Curiously, there are two charters in the archives. One has the name Upsilon on it, crossed off, and Kappa is written in. The current Upsilon Chapter was chartered in 1882 at Northwestern University. When the chapter at Hillsdale was named Kappa, it was "given the name of a chapter now deceased." There is no trace of the original Kappa. It might have been at Aledo, Illinois, a few miles from Monmouth, Illinois.
At an early chapter meeting, four friends were invited to be members and were pledged and initiated at the next meeting. There was no Recruitment and no pledge training. It wasn't until 1900 that there was a period of time between Formal Pledging and Initiation.
Frances Mauck was the chapter's first initiate and its first delegate to Convention, during which she was elected Grand Treasurer.
The chapter motto for 1987 was Kappa Knowledge Grows and the goal was to utilize alumni resources and the Hillsdale faculty to “expand each committee and grow in the knowledge of our environment.”
In 2009, Kappa Chapter began a new philanthropic event: the Kappa Kappa Gamma Katch Me If You Kan, a 5K race and food drive that collected canned goods for a local food bank and raised money for Reading Is Fundamental.
In September 2014, the Membership Chairman hosted a recruitment event called “18(70) Holers” and members and potential new members played mini-golf on the front lawn of the house together.
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