Dear SDT Sisters,
Today we honor the seven Jewish women who founded our sorority 98 years ago:
Dora Bloom Turtletaub
Amy Apfel Tishman
Marian Gerber Greenberg
Grace Srenco Grossman
Inez Dane Ross
Regene Freund Cohane
Lenore Blanche Rubinow
As we think about WHO Dora, Amy, Marian, Grace, Inez, Regene and Lenore WERE and WHAT they stood for in 1917, we see a reflection of ourselves. Each one of us is unique, yet together we create the magical tapestry that is Sigma Delta Tau.
These empowered women had no idea what Sigma Delta Tau would become, but I am certain they would be very proud of what our sorority has accomplished. They set out to make a difference and we have continued on that path over the decades, providing opportunities to empower young women through scholarship, service, leadership and sisterhood.
Sigma Delta Tau is making an impact on college campuses nationwide through our groundbreaking programs and partnerships:
- Safe Smart Dating with Jewish Women International (JWI) and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity addresses domestic violence and healthy relationships for college students;
- Life$avings educates college women about the importance of financial literacy;
- Empower YOUth with Prevent Child Abuse America supports the social and emotional development of middle school girls through an after school curriculum;
- Training tomorrow’s leaders through our Collegiate Leadership Team, Chapter Leader Days with Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity,Leadership School, and Convention; and
- Alternative Spring Break Service Trips providing community service opportunities.
Sigma Delta Tau’s tapestry includes over 50,000 living alumnae. Our Empowering Alumnae Speaker Series is providing alumnae with an opportunity to learn from other sisters. Moreover, we love hearing how our alumnae continue to embrace the missions of Prevent Child Abuse America and JWI beyond their college years.
Sigma Delta Tau has partnered with Prevent Child Abuse America for 33 years. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our chapters are busy organizing pinwheel gardens across the country to make a visible statement against child abuse and neglect. Alumnae in New York City and Chicago can join with their college sisters this April in creating the largest pinwheel gardens in Times Square, and Chicago.
We are excited to expand our partnership with JWI in helping to build 100 libraries in battered women’s shelters across the country by 2017. The first National Sigma Delta Tau Library for JWI will open in New York City in conjunction with our Centennial Celebration in June 2017. Click here to learn more about this exciting new endeavor and please consider making a donation.
I hope you will take a moment or two today to honor not just our Founders, but also all of the women of Sigma Delta Tau. Whether it’s a small act of kindness, donating to the SDT Foundation for our Centennial Campaign, words of encouragement for another, or even volunteering your time, we need to continue to support each other as women. As we celebrate our 98 years, let us remember the past, live in the present, and look forward to a very bright future for Sigma Delta Tau.
Love & Sisterhood,
Michelle Keck Carlson