Delta Gamma Winter 2011 : Page 4

7 HAT  S GOT 9 O 5 TAL +). G &#1f; for starters DGs (like Morgan Swan, Gamma Sigma &#0d; Houston have been focused on Service for Sight since 1936, but with TOMS, we can do even more good. Tro P h Y cases &#1f; 9 eah, Delta Gammas have a few zillion. But one honor stood out. Go g get et t ‘ ‘em em Al l we did All A d id w was as announce a nn ou nc e one on e itty it ty i y bitty b it t ty partnership, p ar tn er sh ip , and you went nuts OK, Service an d yo o u we nt nu t . OK ts , we’ll we ’l l grant grant that g th h at the t he e Se rv i ic e Sight partnership with TOMS® the wildly for Si ght pa rtners hi i p i is w it h T i TO MS ® , th t e wild ly popular One-for-One™ that most know p po pu lar On e-for-One™ company t hat m ost k now as the shoe company that provides footwear for child th h e sh oe c om m p pa n ny yt ha t pr ov id es f oot twea r f fo r a ch il d need for pair sold. But when TOMS founder in nee d fo r every pa ir s old. B ut w hen TO OMS f ounder Blake Mycoskie company initiative Bl ake My coskie announced the new com mpany initi ative would to restore the of around world, wo uld be t o re store th e gift o f sight arou n the world nd , well, just Mr. we ll, it j ust made sense for some DGs to join Mr . Mycoskie table! My M co sk k i ie at the h ta bl e! ! We announced the resulting partnership on Facebook (facebook.com/deltagamma) in early December, and the news almost instantly saw nearly 1,200 “likes” and more than 400 “shares.” The partnership is a friendly competition, pitting DG collegiate and alumnae chapters against each other, to see which one can help TOMS gift the most prescriptions eyeglasses/medical treatment/ sight-saving surgery in developing countries . Flip to page 21 for details, or go to TOMS.com/DG and get shopping! Now N No w th t that’s at ’s s a an n ho honor no o r Le t’s be r Let’s L real. ea e a l l. De Delta elt a Gamm Gamma ma is c chock hock k f full ul l of a amazing ma zi ng women. (Flip through our leadership profiles wo me en. ( Fl ip p t hr ou gh h o ur r l ea d de rs hi p pr ofi le s on pp. 14-19 you need evidence. But you really?) pp . 14 -19 if y ou n ee d ev id e en ce . Bu t d do y ou r eally?) It gets tough to react with the slew emails receive: ge ts t ough t o re act wi th h t he e sle w of ema ils we r ec c ei v ve : honor after honor, award after award. You’re amazing. ho ono o r af te er ho hono nor, r a wa rd a ft er a wa rd . Y ou’re am azing. get it! But award recently gave pause. W g We et i t! B ut one awa rd d r ecen tl e l y ga ve us pa use. collegiate chapter—yes, chapter—was A colleg iate chapt er—y yes, the entire chapt er—was named of the Year.” Whoa. name d “Citizen o f th e Ye ar.” Wh a oa. October, Blacksburg gave In Oct ober, the Blacks bu urg Host Lion’s Club ga ave Delta Rho Delta Gamma at Virginia Tech De Dlt lta Rh o chapter h t of f D el lt G l t Vi i i T h its highest honor. Under normal circumstances, the club chooses a local citizen who has made substantial contributions to the community, but who has worked in relative anonymity. This year, 129 DGs collectively accepted the honor, thanks to their volunteer efforts (vision screening and hosting events for children in need) and fundraising (helping guide dog programs and the purchase of braille printers, as well as the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome Foundation). Way to “Do Good,” Delta Rho DGs! 4 Save a tree! Save a buck! THE ANCHORA OF DELTA GAMMA Winter 2011 Read this online! Email anchora@deltagamma.org.

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Go Get 'Em<br /> <br /> All we did was announce one itty bitty partnership, and you went nuts. OK, we’ll grant that the Service for Sight partnership is with TOMS®, the wildly popular One-for-One™ company that most know as the shoe company that provides footwear for a child in need for every pair sold. But when TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie announced the new company initiative would be to restore the gift of sight around the world, well, it just made sense for some Dgs to join Mr. Mycoskie at the table!<br /> <br /> We announced the resulting partnership on Facebook (facebook.com/deltagamma) in early December, and the news almost instantly saw nearly 1,200 “likes” and more than 400 “shares.” <br /> <br /> The partnership is a friendly competition, pitting DG collegiate and alumnae chapters against each other, to see which one can help TOMS gift the most prescriptions eyeglasses/medical treatment/ sight-saving surgery in developing countries. Flip to page 21 for details, or go to TOMS.com/DG and get shopping!<br /> <br /> Now That’s Sn Honor <br /> <br /> Let’s be real. Delta Gamma is chock full of amazing women. (Flip through our leadership profiles on pp. 14-19 if you need evidence. But do you really?) It gets tough to react with the slew of emails we receive: honor after honor, award after award. You’re amazing. We get it! But one award recently gave us pause.<br /> <br /> A collegiate chapter—yes, the entire chapter—was named “Citizen of the Year.” Whoa.<br /> <br /> In October, the Blacksburg Host Lion’s Club gave Delta Rho chapter of Delta Gamma at Virginia Tech its highest honor. Under normal circumstances, the club chooses a local citizen who has made substantial contributions to the community, but who has worked in relative anonymity. This year, 129 Dgs collectively accepted the honor, thanks to their volunteer efforts (vision screening and hosting events for children in need) and fundraising (helping guide dog programs and the purchase of braille printers, as well as the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome Foundation).<br /> <br /> Way to “Do Good,” Delta Rho Dgs!<br /> <br /> Is "world domination" too strong?<br /> <br /> One might reason that “extras” like sorority membership would be the first to go, especially at a time when dismal economic assessments and predictions make news every day. But we have news of our own: Sororities are doing just fine. Across the board, the National Panhellenic Conference has been reporting a steady increase in member numbers.<br /> <br /> Looking for a reason? A powerful, three-minute video that debuted at the NPC annual meeting (see pp. 8-9 for details) could be part of it. The “Our Potential. Your Move.” recruitment video makes a strong case that sorority women achieve more together. Watch, judge for yourself and share: youtube.com, search “NPCwomen.” <br /> <br /> Want even more proof that sororities might soon rule the world? Check out the University of Alabama. In November, DG installed its largest colony ever with more than 200 women initiated into Beta Psi chapter (see more on pp. 10-11). Just a few weeks later, UA Panhellenic leaders announced they were already looking to add another sorority to campus—especially, they said, after DG’s recent “huge success.”<br /> <br /> Color Blind <br /> <br /> When we first read the title “Greek Life is Color Blind,” we cheered. The article, by writer Justin Mitchell, appeared in the University of Southern Mississippi’s The Student Printz and gave several examples of the school’s diverse female population choosing Greek groups based on their feelings and fit rather than predominate skin colors.<br /> <br /> Newly elected Panhellenic president Eileen Dominguez, Delta Pi-Southern Mississippi, was even quoted about how important diversity is in Greek life. “We promote cultural enrichment and excel to educate our members about cultures different from ours,” she said. “I think it’s important that different ethnic groups are represented in all the chapters.” <br /> <br /> What do you think? We’re somewhere between, “Well said, Eileen!” and “Wait. Why is this topic newsworthy?” If we feel the need to draw attention to diversity, are we really as color blind as we think?

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