September 2020 Alumnae Chapter of the Month: Southern New Jersey

This month, we are excited to feature the Southern New Jersey Alumnae Chapter. For more than 60 years, this alumnae chapter has provided women with opportunities to stay connected, serve others and support the Fraternity. Read on to learn more about the Southern New Jersey Alumnae Chapter!

Philanthropy/Support of CMN Hospitals

October meetings typically find us crafting for CMN Hospitals. In the past, we’ve made coloring books, IV covers and hats for the kids. We’ve even participated as volunteers at the local CMN Hospitals telethon.

This October, in honor of National Philanthropy Day, we are hosting an online bingo game in support of Phi Mu Foundation’s Heart and Hand Fund.

Support for Collegiate Chapters

This past year, we sent holiday cards and Caring Carnations (for Convention) to our local collegians.  When asked, we head up to Rutgers to help out the Phi Nu Chapter as needed. If an adviser is needed, we always do our best to find someone from our chapter. We have had Chapter Advisers and Finance Advisers, among others, from the Southern New Jersey Alumnae Chapter. Our chapter also supports two collegiate Heart to Heart Chapters – Phi Beta (Albright College) and Phi Kappa (Muhlenberg College).

Staying Connected During COVID-19

We are staying connected through Facebook – we are really looking forward to starting our virtual meetings/get-togethers at the end of September! Our first meeting will be focused on reconnecting with Phi Mu. For us, September is typically one of our most well-attended meetings and we have dinner out with the group or host an in-home meeting so that we can do a Recommitment Ceremony.

Interesting Facts About Our Members

We have such a varied membership! From teachers and stay at home moms, to engineers and attorneys, we have a bit for everyone. During the pandemic, two of our long-time members Florence Burns, Gamma Alpha (The College of William and Mary) and Vicki Matishen, Delta Xi (University of Michigan), self-published their memoirs. Another member, Nicole Charlton-Nauroth, Beta Mu (Pennsylvania State University) is aiming to complete a half marathon in every state. COVID-19 has sort of slowed down that journey but she’s still looking for races to run!