Fraternity Friday, Life as a Sorority Alumna, Part XII

This week we have another Delta Gamma sister joining us! It is sisters like this that keep our organisations alive and thriving- she is dedicated, passionate, and stays involved at a level that works with her life (rather than simply disappearing). The NPC is lucky to have members of this quality in it’s organisations, and I hope that my sisters are as dedicated. Onto the good stuff!

Sorority Alumna DG

1. What organisation and university are you from?
I pledged Delta Gamma at Emory University in Atlanta

2. What year did you initiate into your organization?

3. Does your organisation offer specific alumnae programming?
Yes! However there is not much in my current area. The alumnae groups seem to do much better in metropolitan areas. Many of them are very active with the Delta Gamma Foundation and Service for Sight. Delta Gamma sponsors 4 schools and several centers for the visually impaired. When I lived in a bigger city we did more activities and always tried to come up with unique things that women would not be doing with another organization. With one group, we used to host a welcome party for the new members and a couple of the older members would mention something about what bid day or recruitment was like in their era. With another group, we hosted a Feng Shui seminar, one time we met for a wine tasting at an art museum, another time we went kayaking. Some of the best events were just hanging out and we tested out silly icebreaker games the new members were going to use. In a couple of big cities they some times have smaller groups to divide up into age-interest activities like Mommy and Me, or Girls Night Out.

4. Are you active in either an alumnae group of your organisation or the area Panhellenic? If yes, do you hold a position?
I am not currently but I have in the past been an adviser and an alumnae officer.

5. Has your sorority experience contributed to where you are now- both personally and professionally? If yes, how so?
This was why I wanted to write in. I have been an alum 10 times longer than I was a collegian, but there were lots of thing I learned about myself and about people that have helped me personally and professionally. Believe it or not, I was pretty shy in high school. Now I work on a college campus, and I talk for a living. My chapter was small, and so everyone had to pitch in where they could. There was no hiding during recruitment. I was often grabbed to have that last person to make the intramural team or pulled into an activity at the last minute. I learned about business skills like organization, networking, and logistics – things that I would not have had an opportunity to learn in my normal line of classes. I learned about how to deal with difficult situations. We used to joke about “we are not here for a long time, just a good time.” I learned about professionalism and keeping a group on track. I learned about an analytical method of management. To break this down – think about what would be perfect, then think about what you have, it might not be perfect but maybe you can still make it great.

6. Do you interact with any undergraduate chapters of your organisation? Ie. Attend a reunion day or Initiation, alumnae days, recruitment, philanthropy events
Like I said not currently, but as a long time adviser, I have helped with recruitment and initiations. I don’t usually attend Homecomings at the chapters near me since I was not from those chapters. I have gone to several Founder’s Days.

7. If you could plan an alumnae event, anything at all, what would it be?
I had an idea for a Speakeasy or Great Gatsby party as a collegian that we never did? Philanthropy fundraisers many times involve auctions or Fun Runs or games and contests – it could be a lot of fun to plan a reunion/gala as a fundraiser. Could you do geocaching or is that too much like a scavenger hunt? Other alum events that I would like to plan – A Mommy and Me tea party? Easter egg hunt with beeping eggs for the visually impaired?

8. Final thoughts?
I think that its sad that so many collegians see sorority life for just four years or that get burnt out after a year of living in the house. I have had to move a lot and everytime I have had a way to make friends outside of work besides church. Every time I have made friends of all ages. I think its a shame that some of the millennials don’t seem to want to spend the time they could with older generations. Sure it will never be they way it was – but that doesn’t mean its not fun to learn. Its also kind of funny how we do things 3 years in a row and its a tradition and we don’t always think about the real long lasting tradition that becomes ritual.

PS. If you have never been to a convention- you should try it at least once- if only for one day!

I could not agree more- so many NPC collegians join for their four years, and then disappear never to be seen again. I completely understand that not everyone has the time to be an advisor, or even be in an alumnae group. But to never once come out to a Founder’s Day, an Initiation, or an anniversary event over the years? What was the point? Collegian members, I promise we aren’t trying to relive the old days, just spend some time with our newer sisters!

I hope that I can stay as involved as my Panhellenic sister- her creative ideas for alumnae events, her dedication to Delta Gamma, and her articulate examination of the impact of her Fraternity inspire me to look for more ways to give back to Alpha Gamma Delta. I don’t think that everyone quite realises the differences that a sorority can make in the way you speak, work, and even hold yourself. Thank you again, for taking the time to share these wonderful answers!!

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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