Spring 2016 Web Extra, Always Alpha Phi

A special addition to the Spring 2016 Quarterly "Always Alpha Phi" section. 

ASHLAND AREA, OHIOAshland Area alumnae chapter member Debby Bryden Gray (Epsilon Alpha-Ashland) has stepped down as an advisor to the Epsilon Alpha chapter after serving for 38 years. She first served as chapter advisor for 21 years and continued as a programming and education and risk management advisor. Debby also served the Upper Midwest Region (now the Northern Quadrant) as its alumnae membership coordinator.
CASE WESTERN, OHIOAlumna Janeil Jaggers (Zeta Pi-Case Western) participated in a photo-shoot-turned-book about women fighting Cystic Fibrosis and promoting positive body image. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive lung disease requiring significant medication and treatment, which often times causes scarring. The project - "Salty Girls: The Women of Cystic Fibrosis" - feature raw and beautiful photos of women with Cystic Fibrosis. The mission of the project is to show that women with this lung disease are strong and courageous. Many of the participants are also members of Inter/National sororities. 
CENTRAL IOWA, IOWABarbara Morrison Cannon (Beta Kappa-Denison) served in a leadership role as president of the Central Iowa Alumnae Panhellenic Association. The Association earned a "New Alumnae Panhellenic Excellence" award from the National Panhellenic Conference for the quality of the chapter's programming and activities. The chapter was the only chapter to receive this honor in 2015.
CLOUDCROFT, N.M.Carol Murphy Henry (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) was walking in her small and remote village of Cloudcroft, N.M., when she spotted a young woman wearing an Alpha Phi hat. Though the women were 40 years apart, it turned out they graduated from the same collegiate chapter and both knew International President Deana Koonsman Gage (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech). Once an Alpha Phi, always an Alpha Phi! 
DUPAGE VALLEY, ILL.DuPage Valley alumnae chapter member Lindsay Anderson Consdorf (Beta Alpha-Illinois) was named the October Teacher of the Month by a local news station. She was nominated by one of her students for her efforts to teach stress management along with academic content in her classes.
EAST BAY, CALIFORNIAEast Bay alumnae chapter member Stephanie Morales Castillo (Eta Delta-CSU East Bay) has established her own cosmetic line. A physical therapy student, Stephanie took an extra course in chemistry to learn how to make her own makeup. A freelance makeup artist, she was inspired to name her products after different aspects from Alpha Phi and Greek life. Her best-selling highlighters are Forget-Me-Not and Greek Goddess.
IDAHONicole Willis (Beta Zeta-Idaho) has been accepted into the Informatics Training in Place Program (I-TIPP) fellowship. The national fellowship is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists and National Association of County and City Health Officials. I-TIPP aims to train the existing public health workforce in informatics. Nicole earned a bachelor's degree in school and community health education. Serving as Beta Zeta's philanthropy chair, she was drawn to health education and women's heart health early in her career.
LAWRENCE, KAN.Patti Owns Fisher (Gamma Xi-Wichita State) and her husband Steve were named Foster Family of 2015 on behalf of DCCCA, Inc., an agency operating out of Lawrence, Kan. Patti and Steve have served DCCCA as foster parents since 2012, and in the past four years, they have opened their home and hearts to more than 25 children. Patti's story was also featured in the Lawrence Journal-Word. Read more at ljworld.com.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.Jeri Foreman Richardson (Delta Delta-Oklahoma City) represented Alpha Phi at the Greater Oklahoma City Panhellenic Woman of the Year luncheon on April 6, 2016, at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. 
SOUTHWEST DALLAS, TEXASSister Symionne Quarles (Alpha Lambda-Alumna Initiate) completed her Ph.D. in Family Studies at Texas Woman's University. 
TACOMA, WASH.Alumnae Carla Good (Gamma Zeta-Puget Sound) and Rachel Mazoff (Tau-Oregon) - coworkers at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., attended a conference on policy management in Atlanta. They were granted with the Excellence in Policy Management award, presented to organizations that make strides to leverage technology for improved policy compliance. Carla and Rachel collaborate to meet industry accreditation regulations, and their work was honored as best practice. They both support the local Gamma Zeta chapter, where Carla served as the collegiate chapter president and Rachel is the marketing advisor.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.Alumnae celebrated Founders' Day with a lunch and program at the home of Judy Giudice Tull (Omega-Texas). Sisters raised more than $650 to make the holidays brighter for four Head Start families. Ending 2015 on a high note, alumnae and their spouses enjoyed a cocktail party and elegant hors d'oeuvres at the annual Christmas party. 
ASHLAND AREA, OHIOIn November a road trip was planned to Freemont, Ohio. A luncheon was enjoyed at Down Thyme Cafe and then a visit to the Hayes Museum. While there they viewed the First Ladies' Red Dress exhibit and learned about President Hayes. Several members also attended Ashland (Epsilon Alpha) Red Dress Gala. December's event included a visit to the Ashland University Seminary. A unique "archeological dig" was guided by Dr. Walther, which took members on a guide of pottery displays from thousands of years ago. Afterwards, the chapter celebrated the season with a luncheon at Bella Bleu Restaurant in Ashland, Ohio. Epsilon Alpha collegiate members and alumnae also celebrated "50 years of Greeks on Ashland University's Campus" on April 2.
ATLANTA, GA.The chapter enjoyed welcoming new members this fall and spending time with returning members. In 2015, the chapter's membership increased 150 percent! The chapter celebrated Founders' Day in the fall and hosted a holiday party in December. 2016 will be an event-filled year with multiple service events and get-togethers, including the spring Senior Brunch, which will welcome 2016 graduates to the alumnae chapter.
CENTRAL MISSOURI, MO.The alumnae chapter spent an enjoyable afternoon touring various wineries in Hermann, Mo. Members also enjoyed a happy hour at the Heidelburg Restaurant in Columbia.
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA, PA. The chapter wrapped up 2015 with a holiday cookie exchange hosted by alumna Connie Parkes Johnson (Delta Phi-Indiana U. of Pennsylvania) at her home on Thanksgiving weekend. Holiday treats were delivered to collegians at Franklin & Marshall (Zeta Sigma) and Shippensburg (Theta Xi).
CLEVELAND WEST SHORE, OHIOThe chapter ended 2015 with a Christmas auction and dinner. They kicked off the New Year off with a heart-pumping, muscle-building Strength and Tone class taught by an Alpha Phi alumna.
DALLAS AND SUBURBAN, TEXASLed by Chair Linda Boon DeFee (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) and co-chair Debby Perkins Anderson (Gamma Omega-Midwestern State), the chapter hosted 80 area alumnae on Oct. 17, to celebrate 143 years of sisterhood. Guest speaker, International President Deana Koonsman Gage (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech), updated attendees on the Fraternity's 2015 accomplishments and the future of the organization. Fifty-year pin recipients honored were: Shannon Baskins Burton (Gamma Eta-North Texas), Wynell Cox Hosch (Gamma Omega-Midwestern State), Chris Huffhines Pitzer (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) and Ann Kerr Studdard (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech). 
DUPAGE VALLEY, ILL.For the second year in a row, chapter members decorated cookies with Elmhurst (Zeta Xi) collegiate members and donated them to a local home for children. It was a fun way to celebrate the holidays and strengthen relations with the chapter.
EAST BAY, CALIFORNIA The chapter was revitalized in fall 2015, and welcomes sisters from different chapters and age ranges. This includes, but is not limited to, alumna members from Cal State East Bay (Eta Delta), San Jose State (Beta Psi), San Diego State (Gamma Alpha), New Hampshire (Eta Alpha), Central Missouri (Theta Lambda) and Rensselaer (Theta Tau). Members hosted their inaugural Holiday Potluck in December and gathered toy donations for Stanford's Department of Public Safety. The donations were distributed to children in Santa Clara County.
EMERALD COAST, FLA. The chapter is a diverse group of members, and at the annual Founders' Day dinner, sisters in attendance ranged in age from 24 to 84! In the winter months, the chapter donated Christmas gifts for angel tree recipients at the local Caring and Sharing event.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Pi (North Dakota) members and alumnae enjoyed the annual spring luncheon held at the North Dakota chapter house. Alumnae are hoping to expand and reach out to more alumnae in the surrounding area. Alumna Emily Punt (Pi-North Dakota) redesigned the alumnae chapter's website.
HOUSTON, TEXASThe chapter celebrated the holidays in December by attending a play in Houston, Texas. More than 20 sisters attended. Alumnae met for wine and hors d'oeuvres in the special events room at the Stages Theatre prior to the event. The play, "Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen," was a comedy and proved to be a special way for chapter members to celebrate the holidays with one another. 
LAS VEGAS, NEV. Two members received their 50th and 60th anniversary pins at the fall Founders' Day event. The chapter added a unique twist to their annual holiday party by making Alpha Phi ornaments instead of exchanging pre-bought ornaments. 
LONG BEACH, CALIF.The chapter's annual holiday parties are a success, bringing together generations of Alpha Phis from across the U.S. These parties serve as a time of reflection on what sisterhood means, with more than 20 women in attendance from graduating classes 1954-2014. CSU Long Beach (Gamma Kappa) sister and former International President Linda Boland and fellow sister and former Educational Leadership Consultant Kristy Arnold (Gamma Kappa-CSU Long Beach) were also in attendance. The chapter also tripled its number of dues paying members in 2015.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA, VA.In December the chapter held its annual holiday luncheon and ornament exchange hosted by Diane Spry Straker (Delta Alpha-East Caroline). Both events were well attended and encouraged sisters to embrace the holiday spirit. The chapter also reached its goal of 70 dues-paying members for 2015-16. 
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.There was plenty of Christmas cheer at the chapter's annual ornament exchange and potluck held at the house of Jeri Foreman Richardson (Delta Delta-Oklahoma City) in downtown Oklahoma City. Members also enjoyed Paint and Cheers class in February and a St. Patrick's Day celebration in March. 
OMAHA, NEB.Alumnae enjoyed a night of wine tasting and a holiday soup dinner. They enjoyed dinner and a movie to keep warm during the cold winter evenings Jill Zerzan Shefte (Delta Xi-Nebraska Kearney), Julie O'Meara Jernstrom and Debbie Nuss (both Nu-Nebraska) hosted these events. The chapter also hosted its annual Heart Fund Philanthropy and raised more than $1,000. Sisters sold butter braids, and Beth Ann Bush Placzek (Nu-Nebraska) was the top seller. Members assisted with winter recruitment. Sharon Stephens Jensen (Nu-Nebraska) and Tara Hollenbeck Henkenius (Theta Delta-Creighton) are advisors for the chapter and are helped them prepare for an amazing recruitment week.  
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.The chapter hosted a potluck and barbecue at Sharon Kong Smith's (Epsilon Chi-Cal Poly) house in Dana Point, Calif. 
RICHMOND CENTRAL VIRGINIA, VA. Alumnae celebrated Founders' Day by painting vases of daffodils. They held their annual cookie tin assembly party in December. Proceeds from the cookie sales benefited Alpha Phi Foundation.
SOUTHWEST DALLAS, TEXASFounders' Day was extra special for the chapter, with Judy Dandridge Hatch and college roommate Treva Strickland Adams (both Delta Beta-Texas A&M Commerce) pinning each other with 50-year member pins. Karla Hardy (Gamma Omega-Midwestern State) received her 25-year member pin from her daughter Jordan. She was also recognized with the chapter's "Always Alpha Phi" honor. In the winter, sisters stuffed goodies in finals fun packs for Texas A&M Commerce (Delta Beta) collegians. They also helped with the Santa's Helpers toy drive and enjoyed their annual Christmas brunch and gift exchange.
TAMPA BAY, FLA.Each year the chapter hosts a holiday party where members gather to exchange holiday ornaments, eat brunch cooked by the executive officers and mingle with sisters. This year they had their largest turnout, with more than 35 members in attendance, including many women from the Sarasota area. 
TOPEKA, KAN.Alumnae gathered in December to celebrate the holidays with an ugly sweater party and white elephant gift exchange. Currently, the chapter has 27 dues-paying members. They have been working hard to plan the Upsilon (Washburn) 100 Year Anniversary, which will take place in Sept. 2016. 
TORONTO AND AREA, CANADAThe alumnae chapter kicked off 2016 with many exciting initiatives. The launch of two new social media platforms helped build bridges between alumnae members throughout the Toronto area. The chapter now has a LinkedIn page where sisters can connect in a professional setting. They also launched an Instagram account @AlphaPhiAlumTO. Throughout 2016 the chapter is encouraging sisters to submit their #NewYearNewPhi resolutions with pictures of their progress throughout the year. The sister who shows the most dedication and improvement will be recognized at our Annual General Meeting on May 15 in Toronto, where the chapter is also looking forward to welcoming new graduates into the chapter.
WICHITA, KAN.On Oct. 24, more than 160 Wichita area alumnae celebrated Founders' Day. The chapter continued the "Auntie Alum" program where alumnae connect with the newly initiated members of Wichita State (Gamma Xi) for a quick photo opportunity and arrange future coffee dates. Anniversary recognitions were handed out for significant anniversaries: Patti Leslie Bell and Mary McIntosh Shull (both Gamma Xi-Wichita State) were presented with 50-year pins, and Marge Murphy Parsons (Washburn-Upsilon) was presented with flowers to honor her 70th anniversary. During the holidays, Wichita alumnae celebrate with the chapter's annual gingerbread decorating party, and children, grandchildren nieces and nephews are all invited. For many years member Barb Basinger (Delta Xi-Nebraska Kearney) was the event's heart and soul. She glued together the houses, glued the houses on the boards, made the decorating frosting, set up the tables and ran the show. Sadly, Barb passed away in 2014. This year the event was renamed in Barb's honor, and is now known as Barb's Gingerbread Bungalows. The chapter managed to keep this a secret from her daughter Christina Basinger Ward (Gamma Xi-Wichita State) until the calendar was published.