Alpha Chi Omega Newsletter Rho Chapter ~ Autumn 2004 _____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___ MESSAGE FROM OUTGOING 2004 RHO CHAPTER PRESIDENT Hello Parents and Alumni, This past fall was an exciting quarter for Rho, as it usually is. With the addition of our new members, initiation, and our philanthropy, the quarter was packed with many unforgettable events. Most importantly, elections for the 2005 Executive board and junior executive positions were held. A retreat with both the 2004 and 2005 executive boards at the end of the quarter helped to steer the new leaders of Rho into a successful new year. All in all, it was a very productive and We held daily workshops and practices, memorable fall quarter. I would just like to say and made the house completely spotless (yes, that it has been a pleasure and an honor to serve we actually cleaned!). Alpha Chi Omega looked and represent my collegiate chapter this past the best it has ever been in years. Mock year. I wish Jennifer Calabrese and her new recruitment was a great success, and so many of board the best of luck. you showed up with other relatives and friends that we ran out of seating. Your flashing Sincerely, cameras, roaring laughter, and booming Amy Hoang applause during our door chants, skits, and 2004 Rho President. preference song were very encouraging. We appreciated your support tremendously. The Alpha Chi Omega Rho chapter had an extremely busy and successful fall quarter. You will be pleased to know that our chapter was ranked sixth in grades out of the total sixteen sororities for spring quarter, and we are constantly striving to do even better. We have been up to a lot this past quarter and although it is tough to put it in a short newsletter, we would like to share our accomplishments so far with all of you…. Recruitment Many of you might have been a little hesitant to let your daughters leave home three weeks early, but rest assured, we were hard at work since the beginning of September preparing for recruitment. Our recruitment chairs Anna Sutter and Becky Sullivan tirelessly slaved away To take a bit of the edge off of pre-rush, all summer to get ready for these very pertinent we held our first annual “80’s Prom”. The girls weeks before school started. During pre-rush we dug through their older sisters’ closets and thrift woke up at the early hour of 8:30 a.m. to practice stores for old 80’s prom dresses (picture puffy our beloved traditional door chants. Aside from sleeves, metallic colors, and lots of velvet and the daily complaints from neighboring fraternities, lace), spent hours teasing their hair, and applying the chants really pumped all the girls up for the the brightest make-up they could find. We cruised two weeks of preparation and recruitment. over to the Bellevue Community Center in style, pulling up in Excursion limos and dancing the night away to Billy Idol and Cyndi Lauper. It was the perfect way to unwind and just enjoy each Big Sis/Lil Sis Week other’s company. Christmas came early this year for the new th At the end of a long but satisfying week members during the week of November 15 , the of recruitment, we welcomed twenty-five sophomore class surprising their little sis with wonderful new ladies to Alpha Chi Omega, gifts every morning. These first four days were in including two legacies. We celebrated bid week anticipation for “Reveal,” where the new with a day dedicated to each class: a pizza and members finally found out their big sis. swim party with the sophomore class, bowling Mystagogue Stephanie Goodman and VP of with the junior class, and broom ball with the Education Lauren Hunt paired up all the girls and senior class. And of course, bid week would not had to work extra hard to keep their lips sealed be the same without serenades from fraternities. from the new members. The sophomore class Those weeks of preparation really paid off. was assigned specific items each day, but there were no limits to their creativity. One morning the new members woke up to posters plastered all over the hallways, some displaying the girls’ favorite movies or TV shows, and others with quotes or poems. Another morning the new members received containers filled with their “favorites,” from candy to CD’s to make-up. At the end of the week, the new members received pajamas matching those of their families, and through a game of Bingo, the new members were revealed one by one to the sophomores. We celebrated that evening with “family” pictures and visiting friends around the Greek system to introduce the new family additions. Founders Day Alpha Chi Omega was founded on October 15, 1885, and in appreciation of our sorority’s birthday, we held a Founders Day celebration at Overlake golf course on October 23. Jen Calabrese, Vice President of Fraternity Relations, organized a wonderful event. We were lucky enough to have alumni from several different classes attend, showing the dedication from the women of Alpha Chi Omega. Julie Kiyonaga and Marissa Neff were both awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Alumni and Panhellenic associations, and we are extremely proud of their achievements. After a day of sitting and listening attentively in their chapter attire, the girls were ready to let loose at Fall Cruise. Fall Cruise The Lebowski Challenge A favorite dance for many of the girls, Based on the movie “The Big Lebowski,” Fall Cruise was held the evening of October 23 we decided to continue our philanthropy idea on a double-decker Argosy boat with a dance from last year with our second annual Lebowski st floor, DJ, two bars, and snack table. Our Dance Bowl-a-Thon, held on December 1 -3rd Chair Ruthie Schneller planned the entire event, benefiting Eastside Domestic Violence. In working hard to make sure everyone had an preparation for the event, Fundraising Chairs awesome time. Although there was no set theme Katie Carlton and Jenny Tvedt organized Krispy for the dance, couples got creative, some Kreme sales all around campus, and forcing sporting army gear, others in cowboy hats, and a ourselves to resist the temptation to snack on the few even went “mad for plaid.” The cruise, lasting doughnuts, we ended up selling out before the three hours, traveled all around Lake Union, day was over. Dani Aaro, our Philanthropy Chair, hitting some of the most beautiful spots in extended the Lebowski Challenge to three days Seattle. Everyone had a great time, and the new this year, with a viewing of the movie on the first members especially are looking forward to future night and a dinner honoring the winning team on dances. the third night. Sixteen teams of four participated this year from different fraternities and sororities, raising over $900. Teams really got into the Eastside Domestic Violence, an incredibly worthy competition, practicing their bowling skills days in charity. advance and planning teams outfits for the event. We were all pleased to present a check to Elections Holiday Party It was a close election this year with so The surprises continued for the new many qualified candidates, and we are pleased to members with this yearly holiday tradition, most introduce to you our Executive Officers for the of it in gratitude to all of you. With the belief that 2005 school year: our house has not been allowed to be decorated due to its potentially hazardous effects ingrained President: Jennifer Calabrese in the new members’ heads, we all gathered at VP Risk Management: Ashley Loncon California Pizza Kitchen the evening of th VP Chapter Standards and Relations: Lindsey November 30 to make room for the mandatory Bratner “fire inspection.” Little did the new members know VP Recruitment: Krystal Brokaw that during that time, parents were hard at work. VP Finance Payables: Haleigh Hawes When the new members returned to the house, VP Finance Receivables: Janet Reid they were surprised with holiday decorations, VP Education: Brisa Leachman treats, pillows from their big sis, and even VP Communications: Katie Carlton pictures with Santa Claus. It was the perfect way VP Fraternity Relations: Dani Aaro to kick off the holiday season. VP Intellectual Development: Jamie Cato QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? VP Membership Development: Tracey Miyazaki Contact: Panhellenic Delegate: Heidi Harrison Dani Aaro, VP Fraternity Relations th 4545 17 Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105 Congratulations as well to the new Junior firstname.lastname@example.org or Executive Officers. We have an amazing group of Kellie Hwang, Publications Chair leaders and are eager to share their email@example.com accomplishments to come.
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