Alpha Chi Omega Kappa Omicron Kappa Alumnae Chapter The Carnation Post
Sunday, October 15, 11:00 AM--Founders' Day Brunch at UCSD Join us for an elegant buffet brunch in the Price Center East Ballroom to celebrate our seven founders. The cost is $30. Register online and enjoy the society of your sisters. Thursday, October 19, 11:30 AM--Lunch Bunch at Ignite Bistro, 6996 El Camino Real, Carlsbad Join your KOK sisters for conversation and a delicious lunch. RSVP to Stephanie Sibley by Tuesday, October 17, so she can make the reservation. Tuesday, November 7, 6:00 PM--Create a Thanksgiving Centerpiece at Danielle Jackola's Home We're making adorable autumn centerpieces that will look great on your Thanksgiving table. RSVP to Danielle Jackola.
Renew Your KOK Membership or Join Today!
For 2017-2018, we're mixing some well-loved classics, like our holiday party and our Art Alive outing, with exciting new events (mini golf, anyone?). KOK members enjoy a supportive community of sisters and valuable networking opportunities. Your membership dues help KOK support two local collegiate chapters--Iota Nu (UCSD) and Kappa Lambda (USD). A portion of your dues also goes to the national organization to keep Alpha Chi Omega strong across the country.
Ready to join? Simply fill out the registration form and pay online, or bring a check to the next event. And there's a special incentive to pay your dues early. Everyone who becomes a paying member by Monday, October 16, will be entered into a drawing for some special Alpha Chi Omega gear!
Meet Your KOK Board Members
Let's give a warm welcome to our new and returning board members!
President: Maya Botvinick, Epsilon Kappa, California State University, Fullerton Treasurer: Shannon Merrill, Kappa Lambda, University of San Diego Secretary: Pauline Nutt, Gamma Nu, San Diego State University VP Communications: Alexa K. Apallas, Alpha Psi, UCLA VP Programming: Linda Sheldone, Rho, University of Washington VP Membership: TBD (This could be you!) Scholarship and Alpha Chindness Chair: Bobbie Ball, Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota Lunch Bunch: Stephanie Sibley, Gamma Nu, San Diego State University Philanthropy Chair: Donna Poey, Alpha Kappa, University of Oregon Fundraising Chair: Carissa Hoover, Alum Initiate, University of San Diego Panhellenic Rep: Brooke Stites, Kappa Lambda, University of San Diego Social Media Chair: Rachel Harrington, Iota Nu, UCSD Iota Nu Collegiate Relations: Stacey Hoy, Nu, University of Colorado Kappa Lambda Collegiate Relations: TBD (This could be you!) Alumnae Recruitment Information Chair: Traci Merrill, Gamma Nu, San Diego State University
Get Involved with KOK
If you read the story above, you may have noticed that we have a couple of blank spaces on our board. Can we write your name? We're seeking a VP Membership for a position that requires just a couple of hours each month. Several of the tasks are already complete for 2017, including updating and sending the membership recruitment letter. We're looking for someone who can recruit members from our database and stay in touch with current members--all materials will be provided by KOK. If you were a superstar during collegiate recruitment, or if you're looking to give back to KOK, this is a great opportunity.
We're also looking for someone to handle collegiate relations with the Kappa Lambda chapter at USD. This position requires approximately three hours a month. You'll work with the Kappa Lambda president, chapter advisor, and alumnae relations chair to determine how KOK can support Kappa Lambda during recruitment. You'll also get updates on chapter activities to pass along to KOK and place in The Carnation Post. Finally, you'll plan and prepare for Hall of Commitment and invite the graduating members.
Our September kickoff event was a success, with 16 dues-paying sisters in attendance! Check out a few photos in the "Sister Snaps" section below.
New Members: Alisa Barnhill Siobhan Fitzsimon Miranda Harmon Rachel Harrington Elizabeth Johnson Suzanne Boggio-Katz Maria Moore Haley Moss
Returning Members: Anita Abramhoff Alexa K. Apallas Maya Botvinick Madeline Checchi Jeanette Cleveland Stacey Hoy Patricia Hytrek Danielle Jackola Lindsay Jefferson Barbara Karnes Melanie Kilgore Danielle Latimore Christine Low Shannon Merrill Traci Merrill Melinda Neal Pauline Nutt Brooke Peterson Donna Poey Carmen Rene Linda Sheldone Stephanie Sibley Desirae Smidt Brooke Stites Melissa Wallace Diane Wozniak
This is your space to celebrate notable career achievements, marriages, anniversaries, and births. Please submit news and photos to Alexa K. Apallas.
On September 12, KOK members rallied to kick off a new season of fun sisterhood events. In keeping with the autumn tailgating theme, sisters wore their school colors.
Join the Founder's Day Challenge
Alpha Chi Omega is celebrating the 25th anniversary of supporting domestic violence awareness as its national philanthropy. This year, the Founders’ Day Challenge will be painted purple to show our support.
When: October 2 - 25, 2017
What: Alpha Chi Omega's total fundraising goal for Founders’ Day Challenge is $165,000. Donors will have the ability to direct their giving to three programs – Real. Strong. Women Fund ($115,000 goal), Domestic Violence Awareness Programming ($25,000 goal), and Let’s Talk Love ($25,000 goal).
Impact 25 Chapters: Alpha Chi Omega will honor the first 25 collegiate and alumnae chapters to lock in their participation at 100%. They will be recognized during the campaign on social media and named an Impact 25 Chapter.
Volunteers: Campaign ambassadors and the collegiate fundraising committee will spread awareness for the campaign. Campaign ambassadors will promote the Founders’ Day Challenge on social media.
Community Grant: Community grants will be awarded during the Founders’ Day Challenge to individual members and chapters. Starting October 2nd, we’re asking members to show their love for Alpha Chi Omega using the hashtag #AXOFDCLOVE. Each week, a new winner will be awarded a $1,000 grant for their local women’s shelter. Alpha Chi Omega will also award three Impact 25 chapters with $1,000 grants for their local women's shelter. All winners will be announced on Facebook Live.
Spotlight Your Business Through "Shopping With Your Sisters"
KOK is launching an innovative new fundraiser called "Shopping with Your Sisters." Members who own their own business are encouraged to advertise with KOK. For $18.85 per month, you'll get a number of benefits. We'll place your logo and a direct link to your website on the KOK site, we'll include your logo in our monthly newsletter, we'll feature your business in an upcoming newsletter article, we'll promote your business through our social channels, and more.
The money we raise from this program will support two collegiate chapters (Iota Nu at UCSD and Kappa Lambda at University of San Diego), Carol's House shelter for victims of domestic violence, and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.
Spotlight Your Business Through "Shopping With Your Sisters"
Save the date for this year's National Convention from June 29 through July 1 in Austin, Texas. Austin is known for its live music scene, making it the perfect place to honor Alpha Chi's musical heritage.
Last year, we had great success donating items to Carol's House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. We delivered 30 fully-stocked bags in October and another 30 in April. Help us put together more bags this year by collecting and donating the following items:
Combs and brushes
Shampoo and conditioner (full size and travel size)
Feminine hygiene products (pads, not tampons)
Makeup, especially mascara
Nail care items and nail polish
Bring your donations to any event, or contact VP Philanthropy Donna Poey to arrange for dropoff.
Reaching New Heights
Happy birthday to our sisters born in September!
Rebecca Jennings--September 1 Sandra Whitson--September 18 Stacey Hoy--September 21 Stephanie Sibley--September 27 Madeline Gobidas--September 30 Siobhan Fitzsimon--September 30 Sending you all lots of lyre love.