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
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!"