Established on February 26, 1926, Oroville Chapter of Omega Nu, Alpha Beta, is dedicated to community service and has a long history of accomplishments. In the earlier years our main fundraiser was the “Crystal Ball” … an elegant evening Black Tie Affair with a live 10-piece orchestra and Ballroom dancing. As times have changed, fundraisers have changed, but not our drive to give back to our wonderful community….
Today we have two amazing Bunco fundraisers, one around Valentine’s Day and one around Halloween where we often have a sold out crowd. During the Bunco games we offer door prizes, delicious finger foods and desserts, plus we sell raffle tickets for amazing gift baskets donated by Omega Nu Sisters and community businesses. We have two rummage sales held at the beginning of December and April. The rummage sales are held at our local El Medio Fire Department which is in an area of Oroville where we are able to give back to those in need and help put a smile on their faces. For the last two years, we have put on Murder Mystery dinner shows. The scripts were written by our own Omega Nu Sister, Anna Devore. The last three years, we have put on a “Downtown Treasure Hunt”. Twelve local stores participate as our Treasure Hunters have to find items in each store with the clues given. Once they find all of the items, they bring their passport to the selected venue where they enjoy wine tasting, raffles, appetizers, a 50/50 drawing and a live dessert auction. This year we published Omega Nu Cookbooks and are currently selling them at our fundraisers. Two sponsors provided for the publishing, Feather Falls Casino and Oroville Hospital.
We contribute our proceeds towards the following: AAUW Tech Trek (Math and Science Camp); Children’s Protective Services; Feed the People; El Medio Fire Department; Oroville Rescue Mission; Oroville SPCA; Red Robin Week (Drug Prevention); STAGE (State Theater Restoration); All About Children and Ehmann Home. Four Scholarships are given each year, two for Chico State and two for Butte College recipients. Additional scholarships contribute to the Fellows Club of Oroville Top Ten Scholars for both high schools in Oroville.
Several years ago, the Chapel at the Oroville Hospital was refurbished by Alpha Beta and an Omega Nu Garden was established at the hospital in memory of our deceased Sisters. Both areas serve as a respite for contemplation to refresh the spirits of hospital visitors.
We enjoy sharing our Sisterhood by working together to give back to our community, and we schedule monthly Birthday dinners, one-on-one coffee dates between Sisters to get to know each other better and our annual Christmas party. Many of our Sisters give countless hours of community service on their own.
After much discussion and many years of having two meetings a month, we decided to try one meeting a month. It has turned out to be successful! We stay connected by a Sister Facebook page (for active members) and email. The Treasurer and Secretary post their reports on these pages prior to our meetings. Our Inactive Committee makes sure Inactive Sisters wishing to stay updated are sent a list of fundraisers and other activities and are invited to several yearly functions. We continue to grow our Sisterhood by bringing in new members each year.
We are proud to have had the following ladies represent our chapter as Grand President: Laura Dahlman, Charlotte Rutherford, Dorothy Harlan, Elizabeth Dahlmeier, Lucille Roberts, Cay Floyd, and Kathy Smith. At present Debbie Moore is going through the chairs of Grand Council representing our Chapter.
We are Sorority Sisters, great friends, and enthusiastic supporters of our wonderful City of Gold, Oroville.