ZTA Book Club 2017 Reading List

  • January 18 – “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman
  • February 15 – “When I’m Gone” by Emily Bleeker
  • March 15 – “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarity
  • April 19 – “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
  • May 17 – “The Nix” by Nathan Hill
  • June 21 – “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography” by Rob Lowe
  • July 19 – “All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg
  • August 16 – Share your favorite summer read!
  • September 20 – “The Chemist” by Stephanie Meyer
  • October 18 – “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach
  • November 15 – “Cyberstorm” by Matthew Mather
  • No Regular Meeting in December

Meetings held 7:00-8:30pm on 3rd Wednesday of each month. Please respond to the Evite to help with reservation planning.

Email your book suggestions for 2018 to Candy Bourgeois at bookclub-night@ztahouston.org

Click here for a PDF printable summary of the books.



“Remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was love, the greatest of all things…”

My name is Kelley Brege and I have the distinct privilege of being Nancy’s sorority sister in Zeta Tau Alpha.

Nancy was a remarkable ZTA lady, full of personality, character, and a real fondness and joy for life. I met her as an incoming alumna, fresh out of college. I remember meeting her for the first time at our Board member retreat in Cat Springs. The minute we arrived to Kathy Wilson’s house, here was this petite older woman with a glass of chardonnay already in hand. She greeted me with her, “Hi, I’m Nancy Burnett… you’re a young thing aren’t you?” That was one of my favorite things about Nancy. She had an uncanny ability to make other people smile and feel comfortable around her. It was something I treasured about her through all my years in ZTA with her. It seems fitting to apply parts of the creed of Zeta Tau Alpha when speaking about Nancy and her impact on others’ lives.

 “To be true to ourselves and to those within and without our circle.”

Nancy was one of the most genuine ZTA sisters I knew. Within the past few years, I would pick Nancy up to attend monthly meetings or book club gatherings. While she had physically slowed down a tad over the years, her mind surely hadn’t. She would have me get her at the front door and by the time we got out to my Tahoe, she was already telling me how insane it was to have a car you had to “climb” into. Knowing our routine, I would get in the driver’s seat and ask Nancy which way she thought it best to go in order to get to our destination. One evening I made the mistake of telling her, “Well, Google maps said we should take Westpark Tollway for this location.” She quickly rebutted with, “Kelley Brege, I have been alive a hell of a lot longer than Google maps, whatever that is, so you listen to me.” Yes, ma’am! J

Since I took Nancy to places on numerous occasions, I had the opportunity to be a first-hand witness of how she interacted with others. She was not only kind and witty to our fellow sisters, but also to wait staff, valet drivers, and the like. She treated each person in the same light, and was a model for other ZTAs, especially young ones like myself.

 “To prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served.”

Nancy served Zeta Tau Alpha as a collegiate at Southern Methodist University, and again as an alumna in the Houston Alumnae Association. Nancy was President of our Association twice, and also served as an instrumental part of our show house committee and our newsletter team. It was through my time as Newsletter co-chair, a few years after that eventful board retreat in Cat Springs, that I got to know Nancy at a deeper level. Nancy was in charge of the ZTA news portion of our newsletter; so tidbits about births, engagements, weddings, and deaths of women in the chapter. Nancy did not like formatting the newsletter or really dealing with the technology aspect, so I always told her to just communicate the ZTA news to me as she received it. By month’s end, I would sometimes have 5-7 deaths she wanted reported in the newsletter. Of course we wanted to honor our sisters, but I said, “Nancy, do we have any other happy news?” In true Nancy fashion she responded, “Well, Kelley, do you want me to just make up some fluff?! This is what was reported to me!” As you can see, she was one of the funniest ZTAs I have had the privilege to know. She worked tirelessly to make ZTA projects a success and always did her very best work.

Nancy received the Lone Star award, the Certificate of Merit, and the Zeta Lady award as reflections of her impact on the Houston Alumnae Association. These awards are a mere token, given the impact she had on all of her sisters, in both her collegiate years and beyond.

 “To find satisfaction in being, rather than seeming.”

Possibly my favorite thing about Nancy, as you can see illustrated here, was her ability to be her authentic self at all times. She didn’t apologize for having strong opinions, or shy away from telling the truth. She embraced a life of genuine conversations and shared sisterhood like no other. I was honored to have known her, serve alongside her, and share in her life for even a short time. Thank you for allowing me to share my memories of her with you.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K – American Cancer Society

May 7th @ Discovery Green 7AM-NOON!

Volunteer with your Zeta Sisters at the Survivor Experience Tent during the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K!”

We need at least 30 Houston surrounding Zetas to volunteer at this event!

Please RSVP by May 1st, T-shirt ordering deadline is April 20th. ZTA would like us to wear Think Pink shirts or ZTA letters.


Please send all T-shirt orders to Jill and feel free to reach out to her for any questions you may have.




Thanks to all who helped put together the 2016 book list!

ZTA Book Club 2016 Reading List

January 20 – “Inheritance” by Natalie Danford
February 17 – “The Selection” by Kiera Cass
March 23 – “A House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout
April 20 –  “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll
May 18 – “Garlic Sapphires – The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise” by Ruth Reichl
June 15 – “Desolation Row” by Kay Kendall *  (meet the author)
July 20 – “Ship of Fools” by Katherine Anne Porter
August 17 – Share your favorite summer read!
September 21 –  “The Promise” by Ann Weisbarber * (meet the author)
October 19 – “Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that  Changed America” by Erik Larson
November 16 – “The Law of Moses” by Amy Harmon
No Meeting in December
* Author lives in Houston

Click HERE to download the book list with summaries.

Meetings held 7:00-8:30pm on 3rd Wednesday of each month (exception March).

For more information, or to be added to our Evite list, contact Book Club Chair.




Monday, December 7 at 6:30 PM

Home of Leslie Hix

Happy Holidays Zisters! It’s that time of year, for our favorite monthly meeting, our Holiday Party! Leslie Hix has invited us into her home for this wonderful soiree. Please note that we will have light bites and dessert and we ask you each to bring a bottle of wine. We also will be supporting the Easter Seals Greater Houston’s Holiday Toy Drive, please see the guidelines below.

Also, another thing we wanted to point out is that this is on a Monday night so make sure you mark your calendar correctly!

Easter Seals Greater Houston, Holiday Toy Drive
($5-$50 Range)
New Developmentally Appropriate Toys:

For Infants:Windup music box for crib, mobile, hand held rattles, stuffed toys that make sounds when squeezed
For Toddlers: stackable blocks, extra large pieced puzzles, push able “corn popper”, roll along pull toy
For Children: large piece puzzles, doodle board, basic board game
For Tweens and Teens: books, basic board games, discovery sets (like art).

For more information or to RSVP, contact Day Meeting Chair.


Zeta Sisters

Welcome to another great year, ZTA sisters! Whether you’ve been around HAA for awhile, or you’re brand-new to our alumnae group, now is the time to pay your dues so you can join us for a great year of fun!

Dues are due by September 15!

Click here to pay your dues!



 Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association and Foundation  29th Annual Scholarship Luncheon


Featuring:  Colleen McGuire, Delta Gamma
Brigadier General, USA Army (Retired)

Recognizing:  2015 Collegiate Scholarship Winners

Welcoming:  Debbie Jones, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Incoming HAPA President 2015-2016

The Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association and the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation  request the pleasure of your company at the 29th Annual Foundation Luncheon  benefiting the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 –  Junior League of Houston, Ballroom,  1811 Briar Oaks Lane,  Houston, Texas  77027

Check-in beginning at:  11:00 AM
Ballroom doors open for Luncheon:  11:15 AM

Tickets:   $65 for an individual Regular reservation, $150 for an individual Patron reservation, $650 for a Table reservation. Ticket price includes lunch, the program, speaker, or style show, and a tax-deductible contribution to the HAPA Foundation.

Door Prize Tickets:
Door prize tickets are also available for $1 each.  100% of the money raised through the sale of door prize tickets provides direct scholarship aid.  Prizes have included; airline tickets, weekend getaways, gift certificates to expensive restaurants and high-end stores, crystal, and much more.

Click here for more information and to make a reservation.


Thank you to our Think Pink Committee as well as all of our underwriters, attendees, and supporters for another fabulous and successful event!

Information about our 2015 Event will be posted soon, so stay tuned!


Texas Zeta Day 2015
February 20-21 in Dallas, Texas
Hosted by District & Province XI-Alpha

The Westin Park Central
12720 Merit Drive Dallas, TX 75251
(972) 385-3000

Click here to view/download the information and registration packet.

Reserve your room by 5:00pm on January 31st, 201 to get a special Zeta Day room rate.
To book, please call 1-888-627-7032 or visit the hotel website.   You must indicate TEXAS ZETA DAY 2015 when booking to get the special rate.

Schedule of Events
Friday, February 20th Saturday, February 21st
3-8pm Registration 8-11am Registration
3-9 pm Zeta Shopping, Silent Auction & Raffle 8:30-2:30pm Zeta Shopping
5-6 pm White Violet Reception 8-1:00pm Silent Auction
6:30-9:30 pm Alumnae Dinner On Your Own 8:45am-10:15am Morning General Session
9:30-11pm Alumnae Dessert Reception 11:30am-2:30pm Awards Luncheon

Email: TexasZetaDay@gmail.com / Facebook: Texas ZTA Day 2015/ Twitter: @TexasZetaDay / Instagram: @TexasZetaDay