Welcome to Epsilon Sigma Alpha Florida State Council
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE!
2013 - 2014
I was told by a very wise woman at president’s Leadership this year…you can’t do everything…but PLEASE do something. I am so proud to be in the presence of some amazing men and women. This room is full of people that continue to “do something” each day.
All of you spice up my life in so many ways and I am so greatful for the spice that you bring to the Florida State Council and ESA. The theme “Spice Up Your Life” comes from a song that is performed by the Spice Girls. "When you are feeling sad and low, we will take you where you gotta go, smiling and dancing everything is free, and all you need is positivity". Those opening lyrics say how I feel about ESA in a nutshell. At times the world can be a very sad place. My wish for everyone this year is that they find happiness, friendship, and hope within ESA and continue to build the bridges of everlasting friendships. This year I would like the members of the Florida State Council to concentrate on themselves, their family, friends and most importantly the sister- and brotherhood within their own chapters. Add color to the world through philanthropic events, socials, and educationals. Continue to pass down the traditions that have been made, make your own, defy gravity, and empower yourself to be your best self. Don’t waste your time worrying about the 10% that is not right. Celebrate the 90% that is. Reach for the unreachable.
This year as president I would like to extend a part of my Eta Rho family to all of you. Many of you already know about some very special people in our lives that continue to fight with the strength that many will never possess. My wish is that the Florida State Council can reach out and strengthen the fight against this life-changing disease that affects so many. FARA may not mean anything to most of you and some of you may have never even heard of FARA, but to our family, it means HOPE. There is no better day to introduce you to FA than today because today is Fredreichs Ataxia Awareness Day! My hope this year is that the members of the Florida State Council can participate in the fight against FA by having events to support the cause.
So, members of the Florida State Council…what will you do to spice up your life this year? How will you defy gravity, and be your best self? Together nothing is impossible even the word itself says "I’m possible". So I hope you will pledge to stand with me this year, add some color to the world, and spice up your life!!
May 18, 2013
President's November Newsletter
Things you may have forgotten to be thankful for…….
1. The unique privilege of being YOU.
YOU are one of a kind. You are lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everyone else. Embrace your individuality. Self-worth comes from one thing: thinking that you are worthy. So appreciate what it feels like underneath your own skin. You are amazing just the way you are.
2. Every single experience that led you to today.
Life isn’t about a single moment of great triumph and attainment. It’s about the trials and errors that get you there – the blood, sweat, and tears – the small, inconsequential things you do every day. It all matters in the end – every step, every regret, every decision, and every affliction.
3. What your daily struggles are teaching you.
Challenges are what make life interesting; working to overcome them is what gives life meaning. Failure and struggles keep you humble, success and achievement keep you glowing, but only faith and determination keeps you going. Remember that the opposite of failing is not succeeding; the opposite of failing is trying.
4. The gift of now.
In between all your goals, priorities, obligations, and everything else that might appear on one of your upcoming to-do lists, there are moments called “life” that still have to be lived and enjoyed. The trick is to make the very best of now, and value it for what it’s worth.
5. The way every moment is a new beginning.
If you feel stressed and stuck, let go, take a deep breath and appreciate the fact that this moment is a new beginning. Stop thinking about what might have been and starting looking at what can be.
6.The familiar faces, places and situations you rely on daily.
As Cynthia Ozick once said, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
Have you ever noticed that the more familiar you become with an amazing person, a beautiful place, or an ideal situation in your life, the more you seem to take it for granted? It’s like you somehow believe life is supposed to be this way – like it won’t ever change. And most of the time, all the maintenance these wonderful things need is a little time, attention, and deliberate appreciation.
7. A reasonably healthy body.
In other words, if you got sick today you could recover.
Never underestimate the gift of your health. It’s the greatest wealth you will ever own. It’s the foundation for every chance at happiness and success life has to offer. Your body is the only place you will truly ever live.
8. The fact that you are reading this.
Not only are you wealthy enough to be online right now, but you can read too.
Believe it or not, only about one third of the world’s population has internet access. And, even crazier than that, there are roughly 774 million people in the world who aren’t educated enough to read.
YOU are one of the lucky ones!
2013 - 2014 Elected Board
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.