Volunteer Symposium 2011 a Success

VSmanifesto.jpgFor one weekend in September, Tri Delta volunteers from all over the country converged on Dallas, Texas, to get "Back to Basics." With the same theme as this year's earlier Regional Leadership Conference, Volunteer Symposium focused on familiarizing national volunteers with new initiatives and Fraternity programs. Featuring breakout sessions by officer type, Speaker Showcase and an "Ask the Experts" panel, attendees had the opportunity to get questions answered and renew their familiarity with Tri Delta policies and procedures.

The Tri Delta Marketplace allowed attendees to learn about various entities within Tri Delta, including The Center for Living, Learning & Leading, National House Corporation, The Foundation and Delta Shop, among others. Volunteer Symposium attendees could visit each Marketplace table and learn about the department. After visiting all the tables, they could enter to win a Philosophy prize pack, which was among other giveaways offered throughout the weekend.

It was also a great weekend for many entities within Tri Delta. Although nearly all of the attendees were already Life Loyal members, 15 more made the pledge. Additionally, Delta Shop sold over $7,000 of merchandise, showing that it's not just our collegiate members who love great products from Delta Shop Sophie. In exciting news for the Tri Delta Foundation, they exceeded their goal and received $7,490 in pledges for the Scholarship Pledge Campaign. The Center used Volunteer Symposium to launch its newest initiative, Symbols of Sisterhood. The set includes a delta, a heart and a circle. Attendees could purchase one charm for $5 or six for $25 to share with friends. The charms were a huge success, raising over $3000 for The Center. They will soon be available for purchase through thecenter.tridelta.org.

The St. Jude luncheon was a highlight of the weekend, allowing attendees to hear from a St. Jude family and learn more about the upcoming Give Thanks. Walk. Volunteers also toured the nearby Executive Office, learning more about Tri Delta history from Board members.

At the closing of the weekend, volunteers were presented with the "Volunteer Manifesto." Read aloud by the Fraternity's Executive Board, the manifesto was filled with words of inspiration for Tri Delta Volunteers.  Overall the weekend was a success, allowing volunteers to reconnect with each other and Tri Delta.
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