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!
As collegiate members, I’m sure we all participated in the collection of pop tabs (or pull tabs) to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I know that, for me, that participation has died off since I graduated from college.
As our brand-new alumnae association gets off the ground, we look forward to forming a relationship with our local Ronald McDonald House here in Buffalo. One of the first and simplest things we can do, though, is get back to collecting those tabs! Save them at home, of course, but you can also enlist the help of your family, friends, and coworkers!
At this link, there’s more information as well as a flyer you can print out and hang in your lunch room at work. Our association will take care of collecting and delivering the tabs to RMH. If you’re not sure what to do, just send us an email!
Alpha Delta Pi, Eta Beta Chapter, 1995–most of 1993’s Alpha class. wow, that was a long time ago!
At our social a few weeks ago, some of us were talking about our individual chapters’ traditions. I’m a member of Eta Beta chapter-Allegheny College, and one of our traditions was playing and singing “American Pie” (replacing the lyric with Alpha Delta Pi) at the end of our social functions.
Many of us carried the tradition over to our weddings. At mine, we ended the evening with karaoke, so I made sure I was scheduled last. I requested “American Pie” and asked all my sisters to join me in singing (and dancing!).
I lost some people on account of this being the last thing of the night…we’d been a much larger group earlier in the evening! Here’s the full group (I think) from a bit earlier. I have a lot of versions of this picture…I do not seem to have one where everyone is looking at the camera. Or, A camera. 😉
(Erin’s wedding, 2008)
We also started a tradition of wearing blue and white ribbons–serving as the bride’s “something blue,” but also worn by all of the sisters at the wedding. Here is Jen pinning my ribbons to my underskirt:
Carrying on these traditions makes me so happy…what are some of your chapter traditions, and what traditions have you carried with you after graduating?
This is the home of the Western New York Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae organization. Thank you for visiting!
We are hosting a social event on Saturday, January 18th, at 7pm. Visit the event page for more information, and please let us know if you plan to attend!
If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, please email us at wnyadpi [at] gmail [dot] com.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!