Looking for a fun recruitment activity for after the holidays to welcome new members to your chapter? Join in our new national recruitment winter party, “Let's Taco ‘bout ESA”. Everyone loves tacos and it’s so easy to customize this party to suit your chapter’s personality. Find recipes, taco trivia, ESA videos, and invitation ideas on the ESA website. Join chapters across the country in spicing up winter with new members.
Join us for ESA’s *NEW* Regional Leadership Seminar on March 23, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. This seminar will touch on many different aspects of leadership training and will give attendees practical and usable skills and information to bring home and implement – either within their ESA chapter, at their job or anywhere else you are considered a leader.
Do you get multiple copies of the same mail from St. Jude? ESA and St. Jude would love to help you save a tree consolidate your mail this season. Simply call St. Jude Donor Services and they will consolidate your mailings for you: 1-800-822-6344
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.
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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.
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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.
Change lives – including your own. Join today. Participate on your terms. Make a positive and long-lasting difference.