The following two women have many things in common: 1.) They both live in the state of Texas; 2.) they volunteer their time to the Fraternity; and 3.) they devote their lives to help children and young adults in their communities through their careers.
First, we introduce to you twenty-nine year old Emily (O’Neil) Metcalf, KN.
Name: Emily O’Neil Metcalf
Chapter of Initiation: Kappa Nu, Lambuth University
Current Location: San Antonio, Texas
As a board-certified music therapist for special needs adolescents and young adults, Emily is able to give back all day/every day. When she is not in the music room, she is spending time with collegians from the Epsilon Sigma Chapter at the University of Texas at San Antonio fulfilling her duties as Chapter Adviser. Before this role, Emily served as the Sisterhood Development Adviser for several months.
“Volunteering for Phi Mu as chapter adviser has been a great joy. What I love most about working with the young women of Epsilon Sigma is watching them flourish into mature, eloquent, and compassionate leaders. It is a beautiful thing to watch when you see them put into action the ideals of noble womanhood and carry them out in their everyday life.”
Hear what collegian and Vice President of Programming of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter at UTSA has to say about Emily: “Emily deserves all of our praises during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. She goes above and beyond when advising our chapter. She has helped many become better officers, and almost everyone become a better sister. If there is a problem she will be there to help mediate with a warm smile and cookies (sometimes even custom Phi Mu cookies). She is the best chapter adviser we’ve ever had!”
Secondly – we introduce Gayle Price, ΔT, a Phi Mu volunteer who makes her presence known! Gayle’s fun, outgoing personality shines in the classroom as a middle school English teacher. When not in the classroom, she spends her time on the courts as Killlough Middle School’s basketball and tennis coach!
Name: Gayle Kindred Price
Chapter of Initiation: Delta Tau, Western Kentucky University
Current Location: Houston, Texas
Gayle got her start volunteering for the Fraternity in 1993 as the Epsilon Mu Chapter Adviser at Houston Baptist University. In 1996, she retired from that position and took on the role of President for the Houston Alumnae Chapter until 1998. Gayle stepped to the plate in 1998 and served as the National Volunteer Coordinator for five years. From 2004-2010, she served as Area III Alumnae Director; and from 2011-2014 she shared her expertise with many chapters as a member of the National Enrichment Team. Gayle couldn’t stay away from the Epsilon Mu Chapter and from 2012-2015 she returned as Membership Adviser. She was also Assistant Marshal at the 2012 National Convention. She currently serves on the National Alumnae Engagement Committee and the Scholarship Committee.
“I believe my gift is serving. I feel called to give back, whether it be for Phi Mu, my students, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo or my church. I have benefited so much from Phi Mu from college all the way to now, deep into my alumna status and since I don’t have a ton of money as an educator … I am able to give of my time to help the collegians at Houston Baptist University or the alumnae here in town. Besides, I am surrounded by testosterone at home so Phi Mu is my girl fix and I love the fellowship with the many women I’ve met along the way.”
Pam Brewsaugh, Alpha Pi, says: “Gayle has held a vast number of volunteer roles within and outside Phi Mu. In every role that she undertakes, her positive attitude, eagerness to help, and perseverance become a bundle of creative energy that spills over to her fellow volunteers, while making them feel good about why they are volunteering, realizing what impact it will have on others, and most importantly, to have fun. Gayle’s volunteerism inspires our Phi Mu sisters and others to make the most of their time and do what they can to help others no matter how big or small the gesture.”
A big Phi Mu thank you to both Emily and Gayle for their time spent volunteering for Phi Mu!