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  Symbols and Insignia Many years ago Sarah Ida Shaw envisioned a women’s Fraternity that would promote the ideals of truth, self-sacrifice and friendship.

Tri Delta’s Purpose
"The purpose of Delta Delta Delta shall be to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, to develop a stronger and more womanly character, to broaden the moral and intellectual life, and to assist its members in every possible way.

It shall also be the purpose of Delta Delta Delta to promote and develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Fraternity and the colleges and universities where the Fraternity has established chapters, to develop qualities of unselfish leadership among its members, and to encourage them to assume, with integrity and devotion to moral and democratic principles, the highest responsibilities of college women."
     —Written by Sarah Ida Shaw in 1888

Tri Delta’s Open Motto

Open Motto

Tri Delta’s badges and Fraternity symbols carry special meaning for our members and allow us to keep the ideals of our fraternity close to our hearts.

Official Badges. Tri Delta’s official emblems are the New Member Pin, the Trident and the Stars and Crescent Badge.

New member pin New Member Pin. The New Member Pin has three open deltas inscribed within an open delta and is made of silver with green enamel. It is worn during the introduction to membership and is returned to the chapter prior to initiation.
Trident Trident. The silver Trident is used during the first degree of initiation and is returned to the chapter at the Stars and Crescent Degree of initiation. A gold Trident may be worn as a guard for the Stars and Crescent badge.
Stars and Crescent  Badge Stars and Crescent Badge. This is the official emblem worn by initiated members of Delta Delta Delta, both collegiate and alumnae. The badge consists of three stars, crown set with three pearls, within a plain golden crescent moon of three hundred degrees bearing three deltas in black enamel. Tri Delta initiates receive a Stars and Crescent Badge with her initials, the Greek letters of her chapter, and her chapter initiation number engraved on the back.
Executive Board Badge. The Executive Board Badge is a Stars and Crescent Badge set with emeralds in place of pearls. The badge design is based on the first badge of Gamma Chapter at Adrian, which belonged to Bessie Leach Priddy. The badge is larger than the standard badge and has engraving on the crescent. The green of the emeralds represents the union of the three colors. Each new Executive Board member is given one of these badges to wear for the rest of her life.
Silver Circle Pin Silver Circle Pin. The Silver Circle Pin was introduced at the 2004 convention. The pin is silver and features the anniversary number engraved on the stars and crescent design. The pin celebrates those who have reached the 25 year anniversary of their initiation into Delta Delta Delta.
Golden Circle Pin Golden Circle Pin. The Golden Circle Pin was introduced at the 1962 convention, where it was given to all the golden circle members in attendance. The pin was originally designed by Sarah Ida Shaw as the Circle Degree Pin, and consisted of a Delta in white enamel supporting on its sides three deltas of gold and inscribed in a golden circle surrounded by six spherical triangles in blue enamel. The pin celebrates those who have reached their 50th year anniversary of their initiation.
Diamond Circle Pin Diamond Circle Pin. The Diamond Circle Pin was introduced in 1996 and honors Tri Deltas who have reached their 75th anniversary. The Diamond Circle Pin shares its design with the Golden Circle Pin but has a diamond at its center.
The lovely emblems and insignia of Tri Delta symbolize the ideals upon which our Fraternity is based.
Coat of Arms The Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms was adopted at the 1906 convention held in Syracuse, NY, and hosted by the Omicron Chapter at Syracuse University.

It consists of a quartered shield. The first and fourth quarters are blue, on each of which is a silver trident. The second and third quarters are gold, on each of which is a pine tree. Above the shield is the crest, which consists of a torse with six folds alternating gold and blue, from which rises a white, gold and blue pansy. Below the shield is the motto, "Let us steadfastly love one another" written in Greek on a scroll.

Tri Delta’s Colors. Tri Delta’s colors are silver, gold, and cerulean blue. Green is also significant for Tri Delta as it represents the union of these three colors.
Flag Flag. The flag was designed by Eleanor McClure, Knox. The flag is rectangular with three vertical bars, the first and the third, sea-green, one bearing three deltas in white and the other three stars in white; the middle bar is white with a green pine tree.
Tri Deltas jewel is the pearl Tri Delta’s jewel is the pearl. It was chosen to symbolize a new member because it is the one jewel that grows, developing from a tiny nucleus into a thing of value and beauty.
Tri Deltas tree is the pine Tri Delta’s tree is the pine. It was chosen to represent the collegiate member because it represents growth and lofty aspirations.
Tri Deltas flower is Viola Tri-Color, commonly called the Pansy Tri Delta’s flower is Viola Tri-Color, commonly called the Pansy. It was chosen to represent our alumnae and as the third step in Tri Delta’s lifetime development. Viola tri-color includes Tri Delta’s colors which are silver, gold, and blue.
Poseidon Tri Delta’s Greek Patron is Posidon. He was selected because the ancient Greeks considered him the divinity of the sea and one of the three rulers of the universe.
Dolphin Tri Delta’s Mascot is the Dolphin. It was selected as Tri Delta’s mascot because to the ancient Greeks, it symbolized rebirth, friendship and leadership. Poseidon was often pictured riding a chariot pulled by dolphins. To Tri Delta's the dolphin is symbolic of "clear skies and smooth sailing."
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