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  • Pi Beta Phi ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

    Pi Beta Phi ~ ΠΒΦ

     

    Mascot: Angel
    Symbol: Arrow
    Colors: Wine and Silver Blue
    Flower: Wine Carnation

     

     

    On April 28, 1867 the women's fraternity of Pi Beta Phi was founded at Monmouth college in Monmouth, Illinois. It was found by 12 very innovative and intelligent women; Clara Brownlee Hutchinson, Libbie Brook Gaddis, Emma Brownlee Kilgore, Margaret Campbell, Rosa Moore, Ada Bruen Grier, Nancy Black Wallace, Jennie Horne Turnbull, Jennie Nicol, Inez Smith Soule, Fannie Thomson,and Fannie Whitenack Libbey. They were admired the benefits that collegiate men belonging to secret societies enjoyed and wanted the same for them and for other women as well, so they decided to form Pi Beta Phi. During this time in history, there were very few universities that even allowed women on campus, so the women who blazed the trail for all who were to come after, needed the support and sisterhood that a women's fraternity would provide both on and off campus.

     

     

     

     

    The core values of this women's fraternity, according to the official Pi Beta Phi website are:

     

    Core Values

    • Integrity
    • Lifelong Commitment
    • Honor and Respect
    • Personal and Intellectual Growth
    • Philanthropic Service to Others
    • Sincere Friendship

     

    Philanthropy is a HUGE part of Pi Beta Phi life and always has been. They were the first to support a Canadian philanthropy and they have partnered with a number of literacy organizations to donate their time, money and resources to help support this important cause. According to the Pi Beta Phi website, their involvement in literacy "...dates back 100 years  to the founding of a Settlement School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Pi Phi was solely responsible for all education in Gatlinburg until the 1940s and continued to provide educational and financial assistance until 1967."Once the community of Gatlinburg took over the operations of the settlement school Pi Beta Phi moved onto focusing their efforts on other literacy programs. Their foundation helps their organization to grow, assists other Pi Beta Phi sisters and provides scholarships.

     

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

    Kappa Kappa Gamma ~ ΚΚΓ

     

    Open Motto: N/A
    Mascot: Owl
    Symbol: Fleur-de-Lis, Key
    Jewel: Sapphire
    Colors: Dark Blue and Light Blue
    Flower: Fleur-de-Lis

     

     

     

     

    On October 13th, 1870 Kappa Kappa Gamma women't fraternity was founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. It is said that in the late 1860's two friends Mary Louise Bennett and Hannah Jeannette Boyd were frustrated that there weren't any women's organizations similar to men's fraternities.  At a time when very few women were encouraged to seek higher education, the women who were at these colleges and universities needed the support and sisterhood that a women's organization could provide.  Soon after their initial discussion the recruited 4 other women; Mary Moore Stewart, Anna Elizabeth Willits, Martha Louisa Stevenson and Susan Burley Walker. As noted on the official Kappa Kappa Gamma website:

    "Kappa's six Founders were exceptional young women who believed they could take on the world and create something totally new. Taught to love learning and literature, these educated ladies not only originated the idea of Kappa Kappa Gamma but wrote its constitution, planned its motto and chose its badge and name."

    There are strict regulations regarding the Kappa Kappa Gamma badges, which since it's founding have been golden keys. Member are discouraged from loaning their badges to those who are not initiated members because they represent membership. As noted on the KKG website, it is strongly recommended that badges be returned to the main headquarters upon a member's death. This is to help ensure that only initiated members are in possession if these keys.

     

     

     

    Currently there are 138 chapter and over 240,000 collegiate members nationwide. They are all strong women who support each other through their endeavors and they also active members in their community through their philanthropy. In addition, these caring women have also partnered with RIF - Reading is Fundamental. They share their time, treasure and talent to help young people discover the joys of reading.

     

  • Kappa Alpha Theta ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

     

     

    Kappa Alpha Theta ~ ΚΑΘ

    Open Motto: "Faith, Hope, Love."
    Mascot: Kite
    Symbol: Key
    Colors: Black and Gold
    Flower: Black and Gold Pansy

     

     

     

    Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 and was the very first Greek-Letter organization for women. At a time when it was rare for women to obtain a higher education, there were those who knew their potential, wanted to pursue their dreams and knew that they could do great things with the education they would receive if just given the chance. At what is now DePauw University (formerly Indiana Asbury) four women came together to start an organization where women could support and encourage one another. The original founders of Kappa Alpha Theta were Elizabeth McReynolds Locke Hamilton, Alice Olive Allen Brant, Elizabeth Tipton Lindsey, and Hannah Virginia Finch Shaw.

     

    Elizabeth (Betty) Locke was the one who originally decided to establish a women's fraternity. She had contacts with two of the fraternities  on campus; Beta Theta Pi which was her father's fraternity and Phi Gamma Delta which was the fraternity her brother belonged to. The members of Phi Gamma Delta had asked Betty to wear their letters as a supporter (not an actual member) for the fraternity but she did not feel comfortable doing that since she was not privy to the secrets and purposes that the letters represented. Instead - with her father's encouragement - Betty decided to start a women's fraternity and along with the other three founders started Kappa Alpha Theta. They got their constitution drawn up and badges designed, which  they wore them proudly. In March 1870 Kappa Alpha Theta became the very first Greek-letter women's organization.

     

     

     

    Today Kappa Alpha Theta boasts over 170 college chapters and 190 alumnae chapters throughout the Unites States and Canada. They have 210,00o+ collegiate members.  As noted on the official Kappa Alpha Theta website their values consists of "Scholarship, service, leadership, personal excellence, and friendship/sisterhood." Of course, philanthropy is a huge part of Theta life and in 1989 they partnered with CASA  - which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate - as their international philanthropy.  CASA is made up of community volunteer who fight to protect the rights and dignity of children.

     

  • 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 ~ Chi Omega

     

     

     

    Chi Omega ~ ΧΩ

     

    Open Motto: "Hellenic Culture and Christian Ideals."
    Mascot: Owl
    Jewel: Diamond, Pearl
    Colors: Cardinal and straw
    Flower: White Carnation

     

     

    Chi Omega women's fraternity was founded April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The women founders, Ina Mae Boles, Jean Vincenheller, Joebelle Holcombe and Alice Simonds came together during  new and promising time in history. They embraced their independence and moved forward to blaze a trail for all the other women who would come after them Dr. Charles Richardson of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity also helped to found Chi Omega. According to the official Chi Omega website Dr. Richardson was a dentist by trade and crafted the first badge of dental gold.

     

     

     

    According to Chi Omega's official website, the women's fraternity was originally founded with the intent of becoming a national organization and expanding all across the country. Each time a new chapter was established, current members would write warm letters of welcome and congratulations. In the 1900's philanthropy was of the greatest importance to the women's fraternity. They gave of their time, talents and raised money to help local organizations as well. It was also the first organization of it's kind to make a substantial gift to a University.

     

     

     

    Today Chi Omega has 174 collegiate chapters and over 230 alumni chapters. The Chi Omega Foundation was established in 1982 to help fund the educational goals of the women's fraternity. The organization has always put philanthropy at the top of their to-do list. From the very beginning they worked hard to make a difference in their communities but in 2002 they announced the Chi Omega/Make-a-Wish Alliance. So, in addition to helping out in their communities they are also making a difference nationally through Make-a-Wish. According to the Chi Omega website they have donated over 6.4 million dollars and 400,000 volunteers hours to this worthwhile organization.

     

    Chi Omega provides its members with the tools they need to excel in the real world and to become successful in whatever they choose to do. They will have enormous support from members and alumnae throughout their lives.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Sigma Alpha

    Alpha Sigma Alpha ~ AΣA

     

    Open Motto: “Aspire, Seek Attain.”
    Mascot: Dot the Lady Bug
    Symbol: Phoenix
    Jewel: Pearl, Ruby
    Colors: Crimson, Pearl White, Palm Green and Gold
    Flower: Narcissus and Aster

     

      

      

    Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded November 15, 1901 at the Virginia State Female Normal School, which is now Longwood University. During the time of its founding, higher education for women was still a highly debated topic. Because of this, many women who were enrolled in these schools sought out the commandery and support of other women facing the same obstacles. The founders of Alpha Sigma Alpha were searching for the same.

    Virginia Lee Boyd-Noell, Juliette Jefferson Hudley-Gilliam, Calva Hamlet Watwon Wootton, Louise Brooks Cox- Carper and Mary Williamson-Hudley had become very good friends and i the fall of 1901 they were recruited and bid by other sororities. However, they quickly realized that this would mean the five friends would not be sorority sisters. So in November of that year they formed AΣA. Early on it was decided that only teacher's colleges or universities and colleges of education within universities.

      

    According to the official Alpha Sigma Alpha website the sorority's purpose as stated in the charter is as follows:

    The purpose of the association shall be to cultivate friendship among its members, and in every way to create pure and elevating sentiments, to perform such deeds and to mould such opinions as will tend to elevate and ennoble womanhood in the world.”

     

    In 1958 Alpha Sigma Alpha's philanthropic focus became aiding the mentally challenged and in 1976 the Special Olympics was named their national project. In 1990 and additional project was added:

     "The S. June Smith Center is a private non-profit agency providing early identification, education, training and therapy to infants and children in the Lancaster area with developmental disabilities and delays." via www.alphasiggmaalpha.org

    Currently there are 145 Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters and over 100,00 members nationwide.

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Phi

    Alpha Phi ~ ΑΦ

     

    Open Motto: “Union hand in hand.”
    Mascot: Phi Bear
    Symbol: Ivy Leaf
    Colors: Bordeaux and Silver
    Flower: Lily of the Valley and Forget Me Not

     

     

     

     

      

    Alpha Phi is a women's fraternity that was founded at Syracuse University on September 18, 1872.  Alpha Phi was the third Greek-letter organization for women and was founded by Clara Bradley Wheeler Baker Brudette, Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens, Martha Emily Foote Crow, Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton, Jane Sara Higham, Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert, Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults, Rena A. Michaels Atchison, Louise Viola Shepard Hancock and Clara Sittser Williams.  These ten founders were pioneers when it came to higher education for women.

    During this time in history it didn't seem necessary for women to attend colleges and universities but these women - and others like them - felt very differently. It wasn't an easy time and having the friendships and support of other women who were facing the same struggles made all the difference.

    According to the Alpha Phi website their purpose is as follows:

    The objectives of our Fraternity are the promotion of growth in character;
    unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among our members.

     

    In all that we do, we try to obey God's principles of justice and right. We have
    banded ourselves together to improve our minds and hearts, and we seek to aid
    each other through a constant watchcare always given in love.

     

    We believe ourselves to be sincere searchers for truth.

     

    We seek the highest ideal of womanhood, and we try to gain this
    ideal by cultivating not only the power and passion for seeking
    intellectual development but, also, the spirit of love and charity.

    And we who are thus united are under a solemn pledge to lend
    a helping hand to one another.

     ~ Constitution of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Incorporated, Article II

     

    Alpha Phi are innovative thinkers and they are committed to empowering women. Through the Alpha Phi Foundation they officially adopted Cardiac Care and raise funds to support programs that focus on studying the symptoms of women's heart disease, its treatment and prevention.

     

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Omicron Pi

     

    Alpha Omicron Pi ~ AOΠ

     

    Open Motto: “One motto, One Badge, One Bond and Singleness of Heart.”
    Mascot: Panda
    Jewel: Ruby
    Colors: Cardinal
    Flower: Jacqueminot Rose

     

     

     

    Alpha Omicron Pi is a women's fraternity founded on January 2, 1897 -- at Barnard College for women on the campus of Columbia University in New York. Alpha Omicron Pi is a known as a women's fraternity -verses a sorority - because it came into being before the term sorority was commonly used, so it is officially considered a "fraternity for women."

    The four founders Stella George Stern Perry, Helen St. Clair Mullen, Elizabeth Hayward Wyman,  and Jessie Wallace Hughan all met at the Columbia Law library to begin the women's fraternity. The badge was designed by Stella George Stern Perry who would later become Alpha Omicron Pi's president. Within one week of its founding, Alpha Omicron Pi initiated it's very first member, Anne Richardson Hall. These women were friendly, determined and fiercely devoted to one another and their purpose. As noted on the AOΠ website Stella Perry wrote:

     “that which makes our bond is promise certain of success. Let us follow our ensign devotedly, utterly and bravely. For our purpose cannot fail.”

    There are now 189 chapters and 389 alumni chapters in the United States and Canada and it is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference. One of the main priorities of Alpha Omicron Pi is to be of service to others. Their official philanthropy is arthritis, juvenile arthritis and related diseases. It was chosen because arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the nation. It's international foundation has donated over a million dollars to arthritis research and it's members have donated countless hours to local community projects that benefit children the elderly and the less fortunate.

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