Texas Hill Country* Alumnae Panhellenic, affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference

29 alumnae on Pres. Hickerson’s Panhellenic e-list:  Anna Osborn; Barbara Heinen; Betty Clyburn; Bobbie Heller; Brenda Pruneda; Camille Williamson; Carol Arnold; Carrie Torti; Deana Blackburn; Heather Allen; Judy Pace; June Kaderli; Karen Ledbetter; Kathy Thomas ; Kim Houy; Liz Althaus; Liz Wunderlich; Lynn Loggie; Margie Cardwell; Nelwyn Clack; Pam Spruiell; Pat McConnell; Patrice Doerries; Sara Scott; Sharon Mock; Shirley Beckemeier; Susan Rees; Susie McCormack; White, Alice; Tri Delta Paula.R.New@GMail.com;

*****         Parliamentary procedure is not about memorizing rules.  It’s about understanding basic concepts that will help you figure out what would be fair, equitable, and efficient (from page 5 of The Guerrilla Guide to Robert’s Rules, Nancy Sylvester, MA, PRP, CPP-T, Alpha Books, 2006).

And, 59 Hill Country Chi Omega alumnae with 49 e-addresses (alphabetically by last name), ready to copy-&-paste into “bcc” area of e-msg. (3 on Pres. Hickerson’s Panhellenic e-list):

LizBAlt@Verizon.Net; Tana.Althaus@GMail.com; GayeAlison@HotMail.com; Pie-Gal@HotMail.com; JRushIt@Yahoo.com; BentchS@GMail.com; SusieMacMac@GMail.com; Rene.B.Cameron@GMail.com; T.Canfield@ATT.Net; BPCounts@Austin.RR.com; DSMDesigns@Aol.com; GEDrobeck@GMail.com; FDunlap2@KTC.com; MariaBob@STx.RR.com; JGPP@WindStream.Net; LMKJC@WindStream.Net; NFGrimes@BeeCreek.Net; JoePeg98@Aol.com; MMHannum@GMail.com; NancyEHiner@SBCGlobal.Net; Trudy_Hutton@Yahoo.com; SusanPJohnson.com@Me.com; S.King@4Horse.com; JAK@CTESC.Net; SDLinemann@Yahoo.com; MCLott@Yarcom.com; RMDance@HotMail.com; SRMichalak@Yahoo.com; Kay@WagonMaster.com; MatiTX@GMail.com; DTOBell@MSN.com; DCompton2@WAustin.RR.com;  JSanchez005@Austin.RR.com; Amy@SlaughterHouseDesign.Net; MLS@SWTexas.Net; StollyCo1@CTESC.Net; JoeyStory@Me.com; RhondLStrelke@GMail.com; CCTorti@Gmail.com; CarolSue@KTC.com; Pam@UmsTX.Net;  Keri@GrapeJuiceOnLine.com; KWins45139@Aol.com; SandraKWuest@Yahoo.com; LindaZ99@GMail.com;

Foundations: Supporting Our Members     The month of July affords each of us the opportunity to reflect upon liberty, country & the inherited tradition of voluntary service & giving, evidenced in the early chronicles of those who drafted the United States Constitution. Although the practice of philanthropy is worldwide, our country relies more extensively on voluntary associations to perform this act than any society in the history of the world.

More than half of all Americans 18 & over volunteer an average of 2.5 hours a week, equating to almost 100 million people donating services. Americans are estimated to donate approximately $125 billion per year to charitable causes through roughly 983,000 tax-exempt associations (Payton Papers 2000).

This July, we salute & recognize the philanthropic spirit & work of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) member organizations and the NPC Foundation. In 2014-15 the 26 NPC organizations provided roughly 2,900,000 hours of volunteer service to their communities & raised $34,880,415 combined donor dollars for a host of charitable causes. To name just a few: CASA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Alzheimer’s Foundation, American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics & Habitat for Humanity.

In addition, those same organizations’ foundations grant countless dollars in scholarships to deserving women, both undergraduate & graduate, & provide critical educational program funding for our organizations.

“The mission of the NPC Foundation is to advance our organizations & their commitment to personal growth by supporting initiatives that launch & sustain women leaders. Our vision is that every Panhellenic woman will be a better citizen because of her lifelong sorority experience.

“To achieve these goals, the NPC Foundation supports programs that bring Panhellenic women together to develop skills, brainstorm ideas & implement solutions to challenges through the power of collective action, thus strengthening the impact of the sorority experience for everyone.

“For example, in  the past year the NPC Foundation has supported: a highly successful College Panhellenic Academy providing valuable training & collaboration for leaders from 94 College Panhellenics; “Something of Value” facilitated on 12 campuses, identifying high-risk behaviors affecting member safety & well-being & developing action plans to address them; creation of topical educational videos; & scholarships to support outstanding Panhellenic women.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our organizations & their members who allow us to launch & sustain women leaders through the sorority experience!”
Together, sorority women worldwide celebrate the spirit of philanthropic service and giving through the work of vital and vibrant foundations. NPC salutes the generosity and selfless donation of time and talent given by NPC women, and the tireless work of the foundations they support. Donna C. King, Chairman 2015-17

National Panhellenic Conference Inc. & National Panhellenic Conference Foundation; 3901 West 86th St., Suite 398; Indianapolis, IN  46268:  http://www.NPCWomen.org & http://www.TheSororityLife.com  200+ Panhellenics across the US     The voice for sorority advancement   Amazing women from different backgrounds   Leadership & Philanthropy   1+M community-service hours annually   Commitment to develop our organizations    Resources & support to build a better Panhellenic     Strong women     32 award-winning college sororities     Opportunity to grow our sisterhood     Scholarship & friendship     Holding myself to a higher standard     Better, more-accomplished women     Stronger more confident women all working toward the same goals     131,683 new initiates in 2013-2014   $590+K in scholarships     Empowerment as a woman & leader


VISION STATEMENT OF NPC (2011)  Advancing the Sorority Experience Together

VALUES OF NPC (2011)  We are committed to relationships built on trust, through transparency, accountability & mutual respect. Innovation & our core values of friendship, leadership, service, knowledge, integrity & community guide us in fulfilling our mission.


1.  Educational support – We focus on education, support & development of best practices for College & Alumnae Panhellenics, advisors & the professionals who partner with us.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide Alumnae Panhellenics with the knowledge & resources necessary for a successful Panhellenic experience.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide College Panhellenics with the knowledge & resources necessary for a successful Panhellenic experience.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide stakeholders, including member organizations & campus partners, with Panhellenic knowledge & resources.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide the board of directors with best practices for board & organizational capabilities that will continue to advance the work of NPC.

2.  Growth management – We focus on providing resources, services & guidance through the work of our trained volunteers & staff.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide information to member organizations on the changing demographic trends in higher education.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide information to member organizations on growth trends & opportunities for collaboration in the area of extension.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide a forum for member organizations to share best practices related to chapter & membership issues for all types & sizes of chapters.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will provide ongoing opportunities for collaboration among member organizations in response to issues that impact the member experience such as maintenance of sovereign rights, housing & document review.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will exercise fiduciary responsibility & ensure future financial sustainability to meet the needs of the National Panhellenic Conference & its member organizations.
3.  Marketing & outreach – We focus on reaching internal & external audiences, contributing to the development of women & sharing the purpose, vision & impact of our work.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will develop & execute a clear & easily identifiable marketing platform to reach & educate stakeholders.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will collaborate with member organizations & campus professional partners to identify & execute opportunities to introduce potential new members to the sorority experience.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will expand its advocacy platform to engage new partners that can provide services & programs that are of interest to members.

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will cultivate relationships with stakeholders to create a corps of “brand ambassadors.”

•Goal: National Panhellenic Conference will engage in research activities & use outcomes to strengthen its position as the premier advocate of the sorority movement.

http://www.SororityLife.com & http://www.SororityParents.com https://www.npcwomen.org/map/default.aspx

When you join a sorority you are not just joining the local chapter at your college or university, but you are becoming one of the many women who are members of an inter/national organization. At first it can be a bit confusing to understand how your organization functions in relation to your chapter. Here is an overview to help you understand how it all fits together.

Each member organization has an inter/national headquarters, which is there to support its collegians, alumnae, inter/national officers & volunteers. Depending on the organization how many people work in the headquarters office may vary, but all sorority’s headquarters are composed of different executive, administrative and support services. Some key members of the inter/national headquarters staff are traveling leadership consultants. These are women who just graduated from college, & spend their time traveling from chapter to chapter providing education & support. In addition, each sorority has volunteer leadership that varies. All of them have some form of inter/national council or board that direct the strategic initiatives of the sorority & work directly with the staff to accomplish the goals of the organization. These volunteers & staff members work hard every day to achieve success & meet the high standards of the organizations.
In addition, each inter/national has some type of regional leadership. This varies from sorority to sorority, but there are staff members or volunteers who are experts in the area of sorority life providing education & support to collegiate chapters. This group works more directly with chapters & local advisors on their day-to-day operations.

Speaking of local advisors, collegiate chapters work with volunteers alumnae advisers who share their time & talents with a chapter. These women are mentors to chapter members & show chapter members one way to stay involved for a lifetime.

There are many levels to the structure of a sorority, but these are some of the basics. Just know that if you join, there are lifetime involvement opportunities within the organization, & those lifetime members will be there to support you as a collegian.


STEP UP AS OTHERS HAVE BEFORE US  February 2015 At the conference on girls’ leadership & civic education at the White House, speakers addressed the need for women’s empowerment through education & mentoring programs. Key messages included:

  • Our voices are missing from shaping public policy.
  • Women belong at the table where decisions are being made.
  • Girls need courage, character & confidence to succeed.

The overall message that resonated with us that day was that girls today are tomorrow’s leaders. Our actions as role models will inspire them to lead, & this in turn will impact future generations. Participants were challenged to step up; not to wait to be lifted.

The founders of our sororities were remarkable women. They saw the need to step up & lift others by overcoming obstacles to establish secret societies for women that would offer friendship & support in academic pursuits.

The mid 1800s saw unparalleled times in higher education. When women began to appear on college campuses, there was concern. Some critics asserted that women were not worthy of penetrating the educational sphere for fear it would harm our social culture. Later “scientific evidence” led some to believe that females were unsuited for academic training & the female brain could not handle textbook learning. One influential book written by Dr. Edward Clark raised the notion that higher education damaged a woman’s health by inhibiting her reproductive system. There were serious doubts that women would flourish at universities. …

NPC history:  from 1850-75, brave women of Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Sigma Kappa & Gamma Phi Beta formed the first women’s fraternal organizations in response to male challenges in coeducation settings. Activities for men outnumbered those for women eight to one despite the fact that women accounted for up to one third of the student population on some campuses. In many ways, sororities stood as a daring declaration that women had an equal opportunity on the college campus.

Other women’s organizations arrived on the college campus scene:  Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Delta, Chi Omega, Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Theta Phi Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Phi Epsilon & Sigma Delta Tau. Our early sorority members sought self-improvement by allowing their sisters to critique compositions, debate & practice elocution. The sorority setting was a safe environment where women could exercise democratic principles with voice & vote — years prior to the 19th Amendment. Dedicated to organizational purpose, the ideal of true womanhood was woven throughout ritual ceremonies & mission statements.

Things have changed on college campuses. There are more women attending degree-granting institutions than ever before in history. However, one element has remained unchanged throughout the decades, the strong belief that women’s-only organizations add value to the coeducational setting at colleges & universities.

Throughout history our sororities have provided a community where women find support & encouragement. Evidence from a Gallup study on well-being released in May 2014 shows that face-to-face interactions & mentors matter. This impacts the lives of graduates & their workplace engagement & the connection with their communities. These findings are an extension of our organizations’ mission to encourage sorority affiliation as a lifelong commitment that helps flourish friendship, responsibility, community engagement & confidence.

Given our rich heritage & principles, National Panhellenic Conference efforts to preserve our single-sex exemption & protect our Title IX rights will not be restrained. We continue to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill to ensure these rights & will not acquiesce to any university mandate aimed at requiring social fraternities & sororities to become coed.

from NPC chairman NPCCentral@NPCWomen.org on 4-1-’15:  … Panhellenic power was evident in the 1970s when sororities & fraternities learned that the government planned to eliminate all the membership restrictions based on gender in the proposed guidelines for Title IX of the Education Amendments. NPC acted promptly & issued a statement that the proposed regulations did not apply to private sororities with voluntary members. Letters & phone calls urged Congress to reconsider the position. As a result, Congress passed a bill providing exemption to social fraternities & sororities & certain youth organizations. President Gerald Ford signed the bill into law. This example illustrates positive outcomes from a united & concentrated interfraternity effort.

… 2015″ … 200+ students & alumni will lobby on Capitol Hill in April to advocate on behalf of our sorority & fraternity community.  The annual visits are sponsored by the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition, which is composed of NPC, the North-American Interfraternity Conference & the Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee. Students will participate in two days of training to learn more about our public-policy agenda. The participating alumni will join the students for an afternoon of training in preparation for our day on the Hill scheduled for April 29.

Here is our legislative agenda:

  • Passing the Collegiate Housing & Infrastructure Act
  • Protecting freedom of association rights under Title IX
  • Focusing on campus sexual assault issues
  • Ensuring every student’s right to due process
  • Limiting alumni volunteer liability
  • Preserving charitable-giving deductions

Why lobby?  This united lobbying effort raises our visibility among members of Congress & extends our reach, so we can continue to advocate for rights as single-sex private organizations.

For 10 years, these visits have allowed our sorority women to develop bipartisan relationships with members of Congress, paving the way for our voices to be heard on major issues that affect students.

Lobbying teams meet with staff & members of Congress. These experiences provide learning opportunities for our students as they advocate alongside the inter/national leaders of sororities & fraternities.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. NPC & NIC are proposing a SAFE CAMPUS for all students & are dedicated to working with other parties to eradicate acts of sexual violence. Our joint statement reads: “The National Panhellenic Conference & North-American Interfraternity Conference organizations believe that one assault is too many. We fully understand and support campuses acting swiftly on behalf of a victim, and we are dedicated to supporting the victim’s rights — whether he or she is our member or not. We also fully support the victim’s right to choose his or her course of justice.” ….

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