Alpha Delta Pi was founded on May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia. Alpha Delta Pi holds the distinction of being the first secret society for women and the basis for our sorority system today. The original name of the sorority was “The Adelphean Society,” taken from the Greek word“Adelphean” meaning “sister.” Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald founded “The Adelphean Society” along with five of her closest friends: Ella Pierce Turner, Octavia Andrew Rush, Elizabeth Williams Mitchell, Sophronia Woodruff Dews, and Mary Evans Glass.
These women, along with thirteen others, made up the first chapter of Alpha Delta Pi. They created our open motto, “We live for each other,” which we still use today. They also developed a ritual, oath and badge, all of which we still recognize. They chose the colors azure blue and white, which represent friendship, sincerity and truth. They chose a lion as the mascot, clasped hands and diamonds as symbols and the woodland violet as the official flower.
As the mother of today’s sorority system, it is only fitting that our founding took place at the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. Our name changed to Alpha Delta Phi in 1905 when the sorority went to a national level. However, because of continued confusion with a men’s fraternity with the same name, the sorority’s name was changed for the last time to Alpha Delta Pi in 1913.
We take pride in the fact that the principles and rituals of Alpha Delta Pi are the same as that of our founders in 1851. The qualifications for membership in this sorority have remained unchanged throughout the years– scholarship, high principles of behavior, and true friendships.
The Gamma Chi Chapter was chartered at Texas Christian University in April 1955 as one of the original six sororities. We are proud to have been a part of Texas Christian University’s Panhellenic community for over 50 years!
When Alpha Delta Pi was founded in 1851, the qualifications for membership were very high. From football games and Homecoming to luncheons with the Chancellor and attending the District Leadership Conference, we are never lacking in spirit or sisterhood. Every member of our sorority is involved in other organizations on campus, including academic, cultural, service-oriented, performing arts, religious and sports organizations.
Joining Alpha Delta Pi is for a lifetime, not just the college years. The Fort Worth Alumnae Association is actively involved in giving back to the Gamma Chi chapter as well as maintaining the long-lasting sisterhood well beyond graduation. Gamma Chi works hard to maintain close relationships with our alumnae.
Every month we have chapter dinner, where alumnae and parents cook dinner for our entire chapter. We have annual events such as our Halloween ADPi Trick-or-Treat where alumnae can bring their children to the house to collect candy from the active members living in the house and see all the decorations. There are also fun activities for the children and delicious snacks. Members love to come dressed in costumes and interact with the alumnae and their children.
The annual Founders' Day brunch is held with the Fort Worth Alumnae Association and celebrates the founding of Alpha Delta Pi. Sisters are recognized for their achievements throughout the year. The brunch is also a great way for seniors to interact with Alumnae and experience the transition from collegian years to alumnae life.
Maintaining close relationships with our alumnae is an excellent way to network and allows sisters to get to know wonderful ADPi's who are happy to help out by writing letters of recommendation for internships or just give some friendly advice. Many Alumnae from all over Texas and the country are involved in contributing to the success of Gamma Chi and its members. Our relationship with our alumnae is proof that when you join ADPi, you are truly joining a sisterhood that lasts a lifetime.
The Parents Pride is a group of Gamma Chi parents that support the women at Texas Christian University. Parents Pride is active in the chapter year round to help with recruitment, chapter dinners and overall support. Parents Pride works with the Fort Worth Alumnae Association to make every collegiate members experience in Alpha Delta Pi memorable.
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