Soon you will be receiving our annual request for your chapter Helicon article. In an effort to prepare for the next Helicon, I have been reading several 'old' Helicons. I love the smell of printed history. It reminds me of my Great-Great Aunt Lola's apartment near the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She worked in the IU residence hall until 1961 and remained in her tiny apartment with one window and a Murphy bed for many years after her retirement. Her apartment always had that 'old' smell and I loved going there. She was a very interesting lady as are the ladies I am reading about in these Helicons.
Our Helicons have gone through several changes over the years from size, number of pages, types of paper and covers, layout and content. One thing I have noticed in the Helicons from the 1930s is that the chapter articles were submitted in parts: Officers, Marriages, Social Activities, Charity, Chapter News, New Members, Charity Plans, Pledges, and New Arrivals. What I discovered is that I could easily thumb through and just read the Charity Plans or just read the Social Activities. I began to think about how this style seemed to shout "hey, I know you're busy but really want to read about fund-raisers today" Another thing I noticed is that there are a lot of ladies named in the articles too. This helps create a sense of ownership. I know that if my name or the names of one of my family members is printed in something that it just makes it an extra special piece of family history.
I feel like this is a style that might suit the next few Helicons and I'd like your help in trying it out. Since space is always a challenge I have picked a few categories out of the many I saw used in the past. This year I am asking you to submit your article in 3 parts/paragraphs. Chapter News, Charitable Activities/Fund-Raisers, and Social Activities. Also, include the names of New Members/Pledges and your slate of officers: President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Conductress and if you have any special positions such as Chapter Historian or Internet Guru.
If I find that I have more information than I can fit in the printed Helicon I will make sure that the extra information has a special place on our website.
Let's make the Helicon, not only our special "piece of history", but a usable tool that will enhance all the charitable work our chapters accomplish.
Start thinking about your article now.
The sisters of Psi Iota Xi have become affectionately known as the Cheese Ball Ladies. That's not a bad title when you understand exactly what it's about. We hope you'll take the time to watch our little video [1:44 mins].
Update - Our Newest Long-Term Project
The Northwest Ohio Intensive Stuttering Clinic at the University of Toledo was voted to receive $100,000 as our new Long Term Project at Convention 2012. It was sponsored by Beta Delta, Van Wert, Ohio.
Dr. Rodney Gabel, Ph.D. spoke and was extremely appreciative of being chosen as our new Long Term Project. You can read about donations made at the convention in the 2012 Helicon, on page 23, and in a newsletter article in April of this year, written by Brenda Bonner. These may be accessed on our website, www.psiiotaxi.org. Dr. Gabel is also featured in a video on the home page of the website. This helps to further describe his work.
Below is an e-mail we received from Dr. Gabel. It will give you an idea about how his clinic went this past summer and his future plans.
"What a successful year. We had a total of 18 clients attend the clinic. All of them made measurable changes in such a short period of time. The participants came from five different states and one was from Canada. We had a large increase in our number of participants from Ohio (over half of our total numbers), which was positive. A total of 10 students participated as clinicians, experiencing between 50-100 hours of therapy with individuals who stutter. We will be continuing to follow this group throughout the academic year, with students both observing therapy and offering services during the fall and spring semesters. So, in many ways, the initial mission of this important program is met. We are hoping to build off of our momentum this year.
Elsie I. Sweeney Endowment Brings Symphony Music to Children's Ears
Dame Elsie Irwin Sweeney was a member of the Epsilon Chapter, in Columbus, IN. She received the title, Dame, by Royal Decree in the 1960's for her major contributions to the arts on both sides of the Atlantic. To say the least, she was an extraordinary Psi Ote, and she helped us in our development as Philanthropists in the area of music. It began as a challenge to the membership at a mid-summer meeting. She agreed to match each dollar that Psi Ote chapters earned for symphonies with one of her own. There is much more history about this topic which could be covered in a later newsletter article.
The Elsie I. Sweeney endowment has made it possible for many students to attend symphonies this year. There are also concerts which go into June of 2014 as well. This has been a rewarding and hands-on part of the National Project Chair position. I am grateful for this opportunity.
Between the Indianapolis Symphony, The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, we have distributed 280 tickets to students this year! Thirteen different schools across the state of Indiana received tickets.
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Pax Vobiscum, Sister Psi Otes!