Letitia Niemeier Fulkerson, National President
Let's Talk About It
As the old adage goes, “You can’t choose your family but
you can choose your friends.” The exception is that by
choosing your membership in Chi Omega, you choose
Chi Omega Sisters Are a Family
Family dynamics can be interesting and ever-changing.
That is the beauty of the intergenerational aspect of our
lifetime membership in Chi Omega. We all start off as
new members eager to learn about our new family of
friends and where we will fit in the chapter. The matching
of a Big Sister to a new member certainly echoes the responsibilities
and relationship of an older sibling. Being
initiated is similar to the feeling of finally getting your
driver’s license: You’re entrusted with responsibility and
gain a sense of independence.
By remaining involved and engaged in all chapter activities,
the seniors were my role models. In the blink of an
eye, we all become the seniors of the chapter. Congratulations
to our recent graduates and new alumnae! Every
time you move to a new city or a Sister moves to your
area, you have the opportunity to grow your Chi Omega
family. Think about the wisdom in your Chi Omega family
and what it has added and could continue to add to
As a child, I remember family reunions being a regular
event. Chapter anniversary celebrations of 25, 50, 75, or
100 years are just that—a family reunion for that initiating
chapter. I had the honor of attending anniversary
celebrations for Phi Delta/Mississippi State U, Pi Zeta/
Western Michigan U, Zeta Alpha/Ohio State U, Upsilon
Lambda/Hanover College, and Kappa Zeta/Texas Tech
U this biennium. There is nothing better than seeing longlost
Sisters hug, reliving the magical stories, and hearing
the laughter at such a gathering. Isn’t it time for you to
organize or attend a “family reunion” for your chapter
or new member class? It doesn’t have to be hundreds of
women; it could be a small group renting a beach house
or spending a weekend in New York City. You won’t regret
it; in fact, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Chi Omega does, indeed, bring us closer to our own families.
We have stories of children who have tied ribbons
on programs for Eleusinian luncheons, parents who have
participated in auctions to raise money for philanthropy,
and husbands who have “held down the fort” during
recruitment week or while their wives travel to a Chi
Omega event. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to the
spouses and families of our Sisters who volunteer for Chi
Omega! You help make it happen every day.
Sisters, we are more than just a club, we are a fraternal
organization, we are a family.
Let’s talk about it!