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Book club -Wed, March 12
Blanket Bee - Fri, March 14
Social Bridge - Fri, March 21
Siesta Key Beach Party - Mon, March 17
Southwestern Guide Dogs at Tri Delta Alumnae Lunch
Join the Young Alum group! Contact: Melissa Muller, 941-779-3126.
Sarasota (FL) Area Alumnae Chapter held a Wine Tasting Event to continue to recruit younger alumnae members for its Young Alum Group aimed at moms and women who are in the work force.
Headed by Melissa Hunter Muller, Wichita State, an initial meeting was held before the start of the school year. Several of the women not only have joined the young alumnae, but have become Sarasota Alumnae Chapter members as well. Call us to join!
Former president and longtime member Christine Heider was wrapped in a shawl of Delta Love by Lynn Simmons. The shawl knit by Glenda Edwards was a tribute to Christine who lost her husband Frank last May. We all miss Frank.
Betty Brook Receives Diamond Circle Degree
Back in 1937 when Betty Brook went through rush at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, she had to make a big decision. Should she pledge Pi Phi which was founded by her great aunt or Delta Delta Delta where she really liked the young women.
(Click HERE to read the Herald Tribune Article)
Betty said, "I have made some bad decisions in my life, but the decision to join Tri Delta was one of the best I ever made."
Now, 75 years later, she celebrated her decision to pledge Epsilon Chapter at the Diamond Circle Degree ceremony in her honor at the October Tri Delta meeting.
Surrounded by the Sarasota Alumnae Chapter members who have been her sisters for more than 20 years, Betty received her Diamond Circle pin from Barbara Murphy after a candle lighting ritual conducted by Rituals Chairman Carol Hatch and Alumnae Chapter President Susan Lessen.
At age 94, Betty still plays bridge every month with the Tri Deltas and attends meetings with her caregiver Nancy Kanellos who has become part of our Tri Delta family.
Betty has many memories. She was the youngest of six children raised on a farm in western Illinois. All six went to college. Two sisters and a brother were Phi Beta Kappas. Betty majored in history and taught history, economics and Latin in a small high school after graduation.
But war was coming, so Betty left teaching and joined the Navy to serve her country. She was commissioned a lieutenant junior grade and stationed in Washington, D.C.
After World War II, she joined the Department of State where she was a secretary. She explains that women back then did not have executive positions.
She was posted to eight foreign embassies in her career which spanned more than 20 years. Asked about her favorite assignment, and she answers Beirut.
"Beirut was so pretty in the 1940s. I liked the people and it was very social.... an adventure," Betty said.
She came to Sarasota to visit a friend and liked what she saw. So she retired here, traveled, played golf and joined the Tri Delta alumnae chapter which she said was an entre to meet people.
Betty lives at Glenridge retirement community where she has many friends and a number of Tri Delta neighbors. Yes, Tri Delta was a good decision!!