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Brazil represented at national convention

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kathy Bridgewater, Diane Braden, Linda Sheese and Janice Modesitt recently attended the 104th National Convention of Delta Theta Tau Sorority as representatives from Brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter.
The 104th National Convention of Delta Theta Tau Sorority took place July 11-15, 2012.

Rise Buzzard, Alpha Delta Chapter, Huntington, Ind., served as Convention Coordinator for the "Fiesta On The River Walk," which took place at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio, San Antonio, Texas.

National President Cathy Stanford, Omicron Alpha Chapter, Woodlawn, Ill., presided at the business meeting during the convention.

Delegates from 79 chapters were represented.

Attending from Brazil's Alpha Omega chapter were Kathy Bridgewater, Diane Braden, Linda Sheese and Janice Modesitt.

A combined total from all chapters donated to philanthropic projects during the past year amounted to $714,363.09.

The members supported their communities with a total of 189,770 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 2012 delegates allotted $15,000 for the educational grants, $5,000 for the National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasias and $4,967.03 to be split between Operation Quiet Comfort and Military Outreach Ministry (MOM$USA).

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 of Valparaiso, Ind. The chapter awarded for most volunteer hours was Gamma Upsilon, West Frankfort, Ill.

Social activities enjoyed by members included the "Kick Up Your Spurs" mixer, "Con Bellos Deltas" informal and the "River Walk Moon Light Masquerade" banquet.

Brazil's Alpha Omega Chapter supports philanthropic projects throughout Clay County. During 2011-12, these included assistance to the Clay County Humane Society, the Food Pantry, St. Vincent Clay Hospital ER, Serving On The Streets (SOS) 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, Clay Community Skate Park, Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivors, Brazil Police Department (for a new canine) and Northview's "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 Karen Allen of Alpha Omicron Chapter of Terre Haute to serve as the new national president.

Karen chose as her focus for her years at the help of the organization, "The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone Else Is Your Time."

Delegates voted to conduct the 2014 convention in Vancouver, Wash.

Five high schools girls founded delta Theta Tau, a national philanthropic sorority, in 1903, in Muncie, Ind.

The first national convention took place in 1908, in Elwood, Ind.

The 105th National Convention will take place July 10-14, at the Whispering Woods Conference Center, Olive Branch, Miss.

Terri Shannon, Nu Alpha Chapter, Oxford, Ohio, will be the convention coordinator.

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