I have loved getting to know the DG women involved in Anchor Center. For me it has made my DG experience much more than just FUN and partying. It is truly giving back to an amazing cause and the community.Tricia Potucek
An interview with past Anchor Center Board Member and Delta Gamma Alumna, Tricia Potucek
Q: What made you decide to become a Delta Gamma and what has been your favorite aspect? A: I enjoyed and felt comfortable with the group of women in rush. My favorite part has been making lasting friendships.
Q: What collegiate/alumnae chapters were/are you a member of and have you held any positions? A: My collegiate chapter was Gamma Upsilon,Wichita State, where I held several offices. I have been a member of the Wichita, Oklahoma City and New Orleans alumnae chapters and, for the last 28 years, in the Denver alumnae chapter. I have held several positions in the Denver chapter including President, twice.
Q: What are three words you would use to describe the culture of Delta Gamma? A: Giving. Intelligent. Strong Standards.
Q: What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned through Delta Gamma? A: The importance of philanthropy and sisterhood.
Q: How have you remained involved in Delta Gamma after college? A: I remain very involved by actively participating in alumnae groups and working with Anchor Center for Blind Children, founded by Delta Gammas.
Q: When did you first learn about Anchor Center and what has your role been over the years? A: Right after I moved to Denver, 28 years ago, a sorority sister from Gamma Upsilon – who lived in Denver – called me and said I had to get involved with Anchor Center. Since then, I have served on Anchor Center’s Board twice and have been been involved in helping with fundraising events.
Q: What does Anchor Center for Blind Children mean to you? A: I love Anchor Center’s mission: To teach visually impaired infants, young children and their families, providing hope and a nurturing environment where children reach their highest potential. I have loved getting to know the DG women involved in Anchor Center. For me it has made my DG experience much more that just FUN and partying. It is truly giving back to an amazing cause and the community.
Q: What’s your favorite Anchor Center memory? A: I have many, many great memories…it’s hard to choose a favorite. However, the day the new building opened was pretty special!!
Q: What is the significance of Anchor Center to Delta Gammas? A: Anchor Center for Blind Children is significant to DGs in that it was founded by Delta Gamma women. The ongoing support of the Delta Gammas, both from a collegiate and alumnae level, is an amazing example of how we are giving back to the community in such an important way.
Q: How is the DG motto, “do good” applicable to the Anchor Center? A: Anchor Center completely encompasses the “do good” philosophy. From the first day they started raising funds in 1982, they have been changing lives by helping children with visual impairments and their families.
Q: Why is getting involved in Anchor Center especially valuable to Delta Gammas and how can more DGs get involved? A: Anchor Center is completely aligned with Delta Gamma’s philanthropy, Service for Sight – and becoming involved reinforces our values of giving back to the community. There are so many opportunities at Anchor Center for both collegians and alumnae: volunteering; fundraising activities; educating the community, friends, family, and fellow DGs about Anchor Center; serving on the Board…the list goes on.
Q: Do you think most Delta Gammas know about Anchor? How do we raise awareness in the Delta Gamma community? A: I wish every Delta Gamma knew about Anchor Center! There is an ongoing responsibility, year after year, for us to spread the word. There are so many ways for us to raise awareness…educating collegians and their parents in Colorado (and beyond!) about Anchor Center; making sure we have Anchor Center “news” in all Alumnae newsletters; talking about Anchor Center in DG alumnae meetings; being ready and willing to step in when Anchor Center reaches out to ask us for help.
Q: What is your biggest piece of advice to Delta Gammas everywhere? A: Continue to learn about the amazing philanthropy Delta Gamma does locally and nationally. Get involved…it’s a wonderful network of women!! You truly get out of your experience what you put into the experience.