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Kappa Delta

Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the universities (the others are Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha; a clock tower at the university campus with a clock face representing each sorority is dedicated to the four).

Kappa Delta currently has over 200,000 alumnae, as well as 10,000 undergraduate members in 133 active collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta also has 493 chartered alumnae associations, the most of any National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) group. Its headquarters are located in Memphis, Tennessee.

History

Kappa Delta was founded by Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, and Sara Turner White on the beliefs of friendship, fellowship and sisterly love. Kappa Delta has the distinction of being the only sorority to become a member of the National Panhellenic Conference immediately upon petition.

The Founders of KΔ:

Lenora Ashmore Blackiston Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick
Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson Sara Turner White

Famous Firsts

Kappa Delta was the first sorority that was accepted into the National Panhellenic Conference as soon as they petitioned to join. Kappa Delta became the first National Panhellenic Conference group to form partnerships with various women's organizations that have a great effect on the role of women in leadership positions.

Kappa Delta Sorority has partnered with the Association of Junior Leagues International, which has a great impact on women's community leadership, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Women's Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kappa Delta has founded National Women's Friendship Day to celebrate the friendships among women in this country. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in September.

Kappa Delta has also teamed up with Dove to promote the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. This program teaches girls and women to have self-esteem, be confident in themselves, and to accept themselves for who they are.

Kappa Delta also started the KiDs Need to be KiDs Campaign after Hurricane Katrina. The campaign brought toys to kids who were affected by the Hurricane. Currently, the campaign has relaunched to help those affected by the fires in California. Kappa Delta sorority has the most philanthropies of any NPC sorority (4 organizations).

Kappa Delta Beliefs

  • The Purpose:

The purpose of Kappa Delta Sorority is to promote true friendship among the college girls of our country by inculcating into their hearts and lives those principles of truth, of honor, of duty, without which there can be no true friendship.

  • The Object

The object of Kappa Delta Sorority is the formation and perpetuation of good fellowship, friendship and sisterly love among its members; the encouragement of literature and education; the promotion of social interest; and the furtherance of charitable and benevolent purposes.

  • The Creed

May We, Sisters in Kappa Delta, strive each day to seek more earnestly the honorable and beautiful things. May We each day through love of those within our circle, Learn to know and understand better those without our circle. May the diamond shield that guards our love find us each day Truer, Wiser, More Faithful, More Loving, and More Noble.

  • Open Motto

Ta Kala Diokomen. Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.

  • Vision

Kappa Delta Sorority is committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness.

  • Mission Statement

Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women committed to:
-Inspiring our members to reach their full potential;
-Preparing our members for community service, active leadership and responsible citizenship;
-Creating opportunities for lifetime involvement through innovative and responsive programs, and strategic collaborations and partnerships; and
-Fostering the development of our time-honored values within the context of friendship.

Philanthropy

Kappa Delta supports four national philanthropies: Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, the Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia, and Orthopaedic Research Awards. Every Kappa Delta collegiate chapter and many alumnae associations hold an annual "Shamrock Event" to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America, as well as a local children's philanthropy of their chapter's choice. Since 1986 when the Shamrock project was founded, Kappa Deltas have raised over a million dollars for PCAA. Many KD chapters decide to adopt local Girl Scout troop. KDs help Girl Scouts with troop activities and service unit events including uniquelyMe programs, programs with the Dove Campaign for True Beauty, and Studio 2B.

Notable members

For a full list of notable Kappa Delta alumnae, please visit here: Notable Kappa Deltas

Arts and Entertainment

Literature

Military

  • Claudia Kennedy (Alpha Delta-Rhodes) - first female three star general in the Army (now retired)

Government

Business

  • Suzy Spafford (Beta Rho-San Diego State) - creator of the Suzy's Zoo greeting cards
  • Patricia Polito Miller (Sigma Upsilon-Indiana) - co-founder of Vera Bradley, former Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana, and CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Recipient of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Distinguished Alumni Service Award for her work with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the IU Foundation.

Athletics

  • Nancy Thies Marshall (Sigma Omicron-Illinois) - 1972 Olympic Gymnast, current vice chair for Women of USA Gymnastics (formerly United States Gymnastics Federation), and is also a network television broadcaster
  • Trischa Zorn (Pi-University of Nebraska) - Paralympian

Philanthropy

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