Well, I guess that’s a wrap on National Ritual Celebration Week, and thanks for celebrating with us!
“This week, boundaries were pushed in the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Delta Gamma. Members weren’t just talking about the five midterms they had this week or the latest episode they were on of ‘FRIENDS.’ We were talking about the real stuff. Very rarely do we talk about our ritual or our values at Fun Friday or during lunch; however this week it happened. We talked about the good we do, the values we share, and the rituals we take part in every day.
Every day this week, I was reminded just how lucky I was to be a member of such an amazing chapter. I overflowed with joy when I saw women wearing their badges with pride, supporting Caroline when she released our ritual celebration video, and speaking words that brought me to tears in blog posts throughout the week. I can say with certainty that that the same values I see in the women in my chapter everyday are the same values that our organization was built on, and I couldn’t be more proud to call these women my friends and sisters.
Whether on the other side of the world, the other side of the country, or right here at the Gamma Zeta house in Baton Rouge, we celebrated. We celebrated our love for our ritual. The one thing that makes us uniquely different from every other club, team, or organization. The one thing that no one can take away from us, as Delta Gammas. The one thing that binds us to every other Delta Gamma woman across the world. We celebrated.
Our ritual is every day. Our ritual is forever. So why stop celebrating now? KEEP ON CELEBRATING!”
-Caroline Thriffiley, vp: member education
“This week was phenomenal. This week was real. This week the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Delta Gamma got pumped about our ritual!!!!
I saw numerous members wearing their badges on International Badge Day. The participation in and acceptance of the ritual video created for this week filled me with so much joy. The video has almost 500 views and has been shared amongst collegians and alumnae all over the country. Collegians wrote about Article II and the values we all share—their words perfectly described how Delta Gamma has molded us into the women we are today, and how DG continuously does that.
My wish is that this week of celebration would never end—that we wouldn’t wait to talk about our ritual and values again until Initiation or until next year’s National Ritual Celebration Week, but that this would be an everyday occurrence. Delta Gamma was founded on these values and rituals, without them we would be nothing. Amidst all the social events and philanthropy events, our ritual is the one thing that never changes. Our ritual is something we can cling to in hard times and connects us with countless women who came before us and who will go after us.
It has truly been an honor to serve as the director of rituals thus far and has been extra sweet this week. I’ve beamed with pride so many times it’s crazy. To see the love our chapter has for our ritual blows my mind. Let’s keep that love going. Let’s keep celebrating forever. Because our ritual is forever.”
-Caroline Rodrigue, director of rituals