Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Recruitment Weekend!

Almost four weeks later, I finally have an opportunity read: three hour layover to blog about our Recruitment Weekend!!! Honestly, it still seems so surreal to me, which I'm sure you've noticed is becoming a theme in my life - I just cannot seem to grasp the fact that I'm an adult with an amazing job that I love, but somehow, that's my life! I am one lucky lady to get to work with so many of my Kappa Delta heros! Below is our "Team Sigma Sigma" who together facilitated the whole weekend - thanks again, yall!!!!

Left to Right: Me, Megan Ogar - former consultant and current new chapter specialist, Marissa Nye - former consultant and current NLT Division 3,
Alison Argersinger - mom of a former consultant and current National VP Membership, Meghan P - former consultant and current CMD Division 7, 
Kirstin Barry - former consultant and current Extension and New Chapter Development Manager on KDHQ Staff - aka our boss,
and last but certainly not least Hillary Yetter - my LDC partner at ISU! 

I don't really even know where to start, so I guess I'll just explain how our Recruitment Weekend was structured: we did an Open House Round, Information Session (group interview) Round, and a Preference Round. Essentially, it was a structured process similar to Formal Sorority Recruitment, but as Hillary and I liked to say a lot more laid back, with a lot less chanting, and no heels required.

Our fabulous boss, Kirstin, flew in on Thursday to lend an extra hand during the weekend, and I genuinely don't know what we would have done without her! She was a perfect resource and always knew the right thing to say or do, whether we needed a laugh, a break, a hug, or one of our go-to one-liners "Dagger to the Face." Alison, Marissa, and Meghan all flew it at various times on Friday, and Megan Ogar drove in from Missouri, tailing a 50 passenger bus filled with Kappa Deltas from the University of Missouri (aka Mizzou). We needed collegians to come in and facilitate the ceremonies and conversations, and these incredible women volunteered to give up their weekend and endure two 5-hour long bus rides to help us out - now that is sisterhood!! AND Megan brought Hillary and I SONIC all the way from Missouri because we've been talking/tweeting about how much we miss it. And I'm sure it is no surprise to anyone that we were so touched by her sweet gesture that we cried! Megan just laughed and said, "It's just a Cherry Limeade! We've got bigger things to cry over!" And she was right - we had work to do!

Hillary and I felt so ready for the weekend, we had planned for this for weeks and weeks, and we'd gotten to know some incredible women that we were ecstatic for the team to meet, but as always, life happens this is my current motto and we had plenty of minor fraternity men blasting gangsta rap from the house across the 8am, or our tent literally getting blown away in the first rounds of Iowa windchill while Hillary and I were bundled in blankets underneath - luckily some of our now-new-members grabbed onto the tent before it blew all over Sorority Circle *phew!*, or having to ask previously mentioned fraternity for an extension cord because our's just simply was not long enough! None of the above issues were anything that I would have expected to be in my job description, but like I said - life happens! But no worries - we were so excited to finally be in the midst of our huge Recruitment event, with such a great team, and as always, me and Hillary's coordinating outfits...which, let's be honest, are now a staple. =) Nothing could get us down!

Open House and Information Sessions seemed to fly right by, and before we knew it, it was time for preference! If you haven't checked it out already, you simply must watched this video of the Mizzou girls singing Phillip Phillip's Home. It is one of my all time favorite songs and has become Hillary and I's theme song of Iowa, so it was just the most perfect choice for preference! Everything was just so beautiful, from the red velvet cupcakes with edible pearls, to everyone in black dresses, and the very simple decor - just white roses - it was the perfect end to an awesome weekend!

After our ceremonies were over, Alison called Beth Martin Langford - Kappa Delta National President - and put her on speakerphone to speak with all of the girls, and it was such an incredible moment for her to speak to all the collegians and our team about sisterhood and how thankful she was for everyone's hard work in Iowa - needless to say, there wasn't a single dry eye in the room! And of course, we took LOTS of pictures!

Left to right: The Mizzou collegians, Me and Hillary unable to hold back tears of joy, and our initiated members at Sigma Sigma

Our preference ceremonies were Sunday morning, and we hosted our Bid Day celebration that evening, welcoming a huge group of beautiful young women into our Kappa Delta sisterhood! 

thank you to Jack McKinney for building our amazing letters and to the Mizzou women for painting them!

There was so much joy surrounding the house that day, I just cannot even describe it! I had the most ridiculous smile on my face all night long, and I kept saying I was so excited, SO EXCITED! One of the girls asked if I was excited enough to do a cartwheel, and I just couldn't turn her down....

pardon my bad form....there is a reason I'm a consultant, not a gymnast

And of course we had to teach them how to "throw what they know!"

All in all, it was an incredible weekend filled with so many memories, I would be blogging for days if I covered them all, so instead, I'll just show you some of my favorite moments.....

Until next time...

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