A Glimpse in Time: Full of ESA Spirit
Written by Audrey Potter and Mackeigan Wuest
The Rocky Mountain Regional Council hosted the 69th Annual International Council Convention in 2016. Members enjoyed the beautiful mountain view from Loveland, CO and were encouraged to show their colors in the famous Colorful Colorado during the IC Challenge, Show Your Colors. Participants were guided through the steps to paint the iconic Angel Walk photo taken of members in front of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The class provided members with a fun souvenir and raised over $111,000 for St. Jude.
The annual total for the 2015-2016 ESA year total $18,363,992 in cash and pledges for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Members were encouraged to host a charitable community walk as apart of ESA’s national focus project for the 2016-2017 year. The project, Fun for All Ages Charity Walks, focused on supporting one of the chapter’s favorite national projects with a walk/run event. Along with a fabulous after party, ESA members showed their communities what ESA is all about.
The year wrapped up with the 70th International Council Convention in St. Louis, MO. IC Challenge had members bringing out their inner super heroes. The Be Super event disguised members in masks, capes, crowns, and shields all while showing their passion for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event raised more than $104,000.
Convention concluded with the parade of states displaying their donations raised adding up to an annual total of $19,485,427 in cash and pledges for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
California and Arizona ESA chapters welcomed members to Phoenix, AZ in 2018 for the annual International Council Convention. From the Trivia Night to the baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, ESA members were making memories left and right.
The IC Challenge: Walk Among the Stars took members back to old Hollywood. It was an evening of dancing, a game of Hollywood Squares, and lots of laughter. The event raised more than $104,000.
The presentation of dollars later revealed the annual total of $21,305,760 in cash and pledges for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
When everyone returned home ESA Headquarters shared an exciting new announced. Taking effect with the fall 2018 edition, the JONQUIL was renamed the Journey Magazine and featured a new full color look to match the new goal: to focus on our amazing members, chapters, and the great things ESA is doing across the country.
In addition to the new magazine, a new event was announced from ESA and St. Jude. In an effort to expand the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, Neighborhood Walks were introduced. These events made it easy for anyone to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer even if they were too far from a live St. Jude walk site. ESA was privileged to be the very first group to test this new event.
In 2019, ESA members were eager for the big 90 years of ESA celebration at the 72nd International Council Convention in Memphis, TN. In addition to the reuniting with old friends and making new ones, members were able to tour the hospital, hear of patient speakers, and even learn the No More Chemo song at the IC Challenge, Walkin’ in Memphis. This song is sang to patients who are finished with chemotherapy and can celebrate all that they have accomplished.
The conclusion of the 2019 International Council Convention was the incredible presentation of dollars that showed the annual total of $22,806,798 raised in cash and pledges. This brought the lifetime total to an outstanding amount of $290,443,946 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
|For the past 90 years, our members have been united by the bond of friendship. ESA’s strength is evident in our service to others, education and our commitment to each other. The programs and projects of ESA help members make a positive difference in the lives of others as well as our own.
Honoring the past, celebrating the present and focusing on the future are the goals of ESA today as they were in 1929. A Glimpse in Time series has helped us relive the past 90 years of ESA and experience all that we have accomplished. These memories will be something ESA and our members will cherish forever.
Elise Mitchell, a keynote speaker at the 2019 convention, reminded us that “the journey matters as much as the destination.” As we head into the next 90 years of ESA, let’s continue with our good friends, good works, and good times as we work towards even bigger goals while appreciating all steps along the way.
Thank you for honoring and celebrating our 90 year birthday for Epsilon Sigma Alpha with us. Continue to make history (punch list from Journey Fall 2019)
Posted: 12/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
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