National Convention 2011
October 21, 2011
Posted by Marsha Bartholomay
This October, five ladies of the Theta chapter, Chelsey Smith, Laura Roddy, Erica Jenkins, Brenna Goodwin and Becky Hill, braved our nation’s capital as they travelled to Washington, D.C. for the 2011 Sigma Alpha National Convention. Due to school work and exams, these delegates were unable to leave until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night. However, their commitment to Convention was so great that they drove all through the night – almost nine hours to get to D.C., arriving at Theta Alumnae Sam Nagurny’s house at 3 a.m. After passing out in their beds, the delegates woke up at 5 a.m. to get ready and brave early morning rush hour into D.C. to the Sheraton National in Downtown D.C. where the Convention was being held.
After dodging numerous crazy drivers and navigating through toll roads, the ladies arrived in plenty of time for the opening morning ceremonies. After the morning speakers, the delegates started off with Round Table sessions with topics ranging from internship opportunities with Monsanto to tips for an effective resume.
The day continued with a session from Chief AGR Recruiter Josh Wackler on practical ways to get quality membership candidates. This dynamic speaker used engaging and applicable information for attendees to take home and implement in their own chapters.
During lunch, Jay Strybis of Chaptercore, the new website provider, spoke about the new web designs and featured the Theta Chapter in his powerpoint as the first chapter to have a new website design.
Friday also included a Regional Town Hall meeting. During the meeting, the Theta delegates had the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weakness of the chapter with other chapter representatives and learn better methods for accomplishing goals.
Although they were worn out from a long day, the Theta delegates would not be deterred from investigating downtown D.C. With alumnae Sam Nagurny serving as a guide, the ladies successfully navigated the metro and the downtown area.
Saturday was equally busy with workshops on sisterhood and guest speaker Denis Avery, who spoke on the future of farming.
On Sunday morning, the Theta ladies made the long drive back to Knoxville, Tennessee. They came home with many skills ranging from throwing change in tolls booths to better recruitment methods. They were all exhausted but agreed that it was both a rewarding and exciting trip. All concluded that it was gratifying to be able to connect with one another and two Theta alumnae – Hayley Grinder and Sam Nagury.
Thanks to Erica Jenkins for providing this news post on her National Convention experience.