September in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Help ESA reach our $75,000 Partner fundraising goal for the St. Jude Walk/Run by joining in our weekly challenges and being entered to win some cool prizes! Watch your email or follow ESA's social media on Wednesdays for the next week's Challenge. Click on the "learn more" link to get registered for a walk/run in your area. No event near you? Register for the virtual walk and support Team ESA!
Do you know someone terrific who should be in ESA? If they're not a candidate for your own chapter, recommend them to ESA HQ via our website so we can help you tell them about ESA and explore the options for them no matter where they live.
New Chapter Targets -- Let's Network!
Let's harness our large network to support current efforts to bring ESA to these new areas. Members are right now working on new chapters in these places. Use the new Recommend page to tell us about friends you know in these areas, add their location in the "about my friend" field at the bottom.
Do you know any students who could benefit from an ESA Foundation Scholarship? More than 230 scholarships are given out each year! Let the students (and teachers/administrators) in your life know about this wonderful opportunity. Have them sign up for notifications so they don't miss any important deadlines.
Printed in full color for the first time ever, this 20-page booklet describes the ideals and tenets of ESA. It is a great tool to introduce new members to ESA history, rituals, traditions and programs. $14.00
Access a PDF of the new Ideals book on the ESA website. Click here.
Reminder: Tax Facts forms must be RECEIVED at ESA HQ (not just postmarked) no later than September 15th, 2019. Your chapter treasurer received a Tax Facts form in the April roster mailing, more info on the website.
Register for the St. Jude Walk/Run in your area. Early registrants are eligible for additional prize drawings from ESA HQ. Even though live Walks will happen in September, you and members of your state can start working toward ESA’s $75,000 fundraising goal now!
Membership Retention: Is Your ESA Calendar Downsizing?
Have you had to give up a favorite event or quit trying new ones because of a people power shortage? ESA can help with these easy steps:
Brainstorm an event you’d LOVE to do if only you had enough people (a new one or one you’d like to bring back)
Complete the “Give Me 5, I’ll Give You 50”on the Recruitment Page > 50 in 5. (If you belong to a chapter, ask each member to do the 50 in 5 exercise)
Contact Tracy Swanson at ESA HQ to arrange a phone appointment to discuss the possibilities, including working with other ESA members, community organizations and young people to make your idea happen.
Put something you’re really looking forward to back on your chapter calendar, get started today!
Want to ensure your chapter is getting the most out of ESA? Use this quick survey to identify what your chapter most values, then utilize the guide to help you spot opportunities for new activities and freshening up everyone's ESA experience.
A membership host is a chapter member assigned to the specific job of working the crowd, welcoming guests, and chatting up ESA with participants. They have no other job at the event. ESA events are busy and fun, adding a membership host insures we maximize every opportunity to meet someone new and talk ESA.
Get tips for membership hosts and supplies on the recruitment page > membership host
Your first International Council Convention can be exhilarating. At least it was for our Headquarters staff Deena Steele and Mackeigan Wuest. Read about their experience at the 2019 International Council Convention in Memphis, TN in the recap blog.
SPONSOR A NEW MEMBER: a "thank you" gift for you and your pledge
ESA needs your help! Time is running out to get your free gift for sponsoring a new member! As a special thanks, when you sponsor a new memberuntil May 31, both you and your new member will receive matching ESA RFID wallets. Invite someone to join today and help make ESA’s NEXT 90 years wonderful by expanding our circle of friendship and good works.
Booked and completed event forms are required to receive credit for all ALSAC/St. Jude events.Don't assume that we know about your events. Submit the forms online. Send all donations through the ESA for St. Jude office at ESA HQ, but please make all checks out to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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.
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.