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Update from Washington, D.C.

Supplement to The LAMP of Delta Zeta
Spring/Summer 2017 Issue

Cheri De Jong, Sigma Kappa Past National President, President of the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC), whose daughter, Ashley De Jong is an alumna of the Lambda Xi Chapter at Texas A&M University, are dedicated advocates for fraternal life. Read more about their work in the latest issue of The LAMP. Cheri updates us on the work done by all Greek delegations, including Delta Zeta, in Washington, D.C. this past spring.

April 2017 was a spectacular month in Washington, D.C.! The city was bustling with student groups and organizations on spring break, tourists who came to see the cherry blossoms, and on Wednesday, April 26, 250 members of sororities and fraternities. Once again, students and alumni went to Capitol Hill to lobby for the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) (H.R. 1200/S. 736).

One hundred students from 21 sororities and 15 fraternities and 130 alumni visited 425 offices of Members of Congress. Their mission was to represent the fraternity and sorority experience, explain the merits of CHIA and to ask for the Members’ co-sponsorship. At the end of the day, CHIA had 32 new co-sponsors in the House (for a current total of 66) and one new co-sponsor in the Senate (for a current total of 10).

Fraternity and sorority leaders hope to see CHIA attached to the comprehensive tax reform bill moving through Congress this summer. Our hopes are high that this will happen and we are putting every effort into asking Congress to remember CHIA and sending it on to passage. If you know your Representative and/or Senators, now is the time to ask them to help get CHIA put into the tax reform bill. We encourage all members of sororities and fraternities to take action by writing to their elected leaders about CHIA.

 

Delta Zeta Sorority’s Delegation in Washington, D.C.: Lynnda Wolf Hoefler, Kent (OH) - Gamma Kappa, National Panhellenic Conference 1st Alternate Delegate; Kathi Bray Heatherly, Central Oklahoma - Epsilon Upsilon, National Government Relations Chairman; Arden Parker, collegiate member of the Rho Chapter (University of Denver); Kim Waskowsky, collegiate member of the Zeta Pi Chapter (University of Georgia); Colleen Hearin, collegiate member of the Beta Lambda Chapter (University of Tennessee/Knoxville); Destiny Goede, collegiate member of the Pi Alpha Chapter, University of Florida; Cindy Winslow Menges, Miami (OH) – Alpha; Executive Director; Leslie Evans Williams, Indiana – Epsilon, National Vice President of Membership; and Jeanine Petersen Triplett, Louisville (KY) – Beta Gamma, National Panhellenic Conference Delegate.

Delta Zeta Sorority’s Delegation in Washington, D.C.: Lynnda Wolf Hoefler, Kent (OH) – Gamma Kappa, National Panhellenic Conference 1st Alternate Delegate; Kathi Bray Heatherly, Central Oklahoma – Epsilon Upsilon, National Government Relations Chairman; Arden Parker, collegiate member of the Rho Chapter (University of Denver); Kim Waskowsky, collegiate member of the Zeta Pi Chapter (University of Georgia); Colleen Hearin, collegiate member of the Beta Lambda Chapter (University of Tennessee/Knoxville); Destiny Goede, collegiate member of the Pi Alpha Chapter, University of Florida; Cindy Winslow Menges, Miami (OH) – Alpha; Executive Director; Leslie Evans Williams, Indiana – Epsilon, National Vice President of Membership; and Jeanine Petersen Triplett, Louisville (KY) – Beta Gamma, National Panhellenic Conference Delegate.