Wow time does fly when you’re having fun! I can’t believe it is already mid-November and a very busy month it has been. I hope that everyone participated in some way to honor our veterans and, this past weekend in the Give Thanks Walks around the county. I love seeing everyone’s Facebook posts and hope that the Florida chapters add their pictures to our website. I know at this time everyone is putting ESA on the back burner and focusing on family and that is great as that is what the “holiday season” is for but before you forget Please send your pictures and articles to the email@example.com for the January lamp as they are due before Dec. 10th.
Many of us attended SERC in Memphis in November and we had a great time. I do believe it was record breaking attendance. I encourage each of you to attend every function you can whether it be State, Regional, International or local as this is where long lasting friendships and memories are made. I would like to give a special shout out to our first timers at SERC I hope you enjoyed yourselves had a good time and made some new friends. I am sure that our young Lambda Xi girls and our collegiates in attendance will remember this for years to come … that is what it is all about I am so glad you were there! To you I say “Thanks for the memories” I will remember and hope you do too. I am proud to call you my Florida sisters and brothers!
The dedication to ESA at the hospital was amazing you can find pictures of the hallway on www.esaflorida.net under chapter news and on the IC website as well. We are so fortunate to have been given this place of honor and shown this appreciation for what we do. They make us look like heroes when in-fact the kids, families, doctors, nurses and all the staff are the real heroes, it is very humbling.
Our meeting regarding the 2015 IC convention hosted by SERC in Orlando FL was very successful. Vicki Jones put up various committees asking for volunteers to sign up as chairs and workers and then she will take the information to the convention committee and send a final roster of chairs. I signed up to chair the hospitality committee. . I hope to have the support of all the Florida membership. I felt that since we live in Florida we would be the best fit to show our great state to those in attendance.
I have heard of many successful “Choctober” events that were held around the state and I say … Great Job! It doesn’t end there however we are carrying the Chocolate theme all year - in fact it is so successful I heard a rumor that it will be part of the theme for the IC challenge in Norfolk VA this upcoming year. As we all know “Friends are life’s dessert” so keep the chocolate flowing.
After you toast the New Year and take down your decorations please try and get back in ESA mode as January and February brings us back in full swing. There will be a board meeting January 12th at 10am at my home. We are going to be planning for the Leadership conference in February on the 23rd so bring your ideas. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ALL MEMBERS AS TO WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE AT LEADERSHIP. We aim to please and if there is something you want to see or would like to happen please let me know ASAP. This is your meeting not ours and we are here to serve you but to do so we need to know what you want. We also need to remember that February 1st is the deadline for Scholarship Applications so it is not too early to get going on that now.
Speaking of applications have you submitted your officer nomination form to Kayla 1st VP yet? They are due before February 15th. Maybe you don’t think you are ready to be an officer … you are. Believe me when I tell you that I felt the same way when I took that leap of faith and submitted my first application Just Do It you will get the support you need I promise. Without ESA I would have never met the people I have, traveled the places I have, served the communities in so many ways and grown to improve myself to become who I wanted to be. As our IC President Susan Winters says ESA …. It’s magic! Become part of the magic you won’t regret it.
As I reflect on the things I am thankful for, serving as your FSC President is up on the top of my list. This is one of the most rewarding and exciting years of my life and I have all of you to thank for it! May you all be blessed with harmony, peace and love this holiday season and always. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
See you in 2013!
Board with Robin's Escorts
Wow! "Thank you" just doesn’t cut it! To mention everyone individually would take all night; so to my Eta Rho sisters and Rho Chi sisters and all involved with the installation - Amazing and I am forever in your debt is more like it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Most of you know my family but I would like to take just a minute to introduce them:
My two favorite men, my Grandsons: Dominick Andux and Luke Hulslander
Children: Kayla Andux with husband Steve, Alisha Hulslander and Kyle Kalwary and Theresa Hulslander
Sisters: Rhonda Coy with husband Norm, Roxanne Haynes with husband Richard and Becky Edwards with husband Bruce.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, my theme this year is “Music is Magic”. In my world that holds true every day. Music is more than just words with a beat. It can be the birds singing, the crickets chirping, the waves crashing, the thunder rolling, or the pitter patter of little feet running to greet you. Music is everywhere. You may wonder what makes it magic …. the emotion that comes with it. Music affects every person in different ways because we are all individuals with our own memories, thoughts and feelings. Music stimulates the senses providing calm to the agitated, energy to the tired, happiness to the sad and comfort to the lonely. For example: if I were to play “Amazing Grace” right now some of you would cry and some would feel peaceful and smile, if I were to play “Respect” maybe you would feel a little cocky or powerful, when I am in a hurry or need to do some cleaning, I play a fast rock song, when I need peace, I may choose some classic piano without words or just sit outside and listen to the music of nature. The point is Music is very powerful and can change a mood or a situation in an instant providing a sometimes needed attitude adjustment. This is why I believe Music is Magic.
This year I would like to bring that musical magic to ESA. In 1994 I attended my first convention; it was the year Rhonda was installed as President in Cocoa. Being the shy person that I am … stop laughing I really am shy ... I was nervous and figured I would be embarrassed the whole time so my plan was to get in my chair and smile and not say a word. I knew that the people there were smarter, more confident and “better” than I was in every way. When I walked into that room and met many of you, I got a feeling that I can’t put into words. I wasn’t sure what the feeling was but I knew I had to have it … I knew I had to be a part of this organization. Yes some of you were smarter than I was and more confident and possibly even better but it didn’t matter to you. Everyone was an equal in their own right, each bringing a different talent to the group; it was amazing. It took a couple of years, but in 1996 I took the plunge and the rest is history.
I have grown in every way possible since joining and have seen and done things I never could have imagined. I have learned so many things, my self-confidence has increased beyond measure, and most importantly, I know that in ESA there is no “better” than the next, everyone is accepted for who they are, bringing their own talents to the organization. This is the Music of ESA.
This is my goal for all of us this year. I want us to feel the music of ESA. If the music of your chapter is creating uneasiness, Change the Song! Each chapter in ESA has different types of people with different needs and things to offer. You need to find the “music” that works for you, blend it and go with it. A prime example of this is Eta Rho and Rho Chi – Eta Rho music is a combination of Lady Gaga and Yo Gabba Gabba while Rho Chi is more Patsy Cline and the Beatles but it works for us. What I am trying to say is please take some time this year and look at your chapter and find your personal tune. Every year we focus on getting new members, and while, yes, that is important to our future, we need to “tune” into the members we have, maintain them and bring back that irresistible feeling that I received in 1994. If we do that, we can’t help but grow because everyone will want what we have.
I am very excited to serve as your President this year and looking forward to working with ALL the members of ESA. The board and I have pledged to listen to you, bring forth your ideas and make adjustments where necessary but to do this we need to communicate. We are not striving to throw away by-laws or change traditions but maybe some need a little “twist” or updating to suit the times and needs of our membership. We need to hear from you and be “in tune” with each other. This is not the Florida State Council ESA this is the STATE of Florida ESA … in the slightly changed words of Garth Brooks..it’s your song that makes me sing. I challenge all of you to bring out the Music of ESA and show the world that Music is Magic in Florida ESA. Thank you.
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.