A new state! I spent my first two weeks on the road in Alabama, a state I hadn’t been to before. I first visited the University of Auburn at Montgomery, Auburn’s satellite campus, which is home to about 5,000 students. Victorina (another LC) and I assisted the chapter with recruitment training and met with key officers and advisors during our week in Montgomery. Our chapter there, Theta Beta, has 37 fabulous members and we had a great time getting to know everyone and preparing for Formal Recruitment, which is in a few weeks. Two of my favorite restaurants we tried were Firebird’s Grill and Zoe’s Kitchen, healthy Mediterranean food with a twist (I so wish they had Zoe’s on the west coast!). I also met up with another Leadership Consultant who I met at a conference this summer in Indianapolis– it’s always fun making new connections on the road!
One memorable moment from my visit was when we got hit with a HUGE storm. I’m talking BIG. rain was shooting into the building sideways from the cracks in the doors and there was lightning like I have never seen before! The tornado hit Troy, another city about 45 minutes away, which was pretty terrifying because we had two LCs visiting our chapter there at the time. Luckily, everyone was okay but people were definitely shaken up a bit. Nothing like summer storms in the south!
On a positive note, one day, we got the chance to check out downtown Montgomery and toured the State Capitol building, saw the Civil War memorials and statues, and went to the Rosa Parks Museum. We even stood at the exact spot where Rosa Parks waited for her bus before making history! It’s pretty mind-blowing to think about how much unique history Montgomery has and how many cultural differences there are in different parts of the country. Here are a few pictures from my time at AUM:
Victorina and I with Theta Beta! (Post-tornado)
What a cute idea! The Finance Advisor and VP Finance surprised the chapter for staying financially current over the summer with a cookie cake :).
One of the members at Theta Beta gave this cute gift to their Chapter Advisor! For those of you who don’t know, Alpha Gamma Delta’s brand tagline is “Live with Purpose.” How fitting :).
State Capitol Building!
Civil War Memorial
Rosa Parks Museum
After my visit at AUM, I headed 45 minutes up the road to Auburn University for Formal Recruitment! I spent the majority of my time helping the Membership Advisor, Membership Coordinator and Computer Analyst behind-the-scenes during their week-long process. After a successful FR, Gamma Delta Chapter now has 267 members, including their 82 new members. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of the campus or the town of Auburn because I was in their chapter room 15+ hours per day (hopefully I can come back!). However, the chapter’s Mom’s Club provided three delicious meals for everyone every day, which was amazing and very thoughtful of them. Some of my favorites were Chicken Salad Chick, Chipotle, Chick Fil-A, a local barbecue joint, and Panera. Overall, the week was very busy but filled with plenty of laughs, dance parties and bonding and was well worth it on Bid Day! Throughout the week, I was able to do several observations at two sorority’s recruitment events, which was fun and helpful. I met the consultants who were in town, including one from San Diego State University, who actually recognized me from being on her campus so often last year. Such a small world! Here are some pictures from my visit at Auburn University:
Ice Water Tea Round of Formal Recruitment!
Sisterhood and Preference Rounds
Pre-Bid Day! Check out those amazing Bid Day bags for the new members :)!
Bid Day on the lawn and cookies from the Mom’s Club/alumnae!
Bid Day celebrations!
Gamma Delta’s Chapter President and VP Recruitment!
I am now at USC in full Polish Week (Recruitment prep) mode! The members at Delta Alpha Chapter have been working tirelessly all week to prepare for Formal Recruitment, which begins Sunday. I am so excited to see all of their hard work pay off! Kelley, their Chapter Advisor who recently joined the IHQ staff, is flying in tomorrow morning to support the chapter during this important week. Kelley is a great friend of mine and a chapter sister, so am ecstatic that she will be here! Arielle, another Leadership Consultant, just arrived tonight and will also be helping out during FR. There will be a lot of people coming to help throughout the week, so I know the house will be super chaotic! After this visit, I head to ASU again for their Formal Recruitment during Labor Day weekend. I am so excited to see them all again (this will be my third visit) and be back in Tempe! After ASU, I will be visiting our Delta Epsilon Chapter at UCLA for three weeks and will continue supporting them throughout the year. I will try to post another update during the next few weeks after the recruitment craziness dies down! Thanks for reading :).