Chapter Updates


Plans for the biennial Chi-O-Hio Day "Womanly Always" on April 7-8, 2016 in Cleveland are underway.  Cleveland West Chi Omega Alumnae are hosts.  We will assist.     On Friday there will be a bus tour of CLE with stops at the Spotted Owl (for cocktails) and Crop Bistro (for dinner) returning to Holiday Inn Rockside Rd for dessert.  Thanks to a donation from the Westside, the bus cost is covered.  Price for Friday nite $60.   Rooms are reserved at the hotel at $95.  Saturday will have informative meetings for both collegians and alumnae preceded by continental breakfast, sale of Chi O owls and items.  Lunch will have your choice of sandwich & soup or salad.  During lunch there will be a unique fashion show depicting life scenarios. SAVE the DATES!

Donations of owls or Chi O items for the sale at Chi-O-Hio will be collected by Pam Wurster.  You may bring them to our Christmas Brunch on Dec10th or contact Pam for other arrangements.  Thank you!


Sisters, East and West Side Alumnae EBoards have conferred, and from our treasuries we are covering three ni/ghts for the Amends at the place they are staying here in Middleburg Heights . Linda M has written a note so that they know we are all nearby (on both sides of town) and if they need anything to contact us. Members can leave messages at the FB page called Happy Birthday Sarah Amend. We will keep you posted.


The following is from our State Board president.

Sisters, please keep this collegiate member in your thoughts.

One of the collegiate members of the Pi Alpha Chapter at the University of Cincinnati, Sarah Amend, has cystic fibrosis. Sarah became so ill during this past spring semester that she was admitted to Cincinnati Children's Hospital in early March and has been in a hospital ever since. As of June 1st, Sarah was flown to the Cleveland Clinic to get her well enough and to await a double lung transplant when donor lungs become available. Even the best prognosis has this going on for several months. I am sure you can imagine how terrified and concerned her family and Chi Omega sisters are.

Sarah's parents, Mike and Beth Amend, have been keeping the advisors and members of Pi Alpha updated on Sarah's condition and the reports have been heart-wrenching. When Sarah is not sedated, she tries to speak, but her parents say Sarah's ability to mouth words is getting harder each day and she is too weak to move much. Her Pi Alpha sisters have sent her many cards and letters and made her a special blanket and sent several "get well" and birthday videos. I think it is especially hard on Sarah's parents because they are only allowed to visit her for an hour or two each day at the Cleveland Clinic instead on when she was in Cincinnati where at least one of her parents never left her side. Sarah has made it known that she wants to live and said early on that she wants to "make it through this and come out on the other side." You can imagine after 12 weeks of torture, 12 weeks of growing weaker and having more and more complications while more and more complex machines are attached to her body.... that it hurts tremendously for her parents to see this happening even for her own good. Fortunately, the Cleveland Clinic is the best place possible for a lung transplant (number one in the nation), and her parents say that every nurse, every doctor, everyone they have met has been compassionate, professional and focused.

What I am asking is if you could spread the word among the Cleveland East and West Alumnae members to keep Sarah and her parents in your thoughts and prayers.



Cynthia Blocksom
President, Chi Omega Alumnae Association, State of Ohio


CAPA welcomed senior sorority women to alumnae status at JCU .   Jen Bufe, Delta Delta Delta, led a lovely circle ceremony for the event.  Several Chi Omegas, a Kappa Alpha Theta  and a      attended.  The program was joint sponsored by CAPA and JCU's Panhel President, our scholarship winner, Cara Sutherland.  Pam Wurster and I represented ChiO East.


CAPA project at Cleveland Food Bank

Pam Wurster, Sandi Russ and Nancy Toth volunteered packing backpacks for school kids.  We worked assembly line style for 2 hours and packed hundreds of bags!  A very rewarding project, and fun to do!


Beware of the Ides of March!

Book Club met at Jack's Deli and discussed Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.  To was good to see Peg Petrovic, Ede Spencer, Lorry Szabo and Joy Polk.

We decided to hold the next Book Club meeting in the evening so our younger and / or working sisters can attend.  Join us on June 16th at Sara's Place in Gates Mills at 6pm.  Book is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. 


Sister Harper Lee died 2/29/2016 at 89.

Author of To Kill a Mocking Bird and Go Set a Watchman.

Chi Omega Woman of Achievement 2006 Link to NYTimes article (not working...will try again)

See more on our Facebook group page.


ChiOs Jenny, Pam,Sandi, Nicole (w daughter Abby) & Nancy with West side ChiOs enjoyed a sunny day at North Chagrin Metro Park's "Owls"on Saturday 2/6.  Thanks to our West side sisters for planning this event!   We met resident owls, heard informative talk, and took a hike!  Great day out.  View photos on FB.


Jenny and Nancy ventured over to W25th St to the CAPA Happy Hour.  A good group of Panhellenic women (about 40) socialized over drinks and snacks.  There was a door prize of one ticket to the May CAPA luncheon and a raffle of 4 bottles of wine.  Fun time for all. See CAPA Facebook page for photos.


Book Club meet in Pepper Pike's Heinen's. Discussed The Language of Flowers by Diffenbach. We agreed this was a great book.  Jean, Joy, Pam, Jenny, Phyllis, Nancy, and Linda Standish(AOPi) had interesting thoughts about mothers and daughters.


Festive Christmas brunch at Wendy's was enjoyed by Chi O sisters.  The "regulars" were joined by West side sisters Linda Meixner, Connie Macko, and Lauren Kotmel as well as our own past president, Holly Capron.  So nice to spend time together in such a lovely home.   We held a small raffle to benefit Make-a-Wish and collected playing cards to benefit the veterans at the Cleveland VA hospital. See photos on our Facebook page and here.


Sister Jane F Kirchner's daughter, Lisa Freebairn, will present a Pre-speaker Radio Show and Talk on Nov 19th. Lisa has a regular radio show on Kenston radio station WKHR FM 91.5 on Saturdays.
Lisa will be at Chagrin Falls Senior Center to regale us with her knowledge and passion for the era of music from the 1920's thru the 1950's. Replay of an old-fashioned radio show will precede Lisa's talk.

Call the Chagrin falls Senior Center at 440-247-8510 to reserve your spot for this Free program.


4 Free Tickets to Cleveland's I -X Trick or Treat on 10/24 or 10/25
The 4 Tickets will be given to the First Chi O to contact me (Nancy T.)  Good for a family outing!  Rides, trick or treat stations, etc.  Free candy to kids 10 and under.  10/24  11am -8pm;   10/25  11am - 7pm

NEWS: You can attend a Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega in Columbus!Columbus Regional.jpg

Registration is now open for Chi Omega Alumnae to attend the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega: Columbus Regional Session. Cleveland area alumnae are welcome to register.

Topic: Choosing Thoughtfully: How Ethics and Values Shape Our Lives
This workshop will provide participants with the confidence to put their values into action.

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43215

Registration is $25 for alumnae and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Pin attire is required for this event.

Parking will be available at a parking garage near the venue, and parking vouchers will be available for workshop attendees.

Go to this link to register

Registration will be open until Monday, November 9th or until room capacity is reached. We hope you can join us

Despite the rainy weather we enjoyed a fun nite at THORNCREEK WINERY last nite.  Join us next time!

 We enjoyed a great event held by CCF at Landerhaven tonite.  Information, health tests, prizes, fun and food!

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ChiO's HAVE FUN!!!    Dinner/Theater Nite in Chagrin Falls



We are saddened to report the following deaths. Please keep our sisters and their families in your prayers.

SisterRosemary Merchant's son, Matthew, passed away 7/6. Memorial Mass at Church of St. Dominic in Shaker on 7/18 @11am. (See PD obit7/9)
Sister Diane Euchenhofer Rossa's father-in-law, Edward Rossa, died 6/18. Service at funeral home on 7/11 @4pm. Vitantonio-Previite (See PD obit 7/9)


More sad news.  Sister Susanne Pool Hartung(Sigma Alpha 1956 Miami U) has joined the Omega chapter.

On July 7th her daughters (Laura & Heidi) posted the following :

"Lil Susie's journey here on earth ended yesterday morning, but she will remain in the hearts of all that knew & loved her.  Please come celebrate our mom's life and love for her friends & family.  the service is at Hope Lutheran Church on 456 S.Chillicothe Rd in aurora @11 am this coming Saturday , July 11th.  Rest in peace sweet, kind, generous, genuine, beautiful and loving little mom!

What we have once and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.  - Helen Keller"

From the obit in PD:  Memorial service Sat 7/10 @11am at Hope Lutheran Church 456 S. Chillicothe Rd, Aurora.


President Pam Wurster had an accident this week that resulted in a fracture in her left leg and broken toes on her right foot.    She has a cast on her leg and her mobility is  very limited.  We wish her a speedy recovery.



We note with sadness the passing of SisterNan Cuddy Prior Jubell, Mu Alpha. A notice was published in the Chagrin Valley Times this week:

"Nan Cuddy Prior Jubell, of Naples, Fla. and formerly of Chagrin Falls died in her sleep June 28. She was an avid volunteer and traveler and a dear friend to many.

She was preceded in death by parents George and Mary (Burke) Cuddy, first husband Peter C. Prior and second husband David H. Jubell.

She is survived by daughters Kathy Prior (Dave Rader) and Carolyn Prior (Dale Ferguson); step children Jane (Bob) Meyer, Bill (Beth) Jubell, Katie (Erik) Proehl; and seven grandchildren


CAPA Luncheon at Landerhaven, hosted by AOPi

Cleveland East Alumnae with 2 Chi Omega Scholarship Winners and their Mom's!!




Our May Luncheon was a truly multigenerational event enjoyed by ChiOs ranging in membership years from 3 - 73!  We honored Lois Swanson, Kappa Alpha 1943, Judy Delanis, Tau Gamma 1955, Carol Egan, Beta Delta 1955, and Phyllis Martis, Lambda Delta 1965.  We also welcomed our Achievement Award Winner, Kat Piascik, Lambda Delta 2013.  Thanks to our gracious hostess, Carol Kelly, we had a lovely setting for our celebration, which included a surprise champagne toast!


Chi O fun!  Joyce Schaefer, Jeanne Reddick, Jenny Hogan, Sandi Russ and I enjoyed a Happy Hour at Red, Wine & Beer in Mentor. Tuesday 4/28.   How nice to be able to pick up with long missed sisters.


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Ch-O-Hio News

Pam, Lorry and Nancy attended the 58th Chi-O-Hio in Columbus. On Friday Alumnae enjoyed a Progressive Dinner: appetizers at the Zeta Alpha House, dinner and business meeting at the Spaghetti House, and social time at the hotel.  Saturday all attendees met at the Boat House at Confluence Park for lite breakfast, breakout meetings, lunch, awards,and ceremonies.  Guest speakers included the regional head of MAW and a MAW Mom & child.  Numerous scholarships were awarded.  Two awards were presented to alumnae:  the "I Serve Award" to an outstanding advisor; and the "Outstanding Chi Omega Alumna Award"  to Nancy Toth.


What FUN -social time with sisters!   We had a great group at our book club/ meeting at Heinen's on Wed 3/25. Join us next time at a different Heinen's - on 91 near Wilson Mills in Mayfield Heights on June 17th.  Our next book selection is " The Dead Key" by D.M. Pulley


Today is Pi day!  You know, Pi estimated to be 3.1415925... It's that irrational number that gives you the circumference of a circle if you multiply it by the diameter.  Do something with MATH today, just for fun.

Can you answer this?

Two is the first prime number.  What's the eleventh prime number?     2,3,5,7,11, __,__,....

See that wasn't too hard!


March has lots of chances for you to participate with your Chi O sisters.   Won't you join Us?

Wednesday March 11 th Mix, ,Craft and Tour at Cleveland Art Museum 2/12/15   meet at 5pm in Atrium.

Wednesday March 25th, ChiO meeting & Book Club, at Heinen's PepperPike  meet at 6pm in Cafe

Thursday March 26th, CLE Film Fest with ChiOs West at Tower City meet at 5pm at Lincoln Tap

Monday March 30th, Dineout at Max & Erma's fundraiser for CAPA, take voucher Mentor

It's not too late to sign up to walk with Team Chi Omega at the Annual Make-A-Wish Walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on July 18th.  Non-walkers are encouraged to contribute to our team members. So far Pam, Trisha, Lorry and I are signed up.  Here's the link to MAW registration:  


Executive board met at Panera in Solon on 2/4.  Many ideas for our calendar.  Watch for complete details and  individual invitations to events.  All paid members receive invitations.  To be added to the invitation list contact and ask to be added to Celebrations invitations for Chi O East.


Book Club met today at Flour.  Very nice setting, good food - possible future Happy Hour location?  Our book was "The Invention of Wings" by S.M. Kidd.  All agreed this made us appreciate our freedom and human rights earned by many "sisters" not always remembered in current history books.  Sarah and Angelina Grimke were main characters in this historical fiction work.

NEWS:  Lois and Ernie S. enjoyed visits from their daughter and son here instead of going to visit them as planned.  L & E had some health issues just before Christmas and are doing well now. 

Ede S. has shared her recipe for the deliciously light "Pear salad" she brought to our Pot Luck Brunch.

1 lg. can pears, drain,reserve juice, mash

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, dissolve in 1/4 cup pear juice

6 oz. pkg. lemon jello, dissolve in 1 cup hot pear juice

Mix above together. Cool. 

Prepare 1 pkg. Dream Whip, fold into jello, let set.


We note with sadness the passing of two Chi O sisters,  Vilma (Willy) Lavetti Kohn, Epsilon,87, and Elizabeth Carroll Shearer, Alpha Delta,89.  Both were remarkable women, we can be proud to claim as sisters.   Their obituaries were in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.   Donations will be sent to our scholarship fund in their memory.


Christmas Brunch at Wendy's was wonderful.  See photos in Gallery.   We collected books for a local childrens library and held a mini raffle for Make-a-Wish.   Joyce S. was the lucky raffle winner of the Vera Bradley purse and it was her birthday! Perfect!!!


Jane Freebairn Kirchner's daughter, Lisa, is starring as Judy Garland in CVLT's River Street Theater production of " The Property Known as Garland" on Fridays & Saturdays thru 12/6.



Grands News:

Jenny Hogan's second grandchild was born in Las Vegas.  He is Edward Francis Hogan IV!   Jenny is out there helping with this new addition to her son's family.   Welcome & God Bless!

Pam Wurster's granddaughter, Sydney age 11, daughter of Laura , is in Akron hospital after her appendix burst!   She had had repeated bouts of stomach pain with no explanation.  She'll have surgery after all toxins are cleared from her system.  Keep Sydney and and her family in your prayers.

Interested in fashions of the 30's?   There will be a one day, 2 hr , classed held on this Fall at Lakeland CC. Community Education. I plan to go.  Who else is in?  Here's the details:
Fashion: The Glamorous Ideal of the 1930s (15FCLL122.01)
Dates: 10/21/2014
Meets: Tuesday from 10:00 AM to Noon
Location: Lakeland Community College (main campus)
Registration Fee: $19.00
Registration Information
FALL 2014
Payment must be made at the time of registration.

On line:, MasterCard orDiscover)Continuing Education7700 ClocktowerDrivKirtland, OH 44094-5198(check or purchase orderonly)
In person:
Continuing Education Registration
Room: A-1044a
Mon-Thu (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Fri (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
(any type of payment)

By Phone: 440.525.7116
Continuing Education
(credit card only)


We held an exec board meeting  today.  Thanks to Pam, Carol, Sandi, and Ede for again contributing ideas and support.  Welcome to Loreen Robinson and Vicky Colby who also participated.  We're considering holding a Paint Nite in November.  If you've done this, let us know how it went and who was the vendor.  Our book club plans to meet on 9/25 at 1pm. Let me know where you'd like to meet.  If ther is interest in an evening book club we'd like to try it.  Send your suggestions to me, NancyT.  Thanks


We  welcomed another sister into the Omega Chapter on 7/19/ 2014, Joyce Douglas.  Joyce was preceeded by her husband, Bill,  just months ago.  Her daugher, Sandra (Chi Omega), and sons Richard, Christian, and Chip were all at Stroud Lawrence to greet family and friends.  Several ChiO's gathered to remember this beautiful sister, her wonderfully gracious smile, and the many ChiO dinners/meetings we shared in her home.  There will be a funeral mass at St.Noel Church tomorrow 7/22 at 10am.


8 Sisters met for book Club and lunch.  All enjoyed reading about  Chi O Pat Summit.  Our next book choice is "The Riddle of Harper Lee" by Marja Mills.  This book gives an insiders view of the very private Harper Lee, also a Chi Omega. Save the date 9/25/14

7/14/14Book Club

We're meeting this week at Sara's in Gates Mills.  Bring or send your suggestions for future books and meeting dates and places.


From Eudora(Ede)Ebert Spencer:     Martha (Marty)Sielaff Peters Joins Omega Chapter April 2014 I was saddened to hear of the passing of Marty Peters. Before our sister relationship as Cleveland Chi Omega Alumnae, I knew Marty during our childhood years. She lived in close proximity to me in Cleveland Heights. Our backyards faced each other. Also, her family and mine were members of the same church. Marty was a friendly, hands-on president of the our alumnae chapter. She was very committed to Shi Omega's Social Service projects. Our archives has a photo of Marty decorating a Christmas tree at the Ansel Road Golden Age Center. Her daughter, Laura (age3), is also there, helping out with the tree trimming. I know Marty will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her. Editor's Note: Marty Peters was Cleveland Chi Omega Alumnae East's president 1968-1970. Marty died last Sunday. Bob Peters let Joyce Schaefer know that they are in Fl but are returning to MI. OBit is at Pixley Funeral home.


We were saddened to see Beverly Lindt Howald, Rho Gamma(Hillsdale), listed in the Plain Dealer obits on 4/27/14. She died on March 17,2014 at Fairmount Health Center in Willoughby. Beverly was active in Chi O East until she and husband, Lee moved out of the area. When I first moved to Cleveland in 1971, Beverly picked me up at my home in South Euclid and took me to my very first alumnae meeting! What a world she opened for me. God Speed, Beverly.

4/20/2014Chi Omega Convention 2014: A Symphony of Sisterhood When is Chi Omega Convention? June 25 - June 29, 2014 Where is Chi Omega Convention? JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes 4040 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, FL 32837

3/4/2014            Sisterhood Report:  Carol Kelly is home recovering from successful major surgery.  She thanks Chi O sisters  for all the prayers and cards which helped her.   Jenny Hogan's mother passed away in late February.  Jenny has some positive news to balance that out:  she'll be a grandmother again next year.

12/1/2013   CAPA has a unique fund raiser event with Petitti's Garden Centers for the month of December.  When you buy a gift card from them they will donate 10% to CAPA's scholarship fund.  The gift cards can be ordered on line.  They will be mailed to you for free.  The cards do Not expire. Read the step by step instructions here CAPA 2013 PettitiFundraiser.pdf


 MOCA  tour today was very informative. See the photos in the gallery.

CAPA's fund raiser, a dine out, will be held next weekend.  On Nov 22,23,24 Ruby Tuesdays in Beachwood, Seven Hills, and North Olmsted.  Ruby Tuesday  will donate 20% to CAPA's scholarship fund for those patrons who present the voucher.  Offer good on carry out too.  No additional coupons may be used with vouchers.  Download voucher here Ruby Tuesdays - CAPA Dine-out Voucher.pdf

WAYS & MEANS:  Pam reports that we only have 4 Entertainment Books left.  Contact her before our December 7th meeting to order yours.  Cost $25 per book.  This is our only fundraiser.


REMINDER:  Dues for 2013-2014 are $25 payable by Nov 16th.  Dues and our fundraiser- Entertainment Books support our basic running costs and our scholarship award.  We will have some extraordinary expenses this year as hosts of the CAPA 100 anniversary luncheon.  Send payment to Sandi Russ.  See membership form in JOIN US  container.    Let Pam Wurster know you want an Entertainment Book.  They are only $25 this year!

Pam, Carol, Lorry, and Marilyn participated in the workshop on Oct 17th along with 15 other panhel ladies.  Linda Meixner and Alison Borodkin were a big help in the early class session.  Thanks ladies!


Sincere sympathy is extended to Diane Euchenhofer Rossa on the loss of her mother, Arline M. Euchenhofer on May 24th.  Arline was a graduate of Cleveland Hts High, CWRU, a teacher, wife (of the late Harold,) and mother( of Diane and Doug).


Here is the information about Linda Parker's memorial service. Linda was initiated at Ohio University Tau Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega in 1957.   After a valiant fight against cancer, she is in now in the Omega Chapter.  She was a wonderful example of our ideals:  "...character before appearances; work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, be womanly always; to be discouraged never.." Linda will be missed.

LINDAMAE PARKER (nee Conner) died Apr. 24, 2013. She was the wife of the late Richard A. Parker. She was the mother of Barton (Cynthia), Andrew (Gracelyn), and Carter (Suzanne). She was the sister of Georgia Nelson, and grandmother of eight. A Memorial Service will be held in the Lyons Chapel at Breckenridge Village, 36855 Ridge Rd., Willoughby on Saturday May 18 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to Breckenridge Life Care, 36855 Ridge Rd., Willoughby; The Gathering Place, 23300 Commerce Park, Beachwood, Ohio 44122; or the City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. The family will receive guests one hour before and after the service.


Great meeting at Sur La Table. Everyone helped cook and we all enjoyed eating: minted pea & leek soup, Caesar salad, and chocolate lava cake.   See photos in Meetings 2013-13 album.


Nancy T and Lorry returned from Chi-O-Hio in Cincinnati on Saturday 4/13 feeling that their ChiO cups were full of sisterhood.  (Sadly, Sandi was ill and could not make the trip.) What a lovely affair. Beautiful old building (The Cincinnati Club).  100's of lovely Chi Omegas.  Many deserving scholarship winners, honored advisors and alumnae.  Linda McGinty was awarded Outstanding Ohio Alumna. Nancy Kermode was our nominee. See photos. Next time it's in Columbus.  Do try to come. You'll be glad you did.


On Good Friday the Chagrin Valley Council of Churches presented an outdoor Stations of the Cross.   Chi O past president, Claudia Lanzendorfer, was part of the bell choir from Holy Angels Church. (see her photo in the CVT4/4)  She & Lon still live in Hudson and  work together in their business, their daughter was recently married. She says she hopes get back with us.


Jane Kirchner is now home from Menorah Park.  Her health is improved.  She was touched to receive 5 white carnations from us in memory of her husband, Jim.


On Friday 3/8 Holly Capron stopped in to visit with Nancy.  She is doing well, continues to work for Kohl's, has a new puppy, and sends her best to all.  Later that day Nancy enjoyed some girl time with Jodi McCue, Kyle Bizjak, and Sandi Russ at our Happy Hour at Panini's in Willoughby.


Happy Valentine's Day, sisters!    We remembered you as we made cards for the service men and women at our executive board meeting on 2/12.  Cindy Schinagle packed them in care packages the next day when she volunteered at the USO.  Jean, Joy, Cindy, Carol and Nancy enjoyed a Valentine Book Club lunch today at Bravo!  Next Book Club meeting is March 28.(see Activities section)


Pam and Nancy visited with Jane Kirchner on Monday at Johnson-Romito at the visiting hours for her deceased husband, Jim Kirchner.  Jane has been ill for several months. She is now staying at Menorah Park, where she is receiving physical and occupational therapy.   In spite of all that's she's going thru right now, she looked beautiful and appeared to be dealing well with her loss. 


Today's Plain Dealer listed a Chi O and a Chi O spouse in the obits.  Marjorie Huff Ettinger, Lambda Delta'47, passed awawy on 1/15/2013.  She retired from teaching and living in Chesterland, moved to VA and FL. Her family is holding a memorial service on Saturday 2/9 at Highland Sixth Presbyterian Church on Wilson Mills 1 pm. 

Jane Freebairn Kirchner's (Nu Gamma) husband, James died on 2/1/2013.  Visiting hours are tomorrow, Monday 2/4 at Johnson-Romito Funeral home on Darrow Rd, Twinsburg from 5-7 pm.  Services will be onTuesday 2/5 at 10 am at the funeral home.



We have good news regarding Pris Goodger's knee replacement.  Her daughter, Karin, says that yesterday, 3 weeks after the last surgery, she got permission to stand on her leg, go out of the house, and begin therapy.  We send best wishes for a complete recovery  so she'll soon be back on the dance floor!


Lois Swanson's husband, Ernie, is at home recovering from a one car accident.  He sustained 7 broken ribs, spent 9 days in the hospital, 5days in rehab at the Greens. He got home on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Their  son, Kermit, and his family came for Thanksgiving.  Lois and Ernie are doing well, but pacing themselves.  Lois sends her regards for the holidays.


PHILANTHROPIA???  Landerhaven's charity event will be on Dec 10 this year.  They underwrite the cost so your donation of $75 goes to the charity you choose.   Registration is at 11am, lunch and program at noon, entertainment by Singing Angels.   We could attend and donate to either our Chi O Clev. East scholarship fund or to Make-a Wish.  For more info go to or call 440-449-0700.   Anyone interested???


Pris Goodger is home recovering from what we all hope is the final knee surgery.  Things look good this time, but her recovery will be slow and long. She again has a Caring Bridge site.

The current CAPA Newsletter has a helpful article about using SOCIAL MEDIA such as Facebook and Twitter.   You can read it in the Activities container of this website.


Chi Omegas have a busy week ahead.  Sunday our West side sisters are having their annual auction.  Tuesday CAPA (Panhel) meets at Burke Lakefront Airport and those interested will check out some possible venues for 2014.  Wednesday we meet at the S.Euclid Lyndhurst Library. Saturday we'll shop at L'Oreal's factory store in Solon.   See calendar for details.  Join us when you can!

Congratulations go to Brianna Rae Foraker, Lambda Delta!   She is the 2013 President of Panhellenic at Kent State U.  You can learn about her by reading Lambda Delta's newsletter, attached here Chi O Communique Fall 2012.pdf   You'll also enjoy all the great photo's of new members, House Corp (including our Kathy Farno Krehnovi) and the new stove in the kitchen!!


Jean, Joy, Ede, Marilyn, Lois, Betty and Nancy lunched at Sara's Place in Gates Mills on Wednesday.  After lunch we met outside on their patio for our Book Club discussion of  "People of the Book"and enjoyed the glorious weather.  All agreed this was a fantastic book--exploring religions,history, cultures and human interactions over 500 years.  We recommend the author, Geraldine Brooks, for another book.  We'll meet again on  January 10 at Burntwood in Solon at 1pm.  Next book: "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett.



Sandi Russ has returned with a bronze medal from  the Senior National Softball championship in St. George, Utah where she played for the Canadian team, the Greys. Happy BD.  You GO, Girl!

Wendy Mishne was mentioned in Rosemary Downing's article in the Chagrin Solon Sun paper on 10/4/12.  She thanked Wendy for giving her a pendant that had been her mother's and went on to tell the tale of how she found the perfect necklace for it at Bead Q in Bainbridge.

Jane Freebairn Kirchner's daughter, Lisa Freebairn-Tarr, will be appearing at the Chagrin Valley River Street Playhouse production of Veronica's Room Oct 26-Nov 10. Come prepared for a dark, psycho-thriller written by Ira Levin who also wrote Rosemary's Baby.

Lori Izeman was spotted in "Currents" magazine 10/18/12, participating at a fund raiser for Camp Ho Mita Koda, a camp for children with diabetes.

EdeNanCarolAshleyPamatTGP10/16/2012                                                                                                                                                             Chair Pilates with Carol Kelly at  The Gathering Place was great.   We squeezed a lot of fun and information into our evening.  Thanks go out to Phyllis, Joyce and Peg for our refreshments.  A special thank you to Carol for leading us thru the Pilates movements.  We'll all benefit from strengthening our powerhouses.

It's a Small World !  Just learned that Nancy Toth's daughter, Linda, worked on the design of the gardens at The Gathering Place while working as an intern for MSI in Columbus. 

P9030771.JPG9/16/2012                                                                                                            The Chi O Kick Off Party scored "our goal".  Everyone attending had a ball! Special thanks go out to our hosts Carol and Rich and the Exec Bd.  We wish a warm welcome to new member Ashley H.

8/29/2012   Marilyn, Lorry, and Pam joined the "regulars" at book Club today at Flour.  Great salads and discussion of The Day We Left Home.  Next meeting at Sara's in Gates Mills on 10/24 at 1pm.  Next book:  People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks.(see Activities Box for book summary.)

On Monday,8/27, Lorry, Pam, Sandi, Carol, and Nancy met our Achievement Award winner, Karis.  She willbe returning to Penn St later this week. It was a pleasure to meet her and she did not disappoint us!  She's a great representative of all that's great in  ChiO.(see Scholarship for photo and more about Karis.)


Attention all sisters with school connections!   Does anyone know of an opening in Middle School Social Studies?  Sister, Katy L is a recent Kent graduate seeking a teaching position.  Contact Nancy T. if you have a lead for her.


Convention in Phoenix was inspirational and informative.  Cindy Chiang was keynote speaker, model initiation was beautiful, workshops were informative, business meeting had parade of chapter flags.   Pris  G says Hi!


18 Chi O's and guests enjoyed dinner and theater in Chagrin Falls last night.  We welcomed new alums Stephanie Taylor and Brittany Musa along with 4 West Side Chi O's  and guests.  Jo Neff will plan another theater night for next year.


Congratulations to Pam!  After 30 years of dedicated  teaching, she is now retired.  We wish her many years to explore and enjoy her well deserved retirement.


Book Club plans to meet on June 21 at the newly renovated Washington Place Bistro (formerly the Baricelli Inn).  The book for discussion is "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracey Chevalier.  Let me know you're planning to come!  I'll send a Pingg invitation in the next few days.


Shopping at L'Oreal was again an annual event where we stocked up on beauty supplies and visited with sisters not seen in some time.  It was good to see Linda Parker and Jessica Fenell Dragar.  Pam, Jenny, Phyllis, Lorry and I made plans to go to the Panhel luncheon on Saturday.

Our basket for the Panhel luncheon is jam packed.  I managed to fit in several large items from Alpha Omicron Pi along with our L'Oreal products (again donated by Nancy Cyr Paskevich).  This time I added a gift certificate for one full body Reiki treatment from me and 2 Dr. Oz Books.  Our them is "You're Worth It!"  They expect close to 200 at the luncheon !   We'll have to take notes for our planning in 2014.  I'm thrilled to announce that Jean Mrasek, former National President of Chi Omega and soon to be Chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference, has accepted our invitation to be the speaker in May 2014.

I've heard from Pris.  She's improving and hopes to go home from rehab this Saturday.

5/3/2012    Further complications for Pris

The surgery did not go as expected.  Pris will have several more procedures and rehabs.  Read her story on Caring Bridge, a website dedicated to help family and friends keep in touch with a loved one's serious illness.  Go to


News from the Goodgers in Arizona:
"Priscilla had emergency surgery today (Friday) to debride the left knee replacement due to a staph infection.  Gratefully, only the plastic part of the knee cap had to be replaced.  We are looking at 4 days in the hospital followed by a week in Rehab, 6 weeks of IV antibiotics and a year of oral antibiotics. ..Prayers welcomed." , Jack


Book Club met today at W Bar & Grill.  We discussed Spring by David Szalay and  set June 21st as the next date to meet.  We'll met at a new place next time, Washington Place Bistro (used to be the Baricelli Inn).  Our next book is Girl with the Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier.  Read more about it in the Activities Box.


Our Eleusinian Brunch at JCU on Saturday 4/14/12 was a fabulous success.  About 25 alumnae and 65 actives enjoyed a lovely program lead by Lorry Szabo.  RAD, Maggie Abramson came from Chicago to be with us on our 117th birthday for Chi Omega.  Nan Kermode, charter member of Kent State's Lambda Delta chapter, kept all enthralled with her tales of the early days of the chapter.  The food was great and so were  the centerpieces made by Carol Kelly.  The raffle added some fun and raised $118 for Make-A-Wish. Pictures from the event are in the Photo Gallery: Eleusinia 2012.

3 /20/2012

Sister Yvonne Nelson has joined the Omega Chapter.  There will be a memorial service at the Methodist Church in Chagrin Falls on Saturday 3/24 at 11 am.


Johnny Mango's food is great.  If you'd like to ride there with Nancy T on March 26th, call.  We plan to go for lunch.

Details /reservation form for the CAPA (Panhel) May luncheon can be found in the Activities Section.

CAPA is assisting a local Girl Scout with her gold award project.   She is collecting used or unwanted BRAS!  They will be completely recycled, some parts for the  Red Carpet used at Oscars. She also shares information about breast cancer as a part of her project.  If you'd like to donate any bras, get them to Nancy T before April 10th.


We had a cozy meeting at the South Euclid Lyndhurst Library on 3/6.  Thanks go out to Joy and Lorry for bringing treats.   Group decision on the book, "Founding Mothers", by Cokie Roberts, was that it had too many details crammed in it.  Ok for a text for a history course, but not great as a book club choice.  If you're looking for a suggestion, we all loved our other books:   "The Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and  "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet".

We sent cards to Pris Goodger and Linda Parker, wishing them better days ahead.


     Holly H Capron sends greetings.  She's doing well, back into supporting baseball.   She and Scott     will host an Akron player again this year.   She gave me a contact, if anyone is interested in hosting an Eastlake Captains baseball player this summer.

     Nancy Cyr Paskevich will continue working at L'Oreal for the next year +.  Then she will get some quality time with her son just before he starts kindergarten.  She hopes to work us into her new schedule.


Amazing Race winner Cindy Chiang sent us a nice email. She has a previous engagement on April 14th and regrets she will not be able to attend our Eleusinian.   She said to send her greetings to all.

Board meeting last nite included committee for Eleusinian.  Watch for your winter newsletter in email next week.  Slate of officers for next term seeks a secretary.  Other positions available. What interests you?  Let's share the work and lighten the load!

Our Happy Hour at Swirl's in Solon on 1/27/11 was fun girls' nite out.  Nice atmosphere and good food and beverages.  Consensus was " Let's do this again!"


Past president, Carol Egan, had surgery on her writing hand in December. Her daughter, Lynn, sent us a note with Carol's best wishes for the new year.  She expects to regain the use of her hand, with therapy.  Carol's new address in Maryland is listed in our current directory.

On Saturday 1/21/12 there will be a memorial service for Pam Wurster's mother in law, Nancy Willa Greer, at the Methodist Church in Chagrin Falls. Mrs. Wurster was 100 and lived a full and exciting life including singing professionally with her sisters.  Greer and Pam watched over her as she lived for many years at Hamlet in Chagrin Falls.


The Book Club meeting  was held on 12/13/2011.  We had fun discussing " The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet".  We picked " The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society "by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows for our next meeting on 2/16 again at Wellingtons at 1PM.  (Area parking too busy earlier for lunch crowd.)

If you can't make our daytime book club, plan to come to our March meeting 3/6 at 7 PM at the S.Euclid -Lyndhurst Library.  We'll discuss " Founding Mothers" by Cokie Roberts in an upstairs meeting room with a kitchen.  Enjoy some refreshments and a book swap too.


Christmas Brunch at Phyllis' home was a smashing success!  24 sisters enjoyed her beautifully decorated home, a fabulous brunch, a fun gift exchange, and lots of catching up with sisters. It was great to see so many dear friends again.   Many thanks to all the committee:  Phyllis, Jenny, Ede, Kathy, Lorry, Wendy, and Carol.


Congratulations Chi Omega members of Upsilon Mu.  Your chapter was installed 10 years ago.!  A  reunion luncheon at the Atrium of  the Dolan Science Center at JCU celebrated the chapter's many successes.  Collegiates and alumnae joined in the singing of  " Shades".  Tours of the Chi O suite in Champion Hall were provided by actives. 


Whoo knew we were so crafty?   With guidance from Sandi's friend, Michelle, we created 5 fabulous hand made holiday cards on 11/4.  It was easy and lots of fun! If you weren't there, you missed a great time.  It was good to see busy mom, Jodi McCue, and new alum, Stephanie Taylor.  We held the drawing for the owl quilt.  All 24 paid members were entered.  Judy Delanis was the lucky winner.  When I delivered the quilt to her, she was surprised to win and said she will enjoy curling up with it this winter. She had back surgery recently, so the quilt is especially welcome. 

Membership directories were distributed.  I decided to print them so we can all keep connected.  I'll bring them in December too for all paid members. 

Kathy Krehnovi, as president of the Lambda Delta House Corp, is seeking members for a committee to study the possibility of building a new chapter house.  People with expertise in related fields are sought.  Call her if you wish to help.


Evites were sent for our Nov 4th meeting. Please RSVP by 10/30.

Our fundraiser is selling Entertainment Books, $30 each.  Contact Pam Wurster or Nancy for yours!  You may order directly from the company website this year.  They will deliver your order to you with free shipping and we still get credit for the sale.  Here's an idea, you can order Entertainment Books for friends and family in other cities!  If you order on line it will be shipped to them for free and you have some of your Christmas shopping done.  Another option is to solicit your contacts to purchase books themselves.  Again, we get credit for the sale if they use the web link.

1. Have them go to    and enter Group ID:   663144    OR

2. Send them emails from  (you enter Group ID: 661344 when you register as a seller).


 The potluck supper was  fantastic. What good cooks we are!  We enjoyed dinner, had our annual business meeting and renewed the bonds of sisterhood in Carol's lovely home.  Plans to increase membership by reaching out to "latent" members were discussed.  Bring a chio  to our November meeting and get an extra raffle ticket for the Owl Blanket.


Carol K, Jenny H, Pam W, and Nancy shared dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse and then met Ede S at the theater for  a showing of " The Help".  What a great nite of sisterhood!


Great party on August 27th!  Newsletter is out.  Plan for a fun girls nite out on Tuesday Sept 13th.  We'll meet for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse on Aurora Rd at  Enterprise  in Solon, then continue on to see "The Help" at the Solon Cinema at 7 p.m.  Reply to your Evite or contact Nancy at


We learned that former president, Carol Egan, was moving to the Baltimore area on 7/16.  Several sisters paid a call on Carol today.  We presented her with an owl key chain for her new home, toasted her with sparkling wine, and enjoyed a wonderful hour of remembrances, laughter and hugs. Carol will be living in an apartment near her daughter.  Best wishes, Carol, on your new adventure.  See photos of Carol with her son and daughter in Meetings 2011-12  of the photo gallery.

Nancy T represented Chi Omega National at the national convention of Alpha Epsilon Phi.  She attended an evening Panhellenic reception at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.   Delicious desserts were followed by an outstanding speaker, MaryAnn Calais.  Her topic was  "LIving Our Ritual".  Without going into any sorority's details of ritual she illustrated how we all have common values and the importance of these values in today's world.

Best Wishes to past president, Nancy Cyr!  She and Mike Paskevich were married yesterday(6/20/2010).  She announced the happy news to me when I picked up our L'Oreal donation basket.  Nancy has provided this donation for our Panhel item for many years.  She and Mike are very happy and busy with their son, Wil who is in his 2's.  Watch for future pictures of the wedding in our photo gallery. 

The exec board met at Nancy's.  Programs and dates for the coming year were tentatively set in place.  Phyllis will be contacting sisters for home hostesses.  Lorry will be setting up committees.  In addition to the meeting committees we need a nominating committee and a committee for Eleusinian.  When you are contacted please try to say yes.  Or , better yet, call Lorry and volunteer!  Sandi will gladly accept any news and photos for the newsletter.

On Tuesday May 3 23 ChiOs  enjoyed a special nite of sisterhood at Nan Kermode's gorgeous apartment in S.Franklin Circle 4/18/2011.  We honored 6 sisters with 50+ years in Chi Omega and all past presidents. Joyce Schaefer, Nan Ewing, Jane Kirchner, JoNeff, Jean Seeley and Ede Spencer were presented certificates and carnations.  Joyce also received her 50 year pin.  Lorry read a biography of each honoree.  We can certainly be proud of the lifetime accomplishments of these sisters.  Many thanks to the committee for providing the luscious desserts. Thanks also to everyone for buying Panhel auction tickets.  And of course thanks to Nan, Sandi, and Lorry. 
An exec board meeting will be held early in June.  Date to be announced.

Many bargains were purchased at L"Loreal on the Saturday before Easter.  It was good to see Holly H, our scholarship winner Rita Rochford and her mother, and JCU Active michelle Spangler and her mother.  A few of us got to know Michelle (West's scholarship winner) over lunch at Panera in Solon. What a great girl !  Pam Wurster was her teacher!! Thanks to Nancy Cyr for arranging our annual shopping event.

Nancy T continued renewing her ChiO connections at Spring Carnival/ 40th Reunion at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh April 15-17. Although her chapter is no longer active, 4 pledge sisters managed to find each other and met for breakfast.  After 40years, they immediately picked up as if it were days nots years since we were together. 

Chi-O-Hio Day was held in Columbus on April 8-9.  Friday nite the actives at Zeta Alpha served 40 alums  a pasta dinner in their lovely dining room.  An Omega Chapter ceremony was held and the evening ended with the singing of Shades.  On Saturday Lyn Harris, our National Archivist, spoke on our Ohio and National history.  We presented our scholarship winner, Rita Rockford, with a certificate.
Rita received several other awards and will be presented a Cleveland Panhel scholarship on May 14.

Our  theater bunch enjoyed a nite out in Chagrin Falls on April 2nd.  We dined at Gamekeepers and then went to the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, where we thoroughly enjoyed "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels".  Thanks to Jo Neff for planning a great nite out.

Our March meeting at the South Euclid / Lyndhurst Library was a rousing success.  We held a discussion of  "The Help", shared suggested books, toured the unique library and enjoyed some Mardi Gras refreshments provided by Sandi, Jeanne and Joyce.  All present agreed we should repeat this type of event next year.

Thanks to Ede for pointing out the article on past president Samantha Franck in the Fall 2010 Eleusis on page 18.  Samantha dropped out of the business world to pursue musical theater in NYC.  For the full story read her blog:

Winter and  Christmas season arrived with SNOW!  We enjoyed visiting the Koehn Sculptors Studio/Bavarian Tea House today.  Our Lunch of teas, soups and pastries was worth waiting for. (They were very busy,despite the weather.) We welcomed Rachel Javitch to her first meeting.  Rachel is a teacher at a Charter school in Cleveland.  She went to school in Wisconsin, but grewup in Nebraska.  

View the photo of Pam Wurster's family in the Families folder.   Pam, Greer, daughter,grandchildren and Greer's mother make 5 generations attending the same church, the Methodist Church in Chagrin.  Congratulations!

We send Get Well Greetings to Nan Kermode!  She's recovering from surgery on her hand.
We hope Julianne Smrdel GETS out of JAIL!  Don't worry, it's a fund raiser for MDA. She writes:

I'm proud to tell you that I'm being locked up to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  I am being arrested on November 3, 2010 and taken to jail at Red Maple Inn where I will serve hard time at the Lock Up event!

To be released on good behavior I have to raise bail and I cannot do it without you! My goal is to raise $1600, which sponsors two local kids to attend MDA Summer Camp at Camp Cheerful.  Your donation will help me achieve my goal and benefit local families living with a neuromuscular disease (Yes, that means Chardon families - funds stay local).

Keep it simple...make your tax-deductible donation online. . If you don't want to donate online - I accept "bail mail" or even better you can bail me out in person! Please let me know if you have any questions!

On behalf of the families MDA serves, thank you!

Warmest Regards,

Julianne  P.S. I'm counting on you; click on the jailbird to donate!  please copy and paste the address below into the address bar of your internet browser.

Lambda Delta Chapter, Kent State U., House Corporation Fundraiser Campaign Begins
Alums of LD are asked for support to cover expenses to install required fire saftey equipment costing $70,000. Read the full message here Save a Sister Fundraising Campaign.pdf.

Many thanks to Sandi Russ and friend, Pam, who help us put together our own designs of memory wire bracelets.  Whoo new we were so crafty?  Thanks also to Lorry Szabo and Nan Ewing for the refreshments.  Look for photos of us working on our creations.

Reply to your Evite ASAP!  Our October 1st meeting is fast approaching.  We have materials for a limited number of bracelets.  Come to Fairmount Center for a girls' nite out and make your own creation!  See details in the calendar on this site.

Save the date
:  Monday Oct 18th.  I've scheduled a fundraiser for the Panhel scholarship fund at Johnny Mango's in Ohio City.  They will donate 20% of your bill if you bring their voucher. Johnny's is a unique upbeat restaurant with a varied menu including vegetarian, carribean, mexican and oriental foods and a juice bar.  They are open 11 am to 11 pm.Take out is also included. Visit their website to see the menu.  Consider inviting some friends to meet for lunch or dinner. Distribute the vouchers anywhere you can!  This is a good way to get contributions from people outside of our groups. You may download the voucher here: jmango4.doc

Requests from actives:  We have received 2 requests for support from active Chi O's who have been selected to participate in a Service Immersion Trip to El Salvador with AFLV (Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values). Only 24 were selected from around the US. They are encouraged to raise $600 for the trip and $800 for airfare. You may donate online at  Choose service Immersion Trips and list girl's name in the dedication field.
   1.Britt Barnes is from Kent St, Lambda Delta.  She is current VP of Recruitment and Retention for Panhellenic at Kent.  She plans to enter grad school after graduation to pursue a degree needed to lead Greek life on a college campus. You may also send checks to her directly at 434 Fleeter Ct. Kent, OH 44240.
   2.Kathryn Burwell is from Ohio St, Zeta Alpha. She is a senior and a legacy.  Her mother was also Chi O, Lambda Delta.  440.840.2889

Our September 11th cocktail party at Wendy's was a really great party.  We had such a good time we forgot to take pictures!  Believe me when I say that all who attended enjoyed the delicious food and fabulous setting, not to mention the great people.  Many thanks to our hosts Wendy and Ernie Mishne, Chair Phyllis Martis, and committee: Jenny Hogan, Lorry Szabo, andEde Spencer.

Condolences to Jean Seeley on the passing of her brother, William Hogg.

Congrats to Sandi Russ for completing the "Pedal to the Point" biking event to and from Sandusky this past Saturday and Sunday. Sandi and her friends raised $5000 for MS.

The Executive Board held a second meeting at Lorry's on August 12th.  Details for upcoming meetings were completed.  Sandi will gladly accept news for the fall newsletter until September 1st.

We had a great turnout for our first Happy Hour/fundraiser on July 29 at CPK.  Thanks to all who ate at California Pizza Kitchen we raised $108.24 for Make-a-Wish!  View photos in the Gallery.

Jane Freebairin Kirchner's son and daughter are both doing well after successful kidney transplant surgery. Her daughter, Lisa joined us at CPK on July 29.

Phyllis and Steve Martis' 1948 Chrylser Town & Country car received first place at the Concours d'Elegance at Meadow Brook, MI.  Congratulations!

Lorry Szabo and Sandi Russ joined our west side sisters for brunch at the 100th Bomber Group on Sunday July 11.  
The photo of Nancy and Letitia Fulkerson (National Chi Omega President) was from Revelry at Convention in Orlando this June. There are more photos from convention in the gallery.  Our next convention will be in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012.

The Executive Board held a highly productive meeting on Sat. 6/12/10.  A budget  and tenative schedule of meetings were completed.  A summary of the membership survey was presented. Plans to reach out to "newer" alumnae include a calling campaign to get current email addresses.  Contact Nancy T if you can make some calls this summer. 

Jane Freebairin Kirchner's son, Robbie will receive a kidney from his sister, Lisa on June 22 in Seattle.  This is his second kidney transplant. Please remember them in your prayers.

Senator Steven La Tourette presented Jo and Tom Neff Senior Service Awards from Hamlet in Chagrin Falls. "The Neff's have supported the Chagrin Valley Little Theater and its youth theater program since the 1980's...The Neffs co-chaired the 75th anniversery celebration of CVLT and are chairing a major fundraising campaign for the theater as it celebrates its 80th anniversary."

Survey summary
25 members completed the survey
1.staying connected is important    23 yes   2 no
2. sad if EAst ChiO fails                     23 yes   2 no
3. help w. meetings                            21 yes   3 no 1 skip
4.dues $25 ok                                      24 yes            1 skip
5. day of week  important                   8 yes  15 no 2 skip
6. good days       Sun 2 Mon 4 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 4 Fri 3 Sat 4
7. attend events
fall party 13 Reiki 8 hist. speaker 11 Eleusinian 10 Potluck dinner 12 Christmas brunch 13 dinner/theater 11 joint other sor 6 joint chio west 11joint JCU 8 Lakeview Cem 11 Book speaker 9 kids holiday 5 happy hour 11 lunch 7 supper 7 book 7
8. Do more? casual & crafts, at restaurant, w JCU, speakers,provide ride, service projects, weekends, reach out to younger
9. Do less? shorten business,reduce printing costs

Job descriptions/responsibilities:  Program chr will also  be Ritual Officer.  Corresponding Secretary will keep the Social Service file for future SS chr. Fill college liaison, new alums.
Budget planning:  Need to economize.  Plan to send newsletter via  email unless requested mailed. Increase paid members. Reduction of award from scholarship fund forces us to draw from reserves.
Plan to continue to save for Panhel Presidency in 2013.
Save the date
Saturday September 11, 2010 Fall Cocktail Party at Wendy Mishne's

 Lorry, Sandi, Pam, Cindy, NanK, Marilyn, Jo & Tom, Nan & Bob, Ede & Ralph, Nancy & Ernie were joined by west side chios: Linda, Doris, Hokie, and Gail.  Dinner at the West End Bistro was enjoyed by all in their "upper room".   Then it was just a short walk around the corner to the theater where we laughed and laughed at the great dialogue in the play presented by 5 talented women. "The Dixie Swim Club " is not to be missed.  GO SEE IT!

If you haven't already taken our survey please do so now.  We are collecting information from our members to better serve their needs and desires.  The survey is short and easy to complete. Just 10 questions on 2 pages!  All you need to do is click on the link following this message.  When you do you will immediately go to our survey.  Answer all 10 questions by clicking on the "dot" or "box" with your reply.  Many are yes/no questions, some are multiple answers.  At the end cllck on "DONE".  You do not have to sign up for anything.  Thanks for your input and for taking the time to help.   
Here's the link:

The annual luncheon and fund raiser for scholarship was held at Windows on the River.  7 of the 8 winners attended.  This year's president, Delta Gamma was the host.  Their speaker was Carin Rockind from NEO.  A table of ChiO's from east and west enjoyed the beautiful event and delicious food.  Nancy T and Annamarie C were on the raffle committee.  The Chi O scholarship winner, Kaylin Major joined us for lunch. Read more about her in the Scholarship Box. See photos in Panhel gallery.

We were the guests of Nancy Kermode at the South Franklin Circle Community room in Chagrin Falls.  50+Years members and past presidents were honored with the presentation of white carnations. At the close of the business meeting, outgoing president Holly Capron was presented a gift of appreciation from the board. Surveys were completed on directions for coming events.  With renewed bonds of sisterhood, social time and desserts were the fitting close of a lovely evening.  Photos in 2009-2010 meetings gallery.

Cleveland West Alumnae were hosts to over 100 Chi Omegas at the Eleusinian on Saturday.  We were joined by actives from John Carroll, UM, and Kent, LD. Highlights of the event included announcements of scholarship winners, a chapter visitor from JCU, senior ceremony, founders ceremony and  a tour of the "Owl's Nest" (JCU's floor in Champion Hall).  Congratulations to Linda Meixner and her committee for a job well done!  Photos in Eleusinian JCU gallery.

Our scholarship winner, Kristen Dobransky and her mother joined us for lunch.  Kristen is from Broadview Heights, attends University of Dayton, majors in Early Childhood Ed.  Read more about her in the scholarship section.

One of the girls from Kent, Kaylin Major, has won a Cleveland Panhellenic scholarship.

Twenty Chios and guests were treated to a special event at Talbot's in Legacy Village today.  Vice President Lorry Szabo was our hostess.  In her honor a free will offering was collected for the Cleveland Food Bank. Thanks Lorry!

Chi O sisters enjoyed some bargain shopping on the Saturday before Easter.  These now even more beautful ladies also enjoyed sisterhood and lunch at Panera.  Thanks go out to sister Nancy Cyr for providing this oppurtunity again.

Eleven Chi Os and 3 guests learned about Reiki and received treatment from 3 Reiki practioners/ masters. Marty, Nancy and Trish(Nancy's friend) explained and demonstrated Reiki. Each attendee receive an individual  "chair treatment" for about 15 minutes.  Lorry provided refreshments after the program, where expressions of surprise and pleasure were exchanged. Several asked if we could repeat this on a regular basis.  Before the program there was a brief business meeting.  Several key things were discussed:  1. slate of officers was  voted in; 2. Kathy reported that 12 scholarship applications had been received; 3. committee members would read the apps and decide on our winner to be presented at the April Eleusina; 4. program dates and details were confirmed (SEE DETAILS IN CALENDAR) ;5. acard was sent to Carol Munz on the loss of her husband, Robert (also Camie Miller's father) and a donation was sent to the Diabetes Foundation in his memory; 6. we now have 32 paid members.Phots in the 2009-2010 meetings gallery.

Three members of the board met at Nancy's home.  The remaining meetings programs details were confirmed for distribution in the newsletter.  Phyllis reported that none of the prospects for office accepted.  So our slate of officers for 2010-2012 will have Recording Secretary and Ritual Officer open.  Sandi reported that she would mail out the newsletter to all paid dues members in the next week.  President Holly was excused from the meeting.  She has been dealing with some health issues.  The current board will gladly cover for her as needed.  Reminders of upcoming events will be sent via email with links to this website.

Sister Julianne Smrdel now owns and operates an Olympia Candy Store in Chardon.  It is located in the Cherry Plaza at 301 Center Street, Chardon OH 44024.  Stop in and buy some delicious candy like Jenny  and Nancy did.  See photo in gallery folder of 2009-2010.   Juli's phone # is 440-279-0122. The store's website is  email: 

Membership directories were mailed to dues paid members on 12/31/2009.  

Be sure to pass on the information about our scholarship to any Chio you know.  We also have other scholarships available locally.  See details in our  SCHOLARSHIP SECTION.

Take a few minutes and view a powerpoint presentation of owls in beautiful natural settings. 
Just click on this link. Hooters.pps

We would like to share some of your interests and hobbies in the upcoming newsletter.  Send it to Sandi R. ASAP. 
Here are some corrections for the newly distributed directory:
Shirley Coffin 9851 Country Scene Lane, Mentor OH 44060  440-579-5033 
Kathy Krehnovi 1223 Briardale Court, Twinsburg OH 44087

Our December meeting at Pam's lovely home in Chagrin Falls was a great success.  We enjoyed sisterhood and food, had a efficient business meeting, and a cookie exchange.  Nan K won the paid dues door prize. Membership directories were distributed to all paid members.  Exec board meets in February.  Next  regular meeting is March 5th with Reiki by Marty A. and Nancy T.  Send news  of your hobbies or volunteer activities to Sandi Russ for our newsletter.

After many years of a slow decline in health, June passed away peacefully on 11/19/2009 in Aurora.  Her remains were buried with her husband in Mentor on Monday 11/23.  Nancy was with her at the end and is grateful for the comfort and support of her family, friends and ChiO sisters. (Obit in Sunday PD 11/22/2009,  online obit)



Here is a link to Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Association's newsletter:News_1109.doc

$2000 Scholarships offered by College Club West to women 25yrs or older working on either a bachelors degree  or graduate work, living in western Cuyahoga County,Lorain or Medina.  To apply go to

Joy Polk did not have knee surgery.  She has been diagnosed with melonoma.

A dozen Chios plus some guests enjoyed an exuberant session of laughter yoga following our business meeting on 10/5/2009.  The budget was approved and donations collected for the Womens Shelter of Cleveland. Lorry reminded all to reserve a spot at the brunch at Talbot's on 11/15.  Reply to your evite or call Lorry or Nancy.  Directories will be printed in November.  Please forward any changes in your contact information to Nancy ASAP.

We were saddened to learn that  Ronda Deer's husband passed away recently.  A card has been sent.

Your webmaster's problem with the site has been solved!   I can again upload photos to our gallery.  Please send me any photos you'd like to share.

The current newsletter, Fall2009, has been added to the Newsletter Archive on this site.  You may view it in color online anytime.

CAPA(Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Assoc.) meets on the first Tuesday of the month at Burke Lakefront Airport.  Delta Gamma's Leslie Cooke is the president this year.  Plans are underway for the spring luncheon on May 15th at Windows on the River.  The sale of Macy's Shop for a Cause coupons is again a ways & means project.  Nancy Toth is chair of this fundraiser.  Coupons are good at any Macy's on Oct 17th , cost $5 and give you 20% off most items, 25% off ONE item, entry in a raffle for $500 gift card, and can be used on line.  CAPA gets the $5 for scholarships.  If we sell enough coupons by Oct 8, we will be allowed to sell coupons at the door on the sale day and keep that money too.  Contact Nancy now for your coupons!

CAPA will again donate 'transition bags' to the Women's Shelter of Cleveland.  These bags include: a set of towels, detergent, bath soap, t.p., kleenex, all purpose cleaner, and other essential items.  This year they have also requested gently used sheets and towels, dishes and pots &pans, glasses &  silverware.  Nancy will accept any donations of items or CASH at the October meeting or at her home before Nov 3rd.

Our October meeting is going to be one not to miss.  Laughter Yoga will be presented and participated in by all. (Don't worry it's easy, not like real yoga.)  Laughter has been proven to have positive health benefits.  So, come laugh with us!

We do not charge for regular meetings, but your dues help cover our expenses (newsletter, directory, programs, etc).  Please send your dues to Sandi Russ.  PAID MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A NEW DIRECTORY AT THE NOV15TH MEETING. Be sure  to send any changes of address, email , etc to Nancy by the end of October.

What a great day for an afternoon, outside party!  We enjoyed Carol's beautiful garden setting for our startup party.  The wine and food were fabulous.  Attending exec board outdid themselves on the food.
It was great to see some seldom seen sisters and spouses again. A great time was had by all.  You don't want to miss this event next year.  We took a group ('class') picture. Photos are in the gallery soon.

Read the notice from Chi OmegaNational regarding the closing of this chapter.  See NATIONAL UPDATES.

The wedding on 8/14/09 took place at the Mahoning County Scrappers ballgame.  It was a beautiful summer nite, the bride wore white and a blue Cubs jersey and carried red & yellow flowers.  The groom wore Indians attire. The guests enjoyed a picnic supper and the game, followed by fireworks. Photos are  in our gallery.

Our exec board met at Jenny's to brainstorm for the coming year.  Meetings will be on the 5th of each month. September 5th will be a "Wine Party" at Carol McWilliams'.  October 5th we'll try Laughter Yoga.  Watch for your newsletter with all the details about these events and more. Check back here for future updates or changes on the schedule.

Best Wishes go out to our President, Holly Hinzman and Scott.  They will be married on August 14 on the base ball field of their beloved Scrappers.  This will be a true Grand Slam!

We have pictures of past president, Nancy Cyr and her new son, Wil in the Chi O Kids photo gallery. A  picture of Kyle Bizjak and daughter, Elliot is also in the Kids gallery.

Please remember to send news and photos to share to  your editor, Nancy T.

HIGH TEA AT JAY SZABO'S    (Yes that's us in the opening picture!)
It was our pleasure to hold a Tea at the Hisotric Schweinfurth Mansion.  Our host, Jay, the son of ChiO Lorry Szabo, graciously gave us a tour and shared the some of it's history. A sumptious feast , otherwise called High Tea, was presented by Lorry and son, Jay, Phyllis, Jane, Juli, Cindy, Nancy, and Carol.  This was a special event!  More pictures appear in the photo gallery.

We held a short business meeting where the concensus was that we should try our new meeting date again. (Pick one date , it was the 6th last year, for each month.) Suggestions were given for programs next year.  Greetings were sent to Carol Egan, Ede Spencer and Joy Polk.  Ede and Joy are recovering from knee surgeries. A donation will be sent  to our Scholarship Fund in memory of  member Ro Eugene, who died last month.  There was an article about Ro in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 6/10/09 written by Regina Brett   It's too bad we were just getting to know her. 

We honored 50yr member Carol McWilliams and all past presidents at a fun owl centered meeting.  Decorations and gift bags were all in owl motif.  See photos in our gallery. Thanks to our hostess , Wendy, and the committee: Kathy K, Jessica F, and Holly.

Lorry Szabo attended the events in Dayton.  As our representative she presented our scholarship winner with a check for $300 of the $1000 award.  The remainder will be paid from our scholarship fund.  Sandy Carson, President of the Ohio Chi Omega Alumnae presided at the dinner Friday and luncheon on Saturday.  SNV Joellyn Sullivan, was the speaker and honored guest.  Visit our photos gallery to see pictures honorees and our scholarship winner.

Plan to attend the Cleveland Panhellenic Alumnae Luncheon on May 16 th at the Terrace Club in Progressive Field.  We have a Chi O scholarship winner!  Larissa Spreng from Miami University was the Chi Omega scholarship winner. Wilma Smith is the speaker!  Gift baskets will be auctioned off.  Tickets are $35 and include free parking.  Reservations due May10. Tickets for the baskets can be purchased from Nancy at our May 6th meeting.

We will honor all past presidents at the May meeting, held at Wendy Mishne's home. Holly has some surprises planned.  Respond to your evite or call Holly.

Thanks to Nancy Cyr we replenished our beauty supplies at the factory store.  Catching up with long lost sisters, lunch at Panara, and bargain shopping made for a fun outing.  Holly, Jeanne, Jenny, Jessica, Joy, Linda, Lorry, Nancy, and Sandi were on the scene.

Our gathering at the Freeway Lanes in Solon on Friday 3/6 was a fun nite for all.  Whoo knew that Jenny and  Jo were such good bowlers?  Kathy, Sandi and Nancy did ok too!  We even had our own cheerleaders Holly and Pam.  Photos in the gallery.

Chi-O-Hio Days  4/17,18 Dayton   Alumnae dinner Friday, luncheon/awards Saturday Download the registration letter and form here.registrationletteralums09_2.doc Registrationformalums09.doc  
Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Spring luncheon at Progressive Field   May 16

Just a reminder!  Our $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one Cleveland area Chi Omega at the Chi-O-Hio Day celebration on April 18 in Dayton.  Download an application from the scholarship section of this website.  You can also get information about other available scholarships, including the ChiO West and the Cleveland Panhellenic scholarships. 

 We'll meet at Jenny's home on Snyder Road in Bainbridge at 7:30P.M. on February 6.

Good news!  Our President's dad has improved to the point of being relaeased from the hospital and sent to a rehab center for some therapy.  Holly is grateful for the prayers and cards he received.

On Wednesday 12/31/2008 Holly Hinzman's Dad, Denny, had an abdominal aneurysm. As of midnight, he had surgery and was in the  ICU.  This was unexpected and very serious.   Denny is in critical condition today.  Keep him and all Holly's family in your prayers. Holly setup a site on caringbridge.  Go to to read about his condition and or write a note to Holly.

Ed Hogan passed from death to eternal life on 12/24/2008 shortly after he was removed from life support in the afternoon.  Jenny was there with her children, Kim and Ed (Carrie).  Kim held a prayer service and a nurse led them in singing "Gloria".  Kim said that everyone felt that Ed would have been pleased that they were all there for him at the end. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday 12/30/08  in Kent with lunch at Timmons School following intermment.  Holly presented Jenny with 5 white carnations on Monday.  Lorry, Nancy T, Pam,Phyllis L and Phyllis M attended the funeral.  We are in deepest sympathy with Jenny and her family.   You may visit where there is a journal and photos.

Nancy Toth is sad to report that her mother-in-law, Ruth, died on 12/22/2008.  Services will be at The Church of the Western Reserve , Fairmount Circle, on Monday 12/29 at 1 P.M. with visitation following. The family will go to Lakeview Cemetary directly from the church.  Ruth's husband (Ernie Sr.) passed away just this September. They were both 85, but are now at peace.

While visiting old friends in Boston for Christmas, Ed Hogan suffered a massive heart attack.  He is on life support in a local hospital.  Jenny reacted with what she thought was stress, but was a min stroke. She was hospitalized until today. Their children have flown to Boston and are with them.  They have a site on caringbridge where you can get the latest update and send a message. Go to

Our 2008 scholarship letter with application is uploaded in the Scholarship Container of this webpage.   There is also information about other scholarships available to Cleveland area Chios.

Our first ever brunch meeting was a huge success.  Hostess Linda Parker supported by Joy Polk and the committee of Jeanne Reddick and Jenny Hogan presented a lovely meal.  There was plenty of time to visit with sisters not seen in a while, including Juli Smrdel , Marty Artzberger,and Peg Sebas.  We were also thrilled to welcome Juli's children. A short meeting was followed by the cookie exchange.  Everyone went home with some new cookies!

Jodi and Matt McCue received a special Christmas delivery on 12/5 at 7:27pm, weighing 8# 8oz, measuring 19.75 inches.  Big brother, Cade, and big sister, Emma were on hand to welcome her to the family.  See pictures in our photo gallery "Chi O Kids" folder.

Our September hostess, Phyllis Martis, has had some health issues.  She fractured an arm playing golf.  Then on 11/22 went to the ER to learn she had a burst appendix!  She was released for Thanksgiving.  Steve and Jon prepared a real Thanksgiving dinner.  Phyllis is feeling better and hopes  to come to the December meeting.

Kyle and Eric Bizjak welcomed Elle into their family at 1:53 P.M. measuring  7 pounds and 18 inches.  Big brother Cameron and grandmom Sandi Russ are thrilled. Pictures to follow soon.

Our meeting at Nan Kermode's began with hors d'oeuvres(recipes provided) and sisterhood.  It was great to visit with so many sisters!  Holly conducted a very efficient business meeting, where the budget and By-Laws changes were approved.  We 'passed the hat' for contributions toward a gift bag for the Cleveland Women's Shelter, sponsored by Cleveland Panhellenic. Your generous donations allowed for 2 gift bags.  Take a look at them in the photo gallery. (See Panhel folder) Wendy Mishne was the lucky winner of the raffle for paid members. It was a pink OWL tote bag. After the business meeting Linda Parker presented a talk on " Do you know who you are?".   She discussed how your personal fashion style reflects (or should reflect) your personality.  All of this was done by 9PM!

Long time member Pris Goodger and husband Jack celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in high style in Surprise Arizona with 100+ of their closest friends and family. Nancy & Ernie Toth were among the partiers. See the pictures of 7 Chi O sisters in attendance, Jack and Pris dancing, and their family photo. View all the pictures in our Photo section.

We held a pot-luck dinner for the residents.  They were thrilled to have 'real' food, not tacos or pizza!  When they were finished we enjoyed a meal together and a short business meeting.  A proposed budget and suggested changes to our By-Laws were presented.

20 Chio's and guests enjoyed the evening at the lovely home of Phyllis Martis.  Go to our photo gallery to see some of the fun. 

Pam has the new edition of Entertainment Books.  You may contact her for your books or pick them up at Ronald Mc Donald House on October 6.  This is our only ways & means project, so consider buying 2 books---one for you and one for a gift.  Thanks.

Cindy Schinagle's husband, Allan, passed away on 8/15/2008.  They were married 53 years . Their children are Cheryl Cameron, Holly Anne, Penny Sue, and Allan Jr.  There will be a memorial service on Friday 8/29 at  the Federated Church, 76 Bell St., Chagrin Falls at 4pm.

Cleveland Panhellenic is participating in this fund raiser.  $5 tickets are a donation to CAP.  You get 20%off most purchases and entered in a drawing for a $500 gift card.  Contact Nancy Toth for your tickets.

Our treasurer / newsletter editor, Sandi Russ, is pedaling her way from Cleveland to Sandusky and back this weekend.  She is again participating in this 150 mile (round trip)event for MS.  Good luck Sandi!

President, Holly Hinzman, is providing a 'home away from home' for another AAA Indians player for the Scrappers.

Plans for the coming year's programs were finalized, a proposed budget was established, revisions to the Constitution and By-Laws were reviewed, and plans for a September party were discussed.  The fall newsletter will be mailed by 8/15.  Watch for it and your invitation to the September 6th party.

Corresponding secretary, Jenny Hogan, has moved from Aurora back to Bainbridge.  She's excited that she will be able to walk to school!

Newly elected President, Holly Hinzman, attended our National Convention in 7/11-7/14 .  As our official delegate she participated in workshops, and business meetings. Nancy Toth attended several alumnae meetings about the new website and connecting with local alumnae.

Wendy Davis's daughter to sing at Hamlet
Former president, Wendy Davis's daughter, Bridget, will perform with the Buzz Cronquist Jazz Trio at the Hamlet Atrium on Tuesday July 22, 2008 3pm to 4:30pm. For more info call 440-247-4676

MAW Zoo Walk__ Team Chi Omega
Saturday 6/28 we participated in the Cleveland Zoo Walk for Make-A-Wish. Chi O's Kathy K, Jessica F, Sandi R, Nan E, Nancy T, and Jodi M enjoyed a beautful day at the zoo with 'our kids' Cameron, Cade, and Emma.

Linda Parker recovering from surgery
Linda had surgery for lung cancer on 6/26. She is doing very well and expects to be 'sent home' soon. You can send her messages and read 'her story'on the website:

Exciting Eleusinian held on April 5 2008
We hosted 69 sisters at the Cleveland joint Eleusinian at the Cleveland Chop House & Brewery. Actives from JCU and Kent joined East and West Alumnae for a lovely luncheon. Ceremonies for founders day and for the seniors were held. A silent auction/raffle raised funds for MAW. Several scholarship were presented to actives and past presidents of alumnae were honored. A big thank you goes to Kathy and Jessica for such a great day.

Supportive Sister
Just a quick note of thanks to Nancy Cyr, who has provided gifts baskets for our donation to Panhellenic for many years. This year she also provided a basket for the Eleusinian auction. Thanks again Nancy and L'Oreal.

Continuing Philanthropy Project
Ronald McDonald House sent us a letter of appreciation for our donation of pop can pull tabs last year. Funds raised from this program go to their Family Fund, which provides special extras for families. Last year the Fund earned $4500. This year they hope to double that with a new agreement with Ferrous Process & Trading Co. They get $0.70 per pound.

Let's see how many pounds we can collect! Save your pull tabs from soda pop cans and bring them to any meeting. If you can save them from a pop machine at work, let me know. I can provide you with the offical label to put on a container.

Winter_Newsletter08_2.pdf here

A motion to increase our Achievement Award from $750 to $1000 was passed at the October meeting held at JCU. It is hoped that increased donations to our scholarship fund will support this effort. We have set a goal of $20,000 in total contributions by 2012. The current total is approximately $13,000.