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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Three locals named leaders in Phi Tau Omega

  • Three women of Theta Epsilon Chapter, Phi Tau Omega sorority, Girard, received national leadership roles at the group’s national convention at Tulsa, Okla.

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  • Three women of Theta Epsilon Chapter, Phi Tau Omega sorority, Girard, received national leadership roles at the group’s national convention at Tulsa, Okla.
    On June 30 Alice Smirl was elected national recording secretary, Jenifer McDonald was elected national treasurer, and Laurie Graham was appointed to serve on the National Incentive Committee.
    Smirl, a founding member of Theta Epsilon Chapter, previously served as national corresponding secretary. Her connection with the national philanthropic society started in the fall of 1987 when sister-in-law Cindy Smirl invited her to  join Phi Kappa Chapter in Pittsburg.
    Smirl and her family later moved to  Girard, where she had grown up, and Theta Epsilon Chapter was installed in February 2001. An RN, she has held various chapter offices and served as national convention chairman for Lisa Harris, Theta Epsilon member, when she was national president.
    McDonald previously served as national scribe. A graphic designer, she joined Phi Tau Omega in 2006 after she was asked to do the chapter’s web page.
    “Then Lisa Harris asked me to do the national web page,” she said.
    Graham, owner of Arma Drug, has been a member of Theta Epsilon for five years and is currently serving as chapter president. She lives in Arma with her husband, Troy, and children Trevor and Lily.
    Phi Tau Omega was founded on March 8, 1925 by eight women, and became a national social and philanthropic group which currently has an active membership of more than 270 women in five states.
    Smirl recalls attending national conventions and seeing Aurelia Voelker, last survivor of the group of friends who formed the society.
    “She was just the tiniest little woman,” Smirl said.
    The organization’s national philanthropies include Box Tops and Soup Labels for Education, Ronald McDonald House and coupons for troops.  Each chapter also selects local philanthropic endeavors that members can benefit by volunteer hours as well as monetary donations.
    Theta Epsilon Chapter does various philanthropic projects in Girard, including adopting low-income families during the holidays.
    New members are welcome, and women wishing additional information about Phi Tau Omega may visit the web site at www.phitauomega.org.

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