The 2009-2010 Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic Newsletter was recently issued to member chapters across the area. It includes updates from many alumnae chapters in the Kansas City area.

Here is the update submitted by Alpha Omicron Pi:

The Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi has concentrated on increasing involvement in philanthropy over the past year, as well as increasing overall membership participation.

Activities aimed at these ends have included volunteering at the 2009 Arthritis Walk and Jingle Bell Run (with major participation by our Vice President of Programs/Philanthropy, Jenny Horsley, who has coordinated all volunteer activities throughout Kansas City for the Arthritis Foundation as a whole), cleaning yard debris for a low-income senior, learning self-defense via the Ali Kemp Educational Foundations’ efforts, educating ourselves on saving the planet via advice from Bridging the Gap and honoring our founders at our 90th anniversary celebration. (Our alum chapter’s inaugural meeting was Dec. 27, 1919.)

We’ve also organized fun events, such as happy hours, ceramics painting and monthly daytime meetings for senior members who can’t meet in the evening. Our combined efforts resulted in our chapter receiving the Ruby Standards of Excellence Award from our international organization. This award signifies the chapter has met or exceeded our fraternity’s highest levels of achievement.

Upcoming events for spring 2010 include volunteering with Community Living Opportunities’ “Midnight Farm” facility, along with helping out on a Habitat for Humanity construction project.