Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae May 2021 News
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Turtles & Pearls 2021
Sunday, April 11 Phoenix Delta Zetas enjoyed sunshine, fresh air, delicious food, and most of all we enjoyed each other’s company! Eighteen Delta Zetas were able to attend as we gathered to honor the following membership milestones: 
Christina Echavarria – 25 year Silver Anniversary
Susan Norman – 50 year Golden Rose Anniversary
Barbara Gallagher – 75 years Order of the Diamond Anniversary
And 6 of our graduating Pi Zetas from ASU!

All three alumna have been active in the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter in different roles throughout the years so it was exciting that we were able to honor them at the event. 

 Turtles and Pearls was  amΔΖing!

Delta Zeta Rally
May  feels like the heart of Spring, as Summer rounds the corner. It is a time for blossoms to fully bloom, the sun to shine, and all creatures and beings to come out of hibernation. We have been in a different and longer sort of hibernation throughout 2020 due to Coronavirus and it is time for us to bloom, shine, and come out of hibernation as well.
With events being planned again and activities picking up we want to make sure that we are reaching as many Delta Zetas in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas! We want to make sure we are spreading the word about our incredible alums and engaging the ones we haven’t yet. As we want to make sure the light of our Alumnae chapter shines on and grows and strengthen with the renewal of Spring – help us spread the word and the Delta Zeta love!
For the month of May we will have a Facebook event – Delta Zeta Rally! We will be sending invites to all the Delta Zetas we can find on Facebook in the area to make sure they are aware of our Facebook page, Instagram, website, and newsletter. We need your help to you send the invite to those DZs you know in the area to make sure they are keeping up to date with us.
During this event we will be posting a photo and information about each alum who submits one so we can share with the group for each other to connect. Please send Ashlee your favorite picture and blurb telling us about yourself (initiation chapter, school, graduation date, career(s), family, interests). This will also allow us to reconnect with each other since it has been a long year apart! Ashlee at:
Instead of our usual zoom happy hour on the 3rd Wednesday of May we are going to go “live” on Facebook with some history from the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter to share with those new to the area and to highlight what long-standing members have loved about the Chapter all along.
Look forward to connecting!  Like Phoenix Alumnae on Facebook:

Axe Throwing Sisterhood!!!
Got the COVID blues, want to join your sisters for a fun event? We are having an Axe Throwing Sisterhood!!  No experience required just a fun and willing attitude! June 23rd, 5 pm. Classic Axe in Tempe. Cost: $25 pp one hour. May bring own food/drink. RSVP Lee Ann Witt, by 5/31 if interested.   
Truly Connected Networking Nights

National is excited to announce the dates for the Spring 2021  events, our virtual networking opportunities for collegiate and alumnae members. Similar to the fall, they will host two opportunities to connect and network per month – one based on a targeted professional development topic and one night based on industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask career-specific questions, share their experiences and expertise, and begin creating relationships with sisters of different chapters, ages, and backgrounds. Truly Connected Networking Nights will take place at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 6:00 p.m. Mountain and 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. You can register for the virtual events by clicking the links below:

  Delta Zeta Sorority launched , our first-ever professional women’s conference, in 2016 in Atlanta and have since brought the event to Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. The goal of Truly Connected has always been to connect with members, build skills necessary for navigating a career post college and provide professional growth opportunities for our members. These events have been a manifestation of the Sorority’s strategic plan and promise to enhance alumnae engagement, while also nicely combining our commitment to lifelong learning with the shared desire to empower women to lead and serve. 

  We are excited to see this opportunity grow and hope you will join us for a Truly Connected Networking Night this spring!

Delta Zeta Phoenix Alumnae Calendar
May 4 at 7:00pm Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae Virtual Book Club
We always meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Click link to join discussion on The Proposal.  Passcode is: DZ

May 19 at 6:30pm DZ Facebook Live Event Pop on to watch as we go live on Facebook to give the history of the Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae Chapter.

May 20 at 12 noon DZ Lunch Bunch, at PAUL MARTIN'S AMERICAN GRILL, 6186 N. Scottsdale Road,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Contact Pat Wells by May 18 if you will be able to attend. 480-991-4557 or

June 1 at 7pm Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae Virtual Book Club
We always meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Click link to join discussion.
June 23 at 5pm Axe Throwing Sisterhood!!  No experience required just a fun and willing attitude! Classic Axe, 1290 N Scottsdale Rd #102 in Tempe. Cost: $25 pp one hour. May bring own food/drink. RSVP Lee Ann Witt, by 5/31 if interested.

All Delta Zeta Phoenix Alumnae events with their links can also be found on our website:

What is the Delta Zeta Virtual Book Club Reading?
Our May selection to read is Outlawed by Anna North. The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.

"Outlawed stirs up the western with a provocative blend of alt-history and feminist consciousness. The result is a thrilling tale eerily familiar but utterly transformed . . . In North’s galloping prose, it’s a fantastically cinematic adventure that turns the sexual politics of the Old West inside out." - Ron Charles, Washington Post
Our April book was The Proposal. Even if you have not read the book you are invited to join us for the discussion on May 4. Our monthly book is chosen based on conversation starting story lines. The DZ book club virtual zoom event to discuss The Proposal will be May 4 at 7pm. We always meet the first Tuesday of the month. Click link to join discussion.  Passcode is: DZ
Lunch Bunch Is Back
It has been a long time coming, but we are going to restart our Eastside DZ Lunch Bunch. We would love to see you! The restaurant opens for lunch at Noon. Here is the information that you will need.
DATE AND TIME:   Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Noon
      6186 N. Scottsdale Road
           Scottsdale, AZ 85253
It is located on Scottsdale Road, just south of Lincoln Drive, and north of McDonald Drive. It is on the west side of the road. Please let Pat know if you will be coming by Tuesday, May 18, 2021, so that I can confirm with the restaurant the number of people attending. The sooner the better! I am really looking forward to seeing you again.
Thanks! Pat Wells
Phone:  480-816-4557
More About Words....and the Memories They Can Create
By Dena Cunningham, Chapter Secretary
I appreciated last month’s newsletter Latin lesson. Now instead of the simple “alums”, I will refer to my favorite post college group as “alumnae”!  
It was enjoyable to have our Pi Zeta collegians (yes, I got that one too!) give us a new spin on some simple words. Were you a “BIG”? Did you have “LITTLES”?  “GRAND LITTLES”?  At our Turtles and Pearls celebration, when asked to share one or two key times as they looked back on their Delta Zeta journey, many of the seniors recounted the support received from their “Big”, and the joy they had watching their “family tree” expand as their “Littles” had “Littles”! For many of us at the table, we realized the terminology has changed a bit from our time in college.  We had a “Big Sis” (and one had a “DZ Mom”).  And when our “Little Sisters” had “Little Sisters”…….. well, we all understood.
As I was leaving lunch I thought back to my “Big” and “Littles” with fond memories.  My “Big” Becky graduated shortly after my initiation and we did lose contact. But thanks to social media, I am still in periodic contact with my “Littles” Tina and Sheila. My chapter has been closed for many years, and our family trees have no new branches.  And while I have continued to remain closest to my fellow pledge class members, there has always been a special place for “those closer ones”.   
Hope thinking of your Delta Zeta BIG, LITTLES and their LITTLES brings fond memories.
Anne Gay We Miss You Already
This month, we must say good-bye to a very active Phoenix alumna- Anne Gay. Anne is in the process of moving to West Virginia to help care for some family members. Although she has only been an active member of our alumnae group for 7 years, she quickly saw a need and jumped right in. Anne is the one that started the West Side Lunch Bunch. She knew we had many west siders that could not make it to the luncheons or meetings so she brought DZ to them.
We had many fun lunches, including prizes provided by Anne. She also spent 2-3 days a week for several months at Mary Peterson's hospital bedside even though she had only known her a few years (a true example of  DZ sisterhood at work). In the 70's, Anne was also the CCD for Glenville State College in West Virginia. Anne is going to miss Arizona and all her friends but she plans on keeping in touch. If you would like to send Anne a note at her new address, it is:
Anne Gay
2 Ivy Hills Estates
Huntington, WV 25704
 Delta Zeta Phoenix Alumnae Dues are Due for 2021
 Not sure if you paid yet this year, contact Lorna Green,
If you want to pay your 2021 dues, you can use PayPal or mail them. You can send a $35 check made out to Delta Zeta Sorority to: Lorna Green, 4723 E. Voltaire Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85032. Or you can pay on line with any major credit card. Check it out at:
We need and appreciate your support.
Blast from the Past
Picture is of the DZ September 2013 luncheon.
Also check out our Facebook page every Thursday for more "Blasts From the Past".
Our Pi Zeta Chapter at ASU News
For Dukeout this year, the chapter raised $2000 and another $7300 throughout the semester. Our Pi Zetas are busy now taking final exams and planning their moves back home for the summer. We had 34 girls living in the house this year. With the pandemic, that was a good number. And we only had a few instances of the virus. This summer, several girls will be staying in the house. They are eligible if they are taking an ASU course or Internship. We are happy to offer this perk to our girls. Not all ASU sororities offer this.

Photo is of our ASU chapter seniors at Turtles & Pearls with their CCD, Ashleigh Sickman in the center.
We are thankful for our lifelong sisterhood and love that is ever steadfast! In a year where nothing seems normal, one thing is clear: The Delta Zeta sisterhood never wavers. Please keep in contact with your sisters to let them know you are thinking about them. Barbara Gallaher is now a Diamond member or 75years. These other women are either Golden Roses (50yrs) or Pearl (65 yr) members and would appreciate a card, note or call from other Delta Zetas.

Barbara Gallaher, 480-951-7683, Pueblo Norte #270,  7090 E Mescal St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-6125
Sharon Gruwell, 602-996-4814, 3525 W. North Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85028.
Millie Homan, 2822 N 43rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Mary Peterson, % Vista Living, 4602 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Marion Porch, new address
13805 W Woodside Dr, Cottage 115, Sun City West AZ 85375. 
Photo is from 2021 Turtles & Pearls. L-R Lee Ann Witt presenting Barbara Gallaher her 75 yr membership certificate. Barbara's daughter is also pictured.
Most every Sunday evenvng, you'll probably find me watching Masterpiece om PBS. Their current series is Atlantic Crossing. The series is about a princess who steals the heart of the president of the United States in an epic drama based on the World War II relationship of Franklin Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha.

But did you know that Crown Princess Martha is an alumna initiate of Delta Zeta. She was initiated into the Upsilon Chapter (University of North Dakota).

In 1939, shortly before the outbreak of WWII, the Crown Prince and Princess visited the United States. The couple befriended President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. During this visit, the couple conducted an extensive tour of the upper Midwest, where many Norwegian immigrants had settled. During the tour, Crown Princess Märtha was honored with initiation into Delta Zeta. She and her lady-in-waiting were pinned during the initiation ceremony at the University of North Dakota, by Delta Zeta national president, Myrtle Graeter Malott. For many years one of Delta Zeta's service projects included collecting and sending layettes to the children of Norway. Delta Zetas seem to pop up everywhere.
Susan Norman
If you have "news", please share with your DZ sisters. Send info and photos to
Editor: Susan Norman at:
All info is due on the 25th day before each month.
Many of you know I broke my arm a couple of weeks ago, so many thanks to Ashlee Lepa who helped get this issue out and the rest of the board-as always we found lots of DZ news to pass on.
If you are a Delta Zeta Alumna in the Tucson area, there is an alumnae group.
Contact President:
Phoenix Alumnae Westside Lunch Bunch
Due to COVID-19 our Lunch Bunches have not been happening. However conditions are changing.

The Westside Lunch Bunch meets every other month on the first Monday at Mercers restaurant in Peoria. Contact Anne, to get on this contact list. Anne is moving back home to the Virginia area, so please let Anne know if you are willing to take over the Westside Lunch bunch contact.
Phoenix Panhellenic Association
Due to COVID, Phoenix Panhellenic will not be holding their annual Sisterhood/Scolarship Luncheon. So instead PPA is holding a non-event fundraiser. Instead of paying to go to a luncheon or the costs associated with it, donate some of the costs to help support our scholarship program that began in 1924.
 Phoenix Valley Alumnae chapter contact Lee Ann Witt at:

Check out Phoenix Alumnae's website:

Like Phoenix Alumnae on Facebook:

Delta Zeta National Site:

Susan Norman, Phoenix Alumnae Media Chair:
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