Laureate Eta Nu
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LAUREATE ETA NU
 
 
HISTORY -PAST OFFICERS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2016 - 2017
 

Ivelysse Swan                                 President
Gisele Medina                                 Vice President 
Lela Burgess                                   Recording Secretary
Kerry Bost                                       Corresponding Secretary
Laurie Musachia                             Treasurer
Ivelysse Swan                                 Sweetheart
Ivelysse Swan                                  WOTY

The HCC theme for this year was We Put Our Hearts into It which prompted our president Ivelysse to center our programs on people who have been famous or noteworthy for putting their hearts into a specific cause.  Through our programs, we learned about entertainers, human rights advocates, educators, and athletes who through their passion and dedication made notable contributions around the world.  Our programs focused on individuals such as Princess Di, Mala Yousafzai, Lin Manuel Miranda, J. J. Watt, Mother Theresa, and Willie Nelson to name a few.

Our chapter enjoys putting our hearts into traveling and exploring the “finer and cultural things in life”.  Our year began with Ivelysse leading us to White Haven, Pa. for Beginning Day where we hiked Bushkill Falls (aka “Killer Falls”) and were treated as royalty by the Swans. During our socials, we continued our travels to Chappel Hill, Bolivar Island, and Freedman’s Town and savored all cuisines and libations from Italian dishes to BBQ, from a fish fry to scrumptious margaritas.  We ended our year on a weekend trip to the Village of Salado for another Hill Country adventure hosted by Connie Clark.   

When it comes to service, our chapter definitely puts their hearts into it.  This year, we donated materials and assembled dresses for Dress a Girl, purchased Christmas wreaths to Wreaths across America to honor our fallen veterans, helped the homeless in downtown Houston with much-needed toiletry kits, and cleared up our closets of professional attire to assist clients of Dress for Success.  Our hard work for Dress a Girl paid off as we received third place for Best Service Project on Founder’s Day in April 2017.  We were also awarded second place for Best Social for our Ultimate Road Trip to White Haven.

This year we received good news about some of our members’ offspring.  Our Legacy Ellie Bost graduated from Texas A & M in December and got a job with Cintas.  Cory Hopkins graduated from the University of Arkansas with a double major and is interning in Houston.  Angelica Musachia had a new job at the same company as Laurie.  Ryan Gabbart and wife Sarah moved back to Houston in March.  Gisele celebrated her son’s, Josean, wedding to Crystal in January with a full house of guests from Puerto Rico.

Our sisters kept themselves busy with work, family, and retirement.  Connie Clark got a new job in marketing and writing blogs.  Donna got a job at Houston Community College along with her other grand parenting duties.  Connie Noble continued enjoying her well-deserved weekend retreat at Bolivar and Ivelysse her “commuting” to White Haven to be with her grandkids.  Judy kept her traveling bucket list up to date with her most recent trips to Hawaii and New Orleans.  Vickie worked quite a bit at the Wine Garden in the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show which had another record-breaking year.

We also underwent some medical procedures.  Laurie had back surgery, Patti had hand surgery, and Ivelysse had her right shoulder-replaced.  They all have recovered well, and there is no sign of slowing them down.  On a sad note, Lela’s sister in California passed away after a long illness. 

In closing we are proud of our president and thank her for her leadership and grace during this year.  We certainly put our hearts into it!