HOW WE KAPPA
TO SOME OF THE
WOMEN WHO KAPPA
Name: Mary Beth Annas
Chapter: Epsilon Rho Chapter, Texas A&M
Full-time Occupation: Student—pursuing my doctorate in chiropractic medicine
Volunteer Position: Standards Specialist
Years Volunteering with Kappa: 2 years
What talents made you a great match for this role? In chiropractic school, one of our sayings that we live by is that “loving service is my first technique.” For chiropractors, first and most important is that you provide service to your patients with love. I think it is with that mindset that I approach my position in Kappa. I wouldn’t volunteer so much for this organization if I didn’t love it as much as I do. It is my organizational skills and passion for helping those within Kappa that make me a great match for this role. If I can make an impact on several of my Vice Presidents-Standards and make their jobs just a tiny bit easier, then I am happy!
What makes this role rewarding? Without a doubt, it is being able to help the chapters with which I am working. Being a Vice President-Standards is a bit of a thankless job most of the time, and having them know that there is an additional person who is on their team that they can call or email at any moment is enough for me.
What or who is your most impactful Kappa memory or mentor? I can’t pick one person … I have to pick 19. During my time as a Leadership Consultant, Field Representatives Chairman Mary Belvin, Tennessee, the eight women who traveled with me, and the entire Chapter Team that worked with us have been my most impactful Kappa mentors. It was those women that got me through one of the most hectic and rewarding years of my life and who have continually empowered me to be involved in this organization to whatever capacity that I desire.
In what other places or ways do you give your time and talents? Since I’m taking 26 hours of classes, I’m not left with a lot of spare time. However, I am the Student Body Treasurer! Between school, Student Body Treasurer and Kappa, that is about all the extra time that I have to give now.
What is the most important talent or trait to have in this role? Patience. As with anything in life, it is important to remember that the women you work with have so many other things going on in their lives. It is easy to get frustrated and not understand where a chapter is coming from or why a decision was made, but expressing patience allows one to work through things with the chapters and work to get everyone back on the same page.
What can someone expect by taking on this role? It is definitely a hectic position, but it’s worth every minute. I have no idea how two Assistants to the Director of Standards did all of this work in the past for more than 130 chapters, but I am humbled by their abilities. Most of your communication with the Vice Presidents-Standards is via email, but I have also had several phone conferences with my chapters as well. Sometimes the position gets chaotic, but we have a team of women that includes the Director of Standards, her two assistants and the 13 other Standards Specialists that are incredible and there at any moment to help answer each other’s questions.