The 109th National Convention of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc., was held July 12-16, 2017.
Judy Beall, PNP, Lambda Gamma Chapter, Wichita, Kansas, served as Convention Coordinator for the “Jewels of the Southwest” themed convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
National President, Linda Dressen, Zeta Theta Chapter, Pana, Illinois, presided at the business meetings during the convention.
Delegates from 67 chapters were represented from throughout the U.S. Attending from Kappa Rho Chapter, New Carlisle, Indiana, were Kathy Van Lue, Delegate, and Bonnie DeMeyer, Past National President.
A combined total from all chapters donated to philanthropic projects during the past year amounted to $603,387.99.
The members supported their communities with a total of 131,668.78 volunteer hours during the past year.
Awards were given to chapters with the highest total amount of money spent on philanthropy, and also for the chapters with the most volunteer hours.
Of philanthropic interest to members is the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias and encouraging professionals in the area of Guidance and Counseling.
Delta Theta Tau’s Educational Grant program enables students to continue their studies in the graduate field of Guidance and Counseling.
The delegates allotted $5,000.00 for Educational Grants, $5,000.00 for Ectodermal Dysplasias, and $5,679.10 for The Jackson Center for Conductive Education.
Delegates elected Jeri Elliott of Xi Epsilon Chapter in Yakima, Washington to serve as the new National President. Jeri chose as her focus for her year at the helm of the organization, “Opportunity For Kindness”.
Delta Theta Tau, a National Philanthropic Sorority, was founded in 1903 in Muncie, Indiana, by five high school girls. The first National Convention was held in 1908 in Elwood, Indiana.
The 110th National Convention will be held July 18-22, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee.