Alpha Gamma Delta ~ ΑΓΔ
Open Motto: “Inspire the woman. Impact the world.”
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.