This year’s Founders’ Day was held at the University of Toronto Art Centre on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Delta Gamma ladies enjoyed sandwiches, tea, punch, and delicious desserts followed by an awards ceremony and elections. A tour of the Delta Gamma Gallery was also provided.
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Founders’ Day such a success!
The Alpha Gamma Chapter was granted it’s charter on June 26, 1913, when the first 11 members were initiated at the Clifton Inn Hotel in Niagara Falls during Delta Gamma’s national convention, attended by 250 members.
The chapter was based at University College, University of Toronto and was the first Canadian chapter of the fraternity. This charter turned Delta Gamma into an international organization.
The Toronto Alumnae Association is excited to introduce The PINK Award. This award will be presented annually at the TAA Founders’ Day.
Background: The TAA has many sisters whose ages, life experiences, collegiate chapters, and home addresses differ widely and greatly. Many people, including DGs from other alumnae chapters, have commented on the unusual nature of the life-long friendship shared by the TAA alumnae sisters. Many TAA sisters have not talked in years and, despite living in the same large city, some have not met prior to attending a regular ‘lunch-bunch’ luncheon. Yet, the sisters share the same heartfelt bonds and life philosophies of goodness, engagement in the life of their communities and generosity of spirit.
Description and Criteria: The PINK Award has been inaugurated to recognize a collegiate DG who has demonstrated the highest qualities and behaviours of sisterhood in the past year. The PINK Award is intended to act as a bridge from the alumnae life of a TAA Delta Gamma to the collegiate life and to illustrate the life long spirit of sisterhood. The PINK Award will be given to the collegiate chapter to pay, as far as possible, for the chapter fees of the recipient in the next year. This year, The PINK Award will be $250.
Candidates for the award can apply or be nominated. A candidate must be entering, in the fall of the calendar year in which they are applying, the third or fourth year of her undergraduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Selection will be based on:
demonstrated leadership in the development of sisterhood programming the previous year.
recognition by collegiate and/or alumnae sisters as being the anchor of sisterhood by which we aim to live.
an exceptional commitment to and participation in university and broader community through, for example, philanthropy participation.
Applications and nominations must be sent as a separate document of approximately 500 words – word-processed or hand written (applications/nominations incorporated in emails only are not acceptable). Applications and nominations are to be submitted to the TAA Awards Chair. Selection will be made by the Awards committee and shall include the Awards Chair, the current President of the TAA and one other TAA Executive member. Normally, applications and nominations must be received two weeks before the date of the annual Founders’ Day ceremony and celebration of the TAA but will be extended in 2013 because it is the first year for the award.
Please submit your applications/nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. on May 6, 2013.
- Patricia Williams Stoll, TAA Awards Chair, April 2013
The Toronto Alumnae Association is looking for a President and Vice-President, Programming for the new fiscal year! Were you very involved with your chapter in university? Have you been on the TAA Executive Board before? Are you new to the area and a strong, dedicated leader? One of these roles might be the perfect fit for you!
By joining the TAA exec, you’ll be contributing to a group that has brought together DG ladies for many, many years. Help us continue this great tradition!
Here are the position descriptions:
President: The President is the leader of the alumnae association. In this role, you will schedule exec meetings, ensure all other officers meet their requirements to keep the TAA in good standing with DG, represent the TAA to guests and other organizations, and help maintain the TAA website and social media accounts. If a position on the TAA exec is unfilled, the President may have to take on those responsibilities.
VP Programming: The VP Programming is responsible for organizing events for the TAA. Each alumnae association is required to have at least three events per fiscal year. The VP Programming will work to ensure the events also draw focus to the DG foundation, renew friendships, and attract new members to the TAA.
Please send a 250 word summary by May 3, 2013 explaining why you’d be a great candidate to email@example.com.
The Toronto Alumnae Association is excited to launch Foundation Focus! This is a feature that will be shared on our website and in our newsletter. It will focus on the efforts of DG ladies to “do good” in their lives. To submit your own Foundation Focus, email the TAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the first entry by Vice-President, Foundation, Krystal Osborn:
I thought I’d share my most memorable time as a Delta Gamma collegiate member at Zeta Omicron at Wilfrid Laurier University. During my first initiated term, I was Director of Fundraising and we were holding our annual Pastapalooza, which is an all you can eat spaghetti dinner. It was my first major event, and I was very nervous. I ran back and forth and encountered some major problems; however, at the end of the day I was so blown away by the kindness and hard work all the women around me had shown. Everyone had encouraging words to say about me and my efforts. We even raised more money than in previous years! I will never forget the support of my sisters, all of whom were just getting to know me. We were all united under to raise money for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and together we achieved that goal!
Happy Holidays to all Delta Gamma alum! Wishing you a relaxing and safe holiday, and a very happy 2013 ahead! Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
Join us for the Delta Gamma Toronto Alumnae Association Christmas Party on Sunday, December 2 in the afternoon (between 1-5 p.m). We will confirm the exact time/location very shortly.
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The Toronto Alumnae Association would like to invite all Delta Gamma alumnae in the area to meet our Region One Director, Blaire Rzempoluch, at Brassaii at 2 p.m. on November 4th. Blaire would like to discuss the Zeta Omicron chapter and the progress they’ve made with recruitment, and just meet the ladies in the city!
For more information on Brassaii, and for directions, please visit: http://www.brassaii.com/.
Please let us know if you plan on attending for numbers!