Welcome to Epsilon Sigma Alpha Florida State Council
YOU RAISE ME UP
2014 - 2015
70 Years of Service to ESA
Mary Alice Smith received her 70 year service pin this month. She belongs to Theta Mu 2790 in Bakersfield, CA. She transferred from another Bakersfield chapter years ago when that chapter got down to 4 members. She was a longtime friend of Lisa Kolstad, past IC President, who many of you may remember. Mary Alice brought Lisa into ESA. Her member number 000338 gives you an idea of the size of ESA when she joined. She has held many chapter offices including president as well as president of La Reina Regional Council. She chose not to run for state offices but she and I were Lisa's EA's when she was IC President. She never missed a state or IC convention for many years, until she found that the traveling was just too tiring. She still lives independently in a Senior Living Facility and loves to share stories of Flash Mob dancing at various events. Our chapter has done 12 St Jude Dream Homes and Mary Alice has done the majority of the receipt mailings for all of them. She never misses a chapter or council meeting and is a blessing to share with our younger members. Yesterday (September 7) she sold 50/50 tickets at our council meeting. She is an amazing lady.
What an amazing accomplishment! We should all celebrate Mary Alice Smith. She has certainly raised me up through her dedication to ESA and our mission.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up...To more than I can be.
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There are 10 jewels surrounding the open book on the badge. These are pearls, ever synonymous with wisdom. But each jewel has a special significance to the wearer of the pin.
The First Pearl - Wisdom The Second Pearl - Beauty The Third Pearl - Strength The Fourth Pearl - Truth The Fifth Pearl - Fidelity The Sixth Pearl - Fellowship The Seventh Pearl - Cooperation The Eighth Pearl - Loyalty The Ninth Pearl - Vision The Tenth Pearl - Service
Together they comprise 10 attributes which every ESA member strives to achieve in life.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a premier leadership and service organization. ESA helps its members achieve their goals. The purpose of ESA is to inspire leadership and service by bringing good people together to pursue programs and projects that make a positive difference. ESA focuses on good friends, good works, and good times.
A. To promote closer relations and co-operation between chapter members, local chapters, officers, International Council, and ESA Headquarters;
B. To support and fulfill the needs of chapters striving to reach their common goals in social, educational, and philanthropic endeavors;
C. To encourage friendship and fellowship through members and chapter association.
The Florida State Council is a member of the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) whose goals are:
1) To serve as a means of fellowship and unity among the member states; 2) To serve as a guiding light for states with their problems and an exchange of ideas; 3) To serve as a way of growth of ESA within the member states charter chapters and new members; 4) To serve as an aide for transferees from one member state to any state; 5) To promote closer relationships and fuller cooperations between member states and headquarters; 6) To promote candidates from member states to IC offices; 7) To achieve 100% IC dues within member states; 8) To encourage attendance and participation in awards and contests at IC convention.