Welcome to a bright new ESA year of The Queenslander. You will see a couple of new inclusions and from next month ESA Western States Regional Council (WSRC) President Jerie Longacre will provide an item which we welcome. Those of you in the US are probably preparing for the International Convention which will take place in Memphis next week, and we wish you a very successful and enjoyable event. We hope many of you will join us for our Convention on the first weekend in May 2020. It's a magic time of year here in Queensland.
In the meantime, find a quiet spot for a cuppa and enjoy The Queenslander,
"If you want to improve the world, then focus your attention on helping others." - John C. Maxwell
Racing to Memphis: 80 New Life Active Members
We're almost there! The checkered flag is about to unfurl on this Life Active Membership event!
May 31st, 2019 is the deadline for ESAF's States race to Memphis
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!
You, the Life Active members, are making a big difference to the future of the ESA Foundation. We want you to know how much we appreciate you. We are excited to announce a Life Active Celebration Breakfast. On Wednesday morning, July 17, 2019, Life Active members will be bussed to the Domino's Center on the St. Jude campus, where you will have a special breakfast. We can't tell you everything that will happen but be prepared for a great time! Fully paid Life Active members will receive a special invitation to attend. We have limited space, so make sure to RSVP as soon as you receive your invitation.
Through the ESA Foundation's Career Enhancement Grants program, Jennifer has been a recipient of several ESAF grants.
Jennifer is a Violin teacher with a Master's degree in Music.
Our grant last year will enable her to attend the American Suzuki Institute in July at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to take Violin Units 9-10. Her goal is to be the only violin teacher in the state of Alabama to complete all 10 Violin Units offered by the Suzuki Association of the American Teacher Development program.
Jennifer plans to attend the Foundation's Annual meeting in Memphis to personally thank the Foundation members for the opportunity the grants have given her to pursue her goals. We invite you to join us at the meeting to hear her play.
ESA Fund Fest
The ESAF Fund Fest will be held on Tuesday evening, July 16th, beginning at 6:30 pm. You won't want to miss it!
Do you remember Chuck?
If you remember the 1998 IC Convention in St Louis, we had the kick off of the ESA Dog Walks with a poster of Chuck at the Arch. This was a result of the book written by BJ Clark, then Executive Director of ESA, and they even had a commemorative statue of Chuck for sale there.
We have the 11.5" x 17" Poster, commemorative Chuck statue and a signed copy of the book "Chuck and the Little Yellow Haired Girl" by BJ. All will be auctioned off at the 2019 ESA Foundation Fund Fest.
Click here for more information on the Foundation Fund Fest.
2019 ESAF Humanitarian Award Winner
The Rho Chi Chapter of St. Charles, MO was excited to honor Fred Domke with the ESA Foundation Humanitarian Award in honor is his life's work and to recognize his work in providing opportunities for the disadvantaged through work and a feeling of self-worth through Bridge Bread Bakery.
Fred and his wife Sharon Domke started Bridge Bread as a program at a homeless shelter in September 2011. Bridge Bread Bakery has grown into a successful social enterprise designed to provide opportunities for the disadvantaged of St. Louis to learn a skill, promote dignity and become financially self-sufficient. Bridge Bread is a program that has the potential to 'break the chains of poverty' for those engaged in the program.
Since its inception nearly eight years ago, the Bridge Bread program has provided employment to over two dozen Bridge Bread workers, teaching these individuals a trade and providing a source of income to help move them off the street and into safe housing.
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.
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.
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 - email@example.com