Council Connections – April 2017
National Volunteer Week is April 23 – 29.
By National Vice President Jenni Kemmery, Delta (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Thinking back, as a young alumna, I was inspired by Sisters who made volunteering a key part of their Sorority experience. Through their service, they put Sisterhood into action – supporting fellow Alpha Sigma Taus through kindness and generosity of spirit.
During the 32nd National Convention in 1998, I was fortunate to meet Tracy Bond Ciabattoni. Tracy was from the Zeta Chapter. Since Alpha Sigma Taus from different chapters always find a way to connect, we bonded over our shared desire to serve. Tracy never missed an opportunity to ask how can I help, and has continued to inspire me and many other Sisters with her commitment and empathy.
One of my favorite volunteer opportunities is the Treats4Troops service project, which is supported by the Stars and Stripes Alumnae Association and the Gamma Tau Chapter. We collect donations and ship treat bags to our troops serving overseas. Many of these troops are related to Alpha Sigma Tau sisters. My home is the shipping destination for boxes of treats and chocolates, so it’s fun to see the excitement build for my children Luke and Connor as the Amazon boxes pile up on our porch. I am grateful that they have the opportunity to serve alongside my Alpha Sigma Tau Sisters as we assemble treat bags. Each year, Tracy and I laugh at ourselves as she worries that we won’t have enough, but we always do!
This is just one of the ways Alpha Sigma Taus define excellence through volunteering. Many Sisters invest a significant amount of time serving in Sorority roles like NPC Delegate, Foundation Board member, or standing committee member. Others make a difference locally by serving on Chapter Advisory Boards and joining alumnae chapters, associations, and interest groups.
We are grateful for our Sisters who choose to spend their time and talents enriching everyone’s Alpha Sigma Tau experience. We appreciate everyone who has served, and continues to serve, the Sorority and its members by volunteering.
In addition to National Volunteer Week being in April, this month also marks Advisor Appreciation Month. So, a special thank you goes out to our Chapter Advisory Board members who mentor and support our collegiate Sisters. The hours you spend attending Ritual, recruitment and chapter meetings, and the compassion you extend to our newest Sisters ensures the continued growth of our sorority.
When we volunteer for Alpha Sigma Tau, we pay it forward to the next generation of Alpha Sigma Tau Sisters. As we celebrate and thank our volunteers, consider how your unique experiences and talents may benefit our Sisterhood. No matter where you are in your Sorority path, I encourage each of you to ask yourself, “How can I help?”