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LETITIA FULKERSON APPOINTED CHI OMEGA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT

Letitia Fulkerson

Incoming Chi Omega Foundation President Letitia Niemeier Fulkerson, Zeta Alpha/The Ohio State University

Former Governing Council President Letitia Fulkerson has been appointed by current S.H. Shelley Potter to serve as President of the Chi Omega Foundation, effective in 2017. Outgoing Foundation President Jane Rogers concluded her term in December 2016 with the successful conclusion of the Sisterhood Never Stops Campaign, the largest campaign in women’s fraternal history at more than $26 million.

The devotion of volunteers has been a source of constant strength for Chi Omega. Jane has led the way in these efforts, serving Chi Omega as Centennial Chair from 1992-95, as a Governing Council member from 1994-2000, and as a Foundation Trustee since 2000. Jane graciously agreed to serve as Foundation President from November 2014 through the end of the Campaign, concluding December 2016. We are grateful for her leadership, fundraising skills, generous spirit and all she has shared. Jane will serve another year as a Trustee — and we hope she will be engaged with our Foundation for years to come, as her friendships are far-reaching and efforts for Chi Omega are extraordinary. Proud graduates of the University of Arkansas, Jane and her husband Jay reside in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Outgoing Foundation President Jane Wickard Rogers, Psi/University of Arkansas

Outgoing Chi Omega Foundation President Jane Wickard Rogers, Psi/University of Arkansas

Letitia’s service to Chi Omega Fraternity has been constant since her collegiate experience. She has served Chi Omega in many different capacities, including multiple Fraternity staff roles and service on Chi Omega volunteer teams and committees. Letitia joined the Chi Omega Governing Council in 2004 as Treasurer and was the first ex-officio Foundation Trustee when that role was created in 2006 as the A Loyalty to Sisterhood Campaign for endowment was concluding. She became Fraternity President in 2008, serving for six years.

A past president of The Ohio State University’s Greek Leaders Alumni Society, Letitia has been honored with the Outstanding OSU Alumni Society Leader Award. She received the Outstanding Chi Omega Alumna State of Ohio Award in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chi Omega President’s Award at Convention 2016.

Letitia brings a wealth of experience and skills that will help guide the Foundation for its next endeavors and an exciting future for Chi Omega. With the investment of loyal friends and donors, Letitia and Shelley are excited about the opportunities for Chi Omega.

Professionally, Letitia established an award-winning State Farm Insurance Agency in 1990, which she continues to operate. She and her husband, Mike, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.


 

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Sisters who Serve the World

In honor of National Philanthropy Day and our alliance with Make-A-Wish America, Chi Omega honors five Sisters who truly embody our Vision Statement: Sisters inspired by our values who serve the world while keeping Chi Omega ever at heart. We are so inspired by each of these alumnae and the way they serve their communities and the world every day, through Make-A-Wish and other incredible organizations.


serve-the-world-connie-oneillSMU Chi Omega alumna Connie O’Neill serves on the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors, ensuring that through the best scientific research and community awareness, the organization can save lives and end breast cancer forever.

“Get involved! Find something you are passionate about and volunteer,” Connie said. “My two passions are health and education. There are countless nonprofits to choose from in any community. Carve out a few hours and do something for someone else.”

Connie has been involved with Susan G. Komen for almost 25 years.  She has also been involved with many other charitable organizations in the Dallas area, including the Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Children’s Health Services of Texas, and as past President of the SMU Alumni Association and the Junior League of Dallas. She has served on the boards of the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, St. Paul Medical Center Foundation, and St. Mark’s School of Texas Parents Association Board.


jan-george-andrew-west-coastal-lifeCU Boulder Chi Omega alumna Jan George has spent more than half a century volunteering for the American Red Cross, following disasters from West, Texas to Ground Zero and serving as a steady source of support for hurricane victims near her home in Florida.

Jan taught children’s swimming lessons for the Red Cross for years, but after retirement, she knew she still wanted to help.

“I thought, well, I’m not going to teach swimming anymore – but I can certainly do something,” Jan said.

Since then, she has been deployed to more than 20 Red Cross missions across the country, managing dozens of volunteers. Jan was named the Governor’s Hurricane Conference award winner in 2014.

Photo Credit: Andrew West, Coastal Life


erika-togoThree years ago, Erika Wright, an alumna of Tau Beta Chapter at Oklahoma State University founded Somebody’s Mama, a volunteer organization focused on raising awareness and funding global projects focused on women’s healthcare, education, economic empowerment, and ending violence against women.

Along with co-founder Leia Johnson and the support of a Board of Directors that includes two Chi Omegas, Erika has worked to build a community proving that small and simple acts of love can create great things – resulting in the construction of a maternity ward and schools in West Africa, the support of business startups in South Sudan, healthcare training for women in Uganda, and many other successes.

“This not-so-crazy idea we had—doing good things with our friends in a simple and fun way—has become a global sisterhood movement that is bringing women around the world together for good,” Erika said. “I am humbled every day by our giving community and am simply astounded by what we have accomplished together in such a short time.”


jill-prof-picAs an award-winning high school counselor, supporting victims of violence and devastating loss through the Pima County (Tucson, Arizona) Attorney’s Office of Victim Services was a natural volunteer role for Jill Ronsman, an alumna of University of Arizona Chi Omega.

A military mother, Jill often spends between 20-40 hours each month voluteering through victim services in addition to her full-time job as a high school assistant principal.

“The most rewarding part of this opportunity is the hugs I get when I leave the unbearable situation, knowing that my team has helped soften the blow that life can give,” Jill said. “We are just a small part of this big world, and we need to realize that life and happiness is not just about us, it is about what [we] can do to make life better for others. What [we] can do to help our neighbor or sister.”

 

 


katlyn-with-wish-child-davidAt 14, Katlyn Gould was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Two years later, her Wish was granted – meeting Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jacob Ellsbury. When she began college a few years later, Katlyn found a home in the Psi Kappa Chapter at Clemson University, where she was able to volunteer through her chapter’s Make-A-Wish events.

Today, Katlyn is nine years cancer-free and working as a Wish Manager for Make-A-Wish South Carolina, planning and coordinating Wishes for children all over the state.

“There is a reason that both Chi Omega and Make-A-Wish hold special places in my heart and they work hand-in-hand together,” Katlyn said. “They both provide hope, strength, and joy to the individuals that they serve. They have both provided me with incredible memories full of joy and strength, a positive outlook, and helped grow my heart into a more passionate giving heart which has shaped me into the woman I am today.”

We could not be more proud of all Katlyn has accomplished! Chi Omega is honored to partner with Make-A-Wish as our national philanthropy.


 

L-R: Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award Recipient Linda Gregg Fields, Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Sela Ward, Chi Omega Foundation President Jane Rogers

Distinguished Alumnae Honored by Chi Omega

Chi Omega recognized exceptional alumnae with two of our highest honors in 2016 through the Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award, presented to philanthropist and community leader Linda Gregg Fields (Alpha Zeta/Texas State University) and the Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Award, presented to actress Sela Ward (Nu Beta/University of Alabama).

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Linda Gregg Fields, 2016 Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award Recipient www.AlexandersPortraits.com

Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award recipient Linda Gregg Fields is an initiate of Alpha Zeta Chapter at Texas State University, where she earned an education degree. This award was named to honor former Chi Omega Foundation President Roselyn Threadgill Dabbs. It is given to a Chi Omega who has demonstrated outstanding fraternal and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles within the Greek community and in her own community. Linda and her husband, Jerry, are philanthropic visionaries, having donated millions to causes around the globe, including Chi Omega. Her commitment to improving lives reaches many organizations worldwide. The family’s gift of $1 million to the Chi Omega Foundation’s Sisterhood Never Stops Campaign represents one of the largest gifts in Chi Omega’s history, and will be utilized as critical funding to support the emerging needs of the Fraternity in perpetuity.

Sela Ward, 2016 Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement

Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Sela Ward is an initiate of the Nu Beta Chapter at the University of Alabama. This national award is the Fraternity’s highest honor, recognizing distinguished accomplishment in service to Chi Omega, an individual’s community, and the nation. The Woman of Achievement Award is named in honor of Georgia resident Malinda Jolley Mortin, a dedicated Chi Omega alumna. Sela has received many awards for her performances, including Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Cable Ace Award. Her roles include those in Independence Day: Resurgence, Gone Girl, The Fugitive, Sisters, Once and Again, CSI: NY, House, and many more. Sela is author of the New York Times bestseller Homesick, founder of Hope Village for Children in her native state of Mississippi, and honorary chair of Chi Omega’s premier giving group, The 1895 Society.

Both awards were presented by the Chi Omega Foundation Trustees during Chi Omega’s 61st Biennial Convention in June 2016, with more than 1,200 collegiate and alumnae delegates in attendance. We are honored to be represented by these incredible Sisters and to recognize their impact on Chi Omega and beyond.


Pictured above (L-R): 2016 Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award Recipient Linda Gregg Fields (Alpha Zeta Chapter/Texas State), 2016 Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Sela Ward (Nu Beta Chapter/University of Alabama), Chi Omega Foundation President Jane Rogers (Psi Chapter/University of Arkansas).


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Chi Omegas in Miss America 2017

Chi Omega was represented on the Miss America 2017 stage this Sunday by Miss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis (Phi Delta Chapter/Mississippi State University) and Miss Texas, Caroline Carothers (Theta Kappa Chapter/Baylor University). Both finished in the Top 7 and Laura Lee was Fourth Runner-Up! We are so proud of their accomplishments.

miss-mississippi-laura-lee-lewis-headshotMiss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis is an initiate of the Phi Delta Chapter at Mississippi State University, where is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Her platform, Mentoring Matters, is focused on establishing a community-based approach to youth mentorship, bringing awareness to mentoring opportunities and the powerful impact they can have on young men and women. Laura Lee was able to perform her vocal talent on the Miss America stage.

miss-texas-caroline-carothers-headshotMiss Texas, Caroline Carothers is an initiate of the Theta Kappa Chapter at Baylor University, where she is also a Feature Twirler. A competitive baton twirler since the age of 6, Caroline teaches twirling to young women and performed her talent at Miss America. An aspiring math teacher, Caroline’s platform, With Math I Can, helps students reach their potential and change negative attitudes about math.

Chi Omega is honored to be represented by Laura Lee, Caroline, and all of the other Sisters who were local titleholders during 2016. We can’t wait to see what’s next for these incredible women. Congratulations to our Panhellenic Sister and former Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, for being crowned Miss America 2017!