June 2008 S.H. Letter
As we enter the warmth of June, I am reminded of my summers as a collegian. It always began with excitement and a spirit of adventure. But it was never more than a few weeks before I longed to be back with my Chi Omega Sisters at The University of Tulsa. We shared a bond of sisterhood that allowed us to pick up in August where we had left off in May. Friendships endured through those summer months with letters and phone calls. And to think we stayed connected without email and text messages!
I was always thrilled to return to school with the promise of new experiences and the prospect of new Chi Omega Sisters following formal recruitment. For me, recruitment was exhilarating. I enjoyed the late night talks, rehearsals, song practices, and discussions. It was an honor and privilege to choose our new members and realize that these women would become Sisters to not only those in my chapter but also some 260,000 other Chi Omegas. I took this responsibility seriously at the time, and I approach it in the same way today when I am asked to write a letter on behalf of a prospective new member.
Last year, Chi Omega hosted a Recruitment Rally in Memphis for chapter leaders and alumnae advisors from our largest chapters. Fifteen chapters were carefully selected based on several criteria, including the size of the potential new member pool, a large percentage of potential new members with RIFs, and a significant number of legacies going through recruitment. We repeated the format of the Recruitment Rally earlier this year on the University of Kansas campus and targeted large chapters in the Mid-America region. This level of recruitment education and support is especially critical as our legacy numbers reach an all-time high on many campuses.
This month, members of our National Recruitment Team will gather at the Executive Headquarters for their annual training. Our national volunteers will be trained on utilization of the new on-line recruitment tool. This is just another way that Chi Omega is taking things to the next level to better serve our chapters.
As Chi Omegas, we have an obligation to perpetuate the sisterhood by recruiting the best and brightest of young women to join Chi Omega. We share a common goal as Sisters that future generations should have the opportunity to enjoy similar collegiate and alumnae experiences. Now is the time to begin sending information about potential new members to our chapters. Click here for the alumnae resource page with information on how to recommend outstanding young women for membership in Chi Omega.
I wish you and your family a safe and happy summer.
Loyally in Chi Omega,
Jean Mrasek, S.H.