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Day of Service: April 6, 2019

Service and philanthropy are very important to Sigma Kappa, and it is important for our members to continue to find ways to positively impact our communities. By encouraging our members to get involved in daily acts of service, we can change the world for the better.

Tell us what you are doing for Day of Service by completing this form

 

How To Get Involved



Projects completed on the Day of Service can be anything you choose – whether it supports one of our philanthropic partners or supports another that has meaning to your chapter or you as an individual.

 

What To Do

 

This year, we have an exciting addition to the Day of Service: city events! Six cities across the country have been identified to lead the way in modeling service activities for our membership. Do you live in one of our featured cities? Reach out to the individuals below to learn more about what’s being planned and how you can get involved!

Click the location link to view the event details.

ATLANTA Contact: Angie Ahrens PORTLAND Contact: Jennifer Rhodes
HOUSTON Contact: Carole Townsend DENVER Contact: Lindsey Medenwaldt
LOUISVILLE Contact: Jennifer Painter DOWNTOWN CHICAGO Contact: Racheal DeMoss
    CHICAGO NW TOWNS Contact: Moira Bushell

 

 


Helpful Links

National Options
 
Doing Good Together Link
Habitat for Humanity Link
American Red Cross Link
All for Good Link
VolunteerMatch Link
Documents
 
Media Alert Template Word
Press Release Template Word
Tips for Day of Service PDF
  
Regional Leadership Conference

Sigma Kappa has been able to provide leadership and personal development for over 7,000 collegiate members and chapter advisors since the Regional Leadership Conferences (RLCs) began in 2013. In 2019, the program will continue to provide this education through thirteen focused track experiences that include key elements of job-specific training. General sessions will contain relevant skill building opportunities focused on overarching leadership development topics, providing attendees the chance to build relationships and identify shared goals for their term as officers.

The 2019 RLCs will be held on two separate weekends in January. We will again have six region based RLCs and are excited to announce the regions and dates!
  • Newark, NJ – Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, January 11-13, 2019

  • Dallas, TX – Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, January 11-13, 2019

  • Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Airport Marriott, January 11-13, 2019

  • Cincinnati, OH – Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, January 25-27, 2019

  • Chicago, IL – Chicago Marriott O'Hare, January 25-27, 2019

  • Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Airport Marriott, January 25-27, 2019


The following collegiate officers were required to attend the RLCs: 

  • President
  • Vice President of Standards and Values
  • Vice President of Programming
  • Vice President of Alumnae Relations
  • Vice President of Communication and Operations
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of New Member Education
  • Vice President of Philanthropic Service
  • Vice President of Academic Excellence
  • Panhellenic Delegate
  • Social Chairman

  

 

More information about the RLCs is available by contacting: 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the dress code for the weekend?

Dress for the conference is casual (jeans, skirts or casual dresses are appropriate). Letter t-shirts are also appropriate and encouraged. Please bring a light jacket or sweater, as meeting rooms tend to be cool.

I’m arriving late due to class. What should I do when I get to the hotel?

If there are travel or scheduling issues that will delay your attendance or weather related travel issues, please contact your event registration staff member immediately. Sorority staff will be monitoring the weather in all locations and will communicate any cancellations by noon on the Thursday prior to the event.

What should I do prior to the RLC?

If you haven’t done so already, review your officer handbook and your officer training course in SKILLab. Make sure to complete the pre-RLC survey. Please also complete the StrengthsFinder assessment that was emailed to you in December.

What exactly will I learn at the RLC?

Each component of the RLCs is designed to teach you something different. Through general sessions, you will develop your personal leadership skills. Your track sessions will help you dive deeper into those leadership concepts while connecting them to key components of your specific officer positions. By the end of the weekend, you will have developed a plan for the next year in your role and as an officer team.

What should I bring with me to each session?

You should bring a pen, the workbook you’ll receive on site, and your nametag. It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle. There will be water stations in your breakout rooms and throughout the hotel.


What should I do prior to the RLC?

If you are attending as a substitute and did not receive the StrengthsFinder information, ask the officer whom you are replacing to forward that email. If she has already completed the assessment, email May Phillips Carlson, mphillips@sigmakappa.org for a new code.

 
Sigma Kappa Volunteer Summit

 

WHEN:

Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30, 2019

WHERE:

Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
1800 Highway 26E
Grapevine, Texas 76051-9641

REGISTRATION:

May 1 – May 15: Register Here

VENDORS

Coastal Greek | Wooly Threads

SCHEDULE:

Get excited for a full weekend! Our Volunteer Summit schedule is designed to maximize your time and get you the information you need most in order to thrive in your volunteer role. The official program will kick off with breakfast Saturday morning. 

We’re planning three dynamic keynote sessions focused on exploring your strengths using the StrengthsFinder assessment, understanding current trends in higher education and how they impact you as volunteers, and digging into diversity and inclusion and what those topics mean for us as a women’s organization. Add to that two dedicated blocks of time for meeting with your team so you can focus on building those relationships that will help you succeed.

We will conclude the weekend by 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Click here to view our full schedule. We can’t wait to welcome you in Dallas for this full weekend! 

TRAVEL: 

National Officers: District support volunteers must arrive in time for a 7:30 p.m. district meeting. All other national officers need to arrive for the first event of the summit, which is at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29.

ABS/RS: Plan on arriving at the hotel in time for a 2:00 p.m. meeting on Friday, June 28. These meetings are required for recruitment supervisors and highly recommended for new advisory board supervisors. An ABS/RS not attending the Friday night meetings should plan on arriving in time for the 8:00 a.m. first event of the summit.

All Attendees: All attendees—should not plan on booking a flight before 2:00 p.m. knowing that programming does not wrap up until 12:15 p.m. 

UPDATE ON SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AND LOVE FIELD

If you are able to find a flight directly on the Southwest Airlines website that is more than $50 lower than your preferred flight out of DFW, you may book that flight with a personal credit card and submit reimbursement. Please receive your supervisor’s approval before booking. Because Southwest only flies into Dallas Love Field Airport, it will be necessary to take a Super Shuttle to the event hotel. This shuttle would need to be reserved and paid for in advance by the traveler, but can be submitted for reimbursement along with the flight.

Please be sure to allow additional time to get to and from DFW if flying on Southwest into Love Field.

QUESTIONS:

Travel: Check out the Sigma Kappa’s Travel Policy first, then contact Gina Farrar, meetings and events specialist, 317-381-5511, with questions related to Canyon Creek.

Registration: Contact Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services, 317-381-5518, for changes in your registration.

Programming: Contact Mary Phillips Carlson, director of educational programs, 317-381-5509, with questions regarding the summit agenda or educational topics.

  

Frequently Asked Questions


[Volunteer Summit]

Why should I attend?

This weekend will provide educational experiences to help develop skills that will assist you professionally and as a volunteer. It will be a fun, upbeat weekend of sisterhood, skill development and team training.

 

Is there a cost to attend?

There is no cost to the individual volunteer. Registration fees for all attendees are being paid by the national organization. Flights for advisory board supervisors and recruitment supervisors will be covered by the chapters they support. National volunteers will be covered by the national organization.

 

What if I can’t attend?

Following the weekend, general educational content will be available online to provide post-weekend information and support for attendees.  If you are unable to attend, please let your national council supervisor, volunteer team director or CC and RC know as soon as possible.

 

What will I learn?

This weekend will be a combination of relevant personal skill development and intentional time with your volunteer teams! Keynote sessions throughout the weekend will focus on a variety of areas including StrengthsFinder, diversity and inclusion and trends in higher education. 

Time has been allotted for volunteer teams to meet.

During team meeting time, you will have the opportunity to continue those conversations from the keynote sessions in addition to focusing on relevant training and development for your specific responsibilities.

 

Additional details:

Additional details including shuttle information, what to wear and the final agenda of events will be provided to attendees after registration closes.

 

[Heart Exchange] 

Is this a required exchange to participate in? 

Absolutely not! The Heart Exchange is 100% optional. 

 

How do I sign-up? 

Click here to sign-up for the Heart Exchange. 

 

What’s the budget of the item? 

We encourage you keep the gift $20 and under. Remember it’s small and should be easy to travel with to and from Volunteer Summit. 

 

What’s a Heart Partner? 

Your Heart Partner is whom you are getting the gift for. Keep in mind you might have someone different getting you a gift, so you might have two new sisters to meet! 

 

I have no idea what to for a gift. Help! 

We have you covered! Store-bought or hand-made, local or global, there's no restriction on where to get your gift from. Check out our Pinterest page to see get an idea of what might work for your Heart Partner. 

 

Wrapped or Unwrapped?

Up to you. But don’t we all like unwrapping a gift? Keep in mind the gift will be dropped off at registration.  

What do I do with it when I get to Volunteer Summit? 

During registration on-site you will drop off your gift to the staff with your Heart Partner’s name identified on it. From there, the gifts will be organized and ready to give during the One Heart, One Way Soiree. 

 

When will I get my gift and when will my Heart Partner get her gift? 

The One Heart, One Way Soiree will be the place to be! We will have a gift pick-up table during this time for you to pick up your gift. 

 

How do I learn more about my Heart Partner? When will I learn who my Heart Partner is? Will I get to meet them?  

You will be able to find and meet your Heart Partner at the One Heart, One Way Soiree. (If you don’t already know her!)  

 

Should this be a surprise?  

It’s up to you! You can keep it a surprise or reach out to your Heart Partner prior to Volunteer Summit. 

 

I can no longer participate, what do I do? 

Reach out to Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services. 

 

What happens after the Heart Exchange?  

Take a photo and share on Instagram or Facebook. Stay in contact if you would like!  

 

 
 
Week of Giving

Sigma Kappa's nationwide Week of Giving occurs each year during the week of November 9, our Founders' Day. It is a time to celebrate our history of sisterhood and service to others. As alumnae members of Sigma Kappa we have the opportunity to do great things. Sometimes great things come in small ways and random acts of kindness. The Week of Giving gives us an opportunity to celebrate our history of sisterhood and service to others by showing our compassion and understanding of one another. Below are a few suggestions that you can do by yourself, with your family, or as a group or chapter.

 

Join us as we show each other and the community
around us how we live with heart.

Expectations for collegiate chapters have not changed with regard to Week of Giving. Click here for more information (page 16). Sigma Kappa is providing an opportunity for alumnae to also engage in living with heart in their communities. This is also a great chance for collegiate chapters to pair with their alumnae chapter!

 

Send a note or card to a friend (Find a sister here!)
Write thank you notes to local advisors or corporation board members
Bring cookies to a local fire department or police station

 

 

Buy coffee for the person behind you
Rake leaves or mow the lawn for a neighbor
Let someone go in front of you in line

 

 

Make a donation to the Sigma Kappa Foundation
Donate blood at a local blood bank
Collect books, food or clothes to donate to a local organization

 

 

Visit to a local senior living community
Call or have lunch with a grandparent
Pick up trash at a local park

 

 

Drop off a special treat at a collegiate chapter
Attend a local Founders' Day celebration
Grab coffee or lunch with a sister

 

 

Share your photos with us using the Week of Giving hashtag or send them to photos@sigmakappa.org.

 

Questions? Contact Lindsay Medenwaldt, director of service.