Friday, March 7, 2014

It was Hera Day!

March 1 was Hera Day for Alpha Chi's across the country and the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids alumnae got together in the spirit of fraternity to celebrate!  And much like the postal service, nothing could keep these sisters away-neither wind, nor snow, nor sleet or hail!  And we've had it all this year!  Our faithful members MaryAnn Clemons, Anne Dierking, Elsie Foerstner and Dee VanderHoef  joined members from the Cedar Rapids Alumnae group at the Blackstone in Iowa City for a luncheon.
Hera Day Luncheon at the Blackstone


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas Holiday Brunch, Sunday December 8

We will be gathering to share the joy of the season with our AXO sisters at a Brunch at the Blackstone Grill on Sunday, December 8 at 12:30pm.  The Blackstone is located at the corner of Scott Blvd and Rochester Ave in Iowa City.  We have also invited the Cedar Rapids area alums to join us.  Husbands/partners are welcome to join us for this informal gathering to start the holiday season.  Bring a Christmas ornament to share in a grab bag gift exchange.  Hope to see you there!  Have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, November 11, 2013

House Corporation Annual Meeting Recap

We had a great group of alumnae turn out for our House Corporation Annual Meeting and Ice Cream Social.  Although we didn't get to meet as many collegiate this year, we met some new alumnae in the area and we want to welcome them!  After a n informal alumnae chapter meeting, the Board of the House Corporation presented the annual reports regarding the state of the chapter house at 828 E. Washington.  We want to thank the board members--including Leslie Soule, Karen Daubenberger, Sharon Kay Stang, Jane Harbit, Elsie Foerstner--for their dedication and hard work maintaining our beautiful Chapter House.

We also want to welcome the new House Director, Karen Hollen.  Karen was raised in Aledo, Illinois and earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Michigan State University.  Karen  most recently worked ten years as Housing Director at Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at the University of Michigan, but was ready to move back closer to family with a brother living in Des Moines and a sister in the Chicago area. Karen is very friendly and loves working with college students. We are extremely happy to have her join our family.  Please stop in and say hello to Karen when you visit the house.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Welcome Back to Alpha Chi!

If you haven't been an active part of our Alumnae Chapter in the past, or if it's been a while since you kept in touch with us, I want to say "Welcome!" and invite you to join us again.  Start by seeing what we do by attending the Ice Cream Social and Annual Meeting of the House Corporation Board on October 14, 2013 at 828 E. Washington in Iowa City.  The social starts at 6:30pm with the women of Sigma Chapter at the University of Iowa joining us for a fun dessert get-together.  Following the dessert, we will have the Annual Meeting of the Sigma House Corporation at 7:30pm to conduct the business of the Corporation that oversees that physical structure of our collegiates' home at 828 E. Washington St. 

Our most recent newsletter is out with the latest information about our Alumnae Chapter and our 2013-2014 Calendar of Events.  If you have not received a copy yet, send an email to and we'll make sure you get a copy.  We're looking forward to a great year!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Invitation to Mingle with Sisters

To the Iowa City alums: the Cedar Rapids AXO alum club
members would like to meet for lunch on Thursday, March
14th, at noon at the Bob's Your Uncle location off of
Highway 1.  Please join Carolyn Stucker and the Cedar Rapids alumnae if you can!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spring Update

Hope you are all having a great winter, wherever you are!  Just a quick update from Epsilon Theta Epsilon:
1.  Don't forget to celebrate Hera Day on March 1, 2013.  Anne Dierking will be organizing a lunch date at the Blackstone restaurant, located at the corner of Scott Blvd and Rochester Ave in Iowa City.  Be sure to let Anne know if you can attend by calling her at 319-351-4525 or emailing her at  We'll be meeting at 11:30am and it will be a great day to meet with sisters and catch up on what's happening.
2.  Hall of Commitment will be held later this spring for our graduating collegiate sisters.  The date and time will be announced soon, and we will need volunteers to bring salads and other brunch foods for the brunch, as well as take an active role in the ceremony.  Stay tuned for more information.
3.  Volunteers for upcoming year.  We need volunteers and new ideas to implement into our program for the next year.  If you have any suggestions, or if you would like to help organize, please email Brenda Griebahn at  Let's have a great program to help get others involved in Alpha Chi!
4.  Special thanks to all the alumnae who are helping out the Sigma chapter in Iowa City.  We have a great team of collegiate advisors who are making a difference in the lives of the collegians.  If you are working with the members at Sigma, stand up and take a bow! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

September Meeting Update

Six alumnae and two collegians met for our first meeting of the 2012-13 year on September 10, 2012.  We enjoyed dessert at Brenda Griebahn's and the business meeting that followed was very well received.  Elsie Foerstner presented the Treasurer's Report:  we had 17 dues paying members last year and our current balance is $654.98.  It was moved and approved to keep our dues at $25 for this year.  Please send your dues to:  Elsie Foerstner, 8 Glendale Terrace, Iowa City, IA 52245.
     Jaclyn Gelman, Sigma president, and Abby Britain, Sigma vice president of Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation gave a glowing account of Sigma's fall recruitment.  The Chapter has over 40 New Members and over 130 in total membership.  Well done, Sigma!
     Those members who attended the 2012 National Convention gave a great report on the state of the Fraternity.  Brenda Griebahn presented the For Now Forever Campaign for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, a capital campaign to raise $7 million dollars for membership services, including fabulous new programs being used to train the young women of the collegiate chapters to become the Real. Strong. Women of Alpha Chi Omega.  After discussion, Karen Daubenberger moved to set our alumnae chapter pledge to the Foundation at $500 over the next two years; Sharon Kay Stang second; unanimously passed.
      The program events for the year were discussed and these are the great events we have planned for the coming year:
October 8, 2012:  Founders Day Ice Cream Social sponsored by the House Corporation Board at the Chapter House.  Be sure to attend the Annual Meeting of the House Corporation following the social event with the collegiate chapter.  The ice cream sundae bar will begin at 6:30 and the meeting will follow at 7:30pm.
December 2, 2012:  Holiday Brunch at Cedar Ridge Winery, 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher.  12 Noon.  $15.00 per person, includes food plus mimosas.  We are inviting the alumnae from the Cedar Rapids area, and we may extend the invitation to spouses as well.  Look for final details a bit later!  Marsha Grady is our host/organizer.
February 2013:  We are planning an arts event in honor of MacDowell Month.  Hopefully we can attend an AXO collegiate recital or performance, followed by a social hour at a local coffee shop.
March 1, 2013:  In honor of Hera Day, we will meet for lunch at the Blackstone Restaurant at the corner of Scott Blvd and Rochester at 11:30am.  Anne Dierking will be our host/organizer.
Spring Alumnae Dinner at Sigma: Date TBD.  Plan on a fun night with "Hubby HouseBoys" at Sigma Chapter!  Meet the girls of Sigma around the table and relive those college dinners!
May 5, 2013:  Hall of Commitment Senior Brunch, 1pm at the Chapter House.  Brenda Griebahn will be the host/organizer for this annual ceremony for the 2013 graduating seniors of Sigma.
Hope to see you all at the Founder's  Day Social October 8, 2012 at 7:30pm for the Annual House Corporation Meeting!