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Anniversary Examples

    Phoenix Alumnae Chapter has celebrated its 50th anniversary all year.  All of the events were planned around this significant event.  We had a “Georgina Potts-Luck Luncheon” hosted by Camille Conforti, and she performed on piano.  We hosted an Honorary Tea for the various honorary members that had been initiated over the years.  Our Silver Musicale presented for the public at the Beatitudes Care Center gave several of our members a chance to perform.  The final celebration weekend began with an organ recital by Dr. Heather Hernandez and concluded with our 50th Anniversary Dinner.  We were honored to have as our keynote speaker SAI NVP, Alumnae Chapters Dr. Leslie Odom Miller.  Our President June Chartrand and our VP-Ritual Marguerite Burg, Patroness with Training, presided at two award rituals presenting a Sword of Honor to Anne Robinson and a Rose of Constancy to one of our Founding Members, Margaret Cook.  Also in attendance at this celebration were NVP, Membership Sarah Mason; Past National President, Elsie Sterrenberg; Region 1 Director, Edie Marshall; Omicron Province Officer, Joan Simpson; Friends of the Arts Jack Mason and Joe Tapscott; Member Laureate Doris Gazda and two of our founding members, Margaret Cook and Roberta Lee.  Immediate Past President and 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Ellie Tapscott emceed the evening.  Tempo!, Fall 2009


    The Long Beach Alumnae Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary on February 27 with a gala dinner-and-show fundraiser.  Chairperson Amalia Garcia and her committee planned a fantastic dinner with a silent auction and performers from various groups from California State University Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory.  These included Jazz, Musical Theatre, African Xylophone, African Drumming and Dance, and the Salsa Dance Team.  Over one hundred people attended the dinner, and $2,400 was raised for scholarships to CSULB students. Many friends and former members joined us for the evening.  Tempo!, Fall 2009


dayton anniversary cake

    A wonderful lunch celebrated friendships and memories shared by the Dayton Alumnae Chapter members on the occasion of their 50th anniversary in May.
    Several of the original members, including Wanda Stofer, remembered how the chapter was started by a few SAIs who wanted to meet their fellow musicians. Scrapbooks by Nancy Etter preserving the fifty years were on display and an outstanding PowerPoint presentation by former president Priscilla Acuff and her husband, Dan, brought some tears of remembrance of times and members past.
    Red roses decorated the tables at The Chop House restaurant, and each member was presented with a single, long-stemmed red rose.  In addition, a huge white cake with red roses and “50th Anniversary” on the top, was enjoyed as dessert. Robin Dodge and 50-year member Mary Fox artfully set-up the invitations and luncheon. It was an event that will be long-remembered by the Dayton SAI Alumnae! Tempo!, Winter 2010

    For the chapter’s 90th anniversary this year, we held a joint celebration on Nov. 21 with Drake University’s Pi Chapter, which marks its 75th anniversary. Chapter members and special guests enjoyed a breakfast banquet, musicales, and a raffle benefiting SAI Philanthropies. Longtime alumnae members spoke about the chapter’s history and their favorite memories.  Iowa Governor Chet Culver sent certificates of recognition for each chapter.  Tempo!, Spring 2010


    On March 7, Denver Alumnae Chapter celebrated its 70th anniversary with a dinner, birthday party, and musical performance at the Lakewood United Methodist Church with nearly 60 sisters, Friends of the Arts, and guests in attendance. Honored guests and speakers included Region 1 Officer Edie Marshall and Xi C Province Officer Anne Kleve, both of whom spoke of the dedication of the members of Denver Alumnae Chapter over the past 70 years. Edie focused on what times were like when the chapter was first chartered in 1940 and how things have changed, both within our country and our fraternity. Anne congratulated the chapter and its members on the chapter’s long-standing tradition of service and relayed congratulatory wishes from chapters around the country and members of the National Executive Board.
    Event chairman and organizer Donita Banks served as mistress of ceremonies during the dinner but also had a wealth of help from numerous chapter members including Rita Jo Tensly, Linda Rolf, Dee Netzel, Bonita Dungan, as well as many others. Attendees were presented with a program booklet which included highlights of the chapter’s history through the decades. The musicale was presented by National Arts Associate John Heins and Friend of the Arts Marilyn Nelson. The duo performed pieces for piano four-hands, alto blockflute, and accordion, some of which were written by Mr. Heins himself. Tempo!, May 2010


    Fifty years ago, on April 23, 1960, the Gamma Rho Chapter was installed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  The chapter began with a small group of 16 women inspired by an undying passion for music and united by their desire to promote music throughout their community.  To commemorate their heritage, the current sisters of Gamma Rho and the Knoxville Alumnae Chapter hosted a 50th Anniversary Celebration at the University Center Ballroom on May 1. 
      The event, led by sisters Cheri Elkins and Jamie Newell, showcased the achievements of past and present Gamma Rho members.  The keynote speakers at the luncheon were charter members Fran Cartier Creasy, Friend of the Arts Chairman, and Betty Jones Bertaux, whose “Sing On!” was debuted at the 2009 National Convention.  Both women fondly recalled their years in Gamma Rho and how these warm memories inspired them to live a more fulfilling life through music. Tempo!, Oct. 2010


    The [Philadelphia Alumane] Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary at a luncheon on May 15. Linda McAlpin and Barbara Ostroff coordinated the event with help from Sara Barthol, Christina Dickson, Krista Kiefski, and Paula Savastano. The program included the affiliation of Liz Fontenla and installation of 2010-2012 officers by Chi A Province Officer Mary Bushong. A flute duet was performed by Paula Savastano and Sara Barthol. Charter member Gail Mickelson presented a brief history of the chapter. Swords of Honor were presented to Sara Barthol and Lauren Dezeeuw, and Linda Gagliardi received the Wreath of Achievement. NVP Ritual and Fraternity Education and former chapter member Deborah Volker delivered a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Boosting Morale and Fostering Relations Through Music.” Outgoing president Elena Santangelo and incoming president Paula Savastano spoke, and members, former chapter members, and guests enjoyed a wonderful time together. Tempo!, Oct. 2010


    The Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter marked its 75th anniversary with a celebration on March 20 at the Alumni Concert Hall in the College of Fine Arts on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. Guests included members from Eta Phi and Kappa Theta, the respective chapters at Penn State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chi B Province Officer Rebecca Lingenfelter led the Chapter Anniversary Ritual. Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter President Krista Fennell led a memorial service in memory of Honorary Member Teresa Harth, who passed away in February 2010. Following lunch, Michele McGregor, Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the School of Music at CMU, was initiated as a patroness. Virginia Schatz gave a presentation on Edward MacDowell and the MacDowell Colony which included the poetry of Pittsburgh Chapter Patroness Sara Henderson Hay, who was a Poet-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony. During the program, four members of the chapter -- Jean Mueller Smith, Virginia Schatz, Imogene Werder, and Susan MacLeod -- were recognized for 60 years of active service in SAI. Musical selections were presented by Carla LaRocca, piano; Warren/Youngstown Alumnae Chapter President Jennifer Jones Mosher, voice; Krista Fennell, piano; Melissa Lessure, flute; and Susanna Reilly, harp.  Tempo!, Oct. 2010

    The women of Theta Zeta Chapter celebrated their 15th anniversary April 23-25. The weekend events included a formal anniversary gala at the Embassy Suites Hotel, an anniversary cookout and concert, and a Sunday morning church service. Tempo!, Jan. 2011


    On August 15, the Grand Rapids, Michigan Alumnae Chapter celebrated its 45th Anniversary with a dinner and musicale with 26 sisters, Friends of the Arts, and guests in attendance.  Honored guests included Region 5 Officer Peggy Glennie and Alpha B/C Province Officer Sally Roach, both of whom spoke of the dedication of the members of the Grand Rapids Chapter over the past 45 years.  Peggy and Sally congratulated the chapter and its members on their long-standing tradition of service and relayed congratulatory wishes from National President Liz Nordling and members of the NEB.
    Charter member Sharon Steffens delivered a PowerPoint  presentation on the history of the chapter. Roach presented President Dorothy Oliver and the chapter with the Province B Chapter Achievement Award for 2009-10.  Next, the Rose of Honor was presented to out-going president Marcia Klein. 
    The musicale included piano duets performed by Helen Emerson and Marcia Klein; soprano Lorraine Hardebeck; string trio Dorothy Oliver, Ella Villa, and Charlotte Lothian;  Deborah Grimshaw, flute; and vocal duet, Charlotte Lothian and her daughter, Holly Stephensen.  In honor of this anniversary event, the chapter gave a donation to the Music Therapy program at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. Tempo!, Jan. 2011

lake county anniversary cake


    In November, [the Lake CountyAlumane Chapter] celebrated the 45th anniversary of our chapter with a catered dinner and anniversary cake made and beautifully decorated by member Natalie Franks.  In addition, each member was presented a red rose with acknowledgement of the year of initiation and chapter affiliation. Tempo!, March 2011


    The LaGrange Alumnae chapter celebrated 60 years of sisterhood by presenting programs at chapter meetings highlighting the music and events of each decade of the chapter’s existence. These programs included the Chapter Anniversary Ceremony and a program about the music and events of the 1950s by Marion Talley and Rita Brown. Other programs included the 1960s by Jennifer Shaw, the 1970s by Jean Tomkinson, and a “radio program” covering the 1980s by Lana Sutton and Marion Talley. The chapter entered the 21st century with Kathy Schmidt and Kathy Hummel, who focused on the music of Pulitzer-Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. Other events included “Phil up for Philanthropies” fundraiser, a Christmas celebration with ensembles and carols, attendance at State Day at Northwestern University, and the annual String Scholarship competition for middle- and high-school students. An end-of-the-year celebration at the home of Mary Ann Covone featured performances by the String Scholarship winners, the Founders’ Day Ceremony, and Installation of Officers.   Tempo!, Sept. 2011

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