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 Denver Alumnae Chapter, Xi C Province, Region 1 | Spring 2022 | Volume 71, Issue 3

Dear Denver Alumnae SAI sisterhood,

I hope these warm summer days find you enjoying the beauty of nature and the blessing of air conditioning. It is hard to believe that our 2021-2022 year has come to a close. We ended the year with a wonderful Founders' Day Luncheon and well-deserved honors and awards were given to many of our dedicated sisters. While monthly meetings are taking a break, sisterhood is always here! This summer is packed full of wonderful opportunities for sisterhood. Whether it's the weekly City Park Jazz, Drums on the Rockies, or you're just looking for a hiking buddy, reach out to your sisters and stay connected. The only thing better than a summer adventure is a summer adventure with a sister. 

I am gearing up to head to Greensboro, North Carolina later this month and I look forward to representing our chapter at the 50th SAI National Convention. It should be a wonderful reuinon of sisters from all over the world after 4 years apart. Your executive board is already hard at work putting plans into motion for the upcoming year and we look forward to kicking off another wonderful year with Denver Alumnae!

Many Roses, Jessica Knieff - Denver Alumnae Chapter President

  • Sisters gathered via Zoom and at Jessica Knieff's home on April 23 for a chapter meeting with a Convention Memories, Fraternity Education, and Sing-a-long.
  • Sisters gathered for a swing dancing social with Phi Mu Alpha on May 13.
  • Sisters gathered via Zoom and at the Westminster United Methodist on May 21 for a formal chapter meeting with a program presented by Catherine Rands.
  • Sisters gathered via Zoom and at Bethany Lutheran Church for our Founders' Day Luncheon on June 11. We held our Officer Installation ceremony and celebrated sisters through honors and awards. 
Swing Dancing Sisters on May 13 with Phi Mu Alpha members
(back left to right) Shelby Pence, Mary Hanson (front left to right) Amber Sheeran, Jessica Knieff, Sarah Butler
Catherine Rands performing her program at the May chapter meeting. Rachel Stone and Alyse Greenberg enjoying sisterhood time during the June Founders' Day Luncheon.
2022 - 2023 Chapter Officer Installation
President - Jessica Knieff
Vice President, Membership - Sarah Butler
Vice President, Programs - Shelley Goldberg (will be installed at a later date)
Vice President, Ritual - Catherine Rands
Secretary - Mary Hanson
Treasurer - Kim Husted
Editor - Krista Aliga 
  • Please stay tuned for upcoming Summer events and your 2022 - 2023 calendar!
Remember to check the calendar on our website or reference your monthly Noteworthy News for more information on upcoming events.
Welcome new affiliates!

PHOENIX GAYLES (right) earned a Masters degree from the University of South Florida, with a major in voice.  She was initiated into SAI by Delta Chi in 2006 and served as President of that chapter.  Phoenix is an opera singer and has lived in Denver for several years.  She enjoys singing, junk journals, crocheting and ARTS.  Her Rose Sister is Catherine Rands. 
MAGEN GORE (left) earned a degree with an allied health major and psych and music minors, from Nicholls State University.

She was initiated into Theta Theta Chapter there in April , 2018, and served as VP Ritual and in other capacities.  Magen plays the clarinet and bass clarinet and is a singer.  She is currently working as a Health Liaison and Martial Arts Instructor.  She enjoys martial arts, music and arts and crafts.  Her Rose Sister is Sarah Butler. 

Congratulations to our sisters that were recognized on June 11 for their achievements through awards and honors.
Marion Talley: 60 Year Certificate
Dee Netzel: 75 Year Certificate
Sarah Butler: Certificate of Excellence
Anna Maria Manalo:  Rose of Honor
Mary Hanson:  Wreath of Honor
Marion Talley:  Rose of Dedication

Kim Husted has a side business called Wrapped Whimsey, which specializes in unique and beautifully designed jewelry...all created by Kim! Sisters can shop her items at her Etsy shop and use the code ROSES for 20% off. The link should automatically add this to your cart, but in case it doesn't you can enter 'ROSES' manually at check-out. You can also check out her work on Wrapped Whimsy's Facebook page or Instagram: @wrappedwhimsy


Krista Aliga and her family welcomed Lucille "Lucy" Lynn on May 15. Lucille is healthy and beginning to show her giggles. Her big brother Arthur has transitioned well into his new role and is very helpful. Krista was also accepted into The University of Iowa's virtual MBA program and began classes this summer. She'll be focusing on Marketing and Management. She asks herself often, "what is free time?" Go Krista!

Tina Philips has an apartment available for rent in the Sloans Lake area. It's a private apartment with separate entrance. 1 bedroom with walk in closet, full bath, open kitchen and living room with small dining area. Remodeled and very cute.  It's small, but comfortable for one person and directly across the street from the park and the lake. $1150/mo/utilities paid. If you are looking for an apartment or know someone who is, you can contact Tina for mor information at (303) 433-6025 or by email at
Spring Meetings - Memories
By Donita Banks
APRIL 23, 2022—President Jessica Knieff hosted the regular April meeting at her home. Past President Marion Talley had planned to host the meeting, but an unfortunate fall that resulted in a broken wrist meant a change in plans. The meeting featured a program on convention memories that also served as Fraternity Education. In anticipation of the 50th SAI National Convention this summer (July 28-August 1 in Greensboro, NC) Catherine Rands, our VP Ritual decided to tap into Dee Netzel’s memories of attending 9 National Conventions.  She recruited Donita Banks to assist with that project and the result became the program, “A Lifetime of Convention Memories.”  Donita interviewed Dee at her home last fall and gleaned details about her most memorable conventions, particularly 1947 (her first), 1990, 1997 (the Denver Convention) and 2003 (the SAI Centennial Convention).  Donita also recalled highlights of her attendance at 7 National Conventions.  After meeting with Catherine, Donita wrote a script and prepared a notebook of photos and memorabilia and two musical examples that became the basis of the program, with Catherine “interviewing” Donita and Sarah Butler displaying the notebook pages to highlight Dee’s and Donita’s memories.  The program closed with the reading of the SAI Symphony and the Singing of “Music Is Our Call” (the inspiration for the 2022 Convention theme)  by Amy Inman, a 1984 Song Contest Winner.  Amy paraphrased portions of the “Symphony” for her song text.  Jessica videotaped the program, added captions and made it available for members to watch at and for it to be added to our archives.
MAY 21, 2022—Wheatridge United Methodist Church was the lovely setting for the May meeting, hosted by Catherine Rands.  It is an excellent venue that we may consider using again in the future.  After enjoying Catherine’s tasty refreshments, we were charmed by her program highlighting interesting information on Harp Mechanics and details on memorizing musical compositions.  Catherine then played several compositions on two of her beautiful harps, a Celtic folksong, and pieces by Salzedo, Moore and Renie.  Jessica then conducted the business meeting, which featured the affiliation of Phoenix Gayles and Magen Gore.  (See their profiles in a separate article.) 

By Donita Banks
Dick Netzel, beloved husband of Dee Netzel, died peacefully at home on March 13 at the age of 93.  He was a kind, brilliant and curious man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  Dick was born in Shawano, Wisconsin on May 13, 1928.  He attended the University of Wisconsin—Madison—where he earned a Ph.D. in physics and met Delorus Erickson, a fellow student.  They were married in 1951 and enjoyed 70 joyful years together.  Dick and Dee had three children: Lizabeth Netzel, David Netzel and Joanne Netzel Holly.  Dick taught physics at UW-Oshkosh then turned to college administration.  He and Dee moved to Denver in 1972 and he served as VP of Academic Affairs and acting president of Metro State University of Denver.  He returned to the college classroom later in his career.  Dick served two years of active duty and a total of eight years in the Army National Guard.  An avid skier, he volunteered on the safety patrol at Copper Mountain Ski Resort until well into his 80s.  Dick and Dee and family traveled all over the United States and the world during their years together. 
Denver Alumnae Chapter initiated Dick as a Friend of the Arts in February, 2004.  He was very supportive of Dee’s involvement in our chapter and attended many activities over the years.  Dick and Dee held season tickets to Colorado Symphony concerts for many years and were strong supporters of the arts in the Denver area.
The family held a beautiful Celebration of Life for Dick on May 14 in the backyard of their 50-year Denver home on South Forest Way.  Many friends and colleagues attended including SAIs Donita Banks, Mary Nichols, Marion Talley and FotA Linda Combellick.  Family members shared wonderful memories highlighting their love of this generous man, his sense of humor and his love of family.  Dick is survived by wife, Dee, sister, Sally, his children and their spouses, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Contributions in his name may be made to MSUD. 

By Donita Banks
It is with deep sadness that I share the news of the passing in Seattle of my dear SAI friend, Louanne Shelton, on March 23, 2022.  Louanne and her husband, Warren, a retired public school teacher, moved from Seattle to Denver in 1991 and she affiliated with our chapter in March, 1992.  She was born in California in 1932 but grew up in Portland, Oregon.  Louanne was a brilliant classical pianist which took her to the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester where she earned a degree in piano performance and was initiated into Sigma Theta Chapter in 1952, becoming a dedicated 70 year member of SAI.  She met her husband, a Denver native, at Eastman and they moved to Seattle after graduation.  Louanne and Warren raised four children, three sons and a daughter, and she continued as an active pianist until her late 60s.  She was active in the Seattle Alumnae Chapter, serving as President and in many other capacities.
Louanne and Warren lived in BowMar while in Denver and hosted several SAI events there.  While a member of our chapter, she served as Secretary, VP Ritual and on many committees.  Louanne brought the idea of a midwinter dinner from the Seattle Chapter.  Renamed the Roses-in-Winter Dinner, it was a favorite annual event for many years.  She was also Hospitality Co-Coordinator for the 1997 Denver Convention.  Louanne performed often for chapter programs and presented two beautiful recitals in the community.  She held the Sword of Honor and the Rose of Honor.
When Warren passed away in 2001, Louanne decided to move back to Seattle to be close to her family.  She stayed connected to our chapter as an Associate Member until 2019 and reconnected with the Seattle Alumnae Chapter.  When arthritis set in, Louanne gave up playing piano and turned to a new passion: ballroom dancing.  She danced competitively for over 10 years, winning many awards.  She remained fiercely independent, committed to books, puzzles and her family and was surrounded by love until the end.  A memorial service was held on April 30, 2022.  She is survived by sons David, Steven and Paul and their spouses, daughter, Ann, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Contributions can be made to Save the Redwoods League, 111 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94104; Medic One Foundation, 11747 N. E. 1st St., Suite 310, Bellevue, WA 98005; or PAWS, P.O. Box 1037, Lynwood, WA 98046. 
Farewell, dear friend!  I will miss you! 

You can view all photos from our chapter events here!
Debbie Kruckman - April 6
Krista Aliga - April 8
Molley Arney - April 18
Tina Phillips - May 3
Katie Nicholson - May 9
Nancy Johnson - May 10
Clarissa Constantine - May 29
Ellen Shamas-Brandt - June 20
Victoria Bryant - June 20
Jeanette Armbrustmacher - July 6
Alyse Greenberg - July 7
Rachel Stone - July 13
Eleanor Coffey - July 17
Catherine Rands - July 26
Mary Nichols - August 3
Dorothy Nelson - August 14
Keena Day - August 27
Mary Hanson - August 31

Wow! What a Spring! 

I want to thank all that contributed to this Spring newsletter! My Spring was filled with pregnancy/preparation for maternity leave, my sister's wedding, and the birth of Lucille! It was a whirlwind, but so many wonderful memories made. Due to all of these events it was not possible for me to be at every I cannot say 'thank you' enough! Your contributions really help make our SAI year successful, well communicated, and personable...and they are greatly appreciated!

As I spend my time with a newborn I'm once again reminded that tasks, chores, and work will always be waiting, but moments are fleeting. Cherish every moment with your loved ones and sisters. The moments fly by, but the memories last a lifetime. I'm looking forward to many memories made with my SAI sisters this Summer and upcoming year.

Enjoy the summer days, sisters! Stay cool!

Many Roses, Krista Aliga
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