Monday, February 14

Alpha Rho - Ohio Wesleyan

Because Beta Iota (Purdue) is in Region 4, I never thought I would have the opportunity to travel back, but I was wrong! I visited the women of Alpha Rho - Ohio Wesleyan right after the terrible ice storm hit most of the country. There was no power in Columbus for three days, but it turned back on right before I arrived.

I had a wonderful time meeting and visiting the women, even though the weather was terrible. They are a smaller chapter, but a great group of women. They are located in Delaware, OH, about 30 minutes north of Columbus. They have an amazing restaurant called Chelly Belly's that serves soup, salad, sandwiches and dessert. I would be willing to make the drive from Columbus to have it again! The chapter has a unique situation: they have a chapter house but no one lives in it. The house is not build to hold many women.

We also got to attend a Leadership Conference. It was nice because it was only a few hours in the morning and the message was fantastic. One thing the speaker said that stuck with me was, "Make the next leader better than you.". We get so caught up in being the best that we forget our goal - to make our organization the best it can be. Some collegians, advisers, etc. are too caught up in being the best and not offering a good transition for the incoming officers because they want to be the best. This speaker also wrote Chicken Soup for the College Soul which I think I'll add to my list of books to read.

At the Summit Leadership Conference

Some students started this cool "yarn tree" on campus. It has been kept up over the years.

Sunday, February 13

Beta Beta-University of Alberta

I was so excited to be returning to canada again! Chapter members greeted me at the airport with an extra jacket and gloves, as they assumed I would need some help with winter clothes, being a California girl! They assumed right, and I greatly appreciated the extra warm layers as I stepped out into my first time in below zero weather. It was freezing but so fun to be in the snow!
A few years ago, the University of Alberta had set a world record for having the largest dodgeball game. A school in California decided to take their title last year, by holding an even larger game. This year, Alberta wanted to "strike back" and bring that world title back to their school. The news stations and photographers were there, as more than 2,000 students showed up to participate in the game! They now hold the Guinness World Record for largest dodgeball game, and I got to be a part of it!! Of course there were Delta Gammas there to participate and bring their school spirit!

The women of Beta Beta also had a blast at their annual spring formal event during my visit!