Are you looking to boost your events or need a home to host your monthly business meetings? Well, Eta Pi in Fishers Indiana may have a partner that could work well for you.
Eta Pi has entered into a relationship that we believe will lead to bigger fundraisers in the future. Six years ago, Eta Pi Fishers partnered up with a local bar to do a golf outing benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By the end of 2017, that bar ended up closing their doors. We needed a new partner and thought we would team up with another bar in the area that had shown interest.
In the meantime, the American Legion Fishers Post 470 approached us, inquiring about partnering up on the golf outing. The American Legion had supported our outing the last 5 years, donating hole sponsorships and foursomes to play in our outing. They knew that we worked hard and put on a fun and successful outing. They had always wanted to do an outing, but they really had no idea how to pull it off. They thought it would be a good opportunity.
When we met with the Legion members, we learned about their on going fundraising efforts and their drive to get new members. Sound familiar? They raise money from raffles and bingo nights and have money to donate to charity.
Eta Pi shared ESA’s background and how we wanted to grow too. We mentioned that as of recent, we have had issues securing a place to host our monthly meeting. They offered one of their rooms to use every month for free and took us in with open arms. In fact, they recently refurbished our meeting room with a new floor and fresh paint. They have made us feel welcome!
While there were some learning curves this year, our outing was another success! We raised more than $15,000 for St. Jude, our highest amount yet. The American Legion donated the box lunches for the golfers at the beginning of the scramble and then hosted the after party at their facility. They helped bring in many hole sponsorships and helped secure several foursomes.
In November, they helped us collect donations for our “Hope for Heroes Winter Warm Up for Homeless Veterans”. They collected almost $800 in donations.
The American Legion Post 470 and Eta Pi Fishers Charity Golf Outing Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is already set for September 20, 2018 in Fishers. We know that our relationship will continue to grow with the good people of the American Legion. We have more ideas for future fundraisers, including a motorcycle poker run. If you are looking for some support for your event or chapter, think about teaming up with your local American Legion Post. You may be pleasantly surprised of how that relationship could work for you.
Volunteer Picture at Golf Outing:
Front Row: Cyndi Murphy, DeOn Cahill, Jaclyn Thomas, Wendy Hahn (Eta Pi Co-Chair), Tammy Bryant, Monica Haddock, Leigh Gary, Kelly Hansan. Back Row: Sue Bigler, Sara Spink, Megan Gray, Jenni Russ, Alley Gary, Jim O'Meara (American Legion Golf Co-Chair), Courtney Ginder , Bill Smythe (formally of Claude & Annies)
A successful year with Eta Pi
As we look back on 2015, we have a lot to be proud of and celebrate this year in Eta Pi!
Our 4th Annual Golf Outing on September 23rd with Claude and Annie's Restaurant at River Glen Country Club in Fishers was a great success! It was a lot of fun and the ladies of Eta Pi worked really hard to make sure the event ran silky smooth. Here are some picture highlights from the event.
The golf outing was a huge success and we raised $11,455 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! A special thanks to chapter member Kelly Hansan for organizing this amazing event.
We were also able to take on a couple of new philanthropic adventures this fall. We collected and sorted clothes for Agape Families for Kingdom's Kloset. Kingdom’s Kloset is an outreach program addressing the immediate clothing needs of children in foster care. Children usually leave abusive home situations on very short notice, and their possessions are often limited to what they can hold in their small arms. Agape Families collects clothing donations from area residents and businesses and organizes volunteers to put together personalized, handmade duffle bags containing a week’s worth of new or gently-used clothing and a Prayer Bear. It is a really worthy cause and we were so excited to get involved this year.
We were also able to partner with HVAF of Indiana to collect much needed items for the 7th Annual Winter Warm-Up campaign for Homeless Veterans. Jenni Russ and Ashley Wallace spearheaded the campaign for Hope for Heroes and worked hard to organize and collect the items. With the help from the community we were able to collect over $2,700 worth of supplies for homeless men and women.
We finished off the year with a fundraising night at Global Gifts for Easter Seals! We also had a fantastic December chapter meeting with a delicious pitch-in and fun and games. The Saran wrap ball was amazing fun!
We have had a great year and we can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!
Happy New Year from Eta Pi Fishers!
Eta Pi had a smashing good time this past weekend in Ft. Wayne at the Indiana ESA State Convention! We were able to learn about the Camp Riley Scuba Program, share in our chapter's successes, and make a lot of fun memories!
We were so excited to congratulate six of our own chapter sisters for being a part of the 2015-2016 Indiana State Board! An extra special shout out goes to our very own Tammy Bryant who will be our fearless leader this year as Indiana's State President. We are all so very proud of her and her dedication to ESA! Way to go Tammy!
Eta Pi also came away from the convention with many awards and recognitions for our amazing chapter and sisters! Check out our spectacular awards below.
Eta Pi showed the other chapters that we were "The Spice of Life" for the ESA Chapter Spirit Contest. Following along with president Wendy's theme, Sing and Dance with ESA, the Eta Pi girls showed off their spirit as the Spice Girls!
We had a wonderful weekend at State Convention! We are very proud of our chapter and its members for everything that we did this past year. We can't wait to see what the 2015-2016 ESA year will bring!
Until next time...Cheerio!
A Spoonful of Service and Fun
At our Chapter meeting last night, we held a Transfer ceremony for two new members joining Eta Pi from the Kappa Theta chapter, as well as installed our officers for the 2015-2016 year. Jenni Russ and Jennifer Skinner have joined our chapter, and we are so excited to have them! They have already brought two new philanthropic projects for us: Agape Families of Carmel and the Hoosier Veteran Assistance Foundation. Welcome to Eta Pi, Jenni and Jennifer!
We also installed our new officers for the 2015-2016 ESA Year. Our new President, Sue, has chosen "A Spoonful of Service and Fun" as her theme for the year! To go along with her theme, Kelly had each officer add an ingredient to our Eta Pi Pie and then Sue got to mix them all together. It was a fun and creative installation ceremony! Our officers for this year are:
We are so excited for the new ESA year! State Convention is this weekend, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the fun happenings!
Because of ESA...
One of ESA's themes this year is Because of ESA, where members have explained why they love being apart of ESA and how the organization has changed their lives. We Eta Pi members want to share why we love ESA!
Emma Ray says that because of ESA, "It feels wonderful knowing that giving my time is helping others. Meeting new friends and developing relationships with others who care so much for others is great!" Amy Miller also said that because of ESA, "I have wonderful experiences helping others with great friends." Alley Gary also said that because of ESA, "I have made lifelong friends while serving the community."
Ashley, Jeana, Monica, DeOn, Tammy, Emma, and Sue at the 2014 St Jude Give. Thanks. Walk
ESA has also given our members the chance to grow and to find causes they are passionate about. Tammy Bryant says that, because of ESA, "I have more confidence!" Jeana Wagner explains that because of ESA, "I found things to be passionate about" like Easter Seals, Camp Riley, and St. Jude. Courtney Ginder says that because of ESA, "I discovered my passion for helping others and am part of an amazing Eta Pi family!"
Courtney, Alley, Jeana, Kelly, Monica, and Wendy at our January Wine and Canvas social!
Ashley Wallace says that "I am so proud to share with others that I make a difference for others by dedicating my time and talents to community service. I have many sisters who I know I can count on and memories that will never fade. I love ESA!" Monica Haddock explains that because of ESA "I finally have people to call my real sisters," and Wendy Carter says that because of ESA, "I have lifelong friends! I know no matter where life takes me, I have a support system in my ESA sisters." DeOn Cahill says that because of ESA, "I have friends wherever I go - or move to...I feel confident that I can do anything I set my mind to. I have purpose. I will never feel alone or lost in my life."
Our third annual golf outing for St Jude!
ESA has given us so much - lifelong friends and sisters, confidence in ourselves, a support system no matter where we are, and the opportunity to change lives through service. We love ESA!
Our Third Annual Golf Outing
On September 24, we hosted our third annual golf outing with Claude and Annie's Restaurant at River Glen Country Club in Fishers! 16 teams of golfers played for St Jude! We had beautiful weather, great sponsors, and lots of happy golfers! The day kicked off at 11:00 am and concluded with dinner and a silent auction at Claude and Annie's Restaurant!
Eta Pi Ladies and Bill Smythe of Claude & Annie's at our Golf Outing!
We had a great group of sponsors from around the community, and we were able to hold a Hole-in-One contest, a putting contest, and a 50/50 raffle! We actually ended up with two winners in our putting contest, and the winner of our 50/50 raffle donated most of his winnings back to us!
Jaclyn and DeOn collecting 50/50 raffle tickets!
We also had the Colts in Motion Official Traveling Museum of the Indianapolis Colts at River Glen with us. The golfers enjoyed getting to see official Colts memorabilia!
Colts in Motion
Golfers enjoying the outing - Monica makes sure all of our Silent Auction items are ready to go
Dinner and a silent auction followed the outing at Claude and Annie's Restaurant. We had some great prizes in our silent auction, including Indiana Pacers tickets! Every golfer also left with a door prize, such as a free pizaa from Papa Murphy's or shrimp cocktail at Harry and Izzy's.
We are so excited to announce that our outing was our largest yet - we raised $8,635.46 for St Jude Children's Research Hospital! That is incredible and we are so thankful for our sponsors, golfers, and Claude and Annie's for helping us put on a great outing! We hope that our golfers return next year for an even bigger outing!
Our Golf Outing Celebration at our November Chapter Meeting!
Eta Pi's Successful Summer
It's starting to cool down here in Indiana, which means that summer is coming to a close. Eta Pi has had a very jam-packed and successful summer, though! We spent a lot of time out in the community volunteering, as well as having several great socials!
Some of our favorite philanthropic events this summer included 24 Hours of Booty, Indianapolis Walk for Wishes, Easter Seals' Glo Run, and preparing for our golf outing benefiting St Jude Children's Research Hospital.
24 Hours of Booty is a unique event that raises funds for cancer-fighting programs. It is a cycling event held on a traffic-free loop an includes Bootyville, a "city within a city" for the cyclists to eat, sleep, and enjoy different event entertainment. Indianapolis' event takes place at Butler University. The Indianapolis 24 Hours of Booty event raised almost $200,000! Eta Pi members Ashley and Monica helped out this year, and Ashley loves that it's a unique event to raise funds for cancer-fighting programs.
Ashley and Monica having fun at 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis
In July, Monica, Kate, Courtney, and Jessie took part in the Indianapolis Walk for Wishes, benefiting the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana chapter of the Make a Wish foundation. Courtney liked seeing all the different families that the local chapter of Make a Wish has helped. So many Wish Kids and Wish Families were there, and it was a great experience to see the people that have benefited from a great organization.
Monica, Kate, Courtney, and Jessie at the Indianapolis Walk for Wishes
Also in July, we had a great social at Harmony Winery in Fishers! Five Eta Pi members took part in Yoga and Wine! We had an hour-long yoga session, followed by wine tasting and socializing. It was a lot of fun, and we got to try out some great wines!
Kelly, Courtney, Jeana, Amy, and Wendy enjoy Yoga and Wine at Harmony Winery
The Indianapolis Glo Run is a unique 5k that takes place at night, and features music, neon lights, black light, and, of course, lots of glowing neon paint. We had several members volunteer on behalf of Easter Seals Crossroads, and one of our tweets from Ashley was even featured on the local news!
Eta Pi Members volunteering at the Indy Glo Run!
Finally, we're preparing for our third annual golf outing with Claude and Annie's restaurant to benefit St Jude! Led by Kelly, we've been securing sponsorships, publicizing, and registering golfers! Our golf outing takes place on September 24 at River Glen Country Club in Fishers, and will start at 11 am. Entry fees include golf with a cart, lunch, beverages, and an awards dinner at Claude and Annie's following the outing. We are so thankful for our great sponsors this year, and if you're interested in playing in the outing, you can visit the official website. We're looking forward to a great outing!
Kelly and Sue preparing for the golf outing!
This summer was a lot of fun, and we're looking forward to the rest of the ESA year and keeping up with our theme of Paying it Forward!
Eta Pi Rocks State Convention
This past weekend was ESA Indiana's State Convention! Eta Pi had a fantastic time celebrating 50 years with Camp Riley and all the time and donations we've given to our state and national projects. We also had four members, Tammy Bryant, Audreyalice Warner, Sara Pitcher, and Monica Haddock, installed as State board members.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha State Board Members
Eta Pi also rocked the awards at State Convention! We received the following awards:
We are so proud of all of our members and what we have accomplished this year!
ESA Chapter Spirit Award, Jessie accepting Member of the Year, and Jessie with her International Council Award
We also enjoyed celebrating 50 years with Camp Riley and donating $312,037.84 to St Jude! That is a huge accomplishment and ESA has done so much over the years for children at Camp Riley and at St Jude!
$312,037.84 donated overall from Indiana ESA to St Jude!
We had such a great time at State Convention this year! We are all so proud to be members of Indiana ESA and a part of making a difference in the lives of so many people! We are looking forward to continuing this good work into our next ESA year!
Jeana, Jessie, DeOn, and Kelly enjoying State Convention
We are headed into the new ESA year, and things are exciting here in Fishers! Eta Pi continues to grow - we have several new members, a few are graduates from Phi Alpha at Ball State - and we installed our new officers at our last chapter meeting. We are so excited to have Lynette as our new president, and we are looking forward to embracing her theme of Paying it Forward! Our officers for this upcoming year are:
We are headed into our busiest time of the year! We have several members headed to Columbus, Indiana this weekend for State Convention, and we have a lot of great philanthropic opportunities coming up! We also had a busy spring - we had five members head to Camp Riley for the day in May to plant flowers and get the grounds ready for campers, and we also took part in the Relay for Life of Fishers!
We raised $271 for the American Cancer Society at Relay. We definitely had the most fun with our Eta Pi Pie War fundraiser! Relayers could donate $1 or more to pie someone on their team, but their team member could then donate just $1 more to not be pied, and to pie the original person. It was a huge hit with the kids at Relay - they had so much fun pieing each other and kept coming back for more!
Our first social event of the summer was heading to Victory Field to watch the Indy Indians take on the Durham Bulls! It was also Alzheimer's Awareness night, so we all wore purple to raise awareness and support the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana! We had a great time (and had awesome seats right on the third base line)!
The summer is going to be busy, but we are looking forward to it! We are also beginning to plan our annual golf outing, which will take place on September 24. check back for more Eta Pi updates!
Our Second Summer
Our first full year as an ESA chapter was an overwhelming success! We raised over $6,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at our golf outing, served meals at the Ronald McDonald House, helped to Strike Out Domestic Violence with a bowl-a-thon for the Julian Center, and more.
Now, we are working hard to make our second year even better! Our newly installed officer team has a lot of fresh ideas and enthusiasm. We are already planning our 2nd annual golf outing, which will take place September 9th at River Glen golf course in Fishers. For more information check out THIS LINK.
We want to thank our ESA brothers and sisters for all of their encouragement and support throughout our first year as a chapter. We can't wait to keep making in impact in Indiana and across the country!