It is no secret that I am crazy over Tri Sigma, and that I have been since the moment I accepted my invitation to membership 43 years ago. I love our values, rituals, symbols, and of course the system that governs this sensational sisterhood. At the heart of this system is our National Convention, and I confess with regret that I had to miss this one.
There is certainly a lot to love about our sorority, but a Tri Sigma Convention tops my list of Sigma Favorites. Our conventions are outstanding, but here’s another confession, I didn’t attend a convention until I was 42 years old! This was Sigma’s 37th Convention held in San Francisco in 1995, and I had the honor of serving as the voting delegate for the West Michigan (formerly Grand Rapids) Alumnae Chapter.
As if staying in the historic Fairmont Hotel was not enough, the Convention coincided with the 50th anniversary celebration of the chartering of the United Nations, and we shared residence in the hotel with William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. How the Secret Service prevented the news that President Clinton was residing in a hotel with over 500 sorority women, from becoming the fodder for late night television monologues, is anything short of amazing.
Seeing the governing of our sorority in action was an electrifying experience. I was goosepimply the whole time. From the moment I participated in the Hanging of the Shields until the beautiful Festival of Lights Ceremony, I was in absolute awe. This may have been my first convention, but I knew it would not be my last.
Since San Francisco, Convention as taken me to our Nation’s Capital, I got to meet Carrie Underwood, and see where Mary Tyler Moore threw her hat, plus stay in the happiest place on Earth. I am filled with regrets over missing this year, as I know Chicago has so much to offer, but there is always next time.
At the writing of this blog, the location of the 2019 Convention is still a well-guarded secret, but I know wherever Tri Sigma sets her sails for in the next three years, God willing, I hope to be there. I envision sisters gathering from everywhere, joining with me to participate in the greatest “purple hug” on Earth. Ever Forward!
Jacqulyn King (Alpha Phi) is a retired high school Library Media Specialist, and she and her husband Mark divide their time between homes in Michigan and Florida. She belongs to the West Michigan, Central Michigan and Southwest Florida Alumnae chapters. Her blog Confessions of a Sigmaholic runs the third Tuesday of every month.