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Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta crest.jpg
Founded October 23, 1897 (1897-10-23) (112 years ago)
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, Teddy Bear, Katydid
Flower White Rose
Jewel Diamond, Emerald, Pearl
Philanthropy Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, Orthopedic Research Awards,
Children's Hospital of Richmond Virginia
Members 210,000 collegiate
Headquarters 3205 Players Lane
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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 205,000 members, as well as 10,000 undergraduate members in 138 active collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta also has over 500 chartered alumnae associations, the most of any National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) group. Its headquarters are located in Memphis, Tennessee.



Kappa Delta was founded by Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, and Sara Turner White on the beliefs of friendship, fellowship and sisterly love. Kappa Delta has the distinction of being the only sorority to become a member of the National Panhellenic Conference immediately upon petition.

The Founders of KΔ:

LenoraB.jpgLenora Ashmore Blackiston MarySparks.jpgMary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick
JuliaTyler.jpg Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson SaraWhite.jpg Sara Turner White

Famous Firsts

Kappa Delta was the first sorority that was accepted into the National Panhellenic Conference as soon as they petitioned to join. Kappa Delta became the first National Panhellenic Conference group to form partnerships with various women's organizations that have a great effect on the role of women in leadership positions.

Kappa Delta Sorority has partnered with the Association of Junior Leagues International, which has a great impact on women's community leadership, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Women's Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

Kappa Delta Sorority has also adopted Prevent Child Abuse America as their Philanthropy.

Member Badge

Kappa Delta founded National Women's Friendship Day to celebrate the friendships among women in this country. 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.

Kappa Delta has also teamed up with Dove to promote the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. This program teaches girls and women to have self-esteem, be confident in themselves, and to accept themselves for who they are.

Kappa Delta also started the KiDs Need to be KiDs Campaign after Hurricane Katrina. The campaign brought toys to kids who were affected by the Hurricane. The campaign was relaunched to help those affected by the fires in California.[1] Kappa Delta sorority has the most philanthropies of any NPC sorority (4 organizations).

Kappa Delta Beliefs

  • 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.

  • 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 interest; and the furtherance of charitable and benevolent purposes.

  • 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 us each day Truer, Wiser, More Faithful, More Loving, and More Noble.

  • Open Motto

Ta Kala Diokomen. Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.

  • Vision

Kappa Delta Sorority is committed to providing opportunities and experiences that inspire women to greatness.

  • Mission Statement

Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women committed to:
-Inspiring our members to reach their full potential;
-Preparing our 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.

  • Symbols & Mascot

-Nautilus shell, dagger, teddy bear, katydid/ladybug

  • Colors

-Olive Green and pearl white

  • Jewels

-Diamond, emerald, pearl

  • Flower

-The white rose


Kappa Delta supports four national philanthropies: Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, the Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia, and Orthopaedic Research Awards. Every Kappa Delta collegiate chapter and many alumnae associations hold an annual "Shamrock Event" to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America, as well as a local children's philanthropy of their chapter's choice. Since 1986 when the Shamrock project was founded, Kappa Deltas have raised 7.1 million dollars to prevent child abuse in the United States. Many KD chapters decide to adopt a local Girl Scout troop, helping with troop activities and service unit events including uniquelyMe programs, programs with the Dove Campaign for True Beauty, and Studio 2B.

Notable members

For a full list of notable Kappa Delta alumnae, please visit here: Notable Kappa Deltas

Arts and Entertainment

  • Brooke Anderson (Sigma Phi-University of Georgia) - journalist and anchor for Showbiz Tonight[2]
  • Ellen Albertini Dow (Omega Chi-Cornell) - actress (The Wedding Singer, Wedding Crashers)[3]
  • Ali Landry (Gamma Kappa-Louisiana/Lafayette) - actress, Miss USA 1996; one of People magazine’s 1998 “50 Most Beautiful People”; Frito-Lay spokesperson "Doritos Girl"[4]
  • Georgia O'Keeffe (Beta-Chatham Episcopal) - artist, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient[5]
  • Debbie Maffett Wilson (Gamma Rho-Sam Houston State) - 1983 Miss America[6]
  • Leigh Anne Roberts Tuohy (Alpha Mu-University of Mississippi) - subject of the 2009 film The Blind Side
  • Lane Lindell (Sigma Phi-University of Georgia) - model, Miss United States World 2008[citation needed]
  • Mari Wilensky (Beti Pi - University of Florida) - Miss Florida 2005, Miss America 2006 Top Ten Finalist
  • Rachael Todd (Epsilon Omicron - University of Central Florida) - Miss Florida 2009[citation needed]
  • Rachel Law (Furman University) - Miss South Carolina USA 2010[citation needed]
  • Liz Cochran (Birmingham Southern College) - Miss Alabama 2009[citation needed]
  • Vienna Girardi (Epsilon Omicron - University of Central Florida) - Contestant on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love
  • Julia Dalton (Kappa Delta - High point University) - Miss Teen North Carolina 2008 - 2nd runner up at Miss teen USA 2008 - Sister of Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009[citation needed]



  • Claudia Kennedy (Alpha Delta-Rhodes) - first female three star general in the Army (now retired)[9]







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  2. ^ "Brooke Anderson - Living the Glamorous Life". Kappa Delta's Alumnae Neighborhood of Tennessee. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Ellen Albertini Dow". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Ali Landry". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Georgia O'Keeffe". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Debbie Maffett Wilson". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Pearl Sydenstricker Buck". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  8. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Joan Lowery Nixon". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Claudia Kennedy". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  10. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Kathleen Babineau Blanco". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  11. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Jean Carpenter Carnahan". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  12. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Bonnie Dunbar". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Ralph. "Gubernatorial candidate Gregoire faced racial dilemma in college". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  14. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Suzy Spafford Lidstrom". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  15. ^ "Company Information". Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  16. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Trischa Zorn". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  17. ^ "Board & Advisors". Grandma's Gifts. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  18. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Donna Stone". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 

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