Getting to Convention 2019!

Hello again! Can you believe that Convention is just over 220 days away?! How is that even possible? Since we are getting closer I figured probably wouldn’t hurt to talk about how in the heck are you traveling to Vegas?

Living in the Denver Metro area we are about 750 miles away from the venue, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, so we have a few options regarding transportation. Any great travel agent is going to tell you to plan ahead and start looking a couple months in advance to get the cheaper rates especially since I don’t think you will find a Lyft driver to take you the whole way, but if you do I’d suggest making them a cake! So I suggest now is the time to decide how will you get there… fly or drive?

If you fly I looked it up and seems that right now flights are anywhere from $225-$400 if you left on June 27th and returned July 1st. Not too bad but at the same time not great – I know we can do better than that. My advise if you are looking at flying would to set up price alerts from your favorite airlines to get notifications on the cheapest flights.

If you drive (which is the option I am planning to take) my first bit of advice is to round up your girls and all get on the same page of driving! I keep thinking about the road trip and get so excited to spend that time in the car with my sisters as we adventure through Utah and into Nevada! Recently I have been doing a few road trips to Nebraska so renting cars is pretty common in my world and I think the best prices I have found so far are through Enterprise, but again I would set up price alerts for the time frame you are looking to get the best bang for your buck! Don’t forget if you drive you will need to factor the cost of gas, snacks and probably one more night in a hotel for your budget.

No matter how you get to Las Vegas I hope you remember that your destination involves 700 sisters, memories to last a lifetime and the opportunity to see where our amazing sisterhood is going!

Be sure to keep checking out the Convention website for addition tips and tricks to make it to Convention 🙂

Sigma Love,



Convention 2019 – The Power of Our Stories

Can you believe that 2019 is next year which means Convention is next year?! I don’t know how it is possible as I feel like just last summer social media was going crazy with photos from Chicago. The 2019 National Convention is set to be an outstanding time and I am so excited to hit the road to Las Vegas and see sisters from all over!

Over the next couple of months I thought we would share few blog posts on how to get to Convention, what to pack and some important things to look forward to. Now as a warning I have only been to one Convention and that was back in 2013 so my memory of convention is a little rusty but the passion that Convention gave me is still running strong through my veins.

To kick start your planning for the trip to Vegas we need to talk money. How are you paying for Convention? In a perfect world I would win the lottery and just pay for everyone but unfortunately I am not that lucky so I have some other tips to try and help out!

They say it is best to plan for around $1100-1200 for Convention. This includes your travel, registration, stay at the hotel and money for additional events and of course all the Sigma swag!! The last time I went to Convention my generous father helped in addition I made and sold badge bags to help with additional costs but this year I am going to be more prepared! To hold myself accountable I made myself a Convention Money Fund Jar. Where each week I am going to budget $25 to be added – which is super doable even on a tighter budget. If you think of it this way that is having your cup of coffee at home during the work week or packing your lunch rather than the run to Starbucks or your favorite lunch spot.

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If you cant budget $25 right now don’t worry! You can still save for convention over a six month time frame and still not be too tight on your budget. Here are some charts to get your mind thinking and help you track your Convention savings!

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I really hope these help you get to thinking about the 2019 Convention and realize that getting there is so easy as long as you plan and prepare!!

Stay tuned for tips on traveling to Vegas in my next post!

Ever Forward

Jamie Ready

May E-Voilet


Thank you to Jennifer Fowler for hosting our May meeting.  She graciously offered to be our hostess — for the second time this year.  Fortunately it wasn’t hailing and raining like last year.  Thanks also to co-hostesses Kay Hunsaker and Catherine Ursprung.  The potato bar was a new idea for dinner and was very well received, with options for everyone.  It was a great meeting and the Purple Plate Awards were such fun.  See a list of the awards on a following page.

The new board was installed.



2018-2021 Executive Board. (Left to Right) Erica Ingalls, President; Kay Lanum, Vice President; Amber Lesher, Secretary; Rebekah Giaraffa, Treasurer; Catherine Ursprung, Parliamentarian.

All of the Board members have expressed their excitement at becoming/ remaining members of the Board and serving the DAAC in the upcoming triennium.

Officer Bios: 

Erica Ingalls, President – Erica joined Sigma at Metro State in 2004, where she loved it and knew she was committed for life.  She served Eta Pi as Education Director, Secretary and President.  Upon graduation she became active in the Alumnae chapter and served as Secretary, and as Vice President (for 6 years).  She is married to Eric (her high school sweetheart) and they have two darling little boys, Eli (8) and Emmanuel (1-1/2). She works full time at Director of Advising at Front Range Community Collegeand loves helping the students.  Along with family and Sigma, she is very active in Westminster Elks where she supports Eric as the leader and coordinates events weekly.

Kay Lanum, VicePresident  –  Kay was an active honor student and chapter officer of Alpha Gamma, Ft. Hays State, KS.  She taught in Littleton, then joined DAAC in 1968, and also Chevron Oil where she had many very impressive sounding jobs –  She is too modest to tell you, but ask her.  She remained a dues-paying member of DAAC through 20 years working in Wyoming and Texas.  She married George in 1967 and they raised a son Marc, who passed in 2010, and daughter Wendi, who lives in Rangely, CO with her husband and 5 children.

 Rebekah Giaraffa, Treasurer  – Rebekah became a Tri Sigma with the Epsilon Theta Chapter at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1998.  In 2002, she returned to her native Colorado and has been an active member of the Denver Alumnae Chapter ever since.  She is the Global Director of Partner Services for Worldwide Partners, and international network of independent advertising agencies.  She holds her Master’s in International Business from CU.  She’s an avid traveler and mountain biker.  In addition to being our Treasurer, she does the bookkeeping for Guerrilla Gravity, her husband Matt’s bike manufacturing company.  She is dog Mom to Grizzly, an Australian Labradoodle.  Their daughter, McKenna, is doing great after a rough start in this world.

Amber Lesher, Secretary  –  Amber is a Colorado native.  She was initiated by the Eta Pi chapter in November, 2004.  Active in the Metro chapter, she continued  volunteering and has been a Collegian Support Specialist for the past 9 years with Tri Sigma.  She also currently serves as the Honor Council Adviser for Eta Pi.  Amber volunteers in her community as a board member for Feel The Beat Dance Studio For All and is a Girl Scout troop leader.   She recently became a stay- at-home mother of two daughters, Virginia, age 7 and Everly, age 3.

Catherine Ursprung,  Parliamentarian

Catherine joined the Alpha Nu chapter , Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  She was active in the Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix Alumnae Chapters before moving here.   She is on the Board of Directors for Arapahoe Parks and Rec. District and very active with her daughter’s school, the Piney Creek Swim team, and more.  Catherine writes “My husband, Robert Chiu and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary on August 8th.  We have two AMAZING Legacies, Cadence (8) and Carlie (2.5) who ALWAYS keep me on my toes.  We enjoy travel – worldwide.  I practice improving my quilting skills when I get “free time”.  I also always like to try any new foods, brews and wines!”  I will be starting a new job soon with USHealt Advisors.”

Purple Plate Awards

 Christmas Cheer:   Nancy Branigan for always being willing to share her awesome Christmas decorations and hosting us in December for the White Elephant party.

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Best Auctioneer:    Michelle Hektor for her great auctioneer skills used to help raise thousands of dollars at Founders Day.

Purple Plate 3Purple PassionKay Hunsaker for her passion of all things Sigma.

Service to Community:     Lisa Godbey for her great Community Service programming.

Sisterhood:   Joanne Detary for being such a great sister throughout the year.

Lois Lane Award:    Bobbi Smith for being our reporter for the monthly E-Violets Newsletter.

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Hostess with the Mostest:   Jennifer Fowler for hosting our group twice this year, and the Eta Pi women for their Sailaway.


Last summer Terri Dimond returned to Madison University, Harrisburg, VA where she joined the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Tri Sigma.  She was pleasantly surprised to discover the living quarters under complete renovation.




In the past 6 years with Michelle as our President, Denver Area Alumnae Chapter has achieved and accomplished so much, not only chapter awards, but we’ve made giant contributions to Children’s Hospitals Colorado and our Sigma Foundation.  Thank you for sharing your creativity, your inspira-tion, your leadership, and more with us!!!

Now, with one big responsibility off her agenda as DAAC president, after a week-long work conference, Kevin will join her for the weekend in Lake Mead, NV.  She is also planning weekend trips in July and the Grand Caymans in August. . . Enjoy!


Our DAAC has members from over 25 different colleges/universities!

How fortunate we are to have so many different chapter experiences, and we all share the same Sigma bonds of friendship.


          A message from Stephani Hoch tells us how she misses seeing us very much, and plans to be with us as soon as possible

Carolyn Wallisch’s family continues to share their gratitude to Tri Sigma for what we have meant both to Carolyn, and to their entire family at this difficult time

Riggs and Bobbi Smith are excited to have lots of relatives visiting from out of state (Pennsylvania, Missouri, Iowa, & Kansas) for the wedding of their son Brian on June 15.

Nancy Branigan is in the last year of their time share in CanCun and the whole family will be joining them for one last time in August.

Terri Dimond is moving even further north to Berthoud and feels that she will still be able to make many DAAC events.  We will look forward to seeing her when she can come.

Erica will be searching for new or returning committee chairs and committee members soon.  Let her know how you would be willing to serve.

Rose Ann Leavesley has been busy this summer in her back yard, already harvesting spinach, with lettuce and other things to come.


Great Sigma Smiles!

L-R: Ashleigh Sager (at her first alumnae meeting), Chelsea Davis, Jamie Ready, Lisa Godbey, Amanda Miracle, and Jennifer Schmidt.