‘Tri Kappa Week’ celebrated here by local Gamma Chi chapter

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Vevay’s Gamma Chi chapter of the Tri Kappa sorority is joining 145 other active chapters and 114 associate chapters around Indiana in celebrating “Tri Kappa Week”, beginning this Sunday, February 16th and running through Saturday, February 22nd.

The Gamma Chi chapter was chartered in 1927, and the members of the local chapter work alongside nearly 9,000 other members in the state to raise funds for local, state, and national charities.

In celebration of Tri Kappa Week here in Switzerland County, there will be a display of the chapter’s history and activities at the Switzerland County Public Library. The Vevay Town Council has also declared next week as “Tri Kappa Week” in a proclamation adopted on Monday night.

The local chapter is very active in many fundraising activities here.

The Gamma Chi chapter holds a cake walk each year during the community Easter Egg Hunt, which raises funds that the chapter donates to the county’s “Relay for Life” event for the American Cancer Society.

It’s members also work admission gates at the Swiss Wine Festival each year; and the group also sponsors bus trips to various locations as a fundraising activity.

With all of that work, the members of Tri Kappa turn those funds into many benefits to the community that it serves.

Tri Kappa provides many scholarships for students here, including the Evelyn Craig Scholarship; the Gary Rosenberger Memorial Band Award; the Sisterly Love Scholarship; the Little Swiss Polka Dancers Scholarship; and the Tri Kappa State Scholarship.

Also the organization works to help fund the band camp for high school students; honors the top senior boy and senior girl in the graduating class each year; and works to assist the Special Olympics; Relay for Life; the Switzerland County After Prom; Bigstuf; and the Summer Reading Program at the library.

The sorority also provides sponsorships for Swiss Wine Festival events; supports county band and art programs; adopts a family during the Christmas holidays; and sends a student to the Hoosier Girls State program.

On a broader level, Gamma Chi works to support women’s shelters; the Riley Hospital Cheer Guild; State Mental Health programs; State fine arts programs; and State Gifted and Talented programs.

Another local program that Tri Kappa supports is the Vevay Main Street program.

In honor of “Tri Kappa Week”, the organization recently made a $500 donation to Vevay Main Street and its programming.

But along with the monetary donation, the local members of Tri Kappa also donated something more valuable than money – their time.

The members will begin learning about the Vevay Main Street flower pot program, and beginning this Spring they will help with the development of the program, helping with plantings and then assisting with the watering during the summer months.

Officers of the local Gamma Chi chapter include: President Jeanne Bragg; Vice President Lesa McGarvey; Recording Secretary B.J. Wright; Corresponding Secretary Valerie Smith; Treasurer Joanne Sullivan; and Advisor Shannon Phipps.

Other members are: Glo Asbury, Cayla Chase, Katie Collier, Amy Combs, Jenny Green, Rhonda Griffin, Amy Hoskins, Tara Justice, Diana Johnson, Meghan Kaczmarek, Erin Lamkin, Tricia McAlpine, Karen Miller, Faye Olds, Michelle Self, Cindy Welch, and Shona Yazell.

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Kappa Kappa Kappa was founded in Indiana in 1901 in Indianapolis. In fact, the state of Indiana is the only one where you will find the Tri Kappa sorority. With approximately 9,000 members statewide, Tri Kappa chapters donate more than $1.5 million each year to local, community, and statewide causes.

Because of Tri Kappa’s important work around the state, Indiana Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed February 16th-22nd “Tri Kappa Week” all over the state.