President's Letter 

Dear Kappa Sisters,

It has been a pleasure getting to meet so many of you over the last couple of years. For those of you whom I've yet to meet, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Niki Tapia and am from New Mexico where I was born and raised. Like most, I was excited and a little nervous to go off to college. When I moved into my dorm I learned I was one of only two freshmen, living with four more upper-classmen in an apartment style dorm. Andree was from South Dakota and didn't yet know anyone. Naturally, as the only two freshmen in our dorm we began hanging out and she asked if I’d go with her to some sorority recruitment events. This was a suggestion from her mom to help Andree meet more people and hopefully become her legacy with another chapter on campus. I was not interested in joining a sorority and did not want to pretend that I was and politely declined. Andree asked again, but this time offered to treat me to dinner as a thank you if I would say 'yes'. Well let’s just say, I’m a sucker for a free meal!

It didn't take long to realize that I really liked the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma. I had a lot in common with so many of them and knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. I agreed to continue going to the events and in the end, crossed my fingers that I would get a bid from Kappa. It’s been over 10 years and I can still remember my excitement when I received my bid extension.

I’m had the rare privledge of seeing Kappa through the eyes of strong and motivated leaders. From past Fraternity Presidents, Province Director of Alumnae, Kappa Trainer and even a past President of Greater Raleigh Alumnae Association (GRAA), I have been motivated to stay connected and involved with Kappa each year, no matter my location. 

I relocated to North Carolina a little over two years ago with my job at a financial firm in RTP. Immediately, I knew I wanted to join GRAA, all thanks to the great advice of the past GRAA President mentioned above. My first event was Founder’s Day and I was recruited as the GRAA Secretary and have been serving in some capacity on the board ever since. 

I understand not every woman has the time or capacity to devote to Kappa in every phase of her life. I myself have been challenged with this at times as well. This year, our goal for GRAA is to provide opportunities for Kappas around the triangle to get together and connect with women who value lifelong friendships and sisterhood that transcend generations and geographical location. Whether you join us for a Happy Hour, Founder’s Day or meet with one or two Kappas for lunch, we are confident that 2014 has something everyone.

I look forward to seeing you this year and encourage you to get involved. Whether that is by leading an interest group, coming to an event or connecting with us online; we want to hear from you!


Niki Tapia

Gamma Beta, New Mexico


Last Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
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