The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has seven basic purposes that govern its program of work and study. The activities of each level of the Society implement the purposes of the Society. The seven purposes include
1. To unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship
2. To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive
service in any field of education
3. To advance the professional interest and position of women in education
4. To initiate, endorse and support desirable legislation or other suitable
endeavors in the interests of education and of women educators
5. To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing
graduate study and to grant fellowships to non-member women educators
6. To stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to
encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action
7. To inform the members of current economic, social, political and educational
issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society
The Gold Key Pin
The gold key pin is inscribed with the Greek letters Delta Kappa Gamma, signifying key women teachers. The laurel wreath represents achievement. The cup signifies knowledge. The key is to be worn to official functions and meetings of the Society at local, state and international levels, and should always be worn as a pin.
The keypin is the emblem of membership in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Members are expected to order the keypin immediately after initiation. The chapter treasurer sends the order form with remittance to Legacy Fine Jewelry Company.
The keypin is worn in a vertical position over the heart; international, state and chapter presidents’ pins are worn directly below the keypin.
A member who resigns or is dropped from membership may return or sell the keypin to the chapter. She is expected to refrain from wearing it if no longer a member. Reclaimed keypins may be given or sold to initiates or to members who have lost theirs, according to chapter policies on the disposition of keypins.
On the death of a member, it is suggested that the keypin and chapter president’s barpin be returned to the chapter.
Official Society jewelry may be displayed on a ribbon.
All members of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International shall be encouraged to wear their keypins on the first Monday of each month to school and/or to any public meeting or on any day designated by their state organizations.
The emblem of the Society is the crest - a red shield surrounded by a laurel wreath of achievement. The lamp of knowledge and the open book of scholarship are united by a band of three Tudor roses signifying friendship, loyalty and helpfulness. The torse of inspiration supports the cup of knowledge surrounded by the laurel wreath of achievement. The colors red and gold represent courage and loyalty.
The Red Rose, the Candle Flame and the Open Book
The red rose, symbolizing intellectual and spiritual beauty, the candle whose flame pierces ignorance and illumines progress, and the open book containing knowledge and inspiration. These three symbols are present on the initiation table to welcome new members.