The 66th-annual Kansas State Convention of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International was held April 28-May 1 at the Highland Hotel and Convention Center in Great Bend. Kim Kummer, member of ESA: chapter Delta Tau of Great Bend, served as the Kansas state president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha for the 2010/2011 year. Kummer served as the presiding officer over the weekend’s business and festivities, and her theme for her term in office, “Let Your Life Speak,” well influenced the atmosphere of the conference.
Kummer joined ESA as a collegiate at Barton Community College in 1989. After transferring to Kansas State University, she helped to build a chapter there. She returned to Great Bend after college graduation and married Steve Kummer. She then joined the Delta Tau chapter of ESA, and began her many years of service to the organization.
Kummer has served all offices and committees within the chapter, as well as district chair three times. She has also served on the Kansas Council Executive Board for seven years as chaplain, auditor, treasurer, recording secretary, and first and second vice president and president. After serving her term as Kansas state president, Kim will serve next year as the counselor /disaster fund chair. Kim has also served as membership director, and on the ESA Foundation Committee.
When asked how she came up with her presidential theme, “Let Your Life Speak,” Kummer said, “it was a sentence someone spoke to me once and I filed it away. When it came time to choose a theme, I thought about how I try to live my life each day and how it relates to ESA and the philanthropy that we do. I have encouraged the membership to live their lives in ways that positively impact those around them.”
Over the years, Kummer has worked hours to benefit such organizations as Heartspring, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and a host of other local as well as national organizations. Her leadership has encouraged those around her to become involved in their communities and live lives of caring for those around them. The members of Delta Tau, as well ESA at large, have been blessed by having Kim in the organization. Her enthusiasm and fresh ideas have developed into many opportunities for helping others, as well as just having fun! Those involved with ESA hope for many more years of Kim’s leadership and spirit in the organization. In her words, “a smile can change a person’s day in an instant and it costs nothing.”