The Creed of zeta tau alpha
To realize that within our grasp, in Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives; to be true to ourselves, and to those within and without our circle; to think in terms of all mankind and our service in the world; to be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering that since the thought is father to the deed, only that which we would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in thought; to find satisfaction in being, rather than seeming, thus strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit; to prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served; to seek understanding that we might gain true wisdom; to look for the good in everyone; to see beauty, with its enriching influence; to be humble in success, and without bitterness in defeat; to have the welfare and harmony of the Fraternity at heart, striving ever to make our lives a symphony of high ideals, devotion to the Right, the Good, and the True, without a discordant note; remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was Love, “the greatest of all things.”
ZTA National History
ZTA was founded Oct. 15, 1898, at the Virginia State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. We now have almost 240,000 initiated members, 168 active collegiate chapters and 238 alumnae chapters across the country.
The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation (ZTAF) is the philanthropic and fund raising arm of the Fraternity. The ZTAF leads our efforts in breast cancer education and awareness, provides more than $700,000 in scholarships annually, and sponsors educational and leadership opportunities for our members and others. Here at the Gamma Rho Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, founded in 1951, we take pride in having such a privilege to be apart of such a remarkable fraternity.
Colors: Turquoise Blue & Steel Gray
Symbol: Five Pointed Crown & Strawberries
Flower: White Violet
Open Motto: "Seek the Noblest"
Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Awareness & Education
GAMMA RHO CHAPTER HISTORY
Late in March, 1951, the Zetas in the state of Alabama “received a thrilling notice from the national organization” telling them that “during the week of March 18, the College Panhellenic at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, (now Auburn University) in Auburn, Alabama, voted to invite Zeta Tau Alpha to colonize on the campus.” With the enlistment of the Alabama Zetas in sending recommendations for the new colony and the arrival of a chapter counselor, the colonization got underway. The first 2 members pledged on Sunday afternoon April 15, and the chapter met for the first time on April 25. The charter members were initiated in December, and Gamma Rho chapter became the fourth chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha established in Alabama.
In 2002, Gamma Rho celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the chapter’s Installation. National President Alice McCann Mathews gave a special presentation about Gamma Rho’s chartering , including what was going on in the world 50 years ago, as well as the chapter’s recent history, awards won and campus involvement. Anne Wicker Digesu, the chapter’s first president, also made some remarks.
Gamma Rho continues its long tradition of sisterhood as ZTA's 89th link.
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