Although it has been a long time since our last post, we have been very busy! One of our members wrote an essay for our Indiana state competition of "What ESA Means to Me" and won 2nd place in her division! We'd like to share Sarah's essay with you here!
I have always wanted to be a part of something bigger something that would make a difference, something with a purpose and now I finally feel like I have found that group of special people! Before I joined ESA Eta Pi I didn’t really know anything about ESA Philanthropic, (really didn’t even know what the word meant) St Jude, Camp Riley or Easter Seals, now these organizations and lots more are very dear to my heart. I love that I have learned so much about ESA and the organizations that we support. The Educational each meeting and the visits to the different organizations have truly helped me to understand each of them. The socials are great! I have never met a group of women that I have felt so accepted and have shared the same love for serving and helping. I have been truly blessed getting to know all the women and sharing in their lives. My favorite part is that everyone has such an amazing heart and always is willing to give without expecting anything in return. I am always so excited to go to anything with my sisters, whether it is our chapter meeting, a volunteer opportunity or just getting to hang out together. I will be an ESA sister for life!!
Despite the heat wave, we have been keeping busy! We have worked at the Indianapolis 500, had a very successful garage sale, volunteered at golf outings, bike rides, a ribbon cutting event, and more! Some of our members volunteered for an event called 24 Hours of Booty that raises money and awareness for fighting cancer. Teams of bike riders pedal for 24 hours! You can read more about the event here.
We have been very busy planning an event of our own! We are having a golf outing to benefit St. Jude! September 17, 2012 at River Glen Country Club. For more information, visit our this website.
We just had our monthly chapter meeting last night and we have 6 guests there as potential members! One of them even turned in her membership application and dues last night! It is a very exciting time for us - Growth is Good!
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As Indiana's newest chapter of ESA, we have certainly hit the ground running. At our chapter chartering in March, we did a lot more than start our new chapter! We installed 8 new pledges, 3 transfer members from other chapters, and reinstated 4 members who had previously been in ESA.Since then, we have been hard at work! We have been working on our bylaws and have established a bank account. We have our officer team working on social events, way-and-means fundraisers, philanthropic projects, and much more.
In February (before we were chartered) some of our members participated in the ESA "hearts" St. Jude walk at Ball State University. This was the first year that the Ball State chapter had held the event. In March, we were chartered and we also attended the Spring Conference and Mystery Dinner for Camp Riley. In May, we had our first social outing! We had lunch and went shopping at the Warm Glow Candle Factory in Richmond, IN. We have also participated in Relay for Life, the Carmel Marathon for St. Jude, and Parents' Night Out at Easter Seals Crossroads.
Some of members just returned from the Indiana State Convention in Nashville, IN. We all had a great time socializing and celebrating with your Indiana ESA sisters. Each year there is an Awards Luncheon, at which members from around the state are recognized for various achievements. We were not eligible for any of these awards, as our chapter was just formed. However, we did win the Spirit Award for showing the most enthusiasm at the luncheon! We wore custom shirts that say "got pi?" on the front and pie hats that one of our members made for us. We also did a choreographed Zumba dance that our Vice President coordinated.
One of our members, who was in the Ball State University chapter, was honored with the Harmony Award, which goes to a member who goes above and beyond in the name of ESA. That same member was also shocked to be named Indiana ESA's Member of the Year. All in all, we are really off to a great start!