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Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter • Spring 2020 Newsletter

 

We kicked off the new year and decade with a delicious brunch and time to bond with our sisters. We are looking forward to many fun and memorable events this year!
President's Message
Dear Sisters, 

It's the year 2020. I don't know about you, but that number still seems surreal to me. Where are the flying cars? At this rate, let's forgo the flying cars and opt for teleportation. I could use the extra time. The commute is getting crazier by the day!
 
Speaking of time, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the time and participation you have devoted to Sigma Kappa. Whether you attend one event a year or contribute several hours a week to volunteer activities, I appreciate the devotion you show to our sisterhood. You choose to spend your time with us when I know that you have competing priorities. That's one of the beauties of life as an alumna member. You can dial your involvement up or down as you see fit.

If you would like to get more involved, please let me know. You can serve on an advisory board for our paired sister chapters at University of South Florida or University of Tampa. Additionally, we will be having officer elections for the Alumnae Chapter this summer. We will have at least one vacancy, and will send out an interest form closer to that time. We have several events planned this spring. We also have Sigma Kappa Convention coming up in June in Tucson, Arizona! 

Whatever your level of involvement, know that we appreciate you and are glad you are a part of Sigma Kappa. 


LISK,
Michelle Bombaugh
Congratulations to Our Alumna December Graduates!
  

Melissa Kurtz received her MS in Business Analytics / Information Systems from the University of South Florida.


Debbie Bogovic (middle person) received her MBA from the University of Tampa.
Upcoming Calendar of Events
 
Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter:
February 8th - Valentine's Day Tea at Empress Tea Room at 11 am.  Bring a box of Valentine's Day cards to be filled out at the tea.  Valentine's Day cards will be delivered to The Estate at Hyde Park, a living community for seniors who are affected by Dementia or Alzheimer’s.
 
March 8th - Candle Making and Envelope Stuffing for Exam Goodie Bag Fundraiser from 4-6 pm at Desiree Baker's home in Riverview. Come make your own candle ($5) and help stuff envelopes for our chapter fundraiser.
 
March - Sigma Kappa Connect Event. Details TBA as this is event planned by Headquarters. 
 
April 30th - Kendra Scott Give Back Night in Hyde Park from 5-7 pm and dinner following at 6:45 pm at Wine Exchange.
 
May 17th - Brunch at The Library in St Pete at 11 am.
 
June 1st - Trivia Night at Big Storm Brewing in Clearwater at 7 pm.
 
July 11th - Axe Throwing in Tampa.


TAPA:

Date & Time - Saturday, February 22nd from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location - Bascom's Chop House - 3665 Ulmerton Rd, Clearwater, Florida 33762
Description - This is a wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle with our Panhellenic sisters from all over the Bay area. Our 3 local Alumnae Panhellenic Chapters rotate hosting duties each year and this year, the St. Petersburg Alumnae Panhellenic sisters are our gracious hosts.  Tickets are $30 and must be reserved in advance. Questions, please email President@tampabayalphagams.com.
Facebook Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/2472120022900081/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1579459610752612


Collegiate Chapters: 
February 22nd - Joint alumnae chapter event at 12 pm at Sigma Kappa House on USF campus. We will be making crafts to donate to the nursing facility.
 
Lambda Zeta Dates:
Bid Day - February 8th
Initiation - March 29th
Order of the Triangle - April 26th
 
Lambda Theta Dates:
Bid Day - February 12th (tentative)
Initiation - April 5th
Order of the Triangle - April 26th

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
 
Expired Members Paid Members
Alison Gehan Alexandria Bodden
Amanda Nease Alexis Trunzo
Arielle Baird Amanda March
Carola Mann Amanda McMurtrie
Cathy Yount Anna Wavrin
Cheryl Volpi Anne Racine
Colette Vann Bridget Budny
Courtney Zimmerman Carley Maleri
Daniella Meyers Carolyn Erickson
Darcie Milfort Cheyenne DeAbreu
Elizabeth Post Courtney Hannah
Emily Crawley Cynthia Robbins
Erin Brehmer Dani Zajac
Hope Hindmarch Dannielle Brun
Ildi Giller Deana Svoboda
Jaclyn Boland Desiree Baker
Jamie Anderson Domonique Neukomm
Jeannine Davis Dubravka Bogovic
Jennifer Mammen Dylan Namm
Jennifer Marti Erin Parke
Jennifer Miles Erinn Berkelhammer
Jennifer Pellerin Jacqueline Swartz
Kathleen Barnes Jami Finan
Kathryn Griffith Jamie Lea
Kathryn Wilkin Jean Brown
Kelly Crandall Jennifer Gove-Cooper
Lesa Whalen Jennifer McElroy
Lesley Lemakos Jillian Coyne
Lorena Judkins Jonisha Kowalski
Margaret Roggeman Jordan Peltier
Marisa Facey Julie Mitchell
Marjorie Turner Karen Clemente
Melissa Giunta Karen Miller
Natalie Knowles Kimberly Lemakos
Samantha Edwards Laurel Marois
Sook Bong Lesa Phillips
Summer Immer Lisa Dassell
Windi Glogowski Mackenzie Varvil
  Marilyn Copeland
  Mary Trimbath
  Mary Wilson
  Melissa Kurtz
  Michelle Bombaugh
  Millie Williams
  Nicole Mayne
  Sheila Halley
  Sigrid Skvorc
  Stephanie Ferlita
  Suzanne Stambaugh
  Tabata Rodriguez
  Tarah Dalbey
  Trina Swartz
  Whitney Smith

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 Melissa Kurtz know if you are unable to log in at (kurtzmelissaj@gmail.com) or mail a check to Melissa (915 North Franklin Street Unit 1412 Tampa, FL 33602) made payable to Sigma Kappa.

Philanthropy and Service Update

As we move through our Florida Winter into Spring, we have a few exciting updates!

1. In November, we participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We raised over $1,500. The 2020 Walk is officially open. Join now under our Sigma Kappa Tampa Bay Alumnae team - https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=13362&pg=team&team_id=606682.
 
2. We will be creating our Exam Goodie Bags for the UT and USF Chapters this Spring. These have been a fantastic fundraiser for the foundation, and we are excited to assemble the bags again this year. 


3. We will be hosting a Kendra Scott Give Back Night on April 30th from 5-7 pm. We receive a percentage of the sales during this 2 hour block, and call in orders are accepted!

Scholarship Fundraiser Update


In November, we provided two $200 scholarships to a member of Lambda Zeta and Lambda Theta collegiate chapters. 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.

We have already began fundraising to provide the same scholarships again at the Founders Day Celebration in 2020. During our Holiday Brunch Party, we raffled off 5 gift baskets filled with beauty products, home good items, wine, and accessories. We raised $360, and want to thank you all who attended the event and participated in the raffle. Providing these scholarships supports the selected sisters as they work hard to earn their college degrees and live through our mystic bond!

Coming Up in 2020


Questions about the newsletter? Topics for our next edition?
Contact Jennifer McElroy, VP of Communications at mcelroyjl@verizon.net.

Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter Officers

President Michelle Bombaugh Lambda Zeta
Vice President of Finance Melissa Kurtz Lambda Zeta
Vice President of Membership Lexi Bodden Lambda Zeta
Vice President of Programming Julie Mitchell Omega
Vice President of Communications Jennifer McElroy Lambda Theta
Vice President of Alumnae Collegiate Relations Julie Mitchell Omega
Vice President of Philanthropy Desiree Baker Beta Tau
Panhellenic Delegate Jackie Swartz Lambda Theta
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