By Erica Vellanoweth, ΒΦ
This year, the Psi Chapter and Epsilon Kappa Chapter hosted the Western District’s annual State Days for the first time in over 5 years! The State Days Committee, chaired by the wonderful Ariel Fernandez (Psi) and Cecilia Porras (EK) worked tirelessly this quarter to put on an amazing event for KKPsi and TBS Chapters in California and Nevada. About 50 brothers and sisters from 7 different chapters were able to attend our Zoom celebration.
The event started with a general welcome and introductions. All attendees were then placed into small groups to do an icebreaker and come up with a team name (based on the mood of the group and an office supply, ex. Pooped Post-Its) and a banner or anthem. We then shared all these with the group!
The groups then participated in a Self-Care/Resilience Discussion - a subject that we all needed to reflect on, especially after this past year. We talked about ways that we care for ourselves and take time to nurture ourselves, how we find comfort in our chapter, and how we’ve kept ourselves motivated during the toughest times. After, we shared with the whole group some tools, tips, and videos that have brightened our spirits when we needed it most!
Following a short break, a Yoga session was conducted by the lovely Emma Boone (Psi), Shruti Indiresan (EK), and Justin Cole (EK)! The groups then finally met up one last time in breakout rooms to play games - their choice of Skribbl.io, Among Us, Codenames, Buzzfeed Quiz Party, or any other games they’ve liked to play in quarantine.
The groups met up in the main room for one last time to say a final farewell, exchange contact information, and deliver congratulations to the people who helped organize! We hope to see many of those same brothers and sisters at next year’s State Days.