At the 2016 International Leadership Forum (ILF), Delta Phi Epsilon officially kicked-off its Centennial Celebration. Celebrating Centennial could not be complete without all of our sisters!
The Each One, Reach One campaign was announced as a challenge to our sisters. Its mission? For every sister to reach out to alumnae who may have stepped away and bring them back in time to be a part of this historic moment in our sorority’s history.
Amanda Cordovado Malcho, Beta Phi Chapter at Central Michigan University, is one of the sisters who took the challenge to heart. Since August, she has been working to reach all the sisters of her chapter, which chartered in 1996. She began by getting a roster from the International Headquarters and then reached out, one by one, via phone, email, and writing letters. Many times she ended up talking to a parent of the sister because that was the last phone number the sorority had on file. In other cases, she used her Internet sleuthing skills and other sisters to get the right contact information. “Name changes and twenty-year-old data presented some extreme challenges,” she said.
Amanda’s efforts were successful. “I was blessed to reconnect with so many and share the message of Sisters Always,” she said. “So many of the ladies felt their sorority experience came to an end upon graduation because they had never heard from DPhiE again. These women were excited to hear from me. Now they are receiving the TRIAD again and I invited them to join our alumnae association and to attend monthly sisterhood events.”
Amanda stresses how important it is that alumnae keep their information updated with the International Headquarters—it ensures that you’ll continue to get information and be invited to great events, like the Centennial Celebrations happening around the world.
For Emily Williams, collegiate sister from Gamma Gamma Chapter at Schreiner University in Texas, her outreach happened almost by accident. Emily recently left for study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and as fate would have it, a sister from Georgia was in her same study abroad cohort. That sister, Allison Reeves, from the Psi Chapter at the University of Georgia, and Emily are now reaching out to other sisters living in Europe to host a Centennial event. “Having a connection to DPhiE so far from home is amazing,” said Emily. “I don’t have to miss the celebrations even though I am away. And meeting Deephers from other chapters is like meeting a friend you haven’t seen in many years—it’s comfortable, like family.”
“There really is no better time to come back,” said Maureen Anderson, DPhiE’s director of alumnae engagement. “As we celebrate our Centennial, there are multiple opportunities for alumnae to get plugged in, whether it’s attending an event in their area or getting involved as a volunteer or with one of our alumnae association groups. Thanks to Each One, Reach One, our sisters are reconnecting and we are growing stronger—the best is yet to come.”
To learn more about how you can get involved or reconnect, please contact Maureen Anderson at [email protected].