From Our Sisters' Hearts



AT&T forwarded the following reference web page to me and I thought of references my be of use to your Newsletter and/or the Angelos.

Please refer to below.

AOT - Leigh Rizer

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Subject: Message from AT&T WorldNet Service
Date:    Fri, 14 Sep 2001 09:03:03 -0400 (EDT)

Dear AT&T WorldNet(r) Service Member:

It is a tragic time for our country, one during which all of us at AT&T WorldNet Service extend our prayers and condolences to the victims and their families of Tuesday's attacks.  Thoughts of hope, strength, and courage also go out to the emergency rescue and medical teams working around the clock to save lives in New York City and Washington D.C.

Because of these tragic events, AT&T WorldNet Service has been affected in some New York metropolitan areas.   AT&T is working to restore service back to normal levels and re-route connections, where necessary.

AT&;T WorldNet Service members will find a list of national emergency contact and relief information at

As we wait for news of survivors and mourn the incomprehensible losses from this horrific event, all of us at AT&T join the nation in prayer and hope.


AT&T WorldNet Service Team


Hey Annie!  I just wanted to send a little note out to let people know another way the can help with our nations tragedy.  You can go to any Eddie Bauer store and donate a $1 (or more) to the red cross.  As a manager for the company this is something we are asking all our customers to do as they
make their purchases.  God bless!
  Tracy N. Wright
    Delta Pi 1998

From: (Katherine Waters)

Dear KD sisters,

Terrorism not only affects people, it also  hurts the pets they love.  Tuesday's tragic events have left thousands of pets stranded in homes and/or in need of medical attention in the New York City area.  Take a moment to think about the animal(s) in your own life and what you would want done if you were in such a tragedy...

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has an Animal Disaster Relief Fund established to help rescue and treat the pets of the victims of the WTC tragedy.  Here is the info I've collected from their website (

The ASPCA has set up a  command center, located at the corner of Houston Street and West Street at  Pier 40. It is equipped with a mobile veterinary medical unit, emergency medical supplies,  pet carriers, pet food, and a psychologist trained to help distressed pet owners. The  purpose of the command center is to assist pet owners with stranded pets and provide  medical care to animals. The ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division has coordinated  their effort with the New York City Parks Department to gain access to buildings during  daylight hours.

  The ASPCA has also set up a hotline (212-876-7700 ext. 4PET) for pet owners to call and   report pets that are stranded in homes. The hotline is staffed by counselors who are   providing guidance and support to distressed owners. In addition, The ASPCA is compiling   a database of information pertaining to the location of stranded pets. The database will be   used to contact owners once The ASPCA receives clearance to enter the area where their   pets are located.

To help the pets of people affected by the NYC teroist attacks, - call (212) 876-7700 ext 4515 or 4516 to make a donation by phone.
- check out the ASPCA  website ( to make a secure online donation
- mail a donation by sending a check to "The ASPCA Animal Disaster Relief Fund", 424   East 92nd Street, NY NY 10128.

Katie Waters
Sigma Pi
Albion College '00


Dear Kappa Delta Sisters,

We have all been impacted by these terrorist attacks on our country. There
are many ways big and small that people are banding together to do
something. One of the most powerful things that we can all do is pray. Pray
for those families who have been directly impacted by these tragedies, that
God may comfort them and give them strength to endure. Pray for President
Bush and our leaders that God may give them the wisdom, strength and courage
that they need in the coming days and months. Pray for our country that it
will be restored to ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Pray for each other and thank God
for the many blessings that He has given. And finally, pray that it will be
God's glory and triumph that shine through and overcome this darkness.

Love in AOT,

Cathy Waine Gwynn
Beta Pi '85
University of Florida

From: (Tammi Gelentere)

I bought this book sometime ago but reread it last night and thought it was
good.  Written in 1997

A Prayer for the Twenty-First century
by John Marsden
May the road be free for the journey,
May it lead where it promised it would,
May the stars that gave ancient bearings
Be seen, still understood
May every aircraft fly safely,
May every traveler be found,
May sailors in crossing the ocean
Not hear the cries of the drowned.
May the gardens be wild, like jungles,
May nature never be tamed,
May dangers create of us heroes,
May fears always have names.
May the mountains stand to remind us
Of what it means to be young,
May we be outlived by our children.
May the bombs rust away in the bunkers,
And the doomsday clock not be rewound,
May the solitary scientists, working
Remember the holes in the ground.
May the knife remain in the holder,
May the bullet stay in the gun,
May those who live in the shadows
Be seen by those in the sun.



It seems impossible that such a horrible tragedy could occur in our country
and yet it has.  In only a few short hours our world has changed forever.  I
am sure we all know someone whose lives were touched by this terrible event
and that we are praying for those people, for the victims, the survivors,
their families, and our nation.  I hope that as a country we do not focus
solely on revenge and the killing of more innocent people overseas in an
effort to take out the terrorists, but take this opportunity to grow as a
country, to remember what it feels like to take pride in being American
citizens, and to help out our fellow Americans with compassion and caring.
Those who lost their lives on Tuesday will always be remembered as heros.
Let's not let them have perished in vain.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
- - Anonymous

Jennifer Grant Billhimer
Zeta Xi--Rollins College


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Annie, while some of the info specifically mentions our company and our EAP
provider, I thought the info would be useful to share with the KD group.
Feel free to pass it on.  Our company, based in MA, lost our sr vp of govt
affairs on flight 77.  I hope you and your friends and family are well.

Stacey (Hohn) Schack, EY 88

[ed. note: if you are interested in receiving this file, please email me. -- Annie]


      I want to first start by saying that my heart and prayers go out to each and every victim and family that has been torn apart by yesterdays unspeakable actions.  Secondly, I would like to say that we as Americans need to continue to come together to support this great nation that we live in. It is our home, and although we feel very violated now, we need to defend it with great pride.
      Sisters, we need to do something together to show our sincere support for the families that are grieving. I think that somehow, in some way, we financially need to come together and send money to either help with the clean up/recovery attempts or for the families that have been devastated by this. If any sisters have ideas on how this can be carried out, please feel free to email me at
With great love in AOT
      Tek Fitzgibbons
Omega Xi Winter 2001 initiate
University of Cincinnati


Hi Annie
I have just received the following message from my McValley MacIntosh User
Group president relating to scams on the internet trying to profit by the WTC
tradgy.  Please pass this information on to your friends and relatives.


Daphne and I are as horrified and saddened about recent events as you are,
but whenever something terrible like this happens there are always those who
would capitalize on it. These "lower life forms" have already appeared and
as a result we are sending you this warning to be on the look-out for scams
and spams that are related to the ongoing crisis.

Toward the bottom you'll find legitimate addresses and links for
organizations providing real aid. I already donated to the Red Cross via -- using my 1-Click setting it couldn't have been easier.

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Email groups warn of terrorism-related scams online

SAN FRANCISCO -- September 12, 2001 -- Email protection and consumer
advocacy groups warned today of online attempts to fraudulently profit from
yesterday's attacks on the USA. These attempts are taking the form of
unsolicited e-mail ("spam") and postings in community forums, soliciting
"donations" in the name of victims of the attacks.

A typical message claims to be part of an "Express Relief Fund" or "Victims
Survivor Fund". One message claims that donations will go to the Red Cross,
but the donation link leads to a Web site unconnected with that

The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and SpamCon
Foundation offer these tips to help determine whether a request is valid:

*    If you don't know the organization or person who sent the request, it's
probably fraudulent.

*    Virtually no bona-fide relief agencies request funds by sending email to
people who are not already involved in that agency. Solicitations made in
this way may also violate laws in the United States and Europe. (See

*    If you click on a link to donate, examine the URL shown in your browser. If
the domain name of the URL is hidden, unfamiliar, or doesn't match the
link's text, the request is probably fraudulent.

*    Verify the solicitor's identity through another medium (such as phone)
before giving money. Spammers frequently forge the identity and style of
well-known entities to gain credibility.

"WTC spams" appeared within an hour of the World Trade Center disaster.
Some, while not fraudulent, made light of the event. One spam promised, "No
terrorists here! Join our porn site, turn off the TV, quit watching the crap
happening in the states, and join our free site!"

The Red Cross is a legitimate organization active in supporting victims of
the tragedy and their families. To donate, visit their official Web site
( or call 1-800-HELP-NOW. If you have trouble
reaching the Red Cross directly, donations are also possible online through
PayPal ( and Amazon (

Marie Kaden



Thanks for getting the KD ONLINE out to all of us even though there's alot
of other stuff going on in the news. I do think it's important to try to
keep our lives going as normally as possible but I honestly believe that
life as we've known it and all the freedoms associated with it (which are so
often taken for granted) will not be returning to us for quite some time, if ever.

Our world has been crazy for a long time but it's never been this close to
home. Now we need to make our Open Motto our guide and try to convince
others to do the same. If we live each day to its fullest, do the best we
can at whatever it is we do, love each other (simply being kind to strangers
counts here, too) and go to bed each night without regrets, our world will
slowly become a better place. As we've all become painfully aware of in
recent days, life can end at a moment's notice and we have very little
control of when our time is up. We have to trust in God, be proud of who &
what we are (as individuals & as a whole), be prepared to meet our Maker,
and carry on. We will survive this whole thing but, as I said before, the
world as we've known it will be changed forever.

I am asking for help in contacting one of my very first Convention roomates.
Peggy Bishop is now married and I last heard that she had moved to NYC.
Anybody w/ any information on how I could contact her should e-mail me
direct at

Love to all,

Ellen Utschig
Beta Rho - '77
North San Diego County AA


I just received this from one of our long time members and my close friend and sister since my chapter assisted in installing her chapter at Gamma Eta in 1955.


Marie Kaden

My family-Jack, my husband, and our daughter, Julianne, and our two grandsons, Roy, 8, and Miles, 4 1/2, departed LAX on Monday morning to fly to Washington-Dulles. The boys were so excited. We were picked up by a stretch limo, flew on a 747, and entered the Capital via taxi. Our daughter home schools the boys and had been preparing them for this trip for quite awhile. They both could recognize monuments from pictures, knew what they wanted to see in the Smithsonian museums and in the Federal buildings. Miles was facinated with the Metro map and told us for weeks before we left that our station was L'Enfant station. As we were riding into the city Roy was exclaiming, "I can't believe that's the Washington Monument," "I can't believe that's the Capitol," etc. (Our taxi driver was trying hard not to crack up.) Our hotel is just a block or two off the mall near the Air and Space Museum so after dinner we took a walk to orient ourselves as to where our Metro station was and to see the buildings around the hotel. Our daughter lives in Ventura county and had made all of the arrangements for tours: the Capitol on Tuesday, the White House on Wednesday and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving on Thursday. After what seemed like a short night, it was Tuesday morning and we were all up early to get to the Capitol for our 8:30 a.m. tour. We had approximately eight blocks to walk and the approach was beautiful. We walked up the stairs from the mall side and then around to the east side where we were to enter the building through the Law Library side. We were early and so we were able to buy a few souvenirs the boys selected. Our tour was wonderful and we hated to have it end. It was close to 10 a.m. when it was over and we decided to visit the restrooms and then return to the gallery to get a better look at things we didn't see on the tour. I was the last one to walk into the restroom and when I exited back into the hall my family had disappeared. It took me a few moments to snap to and realize that people were rushing down the halls and I asked what was happening. My first thought was that there was a fire drill. "We're evacuating," someone replied, "the Pentagon was bombed." Then someone else volunteer, "The World Trade Center buildings have been hit by a plane." It was hard to let this sink in so quickly. I felt numb, as if I were in an old movie or a bad dream. I followed the crowd to the nearest exit and down stairs keeping my eyes ahead looking for my family. I reached the grassy area east of the building and saw where they had stopped and were looking for me. We reunited and exchanged information. By that time we were told a plane had slammed into the Pentagon. I immediately thought of my cousin Frank who works there and said a  prayer for his safety. Julianne had more information on the New York disaster. Putting it together with something that had happened earlier, I realized why, when on our way to the Senate Chamber, a man in an office off the hallway we were walking through suddently screamed, "Oh, my God," and rushed out the door. He had heard about the New York tragedy. People were still streaming from the Capitol and suddenly there were shouts to keep going east, a plane was spotted and there was fear that the Capitol would be attacked. We went as far east as the crowds seemed to feel was necessary and found a wall to lean on while we decided what to do. Go back to our hotel was our collective decision which was easier said than done. Traffic was unbelievable for even people from Los Angeles. We tried to make a wide berth south of the government buildings but it wasnt't easy. I don't know how long it took us. We didn't want the boys to panic and it was important to hang on to them, tightly. As we approached our hotel, we stopped to buy sandwiches and bottles of water. At last we were back in our rooms, tired and mentally weary, heartsick, disbelieving, angry. How could anyone hate our country so much to do these unspeakable things? We wanted to watch TV to see what was going on and keep the boys isolated from the news. We settled them in one room and kept the TV volumn low in the other. Later in the day, when we felt Roy was more relaxed, we did explain what had happened. He picked up things on his own as we were being evacuated but because everyone was orderly he was not terrified. During the day we were able to contact family at home, my cousin here who turned out to be on vacation and friends in the area. Our visit here ends tomorrow (Saturday) and we are scheduled to pick up a car and drive into Pennsylvania until next Thursday. Our flight home is for the 21st. At this time we don't know whether we'll be able to leave or not. But we are together and we'll find a way home. We have had prayers for the victims, their survivors and the countless brave souls who have put their lives on the (and lost them) to help others. We live in a wonderful country but it can only be as good as all of us who live here are. Patriotism should live in our hearts all the time; not just when there is a national disaster. (Excuse any spelling or grammar errors; Jack brought his laptop so I am able to send this to you but I am writing this quickly.)
Myra Andres Fisher - Gamma Eta Chapter



Just a note to let you know I was safe and sound in my office in Princeton when the World Trade Center was attacked yesterday.  Its been several years since I worked in the World Trade Center (a time period which included the last bombing).  About 30 of 180 of my coworkers who worked on the 91st floor of the south tower remain missing.

Thanks so much for your thoughts.

Ann Miller
Delta Nu, Zeta Theta CAB Chair, Central Jersey and NYC AAs


Hello everyone.

My name is Barbi McCulloch, and I've seen a lot in Kappa Delta over the few years I've been in this sisterhood.  I've seen us grow in leaps and bounds over the years, and especially now, I see us as a community growing even closer together, offering support and encouragement to those of us who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. 

I've seen it in the world too.  When I drive across town, I see people who aren't speeding as much, people who are more courteous on the road.  I see people opening doors for strangers, saying "excuse me" and "bless you".  As terrible as the destruction has been, we are rising from the ashes.  As long as we remember to make the most of every moment in life, to love our neighbor, no enemy can defeat us.

With that, I'd like to offer words of comfort to friends and families of victims.  But you won't find them written here, or spoken.  They are sung.  Currently there is no 'anthem'  on the airwaves to accurately describe what's happened, no song people can hear which can console them and help them rebuild their lives.  In response to this need, I have written and recorded a song entitled "They Can't Take Our Love", and I hope that in some way, it can bless, comfort, and bring us all healing from such a tragic moment in all of our lives. 

If you have mp3 capability, you can listen to my song on my webpage:

This is a song for the American people, not for monetary gain.  Any proceeds from CD sales or song listens will go directly to the American Red Cross for support in their relief and rescue efforts.

I hope you are blessed and comforted in some way from this song.  My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to you all. 

God be with you.

Barbi McCulloch
Epsilon Delta - 1994

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