Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Turkey Trot - Run, Volunteer, Make a Difference - #AXODVA #DVA #RefugeHouse

Thank you Gulf Winds Track Club for designating Refuge House as one of the beneficiaries of this famous and favorite #Tallahassee tradition!

We are #AXOThankful for all alumnae who run in and volunteer for the event, such as long-time runner from Gamma Iota (UF), Anna Busby. Anna and David Yon spoke about the event last year on local television:  "Walk or Run to Give Thanks with the #TurkeyTrot".

Our treasurer, JSBH (NOT a runner, ha, ha), shared her excitement as well for this year's logo because her friend Cliff Leonard designed it.

Tallahassee Turkey Trot marks 40 years

By David Yon
Despite the crazy world we live in, I remain an optimist.  One of the primary reasons is Thanksgiving Day in Tallahassee.  Thanksgiving is a day that brings people together, perhaps more than any other day of the year. This year marks the 40th year for the race we now call the Tallahassee Turkey Trot.  And while the race has “only” been run on Thanksgiving Day for 24 years (1992), the event’s 40-year history of bringing people together to run (and walk) is a remarkable achievement by the running community that deserves special recognition.

One of the ways the race will do this is by presenting a specially crafted finisher’s medal to each runner crossing the finish line.  The medal recognizes the race’s history by noting the years - “1976 – 2015” and noting “Still Running Together.”

I know right now we live in a world that is dysfunctional more often than not.  Our economic and political systems seem devoted to a “winner take all” philosophy that dehumanizes and divides us. The pace and uncertainty of change too often create such fear that we lose our ability to plan rationally for the future.

Often, we are left trying to protect a status quo, clinging to slogans and clich├ęs, which simply cannot be preserved. Too often this becomes despair that ends with violence.

Yes, that violence sometimes results in mass killings in our schools and theatres, but most often, that violence is turned inward – the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 41,149 people died by suicide in the United States during 2013. Or it becomes violence directed at those we know.  According to the CDC, approximately 27.3 percent of women and 11.5 percent of men in the U.S. have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.
We all have the ability to impact these numbers in a positive way.  In the introduction to this year’s Turkey Trot Magazine, I observed that there was something special going on in Tallahassee during the years 1975-1977.

“Personally, I was wrapped up in intramural sports as a student at Florida State University. But Tallahassee saw the birth of a running club and nine races during that time period that would become the core of the Gulf Winds Track Club racing schedule.  Not many events last 40 years. Incredibly, all of those races are still run today, including a 10-mile run at Natural Bridge in late November 1976, which continues today as the Tallahassee Turkey Trot.”

Two of those events, Springtime and Turkey Trot, have benefited greatly for the sponsorship support of Capital Health Plan; the company first provided support to Turkey Trot in 2002.

The introduction continued: “41 years later, GWTC has grown in numbers and in its impact on the community. The running community in Tallahassee and surrounding areas has grown enormously too with nine races listed on one weekend this year and approximately 185 events listed on the racing calendar for 2015. These events, staffed almost exclusively with volunteers, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for hundreds of worthy causes. They have encouraged health and fitness.  They bring people together from all parts of our community.”

And what better day to bring it all together, than Thanksgiving Day – Thanksgiving and running just go together.

While Turkey Trot supports many causes each year, the three largest recipients of help over the last ten or so years have been the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, Refuge House and The Shelter.  Each of these groups reaches out to an important part of our community that really needs help.  You can help them by being part of Turkey Trot in a number of ways.  First and foremost, register for the race and join us on Thanksgiving Day.  We like to say we have a Smorgasbord of options.  On Thanksgiving Day no one is too slow or too fast to join us. The races kick off with a 1 mile fun run, the “appetizer,” at 8 a.m. Then at 8:30 the main course is served with the start of the 5K, 10K and 15K races.  It is a block party and community reunion.  Many families have three generations of runners competing.

You can also join us on Nov. 22, for the Turkey Trot Festival at Cascades Park from 1:30 to 5 p.m. It is the perfect place to pick up your race packet which will include your race number, a specially designed long sleeve shirt, a Hoo-Ray and some special treats from sponsors.  We are encouraging participants to bring donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and other such items. We will have a nice arrangement of guests to entertain you including music groups, Low Country Boyle and Hot Tamale. And of course, the Stick Patrol from the Boys and Girls Club. There will be vendors with running and fitness merchandise for sale (including GWTC own line of training gear), health experts to provide advice and screening, fitness experts to give you advice and more. You will come away ready for Thanksgiving.

Forty years of running together. It has not solved all those problems we mention above, but I like to think it has been a positive force.  But no matter, I can’t think of anything else I would rather do on Thanksgiving morning.  Let’s keep it going.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Founders' Day #AXO - 130 years of Real.Strong.Women. #TBT

We enjoyed spending Founders' Day with the Beta Eta collegians! It was a packed dining room. We loved meeting lots of the collegians and welcoming alumnae with their families this year.

Mike, Leo, Malena (Beta Omicron & President of Tally Alumnae Panhellenic), Amy (Zeta Upsilon & ETE President)

Barrett, Colleen (Beta Eta), Brantley, Sean

Tyler, Aimee (Beta Eta), Mia, PeeJay

Special table for collegians and alumnae who are cheerleaders and gymnasts! (front middle - Em (Iota Psi); back middle left - Jocelyn (Gamma Iota); back middle right with lovely #lyre badge (Alyssa (Gamma Iota))

Always being serenaded by nice fraternity guys on Founders' Day (it's SO fun!)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Alumna Initiate Beth Blair in #CalendarGirls

Epsilon Tau Epsilon was so fortunate to alumna initiate Beth Blair (mom of Joy A. S. Stubbs, Gamma Iota - UF). Beth loves life, philanthropy and appreciates & partakes of the Fine Arts:  What a perfect example of a Real. Strong. Woman.

Make sure to catch Beth as Jessie at Theatre Tallahassee in the role of in Calendar Girls. This is the last weekend for the production! We also must note one of the production sponsors is COCA, and our sister Amanda works there!

Below we posted her appearance in "Love, Loss & What I Wore." Our alumna Erin (Iota Psi, Elon) said, "Beth stole the show!"

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Celebrate 130 years of Alpha Chi Omega #AXO #AXOYoungAlums #HallofCommitment

In honor of Alpha Chi Omega's 130th birthday on October 15th, we celebrate some current #axoyoungalums.

We wished our Spring 2015 Beta Eta graduates Good Luck.

May Wisdom, Devotion and Achievement go with you! Remember you ARE an Alpha Chi Omega #4lifenot4years  NEVER SAY "I was an AXO." That's so sad! Stay connected, and keep enriching your and other sisters' lives.

Round 1

Round 2
We never want our seniors to forget the importance of our lifetime bond, so if we have to have two ceremonies to accommodate their crazy schedule; we do it!

Monday, October 6, 2014

‪#‎NOMORE‬ "Why doesn't she just leave?" Let's change the conversation, change our culture #AXODVAM

"Why doesn't she just leave?" Let's change the conversation, change our culture, and say NO MORE.

‘Why Didn't You Just Leave?’

Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That 


Posted: Updated: 

It’s the question every survivor of domestic violence is posed, often incredulously: Why didn’t you just leave? The reality is that leaving an abusive relationship is often a herculean task that endangers the woman and calls for resources that aren’t readily available.
In June, after The Huffington Post ran an investigative report on a woman allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, we received an outpouring of responses from domestic violence survivors who wanted to explain why they had stayed with their abusers. We spent the next three months interviewing these women. While they offered hundreds of reasons, ranging from the logistical to the deeply personal, some common themes emerged: Fear. Love. Family. Money. Shame. Isolation.
In this series, you will hear from six survivors of domestic violence about why they didn’t leave sooner. The stories — told in their own words — are as distinct as they are similar. One woman suffered a brutal week of abuse before fleeing. Others stayed for decades trying to make things work. Two women were shot, the bullets narrowly missing their hearts. Another endured years of incessant stalking.
This week, stories like theirs became part of a national conversation when a video surfaced of pro football player Ray Rice violently punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an elevator. Palmer, who married Rice just a few weeks after the incident, wascriticized for having stayed with him. Then, something remarkable happened: Writer Beverly Gooden shared her own reasons for staying in an abusive relationship on Twitter, using the hashtag#WhyIStayed. Within hours, hundreds of survivors were tweeting their own reasons for doing the same.
As the stories continue to flood in, we hope this project will make it clear that “just leaving” often isn't an option. We hope these accounts will prompt people to stop asking why she stayed — and instead begin asking how they can help.
These stories include descriptions of extreme violence and sexual assault and may be distressing for some readers.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for theNational Domestic Violence Hotline.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The No More Campaign - #AXODVAM

New national survey uncovers staggering silence and inaction around domestic violence and sexual assault; Overwhelming majority of Americans have never discussed these hidden issues with children or friends and 65% of victims who come forward say no one helped

Corporations announce major domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and awareness initiatives using the NO MORE symbol

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrities, athletes, corporate leaders, and advocates have joined forces to generate awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault and encourage bystanders to help, in a dramatic new series of public service announcements that feature the NO MORE <>symbol, the first unified branding symbol (like the pink breast cancer ribbon) for these issues. A new, national survey underscores the urgent need for the campaign, revealing that the overwhelming majority of Americans know victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but they do not talk about the issues with their children or friends, or take steps to help survivors.

The study "NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Survey of Attitudes and Experiences of Teens and Adults" was conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, and commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women, and shows an urgent need for increased awareness, conversation and education around domestic violence and sexual assault, with an emphasis on what bystanders can do to prevent violence and help victims before it is too late.

Among the key findings:
  • 60% of Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Three out of four (73%) parents with children under the age of 18 said that they have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children
  • 67% of Americans say they have not talked about domestic violence with their friends; even more, 73% have not discussed sexual assault.
  • Even though 75% of Americans say that they would step in and help a stranger being abused, the reality is most people do not help.
  • For example, among the 70% of women who experienced domestic violence and then told someone about it, more than half (58%) said that no one helped them.
  • But 64% of Americans say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.
"The Avon Foundation for Women funded this survey to better understand why domestic violence and sexual assault remain so inherently hidden and marginalized in our society," said Carol Kurzig, President of the Avon Foundation for Women. "The data shows us that conversations about these issues simply are not happening. That silence leaves victims trapped by the shame, stigma and fear that these crimes carry. If we can encourage more people to start talking, we can end that cycle and bring these issues to light in a new way."

The full data report can be seen at <>.

A new, celebrity-driven NO MORE PSA campaign is being unveiled to the public that directly addresses the silence and inaction of Americans on these critical issues. The NO MORE PSA campaign was spearheaded by the Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the many championing organizations behind the creation of the NO MORE symbol, and was directed by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, the Foundation's President and Founder, in her directorial debut. The campaign, involving more than 40 celebrities and public figures to engage bystanders to get involved, was developed in partnership with Y&R and photographed by world-renowned Timothy White. 

Beginning today, the three-year PSA campaign will roll out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters across the country, and in major airports and medical facilities. The Ad Council's Endorsed Campaign program has endorsed the campaign, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation is also helping generate awareness. Other major partnerships include Viacom, Lifetime Television, ConnectiVISION Digital Networks/ClearVISION and OK TV! 

"Being a part of NO MORE from the beginning has been a great privilege, especially the launch in Washington DC, where I got to stand with Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder," said Hargitay. "And if that wasn't enough, directing the NO MORE PSAs was a dream come true. Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors. That has to end. What we saw during the filming, brave and strong and authentic person after person, was people standing up for each other, for the people they love, for their partners, wives, husbands, children, friends, mothers and fathers, for people they've never met, for themselves. I was just moved beyond words. NO MORE fills me with confidence and renewed determination.

The NO MORE PSAs can be viewed at Anyone can follow the conversation on Twitter throughout the week, at hashtag #NOMOREexcuses, where celebrities, experts and advocates will promote and share updates on the PSA launch.

The NO MORE PSAs are available at no cost to non-profit organizations, universities and corporations across the country to co-brand and increase support in their local communities for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and services. Many will begin using the PSAs locally beginning this fall, (see a list here <> ).

The New Symbol for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - NO MORE NO MORE has been in the making since 2009 and was developed because despite the significant progress that has been made in raising awareness around these issues, they remain hidden and on the margins of public concern.
Virtually every domestic violence and sexual assault prevention organization in the U.S. is behind NO MORE, along with corporate leaders, branding experts, celebrities, athletes and advocates nationwide. 

NO MORE was designed to unify everyone working to combat these issues in an unprecedented way - whether their focus is women and girls, men and boys, teenagers, children, minorities, rural or urban communities - as well as corporate leaders from a variety of business sectors behind one, powerful brand created to transform awareness and action.

Corporations Say NO MORE
This fall, prominent companies will launch new prevention and awareness activities under the NO MORE banner. The Avon Foundation for Women <>  is funding a NO MORE bystander campaign to provide employers with training programs and tools to help their employees recognize the signs of abuse and better support victims. Kaiser Permanente <>  will use the NO MORE symbol in their medical facilities and at community events to build awareness about the health impact of these issues. The Allstate Foundation <>  is incorporating NO MORE into its ongoing work to help domestic violence survivors gain the financial knowledge and resources needed to break free from abusive relationships. 

Verizon <>  will feature the NO MORE PSA over its wireline and wireless networks during the month of October. The PSA will run on FiOS TV, wireless and online assets reaching millions of viewers.

"We believe that joining forces with other companies and the many organizations involved with the NO MORE campaign is the right thing to do because it allows us to leverage our collective resources and helps amplify the domestic violence and sexual assault awareness message across the country,"  said Torod Neptune, chief communications officer for Verizon Wireless.

Volunteers and financial support from organizations and individuals who care deeply about ending domestic violence and sexual assault, including The Allstate Foundation, the Avon Foundation for Women, Fifth & Pacific Foundation, Finn Partners, the Joyful Heart Foundation, Kimberly-Clark, Mary Kay, Sterling Brands and Verizon helped make the NO MORE symbol a reality.

In addition, representatives from nearly every major domestic violence and sexual assault prevention organization in the country <>  have supported the vision for NO MORE's potential to revolutionize how these issues are seen by the public.

They all support NO MORE: 
  • Break the Cycle
  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  •  Casa de Esperanza
  • Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV)
  • Futures Without Violence
  • Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation
  • Joyful Heart Foundation
  • Men Can Stop Rape
  • National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • National Latino Network
  • National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center
  • National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project
  • Safe Horizon
  • Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women
More information about NO MORE can be found at <> . Or for regular updates, visit NO MORE on Twitter @NOMOREorg or

NO MORE is a new unifying symbol designed to galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Supported by major organizations working to address these urgent issues, NO MORE is gaining support with Americans nationwide, sparking new conversations about these problems and moving this cause higher on the public agenda. For more information on NO MORE, to get involved or to get the symbol, visit<> .

The NO MORE Study Methodology
Avon Foundation for Women commissioned and funded the NO MORE Study (NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Survey of Attitudes and Experiences of Teens and Adults), conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, to research domestic violence and sexual abuse among teens, ages 15-17, and adults 18 and older, in an effort to further support the Foundation's mission of educating people to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence. GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Group conducted interviews with a total of 1,307 respondents, 15 years of age and older. The study was conducted using the KnowledgePanel. The data was weighted to the population it represents. The margin of error for this study was +/-3.2 percentage points.



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

#Ritual #reblog from @AlphaChiOmegaHQ & @LizRagland (@OCUAChiO)

This fabulous blog post was too perfect not to share. Thank you Liz (OCU, Gamma Tau) and our Alpha Chi Omega Ritual Specialists. This is a perfect post to share as many collegiate chapters start formal recruitment and head back to school! Alumnae - you also can live your ritual daily and PACE!

8 Reasons Why I Love Lyres, Red Carnations and Lyrebirds (and why you should too)