• 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


  • Happy Thanksgiving ~ Facts and History

    All of us here at Charming Chick would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of this delicious holiday we wanted to share with you some thanksgiving history and fun facts. Eat well, enjoy your family and friends and be sure to give thanks for all of your blessings -- oh and don't forget to amaze everyone with all of your wonderful Thanksgiving trivia.



    (Thanksgiving craft via www.marthastewart.com )


    Thanksgiving History and Facts:


    * Though the exact items served at the first Thanksgiving feast are not known it is safe to assume there was fowl of some kind (though we cannot be certain if turkey was one of them), venison, corn and pumpkin.



    * The actual date of the "first" Thanksgiving  is a matter of debate. Some sources claim it happened right after the pilgrims landed at in the New World, while others say it occurred  in 1621 after a hard first winter. During that first winter 46 of the 102 pilgrims died but the following year was plentiful thanks to the Wampanoag Indians for teaching them to fish, hunt and plant crops like corn and squash.



    * Thanksgiving wasn't something that was celebrated every year. After  feast, the next one was celebrated in 1623 after difficult times.  An interesting fact is that when they did celebrate the feast lasted three days! It was a time spent feasting and giving thanks to God for a bountiful harvest.





    * Thanksgiving wasn't an "official" national holiday until President Abraham Lincoln did so in 1863. Then in 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt established the current date for the holiday which is the fourth Thursday in November.



    *Minnesota is the top turkey producing state followed by Arkansas, North Carolina, Missouri, Indiana and Virginia.


     *  Many of the items that we include on our tables during this holiday were not available or part of the English diet. Potatoes and sweet potatoes didn't show up to the table, cranberry sauce requires sugar which was an extravagance at the time and there wouldn't have been any pumpkin pie because they didn't have all the ingredients needed to make a crust.



  • Flag Day is June 14th ~ History and Facts

    Flag Day - which was initially known as Flag Birthday - is thought to have originated in 1885. It commemorates the adoption of the American flag; which occurred on June 14th, 1777. Flag day had humble beginnings. It is believed to have been initiated by school teacher - Bernard J. Cigrand - who wanted his students to observe this historic moment in our country's history. It was mentioned in newspaper and magazine for many years to follow -- and grew from there.


    In the beginning, Flag Day was observed mostly by school children. During the celebration, they participated in activities, made crafts and sang patriotic songs -- and still do so today. Eventually, it caught on with adults as well and - according to US Flag.org - "...was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916." Then on August 3rd, 1949 President Truman signed an Act of Congress which make Flag Day a national holiday!


    More Fun Flag Facts

     ~ The name "Old Glory" was given to the flag by Captain William Driver. He was given a flag with 24 stars -- which he called Old Glory. During the Civil War Rebels wanted to destroy Old Glory. However, when they searched his home, they could not find it -- he had carefully sewn it in the middle of his comforter. Tricky!

    ~The current version of the US flag was designed by Robert Heft -- an 18-year-old high schooler. He received a B- from his teacher. Heft took issue with this, and submitted his design to congress. They actually accepted his design, so his teacher changed his grade to an A! His design was adopted as the nation's flag in 1958.

    ~If a flag should become damaged, it should be disposed of in a highly respectful way.

    ~If the flag is displayed at night  it must be illuminated.

    ~The flag is never to touch the ground.

    ~(This one is very interesting) The flag should not be displayed on any item which is created to be disposed of later.

    The Pledge of Allegence

    I Pledge Allegence - to the flag - of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!

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