Congratulations! Fran Harris-Shaffer for being installed as our new Illinois State Council president. Fran we hope you have a wonderful year as you “Let Your Dreams Take Flight with ESA." Other members of Xi Chi serving on the executive board and appointed board are Wanda Harris as corresponding secretary, scrapbook coeditor, and state convention co-chair; Sue Osborne as chaplain; Blyth Wilson as scrapbook coeditor and state convention co-chair; Adrian Sperduto as state convention co-chair; and Chip Shaffer as Hope for Heroes coordinator. Thanks to the members of Omega Nu for a fun filled convention weekend. The Friday night mixer was hilarious and entertaining and Saturday evening was very elegant.
We had several of our members attend the ISC convention as we prepared for Fran's installation. Our members in attendance were Adrian Sperduto, Blythe Wilson, Sue Osborne, Chip Shaffer, Fran Harris-Shaffer, Wanda Harris and our three Elans: Aiyana and Chenoa Stokes and Sydney McMurphy. Xi Chi was proud to receive several awards at this year's awards luncheon- HFH participation, 3rd place Easter Seals, 3rd place Camp New Hope, 2nd place publicity, Gold Link for publicity, 1st place philanthropic hrs, 1st place philanthropic money, 3rd place St Jude hrs, and our most cherished- Outstanding Chapter 2012-13.
Other chapter activities: in May we held our annual awards banquet at the Trenton House in Trenton, Illinois. ISC state president Celeste and her sister corresponding Sec. LeeAnn were on hand to help present the awards. Chip received his third and fourth degree Pallas Athene, Sue Osborne received her fourth degree Pallas Athene and Blyth Wilson received her Jewel Pin and first Pearl + 1. Our pledge of the year was Blythe Wilson and Chip Shaffer was chosen as our member of the year. A special “Thumbs up ”award was presented to our volunteers in attendance for coupons clipping and Chip was crowned “Shrink Wrap King” complete with his own crown. Other mementos included a pink flamingo for Blyth's RV, bubble bath and a rubber ducky for LeeAnn, a giant eraser for Adrian, and Fran received her travel companion, “Flutterby “. It was a fun filled evening with everyone really enjoying themselves. June was a busy month with us having our annual yard sale June 13 and 14th with the proceeds going towards Ways and Means. The 21st through the 23rd Chip, Fran and volunteers helped out at Camp Hope in Farmington Missouri with the female wounded warrior float trip. They had a large turnout this year and the weather turned out great for a float down the river.
Upcoming activities include a booth at the O'Fallon Township high school homecoming football game September 28, a booth at the Taste of Southern Illinois in Lebanon Illinois September 27 and 28th, our annual barbecue is scheduled for October 20 and our St. Jude fundraiser (dinner and auction) scheduled for November 9th. Of course we will have a few members attending the fall board and workshop in Mattoon Oct. 5 plus we are making plans for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.