Fall 2017 semester was, once again, busy for Sigma Phi Omega Delta Eta Chapter. We kicked off the fall semester with the organization’s general meeting, in which the semestrial agenda was presented to our members offering the needed tools for a strong leadership within our community. As Gero lovers, during the awareness month for Alzheimer’s, we joined the fight to end Alzheimer’s in Orange County, CA (Huntington Beach and Anaheim) meeting our fundraising goal of $250 to support the cause. Then, during the month of giving we volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Long Beach to deliver a difference to our vulnerable elders who are homebound due to illness, age or disabilities.
We found a fun way to encourage and develop leadership and friendship from inside-out. Activities such as the overnight “friendsgiving” retreat in SoCal, the organized movie night during the fall break, or attending campus sports events (e.g. CSULB Hockey Games, Men’s Basketball — Cal State Long Beach vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills), helped our members to connect and engage in dialogues surrounding leaderships in the gerontological field.
Throughout the semester our members had the opportunity to meet important legislators such as the Mayor of Long Beach, Robert Garcia or the Congressman Lou Coreea. These opportunities offered our members the possibility of addressing important topics and discussing strategic planning/solutions for our aging community.
As our “semester in review” comes to an end, there is one more event we are yet to deliver. While wrapping up this semester, we chose to celebrate our hard work with a mini-gala dinner fundraising event. We believe that an evening of toasting to our chapter is an opportunity to network with our peers, a chance to support our community, and an event that will strengthen our members’ relationships.