Welcome to the Beta Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi here at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. I want to start by giving a little background about our sorority. Alpha Delta Pi was originally called the Adelphean Society and was founded by Eugenia Tucker and 5 of her closest friends on May 15th, 1851 at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia. Our organization was the first secret society for women, which is where the phrase “first, finest, forever” comes from. Alpha Delta Pi was founded on the four principle values of scholarship, leadership, service to others, and sisterhood. As a member of this chapter, is it our duty to live our daily lives by focusing and remembering why our founders created this organization. Our creed states, “I believe that my sorority is more than a ritual or a symbol; that it is a way of life.” Being a member of any sorority means you are representing so much more than yourself. As President of this chapter, I can truly say that I have become the best version of myself by living by the values of this organization and by keeping our creed close to my heart. I have seen the way my chapter changes my sisters for the better, and I can see how my sisters continue to live out our creed in their day to day lives. This sisterhood has pushed myself, and many other members out of our comfort zones to become the people we have always wanted to be. Our open motto “we live for each other” truly expresses what it is like to be a part of this sisterhood. This organization brings so many wonderful opportunities, memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime. Our national philanthropy is the Ronald McDonald House, which is a home for families to stay in while their child is receiving care at the nearest hospital. The cost of hospital treatments can be expensive, so the Ronald McDonald House is able to relieve some stress by providing a place to sleep and meals during their stay. As a member of Alpha Delta Pi, we get to work very closely with the Ronald McDonald House and the families that pass through. We collect supplies to stock up the house for families staying there, and our members clean and cook at the house. This past year, our chapter raised over 23,000 dollars for the Ronald McDonald House from our Color Run! It is truly a wonderful feeling to know that we are able to help so many families that appreciate everything that we do.
College is time full of first experiences, and a majority of people travel some distance from home. Going Greek allows you to find a home away from home full of sisters ready to act as your support system. Not only will you be creating long lasting bonds with the sister in your chapter, but you will be bettering and preparing yourself for life throughout and even after college. When I came to college, I was looking to be a part of something bigger than myself and a sisterhood where I felt the most comfortable. I can honestly say I found all of that in Alpha Delta Pi. During recruitment, I had authentic, meaningful conversations with members I had never seen before, and I could feel how much I was wanted in this chapter.
But my mission statement as president is to create an environment that promotes growth and empowerment for my chapter. I value every member's unique self and want this sorority to be a place where authenticity can flourish. I want ADPI to be a safe place where members feel challenged to better themselves. Among the Panhellenic community I want my chapter to be encouraging and supportive of other women. "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his [her] own improvement..." -Madame Curie. Being a part of this organization has truly made me the best version of myself. My sisters were able to see the skills in me that I was unable to see myself, and I am forever grateful for that. I would not be who I am today or in the position that I am in if it weren’t for this sorority and all of my sisters. I hope that going Greek will affect your life for the better just like it has for me. If you have any questions about my organization, please feel free to follow ADPi on social media and to reach out to me as well!
Rachel Paganelli Beta Beta Chapter President firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit Alpha Delta Pi's website here.
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