As July quickly approaches, marking the halfway point of summer, we are doing a blog series on the girls of TX Eta who are learning, exploring, and enjoying this summer! From study abroad trips to New York internships, from mission trips to volunteer work, and even an archaeology dig, the TX Eta Pi Phi’s are exemplifying the core values of Pi Beta Phi (Integrity, Honor & Respect, Lifelong Commitment, Personal & Intellectual Growth, Philanthropic Service to Others, & Sincere Friendship) in every way. We are so proud and excited for each member fulifilling her potential! Stay tuned over the next few weeks as new stories are featured. In the mean time, check out our chapter website and explore what TX Eta is all about. Happy Tuesday!
Congratulations Texas Eta!!!!!! We are a BETA chapter!!! In the six categories of the chapter evaluation that was submitted in February, we scored PHI (the highest rank) in FIVE CATEGORIES!!! Y’all, this is huge!! I want to throw a party.. a BIG party with a bounce house and hotdogs (okay, not true) but for real, I am such a proud mom, and I could not thank y’all enough for letting me experience this for our chapter. I know I keep saying it, but I wish you could all be here! I am going to call it a night, and I’ll post about today (Saturday) tomorrow, because it is going to be an early morning (waking up in 4 hours!)
So, goodnight to all! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all my Texas Etas! Seriously, I could not be more proud of you!
First off, wow! It’s already been amazing here, and we have not even been here 24 hours! So much to tell already, though. I hope that I can give you a small glimpse of everything we are doing here, because it truly is “magical”. I am posting this during our break Saturday morning (yes, we’ve already been up and moving for more the three hours), but I wanted to tell you about last night since I didn’t get a chance to yet.
So, after dropping our things off in our rooms, we met downstairs to go meet Grand Council! After walking through an assembly line of meeting them, we went to our first dinner. The dinner was themed with Florida oranges, and the entertainment was Season 9 American Idol contestant Kaitlyn Eppley! Dinner was great, and it was the perfect start to the night!
After dinner, we went into our very first General Session! Our “special fairy godmother” came to visit the session first! Hopefully we can post a picture of her at some point, but to paint you a picture.. she has been wearing a bright blue sequen ballgown that is absolutely hysterical! Alli and I sat with the other Region 6 collegians, Tara with the Region 6 AAC members, and Kelly and Morgan in the visitor section. One of the first things they did was have everyone stand up for being at Convention this year. Then, they told everyone to keep standing for how many years they had gone to Convention as they called out “1 time, 2 times, 3 times.. etc.” Keep in mind that Conventions only happen once every two years. Well.. the last woman standing was former Grand President, Sis Mullis, for being there for 25 Conventions!! They did the same thing for how many Chapter Installations each person had been to, and Sis stayed standing the longest again by being to 46 Chapter Installations! So cool!! Then, two new chapters were presented with their charters! Ohio Kappa at the University of Cincinnati and Maryland Gamma at Johns Hopkins! It was such a cool experience to see!
We had a guest speaker, Dr. Merri Ann Callais from Campuspeak, come to talk to us, and she was absolutely incredible! First, she pumped us up a little bit with some music.. Boom Boom (I wanna be a Pi Beta Phi), Lean on Me, Build Me Up Buttercup, and everyone’s favorite Love Song by TSwift. After that, we got on a more serious note, and we all sang Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw. It may sound like a different way to start a talk, but it was very inspirational. She also said something that really stuck with me.. "We can hear some bad things about our sororities and fraternities, but when we put our heads together, we can do some amazing things."
Then, she talked about sisterhood and what it meant to all of us. Here are some of the answers that were given: “having someone to lean on… being at funerals for sisters’ family members… sending flowers to each other… having friends that you don’t have to explain, but they just know… driving an hour to pick you up when your car breaks down… someone seeing you in your letters at the mall and coming up to you to hug you just because you share the same greek letters… flying in to be there when you wake up from surgery… reuniting together at Convention after not seeing a sister for 40 years and it being as if you never missed a beat… having a place to stay anywhere in the country… lifelong friendship.”
I know this is somewhat of a long post, but I am so fired up about Pi Phi and our chapter! I am sooo proud of what we have accomplished. I ended up having to stop blogging earlier because my roommate and I were enjoying getting to know each other and each other’s chapters. Her name is Amy, and she is the Chapter President at Ohio Alpha at Ohio University. She is wonderful, and we have so many things and ideas to share with each other. But, that being said, I just have a few more things to end this post.
For you seniors out there or recent graduates or even new members, sisterhood means that when you are an alum and people ask you about your greek affiliation, it’s not that you were a Pi Beta Phi, but you are a Pi Beta Phi. Be intentional with your relationships, because Pi Phi is who you are, and it is your family. I will say it again as it was reiterated to us: Be intentional with the love you share for each other and for Pi Beta Phi.
A closing thought. Had you not joined Pi Phi, where would you be today? I love you all, and I hope you are able to understand part of what is going on here, because it’s incredible, and I wish each and every one of you could be here to experience it. I hope that y’all (had to because people here say “you all”) are having a great weekend! We would love to get messages and tweets from y’all while we’re here!
Well, the first half of our crew is here! Alli and Kelly had two "mechanical difficulties" on two separate planes in Dallas (typical Dallas)! But, they are on their way and expected to land here in about 10 minutes! We decided to wait for them at the airport, so we can all go to the hotel together. While we were waiting, we got a little hungry and felt the need for a little bit of home, so Chick-fil-A is was! #worthit
On Schedule for the rest of the afternoon and night:
4:00ish pm Arrive at The Hilton Walt Disney World® Resort!
4:30-6:00pm Meet Grand Council
6:00pm Welcome Dinner
8:00pm General Session with Introductions
10:00pm Region 6 Meeting
More to come after our last meeting tonight! Tried to post a picture and couldn’t figure it out, so I’ll try that later, too! That’s all for now, but don’t forget to tweet at us! @TxEtaPiPhi
The Pi Beta Phi Convention is only one day away!!!! I cannot believe we leave tomorrow for Orlando, Florida to meet thousands of other Pi Phis from around the nation. The theme of Convention is "The Magic of Sisterhood" since it will be at Disney! Our chapter is sending Chapter President, Hannah Gentry (who is currently writing this post and will hopefully post some while at Convention), VP Member Development, Alli, and two of our upcoming leaders, Kelly Albright and Morgan Greco! We are all very excited and anxious to get there.
If you are interested in knowing what all we will be doing, here is the the Convention Agenda that plans out each of our days there. I am new to blogging, but if I can figure it out, you may even see some posted pictures of Convention! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and I can’t wait to hear about them when we get back to school in August!