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SPRING 09 Newsletter Page 1

    SPRING 09 Newsletter Page 1

    Captain’s Call

    Ronette Korman Simcox, ~ - Montana

    WOW… What a terrific fall! The programs were interesting and we met a bunch of new women who attended their first events. On the heels of a successful fall, I look forward to spring. We will continue our green theme in February with a presentation on safe cosmetics, followed by green gardening in March not the

    green-thumb variety, but rather environmentally green. I am especially excited for Founders Day this April. Our very special guests will be Erin Rumer from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Oregon campus and her guide dog, Onyx. She will share her story and help us have a better understanding about blindness.

    Our speaker confirmed with the following:

    “Thanks for arranging this wonderful exposure of Guide Dogs! We truly

    appreciate your support and had lots of fun working with the DGs at Pinot

    & Pups last year.”

    I was so thankful they were willing to participate in our Founders Day and it turns out that they were just as thankful for the opportunity to share their special story. We have a wonderful partnership with Oregon Guide Dogs and the opportunity again this spring to volunteer at Pinot & Pups. Please see the Foundation

    Forward update for details on how you can be part of this fun event.

    As this is my final Captain’s Call, I would like to thank you all for your support over the past two years. As president, I was honored to represent the most outstanding alumnae chapter at Convention; learned more about Delta Gamma’s amazing Foundation and spent time with many of you at our monthly events. I am so proud of our willingness to mix things up (e.g., sixteen alumnae volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank in October) and the kindness and generosity we exhibit in our community. I hope to see you at a spring event, Founders Day or our end-of-year spring picnic and flower sale.

(VisionWalk sponsor thank-you letter)

    Dear Portland Suburban alumnae chapter of Delta Gamma,

    Please accept our sincerest appreciation for your recent contribution to the Foundation Fighting Blindness Oregon VisionWalk.

    Your generosity and leadership will enable FFB to make enormous strides toward the goal of finding the causes, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases.

    Thank you again for your dedication and support of our vital mission, and for making this year's event a huge success.



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    Collumnae Cruise

    Michelle Baumgardner, ?, - Oregon

    Fall term started out with a splash! Alpha Delta chapter at University of Oregon and Beta Upsilon chapter at Oregon State University held their fall recruitments in September 2008, both with extreme success! Alpha Delta welcomed 48 new members into Delta Gamma alone!

Beta Pi chapter at Willamette University has an urgent need for a financial

    adviser. This position can be at-a-distance and requires attendance in Salem approximately once a month or so. Some financial background is beneficial, but not required. Please contact Michelle at if


Sponsorship Sails

    Michelle Baumgardner, ?, - Oregon

    Beta Pi will hold their annual recruitment the week of January 14-18. Please send all sponsor forms to the chapter house:

    Delta Gamma

    Willamette University

    Attn: Candice Peaslee

    900 State St

    Box H228

    Salem, OR, 97301

    then contact Michelle at with that information.

    Did you send in a sponsor form to any Delta Gamma chapter this fall? If so, please contact Michelle.

Label & Box Tops

    Pat Long Wagner, ?~ - Willamette

    Our goal this year is to send in at least 1,000 more Campbell’s ? Labels and

    several hundred Box Tops. This project is so effortless for all of us; we should try to increase our goal annually. If you need a list of products, contact Pat at or 503-636-5338. Otherwise, Campbell’s

    products include Pillsbury and other products with the "Little Guy.” Box Tops

    are General Mills ? products.

    Please bring these to a monthly event or send to:

    Pat Long Wagner

    Thank you all for your help; the schools appreciate it.

Panhellenic Port

    Suzanne Robbel, ?~ - Willamette

    Portland Alumnae Panhellenic is selling raffle tickets for our scholarship fundraiser. The grand prize is a Portland Getaway Package including a two-night stay at the Benson Hotel plus other amenities. The runner-up prize is two nights

    at a condo in Lincoln City. We are only selling 300 tickets; your odds of walking away with one of the getaway packages are pretty good! Tickets are $20 each and are on sale now through the drawing on February 9. For more information, please contact Suzanne at

    Information on the Portland Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship will be available in late February. The scholarship is open to collegians and alumnae who have returned to school to further their education. Last year we awarded three collegiate scholarships and one alumnae scholarship.

    Portland Alumnae Panhellenic is planning an event with the young women at the Rosemont School again this spring. Each year, Portland Alumnae Panhellenic organizes a party and gives cosmetic bags filled with goodies to the students. This is definitely the highlight of the event for these young women! If you have any cosmetic bags, new toiletries or make-up that you would like to donate to the event, please bring items to our monthly DG events.

On the Town (OTT) Dinner Club

    Suzanne Robbel, ?~ - Willamette

    Each month, On the Town (OTT) gathers to try a new Portland restaurant. It is a great way to get out, meet fellow alumnae and enjoy the great restaurant scene Portland has to offer. This fall, the group dined at 23Hoyt, Casa Naranja, East India Company, 50 Plates and most recently watched the Holiday Ship parade along the Willamette at Thirst. We usually meet on the last Thursday or Friday of each month. If you would like to be added to the group e-mail list, please contact Suzanne at

Anchored Occasions

    Tami Burkhardt Syverson, ?~, proud mom of Sam born March 20

    Heidi Cratsenberg Lammers, , proud mom of Zoe born August 6

    Karyn Liere Sandhu, ?~, proud mom of Clara born August 18

    Marcie Slaughter Meier, ?~; proud mom of Abigail born September 26

    Kjerstin (KJ) Clark Wallen, ?,; proud mom of Gabriella born Nov 9

    Kim Collier Kopetz, ?, proud mom of Brooke born December 9

    Samantha Felts, ;; married to John Pauley on December 20

    Contact with your wedding or birth announcement.

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    Foundation Forward

    Shanta Schriever, ;;- Nebraska

    A big THANK-YOU to the twenty alumnae who volunteered a total of 136.5 hours of Doing Good to Service for Sight this fall:

    ( 80.5 hours of Doing Good at Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) both by our Washington School for the Blind Foundation (WSBF) board member and our Sensory Safari volunteers who provided rich experiences for sighted, blind and visually impaired visitors

    ( 19 hours of Doing Good at Foundation Fighting Blindness/Oregon VisionWalk

    ( 37 hours of Doing Good at vision screenings in local elementary schools

WOW…that's good work so far, but we can add to this! All Portland Suburban

    alumnae are challenged to volunteer two hours for Service for Sight. More opportunities await you:

Casey Eye Institute Egg Hunt:

    On Saturday, March 28,

    4-5 volunteers are needed to support the Elks and Casey Eye Institute in their annual Easter egg hunt for our third year of participation. This hunt is for all Casey Eye Institute patients; a "beeping" egg hunt is held for patients who are blind and visually impaired. This is a flurry of fun for the kids and our volunteers.

Pinot & Pups:

    On Saturday, May 9, we will make Pinot & Pups a tradition as we support this Guide Dogs for the Blind, Oregon campus event for our second year. 10-15 volunteers are needed at this true gala held at the Portland Art Museum. Don your evening attire and pet some of the cutest puppies ever born.

WSSB and WSBF Events:

    Feel the Music, Empower a Life:

    On Sunday, May 31, the WSBF will host its fifth annual black tie fundraising event Feel the Music, Empower a Life. 5-10 volunteers have the opportunity to

    dress up, wear anchor badges and support WSBF as they raise funds for this cause dear to our heart.

Events with WSSB Students:

    Throughout the spring, fun events are planned with the WSSB students. If you are a golfer or hiker, we have events for you in Clackamas and Portland. If you have fond memories of your prom (or you want to create new ones!), we have an event for you in Vancouver by helping the girls primp for their prom. Watch for our monthly e-newsletter for details or contact Shanta

    Not receiving our e-newsletter? Contact Heather at

WSBF Waters

    Suz Blair Hahn, ?~ - Willamette

    Our bond with the WSSB and WSBF thrived this fall with the successful Sensory Safari Opening Night. Our ten alumnae volunteers and all guests were incredibly impressed by the safari animals and the huge, ornate mural which was hand-painted in amazing detail by a man with very low vision who literally painted one inch from the wall and will never see the scope of his work.

    Tours are offered to both groups and individuals by appointment. Contact Janet Merz at WSSB 360-696-6321 ext. 120 or for a tour.

You can find out more about the WSBF by visiting

Lions and DGs Honored

    On October 7, Mary Jo Fitzpatrick Kolb, ??- Oregon State made a presentation

    to the Hollywood Lions Club of a collection of Lions pins that belonged to her late father, Michael E. Fitzpatrick, during his many years of participation in Lions International. President Jack Alvord and past president Diane Bauer were pleased to accept the pins given by Mary Jo on behalf of herself and her sisters, Patti Fitzpatrick Frickey and Francine Fitzpatrick, also alumnae from Beta Upsilon chapter.

    Lions International and Delta Gamma have long shared a dedication to sight conservation and service to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. This gift was made to honor their father and the shared ideals of the two organizations.

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    Ship’s Log

    Tuesday, February 10

    When: 6:30 p.m. social time

     7:00 p.m. program

    Where: Home of Angelique “Ali” Sizemore, ?,;- Oregon

     Contact for location.

Keep that Youthful Glow!

    Join your sisters to hear about safe cosmetic options. Many of the cosmetics we use every day contain chemicals and toxins that are harmful to us and our environment. An expert will provide information about safe cosmetic alternatives.

Tuesday, March 10

    When: 6:30 p.m. social time

     7:00 p.m. program

    Where: Home of Heather Barr Lowell, ?,;- Drake

    Contact for location.

Portland is the Rose City!

    A Rosarian will give us expert tips on caring for Portland’s prize flower: the rose. We will learn about different types of roses and how to prune and fertilize for beautiful plants and blooms, just in time for the rose season!

Saturday, April 18

    When: 11:00 a.m. social time

     11:45 a.m. brunch

Where: Waverley Country Club

     1100 SE Waverly Dr


    Cost: $25 per person

    RSVP by April 13; RESERVE EARLY! Get a table with your friends! Questions? Jennifer Simrell Isaac, ?,:

Founders Day

    Erin Rumer and her guide dog Onyx will join us for Founders Day. She is a training class specialist for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Oregon campus. Information about blindness, stories about training the dogs and helping their new owners will be shared.

    The RSVP form is online and the deadline is Monday, April 13. Additionally, pay online via Paypal!

    Reserve your spot or a table of eight today!

Tuesday, May 5

    When: 6:30 p.m.

    Where: Murrayhill Home Town Center (clubhouse at pool)

Host: Kelly Rush Gerber, - Idaho

RSVP by May 1 (for food count)

    to Kristen Korman McConnell, ~ - Montana:

Spring Picnic and Flower Sale Pick Up

    Rain or shine, this end-of-year spring picnic is a warm way to gather before summer, install our new officers and introduce our friends and families. Pick up flower orders and join in a delicious potluck.

    The main dish is provided. Please bring a large portion of the following according to your last name: A-G: salad; H-N: appetizer; O-S: beverage and T-Z: dessert.

Flower order forms will be available at monthly events, on

    and via e-newsletter.

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    Treasure Chest

    Kelly Rush Gerber, Idaho

    Our garage sale results are in; we made $1,300! Thanks again to Gina Bonfiglio Mueller, ?, - Oregon for hosting that successful event!

    Our checking account balance stands at $2,715.66; our savings account stands at $2,499.15. We are also working toward endowing a full scholarship with the Delta Gamma Foundation. The Portland Suburban Agnes Beach Scholarship currently has over $13,000 and awards a scholarship biennially, but we need to reach $25,000 to award annually. Please consider contributing today.

A Call for Local Dues

    Local dues sustain our alumnae chapter so we may provide five star programming that includes networking, sisterhood, membership, Foundation and community.

    Are you one of our 113 alumnae who already paid local dues for July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009? If so, you will see your name here! THANK YOU!

    If not, please use the invoice (on the reverse) to help us reach our goal of 180 dues-paid members and support your local Portland Suburban alumnae chapter.

    Remember: Per capita dues ($20.50) are now invoiced directly from EO.

    These are different from our local dues ($20).

    Questions? Please contact Kelly at

Dues-paid members so far for 2008-09:

    Last First Curley Joan

    Alberty Barbara Didzun V’Anne

    Alexander Joelle Felts Samantha

    Alford Heidi Fisker Alison

    Barrett Maxine Frank Elena

    Baumgardner Michelle Franck Melanie

    Bennett Peggy Freeman Carol

    Bertell Donna Fry Terrie

    Biles Susan Gander Maria

    Blau Kim Gerber Kelly

    Bobetsky Lauren Gernhart Diana

    Boucher Mary Gordon Jean

    Browning Genevieve Gregg Mary

    Buchholz Diana Hahn Suzanne

    Carroll Elizabeth Hanson Andrea

    Chamness Sandy Harrington Janet

    Chapman Donna Hartley Joan

    Cimmiyotti Judith Hennessy Susan

    Coleman Janet Hill Margaret

    Combs Jennifer Hinsdale Mary

    Cornell Karissa Hobbs Helen

    Hodges Staige O'Sullivan Kelly Inman Carol Olson Elizabeth Isaac Jennifer Phillips Kristen

    Phillips Olliemay Jacob Pat

    Pierce Marilyn Jarnagin Josie

    Jones Sally Ann Potter Camella (Mia) Kathrens Chiane Ramsaur Joann Kempton Alyson Reiling Marilyn Kopacz Virginia (Ginny) Rhoads Sharon Kopetz Kim Richards Amanda Kromling Mary Robbel Suzanne Lamberton Barbara Robinson Sally Leahy Maryanne Schriever Shanta Lewis Janet Scott Marjorie Lhuillier Betsye Simcox Ronette Lowell Heather Sizemore Angelique Lung Jacqueline Smith Sharon Marcoules Bernice Smith Cecile Martin Maggie Sparks Barbara McElhinny Faye Spencer Molly McFerron Ashley Stapleton Mirnie McGregor Ella Stark Phyllis McGuinn Pat Stott Julie McGuire Jeannie Sweeting Susan Meckley Flora Tripp Julie Metcalf Patricia Vranizan Karen Miesen Doris Wagner Patricia Miller Amanda Wagner Jill Moshofsky Elaine Watson Claudia Muchow Marlene Whiteley Elaine Mueller Gina Williams Laurel Murphy Myong-Hui Wills Susan Murray Joan Wright Christy Early Christina Yockey Betty Jean Neupert Preston Yolo JosetteNeville Sandra

    Lindsey Hughes

    Erin Soule

    Amanda Stanton

    Kathleen Martin

Founders Day RSVP Form

    Waverley Country Club

    Saturday, April 18

    $25 per person

    Meal Choice: Asian Chicken Salad or Spinach & Mushroom Quiche (vegetarian)

    RSVP and mail checks to:

    Jennifer Simrell Isaac

    RSVP online at

Founders Day 2009 thCelebrate Delta Gamma’s 136 year of sisterhood while honoring our special

    anniversary members:

60-year anniversary members

    Allison Logan Belcher, ?? Charlotte Jones Dietterich, !( Kathi Rising Dildy, ??

    Maria Puckett Gander, ?~ Phyllis Briggs Meyers, ??;Phyllis Fulmor Stark, ~;

    LeNoi Wellman Steckley, ;;Ardis Miller Stevenson, (;Evva Sorensen Swan, ?:;Joan Hodges Swennes, ?,;Marlene Hill Taevs, ;;


    50-year anniversary members

    Donna Nutting Bertell, ??;Carlene Hise Boehme, ??;Mary Kennedy Boucher, ?~;Carolyn Hillyer Elden, ??;Patricia O'Brien Emmons, ??;Sally McCracken Gould, ?,;Donna Lee Horn, ?~;

    Doris Taylor Jarboe, ?,;Betsye Ross Lhuillier, ?(;Marjorie Bowker Meeks, ??;Sydney Fernald Miller, ?,;Patricia Reading, !,;

    Nancy Davidson Shaw, ??;Jean Gagan Tankersley, ??;Suzanne Harbinsky Warninghoff, ??;

    Jo Greenstreet Wilson, ?;Gail Heriza Wyche, ??;

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