October 2018

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Dear friends ...

 

“Lifelong membership” is something very real. We see examples of this every day in our dealings with sorority women. Alumnae Panhellenics embody that sorority membership is friendship beyond badges. While I have some very close friendships within my own sorority, I have developed special Panhellenic friendships through my own involvement in Alumnae Panhellenics. I value each and every one of these connections. Later in this newsletter, you’ll see how Jacksonville Alumnae Panhellenic members diligently keep lifelong sorority membership at the forefront of their planning and execution of activities.

 

You may ask yourselves, “How do Alumnae Panhellenics promote and advance the sorority experience?” The answer to this question lies in your programming and marketing of your programs and activities. Providing scholarships to collegiate and alumnae sorority women, sharing recruitment information, volunteering in your community and being visible, reaching out to others through personal outreach, social media, the list goes on and on. Alumnae Panhellenics find the organizational structure that works best for their community and helps them to grow their membership. Make the time that your members give to your Panhellenic consist of something that provides value to their lives, to their community and to sorority life. Promote these, for if they see a purpose, they will engage and remain engaged.

 

As my term as the Alumnae Panhellenic Committee chairman comes to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every Alumnae Panhellenic and their members and the NPC Alumnae Panhellenic Committee for dedication to the furthering of sorority life through continued involvement in all things sorority and Panhellenic. I have been told that actions show how the values of the National Panhellenic Conference – friendship, leadership, service, knowledge, integrity, and community – are intertwined in my life. My hope is that you will continue live the values, mission and purposes of NPC through your sorority membership as an alumna as well as through your participation in an Alumnae Panhellenic. You will set the example for future generations so that NPC and our sororities will continue to exist and thrive as they have for well over a century.

 

Thank you for all that you have done to make these past four years so enjoyable and fulfilling for me. I know that incoming chairman, Linda Purkapile, will be an inspirational leader to Alumnae Panhellenics and I look forward to the continued forward momentum of our Alumnae Panhellenic community as we live our values and, in particular, lifelong membership.

 

Interfraternally,

 

Carol Mooney

Outgoing 2016-18 Alumnae Panhellenics Committee chairman

Message From the Incoming Alumnae Panhellenics Committee Chairman

In looking forward to working with Alumnae Panhellenics this year, the word that comes to mind is “opportunity.” In my 44 years volunteering for my sorority, 10 of which are with NPC, I have had the opportunity to make many new friends and witness the growth of the Panhellenic experience. During those 10 years, I have had the pleasure to serve as Alumnae Panhellenic area coordinator and  College Panhellenic area advisor and to serve on committees for educational development and judicial.

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We are all busy, educated, passionate women with the “opportunity” to be the best “marketers” of the lifetime sorority experience. We get to expand friendships, make a difference in our communities and keep our respective organizations informed and current. In our day-to-day interactions we are continually marketing ourselves and our organizations – during Panhellenic events and projects, in our personal activities with friends and family, raising money or giving time to others, setting positive examples for our collegians – always an opportunity to shine a positive light on lifetime sorority experience and the NPC mission.

 

This year, take the opportunity to review and refresh – draw on the experience of your area coordinator, utilize the talent of NPC staff, stay informed through the NPC website and tap the unique wisdom of your members. Don’t pass up opportunities, large or small.

 

Interfraternally,

 

Linda Purkapile

Incoming 2018-20 Alumnae Panhellenics Committee chairman

Spotlight: Alumnae Panhellenic Membership and Engagement

As the academic year is in full swing and Alumnae Panhellenics come back from summer vacations, NPC wants to highlight those Alumnae Panhellenics that have continued to support and advocate for the lifelong sorority experience. Alumnae Panhellenics have the option in their governing documents to decided if their membership will be comprised of representatives from installed alumnae chapters or if their membership will be open to all individuals. The Jacksonville Alumnae Panhellenic has continued to thrive and build an engaged base of alumnae members – representing 22 of the 26 NPC sororities – through their individual membership opportunity. Hear what they have to say about recruiting, engaging and communicating with over 100 members. Please feel free to reach out to the Jacksonville Alumnae Panhellenic if you have any questions or would like further information about their association.

 

Should your Alumnae Panhellenic need assistance finding members, talk to your NPC area coordinator. She can assist by reaching out to the NPC member organizations to do an alumnae search. This will be able to connect local alumnae in the area to your association from member organizations that may have not been represented.

 

Jacksonville Alumnae Panhellenic

Our Jacksonville Alumnae Panhellenic Association (JAPA) membership is based on individual membership representing 22 of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference member organizations. Our alumnae chapter was founded with individual membership in 1914 and has continued through today by encouraging direct participation in the board, general and committee meetings, social activities, community involvement, raising scholarship funds, networking and forming lasting friendships. Having individual memberships available versus an organization membership provides direct communication to all members through our monthly newsletter, website, Instagram and Facebook page. Each sorority is assessed a membership fee and has a representative that communicates frequently with their alumnae chapter similar to an organization membership. Individual membership encourages sorority alumnae without a strong alumnae chapter in the area to remain involved in Panhellenic.

 

Communication is key to keeping our members engaged. Emailed or mailed monthly newsletters and JAPA general information e-blasts serve as reminders about meetings, events or other deadlines. Members and nonmembers can also rely on our website and Facebook page for event and meeting reminders. At our monthly general membership meetings, held September through May, we invite local community speakers to share their expertise in their field or profession. Recent favorites have been the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University presidents, Major Tanner from the Salvation Army, a local chef, authors of fictional novels, cookbooks, and national parks, as well as other influential North Florida residents. Serving on our board encourages participation. It consists of an executive committee that has five elected officers, three appointed officers, and committee chairpersons who have volunteered to represent standing committees. Additional ways our members stay engaged is through philanthropy and scholarship events; and social activities such Lunch Bunch, Dinner Group (spouses are invited), a yearly Spring Party, and our Annual Spring Luncheon to award scholarships and install new officers.

 

Lifelong sisterhood is encouraged by bringing together sisters from different campuses and recognizing the similarities between all sororities. Such as, those founded on the same campus like Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu or the Syracuse triad of Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, and Alpha Gamma Delta. We also enjoy sharing trivia about each other. We have sorority members who have been Panhellenic members more than 25 years from different sororities that volunteer or serve on other local boards of the same nonprofit organizations together.

 

Our general meetings focus on communicating upcoming events, sharing necessary information for upcoming votes, providing interesting speakers and hosting a short social time to foster friendships among the different NPC organizations. Most of the business of JAPA is conducted at the monthly board meeting, with each chairman sharing the year’s progress in a brief report at the general meeting.

 

We continually work on growing our membership and begin our membership drive every spring for the following year. In addition, we invite nonmembers of alumnae chapters to attend our general meetings and social events. Graduating senior collegiate members are invited to general meetings so we can let them know we are a great networking tool if they plan on remaining in Jacksonville after graduation. Our membership chair sends out membership packets to current members during our summer break via email or direct mail and always asks for potential member information. Our vice president communicates with all of the NPC alumnae chapters about the upcoming year and updating the officer contact information for the directory. 

 

NPC Annual Report

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NPC has issued the organization's 2017-18 annual report.

 

The report contains highlights from the year, including a message from the NPC chairman, lists of NPC leadership, key statistics, financial results and feature stories. 

 

Feature stories include NPC's advocacy work, think tanks, partnerships, College Panhellenic Academy, College Panhellenic projects, Alumnae Panhellenic projects and communications.

 

"Something of Value" Program Refresh

NPC has announced the launch of a redesigned NPC “Something of Value” program. The redesigned program is a full-day interactive community building experience that helps College Panhellenic communities build capacity, relationships and influence in addressing risky situations in their community.

 

NPC partnered with RISE Partnerships to refresh the “Something of Value” program. The program refresh included taking a new approach to the curriculum, providing more resources before and after the program presentation and creating new promotional materials.

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The new “Something of Value” curriculum features a real-life simulated call to action, lessons in peer influence and social change, and deep, honest dialogue across chapters about healthy behaviors in the community.

 

NPC plans to pilot the refreshed “Something of Value” program on three campuses this fall. The pilot will continue during the winter/spring 2019 semester.

 

Alumnae Panhellenic Dues Deadline

Alumnae Panhellenic dues invoices were sent via email the first week of August and were due to the NPC office Oct. 1. Alumnae Panhellenic dues are $50.

 

Dues must be paid on time for your Alumnae Panhellenic to be eligible to receive NPC awards. If you have questions about your invoice, please contact the NPC office at 317-872-3185 or via email at npccentral@npcwomen.org.

Missed an Alumnae Panhellenic Connections newsletter? View past editions here.

 
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