March 21, 2007

SPT - Luck O' the Irish

this week's challenge is to show us a lucky charm. perhaps it is a piece of jewelry? or a talisman you carry in your pocket? do you have something on your desk or in your home that brings you good fortune? is it a baseball hat or a smelly old t-shirt? did someone give it to you? why is it meaningful to you? will you tell us about a time when it brought you good luck?

I am not a superstitious person. And I don't necessarily think that anything tangible can bring good 'luck' or good fortune. So, for me, this challenge was.... well, a challenge. So I thought I should post about something that is very meaningful to me.

This is my Alpha Gamma Delta badge. To most, it is just a beautiful piece of jewelry, but to me, it signifies a lot about who I am. I have worn this badge for over 13 years. I was a junior in college when I finally decided to pledge. At the time, I couldn't have imagined what an impact this would have on my life.

For those of you who have never been in a greek organization, you may have a slanted view of what we are all about. The media, television and movies do not paint a flattering picture of Greek life. While some of what they show is accurate, it is a small part of who we are.

My dearest friends are my Sisters. They surrounded me with love and lifted me up during what is to this day, the darkest time of my life. They are my strength and I can't imagine my life without them.

Joining Alpha Gamma Delta gave my life purpose. It shaped me into the person I want to be. I am challenged everyday to live up to the ideals of our Purpose.

  • To gain understanding that wisdom may be vouchsafed to me

  • To develop and prize health and vigor of body

  • To cultivate acquaintances with many whom I meet

  • To cherish friendships with but a chosen few and to study the perfecting of those friendships

  • To welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world's work in the community where I am placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied

  • To honor my home, my country, my religious faith

  • To hold truth inviolable, sincerity essential, and kindness invaluable

  • To covet beauty in environment, manner, word, and thought

  • To possess high ideals and to attain somewhat unto them

  • This shall be my purpose that those who know me may esteem Alpha Gamma Delta for her attainments, revere her for her purposes, and love her for her womanhood


  1. I just had to post. I was greek in college, too. Actually, both my husband and I were--classic girl in sorority meets boy in fraternity story, blah blah blah. I miss my very beautiful and real and slightly expensive pin. I gave it to my pledgedaughter during pledge mom week and she never gave it back. Never. I have been sad over it before. Oh well. I still keep in touch with my sisters, too!We didn't have AGD's at our school. Where did you go?

  2. there was no greek population at my school, so what i have been exposed to has mostly been stereotypical movie stuff. although, my father is very active in his fraternity to this day, and very proud of the young men he is helping.

    thanks for sharing this for spt!

  3. Hi Stefanie, I hope you don't mind me asking you this. But I noticed on your friend Jill's blog that she had some cute Good Mail labels you sent her. I was wondering how you make/get those. I would love to have some. You can email me if you want. Thanks.

  4. wonderful tribute to your greek experience, stephanie. i was a greek too and i loved my experience as an undergraduate...i adore my pin but never, ever wear it more than once a year (Homecoming, if I attend our events). I love that you wear yours...


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