International Service Project: St. Margaret’s House

Dear Sisters:

I am pleased to announce that the International Council has chosen St. Margaret’s House in South Bend, Indiana for our 2015 International Service Project.  St. Margaret’s House is not a homeless shelter, but a day center committed to improving the lives of women and children by individually addressing their immediate needs. A sense of empowerment is provided to each woman by assisting them in planning and making decisions for their lives, giving them a place in which to come together to support and help one another.

St. Margaret’s House provides many programs for the improvement of the lives of women and children.  Some of these include: health and education programs, financial advice, children’s programs, and individual self-empowerment programs.

We can help by providing them with a variety of items.  Since we are going to be meeting late in June, they can use back-to-school supplies of every kind.  They give these items away to children needing them.  They also give a toiletry bag away monthly.  They need all toiletry items as well as sanitary napkins (they do not give away tampons).  And gift cards of any kind are helpful if you do not want to pack/bring items.  I would stick with gift cards for stores that are nation- wide, or wait until you get there to buy one.

All of the International Council would like to bless this worthy organization with many items that they can use.  I know my sisters and I know the generosity that you show toward others in need.  All of us encourage you to bring what you can to help these ladies assist women and children in their community.

Robin Pelton

International Service Secretary

2015 Province Schedule and VIO Assignments

The season of visitation, friendship, and business has begun! President, Liz Cochrane kicked off the schedule with Omega Province on January 23rd. To follow is the full schedule:

Omega      January 23-26      Liz Cochrane
Delta           February 7             Joyce Berkey
Lambda     February 6-7         Cindy Stath
Chi               February 20-22   Wendie McKnelly
Gamma     February 20-22   Cindy Stath
Kappa        February 20-22   Donna Collins
Rho             February 27-March 1     Robin Pelton
Upsilon    February 27-March 1     Joyce Berkey
Iota            March 6-8               Deb Juracich
Omicron March 6-8              Joyce Berkey
Phi             March 6-8              Donna Collins
Sigma       March 6-8              Liz Cochrane
Xi                March 7                   Robin Pelton
Tau            March 14-155     Deb Juracich
Beta          March 14-155     Liz Cochrane
Alpha       March 20-225     Deb Juracich
Mu             March 20-22        Robin Pelton


CTB – Convention Throw Back 2014 – from Kappa Province

WOW, what an experience that was!!  Linda Barnes received her 25 year recognition.  It was her FIRST International Convention and yes she caught a lot of flack over that however it was amazing as there were five Sisters from San Antonio, one from Hays and another from Wichita there to celebrate with her.  Some of us arrived Tuesday by car and apparently got to the hotel after the tornado passed through Northern Indiana.  We were fortunate that we only drove through rain and had no high winds or down pours.

The SPG business meetings were very interesting and we were especially impressed with the formality and precision in how they were conducted.  The Zeta Service was a beautiful ceremony and many commented on it being the most beautiful ever (very emotional).

We visited Founders’ Park, ate lunch there, had pictures taken on the Founders’ bench then wandered through the park.  Friday we went to the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre to watch the Broadway Musical, Mary Poppins.  We did some shopping as there were several shops and restaurants within walking distance.  Saturday night’s dinner and skit performances were hilarious.  Then there was the drawing for the 50/50 and our very own Kathy Jacobs won more than $1,100.  We were so excited for her and she treated our group to a drink in the bar after the event.  Kathy had knee surgery seven weeks prior to convention and was running circles around some that were present.

It was most enjoyed meeting Facebook Sisters in person, all beautiful ladies! After Sunday’s events we packed up and headed for home.  This was one of the most wonderful experiences we’ve had and hope to attend more conventions in the future.  This was a very heartwarming experience “In the Heart of it All”.   Linda Barnes gives a big thanks to her C  hapter, Eta Omega, for making this possible.  Contributing Editors:  Linda Barnes, Eta Omega;  Kathy Jacobs, Mu Eta;  Peggy Benavides, Xi Sigma.


Louise Franz and Peggy Benavides at Founders’ Park.


Kathy Jacobs big 50/50 win over $1,100!


Kappa Province Sisters!

Sister to Sister…..