Chi Omega Fraternity Celebrates 114th Birthday With Founder’s Day Celebration
Chi Omega Fraternity celebrated its 114th birthday with a Founders’ Day celebration at the Briar Club recently. The event was chaired by Drue DaSilva and Chi Omega president Erin Packwood was the evening’s emcee. After the traditional songs, blessing, and dinner, members were recognized for their years of service as follows: 50 Year Members Susan Bartsch Byrd, Patti Oliver Fox, Linda Douglas Henley and Judy Jeremiason Maki; 60 Year Members Nancy Green Abraham, Cynthia Summers Burnette, Barbara Lawes Hopper, Marilyn Myers and Ann Brittain Reed; and 70 Year Members Dorothy Hewett Cutler, Marilyn Morrow Kirkley and Katie Rainbolt Roark.
Chi Omega’s chapter at the University of Houston then recognized collegiate members for their dedication. Named Most Active on Campus was Stephanie Dickson, Best Scholarship Jamie Cooper, Most Improved Scholarship Aurora Castellano, Best Big & Little Sisters Lorelei Nielsson and Rachel Blackmon, Best New Member Lorelei Nielsson and Best Active RoseAnn Recht. The Cardinal & Straw Award for the outstanding member was Amanda Hunt. The Ferne Storme Symphony Award is given by the advisory board to the young woman who best exemplifies Chi Omega was Franchesca Pereeria and the Margaret Ann Singleton Scholarship was given to Diana Harrera for her outstanding efforts. Other scholarships were given to Bianca Lopez, RoseAnn Fecht, Amanda Hunt, Adrianna Bayona, Rebecca Beard, and Catherine Enas by the Chi Omega Alumnae Association of Houston. Graduating U of H Chi Omegas were recognized with a gift from the alumnae association, as well, and included: Jamie Cooper, Valorie Dixson, RoseAnn Fecht, Sara Guttilla, Ashley Herbacheck, Karen Pfeifer, and Sara Schmeckpepper.
Chi Omega announced her Woman of the Year award and after a toast by Barbe Bozeman and Melinda Byrd. Tanya Mearse was given a crystal bowl and bouquet of red and yellow roses for her commitment to Chi Omega locally, at her own chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as her dedication on a national level.
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