- from the History of
Delta Delta Delta
it began with friendship
sarah ida shaw
The inspirational force behind the founding of Tri Delta was Sarah Ida Shaw. One of the most outstanding students in her class at Boston University, Sarah's academic excellence was recognized by Phi Beta Kappa. In creating Tri Delta, she employed her knowledge of Greek, geometry and mathematics, as well as Egyptian and Hindu legends and lore. Tri Delta owes to her the beauty of the Rituals and the knowledge that commitment to an ideal greater than ourselves can bring a new dimension to our lives.
eleanor dorcas pond
Eleanor Dorcas Pond was valedictorian of her high school class and was awarded a scholarship to Boston University. A person of high intellectual ability, she was also a fun-loving but practical young woman, a perfect complement to Sarah Ida Shaw's visionary personality. It was Eleanor who suggested the name be a triple letter, and she also influenced the development of the Ritual, badge, emblems and Constitution.
isabel morgan breed
Isabel Morgan Breed came from Lynn, Massachusetts. She had refused sorority bids because deep religious convictions made her question being a part of a selective organization. After learning about the values and aims of Tri Delta, she consented to becoming a member. Her service in Tri Delta was limited to serving as Grand Treasurer from 1889-1893, but her interest was unabated, and in her quiet and orderly life she reflected great credit upon the Fraternity.
florence isabelle stewart
Florence Isabelle Stewart was the youngest child of a village doctor who was in his 70s when she entered Boston University. Because the family had little money, Flora struggled to remain in school. During her first years she commuted from Medway with her high school friend, Nellie Pond. Flora was an excellent student and salutatorian of her high school class. She served as Grand Secretary from 1889-1893, but was inactive in the Fraternity after this time.
"Tri Delta is Founded"
"Tri Delta is founded"
Nov. 28, Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond completed their plans for the creation of Delta Delta Delta. The two declared, "Tri Delta is founded."
November, The Trident is first published on the third anniversary of Tri Delta’s founding.
The first alumnae group, called the Alpha Alumnae Alliance, is formed.
Sleighbell Day, a new national philanthropy, is established to support children’s cancer charities.
The Tri Delta Foundation is created as a 501(c)3 organization to “assist its members in every possible way.”
The Fraternity forms National House Corporation (NHC).
Tri Delta begins its partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Tri Delta launches BodyImage3D® as a multidimensional approach to body image awareness and education.
Tri Delta receives the St. Jude Partner of the Year Award and announces the largest single pledge in St. Jude’s history, receiving prominent recognition on the hospital’s campus at Tri Delta Place, a short-term housing facility.
Tri Delta relocates Executive Office from Arlington, Texas, to Dallas, Texas.
insignias & milestone jewelry
emblems & symbols
COAT OF ARMS
insignias & milestone jewelry
New Member Pin
The new member pin is worn prior to Initiation. It is a green and silver enamel badge and was referenced in the 1918 Constitution as three Deltas surrounding an inverted Delta, a symbol of growth. Green is significant as it is the universal color of all growing things. For Tri Delta, the green of the new member pin is also the union of the Fraternity colors – silver, gold and blue – and represents the beginning of growth of the individual.
The Stars & Crescent Badge
The official Fraternity badge consists of three golden stars, a crown set with pearls, within a gold crescent of three hundred degrees bearing three deltas in black enamel. Tri Delta initiates receive this badge with the member’s initials, the Greek letters of her chapter, and her Initiation number engraved on the back. Each badge remains the property of the Fraternity but is lent to the member during her lifetime or as long as she remains a member.
Silver Circle Pin
Introduced at the 2004 Convention, the pin is silver and features the anniversary number engraved on the stars and crescent design. This pin may be purchased and worn by members who have reached the 25-year anniversary of their Initiation into Delta Delta Delta or given to members as a gift.
Golden Circle Pin
Introduced at the 1962 Convention, where it was given to the Golden Circle members in attendance, this pin was originally designed by Sarah Ida Shaw for the Circle Degree of Initiation. Consisting of a delta in white enamel supported by three deltas of gold inside a golden circle which is surrounded by six spherical triangles in blue enamel, the Golden Circle pin celebrates the 50th anniversary of a Tri Delta’s Initiation into Delta Delta Delta. The pins may be purchased by a 50-year member or given to members as a gift.
Diamond Circle Pin
The Diamond Circle pin honors Tri Deltas who have reached the 75th anniversary of their Initiation. The Diamond Circle pin shares its design with the Golden Circle pin, but features a diamond in the center. Members who have reached the 75th anniversary of their Initiation have the privilege of buying the pin or receiving them as gifts. Introduced in 1996, the first Diamond Circle pin was presented to Mary K. Wise Jensen, Butler, past Fraternity President.