Alpha Omicron Pi sisters Diane Herrmann, Denver Area Panhellenic president and Carole Jones, National Panhellenic Conference chairman
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Awards luncheon chair Cher Serhal-Alpha Omicron Pi
As a former president of Denver Area Panhellenic (DAP) and a former “Woman of the Year” representing Kappa Alpha Theta (the first Greek-letter fraternity for women), I am interested in and care deeply about the success and preservation of the Greek system in America and beyond. DAP recently held its annual Spring Awards Luncheon to celebrate, share the bonds of sisterhood and be educated. Invitees included DAP delegates of 26 national sororities and alumnae presidents representing thousands of sorority women in Colorado. Luckily for us, DAP President Diane Herrmann, an Alpha Omicron Pi is the sorority sister of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chairman Carole Jones. “When we give with our hearts, great things happen,” said Diane. Carole was keynote speaker and certainly enlightened the group gathered at Mount Vernon Canyon Club (with a bonus of sensational views). She shared current news, the launching of new initiatives and programs with positive PR and media appearances, as well as challenges and gave a call for action. “As Panhellenic women, we are united in our common values and have a shared commitment to our organizations and this love for sisterhood transcends time, distance and generations. There is definitely friendship beyond badges,” she began.
Collegiate awards chair Heidi Wilderman – Delta Gamma, scholarship recipient Chelsea Collins-Sigma Sigma Sigma (pursuing her doctorate of nursing at Johns Hopkins University), committee members Katie Rainville-Kappa Delta and Kathy Imgarten-Alpha Chi Omega. Not pictured: scholarship recipient Remy Wells-Delta Gamma, Colorado College pursuing a degree in economics and business.
Just as there were challenges in the early days of sororities, as early as 1870, there are challenges today including anti-sorority laws of faculty causing closures on campuses. A big challenge is at Harvard where women are being denied the sorority experience because of the penalties the institution is imposing on those who are affiliated with a single-sex organization. Under this policy, undergraduates in the class of 2021 or later, who join a single-sex organization are ineligible for leadership positions in student organizations and sports teams and ineligible to receive the university endorsement for post-college scholarships and fellowships. Those sanctions interfere with students’ rights protected by the First Amendment (freedom of assembly) and the 14th Amendment (equal treatment based on sex) and Title IX. Two sororities- Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma, fraternities Sigma Chi and SAE and three current mens’ organization students have filed lawsuits in federal court. Carole called for the audience to spread the word, advocate for and share the sorority experience that gives us valuable life skills and makes us better individuals. Fraternities and sororities are the nation’s largest network of volunteers with 6 million hours of community service and collectively raise $33 million for philanthropy per year. NPC is comprised of over 5 million initiated women and increases every day.
Alumnae awards committee members Bonnie Johnson-Zeta Tau Alpha, Jenny Hock-Kappa Alpha Theta, Hayden Smith-Delta Zeta and Martha Doughtie-Kappa Alpha Theta. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The achievements and resumes of all the candidates that could easily be dubbed role models, in all the award categories were lengthy and outstanding. Due to creative fundraising, DAP awarded $5,000. in scholarships. Collegiate winners held offices in their sororities, other leadership positions, maintained high GPAs while working and volunteering! One was a varsity athlete at the same time. If these ambitious young women are an indication of our future, we’re in great hands. Incoming president Jennifer Mores shared the history of her Greek life as an Alpha Gamma Delta.”Alumnae membership matters,” she said. “I’ve learned so much and it’s time to give back.” Denver Area Panhellenic, established in 1908, is a strong member of National Panhellenic Conference headquartered in Indianapolis and has won numerous national awards.
Renee Verspoor- Alpha Phi, alumnae awards chair presents the DAP “Spirit Award” to dedicated delegate Leigh Plue-Kappa Alpha Theta
Incoming president Jennifer Mores-Alpha Gamma Delta
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