Theta Omega Chapter will host convention The Theta Omega Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will host the 51st State Convention on May 4, 5 and 6 at the Prairie in Vermillion.
International philanthropic projects of the organization are St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Easter Seals, and the state project this year supports the Ronald McDonald House. Each chapter sponsors its own special projects in their respective communities.
The theme selected for the convention is "At Home with ESA." The official international representative to this year's convention will be Rosalie Griffith, treasurer of the International Council from Oklahoma. Kathy Hazenstab, state president from Sioux Falls, will preside over the business sessions.
Co-chairmen of the convention are Julie Heine and Lois Nygaard, and the registration committee, chaired by Barb Campbell, includes Jacque Olson, Pat Pravecek and Lynne Day. On Friday night, the Dakota Sunsets Mixer will be chaired by Joan Nelson and Earleen Varns with committee members Becky Rider, Beth Hansen, Kami Dibley, Betty Johnson and Patty Rarick.
Saturday morning coffee will be hosted by Linda Thaden and the Saturday awards luncheon, "Prairie Gardens," will be hosted by Chairman Lea Noon and members Bernadette Reasoner, Amy Gaerets, Linda Thaden and Pat Pravecek. The table decorations for this event will be provided by Victorian West.
The awards luncheon will feature the recipient of the youth award from Winner, and the state Diana award will be presented to Margaret Bierle from Vermillion. Jill Tyler is this year's motivational speaker and the title of her presentation will be "Never Stop Growing."
The chairman for the Saturday night banquet is Gayle Bliss. she and members Dot O'Connor, Shelly Kollar, Judy Gregoire, Jacque Olson, Betsy Gottsleben and Jenny Pike will host the event. The installation of officers will precede the banquet and Janice Kitzler, newly installed state president for 2001-2002, will give her acceptance speech.
The installing officers for this year are past state presidents Dot O'Connor and Sally Schmidtz. Following the banquet, special recognition will be given to outstanding members.
The convention will culminate on Sunday with a brunch, "Coming Home to ESA." This event is chaired by Dot O'Connor with committee members Betsy Gottsleben and Jenny Pike. A memorial service will be conducted by Chaplain Linda Thaden before brunch.
ESA International is a service organization with 11 chapters in South Dakota and representatives from all chapters will be attending the state convention in Vermillion this weekend.