Fall 2015 Web Extra, Always Alpha Phi

A special addition to the Fall 2015 Quarterly "Always Alpha Phi" section.



Toronto and Area Alumnae Chapter

Sisters attended the annual general meeting, where they welcomed recently graduated sisters into alumnae life. The meeting had record breaking attendance, which they hope to continue into the coming year. Elections were held and new directors were successfully installed with Rebecca Harvey (Xi-Toronto) elected as chapter president. Sisters also attended a crafting social where they came together to create unique pieces of art to represent their dynamic personalities.

President: Rebecca Harvey, rlharveyaphi@gmail.com 

Southwestern Ontario Alumnae Chapter

Alumnae held a collaborative event with the Toronto and Area alumnae chapter in Waterloo, Ont., where sisters enjoyed the local food of Ontario. The chapter also had a great turn out of new graduates at their spring luncheon and look forward to seeing many more attend their annual general meeting.

Fun Fact: Five new graduate alumnae attended the chapter's most recent event.

President: Cassandra Caranci, caranci_cassie@hotmail.com




Coachella Valley Alumnae Chapter

Sisters gathered for the chapter's annual spring brunch at the Palm Desert home of Cynthia Cook Hunter (Gamma Alpha-San Diego State). Monthly social gatherings were held in June, July and August.

President: Amy Larsen, amy.larsen@mac.com 

Placer Alumnae Chapter

Members honored two of their five 50-year member, Faith Jackson Geoghegan (Gamma Beta-UC Santa Barbara) and Lucinda Ernst Luttgen (Epsilon Gamma-CSU Sacramento), at the chapter's end of spring luncheon. Both members played a pivotal role in growing the sisterhood in the local collegiate and alumnae chapters. The art of alumnae Christine dela Cruz Stein (Beta Psi-San Jose State) and Katherine Grebitus (Gamma Beta-UC Santa Barbara) was featured at the Shades of Carmichael, a fundraiser event that benefits the Sacramento Fine Arts Center and Carmichael Recreation and Park District. Katherine sold her art at the event's silent auction; Christine sold her art at the live auction and received the highest bid for her piece "Peacock Paradise." Her art was used to promote the event in newspapers and internet ads and articles, banners and brochures.

Fun Fact: There are five 50-year members in the alumnae chapter.

President: Katherine Grebitus, artauntie@hotmail.com

San Mateo Alumnae Chapter

The chapter hosted its end-of-the-year Skinny Salads and Fat Desserts potluck and nearly all chapter alumnae attended. Laurie Wallace Pastrick (Theta Omega-Barry) started her own mobile physical therapy private practice — GOAL Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, which stands for "Get Out and Live."

Fun Fact: The San Mateo alumnae chapter Facebook page will be coming soon.

President: Lucinda Georgette, cgeorgette@aol.com


Daytona Beach Area Alumnae Chapter

Email blasts to local members encouraged local alumnae to participate in the colonization of an Alpha Phi chapter at North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The chapter also continues to be a major player for attendance at Panhellenic functions.

President:  Linda Lampman,  lindalampman@att.net

Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter

The chapter joined Sarasota alumnae for lunch at Panera Bread followed by a tour of the famous Ringling Mansion and Museum in Sarasota, Fla. Alumnae once again enthusiastically supported the annual fundraisers of three local Panhellenic alumnae groups. This May, Clearwater Panhellenic Alumnae awarded a record $7,000 in collegiate scholarships for fall 2015. Tampa Bay alumnae were proud to be acknowledged as one of the highest-donating alumnae chapters.

President:  Jacqueline Stubba, jstubba@earthlink.net 


Central Iowa Alumnae Chapter

Many thanks to the alumnae who wore red and their letters with pride at the American Heart Association Walk on June 13. Aimee Green Fisher (Delta Gamma-Northern Colorado) did a great job organizing volunteers. The chapter also held the annual business meeting to vote in new officers. Thank you to retiring officers Karen Bloch Bavendar (Epsilon Omega-Texas A&M), Caitlin Alden (Delta Epsilon-University of Iowa), Jenny Tran-Johnson (Gamma Omicron-Drake) and Colleen Cassidy (Theta Zeta-Florida Institute of Technology). A donation to the Alpha Phi Foundation was made to welcome the newest alumnae chapter members, the collegians from the University of Northern Iowa (Epsilon Theta), Drake University (Gamma Omicron), Iowa State University (Zeta Delta) and the University of Iowa (Delta Epsilon). The All Greek Happy Hour was the first event of the Central Iowa Alumnae Panhellenic Association. Twelve Alpha Phi alumnae members attended making Alpha Phi the second highest attending chapter at this fun celebration.

President: Rachel Manuel Bruns, rachel.m.bruns@gmail.com


Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter

Linda Gallagher (Gamma Delta-Kansas) is representative for District 23 of the Kansas House of Representatives, serving Shawnee, Lenexa and Overland Park. As a fifth generation Kansan and 32-year Lenexa resident, she has a long history of serving her local community including as a six-term Republican precinct committeewoman. Linda is also a freelance writer and editor, as well as past executive director of the Kansas City Chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Linda has been involved with the alumnae chapter for many years, serving as chapter president and Panhellenic delegate. She currently serves as the chapter's Quarterly correspondent. Linda was recognized in April as a Woman of the Year by the Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Greater Kansas City.

Fun Fact: The chapter has over 40 dues paying members and hosts each month between September and May.

President: Allison Rickels, Allison@FarmHouse.org

Wichita Alumnae Chapter

Sisters from many generations gathered at the newest event of the year: Paint the Towne. This new event was a great success and included more than 25 members ranging from newly graduated to 50-year members. The chapter plans to host the event again next year. Alumna and emerging playwright Lisa Sillaway (Gamma Xi-Wichita) debuted a new drama, "Blank," at London's Hen and Chickens Theatre in August. Alumna Alison Lindsay Brookins (Gamma Xi-Wichita State) received the Helping Hand Award from the Andover Board of Education. It was given to Alison in recognition of her contributions to Sunflower Elementary in Andover, Kan.

President: Marcia Weddle, mcweddle@cox.net


Omaha Alumnae Chapter

Alumnae attended the Panhellenic Gathering of Greeks. Nicole Sup Deprez (Delta Xi-Nebraska Kearney) hosted the alumnae table, and past Panhellenic Women of the Year were recognized, many of whom are Omaha alumnae. Alumna Pam Benson Linehan (Nu- Nebraska) hosted an evening of Bunco at her home and sisters shared recipes.  

President: Tara Henkenius, tara13054@gmail.com


Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter

Sisters enjoyed the annual State Day lunch at Tanoan Country Club. The program honored Frances Nichols Henslee (Omega-Texas) for her many years of service to the chapter; she moved to North Carolina in May. Receiving their 50-year pins were Susan Anderson (Pi-North Dakota), Roberta Carraine Glaser (Beta Chi-Bucknell), Anne Burrows Gonzales (Gamma Omicron-Drake) and Bonnie Kruger Kelly (Beta-Northwestern).

President: Shirley Calhoun, birdseed44@juno.com


Charlotte Alumnae Chapter

Elections were held in May and multiple new members were nominated. Three women who did not previously hold positions accepted their nominations and have already brought many fresh ideas to the table. The women who are new to their positions include Secretary Lauren Langell (Zeta Rho-Bentley), Treasurer Helen Barnes (Beta Mu-Alabama) and Panhellenic Delegate Chelsea Ashworth (Theta Nu-Appalachian State).

Fun Fact: The chapter initiated a partnership with the Charlotte Knights, a local minor league baseball team. The second annual Knights fundraiser donated the cost of 50 home run seats to Alpha Phi Foundation.

President: Somer Wright, aphisomer@gmail.com


Grand Forks Alumnae Chapter

Alumnae gathered in Detroit Lakes, Minn., to enjoy a summer lunch with sisters. The summer luncheon, organized by Barbara Wood William (Pi-North Dakota), was held the last Monday in July.

Fun Fact: Diane Rice Gunderson (Pi-North Dakota) was named director of physical medical services for Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks. Diane is responsible for the inpatient rehabilitation program, psychiatry clinic practice, physical medicine, therapy services and specialty services.

President: Kathy Ashe, ashekathy@hotmail.com



Ashland Area Alumnae Chapter

The April meeting celebrated Ashland's (Epsilon Alpha) graduating seniors and welcomed them as alumnae. In conjunction with the collegiate chapter, a senior ceremony and dessert reception were held. Alumnae provided welcoming gifts for the senior women. In June, members traveled to Canton, Ohio, to visit the First Ladies Museum. Following a viewing of the "Forgotten First Ladies," the group toured the seven story building that once served as a bank. A short courtyard walk took sisters to President William McKinley's historic home, where they learned more about his lifestyle. The afternoon luncheon was held at the Twisted Olive Restaurant.

Fun Fact: Chapter President Jan Brinker Schaeffer (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green) attended and served as a facilitator at the Alpha Phi Leadership Fellows seminar in July.

President: Janet Schaeffer, janschaeffer@alumnae.alphaphi.org

Cleveland East Alumnae Chapter

Sisters and their families attended a Lake County Captains baseball game. Three members currently serve as advisors to collegiate chapters: Mary Beth Alley (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green) and Kim Alley Brundage (Epsilon Alpha-Ashland) work with Baldwin Wallace (Delta Upsilon) and Caroline Alley (Eta Gamma-Akron) works with Akron (Eta Gamma). The chapter is proud of these members for giving back to collegiate sisters!

President: Kimberly Brundage,  kimbrundage2@gmail.com

Cleveland West Shore Alumnae Chapter

After learning about bee keeping at the last meeting, members took home milkweed seedlings to help preserve monarch butterflies in the area.

Fun Fact: The chapter has boosted its average attendance at meetings this year by more than 50 percent.

President: Mitzi Gitlin,  mitzi815@yahoo.com


Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter

The chapter celebrated summer with a night at the ballpark. Sisters cheered on the Oklahoma City Dodgers to victory. Sisters extended invitations to the local collegiate chapter members to join the fun. The chapter also hosted senior ceremony for the women of Oklahoma City (Delta Delta) and Oklahoma (Phi).

Fun Fact: The chapter raised $250 for the American Heart Association by participating in the annual heart walk.

President: Bethany Brown,  banders@flash.net



Lehigh Valley Alumnae Chapter

Members gathered for a fun evening of wine tasting at the Clover Hill Winery to celebrate a successful year of revitalization. The chapter held five events last year, helping to double its membership numbers.

Fun Fact: Alumnae Chapter President Lory Fraraccio-Kenney (Eta Gamma-Akron) received the President's Volunteer Service Award, presented by President Obama in honor of her dedication to volunteering in 2014.

President: Lory Fraraccio-Kenney, loryfraraccio.kenney@gmail.com



Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter

A progressive dinner was held in May at the homes of Denise Collins (Omega-Texas), Louise Florey Reid (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) and Mary Jo Huard (Pi-North Dakota).

North Tarrant County Alumnae Chapter

Alumnae sponsored alumnae initiate Anita Haribhai. She was initiated at the Delta Beta chapter in Commerce, Texas.

Fun Fact: Alumnae chapter membership continues to grow with approximately 10 new sisters who attend regularly.

President: Donna Marshall, donnamarshall3@verizon.net

Northwest Houston Alumnae Chapter

Sisters enjoyed a pottery painting and social evening in June followed by a pottery pick-up and dinner in July. In September, the chapter kicked off the year with meet-and-greet events in The Woodlands and in Champions/Cypress. Other upcoming scheduled events include Founders' Day event in October, a spa night in November and a Christmas party in December. For the most up-to-date information on scheduled events or impromptu gatherings, visit the chapter's Facebook page.

President: Geneen Pipher, geneen@aggienetwork.com

San Antonio Alumnae Chapter

Alumnae gathered at Pompeii Italian Grill, where they presented a check for $1750 from lollipops sales to University Hospital Baby Safe Room. Sister Cammie Todd (Gamma Omega-Midwestern State) coordinated this year's sales! Alumnae attended the annual Panhellenic Association of San Antonio's (PASA) scholarship luncheon at the San Antonio Country Club. Suzan Benbow Taft (Omega-Texas) was honored with the Merit Award — the highest honor the organization awards! Barbara Bean (Iota Zeta-Colorado School of Mines) hosted the annual family day. Sisters and their families gathered around the pool with good food and company. The chapter also gathered at her home to write recommendations and sip on margaritas.

Fun Fact: Save the date for the chapter's first Red Dress Gala on Nov. 7, 2015! Check out their Facebook page for more information.

President: Barbara Brinkmann,  babsbrink@aol.com 

Southwest Dallas Alumnae Chapter

Sisters enjoyed a delightful and delicious luncheon at Amberjax's in the Trinity Groves marketplace. The chapter was honored to celebrate Texas A&M Commerce's (Delta Beta) 55th anniversary.

President: Judy Hatch,  judyhatch@sbcglobal.net


Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter

The chapter installed a new executive board at its annual spring buffet. New officers include President Jonique Whitehurst (Theta Rho-Cameron), Vice President of Programming & President Elect Jenn Barton (Theta Phi- Christopher Newport), Secretary Alex Chagouris (Delta Zeta- Maryland), Social Media Chair Madeline Roberts (Theta Xi- Shippensburg) and Treasurer Lyndsay Kelsey (Theta Zeta- Florida Tech). In April, alumnae members attended the George Mason's (Eta Lambda-George Mason) Senior Ceremony with International President Deana Koonsman Gage (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) and helped welcome the senior collegiate members into alumnae status.

President: Jonique Whitehurst,  jonique.whitehurst@gmail.com

Richmond Central Virginia Alumnae Chapter

Members volunteered at the 2015 Richmond Heart Ball, which raised more than $1 million dollars. Sister Amy Gerhart Favreau (Alpha-Syracuse) was recently named the 2015 North American Chapter Volunteer of the Year by the American Marketing Association (AMA). The annual award recognizes chapter leaders whose contributions have added significantly to the goals of the organization — one of the largest marketing associations in the world. Amy has been an AMA volunteer leader for 13 years, at both the local and national level. She is senior-level writer and communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience. She currently works as both the Chief Marketing Officer for Children's Home Society of Virginia, a non-profit adoption agency founded in Richmond in 1900, and as an independent writer and communications strategist for her own company, Word of Mouse, an endeavor she launched in 1996. She is also a consultant Chief Strategy Officer with Richmond-based advertising and branding firm Randall Branding. As Chapter Volunteer of the Year, Favreau was invited to be a guest presenter at the AMA's annual Leadership Summit in Chicago, attended by more than 300 professional chapter leaders from the U.S. and Canada. She was a motivational keynote speaker and also presented sessions in best practices in membership, communications, and strategic planning. As Chapter Volunteer of the Year, Favreau will receive honorary lifetime membership in the AMA.

Fun Fact: All six members of the executive board attended the annual meeting in April.

President: Diana McKinney, dianamckinney4@yahoo.com