News From Alpha Sigma Archives
Alpha Sigma was well represented at the International Convention in Nashville this summer. Carol Herbert and Karen Tinstman were on the Floor Pages Committee, Bonnie Barnes worked on the Timekeepers Committee. Everyone had a great time in Nashville. Congratulations to PA's own Dr. Lyn Schmid on the end of her great biennium as International President. Our attendees received a stipend to attend and represent us from Alpha Sigma Chapter.
Bonnie Barnes, Diana Borowski, Carol Herbert, Rose Ann Fulena, Stephanie Fulena, Karen Matis, and Karen Tinstman represented Alpha Sigma at the PA Alpha Alpha 2016 State Convention at PSU. Karen Tinstman did a stalwart job as Convention Coordinator. Alpha Sigma made supplies for the Friday night fun event at the Alpha Sigma May meeting at home. On Friday night, Rose Ann Fulena received the Women of Distinction Award. Octavia Payne, not in attendance, also received the Women of Distinction Award. Outgoing President Diana attended the executive session. On Saturday morning Bonnie Barnes was a presenter at the Communications workshop. Alpha Sigma celebrated Birthday 55 at the Celebration Luncheon. After lunch, Rose Ann and Stef presented their program "Hola Habana" to a full house audience. Diana passed the rose to Incoming President Karen Matis at the Presidents' Banquet Saturday night. After the Sunday business meeting we headed home. Another great convention! Alpha Sigma presented a stipend to our attendees. President Karen hit the ground running the very next day with a Rules meeting at Stef Fulena's house.
Carol Herbert 2016 Alpha Sigma Achievement Award Winner
Alpha Sigma sister Carol Herbert is presented the Alpha Sigma Chapter Achievement award for this biennium by Outgoing President Diana Borowski. Carol has served in almost every office in Alpha Sigma and on many PA Alpha Alpha state committees. She will currently become our new chapter treasurer. Congrats, so well deserved, Carol.
Alpha Sigma Sisters Carol Herbert and Bonnie Barns attended NERC (Northeast Regional Conference in Baltimore in July, 2015.
Alpha Sigma sisters Bonnie Barnes, Diana Borowski, Rose Ann Fulena, Stef Fulena, Carol Herbert, Karen Matis, and Karen Tinstman attended the Alpha Alpha State Conference in June. Stef was honored Friday night as a 2015 Woman of Distinction. On Saturday morning, Stef and Roe presented "Yay, We're Irish again" a travelogue and genealogy program. Karen Tinstman has accepted the position of 2016 Convention Coordinator, a formidable job! Congrats, Karen. Many Alpha Sigma members are serving on state committees. There were many touching and inspiring moments during the weekend, including watching our friend Tracey Dusch being installed as new Alpha Alpha State President and being pinned with International President Dr. Lyn Schmid's state president's pin.
Alpha Sigma, Alpha Omicron, and Lambda met at Gallo's Italian Village in New Castle on April 11. The Three Chapter meeting was happy to host Alpha Alpha State President Kay Stuart who traveled from Knoxville, PA in Northeastern Pennsylvania to be with us. Other distinguished guests were State First Vice President Tracey Dusch from Brockway, PA, and former Alpha Alpha State Presidents Louann Shrader from Hanover, PA, and Sue Stamm, local Lambda member from Grove City. President Kay was our featured speaker.
Alpha Sigma celebrated its birthday at The Confluence in New Castle in January. Cards were made for the 2015 State Convention.
2014 Alpha Sigma News
Bonnie Barnes, Carol Herbert, and Karen Tinstman attended the International Convention in Indianapolis in July. Besides the thrill of watching Dr. Lyn Schmid become our international president, they had the honor of being in charge of entertainment at Pennsylvania night. A good time was had by all!
Bonnie Barnes, Diana Borowski, Rose Ann Fulena, Stephanie Fulena, Carol Herbert, Bess Ondako, Jean Speight, and Karen Tinstman attended the 2014 Alpha Alpha State Convention in June at the Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State University. All our attendees appreciated our chapter's financial support for attendance. Bonny, Carol, and Karen serve on State committees. Carol provided our donation basket and the special international speaker's gift from her store. We all took turns working the focus table and almost all our chapter-made cards were sold.
On Friday night, Bess Ondako and Diana Borowski attended a First Timer's event. Later, Rose Ann and Stephanie Fulena were both honored as 2014 Women of Distinction at a ceremony and a reception following. Their information was displayed in the Album of Distinction. Diana then attended the Executive Board meeting.
Before the Saturday morning general session, Diana and Bess attended an "Under 40-ish" breakfast. Morning breakout sessions for all committees followed; Bonnie Barnes, Alpha Alpha State Keystonian editor was a presenter at the Communications Breakout. We covered all the committee breakout sessions gathering information for our chapter. At the Celebration Luncheon, Stef picked up certificates for our newsletter, Alpha Sigma Clapper, and for our website, which is one of only six in Alpha Alpha State certified by DKG International. After lunch, Stef and Jean Speight presented "Forgotten Women in PA History", a presentation which they created. One hundred and twenty-five sisters attended their presentation!! That evening, at the Presidents' Banquet, President Diana Borowski was passed the rose by Immediate Past President Rose Ann Fulena.
Sunday morning, Karen Tinstman (state membership committee), read at the Celebration of Life Service. Arlene Pascarellla, our deceased member was one of those remembered. At the Sunday general session, Stef and Rose Ann were awarded Enrichment Grants for their trip to Scotland/Ireland.
Alpha Alpha State Convention 2013 & NERC 2013:
Carol Herbert, Bonnie Lee Barnes. Karen Tinstman, Jean Speight, Rose Ann
Fulena, Stephanie Fulena, Karen Matis, Linda Macarevich attended. Dr. Karen
Matis received the Past State Presidents' Award. Linda O'Neill and Dr. Mary
Todora received Women of Distinction Awards. Stephanie Fulena accepted the
Newsletter Award for the Alpha Sigma Clapper. Linda Macarevich was a flag bearer.
Carol Herbert and Bonnie Lee Barnes attended The Northeast Regional
Conference in Portland, Maine in July.
Fall Area Conference 2012:
Deb Allebach, Bonnie Lee Barnes, Rose Ann and Stef Fulena, Carol Herbert,
Karen Matis, and Karen Tinstman attended the Western Fall Area Conference in
Cambridge Springs. Carol and Karen M. presented a Strategic Plan Workshop at
both the East and West Conferences. Bonnie Barnes, Keystonian Editor, presented
the Communications Breakout with Cynthia Devonshire, State Webmaster.
New York New York:
Karen Tinstman, Carol Herbert, and Bonnie Lee Barnes attended The Delta Kappa
Gamma International Convention in NYC in July, 2012. A second International
project (joining Schools For Africa), Support for Early Career Educators, was
introduced. Our sisters were impressed by the fabulous speakers at the
convention. They also were able to see our own Alpha Alpha sister, Dr. Lyn
Schmid, become International Second Vice-President. New International President,
Dr. Beverly Helms, was helpful to me (Stef) when setting up this web site. First
Vice-President Carolyn Pittman was with us at Penn State in June representing
International. Congratulations to a great team of incoming officers.
Alpha Alpha State:2012
Bonnie Lee Barnes, Rose Ann and Stef Fulena, Carol Herbert, Karen Matis, Jean
Speight, and Karen Tinstman travelled to Penn State for the Alpha Alpha State
Conference in June, 2012. Karen Matis received two scholarships, the Margaret J.
Wolf State Award and the M. Margaret Stroh International Scholarship, totaling
$9000 to aid in her doctoral studies. (Karen recently presented her doctoral
work in Rhode Island.) Four Alpha Sigma members are currently serving on Alpha
Alpha State committees: Rose Ann serves on the Alpha Alpha State Membership
Committee, Karen Matis, the Strategic Planning Committee, and Carol Herbert, the
Nominations Committee. Bonnie Barnes serves as State Editor of The
Alpha Sigma 2012 Achievement Award:
Stephanie Fulena received the 2012 Alpha Sigma Achievement Award at the May
meeting at Gallo's Italian Villa. Stef served as Alpha Sigma President for two
bienniums, 2006-2010. She has also served as First Vice President. She has been
Communications Chair and Alpha Sigma Clapper editor for fourteen years. She
created the Alpha Sigma web page and is co-web master. On the state level, she
was a presenter at the 2011 State Conference at Penn State and a recipient of a
State Enrichment Grant. Stef served on the NERC Steering Committee and Chaired
the Properties Committee at Hershey.
Bonnie, Roe, Stef, Carol, Jean, and Karen attended NERC (NorthEast Regional
Conference) in Hershey in July, 2011. They were very busy there. Stef Fulena and
Karen Tintsman were members of the NERC Steering Committee. Stef chaired the
Properties Committee, Karen was in charge of all banquet menus. Carol Herbert chaired
the Book Award Committee. Roe Fulena and Jean Speight were on the Properties Committee,
and Bonnie worked with Karen and many other committees. Stef, Roe, and Jean
also presided over several workshops. We had the opportunity to work with
wonderful women from many places. We all thank our chapter for the financial
support for both conferences.
Alpha Sigma hosted the 2010 Fall Area Conference West!
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL, NEW CASTLE, PA
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010
Three Alpha Sigma sisters, Rose Ann Fulena, Stephanie Fulena,
and Katen Matis were awarded grants/scholarship from Alpha Alpha State for 2010.
Rose Ann and Stef received travel enrichment grants. The subject of their grants
was Renaissance Art and Architecture of Northern Italy. They flew to Italy the
day after receiving their award at Alpha Alpha State on June 13. Karen's
scholarship will be used as she continues work on her D.Ed. (Doctor of
Education) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. All three received their
awards at the Alpha Alpha State Convention this June.
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