In honor of MacDowell Month and Hera Day, the members of Alpha Chi Omega sorority at William Woods University have been busy with service projects.
Every February, MacDowell Month, Alpha Chi Omega women celebrate the fine arts and their fine-arts heritage. Named for the MacDowell artists’ colony in New Hampshire (Alpha Chi Omega’s first philanthropic project), the month also honors the founders’ heritage as musicians. During MacDowell Month, members are encouraged to attend exhibitions, see plays, take in concerts and otherwise celebrate and patronize the arts.
As a service project, chapter members helped the children of Fulton Preschool with arts and crafts projects during MacDowell Month. While visiting the preschool, the women taught the children about facial features and self portraits. They then worked with the children to create their own self portraits and picture frames.
“It was a fun event enjoyed by all and something the sisters will definitely look forward to next year,” Katherine Wortmann, vice president of fraternity relations, said.
Other MacDowell Month activities included an exhibition of members’ artwork and a talk by Terry Martin, WWU professor of art.
The community service projects continued on March 1, which is traditionally Hera Day. The day is named for the guardian of women and patron goddess of the sorority. Each year, members recognize the fraternity’s commitment to helping others by conducting service projects and offering assistance to others.
During Hera Day, freshmen sorority members volunteered at Head Start, sophomores assisted at Fulton Nursing and Rehab, juniors volunteered at SERVE and seniors helped out at Garrett Animal Shelter.
Nancy Allbritton shows off her self-portrait at Fulton Preschool, while Katherine Wortmann of Mexico, Mo., looks on.
Alicia Delaney (left) of St. Peters, Mo., and Erica Begley of Hannibal help Fulton Preschool children Jayna Hedgpath, Gabriel Milius and Paul Russell with their art projects.
Members of Alpha Chi Omega sorority pose for a group photo with the children of Fulton Preschool.