Alumnae Volunteer Training 2013

On June 21, alumnae volunteers from across the country gathered at Tri Delta Executive Office in Arlington, Texas, for a weekend of training and sisterhood.

This training focused on familiarizing volunteers with Tri Delta's new volunteer structure, which goes into effect on Aug. 1. In addition to continued commitment to the leadership and members of alumnae chapters, this new structure will focus on engaging alumnae who are not in chapters.

One of the ways volunteers and staff hope to engage all alumnae is through philanthropy. New philanthropy-focused volunteer positions include alumnae philanthropy coordinator (APC) and alumnae philanthropy assistant (APA). These volunteers will provide assistance for alumnae chapters working with our philanthropic partner, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as well as a focus on those who support other charitable organizations. They also hope to engage all alumnae members through events like the annual St. Jude Give thanks. Walk, which takes place in November.

The Fraternity has also added staff positions to be of assistance to alumnae and serve as a support base for volunteers. Mary Ann Kinsley, Texas/Arlington, serves as director of alumnae engagement and Jamye Larson, Texas/Arlington, serves as alumnae operations coordinator (formerly alumnae relations assistant). These staff members are dedicated to the success of and engagement of all Tri Delta alumnae.

Executive Board member Nicole Hughes, Washington State, who attended training, praised the volunteer team for their dedication.

"The alumnae team is focused on creating an exceptional experience for our alumnae members. Bringing this team together provided them an opportunity to collaborate with each other and with critical staff members in order to generate ideas and plans for supporting alumnae chapters and for expanding lifetime membership engagement," she said.

Executive Board member Julie Haskell, Vermont, who was also present at training, thought the weekend was productive and fulfilling.

"Alumnae volunteer training was a great opportunity for the alumnae volunteers and staff to come together face to face, to set goals, brainstorm and plan to move Tri Delta's alumnae experience forward.  This chance to form new friendships and teams and to hear and build upon the ideas and forward thinking of others was valuable time spent," she said.

The volunteer term for these women lasts two years, from August 1, 2013-July 31, 2015. If you are an alumna interested in volunteering with Tri Delta, contact Jackye Clark, Texas/Arlington, volunteer coordinator.