Sigma Sigma Sigma
South Florida Alumnae Chapter Newsletter
Vol. 4, No. 2
Spring/Summer '00
Web Site: http://sigma3sofla.tripod.com/


Starting the New Century

The Recruitment Mission

In the Fall/Winter 1999 Newsletter, a questionnaire was enclosed so that the Chapter could get an idea of how many alumni who receive this newsletter were interested in joining the Chapter. We received an impressive return. Thanks to all the Sigmas who sent back their questionnaires. If you have not been contacted by an alumnae member yet, someone will be calling you soon. I hope to see those of you who returned the questionnaire at one of the Fall meetings scheduled. For anyone who hasn't filled out a questionnaire yet can go here: Alumnae Questionnaire.

January 2000

Alumnae members met for lunch at Applebee's on 41st Street in Miami. We shared our Millennium New Year's Celebration stories with each other and planned for the coming season of meetings.

February 1998

Although no meeting was scheduled for this month, Chris Quackenbush (Delta Upsilon) and Kim Groome (Rho) met at Florida International University (Zeta Epsilon Chapter) to distribute goodies for Valentine's Day. They took the collegiates by surprise and were excited to share in their curiosity of what was in the goodie bags that were given to them.

March 1998

Our Chapter was visited by Joyce Dibble Godfrey (Nu) who is our regional Alumnae Extension Chair. She visited our Chapter on behalf of the Regional Alumnae Chair Rae Jobson (Lambda). Joyce joined us at the Broward Partnership for the Homeless Center to read to the children. (For more on the Center, see below.) Afterwards, we had lunch and discussed issues regarding our Chapter with Joyce. Many of our complaints seemed to hit home since one of our reports was finally published in the last issue of the Triangle magazine. It may have been a small article but it is a start. After speaking with Joyce, I think she returned with a good report about our Chapter to Rae and to Nationals.

April 2000, Founder's Day

What a wonderful day this year's Founder's Day turned out to be. Carol Metevier, once again, graciously opened her beautiful residence over looking the sea in Ft. Lauderdale for this joyous event. Also joining the alumni members were members of the Eta Eta Chapter of Lynn University where Chris Quackenbush is the Chapter Advisor. We all had a great time talking with the collegiates, sharing stories about college and Sigma.

Alumnae & Collegiates at Founder's Day!!

Convention 2001

June 2001 marks the next Tri Sigma Convention which will be held in Tampa, Florida at Saddlebrook Resort. Mark the dates: June 21 to June 25. To check out the resort online, go to Saddelbrook Resort. Registration fees for the Convention have not been established yet but room fees run from $105 for a single or double bed room and $185 for bedroom suites which include 3 beds and a full kitchen. Start saving now for a great time.

iGive.com

Who hasn't uttered the words, "I wish there was something I could do to help"? Now you can. Start shopping!

At http:www.iGive.com/TriSigmaSoFlaAlumnae, you can buy the items you've always wanted- like that CD box set, expensive cologne, or the oversized, coffee-table photography book you've had your eyes on, only without the guilt.

It's FREE, no invisible costs or tricky obligations. Shop for everyday items at the over 230 stores at the Mall at iGive.com, like Barnes and Noble, CDNow, Lands' End and Pets.com. Up to 15% or more of each purchase is donated to Tri Sigma South Florida Alumnae Chapter.

A $10 donation goes to Tri Sigma South Florida Alumnae Chapter with your first purchase.

I have a Merchant list and brochure about iGive.com for anyone who is interested.
I will have copies of each at all alumnae meetings.

Web Site

I am going to keep promoting our site until I have over one million hits. A great tool to search for anything about our Chapter and anything Sigma. View old Alumnae Newsletters or the Link page to see if your collegiate chapter has a web site. I try to keep everything updated so go and take a look.

Our site is at

http://sigma3sofla.tripod.com./.


Also, take a look at Nationals' newly launched web page at

http://www.sigmasigmasigma.org.

Being an Active Tri Sigma Alum

There is nothing mandatory about being in our Alumnae Chapter. We always have a great time with each other and our activities are always fun. Unlike being active at a collegiate chapter, our chapter does not require you to attend every meeting/function. Although we always love to have everyone attend every meeting, we know that is sometimes not possible. Our dues are only $20 and that is mostly to help with mailing this newsletter. We alternate between counties and do service projects on the local and national levels. Our goal is to reunite with old friends, make new friends, and keep a great network of Tri Sigma's in the South Florida area. Every Tri Sigma is welcome to join. I hope to see YOU at one of our next meetings!

Fall Meeting Dates

All dates, locations and times are confirmed. Please make an effort to attend.

September 16th - BID Day

BID Day for Zeta Epsilon, FIU campus, in front of the Fountain, 11 a.m. (Map of FIU Campus.) When we met for BID day last year we really had fun. The excitement of the girls is awesome. Please come and show your support for this Chapter.

If there is time afterwards, we can hold a quick meeting to discuss plans for the October, November & December meetings.

DIRECTIONS TO F.I.U.

From Miami International Airport: Take 836 (Dolphin Expressway) West to the Turnpike Extension. Take the SW 8th Street (Tamiami Trail) exit east. Travel east on SW 8th Street (Tamiami Trail) to SW 107 Avenue. Turn right and use the second entrance into the campus. Follow the parking signs to the Graham Center Building.

From Ft. Lauderdale: Take the Florida Turnpike South to SW 8th Street (Tamiami Trail) east exit. Take SW 8th Street (Tamiami Trail) east to SW 107 Avenue. Turn right and use the second entrance into the campus. Follow the parking signs to the Graham Center Building.

October 14th - Broward Partnership for the Homeless

Located at 920 NW 7th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, 954-779-3990, 10:30 a.m. This activity is fast becoming our Chapter's local philanthropy. Please bring books to be donated for any aged child. We have already donated approximately 75 children's books to the facility. Any types of books would be helpful. Also, if you have any clothes or other things you want to get rid of, donations of those items to the Center would be greatly appreciated. Most of these people need all the help they can get since they are starting all over again. As ususal, we will go to lunch afterwards.

DIRECTIONS:
I-95 to Sunrise Blvd. Go east on Sunrise to NW 7th Avenue. When you get to SW 7th Avenue, go south (right). The center is directly on the left hand side (southeast corner).

November 4th - Lunch

Applebee's Restaurant - 9815 NW 41 Street, Miami, 12:00 p.m. Take a break from your hectic lives and come out for lunch with your Sigma Sisters.

DIRECTIONS:
Take the Turnpike to NW 41 Street exit. Go east on 41st Street to 98 Avenue and it will be on the left.

December 9th

The Third Annual Holiday Brunch. Christine Quackenbush's home, 10:00 a.m. (Email me for directions to Christine's house.) Bring a dish for brunch. We will be making study care packages for the FIU and Lynn University chapters. Please bring study items for the Collegiates. We will also be making care packages for the children's hospitals. Please bring at least one item off of the wish list. At this meeting we will also elect officers. Think of someone to nominate now.

FIU Fall Rush

The following dates are when Rush is for the FIU collegiate chapter. Please try to attend at least one of these parties. The girls really need our support. Although our September meeting is their BID day, please try to make at least one more party. All of the parties are held on the FIU Campus off SW 107 Avenue and SW 8th Street (Tamiami Trail) in the Graham Center which is off of SW 107 Avenue. (Map)

September 12 - Tuesday
Philanthropy - 6:00 p.m. - Location TBA

September 13 - Wednesday
Dessert - 6:00 p.m. - Location: Panther Suite

September 15 - Friday
Pref Night - 5:30 p.m. - Location: East Ballroom

September 16 - Saturday
Bid Day - 11:00 a.m. - Location: The Fountain

If you do go, wear your letters, except if you attend Pref Night. If you attend Pref Night, the dress is Black dress, black stockings and black heels.

Congratulations

To Rachelle Phares who is getting married August 19th. Good luck Rachelle on married life and don't forget us after you finish your honeymoon. Our Fall is going to be really fun.

(I couldn't find a Cabrio
so a Bug is going
to have to do!!!!)

Just Married.
Congratulations on your Wedding!

We're all thinking of you. Hope it is a great day!!!!

Signing off from another bi-annual newsletter. Hope to see you all at one of our events.

In Our Bonds,

Kim VonGonten Groome (Rho '87)
President
South Florida Alumnae Chapter


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