By Shirley Mccann Gee, Archives Manager 2017-09-13 01:51:23
THE PERSON BEHIND THE NAME The 62nd Biennial National Convention held at the Arizona Biltmore is chronicled. Programs, favors, name cards, The Katydid and other convention memorabilia are stored in the archives. The White Rose bowl and Charter Cup join other convention relics back in their permanent locations in the museum. The national officer transitions have been made. The National Council and staff are on to planning the National Collegiate Training Academy, which is only a few months away. There is rarely a moment of calm. A pause should be inserted here – a pause to reflect on an important segment of the convention activities. There always has been an evening devoted to recognizing those chapters and individuals who have excelled during the past biennium. This year there were some 50 different categories. What we rarely pause to consider is that a dozen of these awards are named after individuals who worked tirelessly in a specific area to create a Kappa Delta program or to oversee it for years. Who are these women? What was their contribution to Kappa Delta? One such award with special recognition is the Gladys Pugh Redd Panhellenic Award, named for Kappa Delta's first National Panhellenic Conference chairman. It was first presented in 1975 to one chapter. In 1979, two awards were presented based upon campus size. Since 2005, it has gone to three recipients. From the time she was in Zeta Chapter at the University of Alabama, Gladys was known as the one who made things happen. She served as president of her chapter, and after earning her master's degree in 1922, she entered her KD work as an assistant to the inspector general, then Sarah Blue. Gladys became national president in 1925 and served for six years, during which time she also served as the NPC delegate. She assumed the NPC chairmanship in 1933, and thereafter remained one of the most influential members of the delegate body until her retirement in 1941. She was inducted into the Kappa Delta Hall of Honor in 1989. From 1962 until 1974, Christine Rickets Harrison, Nu-Oklahoma State, enthusiastically served as chairman of Kappa Delta's Magazine Agency. During Christine's tenure, the title of the position was changed to director of the Nancy B. Hall Magazine Fund Committee. The 12 years of Christine's leadership generated a tremendous profit of $234,000, a great amount of money for the time. At the 1969 National Convention, the first Christine Rickets Harrison Award, named in honor of this eager, passionate chairman, was awarded to the chapter with the highest total dollar sales of magazine subscriptions for the biennium. Joan Hovde Haines, Sigma Beta-Minnesota, served as national treasurer from 1971-1977. She then began her longtime service as national director of chapter housing affairs. The award honoring the sorority's top house corporation was first presented in 1989 and renamed in 1999 the Joan Hovde Haines Outstanding House Corporation Award in honor of Joan's dedication and service. The Beverly Axel Sywassink Most Improved House Corporation Award was named in 2007 and first presented in 2009 to honor Beverly Sywassink who also served as national director of chapter housing affairs, a volunteer position that was filled following her retirement with a full-time staff member due to the volume of work required. Beverly, an initiate of Epsilon Eta-Illinois State, served the sorority nationally for more than two decades, and in 2007, she received Kappa Delta's Distinguished Service Award. These exceptional volunteers and others are remembered and honored anew at each convention for the I work they did to make Kappa Delta a better sorority.
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