I had a beautiful drive to Wenatchee on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The sun was shining, little traffic on the road, and since my husband drove this time around, I had a relaxing ride to boot!
Zeta's chapter meeting was scheduled from 5 - 7pm. These dynamic women are so gracious and have collaborated to develop delightful, workable and creative fundraising ideas.
|Soup Chef's Extraordinaire|
Valentine decor adorned tables, but my eye was drawn to the beautiful themed raffle basket for raising scholarship/grant-in-aid funds....3 tickets for $1...I bought $4 worth. Another fun opportunity to raise contributions for their Literacy Council, as well as to honor members' birthdays, is to collect 25 cents for each member whose birthday is that month. Now, it is an optional donation, but I observed most everyone put their pennies in the pot. Two members had birthdays, so each member who wanted to, donated 50 cents...A great and easy idea!
Zeta Chapter has a long-time fundraising partnership with the Manson Casino. Each month, if at least 15 members/guests sign up to go to the venue, the casino will give each person $10 to play and $5 for food. At the end of the evening, the casino awards Zeta Chapter $10 per person just for participating. This is one of the easiest fundraisers ever!
I was so very impressed with the evening's presenter Alix Whitener, daughter of Zeta member Chris Crilly. Alix is a PhD candidate studying tree fruit entomology and on March 26 she will present her dissertation at WSU. Using a power point presentation on "Insect Collecting in Guatemala - The Search for the Elephant Beetle," she described how, from an early age, her elementary teachers (some of whom are DKG members) helped to foster her love of entomology. She went absolutely BUGGY about bugs! One could definitely admire the passion and commitment she has for these wee creatures as Alix described her trek throughout the tropical forests of Guatemala collecting a plethora of insects. In my book, she has definitely earned the title of Wonder Woman!!
|New member Maria Diaz and 1st VP Teri St. Jean|
At the end of the meeting I had the opportunity to thank the Zeta members for their hospitality, and I shared information about the upcoming Quadrant 2 Technology & Learning workshop in Spokane, and highlighted the State Convention in April 27-28 in Olympia. I hope to see many of these wonderful women at these events.
And by the way...it was my lucky night...I WON the raffle basket! The next morning, we left Wenatchee's sunshine, and my husband and I journeyed back to Spokane...This time into another round of Winter Wonderland. I am ready for spring's sunshine to stay!