Region Weekend 2015

RW_vanWritten by Mary Hruska, Vice President of New Member Education
Once a year, each region meets to discuss events happening in our sorority, as well as make connections with sisters in other chapters. This year, our Executive Board and five emerging leaders headed to Region Weekend in a 14-passenger van to Lake Blackshear in Cordele, GA – that’s a 5 hour drive! It turns out, riding in a large van full of sorority women can prompt stares from other drivers on the highway. We had our fair share of noteworthy interactions on our drive to Georgia but it made the ride very entertaining!

Saturday morning started with several speakers, including Rachael Simmons, a former Beta Delta chapter president. Rachael is now working as the Senior Communications Specialist at FedEx and she spoke about involvement in Delta Zeta after college. It was so inspiring to hear Rachael’s story of her time in our chapter and how it has enabled her to achieve her current level of success after college.

RW_shirtAfter the speakers, we met in small groups based on our current positions. I met with New Member Educators from the other chapters in our region and talked with them about their ideas for the new member period. It was exciting to meet with other women in the same position and share our ideas for the upcoming year!

At the awards ceremony, our chapter was humbled to receive 20 awards for our hard work over the past year, including Pride of the Region! Our chapter was recognized for our high chapter GPA, philanthropic efforts, and new member education programming. We were also thrilled to see our academic advisor, Twyla Wofford, and Collegiate Chapter Director, Sara Warren, recognized for going above-and-beyond for our chapter.

Overall, Region Weekend was an amazing experience and I’ve been able to take back fun new memories and countless friendships from our time in Georgia. Building new relationships with women across the region and learning from fellow Delta Zeta’s revitalized my passion for this sorority and reminded me why I love it so much.