DES MOINES, IOWA — The 107th National Convention of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc. was held July 8-12. Jean Brower, PNP, Gamma Pi Chapter, New Paris, served as Convention Coordinator for the “Denim to Diamonds” held at the Sheraton West Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa.
National President Beverly Edwards, Lambda Alpah of Tacoma, Washington, presided at the business meeting during the convention. Delegates from 71 chapters were represented. Attending from Gamma Pi Chapter in New Paris were Ellen Love, a delegate, and Barb Ferriell, Juli Holland, and Carol Murphy, non-delegates.
A combined total from all chapters donated to philanthropic projects during the past year amounted to $752,916.50. The members supported their communities with a total of 138,060.97 volunteer hours over the past year.
Of philanthropic interest to members in the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias and encouraging professionals in the area of guidance and counseling. Delta Theta Tau’s educational grant program enables students to continue their studies in the graduate field of guidance and counseling. The 2014 delegates allotted $5,000 for educational grants and $5,000 for Ectodermal Dysplasias. The 2015 delegates voted to donate $6,023.78 for the SON Foundation.
Awards were given to chapters with the highest total amount of money spent on philanthropy and also for the chapters with the most volunteer hours. Receiving the award for the highest amount of money spent for philanthropy was Tau Chapter of Valparaiso, IN. Receiving the award for most hours spent for philanthropy was Zeta Upsilon Chapter of Seneca, IL. Social activites enjoyed by members included the “Little Bit of Denim” mixer, “Deltas in Denim and Diamonds” informal, and the “Deltas in Diamonds” banquet.
Delegates elected Laura Gullett of Beta Nu Chapter in Winchester, IN to serve as the new national president. Gullett chose as her focus for her year at the helm of the organization, “Paint a Brighter Tomorrow.” Delegates also voted to hold the 2007 convention in Albuquerque, NM.
Delta Theta Tau, a national philanthropic sorority, was founded in 1903 in Muncie, Indiana by five high school girls. The first national convention was held in 1908 at Elwood, Indiana
The 108th national convention will be held July 13-17, 2016 at the Waterford Estates Lodge in South Bend, Indiana. Bonnie DeMeyer, PNP, Kappa Rho, from New Carlisle, Indiana will be the convention coordinator.