Two members of the local Zeta Omicron chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority (ESA) were presented with the international organization's highest honor at the annual state meeting held recently in Salida.
Shirley Clayton of Cedaredge and Cathy Westlake of Montrose were the two honorees of the International Council of ESA's highest honor, the 5th Degree of Pallas Athene.
It is the ESA's lifetime-achievement award.
Both of the ladies have also earned 40-year membership pins in ESA.
According to the ESA website, "The completion of this lifetime program is based on an accumulative point system which will grow as long as you are active in ESA. The attainment of each degree will represent a record of the best hours of achievement in your life."
Last year, Westlake served as the state president for ESA and Clayton acted as her lieutenant in the office. Together, they accumulated the credits in office holding, participation, and leadership required to attain the 5th Degree.
The ESA website explains further, "In the Greek tradition of learning, the Pallas Athene program represents the height of excellence and the triumph of achievement in ESA. When you have been an ESA member for one year, or have received your First Pearl award, you may begin earning points for Pallas Athene award, the highest individual award of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.
"Pallas Athene represents the ancient Greek attributes that come from acquiring wisdom, and the beauty and strength of character that is the reward of service to others."
In the ESA honors hierarchy, higher achievements in service that would correspond to a "6th Degree" are possible, but they are conferred as specific "honors achievements" attached to the 5th Degree attainment.blog comments powered by Disqus