The past two weeks have been a bit of a whirl wind! Today I finally have a moment to write about a beautiful event I coordinated with several members of my department to celebrate the 142nd birthday of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.
Our event took place on November 13th at the Haggin Oaks Pavilion in Sacramento, CA but we began planning shortly after I got home from convention in Atlanta. I was inspired by the beautiful meals, speakers, and friends I had the pleasure of experiencing while there. We began planning the event almost as soon as I landed in Sacramento, securing our venue and discussing our plans. We worked with women from the Sacramento Valley Alumna Chapter and women within our own chapter to create a day that honored our founders.
Coordinating our venue was rather simple as a personal friend of mine is their Event Specialist, it really helps to know someone as I’ve realized the longer I am in the public relations world! Our decorations consisted of a chapter table with scrapbooks, memorabilia, and recent awards we have received as well as center pieces showcasing our official flower: the pink carnation.
Everyone’s favorite part of any event is the food! We stuck to a classic brunch menu with orange juice, apple cider, coffee, scrambled eggs, russet potatoes and french toast along with fresh fruit and a few other goodies.
I believe we connected everyone in the room by scheduling speakers who had graduated from our chapter, had a role in our relationship to the Sacramento community, and had a heart devoted to supporting the mission of Gamma Phi Beta. Alumna Avery Norsby spoke about the changes of membership as a collegian and alumna member, and the lasting bonds of sisterhood. Girls on the Run board President Lesley Taylor reminded us that building strong girls truly is the most special cause that a Gamma Phi can participate in to inspire the highest type of womanhood. Our alumna chapter president and public relations vice president spoke about the growing alumna chapter and the importance of continued involvement in our organization.
In only a few short weeks I will have gone alum from this chapter and left my position as the public relations vice president! I like to think how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard…(excuse the cheese, I really will miss it all!).