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These colors don't run.

Posted by Anna Kate Monday, May 30, 2011 0 comments

As I was sitting in church yesterday and we sang the familiar lines, “Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea!”  I started thinking a lot about Memorial Day and its history.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.  There are many stories as to its actually beginning, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.  It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established.  This holiday is not about division; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.  It was made an official national holiday by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1873.

So what is being done today to honor our troops and how are you taking part?

This summer at Alpha Delta Pi’s 160th Grand Convention, participants will contribute to a Philanthropy Project called “Packages from Home,” which is an Arizona based group founded in 2004 whose mission is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theatres around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate the morale for all veterans.

At Grand Convention, Alpha Delta Pi sisters will bring items to donate from an approved list.  These items will be shipped to the troops following Convention along with notes and cards to the troops that we’ll write that week.  We will also have a district competition to collect coin and cash to facilitate the shipping of our donations.  If you would like to give to “Packages from Home” please visit their website by clicking here.

Happy Memorial Day, y’all!  God bless our troops!

Our lifetimes were made for these years.

Posted by Anna Kate Sunday, May 22, 2011 2 comments

Truthfully, I have been avoiding blogging lately because I knew
the next appropriate post would be . . .


Although the actual commencement ceremony took place over two weeks ago,
blogging about it somehow makes it seem even more tangible than it did then.

I haven’t been as emotional about graduation as I thought I would be.
I think I’m still waiting for reality to truly sink in.  However, moving out of my
sorority house next week may finally turn on the waterworks.

When did four years go by?  When did I become so old?

While I was writing my Senior Will for my sorority’s Senior Night,
it made me stop and think about these past four years –
how much I had learned, changed, and grown as a person.

The most valuable thing I gained during these four years was, hands down,
membership in my sorority.  Looking back to fall 2007, I could never have imagined that I would become the person I am today.  Credit is definitely due to Alpha Delta Pi and the lifelong bonds of friendship that I have made within the sorority.

Four years ago I could never have imagined that I would learn how to plan
a successful campaign, give back in so many different ways through philanthropic efforts, learn communication skills (hello, recruitment!) that would help me in every future professional endeavor, and develop leadership skills that have truly transformed that young, freshman girl into the poised college graduate that I am today.

The list of things that this organization has both given me and enabled me to accomplish could truly go on and on.  So here’s to you, Alpha Delta Pi.  You have taught me how true the words of our Creed really do ring, day in and day out.

“I believe that my sorority is more than a ritual or a symbol;
 that it is a way of life.”