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  • Sorority ~ A Brief History of Sororities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fraternities and sororities are secret societies which were initially founded my students to have debates and discussions that might be considered inappropriate  by school officials.  While the first men's fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was founded December 5, 1776 the first women's fraternity, later called sororities, were founded much later. This was due to the fact the women didn't become actively involved in higher education and politics. The first sorority, the Adelphean Society (later Alpha Delta Pi) was founded at Wesleyan Female college in 1851.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Especially in the early days, sororities were very important to women entering the male dominant universities and colleges. Quite often the faculty and students weren't too welcoming, so the women banded together to form a sisterhood , which evolved into lifelong friendships. They were an amazing support to one another. There were some attempts to block the founding of these literary societies but many were connected to fraternities that helped them get going. Most sororities began and are located in North America but there are some outside of that; most of which exist in the Philippines.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Today sororities are heavily involved in helping each other and their community. Philanthropy is a HUGE part of sorority life. Many sororities find a charity (often many) that are near and dear to their hearts and then do what they can to volunteer their time and raise money to help these organizations. To learn about a specific sorority be sure to visit our blog and check out out Sorority Spotlight link.

     

    Sometimes people who don't know much about sororities wonder how they really benefit their members. There are MANY benefits of being part of a sorority:

     

     

    • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
    • Form lifetime friendships and connections
    • Teaches its members to work together with others in an atmosphere of teamwork
    • To perform community service projects
    • Program social functions for the student community

     

  • 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.

  • Sigma Sigma Sigma ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sigma Sigma Sigma ~ ΣΣΣ

     

    Open Motto: "Faithful unto death."
    Mascot: Sailboat
    Jewel: Pearl
    Colors: Royal Purple and White
    Flower: Purple Violet

     

     

    During the time in history when Sigma Sigma Sigma (aka Tri Sigma) was founded, higher education for women was quite controversial. As one might imagine, it was not an easy time for women who sought higher education. Many teachers and other students made it quite difficult at times. However, at the State Female Normal School in Farmville, VA opened it's doors to women and teacher education in 1890. In the fall of 1897 eight students of  -- Margaret Batten, Louise Davis, Martha Trent Featherston, Isabella Merrick, Sallie Michie, Lelia Scott, Elizabeth Watkins, and Lucy Wright formed a special bond while studying for their future teaching careers and formed a secret society. Lelia Scott and Lucy Wright led the first meetings of their secret society, the S.S.S. Club. On April 20, 1898, these women officially announced the founding of the Greek letter society known as Sigma Sigma Sigma.

     

    According to the official Sigma sigma Sigma website the Tri Sigma's Mission, Vision, and Values Statements are as follows:

     

    Mission Statement

    To establish among its members a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon them high standards of conduct.

     

    Vision Statement

    Sigma Sigma Sigma inspires exceptional life long learning and friendships.

    Values Statement

    Sigma Sigma Sigma reaffirms its long standing core values of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Philanthropy is also very important to Tri Sigmas. The Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation was founded in 1984 to fund philanthropic, educational and charitable purposes that help with leadership, the advancement of women and play therapy. The Robbie Page Memorial was founded in 1954, shortly after the Tri Sigma National President's son. Robbie Page, passed away from  bulbar polio. Initially the foundation helped fund polio research and today it fund items related to play therapy such as play rooms, libraries and programs to help children who are hospitalized long-term. Helping children is a huge priority for Sigma Sigma Sigma.

     

  • Back to School ~ Celebrate the New School Year!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It's hard to believe, but in a few short weeks millions of kids will be heading back to school and some are heading back even sooner than that! Going back to school can be so much fun but the first day can often cause kids to have a case of the jitters. However, if you make back to school an occasion worth celebrating that can really help to get kids even more excited about the coming school year! Today on the Charming Chick Blog we will give you some tips for creating a fantastic back to school buzz.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For all the instructions on how to put this super smart back to school party together
    visit The Design Dazzle Blog!!!

     

    1. Plan a Back to School Party

     

    So often we think of throwing parties to celebrate the last day of school but not the first day. Well, first days are very important and that deserves a party too! So why not invite a few of your child's favorite friends from school over to kick off the school year in style! There are so many things you can do and make in preparation for the event and we have pinned just a few fun ideas on our newest Pinterest board: Creative Back to School Ideas.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This and LOTS of other creative lunch and craft ideas can be found
    on Lisa Storm's Blog

     

    2. Make a Special Lunch

    If you get a little creative with your child's lunch it can really set the tone for a great school year. Older kids may not appreciate your creativity but if you know your child and know they'll love it go for it. For older kids who may not appreciate an animal shaped sandwich or ants on a log, you can always discreetly write a note telling them you love them and you hope they are having a great day and tuck it into their lunch box. A great site (beside the one mentioned above) is one of my personal favorites Super Healthy Kids.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For directions on how to make this adorable apple cake pops for back to school visit the Bakerella blog!!!!

     

    3. Welcome them home from school with a sweet treat!

    The kids will probably be excitedly telling you all about how their first day of school went, how they like their teacher, old friends that got to see and new friends that they made. Why not make this conversation even more enjoyable by sitting around the table and serving a delicious treat with some wholesome milk? Creating something truly special will let your kids know that you missed them, you hope they had a wonderful day and you are so glad they are home.

     

     

     

  • Sigma Kappa Spotlight

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In 1873-74  five young women founded Sigma Kappa at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 1871 was the first year that Colby College allowed women to attend equally. Mary Caffery Lowe attended for two years as the only female at the school -- what a trail blazer!!! Finally in 1873 four other women came to the school -- Elizabeth Gorham Hoag, Ida May Fuller Price, Francis Elliot Mann Hall and Louise Helen Coburn. During this time in history it was very difficult for women to gain admittance to a college and once they were they faced discrimination by college staff and male students. Naturally, the five women spent a lot of time together and decided they would like to start a literary and social society -- Sigma Kappa.  They were first required to submit a constitution and bylaws, which they did. On November 9th, 1874 the women received a letter stating their petition was approved and Sigma Kappa  became official! That date has been celebrated as Founder's day throughout Sigma Kappa's history.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    According to the official Sigma Kappa website the purpose and values of the sorority are as follows:

     

    Purpose Statement

    The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.

    Values

    Our values: personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty; bound by a promise.

     

     

    It is also very important to the members of Sigma Kappa to give back to the community, help fellow sisters and to national organizations as well. Their philanthropies include; Alzheimer's Research, Gerontology, Maine Sea Coast Mission and Inherit the Earth.

     

     

  • Phi Mu ~ Sorority Spotlight

    Phi Mu ~ ΦΜ

    Open Motto: "The Faith Sisters.
    Mascot: The Lion "Sir Fidel"
    Symbol: Quatrefoil
    Colors: Rose and White
    Flower: Rose Colored Carnation

     

     

    Phi Mu is the second oldest women's fraternity in the nation. It was originally founded as  the secret society Philomathean Society on January 4, 1852 at Wesleyan College. It was founded by three dynamic young women who were pioneers of their time; Mary Elizabeth Myrick (Daniel), Mary Ann DuPont (Lines) and Martha Bibb Hardaway ( Redding). The came together to form this society to support and encourage one another, for friendship and sisterhood and to challenge each other academically. After many very successful years of growth and development, the Philomathean Society had achieved a lot of respect, recognition and prestige. August 1st, 1904 they were granted a charter to become a national and they adopted the Greek Letters Phi Mu. Mary Ann DuPont (Lines) was the only one of the three founders to see the Philomathean Society become Phi Mu. In 1911 Phi Mu became a proud member of the National Panhellenic Conference. There are currently 115 chapters and they boast over 175,00o collegiate members.

     

     

    THE CREED OF PHI MU FRATERNITY

    To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.
    To think of God as a protector and guide of us all.
    To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost.
    To be to others what we would they would be to us.
    To keep our lives gentle, merciful and just,
    Thus being true to the womanhood of love.

     

    To walk in the way of honor, guarding the purity of our thoughts and deeds.
    Being steadfast in every duty small or large.
    Believing that our given word is binding.
    Striving to esteem the inner man above culture, wealth or pedigree.
    Being honorable, courteous, tender,
    Thus being true to the womanhood of honor.

     

    To serve in the light of truth avoiding egotism, narrowness and scorn.
    To give freely of our sympathies.
    To reverence God as our Maker, striving to serve Him in all things.
    To minister to the needy and unfortunate.
    To practice day by day love, honor, truth.
    Thus keeping true to the meaning, spirit and reality of Phi Mu. 

    From the official Phi Mu website ~ www.phimu.org

     

     

     

     

     

    The members of Phi Mu do so much to help each other, their community and the Children's Miracle Network. Phi Mu strives to raise 500,000 annually for Children's Miracle Network, which they donate to one of the 170 CMN hospitals nationwide. They contribute their time, treasure and resources to assist those in need.

  • Delta Gamma ~ Sorority Spotlight

    Delta Gamma ~ ΔΓ
    Open Motto: "Do Good.
    Mascot: Hannah Doll
    Symbol: Anchor
    Colors: Bronze, Pink and Blue
    Flower: The Delta Gamma Cream Colored Rose
    Delta Gamma  was founded in Oxford, Mississippi at Lewis School for Girls, located near the University of Mississippi. Anna Boyd Ellington, Eva Webb Dodd, and Mary Comfort  Leonard founded the  women's fraternity in December 1873.  They started the fraternity to provide encouragement to each other and others and to facilitate intellectual growth.
     On the official Delta Gamma website they note that it is one of the oldest sororities and because of that they have had the opportunity for many firsts such as:
    • first women’s fraternity to employ a full-time staff member to address the health and wellness needs of its members
    • first women’s fraternity to incorporate a foundation in 1951
    • first to build an international headquarters specifically for that purpose
    • first to have seminars and house corporations
    • first to have an archivist handling historical materials at the international headquarters
    • first to receive recognition from the American Academy of Opthalmology for Distinguished Public Service
    • first to establish challenge grants in values and ethics, through the Dorothy Garrett Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics 
    Sorority life means many things to many people. Sororities are a great place to develop lifelong friendships, learn about leadership, learn how to excel academically, and so many other things. Today Delta Gamma boasts over 143 chapters and 250 alumnae groups with over 142,000 members worldwide.
    Women's fraternities also provide many opportunities to help others in the community. Philanthropy is very important. Delta Gamma does so much to help folks in their community and their national philanthropy is on service for site. They have even partnered with TOMS for The Great Fight for Sight.
  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Delta Delta Delta

    Delta Delta Delta ~ ΔΔΔ

    • Open Motto: "Let us steadfastly love one another."
      Mascot: Dolphin
      Jewel: Pearl
      Colors: Silver, Gold, Cerulean Blue
      Flower: Pansy

     

     

    The women's fraternity Delta Delta Delta is also known as Tri Delta. It was founded in November 1888 by Sarah Ida Shaw, Eleanor Dorcas Pond,  Florence Isabelle Stewart and Isabel Morgan Breed At Boston University. During this time in history women were just starting to slowly enter the world of higher education. Many of these young women came to rely on others like them who were paving the way for a whole new generation of women. This was a time when public opinion was that women didn't need higher education because there were very few women in the workplace at this time; in fact women weren't even allowed to vote.

    Although there were already three women's organizations on the Boston University campus Sarah Ida Shaw wanted to start a women's fraternity that was different from the others. It is noted on Tri Delta's Official Website  that she said to her friend Eleanor Dorcas Pond:

    "Let us found a society that shall be kind alike to all and think more of a girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance."

    So the two enthusiastic friends set out to create the organization they both envisioned. They got to work writing the constitution, rituals and designing an emblem. From the very beginning these two friends pour their heart and soul into the sorority. They set a strong foundation before the official founding took place. Delta Delta Delta was also the first organization to be founded without the help of a men's fraternity. Tri Delta was not a weak struggling sorority -- instead their numbers grew and quickly surpassed a new chapter of Gamma Phi Beta. They were a strong tightly knit group of devoted sisters.

    Today Delta Delta Delta has 180 Chapters (in the US and Canada) and since it's founding in 1888, it has welcomed 235,000 members into the Tri Delta Sisterhood.

    As noted on the Tri Delta website their purpose is:

     

    "THE PURPOSE OF DELTA DELTA DELTA shall be to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, to develop a stronger and more womanly character, to broaden the moral and intellectual life, and to assist its members in every possible way.

    IT SHALL ALSO BE THE PURPOSE OF DELTA DELTA DELTA to promote and develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Fraternity and the colleges and universities where the Fraternity has established chapters, to develop qualities of unselfish leadership among its members, and to encourage them to assume, with integrity and devotion to moral and democratic principles, the highest responsibilities of college women." 

    The Tri Deltas also do all they can to help their members and to give improve their community. They volunteer their time and talents to many causes and their national philanthropy is Children's Cancer Research and they partner with St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

  • Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers

     

    Need some Christmas gift ideas? Let's talk about teachers!

     

     

     

    Teachers work hard for our children each and everyday.  They come in early, they stay late and they spend time at home grading papers and planning lessons. Great teachers always make time for their students and parent concerns.  If your child has a caring and dedicated teacher you have probably been trying to find a way to show your appreciation. Christmas is a fantastic time to let that special teacher know how grateful you are. Don't worry, you don't have to spend a lot of money to say thank you. We have many Christmas gift ideas for you to choose from; just add a heartfelt note of thanks and it will mean so much to them! 

     

     

    These elegant engraved soaps make fantastic Christmas gift ideas. Teachers receive a lot of coffee mugs, candles and candy as Christmas gifts, so if you want to do some thing that is different, these are perfect. Since these can be engraved with the teachers initials on them it shows that you put extra thought into choosing just the right item. These soaps not only look amazing, they also smell terrific and are so pampering to the skin. They come beautifully packaged and ready for gift-giving.

     

     

     

     

     

    For more Christmas gift ideas that are practical and fun check out these personalized note cards. They come in 14 different designs and can be monogrammed for an extra special touch. Sets are offered in quantities of 10 or 25 and can be personalized with a three-letter monogram or name. Notecards are nice to have on hand, so you can be sure that this gift will be used and appreciated! These wonderful Christmas gifts are ideal for just about anyone on your list!

     

     

    For more Christmas gift ideas try our personalized totes. They come in seven gorgeous colors and can be used for anything! Teachers will use these sturdy totes to haul items back and forth to their classroom. They are also ideal to take into the grocery store as well. Of course, this item can also be monogrammed which means you put extra thought and effort into selecting this gift. Again, if you are still shopping for Christmas gifts these totes can probably be given to many on your list.

     

     

    For more Christmas gift ideas just take a look at our wide variety of gifts. At Charming Chick we also care about our customers an want to ensure you receive any Christmas gifts you order before Christmas, which is why we offer a Christmas Delivery Guarantee. As long as you place your order by the specified deadline we will ship your Christmas gifts out in time for you to receive it in time for the holiday.

     

  • Alpha Xi Delta ~ Sorority Spotlight

    Alpha XI Delta ~ AΞΔ

     

    Open Motto: “The quill  is mightier than the sword.”
    Mascot: Betxi Bear
    Symbol: Quill
    Colors: Double Blue and Gold
    Flower: Pink Killarney Rose

     

     

     Alpha Xi Delta women's fraternity was founded April 17th, 1893 at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois. Ten young women at the college were seeking close friendships and wanted to form a national organization which would be dedicated to the personal growth of women. The original founders were Cora Bollinger Block, Alice Bartlett Bruner, Bertha Cook Evans, Harriett Luella McCollum, Lucy W. Gilmer, Lewie Strong Taylor, Almira Lowry Cheney, Francis Elizabeth Cheney, Eliza Drake Curtis Everton and Julia Maude Foster. Alpha Xi Delta is one of the oldest women's fraternities and was one of the 10 founding members of the National Panhellenic Conference.

     

    Alpha Xi members are called to enrich the lives of women through sisterhood, leadership, knowledge and service. There are currently 113 chapters with over 150,000 members nationwide. They support each other through shared experience and understanding. According to the Alpha Xi Delta official website, their mission is as follows:

     

    • Nurture unity and cooperation.
    • Foster intellectual, professional, and personal growth.
    • Exemplify the highest ethical conduct.
    • Instill community responsibility.
    • Perpetuate fraternal growth.

     

    The Alpha Xi Delta women's fraternity let each chapter decide on what  groups or community activities they wanted to help with but on April 2,2009 they chose their official national philanthropy Autism Speaks. As their website states they have raised over 400,000 for this cause. 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with autism each year and Autism Speaks helps raised the funds needed for research and education. It also brings awareness and helps advocate for individuals with autism and their families.

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