Fall is always an exciting time for our chapter because we get to start off a brand new year at Pitt Johnstown and work to achieve the goals we set over our summer break. This fall, we are elated to welcome a new member class of 6 amazing new ladybugs! This is the biggest fall class we’ve had in several years and I believe it shows just how hard all of our past and present sisters have worked to recruit and promote a strong influence on our campus.
Our executive board is working very hard on achieving our set of goals this year. Our aim to represent women of poise and purpose has been promoted through our philanthropic work with the S. June Smith Center, the Special Olympics, Girls on the Run, and Light the Night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as our personal volunteering around the city of Johnstown.
We are taking strides to establish an Advisory Board that will help our chapter grow. Many thanks to those who have shown interest in taking a position on this board so far! We are also working on improving our overall alumnae relations by having a stronger presence through newsletters and social media.
One of the biggest obstacles we have faced as a chapter is working to overcome our debt to Nationals. In the Spring of 2012, we faced hazing allegations and underwent an investigation in the Fall. Although we were proven innocent of all charges against us, our chapter still was found responsible for the expenses of the investigation as well as the additional charges it cost our chapter, totaling in the thousands. We are working very hard to fundraise and repay these charges by the end of the semester, a total of $3,500.00. One of our current fundraising efforts, Yankee Candle, can be found on the "donation" post in this blog. Please check it out. http://asa-upj.blogspot.com/2013/10/donate.html
Additionally, Nationals has placed us on FOCUS Plan so that Epsilon Lambda can work to maximize our efficiency in each office and learn how to become the Four Star Chapter that we know we can be. I know this year is one of great change and important strides for our chapter. We have amazingly talented women and brilliant seniors to mentor us while we work vigorously to become the best sorority we can be and I am very proud to be a part of such a dedicated organization.
Thank you so much for reading our newsletter and always feel free to contact us at any time and keep up to date on all of our upcoming events through our Alumnae Facebook page! I hope that you all are living every day to its ultimate good!
Alpha love and mine,