Award winners: Martha Doughtie (Inspirational Theta) and Missy Eliot (Woman of the Year, the chapter’s highest honor).
Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta), known as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women, was founded by four spirited female students who wanted to have their own badges, identity and mission—not just as a social club, but fostering highest scholarship achievement, philanthropy, service and love of sisterhood.
On Jan. 27, 1870 (before Colorado was even a state), they forged their mission at Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University) in Greencastle. International chapters and alumnae organizations continue to celebrate and honor those founders. Denver Alumnae Chapter was chartered in 1908 and continues to be one of the strongest of the 190-plus chapters and most award-winning at Grand Convention.
Outgoing president Valerie Lunka presided over “a peaceful transfer of power” to new officers. They are: President – Kelli Kelsall, President Elect – Karen Olson, Recording Secretary – Lauri Nitz, VP finance—Sarah Hittner, VP Communications – Shannon Gross, VP Fraternity – Ashley Nelson, VP Membership – Alissa Trumbull, VP Philanthropy – Jenny Koch, VP Special Events – Melanie Albano and Kate Gearhart, VP Special Interest Groups – Sheri DeCoste.
In addition to Jane Stalder, who was president of the CU Boulder chapter in 1942, other presidents from that college campus in attendance were Stacy Chestnut Rini -1999 and 2017 president Kate Petrik.
Theta’s national philanthropy is CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). Attendees brought gifts that day for Newborns in Need.
New Chapter Kappa Alpha Theta President Kelli Kelsall with 75-year Theta Jane Stalder, who was president of her CU Boulder chapter, prove sisterhood is for a lifetime.
Immediate Past President of Denver Alumnae Chapter Valerie Lunka with former President Shera Eddy.
Jill Pedicord-Peterson called the roll and Annie Henderson was emcee.
50-year Thetas Linda Rieger (CU Boulder) and Carolyn Steele-Harrison (University of Idaho)
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