Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunshine and Sisterhood Convention has everyone glowing!

The biennial National Convention was held in Orlando, Florida from June 24-26 at the beautiful J.W. Marriott Resort.  Several members from our Epsilon Theta Epsilon Alumnae Chapter (Iowa City) attended, as well as members of Sigma Chapter, alumnae and collegians.  The new National President and National Council were elected and they are:
Angela Costley Harris-National President
National Council- Jari Askins, Mikelle Holy Brady, Jennifer Daurora, Lynne Biggio Herndon, Jill Sabatino Lacy.
These women will serve the National Fraternity for the next two years.
The next National Convention will be held June 29-July 1, 2018 in Austin, Texas at the JW Marriott.  It is an exciting event and if you have never attended, you should plan now to attend!  It is a great time to learn more about your sisterhood, meet up with old friends, and catch the spirit of Alpha Chi Omega at its brightest!
Here are some pictures of this year's event-
Brenda Griebahn and Sarah Griebahn make attending Convention
a Sisterhood event and share the legacy of AXO
Florida had plenty of sunshine and AXO reflected it on everyone!

Meeting up with friends at the National Chapter meeting.
Delegates from every Chapter-Alumnae and Collegiate- are seated in order
by Chapter name.  Everyone wears white to the first National Chapter meeting.
It's an awe-inspiring sight with the collegiate banners of every Chapter
hanging from the ceiling.  Makes us proud to see the Hawkeye Black and Gold!

Inspiration comes from every direction.
Decorations, vendors and the Star Booth are just a few
of the great experiences of every Convention.

Leslie Soule, House Corp President and Sarah Griebahn, Advisory Board member
attend the Foundation Luncheon, and great educational workshops.

Every meal is a time of beauty, with Alpha Chi themes
even in the desserts and table decorations.
Alumnae and Collegians mix it up at the Formal Banquet
on the final night.

Even the gentlemen who attend are honored by being inducted
into the Royal Order of the Red Carnation.

Reunion night brings old and new friends together.
Sigma had great representation at all levels.

Banquet beauty:  Each attendee received a necklace inspired by
our beloved red carnation, that was donated by one of the vendors.

Jensy Richards, Brenda Griebahn, and Leslie Soule
were all Sigmas during the 1970's.
Jensy was a workshop presenter who was involved with the Peace Corps
after college and now serves AXO
by working at Leadership Academy.

Rhonda Warren, another proud Sigma, is a Province Alumnae
Chairman from Texas.

Another beautiful luncheon table, for the
Panhellenic Luncheon.
"Be her badge what what it may"

Housing Breakfast Awards Program
Congratulations Sigma for your
Silver Level Certification!

Reminders everywhere of why we are
Real. Strong. Women.

Hall of Commitment and May Meeting Review

We were delighted to welcome the new alumnae from Sigma Chapter into the Hall of Commitment on May 1, 2016.  The ceremony was attended by approximately 20 seniors and 6 alumnae from Epsilon Theta Epsilon (Iowa City) as well as three members from the Epsilon Chi Epsilon Chapter (Cedar Rapids).  Following the ceremony, we enjoyed a lovely brunch provided by the alumnae chapter and spent time socializing with the collegians and learning their plans for the future.  What an encouragement to meet the next generation of Real. Strong. Women. who are entering into the life-long experience of Alpha Chi Omega!

Following the brunch, we held a formal meeting of the alumnae chapter.  Minutes will be emailed to local members and alumnae.  Here is the tentative calendar for 2016-2017 and the organizers for each event:
Late Summer/Fall Membership Event:  Karen Daubenberger and Elsie Foerstner
                Founders Day/50 Year Pin Ceremony:  Collegiate Chapter/Elaine McCullough
                Fall Joint Event with Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter
                Christmas Event:  Sharon Kay Stang
                Hera Day Luncheon, March 2017:  Anne Dierking

                Hall of Commitment, May 2017:  Sarah Griebahn

Stay in touch with Alpha Chi by updating your personal information at
We look forward to seeing you in 2016-2017!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Hall of Commitment

Our seniors will be inducted into the Hall of Commitment on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 1pm at the Sigma Chapter house.  After the ceremony, we will have a brunch with alumnae and the collegiates who attend.  Please RSVP to if you are able to attend.  This will be our final event of the year--we hope you can join us!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Celebrate Hera Day today!

Today we honor the commitment and dedication of our Founders to the principle of service to others by "shed(ding)the light of love and friendship" to those who are in need.  Whether you are an intentional volunteer at a local shelter, hospital or school, whether you are a grandmother who is babysitting or a co-worker who offers a ride, the service we give to others is uplifting not only for others but also for our own spirits.  Reflect on our Symphony today and carry the light with you whatever services you do!

It is also National Ritual Celebration Week.  Show your support for Greek life by wearing your badge on March 7--our beautiful Lyre Badge is a symbol of our lifetime commitment to Alpha Chi and the value of Greek life to young people today.

And don't forget the luncheon with the Cedar Rapids alumnae chapter this Saturday, March 7 at 11:30am at the Hotel Kirkwood.  Make it a grand AXO day!  Wear your badge, fellowship with sisters and celebrate Alpha Chi Omega.  Email to RSVP.

Remember to save the date for Hall of Commitment with the Sigma seniors on May 3. Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Winter News from IC Alumnae

February 2015:  how did we get this far so fast?  The year has been blurring past, and as this is written, we hope you are warm and snug somewhere.  Whether you are drinking hot chocolate by the fire in Iowa or laying in the sun in your winter location, we hope you celebrate MacDowell month this year by embracing the arts wherever you are.  Take in a performance, spend some time at a local gallery, or cheer on the budding artist in your family.  Our lives are richer and the world is better when we fill it up with the beautiful things art brings to our lives.  Artists come in all different shapes, and sizes and whether its sculpture, music, theatre, or the paper arts of literature and painting, we can "see beauty even in the common things of life" everyday.

Our chapter raised $773.00 for Tiny Hands International this fall, by purchasing beautiful handmade items that support women who have been rescued from human trafficking.  Thank you to everyone who helped support this new philanthropy of our chapter.

We had a great evening of fun and holiday cheer with the women of Sigma Chapter on November 19.  Decorating the tree, and making ornaments was a great way for alumnae and collegians to get to know each other.

To celebrate Hera Day this year, we have been invited to join the Cedar Rapids area chapter for a luncheon on March 7 at the Hotel Kirkwood in CR.  Please plan to attend and RSVP to Jayne Nicholas at  The luncheon starts at 11:30am.

We are also sharing Healthy Relationships Week with Sigma this Wednesday, February 11 from 6:00-8:00pm.  We will be having a booth to make Valentine's Day cards, which the girls can purchase to give to family and friends, or they can make a card to give to someone at DVIP or the Children's Oncology unit at the UIHC.  This event is Wednesday evening.  Contact Sarah Griebahn for more information at 319-621-1777.  Any proceeds will be donated to the Alpha Chi Foundation, as part of our ongoing commitment to support the women of Alpha Chi Omega.

Volunteers needed!  We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Sigma Advisory Board for the upcoming year.  Please contact Elaine McCullough at if you are interested.

And be sure to save the date for our final event of the year--our Hall of Commitment Brunch for the Sigma Seniors will be May 3 at 1pm at the Chapter house.  Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Alpha Chi Alum RoundUp

It's been a great fall for Alpha Chi's in Iowa City! 

     Our Summer BBQ was well attended and we heard the news from National Convention and what was happening at the National level of our fraternity.  There were 9 attendees from our area, including our past National president, Marsha Grady, and Rhonda Warren, Sigma, the Province Alumnae Chairman from Texas.  We were well represented on all levels, as our Chapter Presidents (both collegiate and alumnae), Chapter Advisors, House Director and House Corps President all attended the bi-annual gathering of members from across the country.  The next convention in 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida--start making plans to attend!  It's a great experience!

     Our alumnae calendar has been full!  We started with recruitment at Sigma, and we want to thank all the members who helped out with food donations and assistance in the kitchen.  Sigma added 46 new members and they will be having initiation November 5-6.  Alumnae are encouraged to attend the ritual ceremony as well as the other events.  Please contact Sarah Griebahn, the Fraternity Relations Advisor, for more details (

     We distributed Welcome Back bags of goodies to all the returning collegiates--it was a fun project and the girls were very grateful for the treats and personal products that were donated to make this a true gift of love and sisterhood.  We will be looking for donations for the live-in girls to have a Sisterhood Snack Pack for the end of the semester as well (baked goods, popcorn, etc.).  Start thinking of some great ideas to add!

     We also designed a new t-shirt for alums to wear to show their AXO pride.  We even made some new friends and some money for our alumnae chapter!  If you are interested please contact Brenda Griebahn for more information at 319-621-6605.
     We made some attempts to engage our alumnae for Homecoming, but hopefully we will have better response next year!  If you have friends or sisters coming back next year to Iowa City, let us know if this is something they might be interested in doing when they are in town.  We cheered on the Sigma float as it went by in the parade, and enjoyed some Paglai's Pizza for old time's sake!
     We still have 2 great events planned for this fall semester.  On November 19, we will be trimming the tree at Sigma and sharing hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas memories with the chapter at 7pm.  Come out for a relaxing evening and do some Christmas shopping as well!  We will be selling "Tiny Hands" products to raise a awareness of the plight of women throughout the world.  Products made by women from all over the world will be on sale and the proceeds will go to our newest philanthropy to help end human trafficking.  Be sure to join us for this "new" tradition of supporting women in need.
     And last but not least, we have a fabulous Holiday Party planned for December 13.  We will be having a Wine Tasting and Art event at The Secret Cellar, 1205 Curtis Bridge Rd NE, Swisher, IA 52338.  Join us at 1pm for a fun afternoon, relaxing, imbibing in a little wine and snacks, and take home a masterpiece that YOU create under the tutelage of the artist from the venue.  The cost of the event is $29 per person plus $10 for materials.  You must RSVP to Brenda Griebahn (319-621-6605) or the Secret Cellar (319) 841-2172 to attend so we have enough materials for everyone.  You can bring payment that day, or call your credit card to The Secret Cellar.  Ask for Lauren.  More details to follow.  Bring a friend and share the spirit of the season!
     Thanks for following us--remember that "Sisters Forever' is our theme for this year.  And you make us what we are: Real. Strong. Women.

Friday, March 7, 2014

It was Hera Day!

March 1 was Hera Day for Alpha Chi's across the country and the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids alumnae got together in the spirit of fraternity to celebrate!  And much like the postal service, nothing could keep these sisters away-neither wind, nor snow, nor sleet or hail!  And we've had it all this year!  Our faithful members MaryAnn Clemons, Anne Dierking, Elsie Foerstner and Dee VanderHoef  joined members from the Cedar Rapids Alumnae group at the Blackstone in Iowa City for a luncheon.
Hera Day Luncheon at the Blackstone