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Alumnae chapters bridge the gap of years and miles<br /> <br /> Involvement brings together sisters of every generation and region<br /> <br /> ALABAMA<br /> <br /> BIRMINGHAM<br /> <br /> The Birmingham Chapter enjoys helping the seniors from Alpha Nu Chapter (Birmingham-Southern College) and Delta Psi Chapter (Samford University) transition from collegiate members to alumnae. The chapter holds an annual senior ceremony with both collegiate chapters to show the women how rewarding the alumnae world can be.<br /> <br /> HUNTSVILLE<br /> <br /> The Huntsville Chapter reorganized this fall and looks forward to becoming more involved with collegians through its upcoming programming. The alumnae hope to experience collegiate sisterhood again and watch young Zetas grow into even more amazing women.<br /> <br /> MONTGOMERY<br /> <br /> The Montgomery Chapter loves to help Theta Nu Chapter (Auburn University at Montgomery) by providing food for the collegians during recruitment and on Bid Day. The alumnae enjoy seeing the love of ZTA through the eyes of the collegiate members.<br /> <br /> NORTHWEST ALABAMA<br /> <br /> Each year, the chapter hosts a holiday party and a Founders' Day celebration with Eta Rho Chapter (The University of North Alabama). On Founders' Day, it is tradition for the two groups to make s'mores together. The alumnae also invited the collegians to their The Cure is in the Bag event where several of the young women were involved in the fashion show.<br /> <br /> ARIZONA<br /> <br /> NORTHERN ARIZONA<br /> <br /> The Northern Arizona Chapter has an Alum-Chum pen-pal program with Zeta Theta Chapter (East Central University). Although many miles separate the alumnae in Arizona and the collegians in Oklahoma, they all enjoy getting to know one another and extending the bounds of their sisterhood.<br /> <br /> PHOENIX<br /> <br /> Each year during finals, the Phoenix Chapter sends study baskets full of snacks to Beta Nu Chapter (New Mexico State University). Not only do the alumnae enjoy putting together these packages, it reminds the collegians that no matter where you are, you will always have the support of your sisters–even those one state away.<br /> <br /> ARKANSAS<br /> <br /> LITTLE ROCK<br /> <br /> Being involved is what the Little Rock members love. They enjoy providing food to Theta Theta Chapter (Arkansas Tech University) and Epsilon Chapter (University of Arkansas) during recruitment. The alumnae also enjoy being involved with Little Rock's Race for the Cure®, one of the largest in the nation.<br /> <br /> NORTHWEST ARKANSAS<br /> <br /> To help Epsilon Chapter (University of Arkansas) with recruitment, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter hosts a mock recruitment where they role play as potential new members and let the collegians practice their conversation skills. This and other events with Epsilon Chapter help the alumnae demonstrate that giving back is one of the best aspects of alumnae life.<br /> <br /> CALIFORNIA<br /> <br /> INLAND-POMONA VALLEY<br /> <br /> The women of the Inland-Pomona Valley Chapter enjoy spending time with their Zeta sisters. At their favorite event, the Founders' Day Tea party, the alumnae get together at a local tea house for delicious teas, scones, sandwiches and, of course, chocolate-dipped strawberries.<br /> <br /> LONG BEACH<br /> <br /> The alumnae of the Long Beach Chapter are starting a Crown Sis program with Theta Phi Chapter (California State University, Fullerton). The alumnae will serve as friends, sisters and mentors to the collegians. Since the two chapters have worked together on a successful Think Pink! day, they look forward to spending more time together as sisters.<br /> <br /> NORTH ORANGE COUNTY<br /> <br /> The women of the North Orange County Chapter creatively combined holiday shopping, service and a social event. One member opened her home to alumnae and their friends to shop for handmade jewelry, hairclips, handbags, toys, dip/ bread/cake mixes and kitchen gadgets from several vendors. All the proceeds from the event went to a local day care center.<br /> <br /> SAN DIEGO<br /> <br /> The San Diego Chapter was ready for the runway when it kicked off a fashion show fundraiser event with neighboring chapters in South Orange County and Westside-Santa Monica. The Zetas enjoyed dressing up and modeling the very fashionable outfits.<br /> <br /> SAN FERNANDO VALLEY<br /> <br /> The members of the San Fernando Valley Chapter love to get together and celebrate their sisterhood. This year, the chapter created a Sisterhood Salad and Sundae potluck where each alumna brought a different salad and ice cream topping. One member also opened up her sea-side home for the chapter's annual Summer Family BBQ.<br /> <br /> SAN FRANCISCO AND MARIN COUNTIES<br /> <br /> The women of the San Francisco and Marin Counties Chapter are looking forward to helping Kappa Mu Chapter (Linfield College) even though the college is quite a distance away in Oregon. The California alumnae plan to connect with the collegians by sending goodies for recruitment, finals and seasonal events.<br /> <br /> SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY<br /> <br /> The women of the South Orange County Chapter stay connected to each other and to collegians from Theta Phi Chapter (California State University, Fullerton) by Facebook. Using the social network to share photos and stories allows the alumnae to show how diverse, supportive and fun alumnae life can be.<br /> <br /> SOUTHERN PENINSULA<br /> <br /> As a way to give back to the San Francisco/Bay area community, the chapter collects canned goods for a local food bank at its annual holiday party. They enjoy the event because they can spend time with their sisters while helping those in need.<br /> <br /> WESTSIDE-SANTA MONICA<br /> <br /> This year, the Westside-Santa Monica Chapter has increased its young alumnae membership by hosting more after-work social events. These new members are beginning to see the value of alumnae membership by connecting with new sisters, networking and more.<br /> <br /> CANADA<br /> <br /> WINNIPEG<br /> <br /> The Winnipeg Chapter does not let distance affect its efforts to reach out to collegiate members of Kappa Lambda Chapter (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh). These alumnae have sponsored a movie and pizza night for the collegians and planned a Valentine's Day event for their sisters on the other side of the border.<br /> <br /> COLORADO<br /> <br /> BOULDER<br /> <br /> The Boulder Chapter has members from many different collegiate chapters around the country. They find their diversity very helpful when brainstorming new events because each woman brings a new perspective. This year the chapter hosted a holiday party for members and guests, sent snacks to Kappa Alpha Chapter (Colorado State University) and are planning Colorado ZetaDay2011.<br /> <br /> ROCKY MOUNTAIN<br /> <br /> The Rocky Mountain alumnae know how to have fun with their sisters. At the last meeting of the year, they host an annual pot luck dinner and gift auction with proceeds benefitting a ZTA Foundation scholarship. Members also spend the first Wednesday of each month at a different restaurant around town in order to spend more time together.<br /> <br /> CONNECTICUT<br /> <br /> GREATER HARTFORD<br /> <br /> To allow more sisters to come to meetings, the Greater Hartford Chapter holds its meetings on a different day, at a different time and at a different location each month. This year, the chapter hosted book discussions and a holiday potluck, took a tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe house and volunteered at the Connecticut Flower Show.<br /> <br /> DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA<br /> <br /> WASHINGTON, D.C.<br /> <br /> These alumnae in the nation's capital are lucky to have many collegians in their area during the summer months for government internships. To make the collegiate members feel welcome in their summer surroundings, the Washington, D.C. Chapter hosts a summer mixer. It's a well-attended event that brings together Zetas from different parts of the country.<br /> <br /> FLORIDA<br /> <br /> BRAD ENTO N/SARASOTA<br /> <br /> The women of the Bradenton/Sarasota Chapter continue to show that Zeta is Forever. When they become aware of a ZTA collegian in their area, they invite her to an alumnae meeting to introduce her to the alumnae world so she can see that membership extends beyond the college years.<br /> <br /> CLEARWATER<br /> <br /> This chapter knows the importance of educating the public about breast cancer awareness. Last fall, with the help of other alumnae and Delta Beta Chapter (Florida Southern College), the women of the Clearwater Chapter handed out ribbons at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game. The very next day, they distributed ribbons at a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game with Kappa Sigma Chapter (University of South Florida).<br /> <br /> DAYTON A BEACH<br /> <br /> The alumnae in Daytona Beach have started a new program with the Beta Psi Chapter (Stetson University) called Exam Grams. The alumnae send study tools, encouraging notes and goodies to the collegians as they study for their final exams. The chapter loves to help collegiate members relieve the stress of finals by showing them some ZTA love.<br /> <br /> GAINESVILLE<br /> <br /> The women of the Gainesville Chapter enjoy connecting with the collegiate members of Gamma Iota Chapter (University of Florida). The alumnae join the collegiate members at their annual Parents Weekend to let all the parents know about Gamma Iota's success on a national level.<br /> <br /> GREATER FT. LAUDERDALE<br /> <br /> The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chapter sends Halloween goodies to the collegians of Gamma Alpha Chapter (University of Miami) and invites the senior members to their end-of-the-year barbecue event. The alumnae enjoy joining the collegians for rituals as it helps reconnect them to the Fraternity.<br /> <br /> JACKSONVILLE<br /> <br /> The jacksonville Chapter teams up with the Theta Iota Chapter (University of North Florida) for an Alum Buddies program. Through the program, the alumnae meet with graduating seniors to help them with the transition from college to the working world. The two chapters also work together at the Race for the Cure®, decorate Easter baskets for a local children's hospital and other events.<br /> <br /> MIAMI<br /> <br /> The women of the Miami Chapter showed their fashion sense and teamwork. The alumnae partnered with collegiate members from Gamma Alpha (University of Miami) for their very successful fashion show. Everyone invited guests, and together they raised over $35,000 for the ZTA Foundation.<br /> <br /> PALM BEACH<br /> <br /> The alumnae of the Palm Beach Chapter teamed up with Gamma Alpha (University of Miami) to assist in the survivor booth at the West Palm Beach Race for the Cure®. The collegians were also invited to be models in the alumnae chapter's first-ever fashion show in February.<br /> <br /> " The best aspect of working with collegians is learning what is important to their chapter and the campus. It's valuable to see how things have changed or stayed the same.<br /> <br /> – Tallahassee, FL<br /> <br /> POLK COUNTY<br /> <br /> The Polk County alumnae do a great job of helping Delta Beta Chapter (Florida Southern College) with recruitment. The alumnae help the collegians set up for events, run last-minute errands and make sure everything runs smoothly. Their dedication and donation of time shows the collegiate members how friendship and Zeta love can grow after college.<br /> <br /> PUNTA GORDA<br /> <br /> At the start of the school year, the alumnae of the Punta Gorda Chapter send care packages of pens, pencils, pads of paper, markers, craft supplies and candy to nearby chapters. The alumnae also raised money for the ZTA Foundation while getting their name out into the community. They displayed a tree at Christmas around the World at the Charlotte County Historical Museum.<br /> <br /> TALLAHASSEE<br /> <br /> The Tallahassee Chapter enjoys participating in Race to Live, the annual philanthropy event of Beta Gamma Chapter (Florida State University). The alumnae also lend a hand to the collegiate chapter during recruitment and join them for a Founders' Day celebration.<br /> <br /> TAMPA<br /> <br /> October was a busy month for the Tampa Chapter. The women distributed pink ribbons at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game and a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game, gathered with other Zetas to support Team Pink with a Purpose, and hosted a Founders' Day dinner with the women of Kappa Sigma Chapter (University of South Florida).<br /> <br /> GEORGIA<br /> <br /> ATHENS<br /> <br /> The Athens Chapter teamed up with the Gamma Pi Chapter (The University of Georgia) for their annual Think Pink!® Auction. To advertize for the event, the alumnae set up a booth at a local grocery store. The auction was a success and the alumnae were very proud of their accomplishments.<br /> <br /> ATLANTA ALPHA<br /> <br /> The Atlanta Alpha Chapter does a great job of helping its nearby collegiate chapters. This year, they donated items to Delta Lambda Chapter (Georgia State University) for its Think Pink!® silent auction. The women also sponsored a benefit golf tournament hosted by Iota Theta Chapter (Georgia Institute of Technology). By helping the collegiate chapters, the alumnae say they feel the continuity and spirit of ZTA.<br /> <br /> ATLANTA THEMIS<br /> <br /> The ladies of the Atlanta Themis Chapter are happy to be near two collegiate chapters so they can lend a hand whenever needed. They join both Iota Theta (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Delta Lambda (Georgia State University) Chapters for their Founders' Day celebrations and bring treats for the members.<br /> <br /> COBB COUNTY<br /> <br /> The Cobb County Chapter has several members who serve as advisors to different collegiate chapters in the surrounding area. The women also invite collegians to their social events and serve as speakers at their chapter meetings.<br /> <br /> DEKALB COUNTY<br /> <br /> The women of the DeKalb County Chapter love being involved with their surrounding collegiate chapters. They attend as many philanthropy events as possible to meet the collegians. They also keep the chapters informed about their alumnae meetings. These women love their alumnae chapter and want to spread the message that alumnae membership is fun to new Zeta graduates.<br /> <br /> GWINNETT COUNTY<br /> <br /> The Gwinnett County Chapter stays in touch with collegiate chapters by helping during recruitment, attending Zeta Day and serving as advisors. They recently started using Facebook to stay connected with the collegiate members and show them how ZTA can play a role in your life after college.<br /> <br /> MACON<br /> <br /> Because the Macon Chapter is not close to a collegiate chapter, the members look forward to the annual Macon Race for the Cure® where they can interact with collegiate members from all over the state of Georgia. The alumnae volunteer in the survivor building where they serve pink pancakes to survivors. The alumnae have a wonderful time meeting ZTA sisters and promoting breast cancer awareness and education.<br /> <br /> NORTH FULTON LINK<br /> <br /> The women of the North Fulton Link Chapter use the position of Alumnae-Collegiate Relations Chairman to communicate and arrange get-togethers with the collegiate members of four different chapters. The alumnae find this position has helped the alumnae get to know the collegiate members and show the younger members that the alumnae still like to have fun.<br /> <br /> " The best benefit of alumnae membership is the support and circle of friends it provides. The age of the alumnae varies widely, but it does not matter; we are all sisters and friends! "<br /> <br /> – Tiftarea, GA<br /> <br /> NORTHWEST GEORGIA<br /> <br /> The alumnae of the Northwest Georgia Chapter invited Kappa Chi Chapter (Shorter University) to their annual Christmas party to enjoy a great meal and exchange ornaments. Collegiate seniors also take part in a senior ceremony welcoming them to alumnae life. This event reminds all in attendance that Zeta is Forever.<br /> <br /> SAVANNAH<br /> <br /> The alumnae in Savannahuse Facebook not only to connect with each other between chapter meetings but also to stay in touch with collegiate members who are fans of their group's page. The alumnae also invite collegians from the Savannah area to a special cookie swap when they are home for the holidays.<br /> <br /> TIFTAREA<br /> <br /> The women of the Tiftarea Chapter have a member who serves as an advisor at a collegiate chapter 45 miles away, but the member believes it is worth the drive. She is the messenger between the alumnae and the collegiate members at Eta Iota Chapter (Valdosta State University), keeping everyone informed about the other chapter.<br /> <br /> WAII<br /> <br /> HAWAII<br /> <br /> The women of the Hawaii Chapter love to do service projects. This year, they spent several hours clearing trash from a Kailua Beach. They also helped one of their sisters in her endeavor with Plastic Free Kailua. Because of the hard work of Zetas, Hawaii is even more beautiful.<br /> <br /> ILLINOIS<br /> <br /> BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL<br /> <br /> Advisors, advisors and more advisors! The Bloomington-Normal Chapter has five members who serve as advisors at Eta Phi Chapter (Illinois State University). The alumnae love being involved with Eta Phi because they can show that members can still be involved in ZTA after graduation.<br /> <br /> CHICAGO NORTHWEST SUBURBAN<br /> <br /> The women of the Northwest Suburban Chapter love the diversity of their membership as it allows them to create great friendships. To support a sister, several of the women traveled to watch the ZTA Initiation of a member's daughter who, as a child, had attended alumnae chapter meetings with her mother.<br /> <br /> CHICAGO WEST SUBURBAN<br /> <br /> The alumnae of the Chicago West Suburban Chapter may not have a collegiate chapter nearby, but they join many Zetas at the Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day Walk for the Cure®. They love spending time with collegiate members while promoting breast cancer awareness and education.<br /> <br /> CITY OF CHICAGO<br /> <br /> The women of the City of Chicago Chapter established a mentor program with seniors from Alpha Phi Chapter (Northwestern University). As the seniors search for jobs in the Chicago area, the alumnae give helpful advice. The alumnae enjoy helping Zeta sisters get a start in their careers.<br /> <br /> NORTH SHORE<br /> <br /> Zeta Day is a favorite event for the alumnae of the North Shore Chapter. They love meeting Zetas of all ages from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. They especially enjoy the collegiate recruitment skits and the awards given to their ZTA sisters.<br /> <br /> ST. LOUIS METRO EAST<br /> <br /> An annual Meet and Greet with Chocolate Treats is a great way for the St. Louis Metro East Chapter to recruit members. The group holds Spa Night, jewelry parties, cooking classes and bunko night to meet the interests of its diverse membership.<br /> <br /> COLUMBUS<br /> <br /> Each February, the chapter gathers to make cookies for Beta Theta Chapter (Franklin College) in order to remind them of how special they are. To make their own members feel special, the alumnae pass a "good news" basket at meetings where members can post good news or fun stories about their lives.<br /> <br /> EVANSVILLE<br /> <br /> Their secret sister program is a great way for the alumnae of the Evansville Chapter to get to know the senior members of Zeta Alpha Chapter (University of Evansville). Throughout the year, alumnae send gifts and treats to their secret sisters. The program shows the seniors how rewarding the alumnae world can be.<br /> <br /> FORT WAYNE<br /> <br /> Even though the Fort Wayne Chapter does not have a collegiate chapter nearby, they enjoy interaction with collegians and reach out to them as often as they can. When local collegiate members are home from school on break, the alumnae invite them to a special dessert party.<br /> <br /> FRANKLIN<br /> <br /> The Franklin Chapter and Beta Theta Chapter (Franklin College) partner for a Guide to Alumnae Life 101 program each year. The program pairs ZTA seniors and alumnae together and involves informational surveys; email, mail and Facebook correspondence; and meeting for meals and other outings.<br /> <br /> INDIANAPOLIS<br /> <br /> The Indianapolis Chapter was thrilled to welcome Lambda Epsilon Chapter (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) to ZTA. While the IUPUI chapter was still a colony, the alumnae and new members pinked out Lucas Oil Stadium before an Indianapolis Colts game. They also celebrated Founder's Day together and are looking forward to more events in the future. <br /> <br /> KOKOMO<br /> <br /> Members of the Kokomo Chapter love alumnae life because ZTA allows them to make new friends of all ages. The chapter even has a 101-year-old member. A shared love for ZTA and the community keep each alumna involved and supportive of one another.<br /> <br /> LAFAYETTE<br /> <br /> The Lafayette Chapter enjoys spending time with Alpha Theta Chapter (Purdue University). This year, the two groups gathered to knit hats and scarves to donate to people in need, hosted Around the World dinners and even an Alumnae Appreciation Dinner where the alumnae were asked to share their favorite ZTA memory.<br /> <br /> IOWA<br /> <br /> DES MOINES<br /> <br /> The alumnae of the Des Moines Chapter have a great relationship with the collegians of Alpha Omicron Chapter (The University of Iowa) despite a two-hour driving distance. An alumnae member who serves as an Alpha Omicron advisor relays information between the two chapters, and the two groups work together during the Des Moines Race for the Cure®. Alumnae also make sure to stop by the chapter house whenever they are in Iowa City.<br /> <br /> IOWA CITY<br /> <br /> One of the most successful interactions between the Iowa City alumnae and Alpha Omicron Chapter (The University of Iowa) is during the collegiate chapter's ZTA 5K race. This year, alumnae were on hand to serve Yoplait yogurt to participants, collect lids and help fundraise. The two groups also gather for the Founders' Day and Alumnae Initiation Services each year.<br /> <br /> KANSAS<br /> <br /> FLINT HILLS<br /> <br /> The Flint Hills Chapter has been busy this year supporting the newly reactivated Beta Upsilon Chapter (Kansas State University). The alumnae helped by making decorations for the colony's Bid Day and by providing an advisory board for the collegiate chapter. The Flint Hills alumnae are excited for the future of their chapter and their involvement with Beta Upsilon.<br /> <br /> KANSAS CITY METRO<br /> <br /> The Kansas City Metro Chapter worked with Delta Chi Chapter (William jewell College), Kappa Eta Chapter (Rockhurst University) and the Kansas City Cancer Center during a breast cancer awareness event in October. The Zetas distributed pink ribbons and other philanthropy items to the crowd that was on hand to dye a fountain in the historic Country Club Plaza pink for the month of October.<br /> <br /> LAWRENCE AREA<br /> <br /> The women of the Lawrence Area Chapter had a very successful event at a University of Kansas women's basketball game. They invited collegians from Sigma (Baker University), Alpha Mu (Washburn University), Delta Chi (William jewell College) and Kappa Eta (Rockhurst University) to help in the jayhawks' Pink Zone event. The ZTA team took tickets and handed out over 5,000 pink T-shirts.<br /> <br /> KENTUCKY<br /> <br /> LEXINGTON<br /> <br /> The Lexington Chapter does not let distance separate them from their ZTA sisters. Even though there is not a collegiate chapter close by, the alumnae reach out to area collegians by sending care packages during finals week. They also invite the college students to their Christmas tea, May family picnic and summer activities.<br /> <br /> LOUISVILLE<br /> <br /> In December, the Louisville Chapter invited all of the collegiate members who live in the Louisville area to a very successful tea party that allowed everyone to share their ZTA love. The alumnae also sent special ZTA bookmarks and Valentine's gifts to members of Delta Gamma Chapter (High Point University) in North Carolina.<br /> <br /> LOUISIANA<br /> <br /> BATON ROUGE<br /> <br /> The women of the Baton Rouge Chapter do a great job of reaching out to Delta Kappa Chapter (Louisiana State University). The alumnae help with Formal Recruitment in the fall and a pancake breakfast in the spring. At the pancake breakfast, the alumnae sold raffle tickets and held a silent auction. Each january, the alumnae also begin to send Delta Kappa Chapter seniors their monthly alumnae newsletters to help give them an idea of what alumnae life is like.<br /> <br /> GREATER NEW ORLEANS<br /> <br /> To send some Zeta love to Delta Nu Chapter (The University of New Orleans), the Greater New Orleans Chapter provides treats for Formal Recruitment and goodies for the collegiate chapter retreat. It's a sweet way to show the collegiate members how much the alumnae care. Delta Nu Chapter updates are also included in the alumnae chapter newsletter so alumnae members can stay up-to-date with the collegians.<br /> <br /> NORTHSHORE<br /> <br /> The ladies of the Northshore Chapter teamed up with Delta Kappa Chapter (Louisiana State University) and Delta Nu Chapter (The University of New Orleans) to hand out pink ribbons at the New Orleans Saints football game. The Zetas enjoyed promoting breast cancer awareness and education at pregame tailgates and festivities.<br /> <br /> SHREVEPORT<br /> <br /> A Salad Supper for seniors is one of the Shreveport Chapter's successful social events. This fun, informal dinner gives the alumnae a chance to meet seniors from Beta Iota Chapter (Centenary College) and encourage them to get involved with the alumnae world. The women also host a Strawberry Social in the fall to introduce themselves to the Beta Iota new members.<br /> <br /> MARYLAND<br /> <br /> ANNAPOLIS<br /> <br /> While the nearest collegiate chapter may be an hour way, Annapolis alumnae send exam care packages to Gamma Beta Chapter (Washington College) each semester. These packages include everything from highlighters and sticky notes to juice boxes and crackers and show the collegians how much the alumnae care. They also keep the collegians updated via Facebook by sharing upcoming event details and photos.<br /> <br /> BALTIMORE CITY<br /> <br /> At a dinner meet-and-greet with the members of Iota Delta Chapter (Towson University), the Baltimore City alumnae members were paired with collegians according to their professions and career aspirations. The alumnae gave the collegians helpful advice about their majors. It was a fun and great learning experience for everyone.<br /> <br /> FREDERICK<br /> <br /> The Frederick Chapter's new Facebook page helps the members reach out to other alumnae and collegians in the area. The page highlights the chapter's events and its up-beat members and also helps show collegians how their alumnae sisters can become professional and ZTA role models.<br /> <br /> "While we can teach the collegians from our experience, we have so much to learn from the well. These young women are smart and full of energy, excitement and wonder.<br /> <br /> – Detroit Metro<br /> <br /> NORTHERN MARYLAND<br /> <br /> Many members of the Northern Maryland Chapter helped found Iota Delta Chapter (Towson University) 30 years ago. Since the alumnae have such close ties with Iota Delta, many stay very involved by serving as advisors. In fact, the alumnae and collegians joined together this year to host a surprise baby shower for the alumna who serves as Iota Delta's immediate past general advisor.<br /> <br /> SILVER SPRING<br /> <br /> To celebrate the Silver Spring Chapter's 50th anniversary, the alumnae planned a series of events designed to take members down memory lane. All alumnae and college seniors in the area were invited to attend and witness the chapter's amazing sisterhood through the years. Reliving the past helped bond the members and reiterate that Zeta is Forever.<br /> <br /> MASSACHUSETTS<br /> <br /> BAY STATE<br /> <br /> The alumnae from the Bay State Chapter enjoy going to the Boston Race for the Cure® to volunteer at the survivors' cafe and lead the survivors' parade. The alumnae also enjoy meeting and working with members of Kappa Omicron Chapter (Merrimack College) and Lambda Beta Chapter (University of Rhode Island) while volunteering at the race.<br /> <br /> MICHIGAN<br /> <br /> ANN ARBOR<br /> <br /> Since the reactivation of Alpha Gamma Chapter (University of Michigan) in 2010, the Ann Arbor Chapter has loved working with the collegians and helping them learn about ZTA traditions. In fact, during recruitment week, the alumnae helped the chapter hold its first candlelight ceremony. The sharing of this tradition was very special to both the collegians and alumnae and re-enforced the strength of sisterhood.<br /> <br /> DETROIT ALPHA<br /> <br /> The Detroit Alpha Chapter alumnae kept a busy schedule in 2010. Some of its activities included helping with the reactivation of Alpha Gamma Chapter (University of Michigan) by volunteering during the Pledge and Initiation Services, a Christmas Luncheon and its annual Summer Salad Fling.<br /> <br /> DETROIT METROPOLITAN<br /> <br /> Last spring, the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter held its first Strawberry Social and invited all alumnae and recent graduates in the area. With the use of Facebook invitations, the women were able to reach more Zetas and grow their sisterhood. The event was such a success, they plan to expand on it in 2011.<br /> <br /> GRAND TRAVERSE AREA<br /> <br /> For Grand Traverse Area alumnae, the best aspect of working with collegians is being able to share their memories with them. By sharing stories and offering support, the alumnae hope they are able to influence the collegians to continue the ZTA experience throughout their lives.<br /> <br /> GREATER GRAND RAPIDS<br /> <br /> The Greater Grand Rapids Chapter traveled to Big Rapids, Mich., to help Zeta Omega Chapter (Ferris State University) with its annual Pink Ribbon 5K Race. The alumnae volunteered at registration, served as traffic control and handed out water to runners. Each alumna enjoyed helping out and spending the day with sisters.<br /> <br /> GREATER LANSING<br /> <br /> The Greater Lansing alumnae joined collegiate members from Beta Phi Chapter (Michigan State University) for a Founders' Day celebration. At the event, collegians rotated to different tables to talk to the alumnae about their Zeta memories and how to make alumnae connections upon graduation.<br /> <br /> MINNESOTA<br /> <br /> TWIN CITIES<br /> <br /> In October, the Twin Cities alumnae hosted Gamma Mu (University of Nebraska at Omaha) and Kappa Lambda (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh) Chapters for a weekend of fun and philanthropy. The night before the Zetas distributed pink ribbons at a Minnesota Vikings game, the alumnae hosted a pizza party at a local restaurant for their new collegiate friends.<br /> <br /> MISSISSIPPI<br /> <br /> GREATER OXFORD<br /> <br /> The alumnae from the Greater Oxford Chapter teamed up with the collegiate members from the Gamma Zeta Chapter (Mississippi State University) in a CARE walk. The alumnae and collegians worked together to hand out pink ribbons to participants, and after the race, went out together for a pizza dinner to celebrate Founders' Day.<br /> <br /> METRO JACKSON<br /> <br /> To recruit new alumnae to their chapter, the Metro jackson alumnae held a tea party at a local country club. Several newly graduated Zetas came to the event to get their first taste of the alumnae world and some delicious tea. The alumnae were excited to see their chapter grow.<br /> <br /> "The best benefit of alumnae membership is that no matter what your college, profession or age, you will be welcomed and find acceptance because of your shared Zeta sisterhood. "<br /> <br /> – Lincoln, NE<br /> <br /> MISSOURI<br /> <br /> MID-MISSOURI<br /> <br /> The Mid-Missouri alumnae welcomed 30 seniors from Alpha Psi Chapter (University of Missouri) to its first Senior BBQ event last spring. The women were able to share information about alumnae life and connect with the collegiate women. Each of the collegians left with a renewed enthusiasm that Zeta is Forever while enjoying great food and a special senior send-off.<br /> <br /> SPRINGFIELD<br /> <br /> The Springfield Chapter does a great job of supporting their collegiate sisters of Mu Chapter (Drury University) and Eta Upsilon Chapter (Missouri Southern State University). The alumnae help the chapters prepare for recruitment by participating in a mock recruitment where the alumnae pretend to be potential new members and ask questions about ZTA that a new member would like to know. It is great practice for the collegiate members to prepare for recruitment and fun for the alumnae to relive their college years.<br /> <br /> ST. LOUIS<br /> <br /> With two collegiate chapters and one alumnae chapter in town, everyone takes turn hosting the annual Founders' Day celebration. The St. Louis alumnae enjoy meeting the collegians and celebrating with Theta Kappa (University of Missouri-St. Louis) and Kappa Omega (Saint Louis University) Chapters each year. The multi-generational event is always so much fun for everyone.<br /> <br /> TRI-STATE<br /> <br /> The Tri-State Missouri alumnae host an Alumnae-Collegiate Christmas Party each year with Eta Upsilon Chapter (Missouri Southern State University) where they share ornaments and gifts. Throughout the year, the alumnae use Facebook, email and text messages to stay connected with their collegiate sisters.<br /> <br /> NEBRASKA<br /> <br /> LINCOLN<br /> <br /> The Lincoln alumnae look forward to Zeta Day every year because, without a collegiate chapter nearby, it is their only opportunity to interact with their collegiate sisters. The women love seeing the collegians' enthusiasm for ZTA and their futures, and it reminds them that no matter your age, you can still find acceptance in shared ZTA sisterhood.<br /> <br /> OMAHA<br /> <br /> The Omaha Chapter joins with Gamma Mu Chapter (University of Nebraska at Omaha) at the Omaha Race for the Cure®. At the race each year, the alumnae have pink roses donated and let the Gamma Mu seniors present them to survivors at the finish line. The tradition helps build a bond between the collegians and alumnae each year.<br /> <br /> NEW JERSEY<br /> <br /> JERSEY SHORE<br /> <br /> The annual cookie exchange is a favorite event for the jersey Shore alumnae. Each member makes two dozen cookies to share with the alumnae chapter and the collegians from Kappa Nu Chapter (Monmouth University). What better way to share our sweet sisterhood than with delicious, homemade treats?<br /> <br /> MERCER BUCKS<br /> <br /> The Mercer Bucks alumnae like to keep ZTA parents involved in their daughters' membership experience. The chapter sends letters to the parents about the opportunities for a lifetime of membership and offers parents the chance to have a care package delivered to their daughter during finals week.<br /> <br /> NORTHERN NEW JERSEY<br /> <br /> Northern New Jersey Chapter members who serve as advisors for Iota Iota Chapter (Farleigh Dickinson University) often share upcoming alumnae chapter events and service projects with the collegiate members. This helps collegians to see how much fun the alumnae have, especially when young alumnae events are planned.<br /> <br /> SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY<br /> <br /> The Southern New Jersey Chapter spreads Zeta love to collegians through their study baskets. Through this program, parents of Kappa Xi Chapter members (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey) are able to purchase goodie baskets and provide handwritten notes that are put together and delivered by the alumnae chapter. Every year, the collegians look forward to the deliveries.<br /> <br /> NEW MEXICO<br /> <br /> ALBUQUERQUE<br /> <br /> The women of the Albuquerque Chapter were very excited to host New Mexico's Zeta Day. They were joined by collegiate members from Delta Pi (Eastern New Mexico University) and Beta Nu (New Mexico State University) Chapters. Each January, the chapter also hosts a Mother-Daughter Tea for collegians in the area and their mothers.<br /> <br /> LAS CRUCES<br /> <br /> Recruitment and homecoming are special events for the Las Cruces Chapter and the collegians of Beta Nu Chapter (New Mexico State University). The alumnae help make refreshments for Beta Nu's recruitment and join in all the Homecoming festivities right along with the college students.<br /> <br /> NEW YORK<br /> <br /> NEW YORK CITY<br /> <br /> The New York City alumnae host a career night for the members of Theta Xi Chapter (Rutgers University) to help them find the right path for life after college. The alumnae also lend a hand during recruitment by sending care packages to the collegians.<br /> <br /> ROCHESTER<br /> <br /> The Strawberry Social is the Rochester alumnae's most successful event of the year. Seniors from Iota Psi Chapter (Rochester Institute of Technology) are invited to spend one-on-one time with the alumnae and learn more about alumnae life. The alumnae love being able to provide assistance to their sisters as they begin the next phase of their life.<br /> <br /> NORTH CAROLINA<br /> <br /> CHARLOTTE<br /> <br /> The Charlotte Chapter helps Eta Tau Chapter (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte) from the beginning to the end of its new member program. The alumnae volunteer during Formal Recruitment and then attend a special luncheon after the Initiation Services. Each year, the two groups also join together for Founders' Day and an end of the year cookout.<br /> <br /> GREENVILLE<br /> <br /> The Greenville Chapter knows how stressful Formal Recruitment can be for the collegiate members, so the alumnae help out by providing some yummy treats and flowers for Iota Rho Chapter (East Carolina University). The alumnae love to see the new Zetas learn to love and appreciate the Fraternity.<br /> <br /> LAKE NORMAN<br /> <br /> Vintage ZTA was the most successful event for the Lake Norman alumnae. Chapter members found ZTA items they were no longer using and passed them on to the collegiate members of Delta Omicron Chapter (Lenoir Rhyne College). This unique form of ZTA recycling assures that cherished items are used by a new generation of sisters.<br /> <br /> RESEARCH TRIANGLE<br /> <br /> The ladies of the Research Triangle Chapter hold a very successful Senior Send off event at an alumna's home. They serve dinner to the soon-to-be graduates from Phi (Duke University), Theta Tau (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Iota Phi (North Carolina State University) Chapters to introduce them to the alumnae world.<br /> <br /> WINSTON-SALEM<br /> <br /> The Winston-Salem Chapter loves to work and play with the collegiate members of the Delta Gamma Chapter (High Point University). This year, they joined the collegians for a breast cancer awareness balloon release ceremony and an annual Founders' Day celebration. At the celebration, Delta Gamma Chapter officers each brought an item they thought would have belonged to the Founders and shared it with the group.<br /> <br /> OHIO<br /> <br /> AKRON<br /> <br /> The Akron alumnae believe the best aspect of working with a collegiate chapter is that it helps everyone to realize that ZTA is a strong sisterhood that continues to grow and make a difference in a woman's life no matter what her age. The chapter primarily works with Delta Delta Chapter (Baldwin-Wallace College) but also reaches out to seniors from other Ohio chapters.<br /> <br /> CINCINNATI CROWN<br /> <br /> These alumnae don't let distance stop them from being with their collegiate ZTA sisters. Cincinnati Crown Chapter handed out pink ribbons with Beta Delta Chapter (Miami University) at a Cincinnati Bengals football game and a Cincinnati Reds baseball game. <br /> CLEVELAND-EAST<br /> <br /> Each holiday season, the Cleveland-East Chapter sends a letter to all collegians from the Cleveland area passing along holiday greetings and information about the Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship. At Thanksgiving, the women also send a special Thanksgiving message via email to all Ohio collegiate chapters.<br /> <br /> CLEVELAND-WEST<br /> <br /> The Cleveland-West Chapter develops Alum Chum relationships with the seniors from Delta Delta Chapter (Baldwin-Wallace College) and invites them to alumnae chapter events throughout the year. The women also work with the collegians during Think Pink! events for the Cleveland Browns. This year, the two groups received a special, public thank-you from the team during the event.<br /> <br /> COLUMBUS<br /> <br /> Columbus alumnae love helping Delta Theta Chapter (Ohio Northern University) during recruitment because the energy of the collegians brings out a strong sense of pride in ZTA and reminds them of why they all became Zetas in the first place. The alumnae women also enjoy catching up with one another over monthly dinners out on the town.<br /> <br /> DAYTON<br /> <br /> Members of the Dayton Chapter not only support three different collegiate ZTA chapters, but they also support all Greek women in the Dayton area. Through their involvement with the Dayton Alumnae Panhellenic Association, the women are able to raise money for Panhellenic scholarships through the association's annual Spring Style Show.<br /> <br /> TOLEDO<br /> <br /> As a special post-recruitment treat, members of the Toledo chapter cook a Bid Day dinner for Delta Theta Chapter (Ohio Northern University). It not only lets the women eat a home-cooked meal, but it puts alumnae support on display for the new members. The chapter has also worked with Delta Theta Chapter to plan Ohio Zeta Day. The collegians designed the event logo and help maintain the event website.<br /> <br /> YOUNGSTOWN<br /> <br /> For Youngstown Chapter members, the best parts of alumnae life are all the diverse ways to be involved. Whether joining in play days for ZTA moms, serving as an advisor for Zeta Gamma Chapter (Youngstown State University), attending mixers or participating in service projects, alumnae life has something for everyone.<br /> <br /> OKLAHOMA<br /> <br /> ADA<br /> <br /> An extremely busy day in October kept the Ada Chapter on the go from morning to night. They participated in the Oklahoma City Race for the Cure® in the morning and then attended Homecoming events at East Central University later in the day. Both events gave them the chance to spend time with the collegians from Zeta Theta Chapter (East Central University).<br /> <br /> OKLAHOMA CITY<br /> <br /> Members of the Oklahoma City Chapter help Alpha Upsilon Chapter (Oklahoma State University) improve their conversation skills. The alumnae participate in a mock Preference event, playing the roles of potential new members. Then they offer the collegians advice for making the event even better.<br /> <br /> TULSA<br /> <br /> The Tulsa Alumnae Chapter welcomed collegiate sisters from across the state border at the Tulsa Race for the Cure®. Collegians from Mu Chapter (Drury University) traveled from Springfield, Mo., and worked alongside the alumnae to hand out pink ribbons and staff the survivors tent. It was the first time the chapter had the opportunity to work with collegians from outside Oklahoma.<br /> <br /> OREGON<br /> <br /> EUGENE<br /> <br /> The ladies of the Eugene Chapter show their Zeta love to collegians both near and far. Each year, the alumnae send goodie bags called Keep Smiling Bags filled with a poem and stationery to the new members of Kappa Mu (Linfield College) and Alpha Psi (University of Missouri) Chapters. The alumnae believe this is a great way to introduce new members to ZTA's sisterhood.<br /> <br /> " Working with collegians is the best proof that Zeta is forever! It demonstrates that sisterhood continues past graduation and matures into a richer, lifelong Zeta experience.<br /> <br /> – Lancaster, PA<br /> <br /> PORTLAND<br /> <br /> Each year, the Portland alumnae host a few different events with Kappa Mu Chapter (Linfield College) including a dessert party in May and a recruitment barbecue. The women also send the collegiate chapter its newsletter in order to keep the young women apprised of the alumnae chapter's activities.<br /> <br /> PENNSYLVANIA<br /> <br /> LANCASTER<br /> <br /> The Lancaster Chapter lends a helping hand at Homecoming events for Kappa Psi Chapter (Kutztown University). The two chapters handed out pink ribbons and monthly breast self examination information in their Think Pink! booth at the Homecoming Carnival. The alumnae love working with the collegians to help spread breast cancer awareness.<br /> <br /> LEHIGH VALLEY<br /> <br /> At their Career Panel and Discussion meeting, the alumnae from Lehigh Valley shared stories about job searches, interviews and job offers with the graduating seniors of Kappa Iota Chapter (Moravian College). The event was successful because it gave the seniors a new resource for questions about their future careers and it gave the alumnae a chance to help their Zeta sisters prepare for life after college.<br /> <br /> PHILADELPHIA<br /> <br /> Members of the Philadelphia Chapter baked cookies to sell at a 5k Campus Walk sponsored by Eta Gamma Chapter (West Chester University of Pennsylvania). The collegiate chapter appreciated the alumnae help and the two chapters split the proceeds from the delicious bake sale.<br /> <br /> STEEL CITY<br /> <br /> The Think Pink! game with the Pittsburgh Steelers was a successful team effort that raised breast cancer awareness and $1,127 for the ZTA Foundation. Alumnae were joined by about 80 collegiate members from various Pennsylvania chapters. The Zetas handed out pink ribbons at the game, including a super-sized one to Steely McBeam, the Steelers mascot.<br /> <br /> SOUTH CAROLINA<br /> <br /> AIKEN<br /> <br /> Four chapters from two states made for an amazing Founders' Day celebration. The Aiken alumnae joined with the Augusta, GA, Alumnae Chapter and collegians from Kappa Pi (University of South Carolina Aiken) and Eta Mu (Augusta State University) Chapters. They enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner, followed by the Founders' Day service.<br /> <br /> CHARLESTON<br /> <br /> The Charleston Chapter members love to stay involved with Eta Lambda Chapter (College of Charleston). The women encourage the collegians to attend their alumnae events, and several members serve as chapter advisors. No matter her level of involvement, each alumna enjoys watching the collegians grow into responsible young women through Zeta Tau Alpha.<br /> <br /> COLUMBIA<br /> <br /> The Carolina Panthers' colors are black, panther blue, silver and white, but for one day in October, they were definitely pink Panthers. The Columbia alumnae worked with other Zetas to distribute over 55,000 pink ribbons–meaning that three-fourths of the fans in attendance were wearing a Think Pink! ribbon.<br /> <br /> FOOTHILLS<br /> <br /> The Foothills Chapter shows their love for collegians with lasagna. Every year, they invite the newly initiated members of Kappa Zeta Chapter (Clemson University) to share a great Italian meal and sisterhood. At the beginning of the school year, alumnae events are also placed on the collegiate chapter calendar to encourage attendance.<br /> <br /> PEE DEE AREA<br /> <br /> This newly reactivated chapter was happy to assist Eta Chi Chapter (Francis Marion University) during Formal Recruitment this year. At the end of the week, several alumnae were even lucky enough to see their legacy daughters become new Zetas, carrying on the legacy and sisterhood for another generation.<br /> <br /> SPARTANBURG<br /> <br /> It might have been a minor league baseball game, but it was a major step in breast cancer education when the Spartanburg Chapter painted a Greenville Drive game pink. Zetas reached over 3,000 people with pink ribbons, flyers and T-shirts at Fluor Field, home stadium of the Boston Red Sox's minor league team.<br /> <br /> " We all come from different backgrounds, but there is a uniting bond of ZTA knowing that you were there when a sister was in need.<br /> <br /> – Jackson, TN<br /> <br /> TENNESSEE<br /> <br /> CHATTANOOGA<br /> <br /> To the members of the Chattanooga Chapter, the best part of alumnae membership is the realization that ZTA really does last a lifetime. It gives the women the chance to support and network with their sisters and to continue supporting breast cancer education and awareness after graduation.<br /> <br /> JACKSON<br /> <br /> Wedding bells were ringing in jackson as the alumnae joined collegians from Beta Omega Chapter (Union University) at the jackson Bridal Show. The Zetas staffed the registration table for the brides and served as runners for the vendors, helping to make the event a success. The alumnae also had the opportunity to orchestrate a fashion show at the event where several Zetas served as models.<br /> <br /> KNOXVILLE<br /> <br /> The alumnae at the Knoxville Chapter love getting together with Zeta Chapter (The University of Tennessee at Knoxville) for Founders' Day, Bid Day and Initiation. The women take pride in helping develop the future of ZTA and sharing the unique bond of sisterhood.<br /> <br /> MARTIN<br /> <br /> The Martin Chapter had the opportunity to interact with Zeta Chapter (The University of Tennessee at Knoxville) when the alumnae traveled across the state to Knoxville for a football game between the Volunteers and The University of Tennessee at Martin. It helped remind everyone that no matter where you are, you will always have sisters to support you.<br /> <br /> MEMPHIS<br /> <br /> The Memphis Chapter's Founders' Day celebration gave collegians from Iota Xi Chapter (Christian Brothers University) a chance to see how ZTA spans a lifetime. After the Founders' Day Service, the alumnae honored their members who have received the Certificate of Merit, the Honor Ring or the White Violet pin. The collegiate members could see how much it meant to these alumnae to have served and be recognized by ZTA.<br /> <br /> MURFREESBORO<br /> <br /> The alumnae in Murfreesboro participate in several events throughout the year with Iota Chi Chapter (Middle Tennessee State University), including Homecoming activities and Formal Recruitment. But for each group, the annual Founders' Day celebration is the most important because it removes them from the school environment and allows them to focus on the special ZTA sisterhood they all share.<br /> <br /> NASHVILLE<br /> <br /> Breast cancer awareness events give the Nashville Chapter alumnae the chance to Think Pink! and to develop a great relationship with the members of Iota Chi Chapter (Middle Tennessee State University). The two chapters teamed up to distribute pink ribbons at a Tennessee Titans game, and they also joined together to hand out pink hats, shirts, back signs and pink roses to survivors at the Nashville Race for the Cure®.<br /> <br /> TRI-CITIES<br /> <br /> Even though the Tri-Cities alumnae do not have a collegiate chapter nearby, they still do all they can to show Zeta love. This year, they sent each new member of Zeta Chapter (The University of Tennessee at Knoxville) decorated turquoise cups filled with goodies on Bid Day. The cups also included a note welcoming the new members into Zeta's sisterhood and were a huge hit with the collegians.<br /> <br /> TEXAS<br /> <br /> AUSTIN<br /> <br /> It's a treat to be a ZTA in Austin on Halloween. The collegiate members of Kappa Chapter (The University of Texas at Austin) decorate their house for Halloween. The alumnae members bring their children and family to the house for Trick-or-Treating. This annual event builds great memories for everyone.<br /> <br /> CENTRAL TEXAS<br /> <br /> The alumnae of Central Texas have a great relationship with the collegiate members of the Theta Omicron Chapter (Baylor University). The two groups love to get together throughout the year, but their favorite event is a recruitment luncheon where alumnae provide a catered lunch for the collegians. Each year, the alumnae also visit a new member meeting to talk about alumnae life and share strawberry cake.<br /> <br /> CORPUS CHRISTI<br /> <br /> The Corpus Christi Chapter was excited to help Lambda Delta Chapter (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi). In january 2010, the alumnae assisted with the Initiation and Installation of the chapter. The women also helped with the chapter's first Formal Recruitment this past fall. Each alumna is excited to continue helping the new chapter and to become a ZTA role model for the young women.<br /> <br /> CYPRESS<br /> <br /> To help the collegians of Gamma Omega Chapter (University of Houston) prepare for final exams, the Cypress alumnae delivered finals study baskets to the chapter's last meeting of the semester. The collegians' parents are able to purchase the baskets and have them sent to their daughters. The two groups also work together during Think Pink! games with the Houston Texans.<br /> <br /> DALLAS AREA NIGHT<br /> <br /> The Dallas Area Night Chapter was thrilled to be joined by three collegiate chapters at the Dallas Race for the Cure®: Gamma Phi Chapter (University of North Texas), Zeta Sigma Chapter (The University of Texas at Arlington) and Gamma Psi Chapter (Texas Christian University). Through this event, the alumnae love being able to show the collegians that community service is an integral part of your entire ZTA experience.<br /> <br /> DENTON<br /> <br /> The ladies of the Denton Chapter celebrated Founders' Day at the Gamma Phi Chapter (University of North Texas) chapter house. The Founders' Day ceremony and a meet-and-greet with Vice President Collegiate II Stacey Verkest Voigt reminded the alumnae of the importance of fellowship with collegians–the future leadership of ZTA.<br /> <br /> EL PASO<br /> <br /> Alumnae from El Paso used a Founders' Day celebration to break the ice with collegians. After the Founders' Day Service at the Gamma Gamma Chapter (The University of Texas at El Paso) house, the two groups played ice breaker games. The alumnae also work with the collegians during recruitment, Initation, finals week and more. No matter the event, the women enjoy sharing their ZTA love with the collegians.<br /> <br /> FORT BEND<br /> <br /> The annual Make It, Bake It, Fake It auction is the Fort Bend Chapter's favorite event. Members bring items which they make, bake or fake ("bought") to a meeting in November and other members bid on the items. The alumnae say this event is always a crowd pleaser and so much fun.<br /> <br /> FORT WORTH<br /> <br /> The Fort Worth alumnae host a Senior Social Networking night each fall with the seniors of Gamma Psi Chapter (Texas Christian University). At this event, the women meet in a social setting for a few hours, and tables are dedicated to certain types of majors. This allows the collegians to meet with alumnae working in that field to network, ask questions and receive job-hunting advice.<br /> <br /> HIDALGO COUNTY<br /> <br /> These alumnae do not let distance affect their relationship with their Zeta sisters. Although there is no collegiate chapter nearby, the Hidalgo County members invite collegians from the area to their annual holiday party. Mothers, aunts and grandmothers are always included as well to experience ZTA sisterhood at this special event.<br /> <br /> HOUSTON ASSOCIATION<br /> <br /> In the fall, the Houston Association helped Gamma Omega Chapter (University of Houston) with a canned food drive for the Houston Food Bank. The alumnae were able to provide over 200 food items. Each summer, the chapter also hosts Summer Cooler, a social event specifically for recent graduates and young alumnae.<br /> <br /> HUMBLE-KINGWOOD<br /> <br /> Without a collegiate chapter nearby, the Humble-Kingwood alumnae invite ZTA collegians from the area and their mothers to an annual Zeta Moms and Zeta Daughters Holiday Party. During this event, everyone spends the evening working on a few service projects for a local nursing home. It is a great way for Zetas to celebrate their sisterhood while benefitting the local community.<br /> <br /> HUNTSVILLE<br /> <br /> The Huntsville Chapter enjoys helping Delta Zeta Chapter (Sam Houston State University) with its annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament. The alumnae help provide sponsorships and stuff ditty bags on the day of the event. The chapter also supports the collegians throughout the year during recruitment, at Initiation and through the collegiate chapter's involvement in the university's Kats for the Cause breast cancer education and awareness event.<br /> <br /> MID-CITIES NORTH<br /> <br /> To learn more about breast cancer, the Mid-Cities North Chapter joined with Zeta Sigma Chapter (The University of Texas at Arlington) to tour the Breast Center at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Learning about the different equipment and available treatment options reinforced everyone's desire to help find a cure for breast cancer.<br /> <br /> MIDLAND<br /> <br /> For Midland alumnae, the greatest part of alumnae membership is the opportunity to meet with ZTA sisters in the area. No matter where the women are originally from, it is important for them to know that they have sisters to support them and share ZTA memories with.<br /> <br /> NASA-BRAZORIA COUNTRY<br /> <br /> The most successful and popular alumnae-collegiate event for the NASA in Brazoria County alumnae and Theta Eta Chapter (Stephen F. Austin State University) is the Pink Out-Bunko for Breast Cancer event. Everything is pink–from outfits to decorations and refreshments. The meeting is a great way for the women to socialize, network and support the ZTA Foundation.<br /> <br /> UTAH<br /> <br /> SALT LAKE CITY<br /> <br /> Without a collegiate chapter in Utah, the Salt Lake alumnae invite local collegians to an annual Christmas Luncheon. This year, the women also supported Iota Eta Chapter (the University of Nevada, Las Vegas) by sending them gifts to celebrate the chapter's first Formal Recruitment after reinstallation.<br /> <br /> VIRGINIA<br /> <br /> LOUDOUN COUNTY<br /> <br /> The Loudon County alumnae join Theta Chi Chapter (George Mason University) to work Think Pink! events with the Washington Redskins and the George Mason basketball team. The women also enjoy spending time with one another during March Madness viewing parties, dinners and other social events.<br /> <br /> NORTHERN VIRGINIA<br /> <br /> Volunteering at Washington Redskins games is a great way for the Northern Virginia Chapter to show collegians the importance of alumnae membership. Having begun ZTA's partnership with the Redskins in 1999, the women are able to remind Zetas across the country of the importance of alumnae involvement. This year, the alumnae worked with chapters from several states to distribute 60,000 pink ribbons.<br /> <br /> RICHMOND<br /> <br /> Each year, the Richmond chapter tries to create an event calendar that meets its members' varying lifestyles. Whether the women travel to Gamma Nu Chapter (University of Virginia) for a Founders' Day or Alumnae Initiation Service, meet for dinner or conduct service projects for local food banks and animal shelters, alumnae life in Richmond provides something for everyone.<br /> <br /> TIDEWATER<br /> <br /> The Tidewater alumnae use Founders' Day as an occasion to show ZTA mothers that Zeta truly is forever. The alumnae invite the members of Iota Sigma Chapter (Old Dominion University) and their mothers to a luncheon. In addition to the Founders' Day Service, the event includes the presentation of ZTA mother's pins.<br /> <br /> TRI-CITIES<br /> <br /> Tri-Cities alumnae work hard to plan a combination of fun group activities, educational programming and service projects that are meaningful to the entire chapter. One of these activities is creating goodie baskets for three different collegiate chapters. <br /> VIRGINIA PENINSULA<br /> <br /> Each year, the chapter hosts a career night for Kappa Phi Chapter (Christopher Newport University). The alumnae discuss career options with collegians who have the opportunity to ask the questions about job interviews and career paths. The collegians are grateful for the great advice that the alumnae are so willing to give.<br /> <br /> WESTERN FAIRFAX<br /> <br /> The Western Fairfax alumnae love traveling to Theta Chi Chapter (George Mason University) to show the collegians how rewarding ZTA life after college can be.At the event, they conduct the Alumnae Initiation Service and introduce seniors to the alumnae world. Everyone has the opportunity to network and discuss ZTA.<br /> <br /> " The best thing about membership in an alumnae chapter is that it offers everyone multiple opportunities within one organization, including networking, service and friendship. "<br /> <br /> – Western Fairfax, VA<br /> <br /> WASHINGTON<br /> <br /> SEATTLE<br /> <br /> When a chapter member could not attend Convention to receive her Honor Ring, the Seattle alumnae and 115 members from Psi Chapter (University of Washington) hosted an event to celebrate her dedication to ZTA. The two groups also gathered to work Think Pink! events at both Seattle Seahawks and Sounders (Major League Soccer) games.<br /> <br /> SPOKANE<br /> <br /> With the nearest alumnae chapter over 300 miles away, the Spokane alumnae love the interaction they have with all Zetas during Zeta Day. In an effort to help connect with Psi Chapter (University of Washington) throughout the year, the women sent congratulatory flowers to the collegians after recruitment and copies of the alumnae chapter newsletter.<br /> <br /> WEST VIRGINIA<br /> <br /> BUCKHANNON<br /> <br /> This year, the Buckhannon Chapter hosted its first Pink Affair. This event allowed the women to recruit new members, raise money for the ZTA Foundation and socialize with collegians from Delta Upsilon Chapter (West Virginia Wesleyan College). Several local organizations also attended to sell food and talk about women's health issues.<br /> <br /> WISCONSIN<br /> <br /> MILWAUKEE<br /> <br /> To support the Milwaukee Race for Cure®, the chapter put in two days of volunteer work. On both the day before the race and race day, the women help set-up the event, distribute gift bags and pin memorial back signs on runners. The alumnae worked alongside Kappa Lambda Chapter (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh) at the race and the Green Bay Packers Think Pink! event.<br /> <br /> ABROAD<br /> <br /> ZETAS ABROAD<br /> <br /> Being in school away from home can be difficult for everyone, especially when studying abroad. The ZTA alumnae in London, England, make it a point to welcome any Zeta who is studying in the city. The group hosts monthly events that include holiday parties and service projects.