Founders’ Day 2022

A Society for Mutual Improvement

A Letter from Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald

“When I entered the junior class in Wesleyan Female College in 1851, it was with the desire to win the first honor. I found that the girls who most attracted and won my regard—though the daughters of two prominent bishops of the Methodist church— were the leaders in all frolics and mischievous devices for annoying and outwitting professors. I talked to them and to other girls, asking if they would help me form a society for mutual improvement and enjoyment. 

Fifteen girls came to my room, bringing their own seats, looking curious and wondering what we could do. I had gone to the president and professors and told them of our wishes and intentions. This was gravely considered as it was the first effort of the kind in a female college, but consent was given, and Professor Myers helped me to write the constitution and bylaws. The name, motto, and badge were voted upon, and soon appeared this band wearing white satin ribbons bearing the name Adelphean and the motto We live for each other.”


Download the 2022 Event Guide

Find the details for each event, check out our limited edition Founders’ Day merchandise, read about the history of music in Alpha Delta Pi, and much more. Click the cover image on the left to be taken to the PDF.








Visit Alpha Delta Pi’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram, give us a follow, and screenshot our Founders’ Day 2022 Bingo card on Monday, May 9. Check off the appropriate boxes before the end of Monday, May 16 and post your completed card with your Bingo and the hashtag #ADPiBingo before midnight on Tuesday, May 17 for a chance to win fabulous ADPi prizes!

If you prefer to participate offline, just save or print the card on this page, take a picture of or save it, and email it to alumnae@alphadeltapi.com.




Founders’ Day 2022 International Events

Monday, April 25

Jewel Degree    8:30 p.m. EDT    Register Here

This ceremony was established as an alumna degree to complete our Alpha Delta Pi ritual. Hosted by Grand Council, the degree is conferred upon graduating seniors or initiated members who have assumed alumna status. You may attend even if you’ve already participated.


Wednesday, May 4

ADPi Cooking Club: What Molly Made    8 p.m. EDT    Register Here

Join the ADPi Cooking Club! Led by sister Molly Thompson, Epsilon Nu, you will learn tips for making healthy, filling meals for you and your family. Molly’s book, The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Made Simple, is available everywhere.


Thursday, May 5

History of Our Ritual Webinar    8 p.m. EDT    Register Here

Offering a combination of a history lesson combined with a ritual review, this webinar focuses on changes in our ritual over time and some of the deeper meanings found within our ritual. Renee Bailey Iacona, Delta Upsilon—Tennessee, Martin, past Grand Council member and current Northern District Team Director, connects the dots across our ritual ceremonies.


Wednesday, May 11

Jewel Degree    8:30 p.m. EDT    Register Here

This ceremony was established as an alumna degree to complete our Alpha Delta Pi ritual. Hosted by Grand Council, the degree is conferred upon graduating seniors or initiated members who have assumed alumna status. You may attend even if you’ve already participated.


Saturday, May 14

10-year Ceremony and 25-year Ceremony    2 p.m. EDT    Register Here

50-year Ceremony and 60-year Ceremony    5 p.m. EDT    Register Here

Hosted by past Grand/International Presidents, these ceremonies will recognize our alumnae celebrating 10, 25, 50, and 60 years of membership in Alpha Delta Pi. All members are welcome to observe even if they are not participating in a ceremony.


Sunday, May 15

Day of Giving Begins    9 a.m. EDT    Learn More

Each year on May 15, our Foundation has celebrated Founders’ Day with our annual Day of Giving. Join ADPi sisters, friends, and family as we come together and combine our individual philanthropic power to help our sisters coast to coast by supporting emergency grant funds, scholarships, leadership education, hazing prevention, mental wellness programs, and historic preservation.


Founders’ Day Ceremony    5 p.m. EDT    Register Here

A short ceremony will be hosted by International President Emily Erkel in a virtual recognition of May 15, 1851, the date of our founding. This celebration serves as an occasion to reunite Alpha Delta Pi members of all ages.


Monday, May 16

Day of Giving Ends    Noon EDT    Learn More


Founders’ Day Merchandise

Check out The 1851 Shop’s limited edition items for Founders’ Day 2022! With new t-shirts, a hat, stickers, and a Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald mug, you’re sure to find a thing (or two or three) to fit your taste!







Founders’ Day 2022 Local and Regional Events

Founders’ Day is a time to celebrate sisterhood and traditions, honor graduating seniors, welcome back alumnae, and enjoy being an ADPi. Alumnae remember their college experience, collegiate members share their experiences, and everyone can be included. Does your chapter or alumnae association have plans for Founders’ Day this year? Whether you are planning an in-person gathering, a virtual celebration, or something else with just a sister or two, we want you to celebrate. 


4/14/2022  •  Greater Connecticut Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Celebration Pot Luck

The Greater Connecticut Alumnae Association is hosting our Founder’s Day Potluck on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. at Hawk Ridge Winery in Watertown, Connecticut. Sisters interested in attending can find event details on our Facebook Page: “Alpha Delta Pi Greater Connecticut Alumnae Association” or Instagram: greaterctadpialum. Please refer all inquiries to greaterctadpi@gmail.com


4/16/2022  •  Northwest Arkansas Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Tea and Easter Egg Hunt

Let’s celebrate 171 years of sisterhood with a tea party! Please join us for tea and goodies at the Delta Delta house. The chapter will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, and there will be a contest for the best Derby-style Easter hat so wear a fun hat! All Delta and Pi members are invited! Please RSVP if you are coming and comment how many if you are bringing your kids.


4/23/2022  •  San Antonio Alumnae Association

San Antonio Alumnae Association Founders’ Day Celebration

Join the San Antonio Area Alumnae Association as we celebrate Founders’ Day! We will be gathering for lunch and the Founders’ Day ceremony and will host any Loyalty Ceremonies as appropriate. If you are interested in participating or attending, please contact Melissa Dupee (melissadupee@gmail.com) or Jillian Buck (jilbuc@gmail.com).


4/23/2022  •  Southeast Missouri Alumnae Association

Founder’s Day Events

House Tour 8:30am-9:30am at Chapter House

Jewel Degree 9:30am-10:30am at Chapter House

Alumnae Association Gathering 10:45am-11:45am at Riverview Room, 132 Main Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 

Founders’ Day Celebration and Luncheon noon-2pm at Riverview Room

Purchase tickets at deltanualumnae.com


4/24/2022 and 5/21/2022  •  Garden State Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Celebrations

For Founders’ Day, Garden State Alumnae Association will be hosting a Sisters Sunrise Walk on the New Jersey Beach Coastline on May 21. We will arrange a lunch or dinner the night before for all sisters who want to attend (COVID dependent). GSAA will also be supporting Theta Sigma, West Chester University, with Jewel Degree. (Currently April 24th, but date to be confirmed.)


4/26/2022-5/15/2022  •  Lexington County Alumnae Association

Lexington County Alumnae Association’s 2022 Founders Day Event

In celebration of Founders’ Day 2022, the Lexington County Alumnae Association will be honoring our founders in a four fold manner. At our quarterly meeting on April 26, 2022, we will have a brief talk highlighting the purpose of the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation and all the great things it does for ADPi. We will also kick off a membership blitz with a huge membership outreach to potential members in a 20-40 mile radius. Appropriate for Founders’ Day, dues will be dropped to $18.51. We are also asking each member to share some special memories of their time in ADPi on social media or email beginning on April 26 and ending on May 15. Our Association will also donate to the Foundation during this timeframe.


5/1/2022  •  Omega Chapter Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Celebration

Omega Chapter and the Omega Chapter Alumnae Association will host a Founders’ Day celebration at 2 p.m. on May 1, 2022 at the Omega Chapter House, 3990 W. Lakeshore Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Please email adpi.omega@gmail.com to register.


5/12/2022  •  Tampa Bay Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Celebration 

The Tampa Bay Alumnae Association would like to announce their Founders’ Day Celebrations featuring a dinner and honoring 10, 25 and 50 year anniversaries. Maureen Carnevale will also be speaking on the history of our badge.


5/14/2022  •  Greater Macon Alumnae Association

Greater Macon Alumnae Association Founders’ Day Luncheon

The Greater Macon Alumnae Association of Alpha Delta Pi will host their annual Founders’ Day luncheon on Saturday, May 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Back Burner Restaurant on Ingleside Avenue in Macon. Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Polley Webb will be the keynote speaker. Milestone ceremonies will be offered. Guests will be asked to participate in the annual community service drive (contact the association for more details). Tickets are $35. Click here to pay. Cash bar available. Pin attire. Questions? Email maconadpi@gmail.com.


5/14/2022  •  Charleston South Carolina Alumnae Association

Charleston, South Carolina Alumnae Association Founders’ Day

The Charleston Alumnae Association warmly invites you to join us for our Founders’ Day celebration! Saturday, May 14 10 a.m.to noon at Palmetto Islands County Park: Sweet Gum Shelter. Celebrating our Founders and also our Charleston 50-Year Milestone Anniversary sisters! Attire: festive blue and white. Light refreshments, ladies’ field games, and a philanthropy project: Sunshine Bags for RMH Charleston Please contact President Amanda Castellone adpicharlestonalum@gmail.com to learn more


5/14/2022  •  Corpus Christi Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Brunch

The Corpus Christi Alumnae Association will be holding a Founders’ Day brunch on Saturday May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 603 County Road 3651, Sandia, Texas 78383.


5/15/2022  •  Alpha Xi Chapter Alumnae Association

Alpha Xi Chapter Alumnae Association virtual event with Eta Eta Chapter

The Alpha Xi Chapter Alumnae Association is co-hosting a virtual event with Eta Eta chapter on May 15 at 2 p.m. EDT


5/15/2022  •  Pittsburgh Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Brunch

The Pittsburgh Alumnae Association will be celebrating Founders’ Day on May 15 with a brunch at Edgewood Country Club. This is located at 100 Churchill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Social begins at 12:30 with brunch to follow. The cost for brunch is $33. Inquiries to Sharon Widenhofer (AI) at slwidenhofer@gmail.com or 724-316-3514.


5/14/2022  •  Mobile Bay Area Association

Dinner with Sisters at the Fairhope Inn

Mobile Bay Area Alumnae Association Founders’ Day Event – Dinner with Sisters at the Fairhope Inn Date: May 14, 2022 Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Fairhope Inn, Fairhope Alabama. RSVP to mobilebayareaadpialumassoc@gmail.com by May 1 please.


5/15/2022  •  Jackson, Tennessee Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Team

The Jackson Alumnae Association of Tennessee is planning a Founders’ Day Tea on May 15 at 3 p.m. at 223 Tuckahoe Road. Members will be invited as well as future Pi Members from chapters at UT Martin, Austin Peay, University of Memphis, and Murray State. We will recognize Pi members who have reached membership milestones.


5/15/2022  •  Greater Cincinnati Alumnae Association 

Greater Cincinnati Association Founders’ Day

We are planning to meet for brunch at Taste of Belgium restaurant (Mason location) on Sunday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate Founders’ Day. We’re also joining Eta Epsilon—Miami for Jewel Degree and a Founders’ Day luncheon on April 30.


5/15/2022  •  Greater Atlanta Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Lunch

You are cordially invited to join us as we celebrate 171 years of sisterhood! May 15, 2022 at noon. Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails, 800 Wayfield Road, Milton Georgia 30009. Please contact Vice President of Programs Haley Franklin at haleydfranklin@gmail.com with questions.


5/15/2022  • Nashville Alumnae Association 

Founders’ Day Tea and 75th Anniversary Celebration

We will celebrate the 75th anniversary of our alumnae association at the Hermitage Hotel, 231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 on Founders’ Day from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets for high tea are on sale for $75. Click here for the formal invitation and information on how to RSVP.


5/15/2022  •  Columbus Ohio Alumnae Association

Founders’ Day Brunch

We welcome all Columbus area sisters to join us as we celebrate Founders’ Day. Enjoy a delicious brunch at Lindey’s in German Village – on the Columbus Top 10 restaurants list and started by a female entrepreneur! Our celebration will include Anniversary Ceremonies for eligible sisters celebrating 10, 25, 50, 60 or 75 years of sisterhood! Please purchase your $40 brunch ticket while there are tickets remaining. Location: Lindey’s (169 East Beck Street, Columbus, OH 43206)