Delta Zeta Arizona Alumnae December News & Calendar
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Phoenix Alumnae Teddy Bear Tea & Christmas Wonderland
Delta Zeta Phoenix Alumnae Chapter will celebrate the Holidays on Sunday December 3 at the home of Lee Ann Witt, 12240 N 86 St, Scottsdale (101 and Cactus) from 1-3pm.

We hope to see some of our young legacies and fullbacks attending with their DZ Moms as well as Pi Zeta chapter members, DZ Moms and friends. New this year will be a "child Christmas parade and activities". Bringing an appetizer or cookies is welcome, but not required. So we know how many to plan for, respond to your evite or rsvp to Kristen by Dec 1st at:

Photos are from last years event.
As an optional philanthropy, Delta Zeta alumnae and collegians donate teddy bears through Phoenix Panhellenic Assosciation for the Phoenix Fire Department and other emergency organizations. The bears are given to children in crisis situations. 12 to 24 inch stuffed teddy bears or other animals preferred. Please bring bears to our Teddy Bear Tea December 3 or contact Lee Ann Witt our Panhellenic delegate for pick up.
Tucson Alumnae Chapter
The Tucson Area Alumnae hope you all had a lovely thanksgiving with your friends and loved ones!

The next meeting of the Tucson Alumnae of Delta Zeta will be Monday December 11th at 12:00 at Hacienda del Sol. This will be a festive "Holiday Luncheon" with all members encouraged to bring a wrapped turtle or rose styled ornament, if possible. However, the Delta Zeta Secret Santa is open to all ornaments! All Delta Zetas are welcome to attend the luncheon at Hacienda del Sol by contacting Vickie Hildebrand,
In addition, Oscar the Turtle will be sharing his adventures with Briana Russo who visited Texas, New York and Alabama. Yours In the Flame, Briana Russo, Tucson Area Alumnae Secretary

   Delta Zeta Silver
   25 year Membership
Delta Zeta is proud to honor the following Arizona sisters who have achieved
Silver (25 yr) membership status in 2017
Michelle Boehlert, Epsilon Epsilon, Surprise
Danilea Burke, Lambda Rho, Mesa
Corinne Cusker, Delta, Flagstaff
Andrea Hardy, Gamma Omega, Mesa
Amy Heil, Gamma Xi, Scottsdale
Lisa Kelly, Zeta Beta, Scottsdale
Lynn Ann Michels, Epsilon Omicron
Lara Saleeby, Theta Omega, Scottsdale
Jennifer Seright, Lambda Omicron, Fountain Hills
Wendi Siber, Kappa Tau, Tempe
Paula Signorelli, Epsilon Epsilon, Scottsdale

We hope these women will be able to join us at the Turtles and Pearls event in Phoenix on Sunday February 25 when we celebrate these membership milestones. Save the date now.
Phoenix Alumnae Philanthropy Fundraiser
We want to thank Natalie Schade our Philanthropy Chair for a FUN evening at Dream Dinners on November 15!  From Lee Ann Witt: "I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to do this more frequently. I think alumnae of all ages would really enjoy. When I got home with my 3 meals (3 portions of each), I was a Martha Stewart Goddess to my family! Smells wafting through the air, great food to enjoy, something different and exciting – I will definitely go back.  And.....easy to prepare and cheaper than grocery shopping! I hope we can plan something again in January."

Seven Delta Zetas and friends enjoyed assembling healthy meals for our families while supporting DZ as Dream Dinners “gives back” first event! We hope to schedule another session in January to include more of you! Dream Dinners is a great Philanthropy opportunity for DZ. Questions, contact our Philanthropy chair, Natalie at:
Pi Zeta Chapter at ASU
All good things must come to end 💔 The 2017 exec team is pictured and their term is officially over. The chapter participated in five philanthropies, won one philanthropy, hosted two of their own philanthropies, completed over 15,000 hours of community service and raised OVER $102,000 for charity. The recent "Hoops for Hearing" Results are in: TOTAL: $11,361.91 ($6,000 more than last year-AMAZING JOB). Pi Zeta also raised over $40,000 for the family of chapter member Delaney Beaton whose father was killed in the Las Vegas shooting. Phoenix and Tucson chapters also donated to the Beaton family. ❣️🐢
New Pi Zeta Executive Board for 2018:
President: Rachel Brown
VPM: Jasmine Suetrong
VPNME: Emma Thomas
VP Programming: Sierra Marker
VP Philanthropy: Allie Dyer
Secretary: Lena Avalos
Treasurer: Marie Paul
Academics: Catie Mercado
Panhellenic Delegate: Amber Reicks

and Alumna Relations Chair: Erika Gallagher
Phoenix Alumnae December
Lunch Bunch

The next DZ Lunch Bunch is 11:30 on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Paul Martins American Grill. It is located at 6186 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. It is located south of Lincoln Dr and north of McDonald Dr. Join us for good food, sisterhood and spicy conversation. Please RSVP to Pat Wells by e-mail: by December 12 if you can join us. Photo is from another lunch bunch at Paul Martins-one of our favorites.
Phoenix Alumnae Westside Lunch Bunch
Phoenix Alumnae Westside lunch bunch met on Monday, November 20. DZs had a great time as eight were able to attend including Gay Pfiffer, Sharon Grewell, Ann Haggarty, Karen Lange, Loann Bell, Mary Peterson, Ann Gay and Lorna Green. The date for the next "West Side Lunch Bunch" is March 19, 2018 at Mercer's Cafe at 97th Ave. & Peoria at 11:30 am. Let Ann Gay know if you can attend.
Phoenix Alumnae Chapter is looking for new leaders and volunteers. Does the shoe fit? Are you willing to work on an event? Be an officer/chair? Interested in how the chapter operates? If this sounds like an opportunity for you, join us at the next Phoenix Chapter planning meeting January 21 at 4-6pm at the home of Lee Ann Witt, 12240 N 86th St, Scottsdale. Please let Lee Ann know if you can attend.
Flame Eternal-Sharon Anne White
July 26, 1944 – November 2, 2017
Sharon White, a retired schoolteacher and lifelong explorer of America, and long time member of the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter passed away peacefully after succumbing to Goodpasture Disease on Thursday, November 2, 2017. She was 73 years old. Sharon was born in Ashland, Kansas to Hugh and Gladys White. The youngest child of four, Sharon grew up on a farm on the shortgrass prairie west of Kingsdown, Kansas. She spent much of her youth traveling across the country by car with her family, visiting natural and historical wonders of all 48 contiguous states. Sharon began school in Kingsdown and graduated high school in Bloom, Kansas in 1962.

Upon matriculation she pursued a degree in elementary education at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where she joined the Delta Zeta sorority. During these years Sharon traveled to the Soviet Union with her family on an agricultural tour of the Eastern Bloc during the height of the Cold War. Sharon later went through Peace Corp training in Tempe, Arizona where she learned the Portuguese language in anticipation of being stationed in Brazil. In 1967 she married fellow student and former high school classmate Michael Shelor, who was pursuing a degree in architecture while Sharon was completing her bachelors and student teaching in Wamego, Kansas.

Michael—an officer in the US Army—and Sharon lived in Anchorage, Alaska for one year after their first daughter, Michele was born, then moved to Phoenix in 1971 where son, Brandon and daughter, Melanie were born. Never one to shy away from unfamiliar peoples and places, Sharon took teaching jobs across much of the desert Southwest, spending years in and around the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Ganado, and Sanders in Arizona, and in Gallup, New Mexico, as well as teaching in smaller towns across the high plains of eastern Colorado, in Otis and Vilas, and western Kansas, closer to her childhood home.

In 1989 Sharon went back to pursue her Masters in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and took her first special education teaching job in Albuquerque in 1990. During the following years, Sharon managed and taught a more challenging set of students which she worked hard to reach out and teach to. In 1997 she established a permanent residence in Phoenix, where she taught special ed., science, social studies, and language to immigrant and disadvantaged elementary students in low-income neighborhoods. Sharon is survived by her three children, Michele and partner, Philip Weddle, Brandon, and Melanie; granddaughter, Franka; brother, Myron and Norma White; and sister, Janis and Pete Lindsey.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kingsdown Cemetery with a lunch after the service at the Kingsdown Presbyterian Church in Kansas. A donation to the Delta Zeta Foundation has been made in memory of Sharon Anne White by the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter. Full obit at: Photo is of Sharon and one of her daughters at a Phoenix Lunch Bunch. Phoenix Delta Zeta will miss Sharon.
We Want You To Become a Member of Phoenix Alumnae Chapter in 2017

Last Chance

Having a printed DZ Directory seems to be a popular idea! To make sure your name is in it and to reserve your copy, please pay your 2017 dues by December 31, 2017.  If you are not sure if you have paid, please call Lorna Green at 602-290-6475 or pop $35 in the mail to her at 4723 E. Voltaire Ave, Phoenix 85032. Remember, our dues go to help support or local ASU Pi Zeta chapter and our philanthropy - Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. So, even if you aren't sure you can make it to meetings, consider paying dues just to help support these worthwhile causes. You can also pay online at:

Delta Zeta Phoenix & Tucson Alumnae Calendar Events

All Delta Zeta Alumnae are welcome to attend any sisterhood or event in the Phoenix or Tucson Area. Our sisterhoods are a great opportunity to meet newly graduated sisters, sisters who are new to the area, or those sisters who are just looking to reconnect. We hope you will join us for social events, community service projects, networking, and other gatherings of Delta Zeta alumnae and friends.
For Phoenix contact: Kristen Weston-Smith email:
For Tucson contact: Suzan Bryceland via email:

• November 15 Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Philanthropy 7pm at Dream Dinners, 8670 E Shea Blvd, Suite #102, Scottsdale, AZ. Located at the northwest corner of Shea/101. See info above or contact Natalie our Philanthropy chair at:

• December 3, Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Teddy Bear Tea & Christmas Wonderland 2-4pm. DZs celebrate the holiday and collect teddy bears for the Phoenix Fire Department. Lee Ann Witt is hostess at her home12240 N 86 St, Scottsdale, near 101 and Cactus. RSVP to Kristen

• December 11 Tucson Alumnae Holiday Luncheon 12 noon will be at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson 85718). RSVP to:

• December 14 Phoenix Lunch Bunch 11:30 on Thursday, at Paul Martins American Grill. It is located at 6186 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. It is south of Lincoln Dr and north of McDonald Dr. Please RSVP to Pat Wells by e-mail: by December 12 if you can join us.

• January 21 Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Planning Meeting, 4-6pm at home of Lee Ann Witt, 12240 N 86 St, Scottsdale (101 and Cactus).

• February 25 Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Turtles & Pearls Luncheon to honor our alumnae membership milestones (10, 25, 50 and 65 year memberships) and our graduating Pi Zeta Seniors. Put this date on your calendar now. We will again be at The Gladly which is centrally located at 2201 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Social hour and photo booth will be from 11am-12noon and the luncheon will start at noon with the membership recognitions to follow.

• March 5 International Badge Day

• March 19 Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Westside Lunch Bunch at Mercer's Cafe at 97th Ave. & Peoria at 11:30 am. Let Ann Gay know if you can attend:  602-653-9470

• May 5 Phoenix Panhellenic Association Annual Celebration of Sisterhood Luncheon at Mesa Country Club

• May 6 Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Run for the Roses. Location to be announced. Contact: Kristen:

• July 3-6, 2018 Delta Zeta National Convention, San Francisco, CA. Lets starting planning a road trip. Actually most are planning to fly. Who's in? Contact: 🐢
Phoenix Panhellenic Association

Waste Management Phoenix Open
January 29th- February 4th, 2018

Phoenix Panhellenic Association provides concession volunteers to the greatest and greenest show on grass. Delta Zeta's goal is 28 shifts this year. Sign up early for the shift you want. Concession shifts are filling up fast for early in the week. Remember friends, family, and co-workers can sign up too-just sign up under Delta Zeta. Photos are of some of DZ 2017 volunteers.


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