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Alpha Delta Pi is founded by Eugenia Tucker as the Adelphean Society, the first secret society for women. The society is founded for the purpose of mental, moral, social, and domestic betterment.
Current topics of discussion in the Adelphean Society include frivolity of dress fashions and the evils of card playing. Dues of 10 cents are collected weekly to build a fund to purchase books for the Adelphean library. Meeting agendas include prayer, songs, and original poetry recitations.
Only seven Adelphean members return to Wesleyan for the fall term. The original six Founders had all graduated. Two of Eugenia's sisters become members during this year, along with 13 other members, bringing the Adelphean Society roster to 22.
The term "rushing" comes into vogue as young men "rush" to the train station to "pin" ribbons in fraternity colors on the jackets of boys visiting colleges and universities. Boys with ribbons on their jackets are seen as "taken," and no other fraternity could try to pin him.
1870 - 1879
Adelphean Society members amend the constitution due to the changing role of women in society. The world "domestic" is deleted from Article I: "This Society shall be called Adelphean, and shall have for its object the mental, moral, and social improvement of its members."
Chi Omega begins its attempts to enter Wesleyan. They, of course, wanted the best women, so they tried to incorporate the Adelpheans and Philomatheans into their new group. Rather than be absorbed by Chi Omega, the Adelphean Society decides to become a national organization.
The Spanish-American War begins with the U.S. intervening on the side of Cuba in the Cuban War of Independence. When the war ends, the United States temporarily controls Cuba and owns Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine islands. The Philippines does not gain independence until 1946. Puerto Rico and Guam remain U.S. possessions to this day.
04/21/1898 - 08/13/1898
The Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series played in Major League Baseball.
A committee of three, led by Jewel Davis, confer with attorney Dupont Guerry, the president of Wesleyan College, as to the procedure to become a national organization. They secure a charter of incorporation from the state of Georgia.
The Adelphean Society changes its name to Alpha Delta Phi. At the time of nationalization, Alpha Delta Phi has 60 active members and 3,000 alumnae.
The first Grand Convention is held in Macon, Georgia, with Elizabeth Moseley, president of Alpha Chapter, presiding. A National Council is elected consisting of all Alpha Chapter members and Elizabeth Moseley as the first president.
At the 1913 Grand Convention, the name of the organization is changed to Alpha Delta Pi.
The collegiate chapters are assembled into four provinces and four Province Presidents were appointed by the National Council.
At the 1915 Grand Convention, the coat of arms is modified. The unicorn is changed to a lion rampant with a background of violets, and the English version of the open motto "We live for each other" is added.
The last Alpha Chapter members graduate from Wesleyan College, closing the mother chapter.
After decades of speeches, rallies, parades and women demanding the right to vote at the federal level, the U.S. Secretary of State certifies the ratification of the 19th Amendment, stating that no citizen could be denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. Twenty-six million women become voters.
The National Song is adopted at the 1923 Grand Convention, and Province Presidents are removed from the National Council.
The sorority, concerned about centralization of services, establishes a central office in the home of Secretary and Treasurer Mary Kelly Shearer in Ames, Iowa.
Irma Tapp, Omicron, becomes chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference.
Founder Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald passes away at the age of 94.
The second History of Alpha Delta Pi, written by Jessica North MacDonald, Theta, is published.
The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasts from 1929-1939. At the beginning of the Depression, 25 percent of the workforce is unemployed, and hourly wages drop 60 percent.
1929 - 1939
Alpha Delta Pi's Central Office moves to Hotel Claremont in Berkeley, California, where it stays from 1934-1947.
The Governing Board of Alpha Delta Pi becomes known as the Grand Council after the 1936 Grand Convention.
World War II sees more than 300,000 women serve in the military as part of the WACs, WAVEs and SPARs - including 240 ADPis. Many other women join the workforce while the men go off to war.
09/01/1939 - 09/02/1945RELATED ITEMS
Restoration is completed on the Adelphean Room at Wesleyan.
The Central Office moves to Kansas City, Missouri, where it remains until 1955.
Caralee Strock Stanard, Alpha Gamma, retires as Grand President, and part of her keynote address becomes The Creed of Alpha Delta Pi.
Alpha Delta Pi holds its Centennial Convention at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.
Alpha Delta Pi dedicates its Memorial Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Beatles, widely regarded as the most influential rock 'n' roll band, form in Liverpool.
The Adelphean Room is moved to the Old Cannon Ball House ini Macon, Georgia, now called the Cannonball House.
A U.S. destroyer allegedly clashes with a North Vietnamese fast-attack craft. In response, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gives President Lyndon B. Johnson broad authorization to increase U.S. military presence in Vietnam, deploying ground combat units for the first time and increasing troop levels from about 23,000 to 184,000.
South Vietnamese forces are unable to withstand the Tet Offensive launched by the North Vietnamese in January and February of 1968, and U.S. forces have to defeat the North Vietnamese. The episode shows that the end of U.S. involvement is nowhere in sight, and domestic skepticism of the war increases.
Title IX is passed. Under the leadership of Virginia Friese Jacobsen, Alpha Theta, an exception allows fraternities and sororities to remain single-sex private organizations.
The U.S. ends direct military involvement in Vietnam, but the war does not end for another two years.
Virginia Friese Jacobsen, Alpha Theta, becomes the second Alpha Delta Pi Chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference.
Miss Maxine Blake, Alpha Theta, retires as Grand President after nearly 30 years and is named Grand President Emeritus.
Caralee Strock Stanard, Alpha Theta, is named Grand Editor Emeritus of The Adelphean.
Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Loyally, Volume III, edited by Grand President Emeritus Maxine Blake, is published and given as a favor at the 1987 Grand Convention.
Alpha Delta Pi becomes the first NPC organization to abolish pledgeship and begins Total Member Education for all chapters.
Alpha Delta Pi celebrates its 150th Anniversary in Atlanta, Georgia. During a pilgrimage to Macon, Alpha Delta Pi dedicates its commemorative gift of an entrance gate to Wesleyan College.
Sisters, Celebrating 150 Years of Alpha Delta Pi Sisterhood, written by Linda Welch Ablard, Alpha Omicron, is published.
Terrorists hijack airplanes and crash them into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. 2,996 people are killed, and more than 6,000 are injured in the attacks, with others dying from complications in the coming years. It is the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.
The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan begins as an effort to remove the Taliban from power. While this goal is completed by the end of the year, U.S. and allied troops continue to fight Taliban insurgents for more than 18 years, and the war continues to this day.
Believing Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction, a U.S.-led coalition invades Iraq in 2003 and overthrows the government of Saddam Hussein. Although it turns out that Iraq did not have the weapons, the conflict continues for much of the next decade as insurgents oppose the new U.S.-backed government.
03/20/2003 - 12/18/2011
Grand President (1948-1977) Emerita Maxine Blake, dies at age 100.
The Past President's Badge (with one row of diamonds and one row of sapphires) is introduced at the 2005 Grand Convention and presented to all past presidents.
Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma devastate the southern U.S. in the fall of 2005. Several of ADPi's southern and gulf coast collegiate chapters, as well as hundreds of collegiate and alumnae members, are impacted.
A dedication is held for the newly renovated Alpha Delta Pi Memorial Headquarters and the newly built Executive Office building.
A global financial crisis begins with a crisis in the subprime mortgage market in the U.S., and becomes a full-blown international crisis with the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers. It is considered by many to be the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.
2007 - 2008
The "Live Your Oath" Alpha Delta Pi partnership with Sigma Phi Epsilon begins to educate members about sexual assault prevention.
Alpha Delta Pi partners with the Max Gruver Foundation to focus on bringing awareness of and an end to hazing.