As the holidays approach I confess that I have been the usual shopaholic, with lots of time spent looking for gifts and other items for the festivities ahead. What can I say? “Tis’ the Season!”
While our minds are on giving, I would like to suggest a present that you can give yourself, and one that will last a lifetime. We all relish tokens of silver and gold, but I’m not talking about bling. Rather than buying jewelry or designer handbags, I propose that Alumnae and soon to be Alumnae sisters commit to fulfilling their stake in Tri Sigma by becoming Lifetime Members.
The price tag attached to Lifetime Dues may seem exorbitant, but I am totally passionate about encouraging sisters to make this step if they possibly can. It has been my experience that Lifetime Membership predicts a sister’s future involvement in our sorority, and actually makes sense economically. I have never regretted paying my Lifetime Dues, so much so that when my own daughter became a Tri Sigma, my husband and I pledged to pay her Lifetime Dues on a three-year payment plan. The last remittance was made in September, and I am proud that my daughter is a card caring Lifetime Member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Faithful Unto Death.
As the New Year approaches, please consider taking this step and allocate the funds for Lifetime Dues into your budget. The $1,050.00 fee may seem like an insurmountable mountain, but if you break it down and take small steps you can reach the top. National offers a three-year payment plan. Sisters can make one payment of $350.00 each year, or make two payments of $175.00 twice a year. If that still sounds overwhelming, why not break it down ever further by setting aside $29.17 each month, or $6.74 a week. Create a visual reminder to aide in keeping your goal in mind. Clean an empty clear mayonnaise or pickle jar, and design a label featuring the skull and bones with our open motto Faithful Unto Death. Leave enough room on your label to list the months of the year with a blank beside it (e.g. Jan. ___ Feb. ___ etc.). Each week drop $6.74 in the jar, and check off the month as it is completed. This will allow you to see your progress and meet the goal.
What will you receive in return for this investment? A small laminated card and a thank you, along with the satisfaction that inevitable increases in dues will not affect you. Although this may appear to be a modest reward, it is evidence that you plan to remain true to your vow to be Faithful Unto Death. While in college sisters are willing to pay much higher dues, but then some cease following graduation. I liken this to quitting a race just short of the finish line. In three years a sister can fulfill her financial pledge to Tri Sigma for life.
I hope all sisters young and old plan to become Golden Violets. This award is presented to Sigma Sisters who have remained active for 50 years. To receive the Golden Violet, sisters must be nominated by either a collegiate or Alumnae Chapter, and must either be a Lifetime Member, or have paid their annual National dues for at least 20 years. It always surprises me how many sisters are not aware of this, and who believe The Golden Violet is something that is automatically granted to sisters 50 years after their initiation. As my golden anniversary draws nearer (I’m not there yet ladies), I am so happy that my financial obligation to Tri Sigma was taken care of years ago, allowing me to continue moving… Ever Forward. Happy Holidays!
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.