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Locals attend 100th National Convention

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Representing the Alpha Omega Chapter Delta Theta Tau: Melissa McCullough, Michelle Bell, Diane Braden, Janice Modesitt, Linda Sheese, and Bev Higham. [Order this photo]
The 100th National Convention of Delta Theta Tau Sorority was held July 9-13, 2008, at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, Fort Myers, Fla. Jan Swerlein, Past National President, was Convention Coordinator for the convention that had a "South Seas Paradise" theme.

National President Mary Jane Litz of New River, Arizona presided and letn new heritage to the history of the sorority. Mary Jane is the first daughter of a Past National President (Naomi Johnson, Bloomington, 1985-86) to serve in the capacity of National President. On opening day of the convention, Omicron Upsilon Chapter, Spring, Texas was chartered.

Represented were delegates from 83 chapters. Attending from brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter were Melissa McCullough, Michelle Bell, Diane Braden, Janice Modesitt, Linda Sheese, and Bev Higham.

A combined total from all chapters donated to philanthropic projects during the past year amounted to $732,827.75. The members supported their communities with a total of 175,716 volunteer hours during the past year.

Awards were given to the chapters with the highest total amount of money spent on philanthropy, and also for the chapters with the most volunteer hours. Receiving the award for the highest amount of money spent for philanthropy was Tau Chapter of Valparaiso; the chapter awarded for the most volunteer hours was Omicron Pi Chapter of Bethel, Mo.

Brazil's Alpha Omega chapter supports philanthropic project throughout Clay County. These include assistance to the Clay County Humane Society, the Food Pantry, and the LEAPP Center. They also provide scholarships in math education and have donated to various local projects including Brazil City Park & Recreation Board, Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, Family Film Festival, Bible Clubs at both high schools, YMCA, United Way, Clay Youth League, Well Child Clinic. Their major fund raisers include cheeseballs, geraniums/hanging baskets and Taste Treat Luncheon.

The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias and encouraging professionals in the area of guidance and counseling are the main national projects of the philanthropic organization. Delta Theta Tau's Educational Grant Program enables students to continue their studies in the graduate field of Guidance and Counseling. Delegates in Fort Myers allotted $5,000 for the National Foundation of ectodermal Dysplasias.

Delegates elected Terri Shannon of Nu Alpha Chapter of Oxdford, Ohio to serve as the new National President. Members also voted to hold the 2010 convention in St. Louis, Mo.

Gaye Hanson, a nationally recognized professional storyteller and master encourager, gave a dynamic presentation on Thursday afternoon. Social activites enjoyed by members during the convention included the "Flip Flops and Flamingos" Mixer, the "Tropical Heat Wave" Informal and the "Moonlight Memories" Banquet.

Delta Theta Tau, a national philanthropic sorority, was founded in 1903 in Muncie, Ind., by five high school girls. The first national convention was held in Elwood.

The 2009 National Convention will be held at the Hilton Orange Couny in Costa Mesa, Calif., on July 8-12. Carmen Lee of Ventura, Calif., will be the coordinator.

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