Beta Delta Chapter was founded at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 2, 1890.
3,216 initiates (as of June 2018)
In the spring of 1890, two rival groups at the University of Michigan petitioning the Grand Council of Kappa Kappa Gamma were brought together harmoniously, and nine persons from the two groups were listed on the Beta Delta charter.
Six returned to college for a fall initiation at the home of one of the initiates - the other three were initiated later- and the first golden keys caused a campus sensation.
Three faculty wives (the patroness custom was continued at Ann Arbor until about 1950) became loyal friends and sponsors of the young chapter. In the spring of 1893 a series of Sunday patroness teas enabled the girls to plan for chapter headquarters, established that fall. Other early chapter events included the establishment of a Panhellenic, a Beta Delta Alumnae Association informally organized during 1894-1895, a June 1895 reunion, and the entertainment of the 1902 National Convention.
In the fall of 1895 six Kappas moved to Beta Delta's first chapter house at Washington and Ingalls Streets. There were six more moves before the $19,000 house was built at 1204 Hill Street. Ground had been broken April 1910, and 22 girls were housed in the unfurnished building that fall. Beta Delta's Grand President Florence Burton Roth was guest of honor at the housewarming.
World War I brought meatless, wheatless days of sacrifice and service, Red Cross knitting, farmerette duties and many forms of thrift. On Armistice Day an impromptu Kappa dance brought in servicemen and a jazz band. A highlight of the year 1924 was the wedding of Theodosia Burton Stewart, X - Minnesota, daughter of the university president. The entire chapter, dressed in pastel formal gowns, adorned the balcony of the elegant new Clements Library where the ceremony took place. They also attended, with such luminaries as Henry Ford, the reception that followed in the president's residence next door.
Visits from Dorothy Canfield Fisher, BN-Ohio State, and Robert Frost, while he was the university's Poet-in-Residence, were also of great interest to the chapter.
Outstanding Beta Deltas of the 1920s include three honored in architecture: Marion Frances Blood, awarded the Booth Scholarship in Architecture; Ruth Goodhew Chasteney, editor of Architectural Forum magazine; Frances Sutton Schmitz, first woman architect registered in the State of Michigan, a long term member of the Fraternity Housing Committee, and recipient of a Kappa Distinguished Alumnae Award. Phyllis Laughton Seaton became the first Michigan coed to direct the Junior Girls Play, later a leading drama coach in Hollywood, California, and a mayor of Beverly Hills.
The paramount interest of Michigan women during this period was the planning and financing of a Women's League building as a campus activities headquarters. At that time women were not allowed to enter the men's Michigan Union by the front door, or use the building for meetings. In 1923 Beta Delta stood first in contributions among organized houses, and in 1929 the beautiful million dollar Michigan League made the university the first and only campus with two student buildings.
The Kappa Kronicle, chapter financed, which appeared in the spring of 1931, has been continuously published and has received many Fraternity awards. It chronicles the times for Beta Delta alumnae. The Depression years note such items as the addition of a water softener, linoleum in the attic dorm ("no more splinters"), and electrical equipment in the pantry. ("Now we can have hot toast and even an egg in the morning if we pay a nickel.")
In spite of the Depression, the Kappas entertained: at high teas; at dinners honoring faculty, patronesses, or alumnae; and in 1930 at a tea introducing their new chaperone to the campus. The inimitable Mrs. Louise Doggett, white hair piled high, black velvet band at throat, lent her grace, dignity, and friendship to the chapter for seven years.
After the Depression came lighter, happier times. Initiates of 1937 were required to skip, rather than walk, and to bow when encountering an active. Beta Delta's Helen Bower, star reporter for the Detroit Free Press and editor of The Key from 1930 to 1946, often came to initiation banquets, delighting each new class with her rendition of "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," complete with gallops across the dining room floor. This was the Big Band era. Kappas danced to the music of Jimmy Dorsey at one end of the Intramural Building and Kay Keyser at the other at the "U Hop" in 1938. In the late 1930s dressy Michigan coeds no longer strolled down the "Diag," the main walk on campus, in high heels, gloves, and hats. Instead they wore saddle shoes, skirts, and cardigans (preferably Braemars( buttoned down the back, and always with pearls.
The high point of 1940 was the celebration of fifty golden years of Beta Delta. Two charter members, Mildred Hinsdale and Lucy Clark Terry, and two Kappa presidents, Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, M-Butler, and Florence Burton Roth, were honored guests. Over 100 attended the reunion and formal banquet with Helen Bower as toastmistress.
The December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor drew excited Kappas to their radios, concerned for men in service and those subject to call. The campus theme again became sacrifice on the home front. Kappas danced to records at the spring formal and donated their band money to the Bomber Scholarship Fund. The Michigan Daily praised Kappa for being the first sorority to give up "the frills." Nightly exercises for fitness became part of life at 1204 Hill. The Michigan League Council became the Women's War Council and traditional activities were out for "the duration." The Sophomore served as hospital volunteers, the Juniors took on a stamp and bond drive, and the Seniors made surgical dressings. As men on the labor force left for service, women filled in at the university laundry, in food service, and even on campus groundskeeping, uniformed in plaid shirts and jeans, saddle shoes, and hairbows!
The term "chaperone" had disappeared, and even "house-mother" was on the wane when the gracious Mrs. John Owen arrived in 1942 ad house director. Her sense of humor carried the chapter (and herself) over rough times of rationing and shortages. Stories of "rabbit-chicken" and Kappas serving as maids, cooks, and waitresses attest to her ingenuity. She stayed until 1954, proof of her durability, too.
The chapter house, built in 1910, had met the needs of the group until growing enrollment required annexes for additional members. There were happy times in those modest homes, but there was also an unsatisfactory separation of members. In 1938 property adjacent to the chapter house had been purchased for $13,500 and, in spite of the war, the addition was almost finished by fall, 1942. Again members returned to an unfinished house, rushees walked over planks to the front door, but a large class of 26 was pledged. The remodeling costs of $46,000 which transformed the house into one with white Georgian columns were considered well spent.
Many campus customs were revived with the war's end. The Kappa house abounded with happiness, sisterhood, campus activity, achievement, and tradition. A full social life included cherished weekends for mothers and fathers, exchange dinners, serenades, and T.G.I.F. (Thank God It's Friday) parties. Drinking was not allowed on campus and curfew was enforced. Twenty-first birthdays were celebrated at the "Pretzel Bell" with names etched on its wooden table tops. Kappa, with Kappa Sigma, won first place honors for the booth at "Michigras," the biennial carnival.
During this period of years when the chapter was repeatedly bringing home first place awards for scholarship, activities, and athletic participation locally, the Fraternity recognized Beta Delta with the Westermann Efficiency Award (1944), the Standards Award (1946), and the Finance Efficiency Award (1948).
A Sunday round table of advisers and new and outgoing chapter officers was instituted, a practice giving greater continuity to chapter programs, later to be recommended by the Fraternity to other chapters. The year 1942 had marked the last spring initiation to be held for a decade. There followed constant revision and re-evaluation of the rushing system, forcing continual change in the chapter social and financial patterns, culminating in 1949, in a quota system designed to spread membership to all houses, but never succeeding.
Seniors emerged as secure and dedicated young women in the 1950s, aspiring to assume their roles in the world. Nancy Watkins Osius became the first woman president of the Literary College senior class and was selected by McCall's Magazine as the outstanding 21-year-old woman in the country. She later received a Rotary scholarship to study in Scotland. Gloria James Kerry chose a career in dentistry and became a leading periodondist. She received a Kappa Alumnae Achievement Award some years later.
More housing space was needed by 1954. The university administration recommended that the capacity be increased to 45 so the beloved back porch was rebuilt into a wing which also provided study rooms, a lounge, and a new chapter room at a cost of $75,000. By using every remaining inch of property, and spending $110,000 on another addition in 1959, it became possible to house the entire chapter of 65 under one roof.
Student Government Council began to interest itself in sorority rushing procedures and membership clauses. In 1957 it dictated a return to deferred rushing, which marked the beginning of significant changes in student attitudes, and presented constant challenges to keep the sorority system alive and healthy.
In 1960, Beta Delta marked its 50th year as a corporation, and in 1965, the 75th anniversary of its founding. At the celebration luncheon "diamonds" were everywhere, even glued on the euonymus sprays massed on the tables. Once gain Mildred Hinsdale, now 95, delighted the more than 200 guests with reminiscences.
Interest in foreign and cultural affairs brought two exchange students to live in the house at two different times. In 1961 the chapter instituted an "awareness program" which received first place in the Fraternity's national ratings and was much discussed at the 1962 Convention.
The typical student of the 1960s seriously questioned society's ethical standards. Students became the center of national interest, and the university a focal point. President John F. Kennedy launched the Peace Corps on the Michigan Union steps in October, 1960, and at the 1964 Commencement President Lyndon B. Johnson voiced his first statement on "The Great Society."
Along with the emphasis on intellectual involvement came greater freedom for women. University restrictions on women's hours were relaxed and senior women were permitted to live in apartments. Beta Delta issued door keys to seniors in 1964, and to juniors and sophomores the following year. "Sign-in" was no longer required, in accordance with university policy. Beta Delta required parental approval for "key privileges," and stiff penalties accompanied the loss or misuse of a house key.
In 1968, after a period of frequent change of house directors, Mrs. Renee Kelley, with her French accent and flair, arrived.
In the period of unrest in the late sixties, the Michigan Daily championed Gay Liberation, Black Action, and sexual freedom while degrading the administration, local merchants, and the Greek system. Sororities were termed shallow, superficial, and strictly social. Panhellenic restructured, unstructured, and again revised rushing procedures to be more appealing and less demanding of the individual, but the number of chapters on campus dropped from 22 to 15.
Kappas everywhere can be proud of Beta Delta. In spite of the general questioning of fraternity worth, the girls have been able to communicate their happy enthusiasm for Kappas, and the feeling that one can join a group without losing individuality. The house has been filled every year with Beta Deltas, not boarders, as has been the case with many other houses on campus.
The full house enable the Beta Delta Association to pay off the $110,000 mortgage in the fall of 1974. During the 15 year term of the mortgage a much larger sum had been spent for taxes, interest, repairs, and improvements to house and furnishings in addition to payments on the principal. Over 70 alumnae gathered with the chapter for a champagne luncheon at 1204 Hill Street for the celebration. The mortgage was burned as Catherine Kelder Walz touched it with a lighted candle set in an owl lantern.
Beta Delta Chapter and its House Board have benefited greatly from the enthusiasm and experience of "Kay" Walz, who served as chairman of the Fraternity Housing Committee for 30 years. The Ann Arbor Alumnae Association has established a loan fund in her name, and in 1965 founded the Catherine Kelder Walz Diamond Key Award in appreciation of her devoted guidance and wise financial management over four decades. She received, not only her fifty-year pin, but a lovely miniature painting of "the house that Kay built" at the time of the mortgage burning.
During the previous calender year, the Beta Delta chapter has excelled in many aspects. Academically, our chapter received an academic excellence award for schools with fifteen or more sorority houses at Convention of 2012. Kappa also had the highest GPA on the University of Michigan campus for this past year with a 3.5 average GPA.
In addition, many sisters of our chapter were recognized for their outstanding work. Hannah Okonow was nominated for the position of Junior of the Year, our chapter's previous president, Megan Miller, was voted President of the Year by the Panhellenic Association, our current president, Emily Long, was voted Junior Panhel Representative of the term, and Emily Goor was voted to be Panhellenic President for 2013 year.
For Michigan's annual Greek Week competition, Kappa placed top three in both Variety and Sing competitions and placed top five over all. Kappa also participated in Relay for Life in 2012 and was one of the top three teams in raising money for the cause.
Kappa was extremely involved in philanthropy this past year. Our chapter's annual "Kappasta" event, a pasta dinner created to raise money for our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, was unbelievably successful. We also partnered with the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity for our Home for the Holidays event, where we buy gifts for children from a less fortunate elementary school in Detroit and invite them to our house to open their gifts and celebrate the holidays with all of us. Our chapter also put on a lemonaide stand in order to raise money to send children from Mott Children's Hospital to summer camp. Lastly, in the fall we had our first ever concert at Kappa given by our own Hannah Gross, where the money we raised for admissions also went towards our philanthropy, Reading Is Fundamental.
During the past year, both the University of Michigan and the Beta Delta chapter have developed major changes and improvements. On a campus-wide scale, Michigan has created large social media connections. By means of various social networks, including websites like Facebook and Twitter, students can connect with one another as well as with Michigan alumni by joining group pages pertaining to anything from campus clubs to general interests. An example of a group formed by the University of Michigan is called "Hail it Forward." This page proactively connects students with Michigan alumni by means of Facebook and Linked-In and provides various career opportunities to students. In addition, Michigan has implemented an ambassador program, where students volunteer as ambassadors to help run and promote safety at campus wide events, including football games. Lastly, the University of Michigan created a campaign known as "Beyond the Diag," which created a group of students who live off campus to support one another and promote safety within the community.
Our chapter is comprised of caring, welcoming, hard-working, and selfless women. As a chapter, every sister is bonded to one another through our diversity, abundant sisterhood and philanthropy events, and our strong connections with Kappa traditions. The most recent addition to our chapter, the 2102 pledge class of 57 girls, brings many unique qualities to our chapter. With recruitment numbers growing every year, our chapter was allowed a bigger intake of new members. Accordingly, our chapter is proud to declare that the 2012 pledge class is larger than ever before, and we hope to continue our growth for years to come.
Last spring we had a very successful Greek Week, our overall Greek Life raised a little more than $13,000 to donate to various charities and foundations. We are proud to say our chapter placed third in the Greek Week Variety show, and we had a great turnout once again for Kappa Kickball. Our former president, Madison Romney, and current president Justine Miller attended the 2014 KKG national convention and received Honorable Mentions. In the fall, Recruitment went very well and we gained 65 new freshmen sisters. We worked with Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Epsilon Phi to practice and support them as well. We also threw a very successful new philanthropy event called Hungry Hungry Kappapillar, in which teams competed in a pie-eating contest and donated children's books for our Reading is Key philanthropy. Our next philanthropy event, Kappasta, went very smoothly and we were pleased with the turnout. This year, we've been getting more involved with the overall Greek community and have attended various other philanthropy events and charities hosted by other houses. Additionally, we held our annual Home for the Holidays event with Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, when we host children from an elementary school in Detroit to open gifts and celebrate the holiday season.
This fall Michigan added a new sorority to campus, Gamma Phi Beta, who is our sister sorority. We're looking forward to getting to know our new Greek Life sisters and hope to organize a joint-council dinner with their council soon within the next week or so. Our chapter has grown more involved in Greek Life and we're very supportive of other philanthropic events thrown by our fellow Greek Life members. As a whole, Michigan's Greek Life is trying to become even more involved in giving back to our community. As a council and a house in general, we're very supportive of each other. Our chapter consists of many hardworking and devoted women. We're strengthened by our diversity and sisterhood, increased by our new fall 2014 pledge class of 65 wonderful young women.
Our chapter holds meetings in our house, usually the dining room for Formal Chapter. Our chapter owns a house on campus. Right now we have about 65 sisters living in it, and the sisters can move in during their sophomore year.
Our chapter has been developing more and more philanthropy events over the course of this past year. We again participated in our campus’ Greek Week, which raises and donates money to various charities and foundations in the Ann Arbor area. This fall, we held our Second Annual Hungry Hungry Kappapillar pie-eating contest including a donation of children’s books, all going to our Reading is Key philanthropy. Kappasta, our charity pasta dinner, again had an amazing turnout and went very smoothly. We recently held our Home for the Holidays event with Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, in which we host children from an elementary school in Detroit to open gifts and celebrate the holiday season. Our former council 2015, and current council 2016, have been working on organizing Girls Academy, an event to be held next Spring in which leaders from our chapter host team/character building events at a chosen middle school for young teenage girls. We’re very excited for this event, as this will be the first time we’re hosting it and we can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.
President Schlissel has been working with the head of the Interfraternity Council and the head of the Panhellenic Council in order to promote an overall more positive view of Greek Life. Our chapter tries to contribute to this goal by supporting our fellow Greek Life members in attending other houses’ philanthropy events and working with each other during Recruitment to improve the overall Recruitment process. As a chapter, we work together to have council meetings and house events run as smoothly as possible. This fall, we’ve gained 56 new incredible young women already they’ve brought many strengths and diversity to our chapter.
What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community?
Our chapter traditionally raises money for Reading is Key, yet we support a large variety of causes on campus, such as American Cancer Society with Relay for Life, and groups that support mental health and awareness.
Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support?
We support groups whose issues touch the lives of many of our members. These issues are important to us and we give them our full support.
Throughout the past year, our chapter has hosted four philanthropy events, all of which have gone to our chapter philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental. We have participated in the University's Greek Week, which is a chance for all of Greek Life to come together in a fun, engaging, and interactive way. Our chapter promotes academic excellence and extra curricular involvement. We are a chapter of respectful, ambitious, loyal, confident, and inspiring leaders. Kappa is a nurturing environment that encourages all of its members to reach their full potential, no matter what the task may be. Kappas at Michigan constantly strive to make the greater University of Michigan community a more positive place.
As of right now, there have not been an major recent changes on campus. The nature of our chapter has remained the same.
Our chapter has historically raised money for Reading is Fundamental, an organization that promotes literacy to children from compromised backgrounds and empowers them to learn and grow as individuals. Reading is Fundamental is extremely important to the members of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Michigan. As a chapter, we believe that the opportunity to receive an education is one of the most important things a young child can be given. Literacy, in particular, is a key part of one's success in the future. The members of our chapter love nothing more than to help young children develop a sense of confidence and pride in their abilities.
January and February were a hectic but amazing couple of months! We said goodbye to our old council and transitioned into our new council. With the help of our former council, the transition was easy! Our new council came into their positions excited and determined to reach all the goals they came together to form. They have taken on their roles amazingly, and we cannot wait to see what they accomplish over the next semester. A special congratulations to Rae Burnstine, our new president, who has shown true leadership and responsibility.
Our annual philanthropy event Kappa Kappuchino was held in early February, and we could not have asked for a better day! Though it was freezing outside, our girls sold coffee, cocoa, and cookies energetically throughout the afternoon. All of the money raised was donated to Reading is Fundamental, our national philanthropy. In late March, we were lucky enough to host Girl’s Academy at the local Peace Neighborhood Center. Over 20 girls participated, and our chapter members led activities and conversations about tough topics like body image and bullying to help empower these middle schoolers. Both the girls and our chapter members left with new friends, important lessons, and an unforgettable weekend!
In the fall months, we hosted our philanthropy events Kappa Lemonade, Kappapillar, and Kappasta. Kappa Lemonade, our lemonade, iced-tea, and donut stand on the front lawn was a huge success! The weather was sunny and beautiful, and the lawn was full of students. Kappapillar, our pie-eating contest, was also a hit. There were over 15 teams that participated. For Kappasta, one of our biggest events, we raised a large amount of money and were happy to open our doors to other members of the community for a pasta dinner! As always, all of the money we raised at these events was donated to Reading is Fundamental. In December, we teamed up with the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi and bought presents for underprivileged elementary school students off their wish lists. The event was amazing and the kids were so happy.
We are happy and excited to announce that our chapter won best academics in Greek life with the Academic Programming Award by Fraternity and Sorority Life at The University of Michigan for “promoting the value of academic excellence in the fraternity and sorority community and the greater University of Michigan community.” A special congratulations to our Vice President of Academic Excellence, Sabine Hirano!
In January, Eta Delta welcomed 28 new members during our Ice Cream themed bid day. We also held a unity event with Lambda Chi Alpha and created cards for children in the hospital. In February, Eta Delta put on Kappa Karnival for Girls Academy. There were various carnival games and karaoke teams from other fraternities and sororities. Five of our officers attended KLC in Dallas, Texas. Our new members found out their bigs that weekend as well! On February 23, all 28 new members were initiated into Kappa Kappa Gamma! The following day, the new members attended their first formal chapter as initiated members. In March, we held two unity events with Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi. In April, we held a charter day celebration for Eta Delta! In May, we had our Kappily Ever After formal in the Porter County Expo Center. We celebrated our seniors’ successes with a senior banquet, and 16 sisters graduated. In August, we helped freshman move into their dorms and participated in various Welcome Week activities such as the Fraternity and Sorority Life Meet and Greet. In September, we had a sisterhood retreat at the Indiana Dunes and helped clean up the beach. Sisters also went to Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival. We also participated in Greek Week and PIKE’s Fireman’s Challenge. We welcomed Alpha Gamma Delta’s new members at their bid day celebration. We learned chants with the Alpha Gam LCs. We attended Pi Beta Phi’s Mr. Pi Phi philanthropy event for Read. Lead. Achieve. Sister’s participated in Valparaiso’s Day of Caring and Gamma Phi Beta’s Moonball that benefited their philanthropy, Girls on the Run. Homecoming brought alumni back to Eta Delta for Kappa Love. We also had a booth in the Crusader Street Fair. In October, we hosted another Kappa Karnival for Girl’s Academy and raised over $3,000! Eta Delta also met potential new members’ during open house. We hosted a celebration for Founder’s Day with alumni. We invited Alpha Gamma Delta over for a movie night to welcome our new neighbors. We participated in various philanthropy events such as Kappa Delta’s Shamrock Soccer and Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Sig Ep Splash. We also had a Halloween Party with our sisters, and we mummified a sister with toilet paper and made caramel apples. Sigma Phi Epsilon also went bowling with us! We hosted a fall interest event for potential new members with a hot chocolate bar and cookies. We donated books to Hilltop Neighborhood House and volunteered. In November, we had a sister participate in St. Baldrick’s hosted by Lambda Chi Alpha. We also hosted a Dad’s Day where sisters and their dads carved pumpkins. Our spring of 2019 class had a retreat. Our entire chapter went through RR for the first time in four years. We participated in Sigma Chi’s Derby Days and Phi Kappa Psi’s Phi Psi 500. We hosted our first joint semi-formal with Lambda Chi Alpha, and the theme was 70s. Our new officers were elected and had a leadership day to begin to transition them. In December, we hosted Thanksmas and did a secret sister gift giving. We also adopted an Angel Tree Child. Our new officers were installed on December 7.
Chapter Summary In January, Beta Delta welcomed 53 new members during our Burning Man bid day and hosted a Kappa x RIF x Soulcycle sisterhood event for our new and active members. We also had an apparel trunk show at the house. On Fridays, we held weekly sisterhood Mac N Cheese dinners for all of our members. In February, we hosted Kappasta and raised money through our yearly winterfest celebration. The chapter held a big little reveal and we had our semi-formal on February 6th. We also celebrated Dad’s weekend during Valentine’s day by having brunch at the house with the dads and held a cookie decorating contest. We were supposed to have multiple events in March such as Mom’s weekend, a PC dinner, Formal, and Kappa Kappachino, but unfortunately, due to COVID, we had to cancel these events. However, we started a Kappa Book Club during quarantine for our Beta Delta chapter. In April, we held a fundraiser for COVID relief. We initiated all 53 members in May during our Virtual Recruitment event. Our initiation this previous year was on zoom, hosted by the district ritual and history team, who did a great job keeping the ritual alive despite the challenges of a virtual initiation. In May, Beta Delta celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month by sharing a useful list of mental health resources and building a community within Kappa where we, as young women, can come together to empower one another especially during the challenging circumstance of the pandemic. In June, we celebrated our graduating seniors by sharing their achievements and congratulating them on our Beta Delta Instagram. We also held a fundraiser in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Our chapter raised $21,760.25 for the innocence project. Over the summer, we held weekly DEI discussion sessions where the women of Beta Delta discussed important DEI topics. During the lockdown, our council got together and worked on planning virtual sisterhood experiences for the women of Beta Delta. Our chapter came back to campus in August and helped our in-house sisters move into the Beta Delta house. We also held a fundraiser in efforts to raise money and awareness for the explosion in Lebanon. In September, we started preparing for Kappa’s 150th Founders day by sharing fun facts and trivia about our Beta Delta history. We had our Leadership Consultant visit, where the wonderful Cait Berosh visited our council and discussed our chapter’s strengths, challenges, opportunities and threats. Our Beta Delta sisters attended the virtual event, Future is Female on September 12th. In October, we celebrated our 150th Founder’s day our in-house sisters spent Halloween carving pumpkins at the house. In November, we started slating and installed our new and wonderful 2021 council. Cait Berosh, our Leadership Consultant, visited us again and helped transition our new council members. Cait provided the incoming council with all the resources and tools that are needed for Beta Delta’s success. We also held a “Home For the Holidays” fundraiser with Phi Kappa Psi. The new council attended the virtual Women leading Women held by the University of Michigan’s panhellenic association. In November and December the women of Beta Delta started preparing for our primary winter recruitment through PR campaigns and recruitment meetings. The women of Beta Delta are excited for primary recruitment in January and we cannot wait to recruit, welcome and celebrate the new members of PC 21.
Chapter Philanthropy What organization does the chapter support? Reading is Fundamental, Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, and various other organizations such as the Eastern Michigan University's Bright Futures, the Lebanese Red Cross, and The Innocence Project.
We supported all these philanthropies throughout different efforts during the year. We support the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation because it helps our sisters who are in need of financial support such as COVID-19. We support Reading is Fundamental because it provides kids with access to books. We supported the Lebanese Red Cross due to the devastating explosion that shook the city of Beirut on August 4th. We supported Bright Futures because it provides support to underprivileged districts with high impact materials to help students academically and help develop their interest. Lastly, we supported the Innocence project in solidarity with the black lives matter movement and to raise awareness in regards to police brutality and social injustice.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion In light of the events that took place this summer within our Beta Delta chapter, We created a diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. Following the event, the beta delta women of PC 20 organized weekly DEI discussion sessions. These discussion sessions became a part of chapter and mandatory for attendance. The chapter picked the book “Me and White Supremacy” to identify the impact of white privilege and white supremacy over our lives. The DEI committee also worked on programming events discussing issues such as structural racism, microaggressions and stereotyping. The Beta Delta chapter installed Elizabeth Blake as our DEI chairwoman with the goal of the DEI committee being front and center in our education and rush process. Our chapter is participating in our Fraternity and Sorority Community’s conversation regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion as well.
Sesquicentennial Celebration We sent out a Kappa history and trivia email that had fun facts about Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Beta Delta Chapter. This included information about our founders and other history. The In-house members celebrated by baking and decorating a cake for Kappa Kappa Gamma’s very special 150th Founder’s Day.
In order to instill tradition, our chapter holds founders day education and celebrations. As well as formal chapter meetings, initiation, and song practice. Our chapter seeks to leave members as educated, empathetic individuals with a strong love and care for each other and their sisterhood. In our sisterhood, our chapter holds philanthropy events, such as Kappa Lemonade, sisterhood events, such as Christmas cookie decorating, and social events with affiliated organizations.
We chose the National Eating Disorder Association as our mental health partner. We have been supporting them financially through various charity events throughout the year such as a hot chocolate stand, an all you can eat pasta event, and a lemonade stand. Additionally, we participated in the April NEDA walk which occurred on campus. We also spread NEDA awareness within our chapter with videos and information on resources for help. What kind of service activities did you do for any local organizations? - Last year, we raised money for the Mott Children's Hospital’s Eating Disorder Treatment Center, which is a local hospital in our college town. We raised over $800 selling hot chocolate and coffee for this treatment center. Additionally, in April our chapter walked in a National Eating Disorder Association walk that occurred on campus.
Our chapter celebrated Founders Day with a chapter-wide dinner. At dinner, we had a piñata activity and Founders Day education. All the girls thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our chapter's history together.
Chapter-Wide education sessions were held by our DEI chair on topics such as Women’s rights, gender equality, anti semitism - Our DEI committee collaborated with organizations we associate with to implement DEI education in their operations. - In addition, new members meet bi-monthy for civil discourse and education on critical race theory, as well as other DEI topics.
Our chapter celebrates our history and sisters who came before us by reviewing the historical records that lie in our archive. These records include chapter agendas dating back to the 1800s, photos from the 1970s-1980s, film of our house in its original form, etc.. Additionally, we have local alumni who aid our organization with operations and initiatives.