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In Baltimore we’re going to be electing seven students to seats on the National Council, Alpha Chi’s governing board. If you or another member of your delegation would like to take this tremendous opportunity to serve a national office, read on.

Each of our seven regions will elect a student representative to serve a term that begins immediately in Baltimore and runs until the spring of 2014. Although much of the Council’s business happens by e-mail, the two big events are the annual meetings in 2012 (Baltimore) and 2013 (Nashville, in conjunction with the national convention). If you want to serve, you must plan to stay on in Baltimore through Saturday night (the national office will cover extra expenses caused by travel plan changes) and must commit to attending the Nashville convention and meeting in 2013. It’s ideal if you’ll still be at your Alpha Chi school next year, but it’s not a requirement for running for the position.

Students will announce their candidacy at regional dessert receptions Thursday night, and elections will be held at regional business meetings at noon Friday. The winners will join the National Council Friday night for its first session, and after the convention ends at noon Saturday, the Council will meet that afternoon and evening until adjournment.

Any questions? Post a comment and I’ll answer.

Tomorrow is the Day

Tuesday, 2/28, is the deadline for registering your chapter’s delegation to attend Alpha Chi’s 2012 Super-Regional Convention in Baltimore, March 22-24. It is also the deadline for the submission of presentation requests by any student delegate wanting to make a convention presentation. Lastly, tomorrow is the final day to guarantee your Hyatt rooms at the conference rates. (Clickable links below.)

Delegates to the super-regional convention in Baltimore March 22-24 will get a free convention T-shirt if they bring a new children’s book, purchase one on site, or donate $5 or more in support of Alpha Chi’s national literacy project, Booking it to Baltimore!

The collected books will be given to a Baltimore school affiliated with the non-profit agency RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), our partner in the project.

Thanks to Alpha Chi’s merchandise partners, Herff Jones and Brown’s Graduation Supplies & Awards, for underwriting the cost of the T-shirts!

Hi, all,

Many thanks to the Texas Eta chapter, with sponsor Jeanne Tunks, our first volunteers for the RIF event. SEVEN of them will be going with us.

We have a great school that is less than a mile from the convention hotel that we will be working with as our RIF school. We’ll collect books (bring for elementary school children), take them to the school, actually do a read-aloud in 5 classes, do a little activity, and help children select two books of their own to take home. We will be working in classrooms of pre-k, k, and grade 1. We will be able to leave the rest of the books for grades 2-5 to have book distributions in their classes as well. This particular school has 77% of the children eligible for free and reduced lunch. Also, if you have been following the national, state, and local budgeting processes over the past couple of years, you have seen that school book budgets across the country have been slashed and in many cases libraries closed! So this is a wonderful public service we will be doing.

I will have about 100 books with me which I will sell for $4.00 each, for those of you who can not or do not want to bring books with you to Baltimore. RIF will take care of getting all the books to the school.

I hope you will consider helping us! It will take about 90 minutes out of your afternoon, AND it is very close to our hotel.

Please email me with questions or comments (jcheatham@rif.org).  See you soon!

Dr. Judy Cheatham, National Council Vice President, Alpha Chi

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