By: Sara Duran (Alpha Psi, University of California – Los Angeles)
Founders’ Day reminds us of our commitment to our sisterhood regardless of school rivalries, hometowns, or age.
October 15 brings to light each one of the thousands of Alpha Chi Omegas that represent our letters all over the country. From 1885 to 2017, sisters across the country continue to share the same values of friendship, leadership, learning, and service.
Remember to emphasize these values as you bring together your chapter to celebrate another year of a sisterhood full of Real Strong Women.
I hope the following suggestions for activities bring you and your chapter a little bit closer to our history, values, and each other.
Rededication of the Bond
- Perform the ceremony at the chapter meeting that takes place closest to Founders’ Day.
- This ceremony is in the green ceremonies binder.
25/50/75 Year Ceremonies
- Read over the anniversary ceremonies and remind your chapter of the generations that came before you.
- You can find these in the green ceremonies binder.
- Host a luncheon for your local alumnae chapters as a way to introduce your sisters to sisters who have graduated. This is a good time to ask alumnae their Alpha Chi Omega stories, favorite ceremonies, and maybe learn some new chants! Alumni events show us that being an Alpha Chi last beyond our time as collegians.
- Have the event catered or pick up some items for a sundae bar!
- $50-$1,000 (if you want to get fancy!)
Color Me Mine
- Appreciate Alpha Chi Omega’s fine arts heritage by bringing together your sisters to paint! You can all make your own Alpha Chi/Big Little craft or you can ask a more talented sister to guide you in painting one thing à la Bob Ross. This is a good way to spend some time appreciating your sisters and our history. It’s also a good study break!
- Go to your local craft store and purchase small canvases, paint, and paintbrushes (BYOCrafts is also an option). If your budget allows, you can also organize a Color Me Mine rep to come to your chapter or take your sisters to a Color Me Mine location.
- A Carnation pass is a fun way to promote our sisterhood on campus while celebrating our heritage! Buy 7 carnations (representing each founder), tie a card on each one with some fun facts about the Founders or Alpha Chi and distribute to seven sisters that morning. These women will then hand them off to another sister they see around campus, and so on. Each woman can sign her name on the back of the card. By the end of the day, everyone can come back to your house and you can all see how many sisters shared the carnations.
- If you’re in a larger chapter, you can send out more than seven carnations to share the love with more sisters!
Historian presentation about your chapter
- Whether your chapter was established in the last 10 years or you’ve celebrated your centennial, learning your chapter’s history will make you better appreciate your chapter and the sisters by your side.
- Your historian should have access to old photo albums and composites, maybe even alumni letters and bid cards! If you need more information on your chapter’s founding, you can always contact Vicky Harrison.
Founders’ Day Skit
- The skits give your chapter the opportunity to see themselves and their sisters in our seven founders, since they were students our age when they decided to come together to create a bond. Little did they know that their creation would go on to change women’s lives for the next 100+ years!
- You can find PDFs of the skits in the Ritual and Ceremonies tab of the Resource Center.
- Throw a “birthday” party to celebrate our Founding.
- Balloons, party hats, confetti poppers, need I say more?
- Party City and the 99 cent store are your best friends!