Kappa Kappa Gamma
Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) is one of the oldest Greek-letter societies for women. Founded at Monmouth College in 1870, the women's fraternity has more than 260,000 members in 140 college chapters and 307 alumnae chapters. Like many others, KKG was originally known as a fraternity for women because it was developed before the word "sorority" was used.
The Start of Kappa Kappa Gamma
In the late 1860s, two college women had an idea to create a fraternity, much like the ones men participated in those days. The women thought they, too, should be able to create a society for companionship and advancement. Mary Louise Bennett and Hannah Jeanette Boyd ignited the spark that became Kappa Kappa Gamma. They sought to find women respected for their literary work, spirit, and social development. With their friends Mary Moore Stewart, Anna Elizabeth Willits, Susan Burley Walker, and Martha Louis Stevenson, the women officially founded the first chapter of KKG.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Symbols
The official badge of membership is a golden key, which is sometimes seen encrusted with sapphires, pearls, or diamonds. New members wear a badge featuring a Sigma within a Delta. The KKG colors are a calming light blue and a noble dark blue. The official mascot is an owl, and the official jewel is the blue sapphire, which represents truth and constancy. KKG's flower is the fleur-de-lis, but it is often replaced by an iris because the fleur-de-lis in not an actual flower.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Taglines and Values
KKG does not have an official motto, but the tagline, "Tradition of Leadership," was used for many years. In 2012, the fraternity changed the tagline to "Aspire to Be." The essence of these taglines can be seen in KKG's values. They offer members friendship, mentoring, leadership, and encourage a lifetime of service and community involvement. In 2009, KKG developed an online learning center, which provides free e-classes to active members and alumnae.
Philanthropy 1-2-3 with Kappa Kappa Gamma
KKG has a philanthropic program, which is broken into three parts. The program is known as "Philanthropy 1-2-3." The first section of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation funds museums, scholarships, leadership programs, and financial aid programs for members. The second branch is geared towards service, and it supports the local community through volunteering and fundraising. Finally, the third branch and official philanthropy of KKG is the Reading is Fundamental program. It was adopted as the official cause in 2004 and helps to promote children's literacy through educational programs and funding.
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