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Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta crest.jpg
Founded October 23, 1897; 117 years ago (1897-10-23)
State Female Normal School, (Farmville, Virginia)
Type Social
Scope National
Motto Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest
Colors      Olive Green      Pearl White
Symbol Nautilus Shell, Dagger
Flower White Rose
Jewel Diamond, Emerald, Pearl
Mascot Teddy Bear, Katydid
Philanthropy Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, Orthopedic Research Awards,
Children's Hospital of Richmond Virginia
Chapters 156 active
Alumnae Chapters 504 chartered
Headquarters 3205 Players Lane
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Homepage http://www.kappadelta.org

Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the university. (The others are Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha; a clock tower at the university campus with a clock face representing each sorority is dedicated to the four).

Kappa Delta has over 230,000 members, more than 14,000 undergraduate members in 156 active collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta also has more than 510 chartered alumnae chapters, the most of any National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) group. It is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.


Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, and Sara Turner White founded Kappa Delta on the beliefs of friendship, fellowship, and sisterly love.

About the Founders of ΚΔ:

  • Lenora Ashmore Blackiston:

Lenora was the first to propose the idea of forming a sorority. However, she was not able to leave much of a mark on the start of Kappa Delta due to her transfer to Randolph-Macon Women’s College.[1]

  • Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendricks:

Mary was 23 at the time Kappa Delta was founded. She was much older than the other girls and served as their mentor. She spent a significant amount of time as a Bible study teacher and remained at the University to assist in the start of Kappa Delta.[2]

  • Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson:

Julia came from a very well respected family. Her father was the president of the College of William and Mary and she was the granddaughter of former U.S. President John Tyler. She was named after her grandmother, First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler.[3]

  • Sara Turner White:

Sara was the daughter of a Virginian senator. She was not as successful in her academics as the rest of the founders but preferred social activities.[4]

Kappa Delta was the first sorority that was accepted into the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) as soon as they petitioned to join[citation needed]. Kappa Delta then became the first NPC group to form partnerships with various women's organizations, such as the Association of Junior Leagues International, which has an impact on women's community leadership, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Women's Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

National Council[edit]

  • President- Beth Martin Langford
  • Vice President- Betty Brown Mulkey
  • VP Membership- Alison Jakes Argersinger
  • VP Collegians- Alane Hall
  • VP Alumnae- Tricia Ruma Spence
  • VP Finance- Jodi Scheurenbrand
  • NPC Delegate- Julie Landgren Johnson


The official symbols of KD are the nautilus shell and the dagger, while the mascots are the teddy bear and the katydid.[5] The official colors are olive green and pearl white.[5] The official flower is the white rose.[5] KD has 3 official jewels, the diamond, the emerald, and the pearl.[5]

Kappa Delta's coat of arms (often called the crest) is a white Norman shield, surmounted by a lamp of ancient design, against a background of ornamental scroll. A ribbon underneath the shield bears the Greek Open Motto and the date of the sorority's founding. Each part of the crest has a special meaning, which is learned during initiation.This symbol is reserved for use by initiated members only, and most often is made into a shield or plaque to be displayed in a chapter house, or as a small insignia on clothing or letterhead.The letters K and D on clothing, stationery products and accessories may be worn and used by new members and initiates alike.[6]


Kappa Delta was founded on the Christian principles of truth, honor and beauty of the soul. It is intended to promote women to be their best self through the power of friendship and instill the importance of confidence, leadership and altruistic service to others in its members. Members should share values, work together and support worthy causes in the greater community. They strive to tackle difficult issues facing women and girls today. The idea is to “Live Great,” which is an acronym for the values that are expected from a Kappa Delta.[7]


G-Growth through lifetime learning, R-Responsibility for our own integrity and ethical actions, E-Engagement in social and civic services, A-Altruistic service to others, T-Truth and loyalty to each other.

The Vision: Kappa Delta Sorority is committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness.[8]

The Mission Statement: Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women committed to: Inspiring members to reach their full potential; Preparing members for community service, active leadership, and responsible citizenship; Creating opportunities for lifetime involvement through innovative and responsive programs, and strategic collaborations and partnerships; and Fostering the development of our time-honored values within the context of friendship.[9]

The Purpose: The purpose of Kappa Delta Sorority is to promote true friendship among the college girls of our country by inculcating into their hearts and lives those principles of truth, of honor, of duty, without which there can be no true friendship.[10]

The Object: The object of Kappa Delta Sorority is the formation and perpetuation of good fellowship, friendship and sisterly love among its members; the encouragement of literature and education; the promotion of social interests; and the furtherance of charitable and benevolent purposes.[11]

The Creed: May We, Sisters in Kappa Delta, strive each day to seek more earnestly the honorable and beautiful things. May We each day through love of those within our circle, Learn to know and understand better those without our circle. May the diamond shield that guards our love find each day Truer, Wiser, More Faithful, More Loving, and More Noble.[12]

The Kappa Delta Foundation[edit]

The Kappa Delta Foundation is funded by alumnae, collegians and friends of the sorority. The money donated is put towards many philanthropic efforts including Kappa Delta’s four main philanthropies, community outreach programs, scholarships and educational opportunities for members.

Kappa Delta Scholarships: The Kappa Delta Foundation awards over $120,000 worth of scholarships to members each year and is continuously funding new scholarships throughout the years.[13]

Leadership Conferences: The foundation offers members multiple opportunities to attend leadership seminars hosted by nationals.

Golden Circle: This is an award given to collegiates who have donated to Kappa Delta Sorority. It is an encouragement to continue to support Kappa Delta and contribute to The Foundation each year.[14]

KiDs Grants: This is an annual award of $25,000 worth of KiDs Grants, which are used to provide financial assistance to prevention-oriented social action programs in communities.[15]

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Interns: The Foundation provides funding for Kappa Delta interns for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Art and Leadership Program for Girls.[16]


Kappa Delta supports four national philanthropies: Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, the Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Over 950,000 hours are donated each year to support Kappa Delta's philanthropies.

Girl Scouts of the USA: In 1998, Kappa Delta decided to adopt Girl Scouts of the USA as one of its four philanthropies. Many KD chapters decided to adopt a local Girl Scout troop, helping with troop activities and service unit events including uniquelyMe! programs, programs with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, and Studio 2B. Kappa Delta holds over 600 Girl Scout events each year working as mentors and volunteers and reinforcing their values in young girls.[17]

Prevent Child Abuse America: Every Kappa Delta collegiate and alumnae chapter holds an annual "Shamrock Event" to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America; events range from sports events to fashion shows.Since 1986 when the Shamrock Project was founded, Kappa Deltas have raised $13.6 million to prevent child abuse in the United States.[18]

The Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia: Because Virginia was Kappa Delta's founding state, in 1921 the Children's Hospital Foundation was established. It started out as a contribution of $1,200 and has grown to total more than $2.2 that goes towards necessary medical equipment within the hospital.[19]

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: In 1947, the Kappa Delta Research Fellowship in Orthopedy (now known as the Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Awards) was established. This organization started with a $1,000 contribution in 1950 and has grown over the years to $1.7 million. Three awards of $20,000 are given annually to leading orthopaedic surgeons making life changing discoveries in their field.[20]

Kappa Delta founded National Women's Friendship Day to celebrate the friendships among women in the United States. It was celebrated on the third Sunday in September until 2009 when the celebration was extended to the entire month of September as National Women's Friendship Month. As of 2010, September is now International Women's Friendship Month, as Kappa Delta expanded its vision globally. Kappa Delta also created International Girls Day in 2010 to celebrate the power and spirit of girls. The celebration takes place annually on November 14.

Social Initiatives[edit]

Kappa Delta organized the Confidence Coalition in the Spring of 2009. The movement brings together all individuals, organizations and companies committed to promoting confidence among women and girls. By banding together, the movement aims to empower women and girls to stand up against issues that impact their self-esteem (i.e. media stereotypes, spousal and dating abuse, bullying, hazing, gossiping).[21]

Some national campaigns include the "Go Confidently″ campaign, which is meant to raises awareness, and the ″You Make Me Smile″ campaign, which is meant to boost confidence. Kappa Delta's International Girls Day was created on behalf of the Confidence Coalition. With the message ″She Can Do Anything!″, the celebration acknowledges the spirit of girls and encourages girls to make their dreams a reality.[21]

Notable members[edit]

Arts and Entertainment



  • Claudia Kennedy (Alpha Delta-Rhodes) - first female three-star general in the Army (now retired)[33]




Philanthropy and Service


Kappa Delta currently has a total of 156 collegiate chapters across North America.[43]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "History." History. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/history>.
  3. ^ "Genealogy of John Tyler and his Descendants". Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "History." History. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/history>.
  5. ^ a b c d Kappa Delta Official Website - Fast Facts
  6. ^ "Kappa Delta Symbols." Kappa Delta Norman Shield. Memphis: Kappa Delta Sorority, 2013. 28. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.
  7. ^ "Living Our Values." Live Great. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/livingourvalues>.
  8. ^ "Our Beliefs." Our Beliefs. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/ourbeliefs>.
  9. ^ "Our Beliefs." Our Beliefs. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/ourbeliefs>.
  10. ^ "Our Beliefs." Our Beliefs. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/ourbeliefs>.
  11. ^ "Our Beliefs." Our Beliefs. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/ourbeliefs>.
  12. ^ "Our Beliefs." Our Beliefs. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/ourbeliefs>.
  13. ^ Waggoner, Audrey. "Kappa Delta Foundation Funds Two New Scholarships." Kappa Delta Foundation Funds Two New Scholarships. N.p., June-July 2013. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/default.aspx?p=35135&naid=14632>.
  14. ^ "Golden Circle." Golden Circle. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/goldencircle>.
  15. ^ "KiDs Grants." KiDs Grants. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/kidsgrantsalumnae>.
  16. ^ N.p., n.d. Web. <http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kappadelta.org%2Finternships>.
  17. ^ "Kappa Delta's Work with Girl Scouts." Girl Scouts Of The USA. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/girlscoutsguests>.
  18. ^ "Prevent Child Abuse America". Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Children's Hospital Foundation." Children's Hospital. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/childrenshospital>.
  20. ^ Waggoner, Audrey. "Kappa Delta Foundation Presents $60,000 in Orthopaedic Research Awards." Kappa Delta Foundation Presents $60,000 in Orthopaedic Research Awards. N.p., Apr.-May 2014. Web. 03 Nov. 2014. <http://www.kappadelta.org/default.aspx?p=35135&naid=17259>.
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  22. ^ "Brooke Anderson - Living the Glamorous Life Dr Cody Sweet (lambda--Northwestern University) - international platform speaker on nonverbal communication". Kappa Delta's Alumnae Neighborhood of Tennessee. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
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  24. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Ali Landry". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  25. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Georgia O'Keeffe". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  26. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Debbie Maffett Wilson". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
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  29. ^ "Meet Miss Florida". Miss Florida. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  30. ^ "Meet Miss Alabama". Miss Alabama. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
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  32. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Joan Lowery Nixon". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  33. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Claudia Kennedy". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  34. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Kathleen Babineau Blanco". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  35. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Jean Carpenter Carnahan". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  36. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Bonnie Dunbar". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  37. ^ Thomas, Ralph. "Gubernatorial candidate Gregoire faced racial dilemma in college". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
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  39. ^ "Company Information". Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  40. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Trischa Zorn". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. [dead link]
  41. ^ "Board & Advisors". Grandma's Gifts. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  42. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Donna Stone". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2009-07-29. [dead link]
  43. ^ "Collegiate Chapter Directory". Kappadelta.org. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  44. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraternities_and_sororities_in_North_America
  45. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kappa_Delta_chapters

External links[edit]

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