As I was driving home from a visit with Rho Chapter in Angola I couldn't help but feel the warmth of the Christmas season. They were very upbeat and cheerful as they prepared for their Christmas Meeting. Their smiles were contagious and welcoming and I had fun listening and sharing in their excitement.
My own chapter, Theta Kappa will be doing the same later this month. It's a time for lots of food, drink, and good cheer isn't it? And did I mention the food? Lots and lots of food!
Well, I hope you take time to slow down a little bit from your usual business meetings and just relax and enjoy one another - within your chapters as well as your families. Rho was making plans to support their local women's shelter which consists of 10 women and children this year. They are helping to provide food and gifts and mittens, hats, and scarves.
Can you imagine what it must be like for these women and their children to be in a safe place for the holiday? They are most likely experiencing some anxiety about starting their lives over.
The gifts and food provided by Rho will certainly be deeply appreciated. It made me so proud to watch as the sisters of Rho generously discussed their food donation and passed around Christmas stars that held the gender, age and specific need of each family member. It is true that "In giving, we receive." Thank you Rho for sharing your Christmas Spirit with me and reminding me of the importance of our sisterhood and the difference we make in our communities.
My Christmas wish is for all of our chapters to appreciate how important they are to those less fortunate, especially during this season of giving. Christmas blessings to each of you! From my house to yours,
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.
Symphony Tickets Still Available
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!