Over the last few years, National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo has become huge. It’s a great way for anyone to express their creative side or for writers to finally get that novel written and finished. I’m always delighted when I discover someone I know is doing NaNoWriMo. Are you novelling this year? Please say Hi and become my buddy at ShireenJ!
A friend introduced me to it in 2009, and I’ve written a novel or non-fiction every year, though most remain unpublished. This year, I set myself the challenge to both write and edit for public consumption a satirical novel focusing on every Torontonian’s favourite subject. No, not raccoons. The TTC. Louise and The Men Of Transit.
“Louise has been hired by TTC management and dives into learn all about customer convenience on transit from her idol, the CEO. She eagerly adopt her idol’s way of wearing a name tag and riding the subway. And then she meets Jim.”
So far I’ve written a chapter daily and have uploaded them to Wattpad. If you don’t know Wattpad, it’s a free Toronto-based website devoted to providing stories on any device, readable anywhere in the world. You can read without joining. If you join, you can comment on any chapter or story, build your library of favourite stories, or follow your favourite authors. My plan is to post a new chapter every day and am hoping writing this post will make it so. Accountability works! You can read it here -> https://my.w.tt/Xywq8XN0BR
We have another great informal event coming up – A Flower Arranging Workshop! Please read below for details – this event has a maximum capacity so please RSVP to me – firstname.lastname@example.org, in addition to paying online to reserve your spot.
Event Details – Floral Arranging Workshop
Participants will learn how to create and get to keep a full-centrepiece flower arrangement in a 5×5 vase, light refreshments will also be provided
Date: October 16, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Location: Coquette Studios 334 Kingston Road
Cost: $70 +hst ($79.10 total) payable by e-transfer to email@example.com
RSVP/payment required by October 2, 2018
Pay your annual dues today to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing.
A portion of your dues goes to Tri Delta Executive Office to support programming. The remainder of your dues help the alumnae chapter to host events for the collegiate chapter, support St Jude, POGO, the Foundation, the Trilogy Fund, programming and send a representative to Convention.
You can pay your annual dues here:Dues and Donations
I had the pleasure of attending two TriDelta conferences this year. In February I was invited to Collegiate Leadership Conference (CLC) where I shared my story of applying for and receiving the Trilogy Grant after being diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. I was invited to my first TriDelta Convention where I was able to give an update on my life and properly thank the Foundation and entire organization.
The theme of convention was “Our Kind of Kind” inspired by Sarah Ida Shaw’s plan to found a society that is “kind alike to all.” There’s nothing like a convention of 500+ TriDelta members to show you that we really do all adhere to the same principles of leadership, and sisterhood.
Convention started with a welcome Lunch where we proudly filled a table with Canada Alpha and Canada Delta members. Front and center, our table was patriotically decked out in red and white candies, chocolate loonies, and Canadian flags: thank you to Michelle Mercer for the swag!
At the Awards Dinner the hall was filled with Oscar-worthy gowns. We witnessed our own Arlene Chan recognized with the coveted Woman of Achievement Award for her career as librarian, author, leader in the Chinese-Canadian community, as well as her athleticism in competitive dragon boat racing. Arlene was honored to be able to share this experience with so many Canadian alumnae.
The Toronto Alumnae Chapter won the award for Overall Member Experience highlighting the strength of our local alumnae chapter and the work of its members.
The fourth of July kicked it off with a lengthy business meeting. Amendments called back to what it means to be brave, bold, kind, and inclusive with our membership. The evening saw the dining room transformed into a backyard barbecue party with a live country band topped off with fireworks shot off to Katy Perry’s… Firework.
Pansy brunch closed convention with keynote speaker TriDelta alumna and Woman of Achievement award winner Catherine Crier.
I am grateful to have been able to attend Convention. TriDelta is a huge operation run by women for women, and it’s empowering to be reminded of the big-picture of it all. It was also a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of my fellow alumnae members and return home with further appreciation for our own Toronto chapter.
Save the date for Convention 2020 in Orlando July 10-12!
In the Bonds,
It’s your last chance to get your ticket for our annual Circle Degree celebration and dinner. Help us welcome our new grads into alumnae life and honour our silver and gold circle members. If you missed your Circle Degree, Silver Degree or Gold Degree you can go through it this year.
This year’s event will take place at 410 Queen’s Quay West in the upstairs party room with beautiful views of Toronto’s Harbourfront. A catered, buffet style, hot dinner will be served.
Visitor parking is available. See concierge upon arrival, and be sure to mention that you’re attending the event in the upstairs party room.
Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket using the Paypal link : http://torontotridelta.ca/events/
May 2nd at 6:30pm join us in celebrating our new grads, silver circle and golden circle members. If you’ve passed your 25 years of membership but haven’t yet gone through the Silver Circle degree you can do it this year. Reach out to us and we can include you in the ceremony.
The event will take place at 410 Queen’s Quay West in the upstairs party room with beautiful views of Toronto’s Harbour Front. A catered, buffet style Italian hot dinner will be served.
Visitor parking is available, see concierge upon arrival and be sure to mention that you’re attending the event in the upstairs party room.
Tickets are $25. Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket using the Paypal link at http://torontotridelta.ca/dues-and-payments/
On behalf of the nomination committee, it is my pleasure to introduce your Tri Delta Toronto Alumnae Chapter Executive Committee for the 2018-2020 term:
President – Michelle Mercer
Vice President – Carrie Illsley
Secretary – Laura Trommels
Treasurer – Elizabeth Melo
Alumnae-Collegiate Relations – Giovanna Campagna
Adopt-a-New Member – Caitie Hase
Database – Sandra Porter
Dorothy Cody – Susan Weston
Historian – Christine Kralik
Membership – Krystal Medri
Newsletter – Allison Browning
Panhellenic – Carmelina Macario
Past President – Carly Klassen
Philanthropy – Asia Pineau
Social – Selen Sorensen with assistance from Ashley Pivko
Social Media & GIN – Andrea Morassutti
Webmaster – Shireen Jeejeebhoy
Young Alumnae – Melanie Blundell
Congratulations and thanks to the new officers for sharing their leadership skills with our chapter!
Our most important chapter goals, as identified by the nominees’ Leadership Profiles, are strengthening alumnae-collegiate relations, increasing recruitment of recent grads, boosting attendance at events, offering more varied programming and enhancing our social media presence and engagement.
Nominees were also asked about their dream jobs, regardless of skill or income. From doctor to veterinarian, environmental land use planner to national park tour guide, it’s no surprise that even in their imaginations, our new leaders are focused on compassion and service.
Thank you to everyone who nominated a sister or self-nominated. Special thanks to my fellow Nom Com members Betty-Faye LeRiche and Melanie Blundell for all of their inspired ideas and hard work. We look forward to celebrating the installation of the new officers.
Carly Klassen, Chair
2018-2020 Nominating Committee
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WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF NOM COM?
- We are delighted to announce that Melanie Blundell and Betty-Faye LeRiche have joined Carly Klassen on the 2018-2020 Nominating Committee.
- This brings our total to three members, in accordance with our chapter bylaws, and also provides the committee with a multi-generational perspective.
- Feel free to reach out to any Nom Com member with your nominations.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
- Looking for a new opportunity? We’d love to hear from you! Please complete your Leadership Profile as soon as possible.
- Point form is fine and there are no wrong answers.
- And don’t forget to pay your dues! Only dues-paying members of the Toronto Alumnae Chapter are eligible to be involved in the election process.
WHEN WILL NOM COM FINALIZE THE SLATE FOR VOTING?
- The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 2nd.
- Between Saturday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 10th, Nom Com will discuss and finalize the slate.
- President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary will be presented for election.
WHERE WILL THE SLATE BE PRESENTED?
- The slate will be presented at the Annual General Meeting at T-Buds on Sunday, February 11th.
WHY IS NOM COM CONCERNED ABOUT COMMITTEE CHAIRS IF ONLY FOUR OFFICES ARE SLATED?
- While committee chairs are appointed, not elected, Nom Com accepts nominations for these keys roles as well, so we can make recommendations to the incoming Executive Committee.
HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
- Nominate a sister! Think about the Tri Deltas within your circle. Who might be ready for a new challenge? Who is a little shy, but might be willing to share her talents if given an encouraging nudge?
- Even if the sister you have in mind is not a current dues-paying member, she can still be considered if she pays her dues by the AGM.
Thanks for your assistance with the nominating process, and for your commitment to the Tri Delta Toronto Alumnae Chapter. We look forward to having tea with you on the 11th!
Your 2018-2020 Nominating Committee
Carly Klassen (Chair): firstname.lastname@example.org/416.300.4184
Melanie Blundell: email@example.com/416.453.5337
Betty-Faye LeRiche: firstname.lastname@example.org/905.732.6262