My name is Jessica Reneau (Johnson, Epsilon Zeta, 2006), and I am honored to be the President of the Northeast Tarrant Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter again for the 2016-2017 year.
As the Board and I got together to plan our schedule for the year, I paused to reflect on the lessons that Chi Omega has afforded me over the years. This led me to think about our Symphony, as many of us would upon reflecting on our years as a Chi Omega.
To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed; to place scholarship before social obligations and character before appearances; to be, in the best sense, democratic rather than "exclusive", and lovable rather than "popular"; to work earnestly, to speak kindly, to act sincerely, to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscious demand; to be womanly always; to be discouraged never; in a word, to be loyal under any and all circumstances to my Fraternity and her highest teachings and to have her welfare ever at heart that she may be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there is no discordant note.
The young women of my collegiate chapter taught me about putting scholarship before social obligation and how to be lovable rather than popular. They also showed me about our highest teachings and how to have those six purposes ever at heart so we could ensure that the organization, and ourselves individually, would be a symphony of high purpose and helpfulness in which there was no discordant note. The women of NE Tarrant Alumnae have shown me through example what it truly means to work earnestly, speak kindly, and act sincerely. They have encouraged me to always choose thoughtfully the course which occasion and conscious demand. They consistently reinforce the values of being democratic rather than exclusive and placing character before appearances. They are womanly always and discouraged never. It is amazing to think that Ethel Switzer Howard wrote these words in 1904 and that they truly resonate with each and every Chi Omega still today. It is also amazing to think that as of this year, I have been a Chi Omega for ten years. These lessons, amongst many others, and the values expressed in our Symphony prove to me that I made the right decision in choosing Chi Omega.
For those of you who are new to the area or maybe just receiving this newsletter for the first time, the Northeast Tarrant Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter is comprised of women mainly living in Keller, Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Euless and Bedford, but we welcome any and all interested Chi Omega alumnae from anywhere in the DFW area (or beyond).
If you have never attended a Chi Omega alumnae chapter event, specifically an NET event, I invite you to reconnect with an outstanding group of women that will reinforce why you made a lifelong commitment to Chi Omega. If you've joined us before but have yet to make a membership commitment, I encourage you to do so; it is a small way you can show your support for your local alumnae chapter.
The board has gotten together and planned what we think is a great list of events for the upcoming year. We would love to see you at all of them, but we understand life happens. Please come when you can and think of us when you can't. I look forward to meeting each of you over the year and hearing your personal Chi Omega stories!