Happy New Year!

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Photo: Chinese Dragon by Shizhao (2006)

Eat less. Exercise more. Worry less. Sleep more. We have the best of intentions when we make our resolutions every year on December 31st. Of course, as I type this on Orthodox Christmas, most of us have already broken the promises we made to ourselves just a week ago. Luckily, we have another shot at success. On January 23, 2012, Chinese New Year will be celebrated and the Year of the Dragon begins.

I recently discovered that the dragon is revered, not because it is the only mythological creature included in the Chinese Zodiac, but because it is a powerful combination of various animals, like the tiger, fish, snake and eagle. In other words, “the sum is greater than the individual parts.”

That’s how I feel about the current executive committee. It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve with the women you elected to office in 2010. Collectively, we have improved our communication efforts, increased our philanthropic endeavours, and included the collegians and Tri Psis in more of our activities. I’m grateful to each and every one of the officers for staying committed to our resolutions over the past two years.

On Thursday, February 9th, a new chapter begins. The slate of officers for 2012-2014 will be presented at our Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Party. The event is taking place in the party room of Carrie Illsley’s building. You’ll find more details about the party in the upcoming issue of the Toronto Tri Delta Tribune. The party is open to all members of the Toronto Alumnae Chapter who are in good standing. If you haven’t yet paid your dues for 2011-2012, it’s not too late. Just RSVP to the event and indicate that you will be bringing your $60 payment that evening, along with an appetizer, a dessert or a bottle of wine. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Whatever your resolutions are for 2012, I hope that you might be willing to put them aside for one evening and indulge a little with us at the Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Party. As Oscar Wilde said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

In the bonds,

Carly Klassen
President, Toronto Alumnae Chapter

P.S. Afternoon Tea at the King Edward will take place, in conjunction with the Circle Ceremonies, in May 2012. This event is also open to collegians and Tri Psis. More details to follow at a later date.

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