National Badge Day is an event that leads up to Panhellenic Pride Week, occurring between March 24 and April 1. This year the theme, which changes annually, will be “Wear Your Badge With Pride.” National Badge Day is also celebrated nationwide among all Panhellenic sororities. Sarah Transits, the Vice President of Programming for the Panhellenic Council, has been organizing and looking forward to this event.
“The main purpose of National Badge Day is to show Panhellenic Pride in West Chester. It also proves to be a great event leading up to Panhellenic Pride Week,” Transits said.
There is also a Web site that gives more information about the event; you can find this at www.npcwomen.org/newsevents/.
The Web site explains that the “26 member organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) are celebrating the event, during which sorority women everywhere honor their Greek affiliations by wearing their badge or letters.” International Badge Day is co-sponsored by Herff Jones Inc. Greek Division, which is a Greek Jewelry company, and the NPC.
The Web site also offers some celebration ideas to all Panhellenic councils around the country. For example, they gave West Chester University’s council the idea of sending a press release to the local newspaper. Another idea was to have a luncheon where different sororities can speak about all the great things they do within the community, such as their philanthropy work. An additional idea was to have the mayor or governor announce March 5, 2007 as National Badge Day.
The official press release from the NPC explained much more. The NPC was founded all the way back in 1902, making it the oldest and largest women’s membership organization. It represents more than 3.8 million women at more than 620 colleges or universities and more than 4,600 local alumni chapters in the United States and Canada.
One of the NPC’s mottos is “Helping women grow, give, lead, and succeed.” Sorority women want people to know that although building lifelong friendships is a big part of being in Greek Life, it isn’t the only perk. They are also women who portray confidence and success in the community. In addition, they are women who give up a lot of their time to help others in need through their various philanthropies.
For more information visit npcwomen.org.