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Local chapter members attend national convention

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Delegates from 85 Delta Theta Tau Sorority Chapters took part in the 103rd National Convention July 13-17, including members of Brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter. Attending were Diane Braden, Linda Sheese, Janice Modesitt and Kathy Bridgewater.
The 103rd National Convention of Delta Theta Tau Sorority took place July 13-17.

Virginia Benefiel, Zeta Zeta Chapter, Plymouth, Ind., served as Convention Coordinator for the event, which took place at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Mich.

The theme was "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much."

National President Jean Brower, Gamma Pi Chapter, New Paris, Ohio, presided at the business meetings during the convention.

Delegates from 85 chapters were represented. Attending from Brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter were Diane Braden, Kathy Bridgewater, Linda Sheese and Janice Modesitt.

A combined total from all chapters donated to philanthropic projects during the past year amounted to $776,759.23. The members supported their communities with a total of 147,874 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 2011 delegates allotted $15,000 for the educational grants, $5,000 for the National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasias and $5,208.75 for The LAM Foundation.

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 highest amount of money spent for philanthropy was Tau Chapter, Valparaiso, Ind. The chapter awarded for most volunteer hours was Omicron Pi, Bethel, Mo.

Brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter supports philanthropic projects throughout Clay County. During 2010-11, projects included assistance to the Clay County Humane Society, the Food Pantry, St. Vincent Clay Hospital ER, Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.), and the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center.

They also provide scholarships in math education and have donated to various local projects including band departments at both county high schools, the YMCA of Clay County's Strong Kids Campaign, United Way of the Wabash Valley, MDA, the Skatepark, Hope Reins, and Northview's "We Wish You Well" program.

In addition, they helped sponsor a delegate to Hoosier Girls' State. Their major fundraisers include cheeseballs, geraniums/hanging baskets and Taste Treat Luncheon.

Delegates elected Cathy Stanford of Omicron Alpha Chapter, Woodlawn, Ill., to serve as the new National President. Stanford chose as her focus for her year at the helm of the organization, "Attitude is Everything."

Delegates voted to conduct the 2013 convention in Olive Branch, Miss.

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

The first national convention took place in 1908, in Elwood, Ind. The 104th National Convention will be July 11-15, at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, San Antonia, Texas.

Rise Buzzard, Alpha Delta Chapter, Huntington, Ind., will be the convention coordinator.

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