Delta Gamma was founded in 1873 in Oxford, Mississippi, at the Lewis School for Girls by three young women who were unable to go home for the Christmas break. Together, Anna Boyd, Mary Comfort and Eva Webb created a “club of mutual helpfulness.”
They chose the Greek letters Delta and Gamma because of their desire to “Do Good.” It remains Delta Gamma’s motto today and a driving force in all we do.
What started with three women has since grown into an international Fraternity with more than 250,000 members in 151 collegiate chapters and more than 200 alumnae groups. Delta Gamma’s sisterhood continues to inspire women through the values that were built into our very first Constitution. Article II, written by our Founders in 1873, states: The objects of this Fraternity shall be to foster high ideals of friendship among women, to promote their educational and cultural interests, to create in them a true sense of social responsibility, and to develop in them the best qualities of character.
Delta Gamma at Montana State is here for good! In the past year during the fall semester Delta Gamma re-established our Gamma Delta chapter at Montana State. In November, our charter was officially re-installed on MSU’s campus and we received our original charter from 1948 from the international fraternity president, Wilma Wilbanks. We were able to initiate 47 new members into our Fraternity and are excited to grow our sisterhood even further in the upcoming years.
Our membership is diverse in age and experiences, but we all share the same passion to “Do Good.” We love to see our members grow into strong and beautiful women. On campus, we are involved in numerous activities, including ASMSU Senate, Orientation Leadership, Spirit of the West, Advocats, intramural sports, RHA, and various other organizations, and love volunteering around the Gallatin Valley.
Throughout the fall semester, we participated in several philanthropy events across campus. We also hosted our first philanthropy event, “Nightmare on Garfield Street,” a haunted house and bake sale to raise money for our Joining Forces branch of Service for Sight, which benefits veterans with visual impairments. In addition, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the Bozeman Chapter of the Montana Association of the Blind and the Gallatin Empire Lion’s Club and volunteer at chapter meetings and other events that they host around Bozeman.
In the fall, our chapter hosted several sisterhood events within our chapter to get to know our sisters better and form bonds of friendship. We also planned events with other members of Greek Life in both the fall and spring semesters. In the spring, we had our first sisterhood retreat where we participated in games, discussions and leadership development workshops. While our semester was cut short and we were unfortunately unable to host our Anchor Week in person, we were still able to virtually raise funds for Service for Sight. We were fortunate enough to participate in a virtual Founder’s Day despite the COVID-19 pandemic and our wonderful Advisory Team Chairman, Ronette Simcox was awarded the Delta Gamma Fraternity Cable Award, which recognizes alumnae who, through years of serving Delta Gamma, have evidenced unusual loyalty and devotion far beyond normal alumnae participation. Finally, one of our first seniors won an award recognizing the top 40 seniors at MSU.
We are thrilled to be back at MSU after 29 years and we would like to thank the Panhellenic community for being so welcoming. We are so excited for another amazing year of growth, to meet all of the women participating in recruitment, and welcome new members into our sisterhood.
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|Address||418 W. Garfield Street
Bozeman, MT 59715