Delta Delta Delta
|Delta Delta Delta|
|Founded||November 27, 1888
Boston University, (Boston, Massachusetts)
|Motto||Let us steadfastly
love one another
Silver Gold Cerulean Blue
|Patron Greek divinity||Poseidon|
|Philanthropy||Children's Cancer Research, partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|
|Headquarters||2331 Brookhollow Plaza Drive
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ), also known as Tri Delta, is an international sorority founded on November 27, 1888 at Boston University. With over 200,000 initiates, Tri Delta is one of the world's largest National Panhellenic Conference sororities.
Delta Delta Delta was founded by Sarah Ida Shaw, Eleanor Dorcas Pond, Florence Isabelle Stewart, and Isabel Morgan Breed at Boston University. Three women's groups were already represented at Boston University in 1888 (Kappa Kappa Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta and Alpha Phi). Shaw enlisted the help of Eleanor Dorcas Pond and told her, "Let us found a society that shall be kind alike to all and think more of a girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance."
The two young women began the work of creating a new national fraternity. Later Sarah wrote "...The two enthusiastic friends were unaware of the fact that there was something stupendous about the task they had set hands, heads and hearts to accomplish. They were working for a principle, and it never occurred to them that there could be such a thing as failure. Earnestness of purpose, energy and enthusiasm had brought them both success in college and why should not these same qualities bring assurance of good fortune to the new venture."
Shaw and Pond wrote the rituals and constitution and designed the emblems. Choosing the name was a mutual decision. Pond suggested a triple letter while Shaw chose the actual letter and developed Greek mottos and passwords. Inspiration came from Egyptian Lore, Hindu mysticism, Greek and astronomy, reflecting Shaw's wide and various interests.
The Founders of ΔΔΔ:
Tri Delta firsts
Tri Delta was the first sorority to:
- be founded as a national organization with complete plans for governmental structure and expansion.
- regularly publish its quarterly magazine, The Trident, published continuously since 1891.
- plan and perfect an alumnae system.
- pioneer chapter visitation in 1905, appointing an officer to visit all chapters.
- publish a book-length history: A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888–1907.
- hold a national Leadership Conference.
- finance proper housing for collegiate chapters and has a large investment in houses, lodges and suites.
- concentrate its national philanthropic efforts on higher education through the Founders' Anniversary Fellowships, the Zoe Gore Perrin Scholarships and the endowment of the National Humanities Center.
- adopt a central accounting system for its collegiate chapters.
According to G. William Domhoff, in Who Rules America? (Seventh edition, p. 57), upper-class college women "joined one of the four or five sororities with nationwide social prestige (e.g. Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi, and Delta Delta Delta)."
Symbols, emblems, and insignia
Colors: The colors of Tri Delta are silver, gold and cerulean blue. Green is also a significant color, symbolizing the union of the three colors.
Symbols: Using the Greek alphabet the name Delta Delta Delta is depicted above. The Greek letter Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet and is commonly seen as an isosceles triangle.
Jewel: The pearl is the jewel of Tri Delta. The one jewel that grows, it symbolizes the new member, developing from a tiny grain of sand into a thing of great value and beauty.
Tree: The pine tree is a symbol of Tri Delta's collegiate members. As a tree able to grow in very challenging conditions, it represents the collegiate members ability to thrive in hard times and adversity.
Flower: The pansy is Tri Delta's flower. It is a symbol of alumnae membership and the third and final step in the lifetime development of Delta Delta Delta's members.
Mascot: The dolphin is recognized as an additional symbol of importance as it was considered to be a good omen by the ancient Greeks. It symbolizes rebirth, friendship and leadership.
The coat of arms consists of a shield quartered, first and fourth quarters in blue on each of which is a silver trident, second and third gold on each of which is a green pine tree. Above the shield, the crest, consisting of a torse with six folds alternating gold and blue, from which rises a white, gold and blue pansy. Below the shield the open motto, "Let us steadfastly love one another," is inscribed in Greek on a scroll.
New member pin The new member pin is worn prior to initiation. It is a green and silver enamel badge described in the 1888 constitution as an “inverted Delta, surrounded by three Deltas.”
The Trident The trident symbolizes the first degree of initiation and is returned prior to initiation into the Stars and Crescent degree. A gold trident may be worn as a badge guard.
The Stars and Crescent Three golden stars, crown set with pearls, within a gold crescent of three hundred degree bearing three deltas in black enamel is the official badge of the Fraternity. Tri Delta initiates receive a Stars and Crescent Badge with her initials, the Greek letters of her chapter, and her chapter Initiation number engraved on the back. The badge belongs to Tri Delta and is "lent" to each member during her lifetime or as long as she remains a member.
In the early 1970s, a national survey established that Tri Delta chapters were interested in children, hospitals, and cancer. At the 1974 Tri Delta Convention the three were combined to support children's cancer charities as the designated philanthropy.
Many chapters observe "Sleighbell Day" on the first Tuesday of December, following the tradition of Sleighbell Luncheon, first held in the 1940s by 13 Southern California chapters to benefit a doctor researching blood diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
In 1999, Tri Delta partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude (through the fundraising branch, ALSAC) assists Tri Delta chapters in planning philanthropy events that benefit the children and subsidize research costs at St. Jude. Many chapters coordinate fundraising activities such as pancake breakfasts and football tailgates on their campuses each year. Since 1999, Tri Delta has raised more than $20 million for St. Jude.
In 2002, Tri Deltas committed to raising $1 million to build a Teen Room at the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Tri Delta fulfilled the commitment in 2005.
In July 2006, Tri Delta committed to raise $10 million in 10 years to build a new patient treatment floor focusing on brain tumor research at St. Jude. Tri Delta instead raised $10.4 million in 4 years.
In 2010 a new philanthropic goal was announced to raise $15 million in 5 years. During the 2012–2013 academic school year, Tri Delta raised $5.6 million for a total of $14.2 million toward their "$15 million in 5 years" pledge to benefit St. Jude.
On February 1, 2014, it was announced that Tri Delta surpassed the $15 million goal in just 3.5 years. Tri Delta has raised more money than any sorority or fraternity in the world and accounts for more than 25% of philanthropic dollars raised by all Greeks combined.
In addition to the national partnership, Tri Delta continues to raise money for local Children's Cancer Charities, including the long-running Sleighbell Luncheon.
Beauty pageant contestants
- Donna Axum (Delta Iota) – Miss America 1964
- Brittany Brannon (Gamma Rho) – Miss Arizona 2011, Top 15 at Miss USA
- Catherine Brown (Theta Eta) – Miss Wyoming 2011
- Leanza Cornett (Beta Gamma) – Miss America 1993 and television host
- Bethany Gerber (Theta Gamma) – Miss Kansas 2010
- Julie Hayek (Theta Pi) - Miss California 1983, Miss USA 1983
- Nicole Jordan (Delta Mu) – Miss Tennessee 2010
- Lexie Madden (Theta Eta) – Miss Wyoming 2012, 3rd Runner-up to Miss America 2013
- Jaclyn Raulerson (Beta Lambda) – Miss Florida USA 2010
- Jaclyn Stapp (Alpha Delta)- Miss New York USA 2004 and Mrs. FL America 2008
- Shawn Weatherly (Beta Theta) – Miss Universe 1980, Actress
- Tyler Willis (Phi Eta) – Miss Texas USA 2005, Top 15 at Miss USA 2005
- Melissa Witek (Alpha Psi) – Miss Florida USA 2005, 4th Runner-up at Miss USA 2005
- Crystal Lee (Omega – Stanford) – Miss California America 2013
- Ashley Puleo (Alpha Omega) – Miss North Carolina USA 2004, 2nd Runner-up to Miss USA 2004
- Ashlyn Alongi (Delta Gamma) – Miss Alabama Teen USA 2010, Top 15 at Miss Teen USA
- Alicia Grove (Theta Eta) - Miss Wyoming 2010
- Alicia Clifton (Theta Gamma) – Miss Oklahoma 2012, 2nd Runner-up to Miss America 2013
- Brook Matthews (Delta Iota) – Miss Nebraska 2004
- Carly Mathis- Miss Georgia 2013- Top 10 At Miss America
- Rebecca Podio (Theta Eta) - Miss Wyoming 2013
Business and education
- Sara Blakely (Alpha Eta) – Founder of Spanx and Celebrity Judge
- Betsy Boze (Theta Kappa) – President of The College of The Bahamas
- Kellie Coffey (Theta Gamma) – Musician
- Mary Crosby (Theta Zeta) Actress, Dallas
- Farrah Fawcett (Theta Zeta) – Actress, Charlie's Angels
- Cynthia Geary (Chi) – Emmy-Nominated Actress
- Leeza Gibbons (Alpha Lambda) – Actress, Talk Show Host
- Cathy Guisewite (Iota) – Comic strip author
- Natalia Livingston (Alpha Omega) – Actress, General Hospital
- Amanda Schull (Delta Omicron)- Jody in Center Stage, Sara and Katie in One Tree Hill
- Savitree Suttichanond (Beta Upsilon) – Singer on TrueVisions's Academy Fantasia
- Molly Sims (Delta Gamma) – Actress, Model
- Beth Ostrosky-Stern (Alpha Theta) – Actress, Model, Married to Howard Stern
- Elizabeth Banks (Psi) – Actress
- Lee Phillip Bell (Upsilon) – Talk Show Host
- Dixie Carter (Delta Sigma) – Actress
- Joanna Garcia (Alpha Eta) – Actress
- Jodi Benson (Millikin) - Actress
- Catherine Crier (Theta Zeta) – Award-winning broadcast journalist, best-selling author and former Texas State District Judge.
- Hoda Kotb (Beta Nu) – News anchor
- Vinita Nair (Upsilon) – News anchor
- Deborah Norville (Alpha Rho) – News anchor
- Kiran Chetry (Alpha Pi) – CNN Anchor
- Katie Couric (Beta Sigma) – Anchor, CBS Evening News
- Kathy Orr (Omicron) – Meteorologist
- Sally Stapleton (Delta Xi) – Award winning journalist
- Doris Kearns Goodwin (Alpha Upsilon) – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
- Anne Rivers Siddons (Phi Theta) – Author
Politics and public service
- Lisa Boscola (Gamma Beta) – Pennsylvania State Senate
- Bobbe Bridge (Theta Alpha) – Former Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
- Kathy Castor (Alpha Omega) – Democratic Congresswoman for Florida's 11th congressional district
- Nellie Connally (Theta Zeta) – Former First Lady of Texas
- Elizabeth Dole (Alpha Omicron) – U.S. Senator from North Carolina, Former Secretary of Transportation
- Caroline Fayard (Gamma Gamma) – Louisiana political figure
- Terry Gabreski (Delta Omega) – Vice Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
- Rita B. Garman (Delta Pi) – Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois
- Adele Khoury Graham (Alpha Psi) – Former First Lady of Florida (1978–1986)
- Michelle Lujan-Grisham (Phi Delta) - Democratic Congresswoman for New Mexico's 1st congressional district
- Debra Bowen (Michigan)- California Secretary of State
- Meryl Davis (Iota) 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist Ice Dancer
- Annika Dries (Omega) 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Water Polo
- Abby Johnston ([Alpha Omicron Chapter]) 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Synchronized Diving
- Mariya Koroleva (Omega) 2012 USA Olympic Synchronized Swimming Duet Team
- Sophie Caldwell (Gamma Gamma) Finished 6th in the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Olympic Women's Cross Country Freestyle Sprint. This is the best finish by any American woman in this event.
- "St. Jude Fundraising Update". Delta Delta Delta. January 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- "$15 Million in 5 years". Delta Delta Delta. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
- "Distinguished Deltas". Delta Delta Delta. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
- "The Miss Wyoming Pageant".
- "Melissa Witek -About Me". Melissa Witek Online. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
- http://www.cob.edu.bs/investitureevents/investiture programme.pdf