April 30, 2009

The trees are blossoming and spring has sprung in Charlotte, NC! I was most recently on a GOLD trip, April 14 through April 16, meeting with A Phi alumns. I was able to meet up with 10 women during my time in the city. Ruth Alesci and Kristin Neal were able to meet up with me at a delicious local coffee shop, Dilworth Coffee; love the spiced chai lattes, yum! A special thank you to Mona Baset, Melissa Deere, Abby Basalyga, Hannah Deaton and Ruth Alesci for joining GOLD. You ladies are making changes and empowering women in Alpha Phi. It is from sisters like you who continue to make a difference!

Lauren Vandeveer (Delta Rho-Ball State)

April 20, 2009

When I joined Alpha Phi in the fall of 1992 as a sophomore I never could have imagined that I would be in my current role. I had a great time as an undergraduate member of the Theta Gamma chapter at Northeast Missouri State and am excited by the opportunities I have been given as an alumnae volunteer.

I did not originally stay involved when I graduated but 5 years later I decided I wanted to find an activity to take up some of my free time. While my volunteer roles have expanded (and multiplied) over the past 10 years I still get the most reward from working directly with our collegiate chapter members.

When people ask me why I volunteer for Alpha Phi I say it is a way for me to stay connected to an organization that has given me so much. As an undergrad Alpha Phi gave me a place to call home and a group of friends that were always there for studying, partying, and just hanging out. As an alumnae Alpha Phi had given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing women that I am fortunate to call my sisters, travel to exciting locations and lots of laughter.

Some of my favorite Alpha Phi times have been at regional conferences (Chicago in February) and conventions (much better weather). These events give me time to reconnect with other volunteers and meet lots of great collegiate officers.

Alpha Phi has truly become an lifetime commitment for me :)

Jaime Ryberg
NCMW Regional Manger

Regional Team at the NCMW Regional Conference

April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week! All week, Alpha Phi will be celebrating our volunteers and all that they do for Alpha Phi.

Be sure to send a thank you to the Alpha Phi volunteers in your life!

April 9, 2009

Born to Party (Plan)
How Two Alpha Phi Sisters are Making Waves
in the Event World
Written by Stephanie Hansen, managing partner of Starfish Creative Events, Inc.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a planner. The first event I can recall putting together was a surprise birthday party for my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Mills, at the ripe age of seven. It was a huge success! My father used to say to me ‘one day you’ll realize that life’s not just one big party’, and my response was always, ‘Who Says?’

My business partner and fellow Alpha Phi, Gail Cayetano, spent her time as most middle kids do -- working to be a creative standout in suburban, NJ. At the young age of 13 and armed with a new technological advancement called the “Internet”, Gail posted on job boards that she was starting her own casting company. Within a week she had received over 100 submissions from actors in the tri-state area. An entrepreneur was born.

The two of us first met at as undergraduates of Boston University, where we developed the usual college friendship – as sorority sisters. We both quickly rose as leaders in Alpha Phi, where we were able to organize and inspire our fellow sisters through team-bonding events, charity fundraisers and branding initiatives.

Years later, we reconnected 3,000 miles away from our original meeting place – in sunny Venice Beach, California. Though we both took different paths to get there, we found ourselves with very similar backgrounds in the event industry. So, we joined forces and founded our company, Starfish Creative Events, Inc (SCE). SCE is a full-service event management agency that caters to corporate and entertainment clients who wish to build their brands through events.

Since the start of the company 3 years ago, we have increased our revenue over 3000%, with 2008 sales coming in at almost half a million dollars. Our list of distinguished clients includes Activision, University of CA - Irvine, Virgin Charter, Douglas Emmett Management, Coin-Op Television, Konami Digital Entertainment, and celebrity David Hasselhoff.

In 2008, both Gail, now 26, and myself, 25, were honored by The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, capturing the honor of “Best Young Entrepreneurs” for the year. The Stevie Awards honor and recognize the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide.

We often reflect back on our time as sorority sisters in Alpha Phi, and are quick to realize how well the organization prepared us for the business world – and for a successful partnership.
Gail put it well when she said, “Not only did we refine crucial skills like networking, marketing and organization, but we learned how to follow a successful business model and, most importantly, solidified a strong friendship built on mutual respect and fortified by trust, which is why we make such great partners.”
I couldn’t agree more.

For more information on Starfish Creative Events, visit our website at http://www.starfish-events.com/.

April 2, 2009

War Relief Stamps that Alpha Phi issued during WWII to help raise money.
Stop by the EO sometime to see the real thing!