SPONSOR A NEW MEMBER: a gift for you and your pledge
May 1 is ESA Founders’ Day, and this year, ESA is turning 90 years old! In keeping with ESA tradition, we welcome Founders’ Day pledges as part of our celebrations. As a special thanks, when you sponsor a new member between March 1 and May 31, both you and your new member will receive matching ESA RFID wallets – a great way to protect your valuables plus a perfect conversation starter and terrific way for you both to show off your ESA pride. Whether you choose a friend across the street or across the country, invite someone to join today and help make ESA’s NEXT 90 years wonderful by expanding our circle of friendship and good works.
Take the chapter survey and get started on a great chapter year in ESA. Use the online version or download printable copies so all your members can participate in helping to review chapter activities and brainstorm ways to improve your chapter experience together. In addition to the survey, the guide contains resources and ideas for creating happy, healthy, successful chapters in one document for our chapter members to utilize.
We hope that all our chapters will have their members take the survey, then dedicate a chapter meeting to brainstorm from your results as a way to evaluate and make goals for the chapter in the years to come! See page 6-7 of your spring Journey magazine for how a new focus can make a huge difference.
Join us for this sure-to-be-iconic IC challenge on the St. Jude campus in Memphis. In addition to hearing from hospital and patient speakers, we will be recreating ESA's famous photo from the 2000 IC Challenge in front of the hospital. You won't want to miss it!
Because of the nature of this event, we will be unable to take registrations AT convention. You must register by July 1, 2019 to participate.
Join us in Memphis, TN July 17-21, 2019 for the 2019 IC Convention: Merriment and Memories Memphis Style. Visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Graceland, and eat your fill of Memphis Style BBQ all in the company of your ESA friends and family. You don't want to miss celebrating 90 years of ESA in the home of the blues!
Join the ESA Foundation for a no-host dinner at Memphis' famous Majestic Grille on Sunday, July 14th at 6:30pm. Please contact Tammy Akines by May 15 if you will be attending so reservations can be made. What a great way to kick off your time in Memphis!
Please share this with your chapter members. I missed this article when I was putting the April issue together. (One of my greatest fears was to miss an article.) My apologies to Beth McCoy, Awards Chair.
It is time to start thinking and working on your chapter awards. The complete awards package is on the Florida ESA website.
Awards are due to me postmarked no later than April 10, 2019. Please do not email your entries. They must have a postmark.
If you have questions feel free to contact me by phone or email.
Remember too, that all philanthropic monies MUST be RECEIVED by March 31st.
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the many accomplishments of the ESA Foundation is that we have helped so many people through the Scholarship and Grant programs. We know that we are helping others dream more, learn more, do more and become more! Each month we try to feature another person who has received these and having improved their own personal skills, will be able to become our future leaders in whatever career choice they make. (see page 5) The ESA Foundation is so fortunate to have many members who are looking to the future by creating Endowments from which over 200 Scholarships can be awarded each year. I think that many of us don't realize what a treasure that is. We are not large business corporations like those you can find if you google "corporate scholarships". Our Endowments are funded by our members. (see page 4) Maybe they continue to make monthly or annual donations to keep it funded or they may have made arrangements in their Planned Giving to continue to fund their Endowment. (see page3) We welcome questions from you as to how to start your own Endowment if you haven't already....
24 states are included in the totals so far. Some are 'running' a little slower than others but life tells us the race does not always favor the swiftest ! We aren't surprised to learn that Grandmothers are gifting grandchildren with a Life Active membership for their birthdays & Christmas...Godparents are doing the same...Wives are deciding husbands might as well step up and join in the fun..Grandchildren, nieces & nephews are pooling smaller reservoirs to enable their favorite grandparents to receive the 'title' of Life Active when they've always participated in the ESA Foundation. Chapter members can pool funds & have special events so the chapter can be a member.
REMEMBER: one does not have to be an ESA member to become a Life Active Member in the ESA Foundation. Businesses & friends can also become a LAM and leave a lasting legacy into the future. Can you just imagine the fun we're going to have with all this in Memphis!
It will be great if you can join us for the Celebration for Life Active Members At. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis
with special recognition for the state with the most new LAM members this year. (6/1/2018 - 5/31/2019)
Interested in getting more involved in the ESA Foundation? While we have received several nomination forms, and the official deadline of Feb. 2 has passed, we still want your nomination for the 2019-2022 three-year term on the ESA Foundation Board of Directors.
The ESA Foundation wants to expand our impact in our communities and in our world. We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated members of the ESA Foundation who are committed to helping the Foundation to grow and expand its impact on the world.
A nominee for Director must hold active membership in the ESA Foundation and be entitled to vote at the annual meeting. Any active member of the Foundation may nominate herself/himself or any other active member for election to the Board of Directors.
The nomination form is available online or you may contact Judi York at email@example.com to get a copy.
ESA Foundation Life Active Membership: Barbara Price
"After my sister, Pat Polk, passed away I got to thinking about making sure I had plans in place for when Johnny and I are not able to keep funding our endowment. All my family are members of the foundation but we pay the dues annually. My thinking was that if they were Life Active Members, they wouldn't have to worry about it each year. Taking care of that meant they could just concentrate on funding the scholarship and they'd have contributed to the ESAF Grants too. Just making things easier for everyone."
The Norman Chapter (Delta Kappa) of Epsilon Sigma Alpha was excited to nominate our DAA nominee Susan Gearhart for the ESA Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.
When Susan moved to Chickasha in 1983, little did they know the impact she would have on their community. It has been said by many in Chickasha, "Where there is a need or project to be attended to, Susan will be there". She has been an integral part of many civic and community projects involving all ages from infants to senior citizens. She works tirelessly not only to improve and advance their quality of life but the community as well.
As a teenager, Kristina had a collision with 'cancer'. Two different specialists told her family to brace for that diagnosis stemming from lumps found in her neck area. During surgery, a sizeable mass of lymph nodes were removed from her neck. Thankfully, they were pronounced negative for cancer. This brush with cancer, insight and a powerful belief led her to be called to become a pediatric cancer (Oncology) physician.
As the Grants Committee Chair Rosalie Griffith is responsible for reviewing grant applications for the Career Enhancement Grants, the Art Spark Grant and our new My Career, My Next Step Grant.
These grants have helped many people with gaining more knowledge, enhancing and furthering their chosen careers. Examples of a few recent grants awarded were for software training, CPE for health Care, Culinary Arts, Clinical Pastoral Education and Art supplies to support the completion of creative works.
If you have a desire to advance your skills in a given field for the purpose of furthering your career or job opportunities, I would suggest you go on line to www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/esaf and check it out!
Planned Giving: Jacqui and Cliff Smith
The ESA Foundation has just always been a part of my ESA experience, but became even more a focus after I became the AZ Foundation Counselor. Cliff and I sat at our table reviewing the copies of some scholarship applications, reading the letters from the applicants. We were so touched by the needs and the strengths of these young people. Some letters brought us to tears. We wanted to do more, just weren't sure how!
We were invited to attend the Foundation breakfast at IC and the topic was the Planned Giving program. That's when we knew how we could do more. As Cliff said at one of our meetings, "God has been good to both of us and we now have the chance to pay it forward."
It is a good feeling to know that we can be a small part of this wonderful organization and know that even when we are no longer here, our legacy will live on making dreams possible in young lives.
The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of continuing education and to altruistic activities that make a positive difference in the world community. The ESA Foundation's major emphasis is service to others, which is illustrated in its motto: Serving the World Community...Because We Care.
Templates for making ESA business cards and return address labels are below. You can open these templates and then save them to your computer for your use. Both forms are standard Avery forms that you can purchase anywhere office supplies are sold.
If you need help, contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org