Greetings Alpha Chi Omega Sisters! What a challenging, crazy time we are living in. As we start another year of sisterhood and programs, I hope all are well and are adjusting to this new normal. Normally, I would be providing a report on the Alpha Chi Omega convention, which was to be held in Baltimore this year, well that didn’t happen! BUT we did get surprise visitors on our July zoom board meeting call, Angela Costley Harris, National President, and Laura Knobel, Asst. Director Lifetime Engagement, joined our call to let us know that the Mu Mu Alumnae Chapter was awarded the Continuing Excellence Award for the 21st consecutive time. This award is presented to the alumnae chapter that best exemplifies the ideals and mission of Alpha Chi Omega through its accomplishments in all areas of alumnae chapter development. In order to be considered for this award, an alumnae chapter must have received the National Council Trophy or Continuing Excellence Award at least once during the last five years. This award is a tribute to all the loyal members of Mu Mu and the Real.Strong.Women we have in Kansas City supporting Alpha Chi Omega and our community. It is a wonderful way to start off a new year of sisterhood for the Mu Mu Alumnae Chapter of Greater Kansas City. Whether you are a new grad, new to Kansas City, or just now have the time to get back to AX, Mu Mu welcomes you and hopes to see you at some of our programs in the coming year. The Alpha Chi Omega bond is for a lifetime, no matter when it starts. Your alumna experience can be anything you want it to be and your Mu Mu AX sisters are here to help and support you.
Although we have had to adjust our programming due to COVID, we are hoping to have a variety of programs and opportunities to meet sisters from across the country. We have a great mix of activities to choose from, including monthly programs, GAMMA-day time meetings, monthly Lunch Bunch, Young Alum outings, Mom and Tot, and fundraising/ altruism events for family and friends. In-person or virtually, we will adjust accordingly. Zoom provided us a way to “see” each other with virtual events this past Spring, so we can use that option, as necessary, going forward to ensure we stay connected. Please contact me or any other board member if you have any questions, need a ride or need to learn about zoom. Our first program of the year is in September. This year it is a celebration of our winning the Continuing Excellence award and will be held virtually. It is a casual evening of meeting old and new sisters and celebrating our collegiate chapters. This year we are also discussing a Hall of Commitment ceremony for all the recent graduates that didn’t get to experience the ceremony at their chapters due to the COVID shutdown. This might need to be virtual. Check out the program schedule and mark the dates on your calendar. Event schedules are subject to change this year due to COVID, so watch for emails updates closer to events.
Please consider becoming a dues paying member. Your dues go to support programming, collegiate chapters, National dues, Panhellenic dues and scholarships. Dues are $35 for standard membership (with reduced rates of $30 for 50 year members and $25 for recent graduates). In addition, we have levels of membership support. Members paying $50 will be at the Carnation level, members paying $75 will be at the Lyre level, and members paying $100 will be at the Hera level. These levels include membership dues. The additional amounts paid go to support scholarship/grants, collegiate relations, programming and other Mu Mu expenses. Thanks to all the loyal members that pay their dues, serve on the board, support our fundraisers through attendance and donations, and attend our monthly programs.
Beverly Wood Nichols, Alpha Nu ’75