New hope appeared on the horizon in March 2021 as Alpha Beta ESA members joyfully resumed in-person meetings just in time to celebrate installation of 2021-22 officers and hold its annual leadership planning meeting.
Officers for the coming year include Lori Gearinger, president; Joy Rathman, vice president; Kelli Seymour, secretary; Karen Anderson, treasurer; Margaret Horten, education director; and Kathy Walker, parliamentarian.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha was founded in 1929 and is one of the most distinctive leadership service organizations of its kind with more than 800 chapters across the nation. Although each chapter adopts its own nonprofit organizations to support, every chapter supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its main philanthropic effort. Since 1972, ESA has helped raise more than $300M in cash and pledges for St. Jude kids. This year, the Chattanooga St. Jude Dream Home sold 14,500 tickets within one month’s time to help raise $1.45M for “the kids.” It is the fourth year in a row that the Chattanooga Dream Home has sold out of tickets. The winner of the 2021 Dream Home will be announced June 27.
Working together as a team builds camaraderie and lasting friendships. As sorority sisters, members consider each other family and offer support during times of need. ESA stands for good friends, good works and good times by creating activities and support for causes that let members surround themselves with welcoming, positive people who enjoy making a difference and having fun together.
In addition to projects that support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the chapter is involved in the remodeling of an Orange Grove home for individuals with intellectual disabilities and just completed its annual nut sale, a “ways and means” project that helps the chapter fund various philanthropic projects for the Walter E. Boehm Defects Center, Orange Grove, and Hope for Heroes. The chapter is in planning stages for its next Boehm project in addition to its Hope for Heroes project that supports veterans and their families.
Chapter members work hard but play just as hard, too. In May, members held their first in-person social since spring 2020, a picnic cookout, attended by almost 30 members and guests. In mid-May, the group held a “ways and means” yard sale fundraiser project and on June 14 celebrated an all-member birthday party with dinner and dessert. Future social activities include game night and dinners to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Many ESA sisters become lifelong members. These sisters recently achieved milestone anniversaries: 60 years-Ann Bradley; 45 years-Linda Dagnan; 35 years-Adele Shaw; 30 years-Wanda Collins; 25 years-Lorrie Haufe; 20 years-Karen Anderson and Linda Gearinger; 15 years-Margaret Horten; 5 years-Kathy Walker.
Alpha Beta would like to extend an invitation to you to join our ESA chapter. Please contact Lori Gearinger at 423-280-1084 or Joy Rathman at 423-227-6206 for more information.