Alpha Chi Omega Kappa Omicron Kappa Alumnae Chapter The Carnation Post
Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 PM--Valentines and Floral Arrangements at Stephanie Sibley's Home Learn the basics of the art of arranging flowers over a light salad supper next Wednesday. You'll design a small, attractive bouquet that you can take home in a bud vase and present to your favorite person (or keep for yourself). There's a small charge of $10 for members and $15 for non-members to cover the costs of the flowers and vases. The KOK board will provide the salads.
No green thumb? We hope you'll join us anyway! We'll also be writing out Valentines cards to seniors at the Seacrest Village retirement community and to our Alpha Chi Omega sisters who could use a little TLC.
Please RSVP to Selby Werner and let her know if you plan to participate in the lesson on floral arrangements. That way, we can be sure to stock enough supplies. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, February 11, 7:30 PM--Alpha Chi Omega Night Out, Clay 'N Latte, 20 Main Street, #H-110, Vista It's Healthy Relationships Week AND MacDowell Month. Come celebrate with your sisters and unleash your inner artist. Eta Kappa Eta is organizing this event--check the AXO San Diego County Alumnae Facebook page for more details and to RSVP.
Alpha Chi Omega Night Out is a international program to recognize sisterhood and emphasize the benefits of friendship in creating and sustaining healthy relationships and good mental health. If you can't join us at Clay 'N Latte, you can still participate with coffee, drinks, lunch, a playdate, or even a phone call with a sister--whatever fits your schedule. And look for the hashtag #AXOnightout on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see how fellow Alpha Chis are celebrating the day.
Saturday, March 5, Date and Time TBD--Alumnae Panhellenic Luncheon Save the date for a Badge Day Luncheon with Escondido Alumnae Panhellenic (EAP) in the Escondido area. KOK's Panhellenic Representative, Brooke Stites, will have more information after the San Diego Area Panhellenic board meeting on February 6. Contact her for details after that date.
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 PM--Game Night at Donna Poey's Home (please note the date change) Philanthropy--Collecting items for Easter baskets for young patients at Rady Children's Hospital
Thanks to all our KOK Members!
Kappa Omicron Kappa welcomes new members anytime, but our official membership drive ended on December 31. Thanks to everyone who became a dues-paying member of KOK in 2015.
Hera Level: Maya Botvinick Stacey Hoy Pauline Nutt Carmen Rene
Lyre Level: Anna Howard Brooke Stites Carnation Level: Chava Angell Alexa K. Apallas Bobbie Ball Madeline Checchi Emilyn Chee Jeanette Cleveland Kristin Comunale Rachel Corell Julie Crawford Sandra Evans Madeleine Gobidas Carissa Hoover Taryn Huhn Caitie Jacobson Rebecca Jennings Joan Jensen Barbara (Bobbi) Karnes Krystal Kermott Carol Lewis Christine Low Shannon Merrill Traci Merrill Melinda Neal Janice Pelletier Brooke Peterson Donna Poey Carol Ryan Karina Shaver Linda Sheldone Stephanie Sibley Elizabeth Sparks Emily Torres Rebecca Traverso Dana Weiner Selby Werner Susan Werner Diane Wozniak
Watch this space for news of your sisters' major life events, such as notable career achievements, engagements, marriages, and births. We'll also share fun photos of Alpha Chis at KOK events and out and about in the community. Please submit news and photos to Alexa K. Apallas.
Lunch Bunch The Lunch Bunch enjoyed some winter sunshine, delicious food, and coastal views at Seasalt Bistro in Del Mar last month. Pictured below (clockwise from back to front) are Linda Sheldone, Stephanie Sibley, Alexa K. Apallas, Christine Low (KOK's newest member!), Bobbie Ball, and Pauline Nutt.
Hera Herald Alexa K. Apallas recently wrote a guest blog post for the Hera Herald, the online magazine for Hera Hub, a co-working space for women. Read her tips for writing compelling content. Lyre Famous! Check out the shot of KOK members Rachel Corell, Stacey Hoy and her daughter, Lilly, on page 76 of the winter issue of "The Lyre." Stacey and Lilly, along with Rachel Corell (Iota Nu), volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games held in August at UCLA.
Sister Skill Swap At our January meeting, several sisters shared their skills. Selby Werner gave us a few etiquette tips (and opened her home to us and provided a delicious pasta dinner). Anna Howard spoke on the importance of estate planning and shared a few questions to ask before hiring a lawyer. Alexa K. Apallas explained how to provide apostrophe abuse (example: it's=it is while its=possessive form). Linda Sheldone demonstrated how to fold a fitted sheet and how to hang knits without stretching out the neckline. Pauline Nutt demonstrated some chi gong healing techniques. And Stacey Hoy taught us some self-defense maneuvers. Thanks to everyone who joined us!
Kappa Lambda Recruitment Recruitment Advisor Stephanie Sibley, pictured with VP Recruitment Kelle Durrua, assisted the chapter with a very successful recruitment period. Scroll down to Collegiate News for more photos!
Meet Your Board Members
Each month, we'll profile several board members so you can learn more about the KOK leadership team.
Stacey Hoy, VP Collegiate Relations Stacey is a SoCal native. She grew up in Los Angeles, where her parents still live, and she and her husband of almost 20 years now live in the San Elijo community of San Marcos, along with their 10-year-old daughter, Lilly, and two dogs. Stacey has lived in San Elijo since it was first built 14 years ago. She did take a break from California for college, though--she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was initiated into the Nu chapter.
Stacey is a part-time school supervisor. In addition, she is proud to be part of a fundraising-based, mother-daughter team for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. It allows her to spend more time with Lilly, and she loves the fact that Lilly is learning business skills for her future.
Stacey is a third-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo and should be testing for her fourth degree this spring. It's another activity she shares with her daughter--Lilly just tested for her second degree.
Alpha Chi Omega has helped Stacey form many new connections. "I love the fact that even if we didn't go to school together, we have a connection and we are sisters," she says.
Kappa Lambda's recruitment was a huge success--the chapter took in 34 new members, bringing total membership to 142. First degree of initiation took place on February 1.
We are collecting supplies once more for Carol's House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Requested items include:
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss
Combs and brushes
Shampoo and conditioner
Feminine hygiene products (pads, not tampons)
Makeup, especially mascara
Day planners/mini calendars
We create bags for the shelter to distribute, and we like to ensure that each bag contains all the items listed above. To donate, please contact KOK's Philanthropy Chair, Donna Poey.
Reaching New Heights
Happy birthday to Emilyn Chee--her special day is February 5. Sending you lots of lyre love.
2016 National Convention Convention 2016 is scheduled for June 24-26, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and registration is now open! Visit the convention page on the Alpha Chi Omega site for all the details.
Scholarship News The Alpha Chi Omega Foundation awarded over $165,311 in merit-based educational scholarships to collegiate and alumnae members for the 2015-2016 academic year. The 2016-2017 scholarship application is available online. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016. All alumnae and collegiate members of Alpha Chi Omega who will be enrolled as full-time students in the 2016-2017 academic year are welcome to apply.
Pauline Nutt received this lyre candleholder from a friend. She has the "O," and two other friends received the "J" and the "Y." "Together our gifts not only brought us joy, but spelled it out, too!" Pauline says.