Gamma Nu, Eastern Illinois University

About Gamma Nu Chapter

Gamma Nu was founded on March 26, 1949 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. We've been around 69 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 16. We currently have a total of 26 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.12! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 0 service hours and $0.00!

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Polly Hohlt Jones, Eastern Illinois - Gamma Nu, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth II to be a Dame of Grace

Polly Hohlt Jones, Eastern Illinois - Gamma Nu, has been sanctioned by the current English monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, to become a Dame of Grace.

This honor comes to Polly following over 20 years to dedication to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

Polly became interested in the Order following a trip to Israel in 1993. There she, the only non-Jew in a group of 19 Jewish women, was a part of the first Women's Mission trip to Israel, sponsored by the St. Louis Jewish Federation. Upon returning home and discussing her experience with a friend/client who was a member of the Order, Polly was proposed to become a confrère.

Following service on the St. Louis Regional Council for 20 years, serving on the National Investiture Committee in 2006 and providing many hours of service to and contributions to the Order, she has been designated a Dame.

The September 21, 2017 article in the London Gazette listed her among title designations of others, including The Most Reverend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond TUTU who was designated a Bailiff Grand Cross.

The organization is an Order of Chivalry, originally founded by the Royal family to support a hospital in Jerusalem, established in 1080 to care for the sick who had traveled there for the Crusades. The modern Order of St. John in England was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1888. The work of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem has become nearly as much a peace mission as a health mission. The staff at the Hospital is comprised of Christians, Muslims and Jews, some of whom cross their borders daily to serve. In addition, the patients come from all parts of the region. There is an annex hospital located in Gaza and mobile units that serve the region. The Order of St. John remains a sovereign entity in international law, with its major mission care of the sick and poor at the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and through St. John Ambulance.

Upon receiving this totally unexpected news, Polly said she "shook, cried, laughed and had chills. The chills have not stopped when I think about this honor. Who knows what wonders life may hold?"

Polly is a Senior Vice President-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, following close to 30 years at A. G. Edwards & Sons, prior to them being purchased. She resides in Ladue, Missouri, where she is a member of the Church of St. Michael's and St. George, the Garden Club St. Louis and on the Board of Governors of the St.Louis Woman's Club. She is enjoying life with her daughter, Kelly Jones Waller, Illinois - Alpha Beta, and Kelly's family, husband Mike and grandchildren Brooke, Ross and Collin.

Gamma Nu Chapter (Eastern Illinois University) alumnae reunite

Five alumnae of the Gamma Nu Chapter at Eastern Illinois University met for lunch and reminisced about living together in the Delta Zeta chapter house in the 1950s, when they attended school.

The alumnae are Victoria Waller Button, JoAnn Wondrok Ribelin, Nadine Sperandio Brumleve, Earlene Petty Cimo and Marjorie Weller Harrington.

The Gamma Nu Chapter house as it appeared in the 1950s and 1960s.

Kate Noskowiak Ryan, Eastern Illinois - Gamma Nu, helps children with special needs with Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books

Kate Noskowiak Ryan, Eastern Illinois - Gamma Nu, (right) has created, with friend and teaching partner, Heather McCarthy, Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books, personalized children's books for children with special needs.

"The idea came about when my friend and teaching partner, Heather McCarthy, created a book for her daughter, Maya," Kate said. "Maya was born with a rare metabolic condition called Propionic Acidemia in which causes her body to not process protein. When it was time for Maya to go to school, Heather was nervous about sharing snacks or Maya becoming sick. She created a book filled with Maya’s hobbies and interests, pictures, then information about the condition. The teacher read it to the class and they loved it.

"I thought if this idea worked for Maya, it could work for the millions of other children out there. So we created Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books, personalized children's books for children with special needs. When we receive emails from moms with pictures attached of how proud their son or daughter is of their new book, or stories about how the teacher appreciated the book and how the students were so accepting of it, this really hits home for us. It reiterates why we do this. We want the child to feel special and proud of who they are. We want the other students to learn about the child's condition and be accepting of it," Kate concluded.

Kate says Delta Zeta has influenced her life and goals. "Delta Zeta empowered me with the confidence and determination needed to follow my dreams," she said.

There was a moment that made a difference in Kate's life when she beame a member of Delta Zeta. "Being accepted into an organization in which the women were so welcoming, strong, and confident, truly inspired me to do something good with my life," she added.

Kate sees women as source of strength to each other and empowering one another to face challenges. "Being moms," she said, full-time teachers, and trying to run our own business is no easy task! Luckily, Heather and I help one another out. If someone has sick kids, the other takes over. When one has to attend sporting events, the other gets the work done. It’s hectic, but we make it work. Seeing women empower one another to face challenges is what the world needs more of."

Learn more at Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books.