A local sorority comprised of energetic members who work helping make the community better took time to mark an anniversary of their organization last week.
The local Zeta Omicron chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority joined other chapters nationally in noting ESA's over 80 years of charitable work and community contributions.
Zeta Omicron has been in existence in Cedaredge for over 45 years. The chapter's current members are Tammy Blanchette, Barbara Cairns, Mary Callahan, Shirley Clayton, Diana Clayton, Rhonda Gold, Waynella Gonzalez, Mary Kinzer, Ann Knutson, Enid Lewis Susan Meyer, Elaine Muldowney, Randy Palmer, Karen Spears, Anna Maria Turilli, Carol Vela, Patti Hart, Mary Belleville, Nancy Carlson, Kay Westlake and Cathy Westlake.
Two of the clocal chapter's members, Westlake and Clayton, have earned the organization's highest honor -- the First Degree of Pallas Athene.
"We have two major fundraisers. They are the Irish Stew luncheon in March, generally around St. Patrick's Day, and the Edge of the Cedars Art Exhibit. Zeta Omicron has been staging this art show for over 40 years with the proceeds from the two fundraisers going for scholarships at Delta-Montrose Technical College and to a student in the art department of any Delta County school who is planning to pursue an art career."
And, in addition to the dedication and effort that members put into their community boosting efforts, Westlake said, "We have a lot of fun."
The ESA organization also supports causes nationally and internationally. "Epsilon Sigma Alpha's main project is St. Jude Children's Hospital," Westlake explained. "Nationally, ESA has donated $208 million to St. Jude, and one of the hospital's floors is dedicated to ESA," Westlake explained.
"A few of the entities and activities that we donate to are: Easter Seals, Cedaredge High School Graduation Night, Surface Creek Animal Shelter, Delta County Memorial Hospital, Delta County Ambulance District, Delta County Search and Rescue, Hospice, Abraham Connection, and the Surface Creek Community Services food bank," Westlake told the DCI.
The Oct. 15 anniversary of the ESA organization was observed on Oct. 15.
Guiding principles of the organization include a strong emphasis on personal growth and professional development of members.
•ESA is a leadership and service organization bringing good people together to pursue programs that make a positive difference -- locally, nationally and internationally.
•ESA's unique program provides members with the training, education and the support they need to promote successful public service projects while developing personal and professional skills to management, public relations and leadership.
•ESA has long been known as an organization on the cutting edge. Always ahead of its time, it has blazed new trails in volunteerism.
Delta County Joint School District #50, and its special counsel, Jon Olafson, have responded to the complaint filed by Cidney Fisk, a 2016 Delta High School graduate. Fisk has filed suit in federal court, accusing DHS teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and school district leadership of retaliation after she spoke out against religious activities during school hours on school property.