Xi Omega Xi Founder – Claudia Wenzel Thomas

CLAUDIA WENZEL THOMAS was initiated into Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega in 1967. While a collegiate member, she served as pledge class Social Chairman and several terms as Rush Chairman. As an alumna, Claudia has held numerous positions on the local, regional and national levels. These positions include President of Gamma Lambda Gamma Alumnae Chapter, President of Chicago Area Board, Province President X and Assistant Collegiate Vice President-Collegians. She was privileged to serve on Alpha Chi Omega’s National Council as Vice President-Secretary and on the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation Board of Trustees as Director of Endowments. Claudia has also served Alpha Chi Omega as National Convention Program Manager, Training Leadership Seminar Program Manager, Chairman of the Committee to Study the Ritual, Chairman of the Foundation Advisory Cabinet, Challenge to Excellence Officer, Rush Visitor, TEAM Leader, Colony Advisor and Chairman of the Zeta Tau Oversite Committee. She is currently a member of the Alumnae Initiate Ceremony Task Force and is a nominee for the 2010-2012 National Nominating Committee. She belongs to Eta Sigma Eta Alumnae Chapter, Upper Pinellas County, and Xi Omega Xi Alumnae Chapter.
In her community, Claudia has been a Glen Ellyn Capital Improvement Commissioner, Chairman of the Partnership for Educational Progress Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary of the Warrenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Co-Chairman of the Save Our Streets Referendum Committee, a Vision Glen Ellyn Facilitator, a member of the Glen Ellyn Community Information Initiative Council and the Glenbard Township High School District Communications Action Team and active in her children’s schools. In 2002, she was honored to receive a State of Illinois Woman of Achievement Award from Lt. Governor Corinne Wood. She was President of Palm Harbor Newcomers Club and still serves on its board and has also served as Secretary of the Reserve at Lake Tarpon Homeowners’ Association Board. She has been producer of the Suncoast Hospice Annual Fashion Show and Boutique, raising over $50,000 annually for the charity.
In her professional life, Claudia has been an Assistant Buyer for Macy’s, Editor-in-chief of the Warrenville Post newspaper and Executive Director of the Warrenville Chamber of Commerce. She is currently a part-time Wholesaler’s Assistant.
Claudia and her husband Clif moved from Glen Ellyn, Illinois to Palm Harbor, Florida in June of 2008. They have two grown children: a daughter, Jessica Hughes (Beta Eta 1994), and a son, Gavin. Gavin is an engineer currently working in the United Arab Emirates. Jessica and her husband Tony live in Parkland, Florida, where Claudia spends a great deal of time visiting and doting on grandsons Jake (5) and Gavin (2).

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