Alpha Delta Pi Executive Director Linda Welch Ablard, Alpha Omicron-Oklahoma State, received the Fraternity Communication Association’s (FCA) Evin C. Varner, Jr. Award on Friday, May 18, 2012. This award, the highest honor presented by FCA, was established in 1985 to honor Evin C. Varner, Alpha Sigma Phi, whose exceptional and generous devotion to—and work for—his fraternity, FCA and the entire Greek-letter system was extraordinary, creative and productive. The award recognizes an outstanding fraternal communicator. The recipient inspires others by communicating the meaning of fraternity or fraternal cooperation.
Linda served as editor of The Adelphean for 21 years and has authored two history books about Alpha Delta Pi—Sisters in 2001 to celebrate the sorority’s 150th anniversary and More Sisters in 2011 added information updating the history to the 160th year. She has served in numerous leadership positions in the sorority, with CFEA, the Executive Directors Association with the National Panhellenic Conference and with Fraternity Executives Association (FEA). In her keynote address, Ablard talked about the journey of writing the two history books, what she learned about herself, her sisters, and the organization and the impact that the process had on her personally.