Westminster’s Sororities Celebrate International Badge Day
BY COURTNEY GALLAGHER
The members of Westminster’s three sororities joined thousands of women around the world in celebration of International Badge Day by holding a presentation on the history of each organization’s badge in Hermann Lounge on March 2. This was the first time Westminster’s Panhellenic Council participated in the international event in the form of a collective event on campus.
Every March, the women of Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma partake in International Badge Day by wearing their chapter’s badge. This year, Westminster’s sorority women upheld the tradition by wearing their chapter’s individual badge, while expanding on the practice by wearing identical pins, which displayed the 2015 theme, “Wear Your Letters on Your Heart.” The pins were worn by members of all three sororities in addition to their chapter’s badge.
“Even though we all have different chapters and founders, our backgrounds are the same, and the virtues we represent are virtually all the same,” vice president of programming, Allison Moulton, ’17, said.
The presentations of each organization’s badge, which were given by Polly Herndon, ’15, Lori Hoertel, ’16, and Golly Easterly, ’18, on behalf of their respective organizations, sought to share and celebrate both the individuality and unity of Westminster’s Greek women.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone to get together outside of our individual chapters and get together as a Panhellenic community,” Panhellenic Council president, Grayson Norris, ’17, said about the March 2 event.
Recognizing a Panhellenic spirit as one of four primary values, the National Panhellenic Council established International Badge Day in 1997 to set aside a day or an event for women everywhere to wear their sorority badges or letters in celebration of sisterhood.
The tradition began when Alpha Sigma Alpha member, Nora M. Ten Broeck wrote an article titled, “A Simple Solution – Wear Your Membership Badge Today,” to describe her personal experience of wearing her sorority pin to work one day.
The date is recognized during March, because it is National Women’s History Month and is set aside for International Women’s Day.
The National Panhellenic Council, one of the largest organizations advocating for women, started International Badge Day with the inaugural campaign, “It’s As Simple as Wearing your Pin…With Pride.”
Today, it honors sisterhood in 26 national and international sororities, on more than 675 campuses, and with 353,343 undergraduate members in 3,184 chapters, according to a March 2 news release from the National Panhellenic Council.