Tuesday, November 4, 2014

115 Years Strong - Alpha Sigma Tau

Active. Self-Reliant. Trustworthy. 
Beauty of Spirit. Fulfillment of Self. Exceptional Sisterhood. 

Happy Founders Day Alpha Sigma Tau! So proud and honored to be a part of such an exceptional organization that prides itself on graciousness, respect, intellect, connection, and excellence.  I continuously strive to live by the values that were instilled in me the day I accepted my bid to this amazing sisterhood. 

For those of you who don't know, I was initiated to the Psi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau at James Madison University in November 2009.  Since then, I have served as chapter Ritual chair, Parliamentarian, worked on the Headquarters Staff as an Educational Consultant, and now serve as a volunteer to the Psi Chapter as the Recruitment Advisor.

Blue Eyed Fam - AST - JMU - Blog With The Browns

I had so many great memories made during my time as an undergraduate at JMU and met some of my best friends thanks to AST, but I have to admit that I took the meaning of being in a sorority to another level when I accepted the job of Education Consultant.  I always knew that we had other chapters at other schools, but I didn't realize how Headquarters has involved and how the background of everything worked.  I attended the 2012 Convention in Indianapolis, IN where I met Chris Covington, our National President.  She seriously embodies what it means to be a woman leader.  She is an amazing mother, businesswoman, and extremely active as the National President of AST.  Whenever she speaks, you learn.  I constantly tried to retain everything she said during our times together and I admire everything she stands for. 

Cayte and Chris Covington - National President - Blog With The Browns

During my time as an Educational Consultant, I was fortunate enough to have traveled the world, met some amazing women and sisters that I would have never had the opportunity otherwise, and recruit over 100 women to join Alpha Sigma Tau.  I taught them how to be active, self-reliant, and trustwothy members and how to run a chapter successfully from the ground up. 

Founding Members - Epsilon Omicron - Alpha Sigma Tau - Blog With The Browns
 
The women that I worked with are true examples of what it means to be an Alpha Sigma Tau.  They were always there for me during hard times at the colonies. They talked to me for hours on end when no one else could understand what was going on. The took on the freezing wintery weather in upstate Minnesota and New York with me...even when they didn't want to.

Ashley - AST - Blog With The Browns

They went to every social event I planned with me. 


They made memories with me at the Miranda Lambert concert with me. 


They drove to Nashville with me and played tourist for the weekend. 



They could relate to the hotel lifestyle we were living miles apart from eachother.


And even let me stop at Minnesota's Largest Candy Store on our way to Gustavus Adolphus College.  

 

Looking back on my time from June 2012 - June 2013, I seriously loved every minute of it.  I helped build a house.  I saw Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on their stadium tour in Lucas Oil Stadium. I initiated over 100 women to AST.  I saw Brad Paisley in one of the most unique places possible.  I experienced the Fall Festival in Evansville, IN on Bid Night with the newest members of AST.  I got in a car accident with a snow plow in Minnesota. I missed countless flights out of the Philadelphia airport. I spent more nights in an extended stay and hotel than I did in my own bed. And I wouldn't have had it any other way.  I met friends that I still keep in touch with and made lifelong friendships. 

EC's of 2012-2013 - Blog With The Browns

So thank you, AST. You gave me a year of my life that I will never forget.  You allowed my four years of college to be the best they could be.  And I know that in the future, there is more that you are going to give me, and I thank you in advance for that.

Here's to 115 more years of sisterhood!

In 1899, in Ypsilanti, Mich.. eight great girls sat right down and made themselves as wish...

3 comments:

  1. Loved this! I was an Alpha Chi Omega and wouldn't have traded those four years for the world. Joining a sorority was honestly one of the best decisions I ever made for myself!

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  2. such a great post! you were such an awesome role model for my pledge class, & i'm so happy you were an EC!

    love ya forevz

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  3. I'm a recruitment advisor for Marshall University in WV. I love being able to give back. I had thought about going Alpha Sigma Tau.

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