DENVER ALUMNAE CHAPTER WELL REPRESENTED
AT GRAND CONVENTION IN PHOENIX
By Val Stombeck Lunka, 2016 Denver Alumnae Chapter President
Grand Convention was delightful. It was an uplifting and celebratory event with nearly 900 Thetas in attendance. The Arizona Biltmore was a lovely setting and most did not seem terribly affected by the 113-degree temperatures.
The Denver Alumnae Chapter was awarded the Golden Kite! Our chapter also was a finalist for the Founders Award but unfortunately, we lost out to our sisters from Nashville. It’s still a great honor and I want to thank all of the officers (past and present) and the members who contributed to the recognition that we received. I was honored to be your delegate. Thank you especially to Jane Siekmeier for your leadership and excellent report!
Beta Iota won several awards and was beautifully represented by CEO Kelly Grega. So many wonderful things going on in Boulder! There was also a lot of buzz about our soon-to-be chapter at Colorado School of Mines.
At the Widest Influence for Good Luncheon on Saturday, it was announced that our goal of raising $5,000,000 was met six months ahead of schedule! This is the first-ever non-bricks and mortar campaign that the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has ever launched. Thank you to all who participated in this endeavor, especially Kendy and Jill for their extraordinary commitment to our Fraternity!
Denver and Colorado were well represented and I encourage each of you to take part in this incredible event! I am also very grateful to the DAC for providing the funds for Kelli and Jenny to attend their first Grand Convention! The 2018 event will be held at the Orlando Ritz Carlton, so you can plan ahead.
JENNY HOCK WINS DENVER AREA PANHELLENIC WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Lauded member of the Denver Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Jenny Hock recently was named the Denver Area Panhellenic Woman of the Year. As many of us know, Jenny has a larger-than-life personality that draws people to her. She has been highly engaged with our Chapter and the local Panhellenic organization.
All told, Jenny has chaired a whopping nine local committees, held three local executive offices and served at the national level as a member of the Foundation Scholarship Scoring Committee for 12 years. She also was Chairman of Denver Area Panhellenic. Outside of Theta, Jenny has lent her substantial talents and passion to a number of organizations including her church, her sons’ schools and various local non-profits.
“Jenny has been, and continues to be, a dynamo in our Chapter,” said Valerie Lunka, DAC president. “It is hard to miss her when she is in the room. She is one of those rare individuals who brings you in, makes you feel valued and wants to help you become engaged.”
In 2007, she was named our Chapter’s Inspirational Theta and in 2010, she was honored as the Theta Woman of the Year. In 2013, she was recognized by Denver Area Panhellenic as its Spirit Award recipient. Congratulations Jenny on yet another well-deserved recognition!
Four Thetas have recently won the prestigious Denver Area Panhellenic Woman of the Year Award.
From left: Scottie Taylor Iverson, Kathleen Markey, Kendy Cusick-Rindone and Jenny Hock.
NEWS AND NOTES
Alissa Trumbull will be serving as Vice President of Membership beginning in June. Alissa joins us from Chicago where she held several Chapter positions. She takes over the role from Jill Byrne, who is moving with her husband to San Francisco to accept a promotion with Nordstrom.
Allison Ratcliffe will move into the role of Nominating Chairman for 2017. If you are interested in serving on our Chapter board, email her here
Upcoming Event: Casa for CASA, April 15th 5:30-9PM
The Denver Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta is proud to host Casa for CASA on Friday, April 15th from 5:30-9, located at the historic Colorado landmark, Casa Bonita.
The event will help raise awareness and funds for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) chapters in the Denver metro area. All are invited to the event, which will feature children’s activities, education about CASA, and live entertainment.
NEW THIS YEAR: Our very own Shannon Chandler Gross has designed a special canvas bag to commemorate the event. You will receive a tote as a thank you for any donation of $10 or more, and all proceeds will go to Theta Philanthropies and CASA.
Invite your friends and family!!! Come when you are able to and stay as long as you like!
Please RSVP on Eventbrite here
Recap: Founders Day 2015