International Badge Day Part V

International Badge Day is quickly approaching – Monday, March 5 – so use this time to not only learn about each NPC member group’s badge but also about what makes each member group unique. Visit the NPC website and download the About NPC Member Groups PowerPoint, and I know you will grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Conference.

Alpha Gamma Delta:
• Alpha Gamma Delta’s Badge is a monogram of the three Greek letters with the Delta plain, the Gamma chased and the Alpha, superimposed upon the two, set with pearls or diamonds or unjeweled.
• For some time after Alpha Gamma Delta’s founding, owners were permitted a choice of any jewels she wished or to have none at all. It was later ruled that only pearls and diamonds are the only jewels permitted.
• In the early years, all Badges were slightly larger than the ones today, and some were quite a bit larger. In the interest of uniformity, provisions were made for one official jeweler at the 1913 Convention.

Delta Zeta:
• The Delta Zeta badge consists of the Roman lamp with a diamond in the flame of the lamp and four pearls at the base, resting upon an Ionic column from which spreads the wings of Mercury.
• Arthur Bairnsfather, a member of Phi Delta Theta and later a nationally known illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post and Harper’s, designed the first Delta Zeta badge.
• Founder Alpha Lloyd Hayes’ (Miami University) original badge is housed in the Delta Zeta National Historical Museum.

Alpha Sigma Tau:
• Black enameled, six-point badge, with the greek letters Alpha Sigma Tau placed horizontally in yellow gold with a white pearl or yellow gold border.
• The National President may have white diamonds in the four main points of her badge; National Council members may have emeralds in the points;
National Panhellenic Delegates may have Yellow Topaz in the points and National Staff/Initiated Advisers may have rubies in the points.
• Our badge may have a chapter or alumnae guard attached. Chapter guards can be either jeweled (with pearls) or plain yellow gold, with a gold chain. The alumnae guard is an Anchor, which is the symbol of the alumna.

Delta Phi Epsilon:
• Delta Phi Epsilon is the only sorority to have its motto on the face of their badge. It was added when the sorority entered the NPC in 1951 as a way to differentiate the triangular badge from those of other member groups.
• Less than 15 badges exist today which do not have the scroll with “Esse Quam Videri” under the equilateral triangle and are sought after by many members and pin collectors alike.
• The badge of DPhiE is surrounded by 21 pearls, which are the sorority’s gemstone. The 21 pearls hold significance throughout the personal development programming of Delta Phi Epsilon. The most noted of which is the PEARL Program.

Alpha Epsilon Phi:
• The Alpha Epsilon Phi badge consists of 27 pearls (A is 8, E is 9, Phi is 10)
• Our badge has stayed consistent and has had no revisions made to it since our founding in 1909
• The Alpha Epsilon Phi badge was designed by three of our founders

Phi Sigma Sigma
• Founder Shirley Cohen suggested the sphinx as a symbol because of its mythological significance to women representing mystery and secrecy. Therefore, Phi Sigma Sigma’s first badge, a sphinxhead with sapphire eyes on a gold base bearing the Greek letters in blue enamel, was carefully crafted by all ten Founders.
• In 1950, one year prior to joining NPC, Phi Sigma Sigma announced the adoption of a new jeweled badge at its 25th Convention. The original badge was superimposed on a gold pyramid with three sapphires in each corner.
• To further identify a member and indicate the bond between the international organization and each of its chapters, a chapter letter guard is attached to the badge by a small, gold linked chain. The guard allows for members to place dangles representing positions held within the organization. Phi Sigma Sigma is one of the only NPC groups that includes the guard as a standard part of its badge.