L.A. Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae Association!

The Los Angeles Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae Association provides friendship, support, and fun opportunities to sisters living in and around the LA area. Our events range from fabulous wine tastings to fun an charitable philanthropies. Membership is open to all initiated Alpha Xi Delta alumnae living in the area.

Benefits of Membership Include:
Make new friends and meet new sisters--especially great for those new to the area!
Expand your personal and professional network.
Have fun and try new things-restaurants, bars, spas, recipes, hikes,classes, etc.-with a group of fun women!
Continue your lifetime membership as an Alpha Xi Delta.

How do you join our association? It's easy! Annual dues are $55 per calendar year, but only $45 if you pay by January 31st!


WHAT ARE DUES FOR?
- Your dues to the National Fraternity ($20 per member)
- Your dues to LA Alumnae Panhellenic
- Support Autism Speaks (AXiD's National Philanthropy)
- Support local chapters
- Send delegate to National Convention
- Administrative costs to keep the association running
- Offset member costs for events and more!

Because we are financially independent of the National Fraternity your dues also help us put on wonderful events that you will attend at a discounted rate or for free!

Send Dues Checks to:
Mirai Booth-Ong
*Make out to Alpha Xi Delta
Email Alphaxideltalosangelesalums@gmail.com for the mail to address :)

Or Use PayPal:

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When paying through PayPal the email address to pay to is: Alphaxideltalosangelesalums@gmail.com

Monday, May 2, 2016

An Open Letter to New Alumni

Every May thousands of Alpha Xi Delta actives move on to the next chapter in their lives and our sisterhood. So I would like to dedicate this post to those sisters:

Congratulations on becoming an alumni of our wonderful fraternity! As you have heard time and time again, Alpha Xi Delta is not just four years; it's for life. You will spend more time as an alumni than you will as an active. And for that reason you will go through many different and uniquely personal stages with the fraternity. You may have just finished up your most involved year with your chapter and feel like you need a beat to catch your breath. That's fine, Alpha Xi Delta will be here when you are ready. Or maybe you have been eagerly anticipating joining those who have gone before you, like your Big Sis! I highly encourage you to jump in with both feet and see how you can get involved with your local association! There you will meet sisters from across the country and learn about their experiences. If you haven't learned it yet, you will realize just how vast our sisterhood is.
The bottom line is your life is about to change, and for many in more ways than one. Your sisters and the sisterhood will still be there for you. They will still be the ones you call with great news, or lend a shoulder to cry on. You may no longer see each other everyday, or it may be a new sister you have yet to meet, but Alpha Xi Delta will always be here for you. Life might pull you in an unknown direction, and maybe even away for a little bit, but you will always have a home among your sisters.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Welcome Back!!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!! I know we are no longer in school, but Labor Day weekend always reminds me of the last weekend of summer right before school and the "normal routine" starts again. (Although as some of you LAUSD parents can tell me, I'm sure you're kids have been back to school for weeks now!)

So I wanted to start with a little bit of how we spent our summer. This summer many of our alumni took trips to Greece, Hawaii, Boston for Convention, the East Coast after convention, local beaches, Disney World, Disneyland and many other wonderful places! They also experienced major life events including getting engaged, getting married, and having children (keep those pics coming, we love them!)

One of our sisters, Letisha Noyes, had a wonderful experience and wanted to share her story: "Over the summer, I have had one (multiple) of the most amazing experiences of my life. As you probably know, the Special Olympics World Games were held in L.A. this summer. My family and I are Track and Field coaches for San Gabriel Valley. As the SGV team, we attended the Opening Ceremonies at the Coliseum. It was so awesome to see so many athletes and the unity of 165 countries. The best part about attending the ceremonies was to see the Flame of Hope being carried through the stadium and light up the Coliseum for the games to begin. The Flame of Hope was started in Athens, Greece where the last World Games was held and traveled to Washington D.C. where it was split into three flames and traveled through each state from east to west. This moment was very emotional for me because I personally carried the flame in the Northern Route in Boston, MA. Another amazing experience during this week of festivities was to see one of our very own SGV athletes, Laura Cook, place 2nd in the 800m race and earn the heaviest and biggest silver medal I have ever seen. The very last most amazing experience that I encountered was to run the Unified Half Marathon. The athletes kicked off the race and 10 minutes later was the start for any person who registered to run just for fun. This was my first half marathon and I admit, I didn't train for it as much as I should have but what kept me going was the love I have for my older brother who is also a SGV athlete. Everything I have ever done with/ for Special Olympics is because of him. Every participant received a World Games medal and I was very happy to see him at the finish line to share the award.
Side note: The shirt I wore for the half marathon was personalized and not only included a picture of my brother on the back, but of course I had to add a Heart Sunshine on the front. TFJ<3"

                      

This fall we will be holding some amaXIng monthly events. Our first one will be September 11th at Pinz in Studio City! We will be having fun in the dark with Glow in Xi Dark Bowling!! The event will start at 9pm. It will be $6 if you are a dues paid member and $11 if you are not. This will include your shoe rental and first game! Check out Facebook and your inbox for the invites with more info.

Looking ahead, we will also be doing an Escape Room Experience October 23rd and an Almost Thanksgiving Brunch November 15th at Casablanca in Venice. More details to come soon but Save The Dates!

With fall also comes that time of year that brought us all here: RECRUITMENT! Our most local chapter at California State University, Northridge, Delta Rho, will be going through recruitment September 12th, 13th and 15th. Please send notes of well wishes and encouragement for a successful recruitment by posting on the chapter's Facebook page: CSUN Alpha Xi Delta. If you want to submit a recommendation for anyone going to CSUN, submit a Member Recommendation through the national site. There you can also submit your little legacy under the age of 16 to become a Rose Petal. Finally, if you are interested in assisting Delta Rho, please contact Vickie at sk8nsun@aol.com.

We all know how much fun recruitment was so over the next couple weeks, share your favorite pics from YOUR recruitment on Facebook and Instagram! Use the hashtag #laaxid to share it with all your fellow Los Angeles alumni!

Enjoy your last few days of summer and we look forward to seeing you at our events and on social media this Fall!



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Meet Our Sister of the Month: Janis Rosebrook!

With such busy lives, we can't always make it to every event or meet every sister. Our "Sister of the Month" posts give you the chance to get to know a sister you may not have met before or learn a new fun fact about her. Each month we will select a member of our alum association to highlight. If you have any questions or would like to reach out to our Sister of the Month, please email us at laalumpresident@gmail.com. 

June's Sister of the Month: Janis Rosebrook

What is your name? Janis Rosebrook 
What is your Hometown? Currently reside in Glendale, but I grew up living in Northridge 
What year were you initiated into Alpha Xi Delta? 1967
 What chapter and school were you initiated into? Delta Rho, and at that time it was called San Fernando Valley State College  
What is your favorite collegiate memory? Winning Spring Sing!
What is your favorite post-college Alpha Xi Delta memory?  I love going to Broadway Theater in New York, and I am in a state of bliss when I see awesome theater. 
Why is it important for you to stay connected to Alpha Xi Delta through our alumni association? AXiD was a pivotal point in life. I learned the value of unconditional friendship, and being with sisters who share this same path is essential. I love having this group amongst my friends. 
What is your current occupation? I am retired from UCLA, where I was an administrative Assistant Dean. I was recently the president of the board of directors for a non-profit adoption agency. I am now a trustee for the Episcopal seminary at Claremont. I have a small home business where I make handmade jewelry and sell my creations at craft fairs. 
Do you have any hobbies? Sewing, jewelry making, theater. 
Please share a fun fact we may not know about you. My 5x great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War on the side (of course) of the patriots.  His name was John Rosebrook. 
 Where is your favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area? Favorite Dish?  Taix. At lot of my friends go there, the waiters know me by name, and they have quiche to die for. 
 What is your favorite activity in the Los Angeles area? Theater. Just saw Motown the Musical, and having lunch with my friends. 
If you could meet one famous person (past or present) who would it be? Hands down, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Where was your favorite vacation? Or where would you like to visit?  I love Scotland (the other side of my family) and I'm ready to visit again to see if I can find records of my ancestors. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet Our Sister of the Month: Krista Gonzalez!

With such busy lives, we can't always make it to every event or meet every sister. Our "Sister of the Month" posts give you the chance to get to know a sister you may not have met before or learn a new fun fact about her. Each month we will select a member of our alum association to highlight. If you have any questions or would like to reach out to our Sister of the Month, please email us at laalumpresident@gmail.com. 
May's Sister of the Month: Krista Gonzalez



What is your name? Krista Stilley Gonzalez
What is your Hometown? Charlotte, North Carolina
What year were you initiated into Alpha Xi Delta? 1998
 What chapter and school were you initiated into? The Beta Xi Chapter at Marietta College, Ohio
What is your favorite collegiate memory? There's so many!  I guess living in our chapter house, which I did for 3 years with some of my best friends ever.  The Beta Xi Chapter house is beautiful, a historic home in Marietta, Ohio - and I lived with wonderful, fun women.  Whether we were getting ready for a night out, being lazy watching movies on a random Sunday or helping each other during hard times, I have such a fond spot in my heart for that house and the many memories there.
Here's a picture of the house - 

What is your favorite post-college Alpha Xi Delta memory?  The day I got married.  In addition to my sister and sister-in-law, 4 women stood up with me and they were all Alpha Xi Deltas - from 3 different chapters.  Also in attendance that day were several of my other sisters and in total 5 AXD Chapters were represented that day.  My big sis was there, my mother who we initiated as an alumni initiate and I took as my little sister, as well as my best friends were there.  We share bonds that are so special, across the country, miles, and time.  


Why is it important for you to stay connected to Alpha Xi Delta through our alumni association?  Alpha Xi Delta is so important to me and has given me so much, I try to give back when I can through the alumni association and supporting the local collegiate chapter.   Its important to me to be available to support the women who have always supported me.  It also provides me connections to our sisterhood that enrich my life.
What is your current occupation?  I work for a nonprofit - The Village Family Services - which is a children and family wellness agency.  I'm the Director of Compliance & Risk Management there.
Do you have any hobbies? I love to cook, be outdoors, read and be with friends and family.
Please share a fun fact we may not know about you. I have a very goofy part of my personality that a lot of people don't see; for example I love to jump on the bed (try it its as fun as when we were kids), so I can definitely be pretty silly.
 Where is your favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area? Favorite Dish?  Hatield's in Los Angeles.  Totally a splurge and we only go for very special occasions, but my husband and I love it.  Everything is so good!  We usually do the seasonal menu.
 What is your favorite activity in the Los Angeles area? I love the ocean, being at the beach is one of my favorite places!  I also love wine tasting around southern California.
If you could meet one famous person (past or present) who would it be? I think Ghandi.
What song would you say is your anthem right now? Why? I love music! I grew up taking piano lessons and music was a big part of my childhood, so picking a favorite or one song is hard - but I've been really liking Keith Urban's Raise Em Up, probably because I'm 5 months pregnant with my first child.  My husband and I weren't sure we could have kids and I'm a bit high risk, but this song makes me smile and I think of raising our son.
Where was your favorite vacation? Or where would you like to visit?  My favorite past vacation is probably my first big trip with my now husband to Cancun, Mexico.  It was an awesome trip, 7 years ago.  In the future I'd love to visit Europe more - Spain and Italy particularly. 

Walking, Singing and Celebrating!

Recently I have been inspired by three amazing women who received the Order of the Pearl at our Southern California Founder’s Day. June Adler, Helen Haaga, and Virginia Philp were all initiated together at the Gamma Gamma chapter at the University of Arizona!  Listening to them speak about their experiences and time in Alpha Xi Delta so far, touched my heart. I realized I wanted that to be me some day. Though we may not always be able to keep in touch, as sisters, we will always be there for each other.  It may be tomorrow over lunch or years down the road but our bond as sisters allows us the opportunities to reconnect at any point in our lives. This is why I am part of an alumni association, why we reach out to welcome all sisters and why we make the effort to remember what it means to be an Alpha Xi Delta.

Our latest Drinks With My Xi’s was a karaoke night at Sardo’s in Burbank. We had so much fun and discovered a few sisters can really sing! Leslie won “Best Karaoke-er”, Janis won “Better Than Expected” and Rachel won for “Best Song Choice”. We had a fantastic time and hope to see you at our next Drinks With My Xi’s event on June 5th. More details to come!

Since the last blog, we have also participated in two philanthropy events! We held our first FunFit event that doubled as a mixer with the local chapter, Delta Rho at California State University, Northridge. Together we worked out with a Zumba instructor and raised money for Autism Speaks! The second event was the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. We had a great showing of alumni and even a couple Rose Petals!

Looking forward, our events are going to include a highly anticipated Wine and Paint night on May 23rd at Color Me Mine in Studio City! Our Newsletter has more information. Invite to come as well! We will also be holding an event for sisters and their families on June 14th. Please check back for more info.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meet Our Sister of the Month: Lauren West!

With such busy lives, we can't always make it to every event or meet every sister. Our "Sister of the Month" posts give you the chance to get to know a sister you may not have met before or learn a new fun fact about her. Each month we will select a member of our alum association to highlight. If you have any questions or would like to reach out to our Sister of the Month, please email us at laalumpresident@gmail.com. 

April's Sister of the Month: Lauren West



1.       What is your name? Lauren West (maiden name Croft)
2.       What is your Hometown?  I grew up in Agoura Hills, CA
3.       What year were you initiated into Alpha Xi Delta? Fall 2002
4.       What chapter and school were you initiated into? Delta Rho at Cal State Northridge
5.       What is your favorite collegiate memory? The candle ceremony I had in my very last active meeting to announce my engagement. 
6.       What is your favorite post-college Alpha Xi Delta memory? Being an advisor, I've had so many wonderful experiences shared with both active sisters and an alumnae. I think my favorite memory was something I actually never did while I was an active but got to do a couple of years ago after pref night--mattress surfing down the stairs at the AXiD house! Now I know what I was missing having never lived in! 
7.       Why is it important for you to stay connected to Alpha Xi Delta through our alumni association? Alpha Xi Delta was a huge part of my life in college, but has become even more important in my post-college life. I met some of my best friends and bridesmaids in the house, and after being connected now through motherhood to my sisters and fellow advisors while being around the chapter now, has given me a great appreciation for what I have and thankful for all my experiences. Honestly, its very hard to articulate just what Alpha Xi Delta means to me--its just a feeling of being home.
8.       What is your current occupation?  I am a stay at home mommy to my two little legacies--Charlotte (age 4) and Norah (age 20 months), and am also a family and newborn photographer.
9.       Do you have any hobbies? Photography has been a huge passion and hobby of mine. Aside from that, I just love going out with my girlfriends and traveling (whenever possible!)
10.   Please share a fun fact we may not know about you. I have had an obsession with Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris!) since I was in middle school! I mean, he's like a fine wine... ;)
11.   Where is your favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area? Favorite Dish? I don't really have a favorite restaurant (well, my favorite sushi place just closed)--I just love sushi and have lots of favorite spots to eat at.
12.   What is your favorite activity in the Los Angeles area? I love taking my girls to Disneyland! 
13.   If you could meet one famous person (past or present) who would it be? I would loved to have met Lucille Ball. Just always had a fascination with her and grew up watching "I Love Lucy." 
14.   What song would you say is your anthem right now? Why? I suppose since it works like magic to calm my little one down, it would be the "Hello" song from Ladybug Music (a class I take with Norah). I just find myself singing it 100x a day!
15.   Where was your favorite vacation? Or where would you like to visit? The best vacation ever was my honeymoon to Moorea, Tahiti. It was incredible and I would love to go back one day! But as far as where I would like to visit and haven't yet been, Greece is currently at the top of my list.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An Exciting Year That's Just Beginning....

Hello Sisters!

2015 is shaping up to be a great year! 

The Dave And Buster’s event  was a great success. We raised close to $250 for Autism Speaks! We had so much fun catching up and getting to know new sisters over drinks, food and games! We also had our first monthly fit event, hiking at Fryman Canyon in Studio City. We had a wonderful group of woman, and one adorable dog named Aurora, join us for a hike and chat! Again we were excited to see new faces, even a big sis and her little sis from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.




This Month we are looking forward to two more monthly events. March 16th will be our first monthly meet up for drinks and dancing! From 8:00-10:00pm we will be at Copa d’Oro in Santa Monica. Come joins us for a fun night out with sisters! Our next fit event on March 21st will also be a mixer with the Delta Rho collegiates of California State University, Northridge. We will be dancing ourselves fit with a private Zumba class! After, we will have a chance to get to know our younger active sisters over healthy snacks. As part of our national Fun Fit program, this will also be a philanthropy event! Delta Rho will also be holding a Casino Night and Silent Auction on March 29th. Keep an eye out for more details on these events.

April is also an exciting time for Alpha Xi Delta because it is the month we were founded in 1893! Southern California’s Founder’s Day Celebration will be held at The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood on April 19th. We are asking for any donations for the raffle and silent auction. So ask work, school, friends, family, anyone who might have something thing to contribute. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. :) Contact Angela at laalumpresident@gmail.com  with donation ideas or questions. Also please purchase your tickets by March 31st. You can of course buy a ticket after that time, for an extra charge. Check out our event page Alpha Xi Delta Founder's Day Celebration for more details.

In National News:  February saw the launch of the alumnae program A Clear Vision of Life: The Wellbeing Program. Alpha Xi Delta is offering a series of challengers related to your Career, Social, Financial, Physical, and Community wellbeing. These challenges can be accessed through your Exclusively Xi account. You can even win prizes for participating! Check out  A Clear Vision of Life for more information.
Alpha Xi Deltas across the country also reached a truly amaXIng philanthropic milestone of $3 MILLION for Autism Speaks!! You can read more about that and see the video announcement here: Alpha Xi Delta Raises $3 Million for Autism Speaks

Every once in a while I have to remind myself what it means to be an Alpha Xi Delta and the values I strive to uphold. So I leave you with our symphony and look forward to seeing you at our events this month!

“These things do we earnestly desire: 
A clear vision of life, that with gracious and kindly hearts we may share both joy and sorrow and bring into living reality the Sisterhood of women. 
An appreciation of real merit and worth, steadfastness of soul, that without bitterness or defeat we may encounter misfortune and with humility meet success. 
These things, O Lord, help us to instill within our hearts that we may grow in courage and graciousness and peace”.