Come Walking in Memphis with Tri Psi!

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Memphis, Tennessee is not only the Home of the Blues, Soul, and Rock ‘n Roll, but it’s also where St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tri Delta’s philanthropy partner, is located. The vibrant cultural scene and the opportunity to tour the impressive St. Jude campus made Memphis the ideal choice for the next Tri Psi Convention!

The Holiday Inn Express in downtown Memphis will host Tri Psi Convention from June 4-7, 2020 and Tri Deltas are cordially invited! A meaningful mother-daughter weekend. A fun-filled girls’ trip. A romantic getaway. The planned activities and discounted hotel rate lend themselves nicely to any of these options. Find out more on the Tri Psi website:

https://tripsisorority.com/2020-convention

Registration is $186 US per person and includes:

  • Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid Tour
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tour & Boxed Lunch
  • Memphis City Tour
  • Dinner & Live Music at B.B. King’s Blues Club
  • Sun Studio Tour
  • Banquet Dinner & “An Extravaganza Tribute to the Stars”
  • Violet Brunch

Your accommodations are booked separately. Instructions for obtaining the discounted rate at the Holiday Inn Express can be found on the Tri Psi website. Where you choose to stay is entirely up to you, although the Holiday Inn Express is strongly recommended. The hotel is within walking distance of many attractions, including the Beale Street Historic District, and is conveniently situated across from the iconic Peabody Hotel and the world-famous Rendezvous restaurant. Our discounted room rate is $149 US per night, which includes a full breakfast. The cost of the breakfast, when purchased separately, is $13.95 US per person. Based on double occupancy, this is a fantastic deal! The discounted room rate is also available on Wednesday and Sunday for those who would like to arrive a day early and/or extend their stay an extra night. The guest rooms were renovated in April 2018, and feature many special amenities and services, like complimentary wireless Internet and mini refrigerators for personal snacks.

The Tri Psis will be conducting initiation at 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 honour your mom and to share with her the bonds that Tri Psis and Tri Deltas hold dear.

As you can see, a very exciting itinerary has been planned. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ccklassen@hotmail.com. In the words of singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, I hope you’ll “put on [your] blue suede shoes” and come “walking in Memphis” next June!

Carly Klassen

Tri Psi Convention Chair

Founders’ Day Dinner Nov. 27th

Founders’ Day Dinner and Awards Banquet 2019

Dearest Deltas,

Please join us as we celebrate Founders’ Day 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel on Wednesday, November 27th. Please RSVP by providing payment on the Paypal link to the right. Be sure to choose your meal selection using the dropdown menu on the Paypal link.

Menu:

Starter – Lettuce Sampling of Baby Red Leaf, Endive & Lollo Rosso & Niagara Pears with Shallot & Walnut Vinaigrette (VG, GF)

Entree – Choice of: Teriyaki Glazed Salmon OR Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast

Entrees are accompanied with: Basmati Rice, Steamed Yu Choy & Fried Shishito Chili

Dessert – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Truffle Cake with Exotic Fruit Coulis

Location: Willard Room at the Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville hotel located at 220 Bloor Street West

Time: Cocktails and reception will commence at 6:00pm followed by dinner and awards at 7:00pm

Pricing: $70 or $90 for non-members

Parking: There is a Green P parking lot directly behind the restaurant. From Bloor Street, go North on Bedford Rd. then make a right into the parking lot (9 Bedford Rd. is the address for the parking lot). There is an entrance directly into the hotel from the lot.

TTC: The Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville hotel is located on the North side of Bloor Street between St. George and Bay subway stations. Either Exit at St. George station and walk East or exit at Bay station and walk West.

Deadline to RSVP: Tuesday November 19th, 2019

Please be advised that beverages sold at the event include gratuities

The Early Bird Dues Deadline is Oct. 15th!

Dearest Deltas,

We are happy to announce that despite an increase in international dues, we were able to keep our 2019-2020 dues at the same price!

$55 Early Bird Price

$30 for Life Loyal

$25 for 2019 Graduates

Where do my dues go?

Your local dues help Toronto Tri Deltas in many ways:

  • Support the collegiate chapter and our chapter house
  • Contribute to social programming
  • Send a representative to Convention every four years
  • Donation to the Trilogy Fund and Tri Delta Foundation
  • Contribute to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

We hope that you pay it forward by renewing your membership, and continue to support your local alumnae chapter and the active collegiate chapter, as your experiences were once supported. Dues can be paid here: https://torontotridelta.ca/dues-and-payments/

In the bonds,

Michelle Mercer ACP & Carrie Illsley VP

Work Smart with Tri Delta

Tri Delta is boldly leading the way by addressing important issues such as gender equity and barriers women face in the workplace. Our Fraternity is proud to partner with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to address these complex societal issues and take an important step toward closing the pay gap. AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

AAUW Work Smart is designed to empower women with the skills they need to successfully negotiate their salaries and benefits. The Toronto Alumnae Chapter was selected to host one of these inspiring workshops and you’re invited to join us!

Over the course of the two-hour session, you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play. Topics to be covered include:

  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • Information about the wage gap, including its long-term consequences

Details below:

Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Go straight to registering by clicking on the Salary Negotiations Workshop button on the Dues Page:

Dues and Donations

Success at Terry Fox Run 2018!

Congrats to Krystal Mercer Medri, Michelle Mercer, Jenny Dundas, Carrie Illsley and Carly Klassen, a.k.a. Fox Force Five, for participating in our chapter’s fifth consecutive Terry Fox Run! Baby Noah Medri was our token male this year. 🙂 Thanks to our donors, including many Tri Deltas and Tri Psis, the Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter team raised $2120 for cancer research!

Please Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Terry Fox Run – September 16, 2018

We’re six days out and $400 away from our alumnae chapter’s 2018 goal for the Terry Fox Run! If you can, please assist us in getting there. Your sponsorship will help fund innovative and progressive cancer research programs. Donations of $20 and above receive a tax receipt. Many thanks to everyone who has already supported us. As Terry said, “Even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue. It’s got to keep going.”

Please use this link to access the Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter run page:

https://secure.terryfox.ca/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=812117#&panel1-5

ONLY TWO WEEKS UNTIL TFR 2018…

… And our small but mighty team of two participants is only at 30% of our goal! Terry Fox said,“It’s got to keep going without me.” Please help keep Terry’s dream of ending cancer alive by joining or sponsoring our Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter team! Check out http://www.terryfox.ca/trideltatoronto for details about the Terry Fox Run.

Here are some reasons to support the Terry Fox Foundation:

  • It is volunteer driven, with only 38 staff across Canada and over 9,000 volunteer Run Organizers
  • Their $0.18 operating expense ratio is one of the best in the Canadian not-for-profit sector
  • Terry wanted a cure for cancer so their research focus is multi-site, including lung, brain, paediatric, and more
  • They invest in research with the potential for best and fastest outcomes

September is a busy month, so the date might not be the most convenient. If you’re still undecided about whether you can commit, consider this: unlike other charity runs, there is no entry fee and no minimum donation, so if you register and your plans change, there is no penalty. Please register today and help us to raise money in our community for this worthy cause.

With gratitude,

Carly Klassen

Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter Team Captain

Toronto Tri Delts for Terry!

 

DDD Toronto Alum Chapter Team @ TFR 2017

I don’t remember too many news stories from when I was a child. My idyllic world was limited to family, friends, school, activities and toys. I do, however, recall the nightly images of Terry Fox on TV in the summer of 1980. Canada’s various news outlets were tracking the young amputee’s progress, as he bravely ran across the country to raise money for cancer research. He was a solitary silhouette jogging on the shoulder of a seemingly endless highway, but his Marathon of Hope united the nation.

Every September, our country is united again to continue Terry’s quest through the Terry Fox Run, and for the fifth consecutive year, the Toronto Alumnae Chapter is participating. Since 2014, the Tri Delta Toronto Alum Chapter team has raised $5217! We have set a lofty fundraising goal of $2000 for 2018.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Join the Mooredale group! Sign up online to participate with your Tri Delta sisters at the Mooredale location, 146 Crescent Road near Rosedale Station. As a group, we will be walking 5 km, but you’re free to walk, run, cycle or rollerblade 2.5, 5 or 10 km. We meet at 10 a.m. and go for brunch when we’re done. Family and friends are welcome.

Complete the Run at a different site! If Mooredale isn’t convenient for you, you can still join our team, completing the run at another location. There are more than 750 Terry Fox Runs across Canada.

Sponsor our team or an individual! If you’re unable to participate, you can still sponsor our team or a particular team member. There is no minimum donation, so we welcome all levels of sponsorship.

To join or to donate, check out http://www.terryfox.ca/trideltatoronto for details!

With gratitude,

Carly Klassen

Team Captain

P.S. September is a busy month, so it can be difficult to commit to the date in advance. Unlike other charity runs, there is no entry fee and no minimum donation, so if you register and your plans change, there is no penalty. Please consider registering today and raising money in your community for this worthy cause.

 

Convention 2018- Our Kind of Kind

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,

Martha

Reminder: Sisterhood Vegas Vacation!

Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas

Dear Toronto Alumnae,

Psi Psi Psi, the sorority for Tri Delta mothers, is hosting its 2018 International Convention at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, NV from September 27-30. Tri Deltas are cordially invited to attend!

A meaningful mother-daughter weekend. A fun-filled Tri Delta reunion trip. A spectacular golf getaway. Feel free to take advantage of the discounted hotel rate to plan activities that interest you, then join the Convention for the Saturday banquet and/or the Violet Brunch on Sunday. The banquet is open to all Tri Psis, Tri Deltas, spouses, family and guests. The cost is $45 US per person. The Violet Brunch for Tri Psis and Tri Deltas is $30 US per person.

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.

Here is more information about Sam’s Town and how to register:

http://www.tripsisorority.com/2018-convention.html

2018 Tri Psi Conv Registration

Please feel free to share this invitation with your Tri Delta friends. 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

Past President, Toronto Alumnae Chapter

ccklassen@hotmail.com