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  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Zeta Tau Alpha

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zeta Tau Alpha ~ ΖΤΑ

     

    Open Motto: "Seek the noblest."
    Mascot: Crown, strawberry
    Colors: Turquoise, Steel Grey
    Flower: White Violet

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On October 15, 1898 Zeta Tau Alpha internation women's fraternity was founded by nine young women: Maud Jones Horner, Della Lewis Hundley, Alice Bland Coleman, Mary Jones Batte, Alice Grey Welsh, Ethel Coleman Van Name, Helen M. Crafford, Frances Yancey Smith, Ruby Leigh Orgain and the Virgina State Female Normal School. Several of the women met together regularly. They shared beliefs, education and a sisterhood. They enjoyed each other so much that they wanted to figure out a way that they would be tied to one another forever. According to Wikipedia Maud Jones wrote: “For a whole year before our sorority was established, the need of such an organization was strongly felt. There were six or seven of us who used to frequently meet together and talk over and try to devise some way by which we could unite into a helpful and congenial band. We knew we sadly needed something, but we had no idea how that something was to be found. The beginning of session 1898–1899 our little crowd again at the Normal and just as eager as before, if not more, to find something to satisfy our desires.” The women then took steps to form an organization that would help keep them together and help other women form lifelong bonds. It took a year to get it officially approved but after working to get everything completed Zeta Tau Alpha came to be.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    According to the official Zeta Tau Alpha website their motto is as follows:

    Mission Statement:
    To make a difference in the lives of our members by developing the potential of each individual through innovative programming, which emphasizes leadership development, service to others, academic achievement and continued personal growth for women, with a commitment to friendship and the future based on the sisterhood, values and traditions of the past.

     

    Philanthropy is an important part of of Zeta Tau Alpha life. Some of their previous philanthorpies have been; Currin Valley (Va.) Health Center, Cerebral Palsy Division of the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Easter Seals, Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC).

    In 1992 they adopted the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as their national philanthropy and that sponsorship lasted for 19years. However, the women's fraternity wanted to broaden their focus to include other education resources as they relate to breast cancer. Today Zeta Tau Alpha's national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Kappa Alpha

     

    Alpha Kappa Alpha ~ ΑΚΑ

      

    Open Motto: “By Culture and By Merit.”
    Mascot: None
    Symbol: Ivy Leaf
    Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
    Flower: Tea Rose

     

     

     

     

     

    Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded at Howard University in Washington DC on January 15, 1908 and was incorporated January 29, 1913.  It was also the very first Greek lettered sorority to be founded by African-American women. These women - who were only one generation removed from slavery -  were determined to make the most of their college experience and help others do the same.

     

      

    The founding members of Alpha Kappa Alpha were Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Lavinia Norman, Lucy Slowe and Marie Woolfolk Taylor. Ethel Hedgeman was inspired by her future husband George Lyle, who was a charter member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Howard. With Ethel as the temporary chairperson, they wrote up their constitution, chose a motto and picked the sorority colors.

    After about four years the 20+ memebers decided they wanted to have a larger impact on their community. They also wanted to completely transform the sorority by changing their colors, constituion and letters. It was proposed that they should be known as Delta Sigma Theta but several people - including the founders - disagreed with the changes, instead theymoved forward as Alpah Kappa Alpha and in January 1913 they became nationally incorporated. In the fall of 1914 a second chapter was formed at the University of Chicago and today there are currently 900 chapters.

     

     

     Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority has always be very dedicated to preserving and advocating for basic human rights. Their signature program initiatives include; Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) initiatives, health initiatives, global poverty, economic security initiatives, social justice and human rights initiatives and internal leadership training for external services initiatives. To learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha service initiatives visit the AKA official website.

     

     

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Gamma Delta

     

     

     Alpha Gamma Delta ~ ΑΓΔ

     

    Open Motto: “Inspire the woman. Impact the world.”
    Mascot: Squirrel
    Jewel: Pearl
    Colors: Red, buff and green
    Flower: Red and buff rose

     

     

     

    Alpha Gamma Delta - an international women's fraternity - was found on May 30th, 1904 at Syracuse University. The 11 founding members gather at the home of Dr. Wellesley Perry Coddington - a professor at Syracuse - who assisted in the early development of Alpha Gamma Delta. The 11 founders were; Marguerite Shepard, Estelle Shepard Beswick, Georgia Alberta Dickover, Jennie Titus Smith Morris, Ethel Evelyn Brown Distin, Grace Mosher Harter, Edith MacConnel Hickok, Mary Louise Snider, Georgia Otis Chipman, Emily Helen Butterfield and Flora Knight Mayer.

     

     

     

     Currently Alpha Gamma Delta has 185 chapter and over 155,000 women have become sisters since this international women's fraternity was founded.  According to the official Alpha Gamma Delta website,  purpose of the Alpha Gamma sisters is:

      

    "To gain understanding that wisdom may be vouchsafed to me.

    To develop and prize health and vigor of body.

    To cultivate acquaintance with many whom I meet.

    To cherish friendships with but a chosen few and to study the perfecting of those friendships.

    To welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world's work in the community where I am placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied.

    To honor my home, my country, my religious faith.

    To hold truth inviolable, sincerity essential, kindness invaluable.

    To covet beauty in environment, manner, word and thought.

    To possess high ideals and to attain somewhat unto them.

    This shall be my purpose that those who know me may esteem Alpha Gamma Delta for her attainments, revere her for her purposes and love her for her Womanhood."

     

    The Alpha Gamma Delta's are also committed to impacting the world, so they are involved in many philanthropic activities. Their focus is on diabetes aware ness and education. Because diabetes affects its members, family members and acquaintances it is cause dear to their hearts. The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation have grants that support members and other individuals who are living with diabetes. The foundation also assists members in emergency situations and helps to enrich the community around them.

     

     

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