Welcome to Alpha Delta Chi
Our goals are to provide spiritual, social, and scholastic support to the women across the nation who are our sisters.
What started in 1925 on the campus of UCLA has developed into a nationwide sorority that has touched the lives of countless women on over 20 campuses.
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Scripture Verse: For we all, with unveiled face, reflecting as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." -2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
Original Name: Areta, which means virtue
Motto: "As in a mirror"
Colors: Flame & Blue
Flowers: Gladiolus & Delphinium
The Aims and Purposes of ADX
To strengthen the spiritual lives and testimonies of the members of the National Fraternity resulting in service and outreach to others.
To promote higher scholastic standards among the members of the National Fraternity.
To provide social fellowship among the university students living the Christian life and active in Christ's service.
History of Alpha Delta Chi
The founding chapter of Alpha Delta Chi was started at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1925. The original founders were:
Ruth Umsted Ohly
Evelyn Kepple Kay
Marion Wright Madden
Willard Crowder Clawson
Theta Slingerland Dean
Alice Slingerland McEachern
Dora Marie Showalter-Goertz
Dorothea Harvey Schultz
Their vision was to create a place where Christian women could participate in Greek life without compromising their beliefs, build strong friendships, and most of all, they wanted to create a place which would mirror Christ's love to their community. The sorority was originally named Areta, which means virtue. The sorority's purpose is to provide fellowship for Christian college women, to strengthen the spiritual lives of its members, and to be a testimony for Christ on each campus.
In 1929, Karin Anderson Dyer and Edith Bishop McAulay, two members of the Alpha chapter of Areta, were attending the University of California, Berkeley as graduate students. The two saw a need for the sorority and with the help of the Alpha Chapter, they organized the Beta Chapter on February 4, 1929.
The first annual convention of Alpha Delta Chi was held in Berkeley, California, on April 6-7, 1939. At this meeting the National Association of Areta and the National Executive and Advisory Board were formed. The original name of the National Fraternity, Areta, a greek word meaning virtue was changed to Alpha Delta Chi at the June 1943 National Convention. In 1946, under the leadership of National President Celestia Major Jasaitis, Alpha Delta Chi became incorporated under the laws of the State of California.
13 Membership Requirements
Personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Enrollment in a university where a chapter of the National Fraternity has been chartered by the National Board.
Active participation in Christian service.
Regular attendance or membership in an evangelical church or in some other church approved by the National Board.
Interest in leading others to Christ.
Willingness to avoid situations which would cause one's sister or brother to stumble.
Willingness to abstain from sexual relations until marriage.
Willingness to abstain from smoking and illegal use of drugs.
Willingness to abstain from alcohol in circumstances where the Christian witness would be adversely affected.
A scholarship rating of at least a "C" or its equivalent maintained in all university work.
Passage of annual examinations on the National Constitution, II Corinthians 3, and the active chapter's bylaws.
Procurement of a membership pin.
Payment upon graduation or leaving the university, of an amount specified by the chapter to their Scholarship and Housing Funds.