By May “Mosaic” Advincula, on behalf of National Board
Thank you to all sisters who traveled to Washington, D.C. this year to join us at the 2012 annual National Convention! We hope you enjoyed this year’s conference and learned valuable information that you can utilize at your campuses to further our mission and strengthened bonds with sisters across the nation.
For those of you who weren’t able to join us this year, we’ve included some highlights below to ensure you’re up to speed on everything that we covered! If you’re looking for more detail, all Convention items are saved on Groopt in the “National Events” folder.
Chapter Executive Board members had the opportunity to attend various workshops designed to enhance their leadership skills by providing supplemental information in the areas of public speaking, risk management, finance and budgeting, as well as introduction to tools such as Groopt.
Friday activities concluded with the “In My Heart” showcase in which sisters from 5 of our chapters shared their array of talents to express their love for our sisterhood.
Opening Remarks: “We need our own place at the table.” – Councilmember Grace Han Wolf
Councilmember Grace Han Wolf presented opening remarks from the Town of Herndon. Being the first Asian American elected official in the state of Virginia, Councilmember Wolf, provided an inspirational message to our sorority leaders emphasizing the concept of “firsts.” She encouraged sisters to hone in on their strength and smarts inherited from the women in our families who came before us and to continue to strive to have our “own place at the table” in order to be seen and heard in communities across the nation.
General Meeting Next Steps Overview:
Action items from the 11th session of the National Convention General meeting included:
- National sorority to utilize Groopt as the platform to disseminate national information and provide chapters with an opportunity to collaborate with one another as well as within their own chapter
- Chapters to review Circle of Sisterhood and provide feedback as to whether we should proceed with partnership
- Volunteer for National Committees:
- Convention Awards
- Judicial Committee
Undergraduate and Alumnae:
- Ritual Committee
- SE Formal Committee
- MW Formal Committee
- Expansion Committee
- Convention Committee
LEAP Development Workshop: “You have all opportunities to blaze new trails”- Linda Akutagawa
President and CEO of LEAP, Inc. Linda Akutagawa presented “The 21st Century Leader: Surviving and Thriving in the 3rd Millennium.”
Representation of the Asian-American community still has much room for improvement, and Akutagawa’s presentation provided a framework for sisters to be able to evaluate their goals, expand their self-awareness and create an action plan.
Takagawa emphasized, “When you write [your goals] down it become tangible, then share it with someone you see as a mentor to lead you to opportunity.”
With the 2012 election fast approaching, it is important for our sisters to become involved in registering members of the APIA community to vote. Information regarding voter registration can vary by state, but there are resources available to help you determine eligibility and the voter registration process (http://www.canivote.org/)
With a DJ, specially made white chocolate Blue Roses from our very own alumna Gyn Wei, new tank shirts, and great food, we started the night with the New Colony Recognition ceremony for the recently established charter classes of University of North Carolina Charlotte and University of Albany.
We were also very excited to present the official charters packages to the active chapters of Delta Phi Lambda and honored the outstanding accomplishments of our sisters with the annual Convention Awards. This year we would like to congratulate the following award recipients:
- Chapter of the Year:
- Jade Award:
Grand Valley State University
- Best Philanthropy:
University of West Florida
- Blue Rose Award:
University of Cincinnati
- Sister of the Year:
Susan “Aura” Nguyen
- Mission Award:
Karen “Murrina” Cheng
- Academic Excellence Award:
Jennifer “d.E.lux” Tsai
- Alumnae Award:
Jessica “Cider” Chui
The night ended on an emotional note with the announcement our new Eta, Theta, and Iota chapters! Congratulations to DePaul University Eta Chapter, Emory University Theta Chapter, and Grand Valley State Iota Chapter on your recently acquired active status!
Sunday morning kicked off bright and early with the Recruitment, Marketing, Alumnae Engagement, and Affiliate Member workshops.
Recruitment Workshop attendees received information on building the skills necessary to have a successful yearlong recruitment. Attendees were asked to consider evaluating their recruitment process based on values to ensure that potential members are already exhibiting the virtues of a Dedicated Female Leader. Attendees also had the opportunity to share ideas in groups to discuss various ways recruitment is conducted across campuses.
Marketing attendees received information on evaluating promotional sorority materials to ensure that all marketing aligns with Delta Phi Lambda standards. Attendees learned the importance of branding and received information as to what resources are available and what chapters can do to create their own brand that is in accordance with DFL standards.
Alumnae Engagement attendees had an interactive discussion about how to continue to engage alumnae as they make their transition upon graduation from their Institution. Attendees discussed the principles of life-long membership and how sisters can remain involved on the national level post-graduation.
Affiliate Member Education Workshop attendees were provided an overview of the roles and responsibilities of an Affiliate Member Educator. With training in critical thinking and risk management, the goal of the workshop was to empower AME’s as they embark on the upcoming fall semester.
Ritual Ceremony Presentation “May your light shine forth”
Elizabeth Thai and Linh Van concluded the Convention activities with the Ritual Ceremony demonstrations as outlined in the copy of the first publication of the Ritual Book. Each chapter also received their own book cover, which is large enough to store the ritual book and any ritual materials that may be utilized in the ceremonies.
Sisters in attendance were also introduced to the meeting ritual. When entering the room sisters are greeted with the following: “May your light shine forth.” The appropriate response is “Every moment, everlasting.”
As we embark on our 15th anniversary, we are excited for the year ahead and look forward to celebrating the outstanding efforts of our sisters nationwide at the 2013 Convention on August 2-4, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned for addition Convention 2013 information!