Delta Gamma Fraternity was founded by three women – Anna Boyd Ellington, Eva Webb Dodd and Mary Comfort Leonard – at The Lewis School for Girls in Oxford, Mississippi. Every year around March 15th, Delta Gammas from all around the nation come together in their individual areas to celebrate Founders Day.
Founders Day is one of my favorite events. It reminds us about the accomplishments that our collegiate and alumnae chapters should be proud of. This was my first Founders Day as an alumna, and I already feel old. It was so crazy to see so many new faces that I didn’t know, and it hasn’t been a full year since graduation yet.
Eta Iota at the University of Nevada, Reno celebrated Founders Day on March 11th, 2018. Collegians and alumnae in the area gathered at Hidden Valley Country Club and celebrated many different things.
The collegiate chapter presented Vaungaylyn with a check that allowed for the Jacob Matthew Zarcone Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund to become fully endowed. This allows an Eta Iota collegian to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship every year to help with tuition costs. The Jacob Matthew Zarcone Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund was made in honor of the memory of Vaungaylyn’s son, who passed away at the age of 5 weeks.
We celebrated individuals – alumnae and collegians – for their accomplishments in Delta Gamma. From the Cable Award to Senior Recognition to 50, 60, and 70 year anniversaries, we couldn’t be more proud of what everyone has worked for.
Not only did we celebrate accomplishments, but there was some entertainment put on by the collegians. Emily Olsen and Raine Kerhin put on a “new member” quiz for everyone in the room. They asked different members about facts on Delta Gamma to see if we remembered what we learned back in our new member days. Maddie King and Samantha Burk performed a beautiful song. And of course, there were many cute pictures taken by everyone to remember the event.
Founders Day is such a great way to reunite collegians and alumnae, and I can’t wait to see how it all grows in the future.