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  • Kappa Delta ~ Sorority Spotlight Kappa Delta

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      Kappa Delta ~ ΚΔ

       

      Open Motto: "Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest
      Mascot: Teddy Bear
      Symbol: Nautilus Shell, Katydid, Dagger|
      Jewel: Diamond, Emerald, Pearl 
      Colors: Olive Green and Pearl White
      Flower: White Rose



      In the fall of 1897, four friends gathered together to found the sorority Kappa Delta. In Farmville, Virginia  - at the State  Female Normal School  (now Longwood University) -  Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, Sara Turner White and Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick came together to found Kappa Delta. Their objective, as stated on the official Kappa Delta website, was (and is):

      "The object of Kappa Delta Sorority is the formation and perpetuation of good fellowship, friendship and sisterly love among its members; the encouragement of literature and education; the promotion of social interest; and the furtherance of charitable and benevolent purposes."

       

      On October 23rd, 1897  Kappa Delta officially became a sorority. It is noted that Kappa Delta was the first sorority to be accepted to the National Panhellenic Conference as soon as they petitioned to join. Today there are 142 active chapters and 516 alumnae chapters and they are now headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. There are also more that 230,000 members throughout the world.

       

      Philanthropy is a huge part of Kappa Delta life. They work hard in their community and for each other. They also support four national charities; Prevent Child Abuse America, Girl Scouts of the USAOrthopaedic Research Awards, and Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia.

  • Delta Zeta Soroity Spotlight

     

     

    Delta Zeta ~ ΔΖ

    Open Motto: N/A
    Mascot: Turtle
    Jewel: Diamond
    Colors: Rose Pink and Nile Green
    Flower: Pink Killarney Rose
    Badge: Roman Lamp

     

     

     

     

     

    1902 was an exciting time for the women of Oxford, Ohio who wanted to obtain higher education from Miami University. When Dr. Guy Potter Benton was elected as the  president of the University one of his first actions was to allow women into Miami University in the fall of that year. It didn't take long for a group of six very bright young women; Alfa Lloyd Hayes, Mary Jane Collins, Anna Louise Keen, Julia Lawrence Bishop, Mabelle May Minton, and Anne Dial Simmons to come together with common goals and ideals and form Delta Zeta. It was to be the first women's fraternity to be established at Miami University in Oxford, OH - which is known as the "Mother of Fraternity" because many prominent men's fraternities that originated there.

     

    It wasn't an easy go for the founders of Delta Zeta. It is reported that at one point their constitution was stolen but Dr. Benton was able to get the offenders to return it and on October 24th, 1902 it was formally established by the state of Ohio. The Delta Zeta Creed really explains so much about this women's fraternity and her members:

    Delta Zeta Creed

    To the world,
    I promise temperance and insight and courage,
    To crusade for justice,
    To seek the truth and defend it always:
    To those whom my life may touch in slight measure,
    May I give graciously
    Of what is mine;
    To my friends,
    Understanding and appreciation;
    To those closer ones,
    Love that is ever steadfast;
    To my mind,
    Growth;
    To myself,
    Faith
    That I may walk truly
    In the light of the Flame.
    –– Dorothy Mumford Williams, Alpha Zeta (Adelphi University) (1939)

    (Via Wikipedia)

     

     Another important aspect of the women's fraternity Delta Zeta, is philanthropy and service. They have made speech and hearing their main priority and Delta Zeta has nationally partnered with The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gallaudet University and the House Research Institute. Each chapter also helps to support local organizations that are committed to this cause. 

    Delta Zeta's other national philanthropy is The Painted Turtle, which helps to provide a camp experience for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. According to the official Delta Zeta website:

     

    Delta Zeta supports The Painted Turtle camp as one of its national philanthropies through fundraising, donating items on The Painted Turtle's wish list, and via our collegiate and alumnae members who volunteer their time to the camp, helping the children that it serves.

    Visit The Painted Turtle camp at http://www.thepaintedturtle.org/turtle/

  • 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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