As we reflect on Founders’ Day I want to take this opportunity to share a few interesting things that you may not know, or don’t remember, about our SPG history. (Each of these items, as well as many others, can be found on the SPG website, Governance tab, Appendix PDF.)
Our Crest is composed of our symbols. The idea of a crest originated with Mary Gucker (Alpha), while Grand President in 1924-1925. The Crest was decided upon during the next term of office when Harriette Voss (Delta) served as Grand President. The Crest was completed by Evelyn Diroll (Eta), Grand President 1926-1927.
The Creed was written by Pauline Broughton of Beta Chapter. Although written during the time she attended high school, it was not until the year following her death, in 1926, that Mrs. Broughton discovered the Creed. Struck by the beauty of it she conceived the idea of having a copy made for herself as well as each member of Beta Chapter. As a fitting memorial to Pauline who wrote it, and in recognition of her mother who so unselfishly gave it to Sigma Phi Gamma, the International Council adopted the Creed in its entirety in 1933.
Sigma Phi Gamma’s official publication is called BUDDIE. However, the very first issue, was known as the BOOK OF BUDDHA and was proposed and edited for the first four years by Phyllis Langstaff Royce (1925-1929). BUDDIE was made a monthly magazine at the 1932 Convention. Today, BUDDIE is published four times a year and includes information for every Province submitting articles, as well as the International Officers.
The permanent password was selected at the 1960 International Convention. It is only relayed orally to members and shall never appear in print. I remember my first International Convention in Florida where I was asked to serve as Marshall, and I remember fondly how the more senior ladies would lean in and whisper the ‘password’ to me. Wow! I will love the opportunity to share this story with you next time we see each other. You’ll love hearing it as much as I love telling it.
We are today, the women who are making SPG history for tomorrow. Today we have the honor to stand in the shadow of our Founders as they look down upon us from Zeta Chapter. I know they are so pleased by what they see. We have gifts to offer – we know and understand true friendship. We have hearts for service, and the muscle and stamina to carry out great works. We provide a hand-up for our communities so that everyone has opportunity for success.
Together we are one in Friendship, Service, and Community – We are Sigma Phi Gamma!
Donna Collins, International President 2016-2017