National President of Alpha Chi Omega Visits WWU
|4/30/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
It’s not every day that a sorority hosts its national president, but Alpha Chi Omega at William Woods University has done it twice in the past two years.
Marsha Grady, who was national president at the time, visited Delta Chi chapter in August 2011 to present the National Council Trophy—the sorority’s highest award for collegiate chapters—and several other awards.
Recently, Diane Blackwelder, current national president, visited the chapter to congratulate members on their good work, which resulted in Delta Chi receiving one of five Continuing Excellence Awards at the national convention in St. Louis last summer. It is an award the chapter has earned for about a dozen years.
"It was an honor to meet and host Diane Blackwelder,” Claire Thibodaux, chapter president, said. Many Alpha Chi Omegas have the dream of meeting their national president during their collegiate years. The women of Delta Chi were proud and excited for such a great experience. I am so glad I was a part of it."
Blackwelder, a 1970 graduate of Baker University, has held numerous roles in the organization, including serving as chair of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation for four years and a trustee for eight. In 1996, Blackwelder was named to the National Council as a vice president, which she held for two, two-year terms.
Alpha Chi Omega is a national women's organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning and service. Currently, there are 135 collegiate chapters of Alpha Chi Omega and more than 200,000 lifetime members.
Ale Martinez, vice president of finance for Delta Chi chapter at William Woods University, visits with Diane Blackwelder, Alpha Chi Omega national president.
Diane Blackwelder cuts the cake in her honor while Megan Andrews, Panhellenic delegate for Delta Chi chapter at William Woods University, looks on.
Members of Delta Chi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at William Woods University gather with the Alpha Chi Omega national president.