I keep posting my new posts late in the day but I am just happy that I am keeping up with it! It was just SOOOOO gorgeous today that I am just getting around to it. But for today’s Super Saturday post I am going to talk about my sorority, Delta Gamma.
Today, was Founder’s Day for my sorority. I joined Delta Gamma my freshman year at TN Tech. Loved it at times, hated it others, but I am so happy that I did it and made all the friendships that I did. And Travis and I may not have met if I didn’t join, since my freshman year DG did homecoming with the fraternity that he would end up joining. Today, the Tech chapter, Epsilon Epsilon, was celebrating 30 wonderful years on campus. I really wish that I could have been there to celebrate with everyone but I just couldn’t make that drive.
If is wasn’t for 3 fabulous ladies, Eva Webb Dobb, Anna Boyd Ellington, and Mary Comfort Leonard, stuck at the Lewis School for girls in the winter of 1873, I wouldn’t have had a chance to be a part of this great sorority. I just wanted to share some of the fun facts about Delta Gamma and some of their firsts.
- First fraternity in the United States to establish an independent philanthropic foundation in 1951 in Ohio. (Service for Sight)
- The first sorority to have its own in-house printing press.
- The only panhellenic group to have its flower registered with the American Rose Society – “Delta Gamma Cream Colored Rose”
- One of the seven original groups that began the National Panhellenic Conference
- First Panhellenic group to build its own facility, the Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Columbus, Ohio.
- First and only fraternity to sponsor a traveling art exhibit Art of the Eye, which benefits Service for Sight.
- First recipient of the Helen Keller Philanthropic Service Award, given by the American Foundation for the Blind, for assistance to those who are visually impaired and for sight conservation.
- First recipient of the Virginia Boyce Award presented by Prevent Blindness America
- First woman’s fraternity to employ a full-time staff member to address the health and wellness needs of its members
- First to have an archivist handling historical materials at the international headquarters
- First to receive recognition from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for Distinguished Public Service
- First to establish challenge grants in values in ethics, through the Dorothy Garrett Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics
If your daughter wants to join a sorority, and you are hesitant about it, just remember they aren’t all that you think they are! Delta Gamma’s motto is “Do Good.” While I was an active sister, I helped at the TN School for the Blind, we held our annual Anchor Splash every spring to raise money for our Philanthropy, Service for Sight, plus many more activities. And many other sororities “do good” as well. So just keep an open mind about them!
I am very proud to have worn and still wear the Golden Anchor. I am happy that I know all the history and rituals of this great sorority. I am privileged to have a bond with so many other Delta Gammas out there in this world, the ones I know and the ones that I don’t! So to every DG out there- DG love and mine! And forever “In the Bonds!”