Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life and from all over the country. The “Meet Our Volunteers” series spotlights some of the amazing women who make a difference in our Organization.
Meet Bekks Zeigler (Eta Iota), Honor Council Advisor for Epsilon Eta and former Programs Team Member.
Name: Bekks Zeigler
Initiated Chapter: Eta Iota
Your Position: Honor Council Advisor for Epsilon Eta and former Programs Team Member
Years holding this position: 2
Why did you join Tri Sigma? I joined Tri Sigma because they were genuine women who were not afraid to stand out on campus. Being active in the community was the backbone of the chapter, and diversity was something they celebrated.
Why did you decide to become a volunteer for Tri Sigma? I knew as soon as I graduated that I would want to be a national volunteer. Tri Sigma was an important part of my life in college, and I didn’t want that to end with graduation. I stay involved to give back to an organization that has given me so much. As a collegiate member, I was provided with so many opportunities to develop my leadership skills. I was also fortunate enough to form bonds with a number of alumnae volunteers who encouraged and challenged me. I wanted to be a part of that for our current collegiate members.
Why did you decide to take on your specific role as a volunteer? I became an Honor Council Advisor because I strongly believe in the power of accountability. When used in the proper way, Honor Council is a fantastic tool for our chapters. Oftentimes, the process gets a negative reputation as being used for members who are “in trouble.” I enjoy challenging chapters to think beyond the common misconceptions of Honor Council and empowering them to transform the way their chapter implements the process.
I joined our National Programs Team because of the impact our national programs have had on my Tri Sigma experience. I love being a part of the entire process. It’s amazing to start with curriculum development, be a part of leading the event and afterward look back at evaluations to hear participants’ reactions. We’re always striving to provide the best experience possible to empower the women of our sisterhood.
What advice would you have for other alumnae looking to become active within our membership as a volunteer? The best advice I would give is to not sell yourself short. At first, I didn’t think I would have the right skills or experiences to be successful at my position, but the staff and volunteer structure is full of people who want to help you succeed. There are so many ways to be involved. We all have different strengths, and there’s a place for everyone to be involved.
Share a memory you have experienced in your volunteer role that you will always remember: One experience I’ll always remember is being a small group mentor for the Dunham Women of Character Institute in 2012. Although the institute is for newer members of Tri Sigma, the women in my group were already active leaders in their chapters. The group bonded instantly. Our entire weekend was filled with so much laughter and many inspiring conversations. Throughout this past year, I was privileged enough to see these women transform their chapters. Some of them became officers. Others received national awards. One of them participated in leading the Festival of Lights Banquet at our 2013 Convention. Being a part of their Tri Sigma story is something I will always cherish.
Being a CAB member has allowed me to get to know the members of the chapter outside their positions in Tri Sigma. The “little moments” that I will always remember happened in the midst of everyday operations. In the midst of formal recruitment in spring, there was a blizzard. Events were almost canceled, and I slipped twice walking in the snow. My favorite memories are often things we take for granted, like seeing their newest members accept their bids, hearing their stories on Preference Night, laughing in the student union and having meals with them.