Alpha Chi Omega hosted its monthly Chi Connection past Sunday. The theme for this week was Belonging. The chapter had a guest speaker from Tallahassee FSU, Hillel, who shared more about the Holocaust, her family story, and an amazing youtube video – Lessons from Survivors and current day concerns and resources.
Following the presentation by Hillel, the Chapters’ VP of Diversity Equity and Inclusion – Anna, and chapter Cultural Chair – Adrianna hosted a rotational programming workshop focused on examples of microaggressions and effective ways to respond utilizing the V.I.T.A.L.S method.
The 2023 executive Board spent the weekend with advisors at St. George Island for their annual executive board retreat. The weekend agenda who based on Alpha Chi’s Symphony. The board spent time planning, bonding, and strengthening their leadership skills! The board fully finished their 2023 Spring Calendar, and submitted the 2023 National Awards Packet (thank you to members 2022 executive board and members Ravina and Julia who assisted), completed SWOT on offices/chapters, Created a Spring 2023 pace plan, created AXΩ Merchandise to submit to a graphic designer, outlined Committee, board, and chapter goals, and so much more… The board also took time out to “appreciate every service rendered” by sending notes to those who have impacted their lives and Taking executive board photos. We look forward to all 2023 will bring for the chapter, and know this board will do an amazing job leading the way!
Sisters Sam, Kyndall, Ravina, Natalie, Stephanie, Caitlyn, Emma, Aston, Haley, Ellie, and Maddie woke up early on January 21st to participate in the 1st annual Dance Marathon 5K, Miles for Miracles, across FSU’s campus! There was also a 1-mile roll, walk, or run option! Following the race, they traveled to Township to enjoy some Miracle Birthday pancake platters!
We asked sister, Anna to tell us more about this amazing experience. Read her recap below:
This past Saturday, I had the honor of shadowing AIRHeart2, a life-flight helicopter company located in Marianna, Florida. I heard about this program about two months ago when Billy, a flight paramedic, came to the Bixler Emergency Room to hand out goodies for Emergency Nurses Week. I currently work at Bixler as an Emergency Care Tech and assist nurses and doctors with various tasks, ensure patients are cared for, and do various other tasks. I have worked in the emergency room for almost six months now, and learn something new every day. I get a sense of fulfillment from my job and love that I am genuinely making an impact in someone’s life.
Anyways, back to Billy and AIRHeart2. Billy and I had a great conversation about flight nursing, and I told him about how I am applying to nursing school and love working in an emergency environment. I had probably a dozen questions for him, and he answered every one and told me to apply for AIRHeart’s Third Rider Program. I applied about a week later, filled out the paperwork, and anxiously waited to hear back.
A few days later, I heard back from the outreach coordinator and scheduled a day to go out and shadow the team for a day. Unfortunately, this got canceled due to Hurricane Nicole’s high winds and rainfall that impacted Marianna. Luckily, I was able to reschedule and drove down to Marianna this past Saturday. On my way there, it was raining pretty heavily, and I had a sinking feeling in my gut. I was still hopeful that the weather would clear up, but it was not looking good at all.
Much to my surprise, the weather made a full 180 about thirty minutes after I got to Marianna; clear blue skies, and the sun was shining. Billy, his partner (Lauren), and the pilot (JD) were all extremely welcoming to me and were all very eager to answer my questions and explain everything to me. After showing me around the base and helicopter, they got a call on the radio for a potential case. We all suited up, Billy and Lauren got their equipment together, and JD pulled the helicopter out of the hangar.
I wasn’t nervous at all until we actually got into the helicopter, JD started the engine, and the blades started to spin. That’s when I was like, oh this is real. We are actually going to get a patient right now. The first time we went up in the air, I was extremely scared, but after about five minutes I was completely fine. I couldn’t believe this is what some people do as a job. Throughout the course of the day, we picked up two different patients on the scene and flew them to the hospital. This was genuinely one of the best experiences of my life and I learned so much. This confirmed that I want to be an emergency room nurse, and hopefully become a flight nurse one day. I can’t wait to get back up in the skies again.
Thank you Vice President of Finance NicoleF and Assistants BrookeE and AllyS for helping our MyJourney facilitators (GraceW, AnnaL, HaileyH, SophieS, MaddieW, PettonB, EmilyM, HayleyP, and Leah of course as VP MP) navigate this useful MyJourney about budgeting and “What Do YOU Value” exercise.
(Want to evaluate what you value? Open your Venmo/PayPal/Zelle App and see where you sent your last five payments: Where do you put your worth?)
Full of favorite meals, notes, and special awareness – During senior week we say Farewell and Good Luck AlexB, CamdenM, HannahR, MakenzieW, MorganW, SuziG and TeresaM. Good luck in PA/Medical School, Nursing School, Law School, PT School, and in the Hospitality Industry. KEEP IN TOUCH and come back to visit The 518 (and of course, join a local alumnae chapter, volunteer at a collegiate chapter, and remember your Bond.)
We celebrated our local alumnae with avocado toast day at lunch.
It was so much fun to meet (L-R, Madison (Beta Eta), Alanna (Zeta Lambda), Katie (Gamma Iota), Britain (Beta Eta), Kellie (Beta Eta), Jenn (Theta Lambda), and Sam (Gamma Iota). We can’t wait to extend the invitation to Epsilon Tau Epsilon (Tallahassee-Thomasville area) again in Spring! LITB