January Message from the Governing Council
Happy New Year! This is a very memorable time of year
for the women that pledged Chi Omega during the fall recruitment season.
After learning the history, purposes,
policies, and rules of our Fraternity,
it is time for them to learn the true meaning
of our name and symbols. The lessons for life penned
by our founders in 1895 still guide us today in 2009. While our "secrets" may only be shared with initiated members,
I would like to share with you some of the intangibles of Chi Omega membership as I see them.
C-The Art of Conversation - In an electronic age of text messages, Chi Omega provides many opportunities for our members to learn the value of good verbal communication skills.
H-A Sense of Home - Wherever two or more Chi Omegas are gathered, it is a feeling of being "at home." This could be sharing a meal or a chance meeting at an airport. The bond that Chi Omegas share is immediate and gratifying.
I-Intergenerational Friendships - Aha! What we can learn from different generations! Many times we think of women that were in school decades prior to us only as mentors, advisors, or coaches. As time passes, these Sisters become friends for life.
O-Opportunity for Leadership - All members are encouraged to develop their leadership skills within the chapter. The resources available through the Chi Omega Learning Center are fantastic!
M-Moments that Transcend Time - I can still remember the moment I met one of my best friends in my chapter, sitting on the back patio of the chapter house, the day we pledged. The laughter from that day has continued for the past 25 years!
E-Extracurricular Activities - Our members have an obligation to lend their leadership abilities and skills to make a difference in school and community activities throughout our lives. It is time to "pay forward" for the many opportunities provided to us.
G-Girlfriends - The encouragement, support, and guidance provided by Sisters all across the country no matter when or where life may take you is always waiting for you as a Chi Omega.
A-Academic Achievement - The goal of academic achievement starts in the classroom and ends with a successful career and/or family. Graduation is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning.
While I venture to say, every Chi Omega could write down her own list of intangibles when she sees the letters, C-H-I O-M-E-G-A. We keep them in our hearts and minds to share each and every day with those around us.
Sisters, who will you, share your Chi Omega intangibles with in 2009?
Loyally in Chi Omega,
Letitia Fulkerson, S.H.