Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Central Missouri Honor Flight 2011

On Tuesday night, the veterans aboard the 2011 Honor Flight arrived in Columbia to a cheering crowd filled with friends, family, students of Mizzou and community members.
Central Missouri Honor Flight is a non-profit organization honoring America's veterans for all their sacrifices they have made for their country. Honor Flight's top priority is to give back to senior veterans who are either WWII survivors or other veterans who may be terminally ill. 

This organization stresses how WWII was the war in recent memory that truly threatened our very existence as a nation. It is now our time to express our thanks and gratitude towards these brave men and women for everything they have done for us.

Vet. Ralph Dobbs interacting with Steer Co
Last year, Honor Flight was a beneficiary of Greek Week. With the donations that the Greek Community helped to raise, Central Missouri Honor Flight was able to fund 24 Honor Flights for veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Central Missouri Honor Flight was selected once again as one of the 14 beneficiaries for Greek Week 2011. The grouping of Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Theta, Acacia and Sigma Tau Gamma have been fortunate enough to work with the organization and interact with the veterans throughout the last few weeks. 
Steering Committee 2011
We are so happy with the turnout of people who came to support our veterans at Honor Flight. Greek Week Steering Committee hopes that the excitement and spirit of giving continues towards our other 13 beneficiaries. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Featured Greek Week Steering Committee Members

Molly Boland
Service Committee

What experiences have you had with Greek Week Steer Co that have enriched your college experience?
I'm so thankful to be a part of the 2011 Greek Week Steer Co. Not only do I get to meet and make friends with other members of multiple Greek Chapters, but I am also presented with the opportunity to show how much good Greeks can do on and off campus. As a member of the service committee, I get to work with the fourteen beneficiaries in mid-Missouri and observe the various creative efforts of Mizzou’s Greek community. I think it's so important for one to find activities that can shape his or her college years into something more than just school work. Thanks to Greek Week, my college experience is not only contributing to the betterment of my future, but also to the futures of many others.

What has it been like to be on different steering committees?
I always tell people the day I became Greek was one of the best days of my life. Little did I know being Greek got better by the day! Sometime during my first year at MU, one of my sorority sisters explained to me what a steering committee was and I was so intrigued. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of before graduation. If I wouldn't have gone Greek, I'm not sure I wouldn’t know what a steering committee was to this day. Here I am, buried in my third year of school and I'm so lucky to have been given the chance to serve on two different steering committees. It's been busy, rewarding and fun all at the same time. I've been challenged in several ways but learned countless useful skills along the way. To anyone considering applying for a steering committee position, DO IT -- and if it doesn't work out, try and try again! The things you will accomplish and the friends you will gain are irreplaceable.

“Having the opportunity to work with students from other Greek houses has been a really cool experience for me. Everyone gets along so well, and there isn’t any tension that you might expect from rival chapters.”
– Tom Stevenson, Blood Committee

“The best experience for me at this point is definitely the people I've met. One of my goals at Mizzou was to join a sorority, but also to become involved in as many things on campus as I can to meet great people. Already, I've met so many people in other chapters who have made an impact on me, and on my college experience. Each person is unique and they all bring a little taste of something to the committee that brings the best out of others... and me.”
– Bailey Kitchell, Special Events Committee

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Meet our 2011 Beneficiaries

Each year the Greek Week Steering Committee selects local organizations to award the money that is raised during Greek Week. This year, the Steering Committee worked hard to narrow all the great beneficiary applications down to our final 14. All the Greek Week 2011 beneficiaries are great causes, and we couldn't be happier with our choices. So, here is a closer look at this year's recipients. 

"Find an early detection and diagnosis program"

"Scholarships for handicapped individuals to receive therapeutic riding treatment"

"This would literally keep our doors open." 

"Fund two terminally ill children's dreams"

Central Missouri Honor Flight
"Send over 25 veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C."

"Fund a new athletic field for the children."

"Funding for early intervention autism treatments"

"Electrolarynx machines and lymphedema wraps"

"Send several children to Kids Across America Kamp, a Kanakuk Program."

" Fund a Program Coordinator to recruit more Court Appointed Special Advocates"

"Pharmaceuticals and general supplies"

"Help pay costs for abused and neglected girls to attend Girls Town"

"Send children with related diseases to a summer camp with other children who share similar experiences"

"Fund a new daycare program, the Cub Hub, for student parents"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Greek Week Steering Committee Retreat

The Greek Week Steering Committee put in a lot of hard work over the weekend of February 4th and 5th at their Retreat. They spent time choosing our 14 deserving beneficiaries as well as our theme for the year. On top of that, they were given the opportunity to volunteer at the Central Missouri Food Bank, where they bagged a record 10,102 lbs of cake mix!  

Directors John Bowen, Kelly Nelson, JT Schmalfeld and Ann Reisch

Greek Week Steering Committee 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011


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