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    • 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 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 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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