It’s a pretty well-known secret that I would LOVE for my daughter to be a Sigma Kappa. She is 7. To this end, I try to show her Sigma Kappa is not something I think about just once or twice a year but something that I am involved in regularly. Something that has helped shape me as a person; a place I found lifelong friends.
For me, raising a legacy means demonstrating to her the advantages of joining and remaining active in my alumnae chapter. The easiest way to do this is to bring her along and get her involved before she is even eligible to go through recruitment. I’m lucky that my daughter is welcome at most of our alumnae chapter’s events. In September, the Zeta Pi Chapter at the Colorado School of Mines hosted an open house to show off the recently updated interior design in their house. I took my daughter. We enjoyed a tour and my daughter decided that she was ready to move into the President’s room! She chatted with the ladies of the house and really enjoyed learning about living in the house and the activities in which the Zeta Pi Chapter is involved.
On November 12th we attended the Founders’ Day brunch for the Rocky Mountain Alumnae Chapter. My daughter had a wonderful time and challenged the sister seated next to her to a tic-tac-toe tournament. She served as our photographer during the short program. This gave her a chance to learn a little bit about each of our founders which made for a lively conversation on the way home. I never thought that I would be discussing this in the Sigma Kappa founders and Pokemon in the same conversation, but I guess that’s just the joys of raising children today. I believe it’s important for children to know the history of things but also to embrace all of the new exciting technologies that are available to them that were not available to me as a child.
I think it was good for my daughter to see the sheer range of ages at the Founders’ Day brunch. It went from my daughter who is 7, all the way up to members who have been members of Sigma Kappa for more than 50 years. When the chapter asked those who had been in the sorority for more than 50 years to stand, more than half the women in the room stood up. It was inspiring and a real life demonstration that Sigma Kappa truly is a lifetime commitment and something that you can enjoy for years beyond college.
While she may never join Sigma Kappa or any sorority, I like to share my experiences with my daughter because I would love to see her the initiated one day. If she decides that it’s not for her I still see benefits to sharing something that’s really made a big difference in my life. There are huge benefits for her to see first hand that a large group of women can do wonderful things together and make exciting things happen in their lives. She’s already asking when the next event is!