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Denver Alumnae Chapter * Xi C Province, Region 1

Fall 2018 * Volume 68, Issue 1

2018-2019 Denver Alumnae Theme

Presidential Thoughts
By: Marion Talley

In this season of Thanksgiving may we display our  love and gratitude to our SAI sisters. May we make music together, share laughs and experiences, and welcome the new members with joy. May your holiday be filled with sharing music.  Join our SAI Carol Sing at The Gathering Place on Thursday, December 13.  Sing with us between 11:30 am and 1 pm.  Come and go as your schedule permits.  And you can check out and attend the holiday concerts in which our members perform. Be intentional in sharing your music in the community. 
Ho. Ho. Ho. Who wouldn't go..up to the SING!

Upcoming Events
**Indicates a Denver Alumnae Event

Sunday, December 2nd: Christmas Concert at Montview Presbyterian Church (Mary Hansen) 4:00 PM.

Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1: "Carols by Candlelight" St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Cenntenial (Linda Rolf) 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 2: King of Glory Lutheran Church, Arvada (Linda Rolf) 2:00 PM

Wednesday, December 5: "The Snowman" St. Andrew Methodist Church (Ellen Shambas-Brandt) 12:10 PM.

Thursday, December 13: Caroling at The Gathering Place (bring canned goods) 11:30-1:00 PM.

Friday December 14: Christmas Concert with bells, choir, & orchestra St. Andrew Methodist Church (Donita Banks) 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 15: Christmas Concert with bells, choir, & orchestra St. Andrew Methodist Church (Donita Banks) 2:00 PM

**Saturday, December 15: Incorporation Day Luncheon at Fresh Fish Company at 11:00 AM.

**Sunday, January 20: Musicale will begin at 2:30 PM with our business meeting beginning by 3:00 PM.

**Sunday, January 27: Sip N' Paint Philanthropies Fundraiser 1:00 - 3:30 PM.

**Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February 10: Musicales at Retirement Homes (if you are interested and available to perform, email Krista Aliga at

**Sunday, February 17: Musicale will begin at 2:30 with our business meeting beginning by 3:00 PM.

Sunday, March 3: Province Day at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

**Tuesday, March 19: Musicale will begin at 7:00 PM with our business meeting beginning by 7:30 PM.

**Tuesday, April 16: Musicale will begin at 7:00 PM with our business meeting beginning by 7:30 PM. 

**Tuesday, May 21: Musicale will begin at 7:00 PM with our business meeting beginning by 7:30 PM. 

**Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 AM. This will be a brunch/potluck event with awards/honors, installation of new officers, and songbooks. 

Remember to check the calendar on our website for more information!
Marion Talley, Denver Alumnae President & Megan Nugent, Xi C Province Officer during the Official Visit on November 27, 2018
New Affiliates 
November 27, 2018
Nicole Kobayashi, Shelley McCluskey, Ariana Olivero
Ariana Olivero graduated from Florida International University in May 2018 with a Bachelor in Communication Arts and a minor in Global Media Communication. She initiated in Fall of 2017, and was part of the Fraternity Education/Ritual committee and Public Relations committee for the Lambda Omicron Chapter. An accomplishment she's proud of while being in her chapter was being able to rebuild the entire website from scratch. Ariana is a mezzo-soprano vocalist. Her hobbies include DIY projects, exploring Denver, and writing in her bullet journal. Ariana was always involved in the arts from a young age through dancing, playing guitar/piano, singing, and even painting. Although she doesn't paint or play instruments anymore, that is something she hopes to do again in the future. She loves SAI because it allows her the opportunity to connect with women from all walks of life that share the same love of music she has. Ariana recently moved to Denver to be an AmeriCorps member with City Year where she dedicated a year towards decreasing the amount of graduation dropouts. She also founded the first ever cheerleading team at her school in the 92 years it's been open.

Shelley McCluskey was initiated into the Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at Appalachian State University in April of 2013. There she held numerous committee chair positions, as well as served on the Executive Board for two years as corresponding secretary and president. Shelley completed her degree in music therapy in December of 2016. She is currently a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) with the Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver, where she provides in-home and clinic-based services for children and young adults with developmental disabilities, life-limiting illnesses, and rehabilitative needs. A North Carolina native, Shelley now happily resides in Denver with her boyfriend, Ben, who is a 2nd year law student at DU, and their wonderfully weird cat, Teddy. Hobbies include eating delicious meals she didn't cook, quoting "Gilmore Girls", and watching each snowfall with her nose pressed against the bedroom window as if she's never seen the stuff before. Shelley hopes to enroll at CSU to begin graduate coursework in music therapy next fall.

Nicole Kobayashi was initiated into the Sigma Upsilon chapter at the University of Denver in 2014 where she held the office of Treasurer for a year and a half. While at the University of Denver, she studied clarinet with Dr. Jeremy Reynolds and graduated in 2016 with a BM in Music Performance. A few months prior to graduation, Nicole began working part time at a finance firm in Cherry Creek where she later accepted a full time position immediately following graduation. Since then, Nicole has been working in the financial services industry and is currently studying to obtain her Certified Financial Planner TM designation along with her Series 65 license. Nicole is from Honolulu, Hawaii and enjoys spending much of her free time outdoors in the Colorado wilderness.
Chapter Chatter
Here's what you've missed
  • There have been some changes to our Executive Board. Cassidy Boone, our former VPR, is now our VPM. Linda Rolf is our new VPR. Both were installed at the October meeting.
  • The chapter received a letter from Leslie Odom Miller at the beginning of the year letting us know about a new Volunteer Survey available on the SAI National Website. If you'd like to find out more information you can go there directly by clicking here.
  • Katie Nicholson has been named the Project Jazz Director for NH.
  • Rita Jo Tensly received a chapter recognition pin during our September for her many years of service as the Scholarship Competition Chair. Katie Nicholson is our new chair and was passed down the paperwork from Rita Jo at the November meeting.
  • Ellen Shambas-Brandt is performing at St. Andrews in Highlands Ranch on Wednesday, December 5th a 12:10 the first Advent Recital.
  • Rachel Davis is conducting her middle school choir at the Winter Showcase at Manual High School on Thursday, December 6th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. There will also be many performances from the Manual High School performing arts students.
  • Linda Rolf will be coordinating 'Noteworthy Events'. If you have an upcoming performance, please email her at with the details.
  • During FRED at the November meeting, Linda gave us some more background on the upcoming Incorporation Day, the day when Sigma Alpha Iota became an official organization, which occurred on December 15th in 1904. Donita Banks shared pictures from her visit to Ann Arbor where she saw the sun dial which was donated to the University of Michigan by Alpha Chapter in 1971.
  • Congratulations to our 3 new members who were affiliated at the November 27th meeting. Learn more about Ariana, Shelley, and Nicole later in this Newsletter.
  • Our chapter had our Official Visit from our newly elected Province Officer, Megan Nugent, at the November 27th meeting. Megan has two young kids and resides in Greeley, CO.
  • Join the Xi C Book Club on Facebook to connect with sisters from our Region.
  • A message from Martha Ann Lobmeyer: "I would like to thank all of those who have sent cards, well wishes, & flowers to me during my ongoing illness. They were and are all very much appreciated."
  • Chapter members are invited to the Baby Shower of our former Province Officer, Patty. Sunday, December 16th from 2-4pm at Cassandra's Home (Cassandra Lemmon of the Boulder Alum): 716 Memory Lane, Longmont, CO 80504. Please RSVP to . We are also contributing towards helping her get a car seat and maybe a stroller in lieu of smaller gifts.
  • Danni Snyder, a former active member from 2015-2017 and former scholarship winner, was married to Taylor Brown over the summer. She has resigned as accompanist for the Chorale and is pursuing a graduate degree in music therapy.
  • Felicia Behm, an active member from 2012-2015 performed in the Voices West concert on Saturday, October 12. She married Zack Elenum in February. She is teaching choral & instrumental music at Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch.
  • Martha Lobmeyer completed her radiation and chemotherapy treatments on October 15th. Martha enjoys hearing from SAI sisters, calls or cards, and was in attendance at the November 27th meeting.
  • Donna Chase was in the hospital for a few days in early October due to breathing difficulties. She is in Arizona with her husband where they will spend the winter months.
  • Donita Banks is in need of 3 volunteers to be Rose Sisters for the new January affiliates. Please contact her if you're interested.
The lovely ladies of the Denver Alumnae Chapter wish you and your loved ones a delightful holiday season and a Happy New Year.
Martha Ann Lobmeyer - December 4
Ardice Garrels - January 4
Marion Talley - January 16
Krista Aliga - January 21
Sarah Butler - January 21
Linda Rolf - January 29
Donna Chase - February 7
Rita Jo Tensly - March 27
Donita Banks - March 29
From Your Editor
Rachel Davis
Happy first Official Newsletter of the 2018-2019 year. 

My apologies to the following sisters. I am changing the format of the birthdays so that the newsletter lists the upcoming birthdays instead of the previous ones. I'm hoping this will encourage members to remember to wish their sisters happy birthday!  
Anna Maria Manalo - September 7
Sabrina Green - October 12
Dee Netzel - October 14
Cheryl Denslow - October 28
Rachel Davis - November 18
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Announcements made at meetings will be included in future Newsletters. If your news is not something you'd like to be shared, please let me know during your announcement.
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