Zeta Zeta Chapter was founded at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on February 20, 1982.
704 initiates (as of June 2018)
Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate college with a curriculum based on the liberal arts with an emphasis on developmental experience. The College is dedicated to teaching excellence and an education centered on key values (integrity, fairness, respect, and responsibility) that prepare our graduates to become leaders of character.
Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech on campus in 1946, and in recent years George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and Lech Walesa have participated in the College's international lecture series. Prominent on campus are National Churchill Museum and the monumental sculpture "Breakthrough," created from sections of the Berlin Wall.
The College is located in Fulton, Missouri, a community of 13,000 residents that is approximately 25 miles from both Columbia and Jefferson City.
Colonization (Information from The KEY, winter 1981)
During this decade, coeds danced to rock and pop music; wore leg warmers, leggings, and pumps; watched M*A*S*H, Happy Days, and The Love Boat on television, and had serious discussions about Ronald Reagan politics and the Cold War.
But on the evening of Sunday, September 6, 1981, 35 exceedingly happy Kappa New Members made it a night to remember in Fulton, Missouri. Zeta Zeta colony became a realization at Westminster College, and the town of Fulton might never forget it. The Kappa song - taught during open house events by the Theta, Missouri, Kappa Pickers - was sung from one end of town to the other! A colonization team had arrived at the request of the college. Westminster, a small school with an enrollment of 664 students, had opened its doors to women students only two years earlier. Becky Stone Arbour, LSU, Director of Personnel (Standards), and Martha Galleher Cox, Ohio Wesleyan, Chairman of Nominating, arrived to assist Province Officers, Lynn Latham Chaney, LSU, and Barbara Rossiter Huhn, Ohio Wesleyan; Field Secretary (Leadership Consultant) Laura Jackson, Oklahoma State; and Graduate Counselor (Chapter Consultant) Linda Grebe, Lafayette. These ladies, plus the actives and alumnae of Zeta Province, enjoyed working together during recruitment activities.
The college administration was most supportive. Its Food Services provided and served soft drinks, doughnuts and coffee for open house Saturday morning; iced tea and cookies Saturday afternoon; a lovely brunch for the preference event; a sundae and cookie party for round two; and a pizza party with soft drinks after pledging—all this only at cost.
The only snag in the near perfect event was that not enough New Member pins had been ordered. The happy problem was solved by five girls wearing ribbons for a few days until their pins arrived.
Installation (Information from The KEY, spring 1982)
Zeta Zeta was officially installed the weekend of February 19-21, 1982. The First Christian Church in Fulton was the setting for the initiation ceremony held February 20. That evening a banquet was held at the Stables Restaurant. Many gifts arrived from various active and alumnae groups in Zeta Province.
On Sunday a special church service was held at the Churchill Memorial Chapel. Restored on the Westminster campus in 1969, the 16th century Christopher Wren Chapel was brought from England to commemorate Churchill’s historic 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech delivered at Westminster. As an extra bonus, the father of two initiates was the preacher.
The highlight of the fall semester for this brand new chapter, was winning the English Cup, a scholarship trophy awarded to the organization with the top GPA on campus.
Sororities at Westminster College each had a room in a dormitory for their meetings. Women were required to live in a college-approved residence hall or college-owned house.
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During its second decade of existence Zeta Zeta prided itself on its academic accomplishments. The chapter generally had either the first or second highest grades in the Greek community.
However, the chapter had its social side too. Zeta Zeta usually began each fall with a New Member party, Mothers’ Weekend, and the Sapphire Ball. To promote sisterhood the chapter had fall retreats. One involved a high and low ropes course to strengthen communication, leadership skills and bonding as a chapter.
New Members – generally numbering about 25 – participated in many fun activities including the Kappa Krush, Kappa Klasic, a semi-formal Christmas party, a scholarship banquet, intramurals, homecoming, Delta Tau Delta Bleed Purple, Sigma Chi Derby Days – many times placing first or second - and Greek Week. The chapter placed first or second in homecoming and was tops in intramural softball and volleyball.
Sororities at Westminster College each had a room in a dormitory for their meetings. Women were required to live in a college-approved residence hall or college-owned house. Kappa was the second largest living unit on campus.
Zeta Zeta took first place in many college and community philanthropic activities. During this 10-year-period Zeta Zeta sponsored the American Red Cross Blood Drive, and joined the men of Phi Delta Theta in annual Easter Egg Hunts for children in the Fulton community. It participated in Kappa Alpha Theta's Cupids for Casa, and Beta Theta Pi’s Save the World. Other philanthropies Kappas were involved in included the Westminster Dog Show which raised money for the Fulton Animal Shelter, the Wiley House Soup Kitchen, Special Olympics, the Missouri School for the Deaf, and the Klean the Forest Campaign.
Wisdom is one of Kappa's five virtues, and the women of Zeta Zeta Chapter strove to continue performing well in academics. During this decade Zeta Zeta generally ranked first or second among Greek organizations academically, was awarded the English Cup for best overall grades, and received many individual academic awards, including Student Foundation member for the freshman and senior class, Pre-Law Student of the Year, and Student Government Association Outstanding Senior.
The women of Zeta Zeta chapter also excelled in leadership. Each semester there was a sisterhood retreat which gave the chapter an opportunity to bond through an activity and have fun. These included a memorable retreat at the Lake of the Ozarks, a murder mystery dinner, and a high and low ropes course.
It held its traditional social events - the Kappa Krush, the Christmas Formal, New Member Party, the Sapphire Ball, and others throughout the year. An event that Zeta Zeta chapter looked forward to each year was the Mom/Dad Weekend. Every other year it alternated between a Mom Weekend and a Dad Weekend. The Kappas looked forward to being able to introduce their families to their Kappa sisters. Many Kappas participated in Westminster athletics. Soccer, softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, track, cross country intramurals provided a fun way for sisters to spend time in friendly competition with other organizations. Kappa won overall Intramurals several times.
In 2005 Zeta Zeta hosted Zeta Province Meeting. Workshops included Ritual Revisited, Motivation/Team Building, Hazing and Traditions, Values and Respect, Stress Management, Advisory Board/House Board, and Alumnae Programming. Proceeds from snack items sold during breaks were donated to the Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundations in honor of a Westminster freshman who was killed in an automobile accident.
The Kappas participated in Open Rush for the first time in 2009. The next year Zeta Zeta created programming especially to help New Members understand the importance of academics and how to achieve academic goals. The Vice President of Academic Excellence organized times for all Kappas to get together and study in the lounge and gave awards to girls who studied the most hours each week. A pair of "Smarty Pants" was given to a sister who had a particularly great academic week. The chapter also assigned each New Member an academic mentor, an older sister with her same major or field of study, to help and guide her throughout the year. The work paid off when Zeta Zeta received the Most Improved Chapter: Academic Excellence Award at Convention.
Sororities at Westminster College each had a room in a dormitory for their meetings. Women were required to live in a college-approved residence hall or college-owned house. Zeta Zeta continued to be the second largest living group on the Westminster campus.
Throughout this decade, Zeta Zeta began its philanthropic efforts during recruitment. Current members, along with potential New Members, stuffed teddy bears for the children at the Missouri School for the Deaf. Each bear came with a birth certificate and a special message written on the back. Another time they assembled back-to-school pencil boxes filled with pencils, crayons, stickers, and other school items for the children. Each month the chapter made small crafts for each elementary age child at the School. It was always an exciting time and the children were always very happy to see the Kappas.
Zeta Zeta was honored to receive Westminster’s Drosten Cup for outstanding philanthropy and service. Many philanthropic activities involved other fraternities at Westminster including the Delta Tau Delta Bleed Purple Week, the Kappa Alpha Theta Cupids for Casa, the Beta Theta Pi Save the World Week and Sigma Chi Derby Days. Kappas placed first or second several times in Derby Days. Members joined the men of Phi Delta Theta to hold annual Easter Egg Hunts for the children of the Fulton, Missouri, community. Kappas also participated in the Westminster Dog Show to raise money for the local animal shelter.
One year the Teeing Off for a Better World Golf Tournament raised almost $5,000 for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and Reading Is Fundamental. Other volunteer opportunities included the Wiley House Soup Kitchen, Special Olympics, Klean the Forest Campaign, and the American Red Cross Campus Blood Drive. In 2008 Kappa Kappa Gamma won first place during Homecoming Week and donated the winnings to a fellow sister to cover her on-going medical bills. Also, since several Kappas were directly affected by Multiple Sclerosis, the chapter participated in WalkMS, volunteering to host a rest stop at BikeMS, and sell t-shirts. The women of Zeta Zeta excelled in community service and did everything they could to ensure a tradition of leadership in service to others.
Chapter Convention Awards
Membership Honorable Mention – 2006; Standards Honorable Mention - 2008; Ritual Honorable Mention - 2008
Province Meeting Awards
The Meg Cherry Smith Excellence in Upholding Standards – 2005; The Jane Froman Philanthropy Award – 2005; The Advisory Board Award – 2005; The Most Improved Overall Chapter honorable mention – 2005; Philanthropy Honorable Mention - 2009; Public Relations - 2009; Most Improved Chapter – 2009
Zeta Zeta began the year by holding chapter elections and initiating a new Chapter Council. We kicked off the year with the annual Sapphire Ball, Dad's Weekend, and participation in Westminster's Greek Week. Philanthropy was a huge focus for our chapter this year and we began in the spring with trips to Missouri School for the Deaf and an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of Fulton co-hosted by Phi Delta Theta. Kappa also competed in many philanthropy weeks hosted by other Fraternities on campus and won Delta Tau Delta's Bleed Purple and Beta Theta Pi's Save the World. This Spring we had fun bonding together during some crazy relay races arranged by the Vice President of Standards.
We also participated in Spring Recruitment and initiated four new beautiful sisters. In April, we sent the Chapter Council to Province, while four members stayed the whole weekend and received our Philanthropy Award. Our chapter received the Drosten Cup award for having the best Philanthropy. During the fall, Kappa competed in Homecoming week and hosted the 4th annual "Teeing off for a Better World" Golf Tournament as well as many other smaller philanthropy events in order to raise money for national and local philanthropies. We participated in fall Recruitment and initiated fourteen wonderful new members who we are now proud to call sisters. We continued volunteering at events such as "Into the Streets", "Klean" the Forest, and Missouri School for the Deaf, as well as kept active by participating and winning several intramural sports, including softball. We bonded as sisters throughout the fall with social events such as Kappa Krush and our semi-formal Christmas Party. It was a wonderful year for the Kappas full of much success and we are eager for yet another wonderful year.
Campus: Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate college with a curriculum based on the liberal arts. The College is dedicated to reaching excellence and an education centered on key values (integrity, fairness, respect, and responsibility) that prepare our graduates to become leaders of character. Westminster is a very small and friendly college that offers multiple activities. Westminster's atmosphere is very welcoming, and the classroom atmosphere is small and personable. Westminster offers many great opportunities to excel as an individual both academically and socially. Chapter: Zeta Zeta prides itself on its numerous academic and social accomplishments on campus and in the community. Zeta Zeta received the second highest grades in the entire Greek community in the Spring semester, earned first place in many philanthropic events, participated in many Westminster activities, and excelled at intramural. Westminster's Kappas are leaders in many different capacities on campus and always aim to instill the five virtues of Kappa: wisdom, sincerity, loyalty, inner beauty, and friendship through everything they do. They strive to bring a welcoming and warming attitude to incoming and current students of Westminster College.
One of the Zeta Zeta Chapter's biggest challenges this year was improving our academics and the help our chapter provides for its sisters with their classes. In order to improve our chapter's average GPA, we created more programming to help girls, especially the new members to understand the importance of academics and how to achieve academic goals. We worked with our advisers to create a Focus Plan for our chapter. This consisted of so many mandatory hours in the library or in the classrooms. Depending on their current GPA, a Kappa would have to do a certain amount of study hours each week. The Vice President of Academic Excellence organized times for all Kappas to get together and study in the lounge and library, gave awards to girls who studied the most hours that week, and passed around a pair of "Smarty Pants" to a sister who had a particularly great academic week. The chapter also assigned each new member an academic mentor, which is an older sister with her same major or field of study to help and guide her throughout the year. We received the second highest grades on campus due to our Focus Plan. We have high hopes for continued excellence in academics and have set even higher goals for 2012.
Zeta Zeta began the year by holding chapter elections and initiating a new Chapter Council. We kicked off the year with the annual Sapphire Ball and Mom's Weekend. We had a great time participating in various philanthropy events and each was a huge focus for our chapter! We made monthly visits to the Missouri School for the Deaf where we created crafts and spent time with the students. Along with the men of Phi Delta Theta, we hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of Fulton.
Kappa also competed in many of the fraternity's philantropy weeks here on campus including Beta Theta Pi's Save the World, Sigma Chi Derby Days, and Delta Tau Delt's Bleed Purple and a campus-hosted dogeball tournament. During our Spring Recruitment we initated two beautiful sisters into our chapter. In April, we hosted Reading is Key at the Fulton Public Library and handed out free booksto the children of Fulton. The Zeta Zeta chapter also celebrated our 30th Anniversary by Alumni Brunch, inviting alumni to a formal chapter and into the lounge.
For the second year in a row, the ladies of Zeta Zeta received the Drosten Cup for our outstaning cumulutaive hours of service hours. In the fall, Kappa hosted our 5th annual "Teering of for a Better World" Golf Tournament at a nearby golf course. Our fall recuitment resulted in the intiation of 15 ladies who we are very honored and excited to call our sisters. We continued volunteering at events such as "Into the Streets", Missouri School for the Deaf, as well as kept active by participating in and winning intramural sports, including futsol. Because a large number of seniors were to be gradutating at semester, we held our Senior Week in early December.
One of our sisterhood bonding events included going to a corn maze in Columbia, MO along with movie nights in the lounge.We continuted to bond throughout the fall with social events such as Kappa Krush and our semi-formal Christmas Party. It was a wonderful year for the Kappas of Zeta Zeta, filled with all kinds of success and we eargly look forward to yet another wonderful year together.
Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate college with a curriculum based on the liberal arts. The College is dedicated to reaching excellence and an education centered on key values (integrity, fairness, respect, and responsibility) that prepare our graduates to become leaders of character. Westminster is a very small and friendly college that offers multiple activities. Westminster's atmosphere is very welcoming, and the classroom atmosphere is small and personable. Westminster offers many great opportunities to excel as an individual both academically and socially. Westminster College recently added another campus located in Mesa, Arizona where classes will begin being held in the fall of 2013.
Zeta Zeta prides itself on its numerous academic and social accomplishments on campus and in the community. Again, Zeta Zeta received the second highest grades in the entire Greek community in the Fall semester, participated in many Westminster activities, and excelled at intramurals. Westminster's Kappas continually take leadership positions across campus. All the sisters strive to live with the 5 virtues of Kappa (wisdom, sincerity, loyalty, inner beauty, and friendship) in their everyday lives here on campus and through everything they do. They strive to bring a welcoming and warming attitude to incoming and current students of Westminster College.
Zeta Zeta began 2013 by holding chapter council elections and installing a new Chapter Council. During our Spring Recruitment we initiated four lovely and beautiful sisters into our chapter. We then had Father’s Weekend, where we had lunch and a silent action. Later we had our annual Sapphire Ball. We made monthly visits to the local Missouri School for the Deaf, where we had a Valentine’s party and several other days where we crafted and spent time with the children. Zeta Zeta participated in a number of philanthropy weeks, both at Westminster College and our neighboring school, William Woods University. These included: Fiji Islander and Sigma Chi’s Derby Day. In February, we hosted our local Reading is Key at the Fulton Public Library, in which our theme was Dr. Seuss. There we handed out books to the local children and had fun events to participate in during the morning. We were able to keep fit by participating in the college’s spring intramural sports, and winning the basketball intramurals.
For the fourth year in a row, the amazing ladies of Zeta Zeta received the Drosten Cup for our outstanding cumulative hours of community service. During the fall, Zeta Zeta competed in many philanthropy weeks, including Delta Tau Delta’s Bleed Purple, Beta Theta Pi’s Save the World, and Phi Delta Theta’s philanthropy week. We also volunteered in a variety of events on campus such as Homecoming Week, “Into the Streets” and Missouri School for the Deaf. We then hosted our sixth annual “Teeing Off for a Better World” Golf Tournament and raised the largest amount of money thus far. We participated in Fall Recruitment and initiated 17 wonderful new members who we are proud to call our sisters. We continued to participate in intramural sports such as softball and won futsal intramurals. We were able to grow closer as sisters in the fall with social events such as Kappa Kappa Jean, our themed formal, and winter formal. Overall, it was a tremendous year for the Zeta Zeta Kappas filled with many smiles and much success. We are excited for another wonderful year to come.
Campus: Westminster College was founded in 1851 and continues to be a private, educational, residential, selective, undergraduate college today. With a curriculum based on liberal arts, the college is based on reaching excellence through education and preparing graduates to become leaders of the future. Westminster is a very small college with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and a classroom atmosphere that is small and personable. Westminster has many great opportunities both academically and socially.
Chapter: Zeta Zeta prides itself in being very competitive both academically and with social accomplishments. Zeta Zeta earned first in several philanthropic events, as well as intramurals. We participated in many campus activities and won the Drosten Cup. Westminster Kappa’s are leaders on campus and excel at displaying the five virtues of Kappa: wisdom, sincerity, loyalty, friendship, and inner beauty. They strive to welcome and have a warm attitude to all those incoming students as well as with our fellow sisters.
Zeta Zeta began 2014 by holding Chapter Council elections and installing a new chapter council. During our Spring Recruitment we initiated one lovely and beautiful sister into our chapter. We then had Mom's Weekend, where we had lunch and a silent auction. Later on we had our annual Sapphire Ball. We made monthly visits to the local Missouri School for the Deaf, where we did arts and craft projects and played outdoors with the children. Zeta Zeta participated in a number of Philanthropy weeks throughout the year. In the spring we participated in Sigma Alpha Epsilon's, and Sigma Chi's Derby Days philanthropy week. In February we hosted our Reading is Key event at the Fulton Public Library, in which our theme was A Very Hungry Kappaillar. There we did arts and crafts, read books, and handed out free books to the children who attended. We also hosted A Very Hungry Kappapillar Pie Eating Contest in our school gym to raise money for Reading is Fundamental, and to get students on campus involved and more knowledgeable about the topic. This was a fun event to do with the student body and to help raise money. In April we partnered with Phi Delta Theta and put on an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the Fulton community.
Our Zeta Zeta girls stayed in shape by participating in various spring intramural sports including basketball, and volleyball. For the fifth year in a row the amazing ladies of Zeta Zeta received the Drosten Cup for our outstanding cumulative hours of community service. We pride ourselves on this award and strive to keep winning in it in the years to come. Fall semester began and we initiated 13 wonderful new sisters to our chapter. We volunteered in a variety of events on campus such as Homecoming Week, "Into the Streets", and Missouri School for the Deaf. We then hosted out seventh annual "Teeing Off for a Better World" Golf Tournament which turned out very successful. We continued to participate in fall intramural sports including futsal, and softball. We were able to grow closer as sisters in the fall with several social events including "If It Ain't Neon It Shouldn't Be On", our themed formal, and winter formal. A major event for our Chapter this year was a visit from President and Executive Officer of Reading is Fundamental Carol Rasco. She came and stayed at Westminster for a few days and during her stay she educated our Chapter on the importance of Reading is Fundamental, and was a guest speaker at a Lunch and Learn event on our campus. We were so grateful to have the opportunity for her to come to our campus. Overall, it was a tremendous year for the Zeta Zeta Kappas filled with many smiles and much success. We are looking forward to another wonderful year to come.
Campus: Westminster College was founded in 1851 and continues to be a private, educational, residential, selective undergraduate college today. With a curriculum based on liberal arts, the college is based on reaching excellence through education and preparing graduates to become leaders of the future. Westminster is a very small college with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that is small and personable. Westminster has great opportunities both academically and socially that will help students excel outside of college.
Chapter: Zeta Zeta prides itself on being very competitive both academically and with social accomplishments. Zeta Zeta earned first in several philanthropic events, as well as intramurals. We participated in many campus activities and wont the Drosten Cup Award. Kappa's are leaders on campus and excel at displaying the five virtues of Kappa: wisdom. sincerity, loyalty, friendship, and inner beauty. They strive to welcome and have a warm attitude to all those incoming students as well as with our fellow sisters.
Our Chapter holds its meetings in the Kappa Kappa Gamma lounge that resides in the basement of Weigle Hall which is a residence hall on campus. This lounge is owned by Westminster College. Zeta Zeta does not have a house on Westminster's Campus. We have a lounge where we meet for chapter and chapter council meetings, as well as sisterhood bonding events. This is also a place where members are free to come and hangout, do homework, or socialize any time. There is no designated place for Kappas to live but our sisters have a close bond and a lot of girls choose to live together even as a pledge in the on campus housing. This is the member's choice and it is nice to see that our members are close and choose to live together even though we do not have designated housing for Kappas.
Zeta Zeta started the year off strong this year with a great new Chapter Council. We began by attending our monthly trips to our local philanthropy at Missouri School for the Deaf. These trips are always so much fun seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces when we visit them. In February, we put on our annual Reading is Key event for Reading is Fundamental. This year our theme for this event was Kappily Ever After. We had so much fun making Disney themed crafts with the children of Fulton and reading to them. The kids had such a great time and were so excited they got to take home a free book. Throughout the semester we also supported the philanthropies of other Greek organizations on campus. We participated in Beta Theta Pi’s philanthropy week to support Chads Coalition and Phi Gamma Delta’s philanthropy week to support Special Olympics. For some more fun with our sisters we teamed up for volleyball and futsol intramurals.
In April we had our annual Sapphire Ball which was a wonderful time spent dancing with our sisters. At the end of the semester we won the Drosten Cup for our outstanding cumulative hours of community service. We have won this award for the sixth year in a row; it is an incredible reward for all of our hard work! Each year we continue to strive to receive this award.
We returned from summer break ready to take on recruitment. We had a successful recruitment and we welcomed eleven lovely new members to our chapter. These girls are the perfect addition to Zeta Zeta for they make our chapter complete. They joined right in to our softball and basketball intramurals. We continued our monthly trips to Missouri School for the Deaf.
In September we held our eighth annual “Teeing Off for a Better World” golf tournament where we raised almost $5,000 for Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. We had our first formal of the school year in October which was a themed formal. This year was a Decades theme and it was fun to see all the girls dressed up in all different decades.
In the fall we participated in several philanthropy weeks for other organizations. We participated in Alpha Gamma Delta’s philanthropy week for American Diabetes Association, Beta Theta Pi’s for Chads Coalition, and Delta Tau Delta’s for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). We joined in on Kappa Alpha Theta’s Queso for Casa event to help them raise money for their national philanthropy CASA. Westminster Greek life is known to be a very PanHellenic community and Zeta Zeta is always eager to support other Greek organizations in any way we can.
After initiating our eleven new members this semester we held elections. Everything went smoothly and we elected a wonderful new Chapter council. These girls will carry our chapter to success throughout the next year. We closed the semester with our annual Winter Formal. It was a great way to celebrate a successful semester and bond with our sisters. We look forward to what the next year brings.
Westminster College got a new President, Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande. Dr. Akande has been doing great things to improve Westminster’s campus. He also is supportive of Greek life and has been pushing to help us all grow. Our chapter is going through a process to get a floor in a residence hall for girls to live in since there are no sorority houses on campus. This is a work in progress but we hope that it will help our chapter grow in numbers, improve Greek life on campus, and some day lead to a house in the future. Our chapter has a positive outlook on the future and we are not only making changes to our chapter for ourselves, but also for future members to come.
What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community? Our chapter has traditionally raised money for Reading is Fundamental and Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. We donate each year to the Rose McGill Holiday Sharing Program to help a person in need during the holidays. We do local and school wide service events yearly for instance Into the Streets where we clean up the streets of Fulton and Martin Luther King Service day. We also volunteer at the local soup kitchen.
Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support? We chose these organizations because they match our virtues and we strive to always help our community in any way we can.
The Zeta Zeta Chapter returned to Westminster College for the spring semester on January 11, 2016. The year became busy right off the bat with a Greek Leadership Workshop where several of our members learned how to be influential leaders in the Greek community at Westminster College. At the end of January we held COB and gave a bid to our sweet Jenny Blake. We had a Hawaiian-themed Bid Day celebration a few days later where we ate kabobs and had a wonderful time. Inspiration Week quickly followed at the beginning of March, and Jenny was initiated on March 5th at Washington University. Additionally, we held our annual Reading is Key event which benefitted Reading is Fundamental.
Throughout the semester we participated in many service events including: our monthly trips to Missouri School for the Deaf, the local food bank, the Panhellenic Dance-a-thon, and others. We also participated in Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s annual philanthropy week in which we took first place! A few weeks later, Zeta Zeta also partook in Phi Delta Theta’s annual philanthropy week. On March 12, we had our biannual Mom’s Weekend; we spent the day visiting with our moms and painting canvases. The end of March brought about our annual Easter Egg Hunt, which we co-hosted with the men of Phi Delta Theta. Numerous children from the surrounding community came to The Hill to hunt for eggs and we had a blast. In April we hosted our first annual philanthropy week, and it was hugely successful. It was jungle themed and the participants had an awesome time helping us raise money for Reading is Fundamental and The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
Over the summer, three of our sisters went to the National Convention in San Diego. They had an exciting, eventful time, and brought home good news. Zeta Zeta was awarded for being the most improved chapter of 74 members or less in academic excellence in the biennium; additionally, we were awarded for the greatest giving of any small Kappa chapter to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. The Kappa floor in Weigle Hall was also renovated to prepare for the upcoming school year.
We ended the semester with our annual Sapphire Ball at a beautiful venue, and graduation on May 7th.
Zeta Zeta began the fall semester with formal recruitment. On August 28th, we welcomed 20 beautiful, bright new faces at our donut-themed Bid Day celebration. Our new members were pledged in and began New Member Programming which they completed before an exciting Big/Little reveal and Inspiration Week in mid-October. On October 23rd, we welcomed them into our beautiful sisterhood and they now wear the golden key.
We also held our two annual fall semester formals, Kappa Krush and Winter Formal, and participated in Delta Tau Delta’s philanthropy week and took home first place! Additionally, we hosted an extremely successful golf tournament, Teeing Off for a Better World, where we raised over $8,000 for Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. We are extremely happy with 2016 and we cannot wait to grow stronger together in the years to come.
Over the summer of 2016, the second floor of Weigle Hall, as well as the common lounge and our chapter lounge, were renovated extensively. Zeta Zeta now has our own private floor where several of our members live. This change has brought our chapter closer together and we are confident that we will only continue to grow stronger and closer due to this new change on campus.
Historically, Zeta Zeta has supported many organizations including: The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, Missouri School for the Deaf, and the various philanthropies of our fellow Greek organizations in Fulton. We choose to support Missouri School for the Deaf because it is a hands on experience where we can see our chapter making a difference in our own local community. No matter the nature of one’s day, they cannot leave MSD without a smile on their face. The children adore the days we arrive to spend time with them and form special relationships. Additionally, we support the various organizations that other Greek organizations support in order to bring the Greek community together more so we can all make an even larger impact on the world.
Zeta Zeta holds chapter meetings in the basement lounge of Weigle Hall at Westminster. Our lounge was renovated over the summer and we have many new, donated pieces of furniture and art from Zeta Zeta alumni.