The love of your first Chapter, where you went from pledge to member, is something I will never forget. My Pledge Mistress was Juanita Geberin of Alpha Mu Chapter, Peru, Indiana. She was a stickler for knowing what was in that pledge book. She gave me the love of a Sister who knew her history and showed me what the love of a SPG Sister will bring into my life. I will always cherish our time together.
After being a part of Alpha Mu Sisters for over 22 years, it was time for me to leave. It was important to me, when I moved from Peru, Indiana, back home to Puyallup, Washington, to find a way to stay connected. I couldn’t imagine my life without those Sisters back in Peru.
My job transferred to Joint Base Lewis Mc Chord, to run 17 different programs that serve and care for our military men and women and their families. I have been a program manager now for 36 years.
If I say I missed my SPG Alpha Mu Sisters, that would be an understatement. The old saying, “You don’t know what you have until its gone” is no joke!
Now, there are Chapters that I could have gone to here, and they would have welcomed me with open arms as they did when I attended the IOTA Province meeting. I didn’t do anything for about 9 months and then Sharon Hilton contacted me and asked if I wanted to be part of the formation of a virtual Chapter. I had heard of the virtual Chapter and I was quite interested in it but I just didn’t do anything. (I believe they call it depression!) Well, Sharon can be very convincing! I joined and am very pleased to have brand new Sisters. Being able to be with them, even though it’s virtual, has been a blessing.
So my choices were, not joining another Chapter and becoming an Inactive member or trying something new in the way of Omicron Epsilon. What would you do if you were in my shoes? Which would you have chosen if you were faced with no Sisters or virtual Sisters? I know I made the right choice for me. I don’t regret my choice at all. I see virtual Chapters as a great way to start new Chapters.
I hope that many Sisters, during this time of pandemic, have also learned to use different means to be together and be part of each other’s lives through virtual means. Zoom is very popular to use, or you could use Microsoft Teams and I think Skype is still around. I hope everybody is safe and healthy during this time. I’m sorry we didn’t get to have our Convention this year, but I don’t blame them for cancelling it. It may be our new normal for now, but just wait until we are together again next year!!
See you then,