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1. Locals and volunteers, including Barbara Gerow Broyles, Megan Powers and Convention 2008 Chairman Patti Skow Craine, couldnâ€™t wait to welcome nearly 1,000 Delta Gammas of all ages to Palm Desert for Delta Gammaâ€™s 63rd Biennial Convention, June 18-21.<br /> <br /> 2-3. Crowds like this are ready to rock â€” especially when the kickoff event is â€œEvolution of Dance,â€ with Judson Laipply reminding everyone of all the silly dances they thought theyâ€™d never see again.<br /> <br /> 4. The beauty of Convention is reconnection after reconnection. Here, Vicki Vannoy Nixon caught up with old friends at the Council/Cabinet/Board of Advisers/Foundation/Staff dinner.<br /> <br /> 5. Following the Opening Banquet, participants entertained the audience while under the spell of Hypnotist Erik KÃ¤nd. (These women were under hypnosis and believed their belly buttons were missing. They really wanted them back.)<br /> <br /> 6. The giant â€œCalifornia Dreamingâ€ balloons made many photo backdrops.<br /> <br /> 7. Singers gathered, practiced and performed as part of the first-ever Convention chorus (with Barbara Bartlett Probst, as always, on piano).<br /> <br /> 8. Lynne Adams Burroughs and Kris Reed Maedel were just two of dozens of women who reunited for the â€œShake â€˜nâ€™ Bakeâ€ group photo. 1992 Convention attendees recalled the earthquake (get it? Shake) that interrupted their gathering; 16 years later, DGâ€™s return visit had a 120-degree heat wave (the bake part of the equation).<br /> <br /> 9. Besi (Convention Chairman Patti Craineâ€™s pup), served as an ambassador for all guide dogs, including the local Guide Dogs of the Desert.<br /> <br /> 10-11. Emotions ran high at the â€œHooray for Hollywoodâ€ Awards Banquet. There, Barbara Nussa Boersma, Alpha Tau-Butler (left, with Laura Oâ€™Brien, Epsilon Mu-William & Mary) was surprised with the prestigious Anchor Award for her years of work advancing DGâ€™s technological offerings.<br /> <br /> 12. Region 8 representatives processed for the traditional presentation of the flags at the NPC luncheon, where several distinguished Panhellenic guests declared, â€œthose Anchor Ladies know how to do events!â€ Dynamic speaker Lori Ebert, of Alpha Omicron Pi, challenged attendeesâ€™ thinking.<br /> <br /> 13. Martha Cheely Brown, Gamma Nu-North Texas, (left, with Marilyn Fordham) received the Fraternityâ€™s highest honor: The Order of the Delta Gamma Rose. A former NPC Chairman, Brown served with 11 Fraternity Councils in 22 years.<br /> <br /> Delta Gamma would be far different without her.<br /> 1. One of several important business items was the election of the new Council. Back row, from left: VP: Communications Laurie Petrucce Roselle, VP: Fraternity Programming Pam Fellows Jamieson, NPC Delegate Marilyn Monroe Fordham, VP: Finance Debbie Seebold Evans, VP: Membership Shaun Fisher Young; front: VP: Alumnae Mary Anne Ruman Lachenmaier, Fraternity President Beth Bell Searcy, and VP: Collegians Debbie Byrd Etheridge. The leaders also had the first-ever Council reception, complete with a receiving line.<br /> <br /> 2. Sabrina Bryan, Zeta Iota-Chapman, of Disneyâ€™s Cheetah Girls and Dancing with the Stars fame, made a surprise appearance and sister photo op.<br /> <br /> 3. The Anchor Market Place brought several licensed vendors together to offer every imaginable DG product and prize.<br /> <br /> 4. Attendees from Region 7 delighted in making the 2010 Convention location announcement: Denver! Volunteers and local efforts will be under the direction of 2010 Convention Hostess Meredith Meyers.<br /> <br /> 5. Hall of Fame reception honored VIPs, including retiring Constitutions Chairman Joy Herod McCreary, left, and Eleanor Smith Slaughter, who had more Conventions (27) under her belt than any other attendee.<br /> <br /> 6. The Convention Lectureship in Values and Ethics presented Steve Ford, actor and son of President Gerald and Betty Ford. Attendees raved about his talk, which offered a personal view of U.S. history.<br /> <br /> 7. Collegians and advisers walked through the â€œBoardwalk Festival,â€ which provided an opportunity to learn more about Anchors of Discovery (new collegiate programming); bylaws and standing rules; Honor Board operation; hazing and more.<br /> <br /> 8. NBCâ€™s hit Deal or No Deal helped housing leaders educate and challenge women to answer questions about policies, bylaws and procedures.<br /> <br /> 9. Sisters by blood and DG, Emily and Ellen Burris, both Gamma Zeta-Louisiana State, were recognized as Psi Women, a highly regarded designation that means theyâ€™ve completed the Individual Pursuit but continue on their quest for lifelong learning and personal improvement.<br /> <br /> 10. The Foundationâ€™s Garden of Giving raised an unprecedented $35,000, thanks to the generosity of Convention attendees. The trying life story of Anchor Grant recipient Michele DesRosiers Tegland, Xi-Michigan, helped the Foundation exceed their greatest fundraising expectations.<br /> More california dreaming In between all the smiles and celebrations, attendees at the largest DG get-together welcomed remarkable speakers, accomplished several important tasks and recognized the best of the best. Officers presented their biennial reports, delegates voted on key issues and regional leaders organized eight smaller-scale meetings.<br /> <br /> Thanks to the tireless work of Director: Meetings and Events Stacie Hauserman, Zeta Rho-Ohio, many hailed â€œCalifornia Dreamingâ€ as the best Convention, ever.<br /> <br /> Other speakers & presenters<br /> <br /> â€¢ Five Palm Spring-area mayors â€” all female â€” welcomed and inspired DG guests.<br /> <br /> â€¢ Mary Lucas, author of Lunchmeat & Life Lessons: Sharing a Butcherâ€™s Wisdom addressed alumnae.<br /> <br /> â€¢ Rosalind Wiseman and Emily Bartek, Phi- Colorado, presented collegiate programming.<br /> <br /> Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence (basis for the movie Mean Girls).<br /> <br /> â€¢ Dan Shaver presented authentic networking to lead into Lorraine Rafter Graybill, Epsilon Theta- Tampa, and her presentation of myDG.<br /> <br /> â€¢ Cindy Stellhorn, of MJ Insurance, was the house corporation guest speaker.<br /> <br /> New programs & offerings<br /> <br /> â€¢ Strengthening Sisterhood offers collegians an opportunity to reach out to high school girls, engaging in activities and discussions that counteract negative stereotypes and empower them to â€œDo Good.â€<br /> <br /> â€¢ Anchors of Discovery provides collegiate chapters flexibility in selecting fun and meaningful programming to suit membersâ€™ specific needs.<br /> <br /> â€¢ The Tech Labâ€™s staff and volunteers helped attendees explore DGâ€™s newly redesigned and reorganized Web site (www.deltagamma.org), as well as the finer points of myDG, the Fraternityâ€™s exclusive social networking site for members of all ages (see page 11 for more details). MyDG also includes secure access to all members-only resources, including handbooks, sponsorship information, reporting tools and more.<br /> <br /> More awards & recognition<br /> <br /> â€¢ Theta Chapter of Delta Gamma Collegiate Leadership Award honoring Patricia Peterson Danielson went to Louisa E. Polos, Beta Lambda- Gettsyburg.<br /> <br /> â€¢ Catherine Stuart Schmoker Principled Alumna Leadership Award went to Judy Post Burke, Gamma Epsilon-Kent State.<br /> <br /> â€¢ Dozens of collegiate chapters and alumnae groups were recognized for excellence in various areas. The Patricia Peterson Danielson Award went to 53 collegiate chapters, and the Alumnae Excellence Award went to 75 groups. A complete list of all winners is online (www.deltagamma.org, click â€œquick links,â€ then â€œConvention 2008â€).<br /> <br /> More highlights<br /> <br /> â€¢ Alpha Nu-USC performed a model Initiation ceremony, under the direction of Linda Krohn Elliott and Carol Jones Nunnally.<br /> <br /> â€¢ Outgoing Fraternity President Shari Souser Malone presented the State of Fraternity address, as well as the first-ever â€œIn Memoriam,â€ which listed every sister who had passed away since the last Convention in June 2006.<br /> <br /> â€¢ Vice-President: Finance Debbie Seebold Evans worked long hours to provide new chair backs for each delegate in General Sessions.