ADPI State Convention 2019
Another year, another State Convention!
My name is Maddie Cleer and I am the 2019 Panhellenic Delegate of ADPi Epsilon Zeta, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2019 Alpha Delta Pi State of Texas Convention with our President, Allison Jones! This year, the convention was held in Houston by the Houston Alumnae Association.
Not only was this convention an awesome opportunity to catch up with all the other ADPi chapters in the state of Texas, but we also got to network, and most importantly, spend time with our alumnae!
One of the best aspects of any sorority, and especially ADPi, is the fact that these relationships and bonds are not just for our college years, they last so much longer. Nothing could prove this more so than this past weekend! Seeing our awesome alumnae sisters meet with their very own Alpha (pledge) class sisters made me really value the relationships that I have back home at Epsilon Zeta at Texas State!
One of the best parts of convention is seeing alumnae women celebrate anywhere from 10 years to 60 years of membership in Alpha Delta Pi! Nothing is more special than still being proud of your letters 60 years later. After all, why wouldn’t you be proud to be a member of the First and Finest!
As I congratulated a sister who was celebrating 50 years of membership, she asked me one thing: to keep the songs and ritual bonds going for years and years to come. It's such an amazing thought that those are the things that truly connect us as a sorority. The fact we both underwent the same process, hold ourselves to the same standard, and love the same bonds and relationships we‘ve created, it just gives me goosebumps!
Personally, the highlight of the trip for me was meeting Alpha Delta Pi’s Grand Council International President, Emily Erkel!
Emily is an extraordinary sister with quite a resume, and she currently serves as International President, recognized by all of ADPi! That includes all 250,000 collegiate members and all of our alumnae! What a weight on her shoulders! I couldn’t admire her more, so of course I fan-girled when I got the opportunity to shake her hand!
Telling Emily about everything I have been able to accomplish within the chapter was incredible. I sat in a few of her workshops that she gave, and even through a Q&A she held, and she speaks with such grace and confidence within herself. And while holding all this power, she still made herself approachable and caring. At the end of the day, she’s a sister just like everyone else!
I’m so lucky to live in a state packed full of 11 hard working ADPi chapters, and tons of supportive alumnae women. Texas is the only state to hold an ADPi convention of this caliber, and it’s all possible because of the alumnae women. Without our alumnae, we would struggle through recruitment, have no one to support us from the sidelines, and I would have no where to live! (Thank Eugenia for our AWESOME Housing Corporation)
Our alumnae help the organization stay afloat, and helps us maintain our status as the First and the Finest! I could not be more grateful to be a part of an organization that supports me, loves me, and inspires me every single day!