TRI PSI TRIumphs in Buffalo!

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Toronto Tri Delta Alumnae at Tri Psi Convention

It was an eventful four days in Buffalo that included plenty of sisterhood – with a side of shopping! The 93rd International Tri Psi Convention took place from October 13-16, 2016 at the Millennium Hotel, next to the Walden Galleria Mall.

Organized by the Toronto Tri Psis with Christine Calhoun at the helm, the conference appeared to adopt a similar theme to Tri Delta’s 2016 Convention: “Legislate. Celebrate.” Some of the changes the Tri Psis ratified include replacing their annual gathering with a biennial one and creating the new council position of Membership Director. Plus, International Tri Psi President Olive Jeejeebhoy passed the gavel to fellow Canadian Christine Calhoun, keeping the sorority’s leadership in our Toronto family!

While the Tri Psis were legislating, the guests were celebrating all that Buffalo has to offer. We were treated to tours of Forest Lawn Cemetery and the Darwin D. Martin House Complex. The former is the “permanent home” of illustrious residents like U.S. President Millard Fillmore (and musician Rick James!), while the latter was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Tri Psis later joined us for a walking tour of the Canalside District, some free time in Niagara Falls State Park, plus dinner and musical entertainment at Top of the Falls Restaurant.

The Tri Deltas in attendance serenaded the other guests with DDD songs at the Saturday night banquet. However, the real highlight of the evening was a heartfelt speech given by Tri Delta and Tri Psi Kathy Massie. Kathy has previously served as DDD’s National Panhellenic Conference Delegate and is currently an NPC Release Figure Method Specialist for formal recruitment. On Sunday, Tri Psis and Tri Deltas concluded the Convention with the Violet Brunch.

The Canada Alpha Chapter of Tri Psi was well-represented by Cindy Blundell, Christine Calhoun, Jocette Illsley, Olive Jeejeebhoy, Sara Joyce, Georgina Klassen, Jeanine Macario, Fuza Majid, Michelle Mercer, Judy Pownall and Doreen Sherk.

In addition to Michelle and Judy, Toronto Alumnae Chapter members in attendance were Sarah Atteck, Katie Blundell, Caitlin Calhoun, Jessica Calhoun, Carrie Illsley, Carly Klassen, Carmelina Macario, Elizabeth Melo, Krystal Mercer, Barbara Morrison and Ashley Pivko.

And we can’t forget our Tri Delta dads and Tri Psi husbands, lovingly known as “Tri Psicles”: Thomas Calhoun, Khush Jeejeebhoy, John Klassen, John Pownall and Gordon Sherk!

Congrats to Christine and her team for an amazing weekend! We hope you’ll consider joining us at future Tri Psi Conventions.

Loyally,

Carly Klassen

Past President, Toronto Alumnae Chapter

Terry Fox Run Results for 2016!

Terry Fox Run 2016
L to R: Jenny Dundas, Carrie Illsley, Krystal Mercer, Ivy Bojmic & Michelle Mercer

Thanks to everyone who supported the Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter team in the 2016 Terry Fox Run! The generosity of our donors made it possible for us to raise 121% of our $1200 goal, i.e. $1450! Amazing!

Special thanks to Michelle Mercer for taking over as captain when I was invited to attend a friend’s wedding brunch. Michelle was our top fundraiser, bringing in $620 in donations! Woo hoo!

Also worth noting is the participation of Carrie Illsley’s life partner Colin Watson. The brave Colin was the group photographer and our token male this year. 🙂

Look for a more detailed report in the next Toronto Tri Delta Tribune!

With gratitude,

Carly Klassen

Past President, Toronto Alumnae Chapter

 

Last Call for the Terry Fox Run!

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It’s not too late to join or support the Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter team in the Terry Fox Run! The event is taking place on Sunday, September 18 and no donation is too small. Please click HERE for all the details.

Thanks for your generosity. The team hopes to see you at the Run, followed by brunch at a local pub!

Delta Love,

Carly

Team Captain

 

A Word From Tri Psi’s Christine Calhoun

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American Falls at Niagara Falls

Dear DDD Alumnae,

The deadline to book your hotel room for the Tri Psi Convention is September 12, although the hotel will honour the rate if they have rooms available. We are hoping that more ladies from your chapter will attend because we know it will be great!

The Millennium Hotel has free parking and is right beside the Walden Galleria Mall. There are lots of shops and restaurants. There is a Panera Bread and an Olive Garden restaurant across the street. The hotel is creating a $6 breakfast special just for our group, at the restaurant in the hotel. They are happy to have us there.

We have a trip planned for Friday afternoon to see the new waterfront of Buffalo, many beautiful buildings and the Niagara State Park. There you will find the Maid of the Mist, an IMAX theatre and beautiful scenery. Niagara Falls, the seventh wonder of the world is close by.  Our dinner will include an informal setting with a spectacular view of the falls. We will be treated to a special musical and theatrical presentation. The creator of the show is a Canadian and will bring the SHOW to us ….. away from its regular venue. Hopefully, there will be fireworks to finish with.

The Saturday banquet will be in the hotel restaurant The Walden. We will have the entire room which overlooks an area of greenery. This is where the pool is and the courtyard rooms with balconies. Our guest speaker will be a member of the Tri Delta Buffalo Alumnae Chapter, Kathy Massie. She has held numerous DDD volunteer positions and will be interesting to listen to. We are still working on some musical entertainment.

We will culminate our time together with the Violet Brunch on Sunday morning. We hope to be joined by Delta daughters.

Thanks for registering as soon as possible. Please click HERE for all of the details, and pass the info on to the rest of your Tri Delta friends. We look forward to seeing you, and to having a special and memorable time!
Tri Psi Love,

Christine Calhoun

Canada Alpha Tri Psi Chapter

momcalhoun@yahoo.ca

Reminder: Tri Psi Convention in Buffalo, NY!

DDDs at Tri Psi Convention

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Dearest Deltas,

The deadline to register for Tri Psi Convention is next week! I hope you’ll consider joining us for all or part of the weekend. I will be there and am looking forward to meeting up with other Tri Delta sisters. 🙂

A meaningful mother-daughter weekend. A fun-filled girls’ shopping trip. A romantic Niagara Falls getaway. The planned activities and discounted hotel rate lend themselves nicely to any of these options. For more details, please click HERE.

DL,
Carly
Carly Klassen
DDD Alumnae Specialist, NE Region

Please Support DDD at the Terry Fox Run!

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Dear Tri Delta Sisters,

For the third consecutive year, the Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter is proudly supporting The Terry Fox Foundation in its ongoing work to fund innovative and progressive cancer research programs by taking part in the Terry Fox Run in less than two weeks!

Since the early 1970s, Tri Delta’s chosen philanthropy has been Children’s Cancer Charities. The Terry Fox Run allows us to support this cause in a Canadian context. The Terry Fox Run is accessible to everyone! It is one of the only charitable runs that requires no entry fee or minimum donation amount. Also, participants can choose from different sites and distances, and many of the locations are wheelchair accessible.

To learn more about this amazing event, go to our Run page:

https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=716071&langPref=en-CA#&panel1-1

To find out more about how our team will be participating this year, read our previous post:

http://torontotridelta.ca/2016/08/22/terry-fox-run-2016-anything-is-possible-if-we-tri/

Please support our team by joining or sponsoring us. Your kindness will impact the lives of so many people living with cancer.

With Delta love & gratitude,

Carly

Carly Klassen

Past President, DDD Toronto Alumnae Chapter

Terry Fox Run 2016: Anything Is Possible If We TRI!

2015 Team: Sandra Porter, Michelle Mercer, Carly Klassen & Krystal Mercer
2015 Team: Sandra Porter, Michelle Mercer, “Terry Fox”, Carly Klassen & Krystal Mercer

Dearest Deltas,

Terry Fox famously said, “Anything is possible if we try.” For the third consecutive year, our Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter team is going to give it the old college TRI at The Terry Fox Run! The event, which takes place on Sunday, September 18, 2016 reinforces our commitment to Children’s Cancer Charities and is inclusive in nature, e.g. no entry fee, no minimum donation, different distance options for participants. To view our team page:

  1. Go to www.terryfox.org.
  2. Select the “Teams” tab at the top (light green)
  3. Click on “Find/Donate to/Start/Join a team online” on the right (orange)
  4. Use the “I want to join a team/donate to a team” link (blue)
  5. Enter “Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter”

I would like to invite you, your family and your friends to join us! From our team page, click on the ‘Join Team’ button to sign-up and help us fundraise. You are welcome to choose the Run site that is most convenient for you, but if you wish to walk 5K and join our group for a post-Run brunch, please select the Toronto-Mooredale location. We chose Mooredale because it’s easily accessible by car and by TTC (Rosedale Station). We’re aiming for a 10 a.m. start time. If you can’t join us, you can also support our team by making a donation online at the above website. Our fundraising goal this year is $1200.

Please register today, dig out your old DDD t-shirt, and start fundraising!

Loyally,

Carly Klassen

Past President, Toronto Alumnae Chapter

You’re Invited to Tri Psi Convention!

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Buffalo, NY Skyline

Dear Toronto Alumnae,

I have some exciting news to share with you! Psi Psi Psi, the sorority for Tri Delta mothers, is hosting its 93rd International Convention at the Millennium Buffalo Hotel from October 13-16, 2016!

http://tripsisorority.com/Psi_Psi_Psi_Sorority/2016_Convention.html

You are cordially invited to attend all or part of the Convention. Of particular interest to Tri Deltas are the banquet and the Violet Brunch. The banquet is open to all Tri Psis, Tri Deltas, spouses, family and guests. Our Fraternity’s former NPC delegate Kathy Massie will be the keynote speaker and the cost is $43 US per person. The Violet Brunch for Tri Psis and Tri Deltas is $20 US per person. This is an excellent opportunity for a Buffalo shopping road trip! The hotel shares a parking lot with the Walden Galleria Mall (Macy’s) and is only a short drive from the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Rooms for up to four guests are available for $119 US per night.

Also, the Tri Psis will be conducting initiation at the Convention. Tri Delta daughters serve as sponsors for their mothers at this Ritual written by Sarah Ida Shaw Martin. Initiation is open to mothers, stepmothers and foster mothers of DDDs of all ages, not just collegians. Whether your mom attended college, joined Tri Delta, joined a different NPC group or didn’t pledge a sorority at all, Tri Psi sisterhood is open to her. It’s a wonderful way to honor your mom and to share with her the bonds that Tri Psis and Tri Deltas hold dear. The initiation fee is $40 CDN.

http://tripsisorority.com/Psi_Psi_Psi_Sorority/Become_A_Member.html

Please feel free to share this invitation with your Tri Delta friends. I expect we’ll get a good number of DDDs from New York and Ontario, so co-chair Christine Calhoun has graciously offered a hospitality suite for Tri Delta attendees to gather for an informal meet and greet. I hope to see many of you there! Kindly let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to direct you to the appropriate party.

Loyally,

Carly Klassen

DDD Alumnae Specialist, NE Region

ccklassen@hotmail.com

Repeat Performance for Toronto at Convention!

Canadian Alumnae at Convention 2016
 Canadian Alumnae at Convention 2016

Photo: Back L to R – Ksenija Stupar, Carly Klassen, Elizabeth Melo, Carrie Illsley, Michelle Mercer, Caitie Hase. Front L to R – Maya McDonald (Ottawa), Vicki Bowman (Ottawa), Laura Knapp.

It is with great pride and joy that I announce the Tri Delta Toronto Alumnae Chapter’s accolades at Convention 2016!

We were the first runner up for Alumnae Excellence in Communication (medium chapter size). We were also the first runner up for Alumnae Collegiate Sisterhood (medium chapter with a local collegiate chapter). And for the second consecutive biennium, we received the Eleanor Dorcas Pond Award for providing “exceptional and rewarding experiences” to our members! This award is the equivalent of best chapter overall out of approximately 250 alumnae chapters. Congratulations to each and every one of us for the dedication, support and love we show our alumnae chapter and her members! Hooray for us!

At Convention 2014, we received a crystal bowl in recognition of this honour. In lieu of an award in 2016, a registration fee credit has been granted to our alumnae chapter towards Convention 2018. The registration fee typically runs $200-300 US.

Look for more Convention news in the Fall 2016 issue of the Toronto Tri Delta Tribune.

Loyally,

Carly Klassen

Past President, Toronto Alumnae Chapter & Alumnae Specialist, Northeast Region

Nominations Are Open!

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It is the most wonderful time of the year! No, we don’t mean Christmas or when the kids go back to school. It is that time of year when we take stock of all the wonderful things our current Executive have helped the Chapter to achieve and reflect on the skills we need to keep growing and moving forward.

As your Nominating Committee it is our honour to put forward a slate of Executive Committee candidates for your consideration at the upcoming AGM. Do you have a skill set you’d like to share or something you’d like to learn while serving with a wonderful group of women? Perhaps you’d like to nominate someone else for consideration? We welcome your thoughts and suggestions! Our job is to slate someone for the roles of President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary. Committee Chairs do not need to be voted on at the AGM but we are happy to accept nominations for those important roles as well.

Nominations close on Friday January 22, 2016. Nominations can be received by telephone or email. If you are nominating someone else, please include a brief note about what position you are nominating her for and why you feel she is a good candidate. If you’d like to put your own name forward for consideration, please fill in the Leadership Profile 2016 and submit it by the same deadline.

The slate will be announced and voted on at the AGM on February 9th.

We look forward to being in touch.

Laura Knapp, Chair, 2016-2018 Nominating Committee (knapp.laura@ymail.com)

Marilyn Browning – brownings@sympatico.ca

Ksenjia Stupar – ks.stupar@gmail.com