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Sororities and Sisterhood

“When I first came to Allegheny, I really missed home. I heard multiple girls say that sorority life was a home on campus, and when I stepped into ADPi’s suite, that is what I found. These women support me in all that I do, they pick me up when I need it most and make me laugh when I’m down.” -Courtney

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It’s funny really, 23 years after pledging, I feel exactly the same way. Through breakups and marriages, births and deaths. Good times and bad.

We Live For Each Other. And for Alpha Delta Pi.

What ADPI means to me! (Happy Founder’s Day!)

Post by: All Things Jennifer (otherwise known as Smithj2)

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I just turned 40 years old and here I am blogging about my sorority? What? Mid-life crisis? Trying to relive my youth?

Nope. And nope. Trust me, I feel more alive and confident in my own skin at 40 than I ever did at 20!

Sisterhood doesn’t end at graduation…I’m an Alpha Delta Pi for life. And while “our story starts in Georgia in 1851…” (Dare you not to sing along with the next line…) our sisterhood continues to spread all over the world. Personally, since being a founding member of the WNY ADPi Alumnae association this past year, I’ve been able to connect with sisters of all ages and chapters and make new friends along the way. We all share the same special bond of sisterhood.

If you would have asked me back in High School if I ever imagined joining a sorority the answer would have been a resounding HECK NO. (Heck, not Hell, because I was a very good girl back in the day. Wink, Wink.) I wasn’t in the popular crowd, I wasn’t the homecoming queen, a cheerleader…I didn’t drink, I was overweight! I was the girl who was pretty much friends with everyone at some point during our school years. I’m certain I would never pigeonhole myself into sorority life, and I didn’t even consider it.

Even after visiting my future Alma mater Allegheny College for prospective weekend and staying with a house of Seniors (who happened to be ADPis at the time getting ready for Pledge Formal) it didn’t cross my mind. I was more concerned with the upcoming musical, my new, first boyfriend and upcoming prom…

Once I became a Freshman, I was on a floor with women who like myself, were pretty Anti-Greek. My RA was Greek, but only a very few women on my hall even considered rushing.

Honestly, that first semester of college my heart wasn’t into being on campus. I went home frequently to visit my friends still in High School and those who chose Fredonia State and became friends with people there. When not at home, I hung out with the people I worked with at Ponderosa who attended Edinboro College. I wasn’t considering transferring, but I realized I was missing out on something more.

During that Thanksgiving Break, I drove home a friend from High School, Sheri Mathewson, who was a year above me at Allegheny. Sheri is a person everyone loved: an athlete, leader, scholar, musical person, friendliest person you would ever meet. While driving home the song “Southern Cross” came on the radio and Sheri sang along…but with the words her ADPI sisters used the year before at Greek Sing. And that opened the conversation. SHERI was in a sorority? Even crazier, another woman who graduated from my High School and went to Allegheny—Michelle was also an ADPi. I knew Michelle because she rode my bus as a kiddo and I was friends with her younger sister in Middle School. Michelle and Sheri were both wonderful fun people, but neither one were “sorority girl types” yet they both were Alpha Delta Pi’s!

Very interesting…suddenly, ADPI was on my radar.

I still didn’t go through rush and figured even if I wanted to attend an ADPi party I wouldn’t be able to afford it and take time off from work…so I let it simmer in the back of my mind, until 2nd semester when I saw my new friend down the hall, Erin…joining her  new sisters at run-out day. Almost immediately, I started to gravitate more towards Erin and learning all about Alpha Delta Pi. COULD I DO IT? Would it be for me?

I’m happy to say a week or so later, I was offered a bid in the same pledge class Erin just joined and I made sure I figured out a way to make it work. Instantly, I was surrounded by women who made me feel at home. Women will all sorts of backgrounds, majors, interests. Women who reminded me of myself and made me want to be a better person. Yep, home sweet home.

I’ve met some of my very best lifelong friends through Alpha Delta Pi . (At our weddings we always wear our ribbons…)

I’ve learned valuable leadership skills and was given the confidence/experience to join other boards in college such as Panhellenic and Alleghenians Committed to Service. Which has since led to community/leadership positions in Law School and in Western New York. (And seriously, you never know when you need to bust out those Robert Rules of Order.)

I’ve gained an unhealthy obsession with violets (I can’t even tell you how many I’ve sent to compost) lions, the colors azure blue/white and pretty, pretty diamonds.

Being a sister of Alpha Delta Pi has shaped me into who I am today. And on this day, our Founder’s Day I am proud to stand along with all of our sisters and thank Eugenia and her friends…for creating the first secret society for women back in 1851.

Today on Founder’s Day browse through old photos, catch up with a sister, send a gift of violets through a Facebook post.  Take a minute to remember YOUR story.

L&L

Happy Founders Day

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Our story begins in 1851 at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia, where six incredible women changed the world.

Led by Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald, our founders formed The Adelphean Society for “the mental, moral, social, and domestic improvement of its members.” The Adelphean Society, later renamed Alpha Delta Pi, was the first secret society for college women.

The principles of scholarship, leadership, sisterhood, and service guide over 235,000 women in more than 150 active collegiate chapters and over 150 alumnae associations of Alpha Delta Pi.

WNYADPi is celebrating Founders Day, May 15, with a virtual celebration of sisterhood. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Send “violets” to a sister or two and remind them what they mean to you!
  • Wear your badge or ribbons!
  • Change your social media profile pics/headers to something ADPi! (Here are some ideas...)

Join our Facebook event, follow us on twitter or Instagram, and help spread the spirit of sisterhood!

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Information about dues

Good news! We are ready to begin collecting dues for 2014. We have set dues at $25 for a full membership and $10 for a supporting membership. If you are a recent graduate (graduating in 2012 or 2013), you may also join at the $10 rate for your first year of membership.

Supporting memberships are intended for those sisters who would like to be involved, but live outside the Western New York area for part or all of the year. For example, sisters attending graduate school, or those who spend winters in Florida, would be eligible for a supporting membership. If you have questions about membership, please get in touch with us!

If you would like to, you can make the annual dues payment in two installments of $12.50.

We are able to accept dues via paypal; however, because of the associated charges, an additional service fee (of $1 or $.50, depending on the amount charged) will be assessed. Just click the “pay dues” button in the sidebar.

You may also send a check made out to Western New York Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae–I’ll be sending an email with the address–or pay your dues in person at our next event.

We hope to see you all soon!

Wear your letters on your heart!

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Monday, March 3, is International Badge Day. This event, sponsored by the National Panhellenic Conference, celebrates sisterhood and a lifelong commitment to service and community. We hope everyone will show their pride by wearing their badges! 

When I graduated from college, I had my badge made into a ring, thinking I would wear it more that way. It’s a lovely ring, but as I became involved in this alumnae organization, I found myself feeling sad that I didn’t have an actual badge to wear anymore. I was able to track down a new one, though, and I’m looking forward to wearing it on March 3!

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Join the badge day event on Facebook, and visit the NPC website for more information.