The History of the Aurora, Colorado, Alumnae Club
The club was formed in 1996, after Denver’s large club was divided into six separate clubs. These six clubs are Denver, Highlands Ranch, Evergreen, Jefferson County, South Douglas County and Aurora.
Five of the original founding members were Karla Ives, Mary Cella, Anne Harrity, Marjorie Barnes and Dee Ann Hare.
The club is made up of all ages and interests. There are many teachers, active and retired, an ice skating instructor, a hostess for the Sky Club Premier Office with Delta, real estate brokers and many of the club’s members volunteer for local organizations.
Each year in December and February, the club has two well-attended meetings. In December, they have the club’s Christmas meeting and angel exchange of ornaments. To start with, there is a delicious potluck, followed by fun and excitement as each member gets to go home with a beautiful angel ornament.
In February, the Aurora, Colorado, Alumnae Club has their exciting Valentine dinner with husbands or significant others at a country club. The men seem to enjoy attending the club’s meeting once a year. The club has held teas for the Diamond and Golden sisters, participated in the Fraternity Day of Service and National Panhellenic Council activities and meetings. Some of their philanthropic efforts are volunteering with Champions Are Readers® (CAR), working with other literacy based organizations and collecting soda tops and soup labels for education. The club members also have attended many Conventions and leadership conferences to continue their personal and intellectual growth.
Over the years, this club’s members have been quite active working on projects and participating in local philanthropic events such as the Ronald McDonald House, Dr. Seuss Day® at Children’s Hospital and supporting First Book® and local elementary schools. As of 2016, the Aurora, Colorado, Alumnae Club added the Ellie White Foundation to the club’s philanthropy list.
Awards and Club Recognition
- Club of Excellence (1998, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
- Excellence in Communication (2000, 2010)
lumnae Achievement Award
Evelyn Peters Kyle Award
- Ione Strickland Blair (2004)
Panhellenic Women of the Year Award