I wanted to take a moment to share with you my Sigma Kappa experience as both an alumnae and a collegiate. As many of you know, my collegiate chapter voted to close at the end of my sophomore year. That could have very easily been the end of my time as a Sigma Kappa. But, I wasn’t ready to let go and I’m so glad I didn’t.
Immediately, myself and many other Omegas were thrown in to rejuvenating the alumnae chapter of our collegiate town. Since this happened so suddenly for us, we all turned to each other for the strength and support to get through this tough time. We faced many questions like “What do we tell people when they ask why we closed?” or “Should I still wear our letters on campus?” Together, we grew and we learned how to deal with tough situations. And, honestly, I’m as proud to be a Sigma Kappa now, as I was when I joined, so why wouldn’t I be proud to wear our letters on campus? Our founders were proud to wear our letters and so should I!
Eventually, I graduated college and moved back to Tampa where I found myself helping to rejuvenate another alumnae chapter. It was during this time that I really came to understand that Sigma Kappa really is for life – not just college. Over the years, I have come to meet some amazing sisters who have had great stories to tell as well as sisters that I would consider to be a bridesmaid in my wedding. One of my most favorite memories is of a sister named Frances Pickard - who attended Florida State when it was the College for Women and she had some great stories to tell. Man, she was a spitfire and she is sorely missed in this chapter.
I’ve had the joy in watching sisters grow in their professional life as well as their personal life. Watched as sisters met the love of their life and eventually married them. Watched as sisters started their own families and grow as a mom. Watched as some sisters lost their spouse. All the while, they had their sisters to support them, cheer them on when they needed it most and be there when they needed an ear to talk to.
My hope for each of you is that Sigma Kappa will mean to you as much as it means to me. That you meet women that you know you can rely on when times are tough and who will be your biggest cheerleaders. That you learn new things about yourselves and even surprise yourself with the things you can accomplish. That you will meet some amazing women who will be your lifelong friend and sometimes feel like a real sister to you. That you give your all to Sigma Kappa and I promise you will get it all back and then some.
All too quickly it seems, your collegiate life will be coming to an end and you will have the choice of joining the alumnae chapter of your new city. I sincerely hope you do and would be happy to connect you with that alumnae chapter.
I am proud to be the President of the Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter. I have been a member of this chapter since 2002 and been the President for about the last 8 years. I have watched it grow and flourish and was honored to accept awards on behalf of the chapter at the Orlando and Ponte Vedra conventions. It has also been an exciting time in Tampa to help colonize not one, but two collegiate chapters in Tampa. We are ecstatic to help support both Lambda Zeta and Lambda Theta women and hope Sigma Kappa means everything to you as it does to us.
Always One Heart, One Way,
Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter
Pictured above are some of our lovely Alumnae members here in the Tampa Bay area.