A Request From Renee Chenault, International Organizer

I want to ask each of you a favor for the coming year 2018. We have so many people who don’t have enough money to buy many of the necessities they need in life. So whenever you can spare some extra money while shopping at the grocery, drug store, a Wal-Mart, etc. Please purchase things to donate to your local food panty where you live. Some very important items that can’t be bought with money if a person is on assistance or without work are: bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, dish soap, sanitary pads, and tampons as well as any other personal items like shaving cream, disposable razors for men and women. You can imagine if you couldn’t have these things in your home how embarrassing it could be for you and your family members to not be clean and smell fresh when you go to work, or your kids go to school. Most food pantry’s welcome these items to be able to give them out. Many also will take good, clean clothing, coats and shoes to make available to those who come in for food. Even clean towels and wash cloths and bedding or blankets. By being kind and thoughtful to all of mankind, no matter what their circumstances, should give you each peace of mind that you have made a difference in the lives’ of those in your community not as blessed as you and your family are. So, I challenge you each to do this at least once a month in 2018. I can’t imagine not being able to feed my family and see that they have the basics needed to be clean and feel good about themselves. Please, accept my challenge and you will be blessed abundantly in ways you never thought possible in the coming year! God bless each of you!
PS – Do this in the name of Sigma Phi Gamma, and you can count this as hours for shopping, and the amount you spend as Intangibles on your Chapter’s Service Report and Income & Expense Report for 2018!

Technology Changes Everything – Cindy Stath

Many of you know that I have transferred my membership from one Chapter to another several times. Life has a tendency to bring about change such as a new job, moving, etc., that prompts a transfer to a Chapter closer geographically. Way back, when I moved from Theta Pi Chapter, Indianapolis to Muncie, IN, I had no way to participate in Chapter meetings while I was in transition to Alpha Chapter, Hartford City IN. Years later, when I moved from Lambda Phi Chapter, Bloomington IN to Dyer IN, my Chapter was in the process of hosting Lambda Province Meeting. When I announced my new job and impending move, the President’s first comment was “you ARE NOT going to transfer until after Province!” So, I attended Lambda Phi meetings by phone. I would call one of the members, answer roll call, they would pass the phone around for everyone to say “HI” and update me on the Province meeting plans. That continued until after the Province meeting, and I located Alpha Phi Chapter in Chicago, IL.
A couple years ago, to keep my mom, Ruth Stath, more active, I transferred to Alpha Delta Chapter in Lafayette, IN. It is a 2-hour drive for me to Lafayette and a one-hour time difference, so attending monthly business meetings and socials are challenging! However, with today’s technology and the “magic” features of smart phones, I attend meetings via FaceTime. I can usually see everyone, they can see me, and I can hear the entire business meeting. Mother Nature at times has kept my mom and I from attending some of the special parties, but we recently had a wonderful time at the annual Christmas Tea.
Because of my experiences, I am thrilled to be a member of the Virtual Chapter Committee. We are continuing the work of last year’s Study Group and are exploring new and different ways to use the technology available to us today to expand Sigma Phi Gamma. I predict that in the very near future, miles may no longer be a deterrent for a new member. Our hope is that participation in a virtual Chapter may serve as an incubator, giving interested women a chance to learn more about us and inspire them to find enough friends to start a traditional Chapter. It may also provide a way for members who are not physically able to attend meetings to stay connected.
I bet there are other members using technology in new and different ways to participate in SPG. The Virtual Chapter Committee would like to hear from you! Please share with us how your Chapter is embracing technology to keep members engaged.
Love to all,
Cindy Stath

Happy New Year! – Deb Juracich, International President

Happy New Year!

The holiday season is almost over and amidst the hustle and bustle your International Council and Committees are busy tending to the business side of SPG. If you have not completed the SPG Member Survey sent to you by email in early December, please take the time to do so. We want to hear from you! Your input is a gift! In early 2018, the beginning of a new calendar year, the International Council will review the survey results and begin developing strategies for the future. We’ll be sharing information with you too! Look for more information in our letters, planning, and actions!
As we ring in the new year, we shift our focus to new beginnings. New year resolutions are being made as we try to better ourselves. Resolutions always seem to provide too much pressure for me, so I have not made any for a few years. Instead, I set goals. It’s all about perception, right? Goals seem more doable to me! I like setting a goal, planning the steps to get it done, and then doing it!
When I look back on 2017, I have journeyed down a couple of different paths that I thought were unobtainable. Why, you may ask? Like most people, the answer was “fear!” As you know, fear is debilitating! I made up my mind that I was not going to let “fear” get in the way of my hopes and dreams – it was the best decision ever! I have experienced and done things I never would have done before, one of which was running for International President! What is there to fear … each SPG Sister is lovely and does her best to be supportive and caring!
The other path I took on my journey in 2017 was to commit to the Boy Scout program for adult leaders. I am honored to report that I received my Boy Scout Wood Badge Beads a few weeks ago. Fear of doing something new and sleeping in the woods all by myself …. gone!
It has been an adventure (fun, thrilling, humbling) tackling some of my fears with plans to tackle more in 2018! Try it! Make a private note (on paper) to yourself about something you fear. Now, what goals can you set to overcome that fear. Do it. Just do it. Every aspect of the process brings a feeling of success and oh, how, gratifying!
From my home to yours, I’m sending my best wishes to you for a Happy New Year filled with laughter, love, friendship, and service!