Theta Phi Alpha Annual Alumnae Dues
2020 has been a challenging year! It seems that our motto from St. Catherine of Siena, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring,” is so critical to live by in these unprecedented times.
The pandemic has significantly changed our lives and restricted our ability, as alumnae, to gather face-to-face. Our chapters finished the spring semester virtually. With the new realities, many chapters will be starting the 2020 fall semester learning how to recruit and conduct Theta Phi Alpha business online. With deep sadness, over 400 new members from the spring semester left their campus without the wonderful opportunity to experience our beautiful initiation ceremony. We also experienced the postponement of our National Convention until 2022.
In the midst of a pandemic, our country must also recognize and address the realities of racism in today’s society. We stand by our Black and Brown Sisters who are hurting as institutional racial injustice must be challenged in our country. As National President, Tracey Liphardt, Alpha Nu, said in her June president’s blog, “We have work to do... we have to prioritize combating racism and collectively commit to making improvements to our organization for the benefit of our members and our communities.”
We also face the realities of our three to four percent decreasing collegiate membership over the past several years, with predictions of a 10% decrease in collegians for the next upcoming school year.
Despite all of these challenges, we have adjusted. We have learned new technology. We have gathered online to socialize, conduct business, and celebrate the founding of our sisterhood at our annual Founders’ Day Celebration. We valiantly were able to conduct a virtual Initiation to welcome in our fold over 400 new sisters. Our Grand Council and National Officers quickly adjusted to the ever changing world. Together, they implemented Compass Connections virtual events to give our membership a taste of Convention.
Unfortunately, many of the challenges of 2020 have taken a great financial toll on our organization. For more specifics on our financial situation, please watch the 2018-2020 State of the Fraternity Address found on our website. (login required)
Now more than ever, we need YOU to pay your Alumnae Dues. You can do so, through our website, or you can also mail your dues to the National Office: 27025 Knickerbocker Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.
We recognize the fiscal challenges of today’s economy. However, if you are in a good financial place, Theta Phi Alpha calls on you today to support and consider donating over the minimum $50 Alumnae Dues. These additional funds will begin to ensure the Theta Phi Alpha we know and love will be here for you and for the sisters who we have yet to meet.
We are eternally grateful for your commitment to being an Ever Loyal, Ever Lasting sister of Theta Phi Alpha. Please contact Kristin Henkenius, Alpha Pi, National Vice President-Alumnae, at [email protected] or (402) 317-9039 with any questions or concerns you may have. She is always happy to connect with our alumnae!
Yours in the Bonds of Sisterhood,
Tracey, Jessica, Kristin, Alicia, Stephanie, Michelle, and Cristin
The Grand Council 2020-2022
* Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) organization; contributions are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.
**Theta Phi Alpha Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization; contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.