What the heck does that title mean? If you don't already know than you aren't part of Sigma Alpha Iota. For those who aren't members, it means (roughly) "Life is Short, but Art is forever". It is a call sign for the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota.
What is Sigma Alpha Iota?...which will be referred to as SAI.
From their home page: Sigma Alpha Iota is an organization which promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of campus music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, campus and community groups, music professionals and patrons. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, loans and awards in many areas and at all levels of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and provides a lifetime of fraternity contact.
Notably, SAI is a woman's music fraternity. Why, then, am I discussing this? I am a member.
No, I am not a woman, but I am very musically inclined. My mother joined SAI back in the early nineties when she went back to college. I started helping out with their stuff early on. Back a few years ago I was honored with the title Friend of the Arts, which can be given to men or women who have had an impact on SAI and music. It also grants the recipient the privilege of being considered an honorary member who can participate, almost, fully with the fraternity.
Since then I have worked hard to assist and be a part of my local alumnae chapter in Knoxville. It has been a fun time getting to work with the ladies of SAI and I am proud to be a member. I even got to help when we gave Dolly Parton an honorary membership a few years back. (Dolly was a charming person, a pleasure to meet and speak with.)
This year we get to do something unique again. Each year the separate provinces each hold a mini-convention called province day. Most fraternities do this. Each one of these are put on by one of the college chapters. This year, unfortunately, the college chapter that was supposed to be hosting it cancelled at the last moment. Not sure all the details of why, just that it was not happening. Well, it CAN'T just not happen. So, we, the alum chapter, decided it would happen and that we would be the hosts of it. We weren't even sure we were allowed to do such a thing. So, we called our province officer and begged her permission....well we just asked and she was very excited that we offered. With her go-ahead and our gumption we charged full on into this.
It is no small undertaking to put on such an event, but it can be a lot of fun. One saturday morning, the very day that the original province day was supposed to happen, we gathered at a Panera Bread in Knoxville and started talking. Originally the meeting was just another monthly meeting. Someone brought up the fact that we should be having a province day and I suggested that we host it. I wasn't the first to have this idea, several had been talking about it before we arrived. Once mentioned it started the ball rolling. Around and around the table we went talking about who, what, when, where, why, and how we might go about putting one on. It would be short notice as most of these events take a year to plan and prepare for, we had a few months....at best. What we did have were several people who had planned and run successful province days before and that vital experience was invaluable in getting this put together.
After 2 short months and a lot of planning and work, the province day is about to happen. A few prayers will be said and hopes will be high, but we all anticipate a fun and exciting province day for Psi A province of SAI.