National President of Alpha Chi Omega Visits WWU

It’s not every day that a sorority hosts its national
president, but Alpha Chi Omega at William Woods University has done it twice in
the past two years.

Marsha Grady, who was national president at the time, visited
Delta Chi chapter in August 2011 to present the National Council Trophy—the
sorority’s highest award for collegiate chapters—and several other awards.
Recently, Diane Blackwelder, current
national president, visited the chapter to congratulate members on their good
work, which resulted in Delta Chi receiving one of five Continuing Excellence
Awards at the national convention in St. Louis last summer. It is an award the
chapter has earned for about a dozen years.

“It was an honor to meet and host Diane Blackwelder,”
Claire Thibodaux, chapter president, said. Many Alpha Chi Omegas have the dream
of meeting their national president during their collegiate years. The women of
Delta Chi were proud and excited for such a great experience. I am so glad
I was a part of it.”

Blackwelder, a 1970 graduate of Baker
University, has held numerous roles in the organization, including
serving as chair of the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation for four years and a trustee
for eight. In 1996, Blackwelder was named to the National Council as a vice
president, which she held for two, two-year terms.
Alpha Chi Omega is a national women’s
organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of members through lifetime
opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning and service. Currently,
there are 135 collegiate chapters of Alpha Chi Omega and more than 200,000
lifetime members.
Ale Martinez, vice president of finance for Delta
Chi chapter at William Woods University, visits with Diane Blackwelder, Alpha Chi Omega national president.
Diane Blackwelder cuts the cake in her honor while Megan
Andrews, Panhellenic delegate for Delta Chi chapter at William Woods
University, looks on.
Members of Delta Chi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at William
Woods University gather with the Alpha Chi Omega national president.