November 2007 S.H. letter
Oh, what a football season! We are enjoying an exciting fall as raving fans for our varsity high school team-the Southlake Carroll Dragons. It is amazing to see the outpouring of support the community offers to our home team when it takes the field each Friday night.
Personally, I love to watch the team dynamics as the players come together and prepare for each play, executing on direction given to them by the head coach on the sidelines. Everyone is focused on what the quarterback will do in the heat of moment. And even though that play might have been practiced time after time, the unpredictability associated with the execution of the play creates excitement.
At a recent game, I watched with interest the actions of the quarterback after the touchdown had been scored and the offense retreated to the sidelines to celebrate. The quarterback walked up to each of the players on the offensive line and thanked them with high fives and pats on the back. He knew that the players had provided the coverage he needed to execute the play successfully. It took the entire offensive line to move the ball forward.
In November, many of our Chi Omega chapters will be electing new chapter leaders as part of our officer selection process. The Chi Omega philosophy is that the office seeks the woman, and this approach is practiced at the local level as well as the national level. This approach has stood the test of time, with the focus on electing those Chi Omegas who demonstrate excellence in leadership and decision-making skills.
Who should be in the chapter huddle when it comes to electing leaders to the Executive Board? We want Chi Omega leaders who are strong and respected by their peers. Leaders must be willing to enforce Chi Omega rules and policies and hold others accountable. Leaders must understand the value of teamwork to make things happen.
Sisters, permit me to be so bold as to say that Chi Omega is not a spectator sport. As members, we all must be engaged in some way to uphold the honor and dignity of Chi Omega on all occasions. For that reason, we need to elect a talented and dedicated leadership team on the front line to move the ball forward and take things to the next level. We all play a part in the success of the chapter by electing strong and capable leaders. Strong leaders do more than follow the play book; they know the plays AND do the right thing when challenging situations occur.
Our Chi Omega sisterhood will continue to flourish if we offer the kind of support and cooperation that our leadership team deserves. I charge you to actively participate in the officer selection process and elect Chi Omega leaders who will put our values into action and lead with integrity and honor. Choose wisely. We are destined for another championship season when we work together as a team.
Jean Mrasek, National President