Sisters in Service

Lowcountry Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter Honored for Excellence


January 2024 Issue
By Mary Hope Roseneau
Photography provided by Kappa Delta

The Lowcountry Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter
recently received the National Alumnae Chapter of Excellence
award for the fifth time since 2009.

Kappa Delta (KD) is a national sorority for college women, and alumni chapters continue the camaraderie and service after graduation. They are one of only 15 KD chapters awarded this honor. The award is based on four criteria: philanthropy, social interaction, community involvement, and diversity. The Lowcountry chapter has these four areas covered and then some.

Philanthropy is defined as the desire to help others, especially by the generous donation of money. Their Bocce Beach Walk raised $4000, and CAPA of Beaufort (Child Abuse Prevention Association) was the beneficiary, using the donation to purchase Pack ’N Play style portable cribs. This dynamic alumni sorority group also received a $4250 grant for the Hilton Head Island Children’s Center for funding to enhance summer programs. Last year the KD Foundation gave $1890 to purchase interactive activity rugs for the classroom, where member volunteers read to the children, as well.

The Lowcountry KD Alumnae chapter has also established a college scholarship fund for two needs-based scholarships of at least $1200 to local KD students for fall 2024. They surpassed their original goal of $1000, and the total is $2,275 to date.

One of their members, Bobbie Elder, is involved in a quilting group that makes patriotic quilts for veterans with the “Quilts for Valor” organization. These quilts are raffled to raise money for disabled vets. Well, Bobbie made the quilt, but her Kappa Delta sisters bought all the raffle tickets, and of course, they won, and raised over $400! They are donating the quilt to a disabled veteran in January. So much giving—it never stops!

The group is quite diverse, ranging from newly graduated young ladies, around age 22 or so, to several ladies in their 80s. The chapter covers Ridgeland, Beaufort, Sun City, Hilton Head, and Bluffton, so there are always newcomers to join the group, having been members of Kappa Delta elsewhere. The organization has been around for 125 years, and there are more than 225 active alumnae chapters nationwide. The Excellence Award is given only to the top five percent of chapters in the country.

It’s not all work amongst this alum group; they have lots of fun, too! The group has picnics, luncheons, teas, and other outings together. Recently they took a historical walking tour in Beaufort together and visited the Port Royal Farmers’ market. One thing that impressed me was a post on Facebook stating if a member was unable to drive to the Christmas celebration, just leave a comment and they would get them a ride there! That’s caring for one another in a real and tangible way—just like true sisters.

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