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ESA - Light that Spark

Pictured from left to right:  
Diane McLane, Marie LaDuke, Lou Ann Wyer, Deborah Langfitt, Brenda Bowersox, Jenny Brunelle, Sheen ChildressEveleen Harrison

As a premier leadership and service organization, Epsilon Sigma Alpha offers members the personal assistance and supportive programming needed to develop confidence and competence to impact the world in a positive way. Unlocking the personal challenge that resides within is the key to success, and ESA gives our members the background and assistance to do just that. Whether your aspirations are career oriented, volunteer driven or socially motivated, ESA helps you achieve your goals. Our single purpose is to inspire leadership and service by bringing good people together to pursue programs and projects that make a positive difference locally, nationally and internationally. Give your life purpose with ESA... we touch the lives of others while changing our own.

Members often note that the letters ESA stand for Education, Service, and Association. The experiences that they derive from each of these aspects of membership combine to create opportunities for personal growth.  As a result, ESA members are people who want to make a difference, who welcome challenges, and are gratified by personal involvement. They are “people people” who enjoy working with others, and who are touched by the testimonials of others. They are particularly interested in causes that affect families, particularly children. They respond readily to individuals and are especially supportive of fellow members. Strong bonds of fellowship create positive, significant, and lasting friendships for ESA members.

         The purpose of the VA State Council is to:
  • Promote closer relations and fuller cooperation between the local chapters, councils and Headquarters.
  • Encourage friendship and fellowhship through member and chapter association. Promote educational and leadership development among the members.
  • Promote philanthropic and service endeavors.
  • Promote interest in and growth of ESA throughout the state and internationally.
  • To do generally any and all things necessary to fulfill the purpose of ESA International. 

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 ESA- Virginia State Council
Virginia.  From our gorgeous coastal shores in the East to our beloved Blue Ridge mountains in the West, Virginia has a proud history and rich heritage.  As one of the original 13 colonies, Virginia was home to the first permanent English settlement in the New World at Jamestown.  The official nickname of Virginia is "The Old Dominon", but its unoffical nickname is "Mother of Presidents", as more US Presidents were born in Virginia than any other state (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson).  During the American Revolution, Virginia played a critical role and pivitol location after declaring its independence on May 15, 1776.  Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech was delivered at St. John's Church in Richmond, VA. Virginia was the largest and most populous colony at the time of the American Revolution, and included such famous battle sites as Great Bridge and Petersburg, as well as Yorktown- the site of British surrender.  It was during the Revolutionary War that then-governor Thomas Jefferson moved the capital of Virginia from Williamsburg to the more secure, inland location of Richmond which remains the capital today.  Richmond was also the capital of the confederate states during the Civil War, in which more than half of the battles of that war were fought in Virginia.  Today, about half of the population of the US lives within 500 miles of Richmond.
 
 
Virginia remains a vital state.  Northern VA and Washington DC create a vibrant, technological and government center to the north.  The East boasts Virginia's largest city, Virginia Beach, and Norfolk, the largest naval station in the world. Central VA holds the state capital, Richmond, and western VA is home to the "Star City of the South", Roanoke.  Beautiful, historic, and vibrant... maybe that's why we say, "Virginia is for Lovers".
 
 
The Virginia State Association Of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International was founded in Richmond, VA on September 19, 1953 and began its story with friendship and service that has continued to grow and to thrive with each passing year in the Old Dominion.  In May 1973, the name of was changed to the Virginia State Council.
 
      The first state president was Dorothy Gaithright from Alpha Eta in Richmond.  She and the Virginia members wrote the bylaws and standing rules, as well as set goals for the State Council.  They also began to publish an official state newsletter which continues to this day:  The Lamplighter.
       The first Virginia State Convention was held in Richmond in 1954, followed by Roanoke in 1955 and Norfolk in 1956.
      The first International Convention that was held in Virginia was in 1976 in Norfolk with the theme "Proudly We Hail".  Norfolk is very proud to once again host the International Convention in 2013.
     Since ESA is primarily a philanthropic, educational, and social organization, there continues to be a constant striving to fulfill all phases of the organization by the chapters throughout the state.  In addition to the business meetings and an educational program, all chapters sponsor philanthropic projects in their communities as well as participate in state and international philanthropic projects. Additionally, socials are held each month within the chapters so that members, their families and their friends can enjoy each others' company.
       If you would like to receive more information about ESA in Virginia or if you have any questions about joining a chapter in your area, please visit the "Board" page, locate your area, and use the email link to contact that chapter's president.  


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