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The Virginia State Council of ESA has joined the painted rocks project.  The project was introduced at the 2017 VSC PPA Leadership Conference held on September 30, 2017 in Manassas, VA.  

If you have never heard of the painted rocks project, the idea is simple:  paint something inspiring or cheerful on a rock, and leave it for someone else to find. The project isn’t about rocks so to speak, it’s about lifting someone’s spirit and sharing ESA with people within our local communities.  When someone finds an ESA Rock, we hope it will put a smile on their face.  Your rock décor can be as simple as painting a word (like Believe or Inspire) on a stone and tossing it on the sidewalk on your way to work, or as complex as painting an entire rock with Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and leaving your masterpiece up for grabs.  Once you have decorated your rock, make sure to add ESA Rocks on the back, so people that find them will know where the rock originated. 




Scatter your rocks around your neighborhood, in a park, or on the sidewalk, under a tree or on a light post in a shopping center or even on your way to work—basically, anywhere the rocks can be found by someone else!  Tip: Don’t hide your rock so well that it can’t be easily found—and don’t put it on private property (or inside a retail store) where people will think it belongs to someone. 

This is mainly a Social Media project, and it’s quite popular on Facebook.  Log onto Facebook and type ESA Rocks (https://www.facebook.com/ESARocks) to find our page (there are many Rock groups out there).  Once a rock is ready to hide, take a picture and post it to our ESA Rocks Facebook page and leave a hint where it can be found.  Once it is found, it is our hope that people will come to our Facebook page and post a picture of the rock they found and then, take a moment to read about ESA.  Just a rock with a message may spark interest in ESA and maybe even bring in new members.  Ultimately, the person that finds the rock can either keep it or re-hide it for someone else to find.


Knowing not everyone has Facebook, every rock we paint and hide may not show up on our Facebook page.  But in addition to this being a publicity and membership recruitment tool, it is also a way to share kindness and love with those in our communities.  And you never know, maybe a rock you paint will end up on the other side of the world some day and/or lift the spirits of someone that just may need it.


NOTE:  Maybe you aren’t a painter….consider using Sharpie markers to draw your designs.  Or maybe you want to decoupage your rock?  Or glue on beads, crystals or buttons.  Literally, the decorating possibilities are endless.  Google “Painted Rock ideas” for inspiration. Just always remember to add ESA Rocks to your rock before you seal it and then hide it.










Beta Sigma Celebrates!






 Santa Hugs! 

At the Summer State Council meeting, I introduced the membership to the new Santa America program called Santa Hugs.  Beth Sherron led the hands on part of the program. We cut out mittens and scarves and bagged them up to be sewn later.  Members that took the cut hugs home will sew them and bring them back to the Fall Council Meeting.  Many of the members were excited by this project and planned to take it back to their chapters.



 At the Fall State Council meeting, I put on my Santa Hat, pulled out my Santa bag and asked the members that participated in the program to please come up front…and anyone that brought completed Hugs to bring them up as well so I could collect them. 17 members joined me and brought up 135 completed hugs!! Woo hoo!! I have shared this great news with ESA HQ and have boxed up the Hugs and mailed them to Santa America. I know they are going to be super excited to get this huge batch of Hugs just in time for the holiday season.



Pictured L to R:  Lynne Righmyer, Shirley Rankin, Jo Reedy, Lou Ann Wyer, Sue Danielson, Peggy Smith,              

Suzanne Smith, Marie LaDuke, Sue Foy, Kathy Gibbons, Theresa Morris, Diane McLane, P-Nut Schools,              

Susan Caldwell, Eveleen Harrison, Mildred Edwards, Sue Stone & Amelia Kikos              





Check out the most recent copy of the Jonquil (September 2014). Virginia and our members are all over the magazine!! Yeah VA!! 


The ESA website has a few articles about VA members and events in the Newsroom tab / Community Chapters

(you have to log onto the Member Center to get there)….


Meet Sierra Burton

Camp Fantastic – Carnival Night

Beta Kappa Tea Party Social 

Biking for Awareness 

ESA supports Comfort Cases 



 Beta Sigma just celebrated their 40th Anniversary on September  13, 2014, and posted some photos on Facebook.

I shared their group photo on the ESA-VA Facebook




  Mildred Edwards and Flora Burns attended the St. Jude Awards ceremony in Memphis, TN (July 2014). 

The 2014 Virginia Dream home builder (Stephen Alexander Homes) was recognized as having the best Dream Home campaign.



I also shared some photos from Delta Rho’s “Labor of Love” event held on September 13, 2014 on the ESA-VA Facebook page.


Jane Parrish '80 has been an active member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha ¨(ESA) International organization since 1964. Parrish has attended the Virginia State Conference every year since 1966. Recently, she attended the International Conference in Norfolk, Va. representing the local Winchester chapter, Alpha Omega. ESA presented a $12 million check to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Over the past 41 years, ESA has donated a total of $176 million to St. Jude. Last year, the local Winchester chapter set-up the Jane Ray Memorial Nursing Scholarship in memory of one of their past presidents, Jane Ray. Parrish and her husband, Arthur, who taught accounting at Shenandoah from 1960 to 1980, reside in Winchester. In the photo, Parrish, representing ESA, presented Dr. Kathryn Ganske, dean of the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing with a check for Jane Ray Memorial Nursing Scholarship.
February 27, 2013 WYYD Lynchburg St. Jude Radiothon
 Click the link below to see a YouTube video of Sue Stone and Shelby Hodges of Beta Delta helping out at the St. Jude WYYD radiothon in Lynchburg, VA.  Great job, ladies!

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