Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter • Winter 2019 Newsletter
Our local advisors are out of this world!
Pictured from left to right are Melissa Giunta, Lorena Judkins, Carolyn Erickson, and Nicole Mayne. They can be seen here at the University of Tampa helping at Lambda Theta's bid day which was outer space themed.
One of my favorite annual Sigma Kappa events is Founders' Day. On November 9th, we gathered with the sisters from University of Tampa (Lambda Theta) and University of South Florida (Lambda Zeta) to reflect on our sorority and our values.
As President, I had the distinct privilege of announcing the winners of our first ever Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter scholarship. Winners received a $200 scholarship to be used for tuition or books. We had a strong applicant pool and enjoyed reading the personal statements of how the applicants live by the Sigma Kappa values of personal growth, loyalty, friendship, and service through their involvement in and outside of the sorority.
I want to acknowledge the contributions of Julie Mitchell to this scholarship effort. While leading our officer transition this summer, Julie brought up the idea of offering scholarships. She was instrumental in facilitating the whole process from initial conception through the printing of checks. She ensured this idea became a reality. We owe her a great deal of thanks!
I was also thrilled to present a twenty-five year pin and certificate to Danni Brun. Initiated into the Alpha Gamma chapter at Washington State University, Danni Brun has made significant contributions to Sigma Kappa. I have personally had the pleasure of working with her on the Advisory Board for Lambda Zeta and attending convention with her in 2018. If you ever have the chance, ask her how it is she ended up going through recruitment. It’s a great story.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I feel led to articulate how grateful I am for Sigma Kappa. When I was initiated four years ago, I never envisioned the impact the sorority would have on my life. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to serve and eternally grateful for the friendships formed.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Pictured are several members of our alumnae chapter who joined Lambda Theta and Lambda Zeta for a Founders Day celebration at Hotel Alba.
25 Year Membership Acknowledgement
Pictured from left to right are Danni Brun (25 year member acknowledged) and Michelle Bombaugh (TBAC President).
Name: Danni Brun (A.K.A. Dannielle Brun, at work)
College and Collegiate Chapter: Washington State University, Alpha Gamma
How you have been involved with Sigma Kappa: Previously, VPC and VPP for Southwest Florida Alumnae Chapter. Currently Advisor to VPF and Historian for Lambda Zeta chapter at University of South Florida, Live with Heart Facilitator
What have you gained from being a sister of Sigma Kappa: I credit Sigma Kappa with many things in my life, including my career! So much of what skills I gained during my collegiate time with Sigma Kappa (recruitment, working in diverse teams, being able to share values with others, philanthropy, and leadership skills) have lead to my success in working in social services and serving at-risk populations as well as my success as a manager to the amazing people I have had the opportunity to work with over the years! And what most people would not expect to hear from me, Sigma Kappa helped me gain self-confidence. Sisters have been a part of most of my life experiences, including my wedding!
Fun Fact: I went through recruitment as a joke with my freshman roommate. I was recruited by a woman named Sunday, and my new member educator’s name was Buffy (talk about stereotypes)! But when I walked into Sigma Kappa I found home. Sunday was my Matron of Honor at my wedding and I am a career counselor for Buffy’s children! I love breaking down Sorority stereotypes!
Tampa Panhellenic & Tampa Bay Alumnae Programming Updates
TBAC Holiday Event:
Come join us for our Annual Holiday Party! Please bring one wrapped ornament to exchange. We will also be hosting a raffle to raise money four our scholarship fund. The prizes will be a bottle wine, candles, and so much more! Please bring cash or checks.
If you know any sisters who are interested in joining our alumnae chapter, please have them email our
VP of Membership, Lexi Bodden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues for the Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter are $50. $30 of that amount are National Dues which are submitted to National Headquarters on your behalf. The remaining $20 are local dues which are used primarily for membership drives and to support our local collegiate chapters at both USF and UT with items like Bid Day Gifts for the New Members, Graduation Gifts for the Seniors, and Scholarships. Thank you for your support.
If your dues have expired, you are welcome to pay them via BillHighway (please let Julie Mitchell know if you are unable to log in at email@example.com or mail a check to Julie at 3704 W Wallace Ave Tampa, FL 33611) with a check made payable to Sigma Kappa.
Philanthropy and Service Update
Pictured from left to right are Anna Wavrin, Tarah Dalbey, Desiree Segobiano Baker, and Jennifer McElroy, a few of our walkers at the Walk to End Alzheimer's event.
We raised over $1,500 towards the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year!. There is still time to donate, and donations are still coming in! Thank you for those who donated and participated in the walk.
We also raised $92 at our Kendra Scott event in September. These funds are given to the Sigma Kappa Foundation.
In the 2020 Spring semester, we plan to do our Exam Goodie bags as a fundraiser with the collegiate chapters. More information to come in 2020 about helping Desiree assemble these goodie bags.
Flashback Memories from this Fall
Wine Tasting at the Wine Exchange in Hyde Park in September
Advisors of Lambda Zeta helping at their Fall recruitment events in September and October
Ybor City Ghost Tour with sisters from Lambda Theta and Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter in October
Coming Up in 2020
Questions about the newsletter? Topics for our next edition? Contact Jennifer McElroy, VP of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.