Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae October 2021 News
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Delta Zeta Founders Day 2021
Let's celebrate! Join our Phoenix Alumnae chapter members and Pi Zeta collegians (ASU) on October 23 to Celebrate Delta Zeta Founders Day.

It is so nice to finally meet together in person! It’s been a long year and a half and we now need to make the most of every opportunity to be together. We hope you will join us for our Founder’s Day Celebration, October 23rd, at the beautiful home of alumna and artist PJ Heyliger in Paradise Valley.

RSVP by October 18. Pay at:
Or pay by check to: Delta Zeta Phoenix Alumnae and mail c/o Lorna Green, 4723 E. Voltaire Ave., Phoenix, AZ  85032.
Delta Zeta Phoenix Alumnae Calendar
October 5 at 7pm Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae Virtual Book Club
We always meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Password: DZ
October 23 10:30am-12:30pm Founder's Day Celebration. Join Delta Zeta Alumnae and actives to celebrate our 119th Founder's Day Brunch. We will be gathering at the home of PJ Heyliger, 6831 E Fanfol Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ. Contact Lorna Green to rsvp by Oct 18: More details and payment at:

October 28 at Noon Lunch Bunch at McCormick Ranch Parkway, Scottsdale. Contact Pat Wells by October 26 if you will be able to attend. 480-816-4557 or

November 2 at 7pm Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae Virtual Book Club
We always meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Password: DZ

November 5 Pi Zeta Parent's Weekend Gala. Alumnae, you are invited to attend this fun event. Watch for further details but let Lorna know if you are interested (

November 9-14 Schwab Cup Championships. Panhellenic Concession Volunteers needed to earn Panhellenic scholarship dollars. Details at:

December 4 at 2-4pm Delta Zeta Christmas Tea. Join Delta Zeta Alumnae and actives to celebrate the holiday season. Daughters (our little legacies) are also welcomed at this yearly event. We will be gathering at the home of Morgan Wolters, 2331 E Azalea Dr, Chandler, AZ. Optional Philanthropy: bring teddy bears as a donation for Mighty Change of Heart. We plan to have car pools. Let us know ( if you wish to attend and what area of town you live in if you wish to join a car pool. More
details soon at:

December 7 at 7pm Phoenix Delta Zeta Alumnae Virtual Book Club
We always meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Password: DZ

February 20 at 11am Turtles & Pearls Celebration. You will not want to miss this event that honors our 65, 50 25 and 10 year DZ membership milestones that were achieved in 2021. We also honor and welcome our Pi Zeta chapter senior members who will be graduating in 2022 and becoming alumnae members. This year the event will be held at Phoenix City Grille, located in Central Phoenix at 5816 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ.

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 October selection to read is The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. It's the unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe.
Our September book was The Last Thing He Told Me. Even if you have not read the book you are invited to join us for the discussion of it on October 5th at 7pm. Our monthly book is chosen based on conversation starting story lines with women at the heart of the story. We always meet the first Tuesday of the month. Click link to join zoom discussion. Passcode is: DZ
What Has Delta Zeta Meant to You?
As we approach our 119th Founders Day, several members were asked what Delta Zeta has meant to you. Here are a few reponses. Please send your thoughts with a college picture if possible to dzarizona@net for future newsletters.
"I am the current VP of Philanthropy for the Pi Zeta chapter. Coming into college I did not have many friends which made me want to go through recruitment and join a sorority. Since joining Delta Zeta I have met some of my best friends through living in the house and getting involved in the chapter. I cherish the opportunity of getting to live with my roommate Madison Holeman in the GLV, who I didn't even know until we moved in. I definitely would not be the person I am now if I did not meet all the amazing women in Delta Zeta. DZ has made such an amazing impact on me through the active members and the amazing alumnae we have in our sorority. I also just wanted to thank my awesome advisors Lee Ann, Lorna and Ashleigh because you have helped me tremendously and motivated me to do my best in this sorority." Rachel Hall, Pi Zeta, Initiated 2019
"Delta Zeta means lifelong friendships. It is a way to connect when moving to new communities, to make new friends, and to continue the DZ sisterhood. I have been a DZ for 63 years, and still maintain friendships with my college sisters! I have been a member of the DZ Phoenix Alumnae Chapter for 53 years. It doesn't get better than that!!" Pat Wells, Gamma Lambda chapter, San Jose State College (now University), Initiated 1958. Pictured in 1983 at PDSD graduation ceremony.
"I feel very lucky to be a Delta Zeta. My pledge sisters and I have known each other for over 50 years. About half of us attended our 10th and 25th reunions, but for most of us, those were the child raising years and attendance depended on children’s schedules. As we approached our 50th reunion, we were disappointed that the reunion was postponed because of Covid. Enter Zoom and the twelve of us were able to “see” each other although we are spread out all over the country.
We feel very fortunate that we are all still alive and in good health after all these years. We are planning a Zoom call for our sisters from the class ahead of us as well as the class behind us at the beginning of October. We are hoping to be able to celebrate all of our 50th reunions in June, 2022 in person.
When I first moved to AZ in 2014, I knew that I wanted to find DZ sisters here. I really didn’t know many people and I knew I needed a group to “belong” to. The biggest surprise was when Diane Gangloff, my former neighbor behind us, and I found out that we were both DZs. I miss going to our Lunch Bunches and Founders Days with her. It’s good to see her at our Zoom Book Club meetings." Ruth Kovac, Delta, Initiated 1968. Picture is my sorority family: me, my sorority daughter and my sorority mother.


"Being part of a group and making friends for a lifetime. I belonged to the alumnae chapter in CO Springs for 50 years. Now I am happy to be a member of a wonderful alumnae group in Phoenix."  Phyllis (PJ) Heylinger, Delta Omicron, Initiated 1957. Photo from college years.
"Delta Zeta means friendship, care, concern, fun and food!!!".  Lorna Green, Alpha Beta, Initiated 1968. Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Treasurer for many years. Also Pi Zeta House Corporation adviser.

Delta Zeta has meant friendships and leadership opportunities for over 50 years. My life has truly been enhanced with my DZ sisters. I moved to Phoenix in 1978, as I knew there would be wonderful sisters to meet, socialize and bond with. And there were here welcoming me with open arms. It was my privilege to meet and share events with outstanding Phoenix alumna, Grace Mason Lundy, Helen Nolop and the organizer of Alumnae Chapter, Birdie Keen and so many more. You can meet wonderful Delta Zetas everywhere. Susan Norman, Zeta Initiated 1970, Photo from 1971.
“Now” is the best part! The women in our Delta Zeta Phoenix alumnae chapter have become some of my best friends. We celebrate one another’s achievements and support one another through the birth of new babies, marriages, promotions, and other life milestones. It’s fun to see each other’s children grow up to have children of their own. It’s enriching to see the progress of our chapter members. And we love welcoming in new members that have now chosen to join our membership. We hope to see YOU and our younger alumnae this Founder’s Day! Lee Ann Witt, Zeta Psi, Initiated 1978. Phoenix Alumnae Chapter President.
DZ Lunch Bunch Is Back
It's time for our October, DZ Eastside Lunch Bunch.
DATE & TIME:   Thursday, October 28, 2021, at NOON
     McCormick Ranch Golf Club
     7505 E. McCormick Parkway
     Scottsdale, AZ 85258
The golf club is located on McCormick Parkway between Scottsdale Road
and Hayden Road.  The food is excellent, and it is quiet, so we can
hear each
other talk.  
There is parking on the west side of the building in the back for those who
prefer handicapped parking and no stairs.
Let Pat know ASAP so that she can finalize reservations by Tuesday, October 26th.
We're looking forward to seeing you!
Contact Pat Wells by Tuesday, October 26 if you will be able to attend. 480-816-4557 or
Photo is from the September  2021 DZ Lunch Bunch at Paul Martins
 Delta Zeta Phoenix Alumnae Dues are Due for 2021
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: Or contact Lorna Green,
We need and appreciate your support.
Delta Zetas in the News
Lee Ann Witt was recently interviewed by the Scottsdale Independent. Read the full story on our website:
Our Pi Zeta Chapter at ASU News
This must be the place… there are truly no words to describe what it means to be a Delta Zeta.  Recruitment reminded us of why we fell in love with this one of a kind sisterhood. We hope to have shown throughout recruitment all the love that fills our DZ home… a love that is ever steadfast. We  shared an even bigger part of our hearts at their special Preference Ceremony.

Our Pi Zeta Chapter welcomed 90 new members in September. Congratulations to all.
That is a high number - set by ASU. And for the first time ever, 4 new members (freshmen) have moved into our Delta Zeta GLV house. This will help us meet our bed quota, so that the girls don't have to pay for the empty beds.
ASU Recruitment was once again a great success!  A total of 1412 women signed up for recruitment with 1,122 preference cards. Results were 1,072 received bids and Quota was 85. Delta Zeta took 90 new members. Each of the thirteen sororities took quota.  
The first round of recruitment was held virtually meaning that Potential New Members (PNMs) submit their individual videos for sororities to review.  Likewise, each sorority submits a chapter video for the PNMs to review alongside their Recruitment Counselor (Rho Gamma).  Each sorority is then issued a certain number to invite back under the Release Figure Methodology (RFM) method of recruitment.  This method maximizes the number of potential new members who ultimately affiliate with a sorority through recruitment. 
The second round of recruitment emphasizes “Sisterhood” and the third round of recruitment focuses on “Philanthropy”.  These rounds, along with Preference, were held in-person. Recruitment took place over two weekends – August 28th and Labor Day weekend. Bid Day was on Labor Day.  
Our Pi Zeta Chapter at ASU welcomed in 10 legacies! Our Pi Zeta chapter was founded October 8, 2005 making them 16 years old this year. 

Parents Weekend 11-6 with football game ASU vs USC
The Parent's Weekend Gala will be Friday, November 5th.
Alumnae, you are invited to attend this fun event.
Watch for further details but let Lorna know if you are interested (
Lorna will make sure to get final details to you.
Pi Zeta Chapter Philanthropy Dates
Hoops For Hearing October 18-22

Enjoy a meal at the following restaurants and mention Delta Zeta and a donation for Speech and Hearing will be made to the chapter.
Oct 18 Monday: Canes 4-10pm 960 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
Oct 19 Tuesday: Chipotle 5-9pm 1038 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85281
Oct 20 Wednesday: Chop Shop 4:30- 8:30pm 222 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ, 85281

Can't go out on those dates: Here is our crowd change link if the alumna want do a monetary donation:

Questions? Contact:
Rachel Hall
Vice President of Philanthropy 
Pi Zeta Chapter of Delta Zeta at ASU
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.
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 Gay: 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

Schwab Cup Tickets for Charity
When you buy tickets to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship through TICKETS Fore Charity and choose Phoenix Panhellenic 100% of the net ticket proceeds will go directly back to Panhellenic. Tickets are only $30 each. Purchase at:
PPA has officially been invited to volunteer at the 2021 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Only 10 volunteers are needed per day. There are 2 shifts (8am-4pm & 11am-end of play). ATTIRE: Khaki bottoms and ANY
white shirt (no logos) and closed toed shoes.

Check out the website ( and sign up at
Plan now to volunteer to work a shift at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February 2022. Registration will open mid October and shifts fill up quickly. Sign-up friends and families under “Delta Zeta” and prepare to have fun! Volunteers work a 6 hour shift at a concessionaire stand under the direction of the tournament food/beverage vendor. By working just one shift, volunteers are welcome to attend the tournament as much as they like after completing their shift and by wearing their volunteer badge. Nearby parking is provided for volunteers and they shuttle to the tournament entrance. Proceeds of our volunteer hours comes back to Phoenix Panhellenic and then distributed back to collegians and alumnae via scholarships.  It’s a WIN – WIN – WIN for everyone! 
Questions Contact our DZ Panhellenic Delegate, Ashlee Lepa,
or Alternate, Susan Norman,
 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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