January 2018
From the National President
Dear Sister,

2017 was quite a year for Sigma Delta Tau!  Membership numbers are up across the country, as were donations to our philanthropic partners.  Chapters participated in top notch SDT programs, and undergraduates and alumnae helped serve their local communities thru many outstanding service projects. And, we can't forget that in 2017, SDT turned 100! Sisters and friends from across the country gathered in NYC to celebrate this milestone event! We have so much to be proud of as members of Sigma Delta Tau!
The upcoming year should prove to be a busy one! We have updated our  Chapter Leader Days curriculum and will be hosting nine regional leadership conferences in January and February, where every SDT chapter will participate. We will be training and mentoring over 500 collegiate leaders through this outstanding program! 

Additionally, we began a new five-year strategic plan to ensure that SDT remains relevant and a top sorority for years to come. And, we are  preparing for our 2018 National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The theme of the weekend will be "Empowering Women Empower Women." We are looking forward to an event filled with educational sessions, idea sharing and sisterhood.  
On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I would like to wish each of you a Happy New Year! I know that 2018 will be a GRΣΔΤ one!  

Debbie Elefthriou,
National President
Positive Aging: What's the Secret?
Join us for our next Empowering Alumnae Speaker Series! 
Wednesday, January 17, 9 p.m. EST

Presented by Jane Jaffe Giddan, Alpha-Cornell (1962), and Gabrielle Giddan, Alpha Nu-Wisconsin (1992)

This mother-daughter conversation will offer an intergenerational view of aging, life transitions, ways to achieve well-being at any age, and what the generations can learn from each other. We'll talk about the tenets of positive psychology and their relationship to the 70Candles! project. The discussion will be of interest to anyone expecting to get older:
  • Are you aging and wondering what lies ahead?
  • What do we mean when we talk about longevity and the new old age?
  • Life transitions: From Cornell SDT to today--Jane's story.
  • What is the 70Candles! project all about?
  • What matters most to older women?
  • What does positive psychology have to do with aging?
  • What can the generations learn from each other?
More Information and Registration
Save the Date: Sisters Night Out - March 25
Please joins us for our Sisters Night Out where we will be celebrating our sisterhood on Founders Day, Sunday, March 25. We are looking for volunteers to plan small or large events for their sisters in their cities. If you would like to get involved or want more information on this program, please email Margaux Manley Lima at margauxmanleylima@gmail.com
Chapter Spotlight
Are you gearing up for the big College Football Playoff National Championship game? 

Welcome to 2018! I'm excited to begin our journey into our 101st year.  A new year means new opportunities! I welcome hearing from you about topics you'd like to hear about in our newsletter, the Empowering Alumnae Speaker Series, or the Torch magazine. If you have a fun story to share about your time in SDT, or the connections you've made as alumna, we'd welcome those for our blog as well. 

Here's wishing your all the beSDT in 2018! 

Margaux Manley Lima, Alpha Mu-University of Miami
National Vice President, Leadership Development & Alumnae Relations
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