Newsletter

May 2017

Greetings from International Medical Relief's Medical Mission Team! I would like to take a few moments to tell you about an upcoming medical clinic that I have been invited to participate in; and to extend you an invitation to become part of this experience here in the US. 

On behalf of International Medical Relief, I will be working alongside other qualified volunteers and medical professionals to provide health care in some of the most impoverished regions of this area. We are confident that we will be able to help more people than ever, but we need financial assistance to help the trip be successful. The majority of the cases we will witness are treatable and we will bring medicines and medical supplies to help these people and save lives. The information we provide to both the patient and the local health care community will be invaluable to them long after we leave. We will be providing humanitarian outreach to the physical needs of these people and also give them hope through community health classes, caring, sharing, and showing them our compassion. 

While one week is too little time to treat all the sick, it is nevertheless ample time to plant the seeds of hope in their lives for a promising future. We invite you to take part with our medical team through financial giving, encouragement, and support. Each team member will need to provide donations to cover our personal expenses. If after thoughtful consideration, if you feel led to support us financially, please visit the website below.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Kendall B.
Welcome New Alumni!
Congratulations to the new graduates: Caitlin B., Jovanna O., Sarai R., Taylor H., M. Sheets, LaShelle T., Cassidy L., Madeleine P., S. Lewis and Kelsey P.

Beach Day
Please join us for a day at the beach! Kids are welcome. We will meet at the Isle of Palms County Park. Parking is $15, so carpooling is advised. Or you can park anywhere along IOP and meet us at the park area.

Saturday, June 10
11:00am
1 14th Avenue
Isle of Palms


Alumni Retreat
Pay the deposit by May 31st to receive a FREE copy of Messy Beautiful Friendship.Deposit can be paid to our Treasurer, Cheryl, by the same ways dues are accepted.




















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April 2017

Greetings from International Medical Relief's Medical Mission Team! I would like to take a few moments to tell you about an upcoming medical clinic that I have been invited to participate in; and to extend you an invitation to become part of this experience here in the US. 

On behalf of International Medical Relief, I will be working alongside other qualified volunteers and medical professionals to provide health care in some of the most impoverished regions of this area. We are confident that we will be able to help more people than ever, but we need financial assistance to help the trip be successful. The majority of the cases we will witness are treatable and we will bring medicines and medical supplies to help these people and save lives. The information we provide to both the patient and the local health care community will be invaluable to them long after we leave. We will be providing humanitarian outreach to the physical needs of these people and also give them hope through community health classes, caring, sharing, and showing them our compassion. 

While one week is too little time to treat all the sick, it is nevertheless ample time to plant the seeds of hope in their lives for a promising future. We invite you to take part with our medical team through financial giving, encouragement, and support. Each team member will need to provide donations to cover our personal expenses. If after thoughtful consideration, if you feel led to support us financially, please visit the website below.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Kendall B.
Give: Flower Power Fundraiser
Our first Alumni Chapter fundraiser for this year is through Flower Power.  The online ordering site includes a wide variety of flowers and plants. They look gorgeous and will add beautiful color to your garden.

Money earned from this campaign will go towards an Alumni retreat and other Alumni events throughout the year. Plus 10% will go towards our tithe beneficiary.

Please share with your family and friends! It might be worth your effort.

Fundraiser began on March 1st and will go through May 1st.

Alumni Lunch--Summerville
Please join us for a lovely lunch in Summerville!
Saturday, May 6
12:30pm
211 Stallsville Loop
Summerville

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 4 
Alpha Omega Philanthropy: Project Rescue
The mission of Project Rescue is to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ. They believe that each child has been created by God with God-given purpose and the innate abilities to accomplish that purpose. Project Rescue exists to help him or her discover that purpose and empower him or her to fulfill it. They recognize the primary role of the local, national and global community of faith in the restoration process and are committed to empowering them to fulfill it. They provide global awareness and opportunities for concerned partners to help bring freedom and a transformed future to those imprisoned in sexual slavery.

Please consider giving to Project Rescue as it makes such a huge difference in the lives of so many.
Support a Sister!
Check out the Support page for businesses owned by our fellow sisters. Consider shopping with them next time you have a need.

Alumni Chapter Dues
Dues for 2017 are $10. Money collected from dues will be used towards alumni gatherings and reunions. Only dues-paying members enjoy the privilege to vote in chapter matters. Dues are accepted by check, cash or via PayPal. Contact us today for mailing or PayPal information. 
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March 2017

Our first Alumni Chapter fundraiser for this year is through Flower Power.  The online ordering site includes a wide variety of flowers and plants. They look gorgeous and will add beautiful color to your garden.

Money earned from this campaign will go towards an Alumni retreat and other Alumni events throughout the year. Plus 10% will go towards our tithe beneficiary.

Please share with your family and friends! It might be worth your effort.

Fundraiser began on March 1st and will go through May 1st.

Fundraiser Contest
To boost sales for our fundraiser, we are currently having a contest. For a chance to win a $15 Lowe’s gift card, all you have to do is share the fundraiser link with your friends and family on Facebook. Simply show a screenshot of your share on the post in our Facebook group to be entered to win.

Dues-paying members that enter will receive an extra entry as a perk for paying dues this year!
Alpha Omega Philanthropy: Project Rescue
The mission of Project Rescue is to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ. They believe that each child has been created by God with God-given purpose and the innate abilities to accomplish that purpose. Project Rescue exists to help him or her discover that purpose and empower him or her to fulfill it. They recognize the primary role of the local, national and global community of faith in the restoration process and are committed to empowering them to fulfill it. They provide global awareness and opportunities for concerned partners to help bring freedom and a transformed future to those imprisoned in sexual slavery.

Please consider giving to Project Rescue as it makes such a huge difference in the lives of so many.
Support a Sister!
Check out the Support page for businesses owned by our fellow sisters. Consider shopping with them next time you have a need.

Alumni Chapter Ballot Results
Thank you to the dues-paying members who voted in our chapter matters. About 66% of those eligible to vote voted. Please see the results below.

President: Kristen T.
Vice President: Mallory C.
Secretary: Jenn M.
Treasurer: Cheryl F.

Should Executive Board members be required to pay dues during their term? Yes. 100%

Should Project Rescue (Alpha Omega’s philanthropy) be the default beneficiary for the Alumni Chapter tithe? Yes. 100%.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) what is your interest in a Chapter Retreat this summer?
3: 33%
4: 16%
5: 50%

What location(s) for a Chapter Retreat would interest you?
Beach 83%
Lake 83%
Mountains 100%

What is the most you would be willing to spend per night for a Chapter Retreat? $50-$75 100%

**Dues for 2017 are $10. Money collected from dues will be used towards alumni gatherings and reunions. Only dues-paying members enjoy the privilege to vote in chapter matters. Dues are accepted by check, cash or via PayPal. Contact us today for mailing or PayPal information. 
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February 2017

Our first Alumni Chapter fundraiser for this year is through Flower Power. The online ordering site includes a wide variety of flowers and plants. They look gorgeous and will add beautiful color to your garden.

Money earned from this campaign will go towards an Alumni retreat and other Alumni events throughout the year. Plus 10% will go towards our tithe beneficiary.

Please share with your family and friends! It might be worth your effort. Wink, wink!

Fundraiser begins on March 1st and will go through May 1st.

Women's Retreat, Sumter
The weekend of March 17 and 18, Kristen’s church (Christ Community Church) in Sumter will be having a women’s retreat. The theme is From Good to Grace: Living the Christian life in grace and faith rather than our own striving and effort.
Cost to attend is $30 with money due by February 26. Online registration is not available, but if you’re interested in attending contact Kristen through email or Facebook.

Kristen’s home is open if you need or would like a place to stay for the retreat.

Alpha Omega Philanthropy: Project Rescue
The mission of Project Rescue is to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ. They believe that each child has been created by God with God-given purpose and the innate abilities to accomplish that purpose. Project Rescue exists to help him or her discover that purpose and empower him or her to fulfill it. They recognize the primary role of the local, national and global community of faith in the restoration process and are committed to empowering them to fulfill it. They provide global awareness and opportunities for concerned partners to help bring freedom and a transformed future to those imprisoned in sexual slavery.

Please consider giving to Project Rescue as it makes such a huge difference in the lives of so many.
Support a Sister!
Check out the Support page for businesses owned by our fellow sisters. Consider shopping with them next time you have a need.

Alumni Chapter Business
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Alumni Weekend events! I had such a wonderful time catching up with you. Our chapter meeting went really well and we discussed a few things that will show up on the upcoming ballot. Our dues-paying members for 2017 will receive an email ballot on March 1st. The ballot is completely confidential, so you can vote and provide feedback in confidence. 

Recap of the meeting:
1. We finished the nominations for executive board. Your nominees are:
- President: Kristen T.
- Vice President: Erin S. and Mallory C.
- Secretary: Jenn M.
- Treasurer: Cheryl F.

2. We talked about doing a low-key/inexpensive retreat this summer and a more involved retreat next summer. Suggestions on location for this summer’s retreat are needed.

3. To help reduce the per person cost of a retreat and to have money in the Alumni account for other alumni related events, we are interested in doing some fundraisers. We have a few ideas, but more are always welcome.

4. Kristen proposed that the Constitution state that members of the Alumni Chapter’s executive board must pay dues while serving on the executive board. We will include this on the ballot for members to vote on.

5. We discussed having our tithe go to Alpha Omega’s philanthropy, Project Rescue. We will vote on making this the default tithe beneficiary. But we are open to suggestions for other beneficiaries if need be (ex. A sister in need).

**Dues for 2017 are $10. Money collected from dues will be used towards alumni gatherings and reunions. Only dues-paying members enjoy the privilege to vote in chapter matters. Dues are accepted by check, cash or via PayPal. Contact us today for mailing or PayPal information. 
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January 2017

Give: Kelly Byrd
In August of 2016, my friend Kelly Byrd, a 2nd grade teacher, woke up one morning to find she was unable to see or move properly. Approximately one month after this initial incident, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her condition has progressed rapidly and has lead to significant challenges with memory loss, vision, and ability to walk. After working at Flowertown Elementary School in Summerville, SC for 17 years, she had no choice but to leave her job due to her continuously deteriorating health. Leaving her position as a teacher has perhaps been one of the most difficult parts of this experience, as she loved her job, her students, and her coworkers tremendously. She has good days and bad days, but on her bad days she relies on a wheelchair for mobility and struggles with tremors in her limbs.

As I have walked with Kelly through the last few months, what has been most incredible about her is her great faith and her belief that, even in this, God has a plan and a purpose in all things. Her focus is on loving her kids in every moment that she can and doing as much as she can for as long as she can. If you met Kelly, the first thing you would see in her is her incredibly kind spirit and loving heart. It is impossible not to be encouraged and lifted by her presence. She lives with joy and with laughter, and she brings that joy and laughter to her friends and family. Even so, the loss of a salary and the still accumulating medical bills have posed financial challenges to the family in addition to the medical challenges that they are facing. Please consider making a contribution to her family's expenses. Leave the note "AO Love" in the comments section so she knows it came from us.

No donation is too small. I believe God still does miracles, and He still feeds the 5,000. If you are unable to donate monetarily, I ask for your prayer for her health and for her family. Like the friends who lowered the sick man through the roof to get Him to Jesus for healing, through prayer we can help get each other to Jesus. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

- Hallie F.
Alumni Weekend 2017
RSVP by Sunday, February 12 forour annual Alumni Weekend activities!
Alumni Dinner: Friday, February 17 at the Pump House in Rock Hill. 7pm. *Pay your 2017 dues before or at the dinner to be entered to win your meal for FREE!
Alumni Brunch: Saturday, February 18. Details are forthcoming.
Alumni Chapter Meeting: Following Alumni Brunch

Alpha Omega Philanthropy: Project Rescue
The mission of Project Rescue is to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ. They believe that each child has been created by God with God-given purpose and the innate abilities to accomplish that purpose. Project Rescue exists to help him or her discover that purpose and empower him or her to fulfill it. They recognize the primary role of the local, national and global community of faith in the restoration process and are committed to empowering them to fulfill it. They provide global awareness and opportunities for concerned partners to help bring freedom and a transformed future to those imprisoned in sexual slavery.

Please consider giving to Project Rescue as it makes such a huge difference in the lives of so many.
Support a Sister!
Check out the Support page for businesses owned by our fellow sisters. Consider shopping with them next time you have a need.

Alumni Chapter Business
Dues for 2017 are $10. Money collected from dues will be used towards alumni gatherings and reunions. Only dues-paying members enjoy the privilege to vote in chapter matters. Dues are accepted by check, cash or via PayPal. Contact us today for mailing or PayPal information. 

The Alumni Chapter is now accepting nominations for our executive board which we will be voting on in March. Self-nominations are allowed. The positions include President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations are accepted through February 18. If you are interested to know the duties of each position, contact us or check our Facebook page. 

Dues-paying members will receive an email ballot to cast their vote. To make sure you are able to vote, please pay your 2017 dues by March 1st. 
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November 2016

Give: Dressember
Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who have been exploited. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. 
The Dressember Foundation exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time. 
Dressember is a month of wearing dresses, but it is so much more. At its core, Dressember is an embracing of the inherent freedom and femininity of all women.
**I challenge you guys to participate in this. It is such an important cause, since it benefits organizations fighting human trafficking. Even if you cannot or do not want to wear dresses for the full 31 days, make a pledge to start small by wearing a dress once a week and share the mission with those around you.
Save the Date! 
Our annual Alumni Weekend is coming up in a few months! We hope to see all of you!

Alumni Dinner: Friday, February 17. Details to be determined
Alumni Brunch: Saturday, February 18. Details to be determined
Alumni Chapter Meeting: Following Alumni Brunch

Also, this year we will be voting for Alumni Chapter Executive Board. We will take nominations at the Chapter meeting or you can email us with your nomination. Self-nominations are allowed.

Support a Sister!
Check out the Support page for businesses owned by our fellow sisters. Consider shopping with them next time you have a need.
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July 2016

Scholarship America's mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students. They do this through core programs and businesses that support students in their education journey.

The core programs include:
Dollars for Scholars
Dream Award
Dreamkeepers
Scholarship Management Services
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

Support a Sister!
Check out the Support page for businesses owned by our fellow sisters. Consider shopping with them next time you have a need.
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June 2016

Calvary Home for Children is a “Christian home for children who have nowhere else to turn.” They take in children who are abused, neglected or abandoned. They create a home environment with full-time house parents who model a Christ-centered life.
Calvary Home for Children is in need of backpacks for the children . They can be mailed to the home at 110 Calvary Home Circle, Anderson, SC 29621. A donation receipt will be mailed back to you. Backpacks can be ordered on Amazon and mailed directly to the home, as well.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to Ashley M. and her husband on the upcoming addition to their family. Their little one is due in December!

Congratulations to Laura L.'s son, Nathan! He was baptized on May 29 after he accepted Christ.


Alumni Dinner in Rock Hill
Tuesday, July 19 at 7pm
Five and Dine                                                        
135 E Main Street, Rock Hill
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