November has arrived, a month where Americans traditionally reflect on thankfulness. I am truly thankful for this sisterhood and wish to acknowledge my appreciation.
I am so grateful for my Alpha Phi collegiate Chapter, and for all the sisters and wonderful life long friendships I have made there. Also, thank you to all the sisters who serve on the Chapter’s CAB and on the Housing Corporation. You are the reason this Chapter has grown and is thriving, making it a wonderful place for Alumnae to come home to.
The West Michigan (formerly Grand Rapids) Alumnae Chapter has been an active and vital part of the community for 65 years, and I’m so thankful they were here to take me in when I was a stranger. These women have been my rock and I cherish each member old and new. I am especially grateful that these sisters made it possible for my own daughter Kilee, to become a Tri Sigma through Alumnae Initiation. Kilee was a nontraditional student who did not engage in the typical college experience, but thanks to this Chapter and to National’s Alumnae Initiation program, Kilee and I are able to share this special bond.
Later this month I will be participating in an Alumnae Initiation with the Central Michigan Alumnae Chapter, where another sister’s daughter will enter our circle. This gifted young woman is like a breath of fresh air to this Alumnae Chapter, and I am so pleased that she has chosen to become a part of our sisterhood. Her mother along with the entire Alumnae Chapter could not be more grateful.
I am so thankful that I paid my Life Time dues soon after graduating from college. At the time there were no Alumnae Chapters in my area, and I did not make a lot of money, but I have never regretted this decision. I am also grateful that my daughter is a Life Time Member. Come what may, wherever Kilee goes she will be able to be as active in Tri Sigma as she chooses, without the worry of paying National dues.
Since retiring my husband and I have become snowbirds and divide our time between homes in Michigan and Florida. Thanks to all my Sigma sisters in the sunshine state this has been an easy transition. The Southwest Florida Alumnae Chapter welcomed me with open arms. It was also my privilege to vote for Marni Dilsaver Sawicki, who became the first women Mayor of Cape Coral, FL. Marni is not only a Tri Sigma, but was initiated in my home chapter of Alpha Phi. She was the best candidate by far and I appreciate Tri Sigma’s influence on this next generation of leaders.
Our National organization is so fortunate to be lead by such accomplished and articulate women. Across this country there are so many members who unselfishly volunteer their time and talents to our order. Sisters who believe that to receive much, you must give much. It is a true blessing to be part of this wonderful sisterhood with its focus on friendship, character and conduct. I am thankful to be a Tri Sigma, and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
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.