Evolving into 2014!
As we enter the spring of this fourth year of workshops and consulting, it is a time of change and renewal! First the current change, I am happy to have my daughter Paige Grant to step in for Rushbiddies! As a recent college graduate, and having held multiple EC offices in her college sorority, Paige brings a young and fresh insight to the whole sorority recruitment preparation. One of her fortes is helping a client dig around in her closet to help her merge the old with the new. Paige has a wonderful eye for fashion and what is current on any college campus! Plus Paige has added insight to the recruitment process! (I think you can tell I am proud of her accomplishments!) We are having a great adventure as Mother and Daughter connecting with other Mothers and Daughters!
Further change regretfully comes in the form of my dear and precious friend, and original Rushbiddies partner, Marlea Foster. Marlea has realized she needs to close the door on her involvement with Rushbiddies. It seems the demands of her family, near and far, are needing her undivided attention at this stage in her life. Marlea will always be a wonderful friend! We will continue to share our lives, celebrate birthdays, and have delicious dinners out together! Marlea it takes a lot of wisdom to know when it is time to re-focus and adjust your priorities! I will always admire your insight, and will always appreciate your generosity in letting me have your time to help promote Rushbiddies! This is not good-bye dear friend, just see you later under different circumstances.
And of course Spring is a time of renewal! This comes to us in the form of looking at new opportunities to strengthen our process! With the help of new technology and some interesting contacts, we continue to reach way beyond our own back yard! Paige and I take great pleasure in meeting Moms and daughters from all over our great country! Our thankfulness is extended to you all for acknowledging that sorority recruitment is the first step in networking a life well spent! As we dig out from winter's drifted snow, may you always find the promise of that first spring blossom! Peace and blessings to you all! Pat
I get a bit melancholy this time of year! Summer has come and gone -- and fall is in full swing! By now, all of the fall formal recruitments are over! (Ole Miss just completed theirs, which is the last campus to do Fall Sorority Recruitment in the Southeast.) Now is the time I like to hear from our RB girls! The photos snapped on bid day are always a great reward for me! I love seeing the smiling faces in front of their new sorority home! It pleases me when our girls have found their official "spot" -- I think of the great times a head of them in the next four years! Some of the 'selfies' are too funny, but I love seeing them too! Typically, the 'selfie' will portray a new member with a new-found sister, taken too closely, with some poignant head-gear appropriate for the group! The pictures seem to always possess some touch of whimsy, which I always find so endearing with all of the activities of bid day!
However, lately it seems I am hearing more and more from sophomore girls. Girls who didn't come to us initially, or girls who didn't know about us, before their freshman year of sorority recruitment. Girls, who for some reason, did not have guidance and direction in helping them navigate the sorority recruitment process. Too often they come disappointed or discouraged.
The good news is: more and more campuses are incorporating an "upper-classmen" policy. This is simply a rule that allows a sorority to offer bids to girls who are either sophomore-level or above in college placement, and their numbers are not to be counted against the "quota" amount allowed in formal recruitment pledge classes. This is a good thing! More girls can find their spot!
However, one thing I have noticed about these girls. They are either really wounded or deeply hurt over their initial experience. Often to the point of giving up on even trying again. Young women let me encourage you right now! Yes, ideally everyone goes through their Sorority Recruitment and finds their spot! However, the reality is, I am hearing from these girls that did not have a good first experience! It is not personal! Let us help you understand this process and TRY AGAIN! If you want to be a part of Greek life, you owe it to yourself to try again! I truly believe it can work for you!
I was seeking ways to help instill a new found determination into these discouraged young women! All of this got me thinking about successful people and what makes them successful? What gives them the fortitude to persevere? In investigating this aspect, I came across an article by Ilya Pozin called "12 Things All Successful People Do." Guess what was #1 on the list? You got it! #1 Boldly Fail!! It seems that successful people understand "the reality of failure" -- it will happen. Pozin goes on to state: "The most successful people understand the reality of failure and its importance in finding success. While you may want to run and hide after you fail, you must learn from your mistakes to ensure you don't fail in the same way the second time around." Thank you Pozin!
By the way -- #2 on that list was "Set goals." I love how this is going! Tomorrow I get to facilitate our "Early Bird" Workshop! Goal Setting is on our list too! Let Experience and Insight guide you! All the best! Pat
When this time of year finally rolls around, I have lately been reminded of the signs I see everywhere. You know the ones that say, "Keep Calm and ... " you fill in the appropriate comment, (i.e. ... carry on... put on your big girl panties...) you get the idea! For most of our young ladies, Mom and/or Dad are packing them up, sending them away from home for the first year of college.
Needless to say, this is fertile ground for a plethora of emotions, for all parties involved: excitement for a new experience; stress in making sure every little thing one girl could possibly need was procured; sadness because one stage of life is ending and another one is beginning; fear of navigating this new stage in life...shall I go on? There are many more emotions we could explore.
However, with this wellspring of emotions lying beneath the surface, the time has come! It is finally here! That week you have been preparing for and looking forward to all year long! For you incoming freshmen and those of you who are moving them to campus for the first time, many of you may think you have some idea about what to expect! However, as I have stated many times before now, there is no way to explain the freshman experience and Sorority Recruitment Week (or as we like to call it in the vernacular "Rush"), until you go through the process yourself!!
This should be an exciting and wonderful time for you to meet tons of new people! My final word of advice! Enjoy!!! You have worked diligently to prepare, and hopefully with our guidance and insight, nothing was left on the table to discuss! You have done your prep work! Now use it to the best of your ability and knowledge!
Walk into your first party, on the first day of recruitment, and know that you have done everything you possibly could to control any given situation! It is up to you to make this the best possible experience for yourself! Be open and leave behind any preconceived ideas! We want to hear from you! We always get so attached to our RB Moms and daughters! The achieving of every success is what we aim for you! Let us know how things are going! And of course, if you have any last minute concerns or questions, you know how to get in touch with us!
My prayer for you is always: May only good and positive things, from Heaven above, come to you in this process. Knowing that God is good always, and may He be in the mix of every decision you make, and those made about you! Blessings bestowed upon you all! Amen!
Many best wishes and hugs to you all, as your recruitment week unveils the many surprises that await you! Remember to "Keep Calm and Carry On"...God bless! Pat
Hi Ladies!! We have loved helping you all through the Spring Workshops, as well as the plethora of private "mini" sessions too! We hope you have found the workshops and "mini" sessions useful and informative! Our goal is to always present the most current and insightful information available to enlighten our clients! We want you all to achieve every success! We have certainly enjoyed presenting our workshops to you! Needless to say, it has been an eventful spring for us! We are truly thankful, especially for making and meeting new friends! Once we have had the pleasure to work with you, and get to know so many great Moms and daughters, we think of you as friends! It has been great expanding our circle of friends!
Marlea and I are spending the summer helping our private clients, and are enjoying the one-on-one time with each of them! We have a busy summer coming up, and since my newly graduated daughter Paige wil be home, we will be utilizing her sorority experience and insight as well! Paige will be a vital asset to our PNMs, haviing just left the campus environment herself!
Also, I want to remind those of you preparing to head off to college and Sorority Recruitment this Fall, don't forget about the "lists" of things you need to accomplish! If you attended our workshops this spring, you will remember this discussion. So be sure and get those lists going and completed! Lots to do!! And this is just the beginning! If you need our insight or opinion in this regard, don't hestiate to contact us! We want to be availabe to our clients all summer!
We looking forward to this productive summer, and are expecting to make some smart and fun changes in venues coming up this Fall! So be on the lookout!
All the best, with warmest regards from Marlea and Me! Pat
OK Chicks! We have had a fun and eventful Spring Workshop season! We are finishing the season of our Group Workshops this coming Saturday in Atlanta! Thank you Donna Holden for getting us booked into Atlanta at the Chastain Clubhouse! (Find the address on our "links" tab of our website.) Come join us if you can!
Of course, we will still be booking private "mini" sessions all summer long! We welcome any and all inquiries! Our goal, always, is to share our insight and knowledge! We want the absolute best possible Recruitment experience for all of our PNMs! We continue to welcome new clients, but what we love best is establishing all the new friendships with each of you! We are so honored that you have welcomed us at this fun-time in your lives!
We are also deeply grateful for the ongoing and continued support of our wonderful Spring assoicates! Thank you for your help Angie Holder of MomenTaker Photography (and for sponsoring our refreshments this Spring), Miriam Stone of MyRush books, Tracy James of ChicMadeSimple, Sherry Corey of DormSuiteDorm/SewSherry, and Teala Stewart of Monograms Plus!
A special nod of thanks for past help goes to Megan LaRussa of SouthernFemme, and much happiness on your upcoming marriage! Also, a very special thank you to Susan Hurst, not only for her cosmetics insight, but for booking us at Cahaba Bend! We love all the wonderful insight and help that you both have provided for us from the very beginning!
We are so touched by the generosity of so many! We are amazed at the wonderful ongoing encouragement from you all --- and so many others! Our cup runneth over...May God bless each of you!
Sunday afternoon 3-5 p.m.
and Monday evening 6-8 p.m.
in the Board of Education Bldg.
Hi all!! We had our first Spring workshop last weekend! We are always happy to get to know new folks and help with all of their questions and concerns! Mark your calendars for our second group workshop coming April 14th and 15th! Pre-register by sending us an email to confirm your interest. We will contact you back!
Also, several of our clients are more comfortable participating in our private "mini" workshops. You may inquire more about those by emailing us as well!
Our email is: Rushbiddies@aol.com
Spring is right around the corner!! Happy Spring everyone!
Hugs from Marlea and me! Pat
Hi gang! It seems that technology has a learning curve for me! After a bit of a delay, we are back and full of anticipation for presenting our Spring 2013 workshops! Hopefully you have kept up with us on Facebook! If you haven't "liked" us yet, please do! Check out our new FB button on our website!
Our website is still an ongoing venture! Thank you for sticking with us! We hope to continue to improve the usefulness of our website, as well as our services! We really appreciate our clients verbalizing their needs! We are all about meeting your needs with our services. Our "mini" workshops are an effort to address and personalize our services! If you are interested in our package deals, just drop us an email!
As for our Spring Workshops, we have three group workshops this year! We are so excited! Our first one is coming up this month! This is the first time we are headed to Pelham/Helena -- just south of Birmingham. We can't wait! March the 10th and 11th we will be presenting our 2-Day Intensive workshop at the The Church at Cahaba Bend (we have directions on our "links" tab of our website). Please note a bit of a difference in the time! That Sunday afternoon (the 10th) we will be presenting "All about the paper" from 2-4 p.m. and Monday night (the 11th) we will be presenting "All about the party" from 6-8 p.m. You don't want to miss this one! This is early, (before everyone's Spring Break), so you are adding some much needed time to get your plans organized! Pre-register quickly because space is limited! We look forward to seeing you all there!
Our second Spring Workshop is April the 14th and 15th! We will be back at the Mtn. Brook Community Education Room in the Mtn. Brook Board of Education building. This is also our 2-Day Intensive! Pre-register now because this session is promising to be packed! We will be back to our usual time of 3-5 p.m. that Sunday the 14th, and again, that Monday the 15th 6-8 p.m. This workshop has gotten to be a favorite! Do pre-register early via our guest book on our website!
And our third and final group workshop for this Spring is in Atlanta! We are so excited to be road tripping over to our Georgia neighbors! We are doing a marathon Extreme workshop for our clients in Atlanta! We can't wait! The date is Saturday, April 27th, from 1-5 p.m. (We promise we will give you breaks!!) We can't wait to meet you Georgia peaches! Come ready with all of your questions and concerns! Do pre-register on our website's "workshop" tab and sign the guestbook!
One last little tidbit! Check out your March Southern Living Magazine, (page 92, #28 of the "Social Graces") -- we are cited for our advice in writing a letter of recommendation! We are honored to be noted in a tribute to "Southern Charm." For us, we are Southern traditionalist in the sense that the process of Recruitment is a time honored tradition. For us personally, it is all about connecting and helping our clients understand the process of Greek Recruitment! Every girls deserves her spot! However, after a workshop or a private session, I always feel like I have made a new friend! I know for Marlea and me, it is alway about giving insight and knowledge! We understand and we care deeply!
May you all be blessed sweet friends and clients!
One final personal note, let me thank you all for your words and expressions of sympathy in the recent loss of my Dad. I am so touched by your kindness. May you all be blessed with the peace that surpasses all understanding! Hugs -- Pat
Topics will include prep timelines, resumes, recommendations, thank you notes, Facebook pages, and more.
Select one of these convenient times to attend:
Sunday, October 21st @ 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. or
Monday, October 22nd @ 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
in the Mountain Brook Community Education Classroom (32 Vine Street).
Cost is $75 per person or $100 for both mom and daughter. For more information or to pre-register you may email Rushbiddies@aol.com.
Thanks! With Warmest Regards from Marlea and Me! Pat
You need to attend our 2-Day Intensive Workshop if you are attending Greek Recruitment as a PNM on your campus this Fall 2012 or Winter 2013!
OK Ladies! Those of you who are planning on a Fall Recruitment, now is the time to plan! For the campuses that 'do' spring preview parties, you should be receiving party invitations now! If you have not received any invitations -- contact your Panhellenic office. If you know girls in the sororities you are interested in -- word should be "indirectly" sent -- to let them know you are interested! Network now! If you are having problems with networking - you need us! Let us hear from you!
Several of you have requested a workshop in your area. We do have some criteria that should be followed. Contact us by e-mail so we can communicate with you. Or you can leave a message on our guest book page. This is a great way to start. We will contact you in return and discuss the requirements! Let us hear from you!
We are so excited to present our Annual 2-DAY Intensive Spring Workshop!
For all college-bound high school girls (and their Moms) who are participating in Greek Recruitment ("Rush") week in the fall (or winter if your campus has second semester Recruitment), Rushbiddies will be offering a 2-day Intensive Workshop this April!
Go ahead and mark your calendars for Sunday, April 15th from 3pm-5pm and Monday, April 16th from 6pm-8pm. This program will prepare our young 'chicks' for the hatching of their best ideas and efforts throughout the 'Rush' process! To get the full benefit -- we suggest you sign-up for both days -- the best value!
Sunday Day One we will provide you with all of the information you will need to get started on the road to an extremely successful Recruitment experience! This first day is absolutely necessary for anyone who has questions about Rush, or just doesn't know where to begin! Knowledge of the preparation work involved with college Greek Recruitment is essential! We will tell you all that you need to know to equip your credentials for the big week!
Monday Day Two is all about the party! We will focus on the actual party environment! You will learn what to expect and how to participate in party conversation in order to present your best self! Learn about our survival kit to help you through your hectic week! This is your chance to learn how to feel at ease with the "flock," and how to keep from getting your "feathers ruffled." Think you know how to make party conversation? Just you wait! There is much to learn! You can't be too prepared at "Rush" parties! Register Now!
2-Day Intensive Workshop (both Mother and daughter attending) $100.00
One day only (of your choice) Mother and daughter attending $75.00
One day only (of your choice) One person attending $50.00
We are nearing the end of the first semester for you high school senior girls! If you have made an early decision about which college you will be attending next Fall, now is the time to check out their Panhellenic website. By going to your chosen college's website and looking under the tab "Greek Life" or "Panhellenic," this should lead you to any possible activities hosted by the Panhellenic -- specifically for high school senior girls. Several southern campuses will have one weekend a month when you may visit. This is a great way to get your name and face familiarized with the Panhellenic groups on your chosen campus.
Word of advice -- Be sure and register through the Panhellenic office before you visit. Make sure you follow the guidelines and rules! You do not want to break any of the Panhellenic guidelines before you arrive on campus! If you have concerns or questions, feel free to ask us! We can be a great neutral point of inquiry for you! We will gladly help you navigate any complexities or processes! Check it out and Good Luck from Marlea and me!
Rushbiddies present their "Early Bird" workshop! This workshop is ideal for the high school senior (or junior) girl who needs and wants to gain insight to be well prepared -- early -- for their college Sorority Recruitment! Panhellenic-minded women Marlea Foster and Pat Grant developed this program as they watched some of the most outstanding high school girls go through the Greek Sorority Recruitment process uninformed and unprepared! This workshop will guide you to an easier sorority recruitment process by helping you network your senior year -- the last high school year -- to your full advantage!
Topics will include prep timelines, resumes, recommendations, thank you notes, Facebook pages, and more.
Select one of these convenient times to attend: Sunday, October 16 @ 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. or Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. in the Mountain Brook Community Education Classroom (32 Vine Street).
Cost is $50 per person or $80 for both mom and daughter. For more information or to register, email Rushbiddies@aol.com.
Came across this posting by writer Robert Asgha in the Huffington Post -- thought it was worth sharing. It will definitely dispell any negative thoughts about why go Greek!
Marlea and I are so excited and yet anxious for our girls!!! Our little workshoppers -- who are headed to Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and other campuses with a Fall Recruitment -- are on the cusp of their long and hectic week! Approach it with enthusiasm and openness! You will do great! The clothes, make-up, hair maintenance, etc. -- all should be under control by now! You should be worried about your dorm room items and making sure you have that check list covered!
By now -- all the rush packets with their recommendations should already be on your campuses! (If you have not already done so -- now is a good time for you, or Mom, or Aunt/Grandmother -- to make those follow-up phone calls/ write those reminder/thank you notes/ e-mails -- just to double check!)
We wish you all the very best experience possible! If you are in the Southeast -- don't forget your blotters in your RB survival kit -- and stay hydrated! Love and luck to you all! Let us hear from you! We have our fingers crossed that you will have the best Recruitment week possible! Warmest Regards from the Rushbiddies!!
It has been an extremely busy June!! This update is overdue! I think our fireworks for the 4th have already started! We successfully launched our SAKS workshop --and thanks to Chanda Temple of the Birmingham News and Megan LaRussa of Southernfemme -- we have had a busy month of recognition! Ginger Jefferson at SAKS we look forward to working with you again!
I hope you all were able to catch our workshopper Caroline Given in June 26th's "Fashion Ambush" in the Birmingham News! Plus -- Megan's fashion tips in the Saturday paper!
Here is the Fashion Ambush article featuring Caroline!
Who: Caroline Given, 18, of Crestline. She graduated from Mountain Brook High School and will be a freshman at Auburn University in the fall. Her parents are Perry and Roxanne Given.
Caught: During a sorority recruitment seminar for young women interested in the college rush process. It was held at Saks Fifth Avenue and was presented by Pat Grant and Marlea Foster of rushbiddies.com. They will offer the class again in October. Birmingham style coach Megan LaRussa of Southern Femme gave fashion tips for rush, and Saks provided makeup and jewelry tips.
What are you wearing? A pink Lily Pulitzer dress from the Lily Pulitzer website; tan Franco Sarto sandals from zappos.com; a Kate Spade straw purse from Saks; gold seashell earrings that were a gift from her mother; and a necklace that she borrowed from her mother, whose mother-in-law gave it to her.
You said you are a big online shopper because it's easier. Did you get your prom dress from the Internet? "I did. I got it from saks.com."
Describe your style. "I like bright colors and I like simple things, but simple things with a pop. Like, if this dress were all pink, I wouldn't like it as much. I think the lace on the top gives it something extra."
How did you put together your outfit today? "I started with the dress. It's a fun color. It looks good on my skin. And then, I started with the shoes. But, I raided my mom's closet to find most of the jewelry."
What's one thing you feel that you have to have in order to complete your outfit? "Earrings, definitely earrings. I feel naked without earrings."
Is there anything you won't wear? "I really don't like jean shorts. I know those are big right now, but I'm not a fan."
Do you have a favorite outfit for any occasion? "I like to wear dresses a lot and I like high-waisted ... skirts. (Dresses) look feminine and you can dress them up or down."
It sounds like there are certain rules to follow when it comes to knowing what to wear to fall rush. How prepared are you? "For clothes, it's just a matter of knowing how formal or casual to go."
Now, will you be able to walk across campus in shoes like that?
Want to know more about how to dress for rush? Go here for Megan LaRussa's fashion and grooming tips.
We hope the 4th of July is a wonderful time for you and your family! Marlea and I will be igniting some fireworks in honor of our wonderful country and the fabulous men and women who defend it!
Watch for the details for our upcoming October workshops! Happy 4th of July! May God bless you all!
Here is the long link for the E-vite invitation to the Saks workshop! Join us! It promises to be fun and informative!