Last night was our Chick-fil-a fundraiser night at the Chick-fil-a on Chastain Road in Kennesaw, GA. Heather, our treasurer, worked it out with this Chick-fil-a location for us to hold a spirit night from 5:00-8:00. During this time frame, the restaurant placed a box at the register in which people could drop their receipts. For each receipt in the box, we receive 20% of those total purchases! This was such a great fundraiser for us; Chick-fil-ais so generous! Although we do not know our total amount yet, we should know soon. (Thank you to Brad Roper, the franchised restaurant operator of this location!)
On Facebook yesterday, I changed my status to read, “Help ΩΦΑ help others! TONIGHT is our fundraiser night at the Chick-fil-a on Chastain Rd. Go there between 5:00-8:00, order, and say, “I”M EATING FOR OMEGA PHI ALPHA.” They will give us a percentage of your purchase- it’s that easy! 🙂 Please pass this along and take all of your friends with you to Chick-fil-a TONIGHT!!!!” Many other sisters copied my status and made it their status as well. I was feeling so much Omega Phi Alpha love on Facebook last night! For both our fundraiser night and this blog itself! (Thank you, Lauren!!) Here is a look at my wall:
Now, back to the Chick-fil-a fundraiser night… Since we didn’t spend any money on this fundraiser, it will be beneficial for us no matter how much we make.Unlike the bake sales, etc. that we have done in the past, each sister did not spend money on materials only for the sorority to make less than what we spent… These fundraising events have been especially frustrating for me in the past, and I am glad that we are going in a different direction. Here is a picture of everyone who was at Chick-fil-a when I was there (around 7:00):
Heather has found another fundraiser for us along the same lines. We will be working with a relatively new, local pizza place in Kennesaw to hand out coupons. These coupons will have our name on them, and for each coupon that is used at the restaurant, Omega Phi Alpha will receive $3! Heather asked me last night at Chick-fil-a if I would come up with a logo for these coupons. Here is what I came up with: interpretation
She emailed it to the guy at the restaurant, and I think that we are still waiting to hear back from him to see whether or not this image will work for our coupons. Once the image is finalized, we should have the coupons within a week, and we will be able to start handing them out on campus and in the community. I am really excited for this fundraising project as well, because I think that it will be really successful for us! Also, we will be hopefully generate some good business for this up-and-coming restaurant. More info to come on this project!
Saturday, October 15th was Alpha Zeta Chapter’s 5th birthday! We celebrated with our annual Founder’s Day festivities, but the night was extra special this year thanks to our amazing Sisterhood chair, Thi. She did a great job- I really enjoyed everything that she planned. She even prepared cute gifts for everyone who attended!
NOTE: With so much talk about the “alums,” I decided to look up the proper terms and found a great outline here. Apparently, we should not use the term “alums” for either men or women. This website says, “Use “alumna” for a woman. Use “alumnae” for a group of women.” So, I will try to follow this guideline…
Since this is my first active fall semester, this was my first time attending Founder’s Day, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I witnessed that night. There were so many beautiful actives and alumnae present that night! I was so grateful that all of them were able to attend- especially my grandbig, Liz! Hearing her tell the founding story was really cool. I will probably mess it up and leave out a lot, but I am going to try to recall what I remember of the story…
Liz loves Hanson. When she was younger, she had a website devoted to the group, and she had friends online that followed her website. Then, one day, she was able to meet up with one of her Hanson friends in person. Later, this friend, who attended Georgia Tech, started to tell Liz about a really amazing service sorority that she was involved in- Omega Phi Alpha. Liz thought that it sounded like something she would like to do, and she hoped that other students would be interested too. She got in touch with the Vice President of Expansions on the National Executive Board who told her that Omega Phi Alpha was not a good fit for Kennesaw. Convinced that she was wrong, Liz decided that she would keep trying. She was not going to take no for an answer! Finding that other students were, indeed, interested, she gathered a group of girls who wanted to start OPA at Kennesaw, and sent the list along with some facts about the KSU campus and community- KSU was no longer the Junior College of the past!- to the VP of Expansions. After quite some time, Liz got the go-ahead and continued her mission. Along with the other girls interested in OPA, she organized an information night for students to come find out what OPA was all about! The night was a success, and they got a whole list of girls who wanted more information! After this night got the ball rolling, Liz and the other founding mothers started to fulfill all of their colonization requirements. They had a lot of service projects to do, and they just kept working till everyone had filled their service requirements. With a lot of hard work and a lot of time, OPA was finally starting to take shape at Kennesaw State University!
I am so incredibly proud of my grandbig and founding mother, Liz, and all of the other founding mothers and alumnae for all that they have done! Without them, I would not be a part of OPA. It meant a lot to me to be able to attend Founder’s Day in order to honor them and celebrate our chapter.
I really hope that I will be able to get to know the Alpha Zeta Alumnae better through our service projects and sisterhood events. It meant so much to me that my big, Kelly, and my grandbig, Liz, were able to attend Big/Little Reveal, and that I was able to see Liz again at Founder’s Day. Also, I believe that both of them will be able to come to Light the Night on November 5th! I am probably most excited about that. I want to make sure that the night is a great success, for Kelly, Liz, and any other alumna who attend, because I want them to want to come to more service projects. I think that this will be the best way for the active sisters to connect with the alumnae. I would love for the alumnae to be a bigger part of our sorority, and I know that other sisters feel the same. After all, we are not really actives and alumnae, we are all sisters!!!