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Try Something New Next Year
It's been another great year in ESA, and we can't wait for 2019! Would you like to try something new through your ESA membership next year? One of the best parts of membership is personal development and enjoyment through helping others. Even as an individual member, you can make a difference for others and yourself. Let us know how we can help you become your best self through ESA.
Businesses everywhere are increasing their emphasis on community volunteerism, and yours will be excited that you're taking the lead. Bring an ESA service project into your workplace and make an even bigger difference in your community. You'll also make your workplace more interesting and fun, get to know your co-workers as friends, and increase your own visibility within your organization. Whether you work in an office, medical lab, school, or restaurant, everyone loves a chance to try something new and have a good time. Click the GET IDEAS button for projects and assistance.
If you are a community member and you’d like to get involved with a chapter, ESA HQ can help. Tell us a little more about where you are and what sorts of activities interest you.
If you are a student and there is an ESA chapter on your campus, contact ESA HQ to connect and join them. If there’s no chapter on your campus, maybe you’d like us to start one for you. If you think you’d enjoy doing ESA activities with fellow students there, click the CONNECT button, and we’ll get the ball rolling.
There is value in your volunteer experience. Through ESA activities, you gain a set of transferable skills and level of experience in demand in the marketplace. Click the LEARN MORE button to find suggested resume' copy for new members as well as longtime members and check out the Education Center for many more resources.
Connect with ALSAC/St. Jude sponsored events closest to you or create your own ESA-for-St. Jude event. Do you like cooking? Cars or motorcycles? Crafting? Sports? ESA can show you how to turn any interest of yours into an activity you can do with friends or your larger community to help support St. Jude. Click the CONTACT button to connect with our staff and find out what's available near you.
October is recruitment month and Choctober is our favorite! Host a chocolate-themed recruitment party and welcome new members to ESA in October. Choctober themed-party ideas, invitations, mixer games, and recipes are available when you click the GET MORE button below. No log in required.
Though we honor veterans, active military and their families through the year, November is the month we dedicate to ESA Hope For Heroes Program. There are a variety of ways that members can get involved from projects to donations. Get project ideas and instructions for donations on the ESA website by clicking the GET IDEAS button.
St. Jude Walk: You can still help ESA meet our goal
Even though the walk in your area may have passed, and we haven't yet hit our goal, you can still help ESA reach $100,000 through fundraising until December 31. In fact, you'll even continue to earn incentive prizes through November 1. If you haven't already, make a donation to an ESA team or ask your friends, family or co-workers to donate and help support the fight to end childhood cancer.
The ESA Foundation offers more than 150 scholarships and applications are now open. Share this scholarship site with a talented student in your life. They don’t need to be an ESA member to apply and they can be entered for a chance to earn an early bird scholarship if they apply before December 15.
An Update from Cathy Lyons: Retired ESA Staff
Cathy (former ESA Administrative Coordinator) would like to express her gratitude to her many ESA friends. She would like to update you on her changing health, and let you know the cancer has spread to her brain. She is handling this new revelation with the utmost grace. She has decided to begin the holiday celebrations early this year and has put up her Christmas tree. She would love to hear from you and would enjoy early, light-hearted Christmas cards and your well wishes. Cards may be sent to:
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October is recruitment month in ESA, and you can help welcome new members during October by sharing your ESA pride on social media and inviting friends to join ESA. Change your profile pic and add some little verbiage inviting friends to learn more (example below or create your own)
“I belong to a wonderful organization called Epsilon Sigma Alpha and it’s so much fun. We volunteer, travel, laugh, eat, learn and make the world a brighter place together. PM message me for an invitation and more info! learn more about us at epsilonsigmaalpha.org/BestSelf”
In 1929, ESA was chartered in Jacksonville, Texas for the purpose of preparing its members to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. More than 80 years later, ESA continues to meet this original goal through the educational, leadership, and service programs that were born through the organization’s commitment to making a positive difference for its members and the causes they support.
Adelia Prichard, a national president of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs is credited with being the founder of ESA. The organization’s original program focused on studying a series of great books, “The Writings of Mankind,” to provide educational benefits to its members. In time, ESA developed its own “What to Read News,” a magazine featuring writings from members and other prominent writers from around the world.
As World War II changed life, ESA expanded its educational focus to include philanthropic projects and public service activities. Among ESA’s first service projects were the USO (United Service Organizations) and the American Red Cross.
After the war, ESA became one of the first organizations to support the March of Dimes, participating in the Mother’s March – the first, largest concerted philanthropic effort to conquer polio. ESA also organized a number of international chapters.
ESA continued to develop its interest for serving others, especially children. In 1972, ESA adopted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its first international service project, and ESA continues to be the largest third-party donor to the hospital. Local chapters also are encouraged to support state and local charitable projects. Today, ESA continues to take an active role in hands-on projects such as “Hope for Heroes” to benefit military personnel and their families. ESA also established its own “Care Connection” to assist members and close friends and family in times of personal need.
In 1988, the first collegiate chapter of ESA was colonized on the campus of Ball State University. Since that time, many more collegiate chapters have been colonized. The growth of these chapters has been impressive. Collegiate ESA is known for setting high standards for leadership development and service on campuses across the nation.
ESA continues to bring good people together to prepare them to develop their positive potential through both good and difficult times. ESA’s network of nearly 800 local and campus chapters and its nearly 10,000 members continue to create a better world through excellent work locally, nationally, and internationally.
More detailed information on ESA history can be found in the member center.
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