Epsilon Sigma Alpha Colorado State Council Lamplighters Sandy Alexander



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Epsilon Sigma Alpha

Colorado State Council
Lamplighters

Sandy Alexander

Colorado State Council President

2008 – 2009
Sandy Alexander pledged ESA in 1997 to Alpha Phi #327. In 2003, Sandy co-founded Kappa Iota #5442, Golden, CO.
Sandy has held all elected offices for the two chapters and appointed positions and committees numerous times.
Sandy has also held all elected offices for Denver Alpha Council and numerous appointed offices and committees.
For Colorado State Council, Sandy has held the offices of Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Vice President, President Elect and President. She held appointed offices of Outreach Chairman, Collegiate Chairman, Chaplain and numerous committees.
Sandy has held Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President, each for two year terms for Rocky Mountain Regional.
Sandy was installed as Colorado State President in Colorado Springs at the Sixty-second State Convention. The theme for the convention was “Seasons In the Sun.” Sandy’s theme was “ESA Shining Stars of Hope.”
Sandy has attended I C Conventions in Memphis, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Palm Desert, Seattle, Little Rock, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Albuquerque, and Chattanooga.
Sandy has attended Rocky Mountain Regional Roundups in all six of the Regional States.
Awards that Sandy has earned are: The Fifth Degree Pallas Athene; Outstanding Woman of the Year for her chapter three times, also for Denver Alpha Council and Runner Up for the State of Colorado. She won Association of the Arts at IC for two first places and one for Best of Show. International Council gave awards to five outstanding State Presidents for the years of 2008-2009. Sandy was a recipient of this award.
Sandy introduced new ideas for State of Colorado Fall and Spring board meetings. This consisted of working on philanthropic projects for “Hope for Heroes” on Friday evenings, assembling gift boxes and blankets. For Easter Seals, the group did sewing and tying of blankets for the new lodge at the Easter Seals Camp. This was a goal to focus on fun with a purpose. Sandy also reintroduced the round table discussion as an educational by each appointed officer.
What ESA means to me: ESA has given me the opportunity to make a difference in our community and nationally by generously raising money, donating goods and giving of volunteer time. I have learned to grow through the love, support and friendships of people I would have never known had it not been for ESA. I feel so blessed to be a part of a sisterhood that shares their depth of love, fellowship, loyalty, fun and the best of times to laugh, great cooking and unselfish service to others. ESA is a gift to fill the heart with joy.
Pat Bernhardt

Colorado State Council President

1999 – 2000
Pat was pledged to Gamma Chi Chapter in Loveland in 1985. She has served her chapter as president (2), vice president (2), recording secretary, treasurer, treasurer elect, parliamentarian, educational director and chaplain and has chaired several committees.
In Northern Colorado Council, Pat held the offices of President, Corresponding Secretary (2), Awards Chairman and Publicity Chairman.
On the Colorado State Council, she was appointed Membership Chairman, Jr. and Sr. Circle of Life Coordinator and Educational Director. She was elected to the offices of Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Vice President, President Elect and President.
In 1999, Past was elected Colorado’s fifty-third Sate President at the State Convention in Cortez. She was Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in Portland, Oregon.
Her theme was “ESA Love is the Bridge of the Centuries.”
She also attended I.C. Conventions held in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Denver and St. Louis.
Pat has earned her Fourth Degree of Pallas Athene, has been Woman of the Year for her chapter and Northern Colorado Council and was a runner up at State Convention.
Memorable events during her term as president include chairing a Capture for Kids, becoming a life active member of ESA, helping to start a new chapter (Alpha Beta), pledging two new members to her chapter, planning state meetings that were different (no head or sub tables, agenda scramble, packets for officers to include information to be handed out to chapters, councils, officers), and holding a board meeting at a church with her chapter preparing the meals for the members.
What does ESA mean to Pat . . . “ESA has brought many wonderful facets to my life – friendships, learning opportunities, leadership skills, personal growth, a better self-esteem, an opportunity to help others, to be of service. God, family, friends, ESA are the center of my life, I am so thankful for a sisterhood that brings out the best in so many people.”

Ardis Macy Blakley

Colorado State Council President

1957 – 1958
In 1951, Ardis joined Epsilon Epsilon Chapter in Denver. She has served her chapter as Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Vice President and President.
Ardis was elect State Parliamentarian in 1955 and in 1956 as State Vice President. She was elected Colorado’s eleventh State President in 1957.
She presided at the State Convention in Fort Collins. She appointed the first Credential Card Chairman.
She has attended moist state conventions and served as Workshop Chairman several times and had the first Delegates Workshop.
Memphis, Tennessee as hostess to the I.C. Convention and Ardis attended at Colorado’s delegate. She also attended I.C. Conventions in Albuquerque and Denver.
What Does ESA mean to Ardis . . . “A way of life. Lots of food friends, many worthwhile things to do, lots of fun. I even met my husband through an ESA sister.”


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Ruth Booton

New Mexico State Council President

1973 - 1974


Ruth pledged Beta Alpha Chapter in Loveland, Colorado, 1945. She moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1946 and affiliated with Beta Gamma Chapter.
Moving every two years, Ruth served in all offices in the chapters with which she became affiliated in Albuquerque, Clayton, Portables, Alamogordo and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Ruth served as District Chairman for two years.
She served the New Mexico State Council as Parliamentarian, Treasurer, Secretary, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and President.
Ruth was elected New Mexico’s twenty-second State President in 1973 at the State Convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Her theme was “Take another Look.”
Ruth was New Mexico’s delegate to I.C. Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. She has attended twenty-four I.C. Conventions.
During her term as State President, New Mexico experienced an increase in the number of members and of chapters.
Ruth was selected as Chapter Outstanding Woman four times and first runner-up three times. She served as a judge for Colorado’s Outstanding Woman in 1974. She was a teller for I.C. Convention site in 1975; teller for election of I.C. officers in 1984; and teller for ESA Foundation in 1986.
Three times Ruth was honored as “Member of the Year” for philanthropic ours for her work with Special Olympics. She was Area Director for nine years in Las Cruces.
What does ESA mean to Ruth . . .

“ESA has been a way of life for fifty years. I have made friend allover the United States and Australia.”


Donna Jean Busmire

Colorado State Council President

1967 – 1968


Donna Jean was pledged to Delta Theta Chapter in 1950 and was a charter member. She has held all of the chapter offices, including President three times.
She has held the following offices in Denver Epsilon Council: Vice President, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer.
On the State Council she has served as Philanthropic Chairman, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, 1st Vice President and President.
Donna Jean was elected Colorado’s twenty-first President and resided in Cortez, Colorado. She was Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Here theme was “Happiness in ESA.”
She attended I.C. Conventions in New Orleans and in Denver twice.
As State President of Colorado, she introduced the presentation of the American, Christian, Colorado and ESA flags to the First General Assembly at State Convention.
Donna Jean served as Secretary of the Lamplighters.
What does ESA mean to Donna Jean . . .

“Friendships, too many to count, a chance to help others . . . The friends I have made since I have been in ESA is the most wonderful thing in my life, next to my family. I feel I can go so many places and know that I know someone in that town. I just can’t express my feelings, they are so deep.”



Nancy Cameron

Colorado State Council President

1993 – 1994
Nancy was pledged to Zeta Beta Chapter in Durango in 1959. She moved to Brigham City, Utah and organized an ESA chapter in that City.
Upon moving to the Denver area in 1963, Nancy affiliated with Epsilon Epsilon Chapter. She has held all chapter offices several times.
In Denver Epsilon Council, she served as Parliamentarian, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and President.
Nance served the Colorado State Council as Parliamentarian, Treasurer, Vice President, President Elect and President, as well as “whole bunch of appointed chairs.”
She was elected Colorado’s forty-seventh State President at the State Convention in Denver.
Nancy’s theme was “You are the Music of ESA.”
She was Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has also attended I.C. Conventions in Denver (3), Surfers Paradise, Australia; Portland, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando and Tulsa.
During Nancy’s year, the antique carousel in Pueblo opened especially for the Fall Board Meeting, and she included Pueblo Collegiate Chapter, Chi Alpha, whose members served a picnic supper as a fund –raiser for the chapter. She appointed a Hats for Hope Chairman.
What does ESA mean to Nancy . . .
“ESA began for me as a group of ladies with whom I could have a good time. It soon became a connection wherein I could work for the benefit of others – and have a good time! Without realizing it, ESA became a resource for my personal growth and education – while helping other and having fun! At the present time the part of ESA I value most is the growth I have achieved in leadership, organization and creativity that has benefited me in sorority, the workplace and home AND the love, support and generosity of ladies I would never had met otherwise; AND I’m still having fun! I love ESA!”

Gertie Chapin

Colorado State Council President

1983 -1984

Gertie pledged to Beta Epsilon Chapter in Fort Morgan in 1961.

She held all chapter offices two or more times. She was a member of the Beta Epsilon Clowns and was knows as “Ruffles”. She served as President and Historian of Northeastern Colorado Council.


Gertie served the State Council as Historian, Scrapbook Chairman, Educational Chairman, Philanthropic Chairman, Chaplain, Circle of Life Coordinator, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Vice President, President Elect and at the State Convention in Denver she was elected the thirty-seventh State President.
She was Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in Seattle. She attended other conventions in Denver (2), Australia, Little Rock and Salt Lake City.
Gertie has been her chapters’ Outstanding Woman three times, was Colorado State First Runner-up for Woman of the Year in 1983, has earned her Fourth Degree of Pallas Athene and is a Life Active Member.
Gertie’s theme was “ESA . . . A Highway to Friendship”
With the help of her officers she conducted the first all day leadership/workshop seminar in the fall. The Council Meeting was held the next day. She hosted a congratulatory reception for the newly installed officers and the I.C. Representative following the banquet. She continued with the reception for chapter and council presidents, officers, workshop and non-secret sister exchange and fellowship time.
What does ESA mean to Gertie . . .
“ESA is a Way of Life! I joined ESA when I was a young wife, homemaker and mother who needed more that the routine daily living. ESA has become a daily part of my life. It is also a part of my family’s life. I have grown into a better person both emotionally and physically because of my association with ESA and the many friends I have found. ESA helped me to reach out in and be part of the world around me. I would not want to envision myself if I had not found ESA. Without my association with ESA I would be nothing. ESA gave me hope, encouragement and love! ESA to me is sisterhood, friendship, share and caring . . . ESA is a way of life!”


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Agnes Clark

Colorado State Council President

1947 – 1948
Agnes started with ESA in 1944 when she joined Alpha Alpha Chapter in Denver, Colorado.
She served her chapter as Recording Secretary.
In 1947, Agnes was elected Colorado’s first State President.
Getting a State Council organized was a big task. Agnes helped to do a fine job, too . . . look what our State Council has grown into and the many tremendous things Colorado ESA’ers have accomplished during the years.
Agnes presided at the first State Convention held in Denver, Colorado.
She attended State Conventions in Estes Park and Pueblo.
It was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma that Agnes attended I.C. Convention as Colorado’s representative.
What does ESA mean to Agnes . . . “Many, many wonderful friends.”

Diane Collins

Colorado State Council President

1985 – 1986


Diane pledged to Gamma Chi Chapter in Loveland in 1970.
In Gamma Chi she held all chapter offices. She served as Educational Director, Recording Secretary and President of Northern Colorado Council.
On the Colorado State Council, she served as Membership Director, Golden Lamp Editor, St. Jude Coordinator, Chaplain, Recording Secretary, Vice President, President Elect and President.
Diane was Colorado’s thirty-ninth State Council President and was elected at the State Convention in Estes Park. She had attended twelve state conventions.
Here theme was “ESA – The Son in My Heart.”
She was Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also attended Il C. Convention in Hawaii, St. Louis, Denver and Dallas.
During Diane’s term as State President, she conducted the Officer Leadership Training. She also prepared a monthly Executive Board letter to her officers and provided more time for the State Officers to spend together and with the Lamplighters
Diane was Outstanding Woman of her Chapter, Council and State in 1979 and was again chose Outstanding Woman of the State in 1987.
What does ESA mean to Diane . . .
“In a word . . . EVERYTHING. I have grown so much since joining ESA, and have learned how very special our sisterhood is. The friends I have made, the fun and laughter and even some failures have given me a wonderful outlook on life. I have been given leadership skills that no other organization can provide and ESA has given me opportunities to serve others through philanthropy which I could never have done on my own. The basic principles of caring and sharing never change and I am very proud to be a member of ESA.”

Helen Corbin

Colorado State Council President

1965 – 1966


Helen pledged in 1951 to Beta Lambda Chapter in Alamosa.
Helen has held the offices of Chapter President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer.
She has held all offices in Northern Colorado Council including President and many of the Committee chairmanships.
Helen was elected Colorado’s nineteenth State President and served as Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Here theme was “Follow the Rainbow.”
She has attended State Conventions in Clovis, New Mexico; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Liberal, Kansas; two in Lander, Wyoming; and Thermopolis, Wyoming and SERC in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Helen attended I.C. Conventions in Spokane, Washington; Clearwater, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; Honolulu, Hawaii; St. Paul, Minnesota; Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; St. Louis, Missouri, and three in Denver.
Helen is an honorary member of Denver Alpha Council as of 1966, and was made an honorary member of Alpha Phi Chapter of Golden in 1981.
She has attended all of the Colorado State Conventions since 1953, but one. She missed the 1960 convention.
When Helen was President, some changes were made in the Bylaws. Enough money was made on prizes at convention, when added to that on hand, to buy a mimeograph machine for the President.
When the I.C. Convention was held in Denver in 1979, Helen served as the Registration Chairman.
Helen served a two-year term as Vice President of the Lamplighters.
What does ESA mean to Helen . . . “ESA is a way of life for me. It is wonderful to know you have a sister or sisters to help you in times of need. Too, there is a great deal of satisfaction in being able to help those less fortunate than yourself.”

Neeoma Coston

Colorado State Council President

1984 - 1985


Neeoma pledged to Delta Theta Chapter in Denver in 1970.
In Delta Theta she held the offices of President, Treasurer and Parliamentarian three times. She served as Vice President, Corresponding Secretary and Educational Director for two terms. She also served as Recording Secretary of her chapter.
She served as President and Vice President of Epsilon Council of Denver.
On the State Council, she served as Philanthropic Chairman, Chaplain, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Vice President, President Elect and State President in 1984-1985.
She was Colorado’s thirty-eighth State Council President and was elected at the State Convention in Steamboat Springs. She has attended fifteen state conventions.
Neeoma’s theme was “Step to the Music You Hear.”
Neeoma was Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida.
She also attended I.C. Conventions in Salt Lake City and Freeport, Bahamas.
During Neeoma’s term as State President, she introduced a new idea to appoint Lamplighter Advisors to each officer, both elective and appointive, of the Colorado State Council. She also introduced the idea to sell the President’s charm at both Fall and Spring Board Meetings as well as State Convention.
Neeoma was Outstanding Woman of her chapter three times. She was chosen Outstanding Woman of Epsilon Council in 1984. She has received her Fourth Degree of Pallas Athene.
What does ESA mean to Neeoma . . .
“ESA is like the blossom of a flower. When you join you are the very beginning of something wonderful and precious. As you begin to grow in ESA, the bud begins to open, showing the delicate petals of the flower. The flower is nourished by my sisters’ thoughtfulness, enthusiasm and service. Having ESA sisters is like being presented a beautiful bouquet with a variety of flowers because every sister is unique and special.”

Mary Alice Covelli

Colorado State Council President

1988 – 1989
Mary Alice pledged to Beta Epsilon Chapter in 1961.
In Beta Epsilon, she held all chapter offices twice and the office of President three times. On the Colorado State Council, Mary Alice held the offices of Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Philanthropic Chairman, Vice President, President Elect and President.

Mary Alice was Colorado’s forty-second State Council President and was elected at the State Convention in Grand Junction. She has attended nineteen state conventions.


She was Colorado’s delegate to the I.C. Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has also attended four other I.C. Conventions.

Mary Alice’s theme was “The Wonder of It All.”


During her term as State President, Mary Alice encouraged participation in nature, using speakers from the Parks Department and Mr. Herb Grundell, as well as through educational programs and activities. At her state convention in Denver, she planned workshops on Friday and Saturday to accommodate members and also moved the I.C. Representative’s Reception to later on Friday so more members could attend in the event of late arrival.
Mary Alice has attained her Fifth Degree of Pallas Athene, was second runner-up for Colorado’s Woman of the Year in 1983 and she is also a Founder.
What does ESA mean to Mary Alice . . .
“ESA seems to be imbedded in my whole being. It has fulfilled my life with so much. I love my sisters and enjoy being with them. I have increased my leadership abilities. I have many opportunities to help others and enjoy aiding those less fortunate. Education and learning continue through all that I do. Growing and becoming a more complete woman has been a desirable product of my association with ESA.”

Sandra Crosier

Colorado State Council President

1978 – 1979
Sandra was pledged to Alpha Nu Chapter in Akron in 1967.
She held all chapter and council offices, as well as serving on all or most committees.
Sandra served the Colorado State Council in an appointive capacity as Publicity Chairman and was elected to the offices of Parliamentarian, Treasurer, Vice President, President Elect, and was then elected the thirty-second President of Colorado.
Sandra was Colorado’s official delegate to the I. C. Convention in St. Louis in 1978. In addition to that convention, she has attended six other I. C. Conventions. She has attended nine Colorado State Conventions and one out-of-state convention. She attended the State Presidents Leadership Seminar in Colorado.
Sandra is a Life Active Member of ESA and has attended several certified leadership training seminars conducted/sponsored by Headquarters. Sandra was instrumental in the formation of a sister chapter in Akron.
Some See Stars” was Sandra’s theme as State President. She served during ESA’s 50th year, the year we raised over one million dollars for St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis. It was also the year Colorado adopted St. Jude’s as the State Philanthropic Project and a year during which Denver was planning to host the I. C. Convention. In Sandra’s words, “It was super.”
Sandra established a new award for Colorado, the “Atta Girl” Award. The award honors those chapters having 100% participation in every phase of Colorado State Council activities.
What does ESA mean to Sandra . . .
“It’s right up there after God and Family.” Sandra added, “I’m not very eloquent with written words. What more is there to say?”

Mildred Cutler

Colorado State Council President

1971 – 1972


Mildred was pledged to ESA in Las Animas, Colorado in November 1960 by Alpha Zeta Chapter.
Mildred has held all chapter offices. She also served as Vice President and President of Arkansas Valley Council.
On the Colorado State Council, she has served as Philanthropic Chairman, Recording Secretary, 2nd Vice President, President Elect and was elected Colorado’s twenty-fifth State President in 1971.
Her theme was “Doors of Friendship in ESA.”

Mildred represented Colorado State Council at the I.C. Convention in Salt Lake City.


As State President, Mildred suggested the formation of a Colorado Disaster Fund.
What does ESA mean to Mildred . . . “ESA has been the highlight of my life. It has given me a broader scale of living and really how to enjoy life to the fullest with serving philanthropically and the growth of many, many friends. ESA has given me opportunities that I had never dreamed possible. I can’t imagine being without my ESA sisterhood.”

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