Delta Theta Tau Sorority National Convention was held July 8-12, at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel in Costa Mesa, Cal. Carmen Lee, Zeta Epsilon Chapter, Ventura, Cal., served as coordinator for the convention that had a "Rockin' Thru the Ages" theme.
National President, Terri Shannon, Nu Alpha Chapter, Oxford, Ohio, presided at the business meetings during the convention. Elegates from 80 chapters were represented. Attending from Brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter were Michelle Bell, Melissa McCullough, Diana Braden and Linda Sheese.
A combined total from all chapters donated to philanthropic projects during the past year amounted to $786,678.59. The members supported their communities with a total of 172,923 volunteer hours during the past year.
Of philanthropic interest to members is the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias and encouraging professionals in the area of guidance and counseling. Delta Theta Tau's Educational Grant Program enables students to continue their studies in the graduate field of Guidance and Counseling. The 2009 delegates allotted $15,000 for the educational grants and $5,000 for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias.
Awards were given to the chapter with the highest total amount of money spent on philanthropy, and also for the chapter with the most volunteer hours. Receiving the award for highest amount of money spent for philanthropy was Tau Chapter of Valparaiso, Ind., the chapter awarded for most volunteer hours was Omicron Pi of Bethel, Mo.
Brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter supports philanthropic projects throughout Clay County. These include assistance to the Clay County Humane Society, the Food Pantry, St. Vincent Clay Hospital ER, Serving on the Streets (SOS) and the LEAAP Center. They also provide scholarships in math education and have donated to various local projects including Brazil City Park and Recreation Board, Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, Family Film Festical, Post Proms at both high schools, YMCA, United Way, Clay Youth League, Well Child Clinic, Clay County Benevolence Ministry, the Brazil City Police Department and Clay County Sheriff's Department for their canine programs. Their major fund-raisers include cheeseballs, geraniums/hanging baskets and Tasste Treat Luncheon.
Delegates elected Jean Claggett of Kappa Xi Chapter of Brookville, Ohio to serve as the new National President. Jean chose as her focus for her year at the helm of the organization, "Friendships Last Forever When Sisters Come Together." Delegates voted to hold the 2011 convention in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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 1908 in Elwood, Ind. The 102 National Convention will be held July 14-18, 2010 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, St. Louis, Mo.