Dear Kappa Sisters,
I extend a warm Kappa welcome to all of our new and returning members of the Philadelphia Alumnae Association.
As we celebrate 145 years of enduring Kappa connections this year with our Fraternity, we of PAA celebrate 115 years of fellowship. After all of these years, it is easy to see how much we value our members and how much value our members derive from our Association.
I encourage you to explore all of the avenues available through PAA: Night Owls, Gourmet, Book Group as well as the regional groupings that meet close to where you live and the Association wide events. You never know what might capture your imagination so investigate and see what PAA of KKG has to offer. . . and what you have to offer to us!
Our Officers and Branch Chairs have worked hard to plan an exciting year of events filled with fun, good food, interesting excursions and cultural events for all to enjoy. Feel free to choose your interest groups but there is nothing to stop you from sampling the wide array of offerings that we present our membership this year by attending any of the events that appeal to you.
One of our goals this year has been to increase our membership while continuing to offer our members a variety of programs and events that will encourage broad participation. I believe that we have a balance of activities that will help you connect with PAA and the diverse members who comprise our organization. And if you know another Kappa who is not a member, please invite her to join us at any event so that she, too, can reconnect with Kappa. We are only as strong as our membership!
I have to admit that I was very active as a young alumna in the Memphis Alumnae Association following graduation. Then my career took me to Boston where I was less active and more involved in building my career. Fast forward some years and I relocated to Philadelphia but still didn’t reach out to Kappa until a Kappa reached out to me.
And that is what I do today. I encourage you to participate; reconnect to the people and the Fraternity whose values and sense of fun made us “. . . so happy to be Kappa . . .”, no matter how long ago you pledged. This Association offers you talent, friendship, professional connections, and a unique network of women who can enrich your life just by getting involved and getting to know us.
It is my honor to serve as President of this Association and I consider it a privilege to extend to you the opportunity to enhance your personal and professional lives by simply saying “yes” to our invitation to join the Philadelphia Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma today and experience all you can be.
We believe that our members are our most valuable assets!
Cathy L. Dernoncourt
President, PAA of KKG