When I think about KDS as an organization, one of the first attributes that come to mind is our giving of time. It can be a bit mind-boggling when the time is calculated how many hours of individual’s time is shared and collectively as a group of women on campus how much we have accomplished.
I first heard about Kappa Delta Sigma from my older sister who joined in the fall of 2014. Soon after hearing about her experience I knew this was more than just a social group, even as a freshman I saw the how much these women did through their philanthropy. I was lucky enough to attend some of their events such as the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament and the Basketball Tournament, all raising funds towards the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. These, in particular, stood out in my mind, and as I became eligible to rush my Sophomore fall, it seemed like the women of KDS had goals and ideals, specifically philanthropic that aligned with my own personal ones.
I personally have always known that I wanted to give back and to find a way to make a difference in others’ lives, but being around others who had similar goals in KDS was one of the first times I felt like I could truly make a real impact. I was elected Philanthropy Chair last Fall and again this Spring and have been excited about every event I’ve put on with the help of my co-chair and my fellow sisters. We are currently in the process of planning our major event, which will be a 5K and Barbecue for Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer during our KDS Alumnae Weekend on April 14th. This will be our second year in a row doing the 5K after the house had stopped putting on 5K’s several years ago. Last year’s 5K was a success, but I believe we can do even better and have even more sister involvement this year! We’re hoping that by holding this even during our Alumnae Weekend we will have even more participation and energy that will make this the best race yet!
Being a sister of Kappa Delta Sigma has allowed me to embrace my own passions in life, as well as given me the opportunity to give back to our amazing non-profit organization and our North Country community. It is reassuring to know that I will always have the support of sisters past and present to continue putting on these events and that understand the importance of giving back to others in any way they can!
–Katie Miller ’19