the Leadership Development room (combining the Exec Office and Mom’s old room), there will opportunity to provide input on furniture, window treatments and equipment for this innovative space that will be used to shape collegiate women into the leaders of tomorrow; everything Gamma Phi is about. EXCITING!
Wichita Alumnae Panhellenic
Each spring, the Wichita Alumnae Panhellenic carefully reviews applications and oversees an interview process to determine scholarship awards to area outstanding high school graduating senior women. This year, WAP was pleased to select four amazing young women to each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The 2016 scholarship recipients are:
- Kellie Deutsch, attended Trinity Academy, daughter of Steve and Cindy Deutsch, currently attending Wichita State University
- Kylie Gregg, attended El Dorado High School, daughter of Jenni Gregg, currently attending Wichita State University
- Claire Hersh, attended Eisenhower High School, daughter of Jeff and Cathy Hersh, currently attending Wichita State University
- Paige Smading, attended Wichita High School East, daughter of Dan and Lisa Smading, with plans to attend Purdue University.
Of the four 2016 recipients, Kellie, Kylie and Claire all pledged to Delta Gamma at WSU during formal recruitment.
Wichita Alumnae Panhellenic funds the scholarships by holding the annual Garden Party Luncheon at Botanica. SAVE THE DATE now for April 11, 2017. Plan to join us for a tasty lunch (and bridge, if you like!). As luck would have it, the Botanica Garden tulip displays are usually in full swing, so a quick after-lunch stroll will be the burst of spring you need!
Funding for the scholarships is also generated from an annual holiday greenery sale. Orders will be taken in October and you will receive an email that will include a color brochure of the items available for sale. A nice feature of this fundraiser is the ability to order items and have them directly shipped to the recipient. So if you have family or friends living out of town and you would like to send some holiday cheer their way, the direct delivery option is very convenient. The fresh evergreen wreaths, garlands and other holiday decorations will be delivered right after Thanksgiving, just in time for the holidays. The revenue generated is instrumental in funding next year’s scholarships. Contact Lori Reynolds Craig (660-815-3393 email@example.com) or Lori Manning Marceau (316-371-3557 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Founders Day Celebration
Gamma Phi Beta is 142 years strong. It's time to celebrate our Sorority and sisterhood. Join us for a delicious brunch with your sisters as we celebrate. Don't forget to arrive early to browse the amazing auction! All proceeds benefit the leadership development and philanthropic efforts of our local collegiate and alumnae members.
- Saturday, November 12
- 10 a.m. to noon
- Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
- Please arrive between 9:30 and 10 a.m. to look through the silent auction items before the celebration begins.
- House tours are provided by the Capital Campaign committee following the celebration from 12:30-2 p.m.
- The Petroleum Club
- 100 N. Broadway St. #900
- Wichita, KS 67202
- Cost: $30
- NEW this year: A special guest performance that is sure to entertain and impress!
Silent Auction Gifts
We are accepting silent auction gifts! Please contact Danielle Schweiger or Kim Middlemist for details.
If you would like to pay by mail, please mail a $30 check (made out to "Gamma Phi Beta") to:
- Wichita Alumnae Group of Gamma Phi Beta
- 2801 N. Parkwood Ln.
- Wichita, KS 67220
- Scrambled Eggs (1/2 with peppers and onions and 1/2 plain)
- Bacon, Ham and Sausage
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Fresh Fruit
- Assorted Pastries
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Side bowls of shredded cheese, pico/salsa, butter and jelly
- Coffee, Iced Tea and Water
Please park in the Bank of America parking garage. On the day of the event, you may park anywhere in the garage, including the reserved spaces. The entrance ramp is on the west side of Broadway – about half a block north of Douglas Street. Take the walkway on the third level of the garage into the building and veer to the right. A guard will be on duty, and there will be signs to direct you. Take the elevator up to the 9th floor.
Founders Day Awards
It's time to take nominations for the alumnae group's Founders Day awards! Below are the links to submit your nominations. If you have any issues with the links, please feel free to email your nominations to Jenna at email@example.com. With your nomination, please include the name of the sister you are nominating as well as a synopsis of why you are nominating her. Also please specify which award you are nominating her for. Nominations will close October 15 at 8 p.m. so please get your nominations in before then! Final voting will open October 16 at 8 p.m. and will conclude October 23 at 8 p.m. We will send out reminder emails of these important dates.
The IIKE Award is awarded to an alumna who has made a significant contribution to the alumnae group or to the collegiate chapter. Previous award winners include:
- 2009 - Lori Marceau
- 2010 - Dianne Rosell
- 2011 - Pam Hesse
- 2012 - Dana Castor
- 2013 - Allyson (Sutton) Mendenhall
- 2014 - Emily (Gleason) Stewart
- 2015 - Sandy Stump
Donna Jabara Baker Award
The Donna Jabara Baker Award is awarded to an Outstanding Alumna recognizing her for her work outside and within the sorority. Donna Jabara-Baker was initiated in Pi Kappa Psi at Wichita State University in 1955. She was Sergeant of Arms, 1955; Assistant Treasurer 1956; and Treasurer 1957. In 1957, Donna became a charter member of the Beta Chi Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, where she was among the first pledge class. In 1958, Donna was initiated as part of the first group of Beta Chi initiates. As a member of the Wichita Alumnae Chapter, Donna contributed in the following ways; Chapter Advisor in 1960, Founder's Day Chairwoman, helped initiate the first Christmas Party, member of the Calling Committee, Primary fundraiser for the Capital Endowment Campaign of 1990 and always volunteered time and money wherever needed. Donna Jabara Baker graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Minor in Accounting from Wichita University in 1958. Sister to legendary entrepreneur Fran Jabara and Wichita businesswoman Helen Galloway, she followed in their entrepreneurial footsteps. In 1973, Donna and Helen co-founded The First Place, a unique jewelry and gift store in east Wichita. We lost Donna in 1991. In memory of a sister and businesswoman, the Donna Jabara Baker Endowed Scholarship was established in 1996 for students majoring in entrepreneurship. As well, Donna’s spirit and compassion are memorialized in the Plaza of Heroines. Previous award winners include:
- 2010 - Allyson (Sutton) Mendenhall
- 2011 - Dianne Rosell
- 2012 - Lindsay Mullins
- 2013 - Lori Marceau
- 2014 - Pam Hesse
- 2015 - Sandy Stump
One of our alums, Diane Converse Gans, received a very significant honor in July. She was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Music Works Dance Teacher Connection, a national group of dance educators. This is a national award that is only awarded to one teacher who exhibits commitment, talent, vision and skill. Diane has instilled beauty, creativity, artistry, confidence and self expression through the dance arts for decades. Diane has owned Kansas Dance Academy in Wichita, Kan. for 31 years and has been dancing since she was seven years old! Congratulations, Diane!
Beta Chi Collegiate Update
This fall the Beta Chi chapter welcomed home 32 new members during the fall 2016 Formal Recruitment. Though the hours were long and the weather was rough, we had a wonderful time bonding as sisters and recruiting the future members of our chapter. In the short time they've been in the house, the 2016 pledge class has already taken several opportunities to get involved. We look forward to the great things they will do for our chapter!
- Heidi Dreschler to Morgan McCoy
- Jenny Hromek to Brian Young
- Claire Gregory to Jacob Bowling
- Lizzy (Schmitz) Duling - April 16
- Ann (Crook) O'Connor - September 16
- Jenny (Hromek) Young - September 17
- Chelsea (Eck) Johnson - Cooper Ellis (August 21)
- Megan (Neff) Wruk - Owen Paul (August 25)
- Kelsi (Wells) Troilo - Jett James (January 27)
- Kaylee (Wells) Hutton - Judson Thomas (August 20)
- Sara (Layton) Ross - Elliana Kristine (July 3)
- Emma (Withrow) Koehn - Marian Kaye (May 21)
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