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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.

President's Message
Dear Sisters, 

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!

LISK,
Michelle Bombaugh

 
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
TAPA Holiday Event: 
Please email tampapanalum@gmail.com to RSVP for their event!
 


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.


Membership Update
 
If you know any sisters who are interested in joining our alumnae chapter, please have them email our
VP of Membership, Lexi Bodden at 
lexibodden0321@gmail.com
 
Current Members:
 Desiree Baker
Erinn Berkelhammer
Alexandria Bodden
Dubravka Bogovic
Michelle Bombaugh
Jean Brown
Dannielle Brun
Bridget Budny
Karen Clemente
Marilyn Copeland
Jillian Coyne
Tarah Dalbey
Lisa Dassell
Carolyn Erickson
Stephanie Ferlita
Jami Finan
Jennifer Gove-Cooper
Sheila Halley
Courtney Hannah
Hope Hindmarch
Lorena Judkins
Jonisha Kowalski
Melissa Kurtz
Jamie Lea
Lesley Lemakos
Kimberly Lemakos
Carley Maleri
Amanda March
Laurel Marois
Nicole Mayne
Jennifer McElroy
Amanda McMurtrie
Karen Miller
Julie Mitchell
Dylan Namm
Domonique Neukomm
Erin Parke
Jordan Peltier
Lesa Phillips
Anne Racine
Cynthia Robbins
Tabata Rodriguez
Sigrid Skvorc
Suzanne Stambaugh
Deana Svoboda
Trina Swartz
Jacqueline Swartz
Mary Trimbath
Alexis Trunzo
Mackenzie Varvil
Anna Wavrin
Millie Williams
Mary Wilson
Dani Zajac

Expired Members:
Cheryl Volpi
Arielle Baird
Kathleen Barnes
Sook Bong
Erin Brehmer
Kelly Crandall
Emily Crawley
Cheyenne DeAbreu
Samantha Edwards
Marisa Facey
Alison Gehan
Ildi Giller
Melissa Giunta
Windi Glogowski
Kathryn Griffith
Jennifer Mammen
Carola Mann
Jennifer Marti
Jennifer Pellerin
Elizabeth Post
Marjorie Turner
Colette Vann
Lesa Whalen
Kathryn Wilkin


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 nulie18@aol.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 mcelroyjl@verizon.net.
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