Sorority Spotlight: Delta Gamma Keeps Eye On Service Locally, Nationwide

While the casual CAPA reader may know that Leslie Cooke, CAPA delegate from Delta Gamma East, hosts an annual Panhellenic evening at her home, one may not realize she does this for her sorority as well. In fact, most alumna members of Delta Gamma, or DG, continually reach out to others to “Do Good”, as its motto states.

As Kathleen Dean, president of Delta Gamma East alumnae group, says, “Leslie hosts our senior brunch in the spring from Case [Case Western University] chapter and we welcome them into alumnae membership. Both East and West Side current alumnae contribute. We ask everyone to talk about their favorite DG experience, from the chapter house at Case [CWU] to how you can continue to build that as an alumna.”

Origins

 Delta Gamma, also known as DG, was founded in 1873, at the Lewis School for Girls in Oxford, MS, on December 25 by three students who were unable to go home during a Christmas holiday. Today, DG boasts more than 250,000 members with collegiate chapters throughout the US and Canada and alumnae living worldwide.

With headquarters in Columbus, OH, DG has chapters in Northeast Ohio at Dennison University, Kent State, and Akron University.  Akron’s is the oldest existing chapter of Delta Gamma – Eta, founded in 1879. Kent State University’s chapter was founded in 1947.

East Side – West Side

 According to East Side DG President Kathleen Dean, “We have very strong chapters on both sides of town: East was the first alumnae chapter for Delta Gamma; and the West Shore chapter supports geographically based members. Every other year we have hosted a large event called Night at the Races, which supports Cleveland Sight Center.” Both the collegiate chapter at Case and alumnae chapters support the Cleveland Sight Center and everyone helps with set-up and fund raising. Dean adds: “We gather every year to celebrate Founders Day, in the middle of March, depending on spring break.”

Symbol of stability

 Delta Gamma’s colors are bronze, pink and blue, and its symbol is the anchor. “We bring the symbol of the anchor spirit,” Dean continues. “For programming, we start our year in September with a potluck that is the most highly attended event; in December we have an ornament exchange, and different types of anchors show up. It gets very competitive! And we like to do a lot of shopping in the summertime when there are anchors out for sale.”

DG alumnae groups try to be very mindful of developing programs that are attractive to women regardless of age. For example, Dean says, “We chose to do golf in January under the golf dome.”

Plus, she adds, “I enjoy women that I’d probably never otherwise get to know. Our oldest member is in her 80’s, and what a blessing it is to get to know women from very many career paths, as well as new members who stay from the Case chapter. Many are engineers, and have taken jobs as engineers, and it’s great to hear about their experiences, help with alumnae and join our board. It’s nice to bring them in to enjoy their skills and ‘their energy,’” she smiles.

Sources: Kathleen Dean, president, Delta Gamma East; Wikipedia; www.FranBeque.com

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Submitted by Pat Magee-Nemetz, Publicity Co-Chair; Delegate, Alpha Gamma Delta

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