You have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. Kappa holds a special place in its heart for Fraternity history, but every chapter of our organization has unique beginnings of its own. Each plays a part in shaping us today. Read more about our chapters’ histories at Kappapedia.
The Gamma Gamma chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma originated from a local sorority known as Beta Sigma. In 1918 they petitioned and were granted a charter from the national fraternity Kappa Kappa Gamma. The Whitman College Pioneer, the school paper, reported April 12, 1918: “Prominent Fraternity to Install Chapter at Whitman – The national fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma, has granted a charter to the Beta Sigma fraternity….Beta Sigma, the local which will become Gamma Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded in 1910…Beta Sigma has always been one of the leading organizations in the college and her members have been represented in almost every line of college activities. With the exception of one semester, Beta Sigma has outstripped other organizations in scholarship. The members are to be most warmly congratulated for the great honor which they have brought upon themselves and upon the college."
In 1926 when the first dormitories were built Kappa and the other sororities were granted spaces within the Prentiss Residence Hall where their chapter room and sophomore members currently reside today.
Gamma Gamma's contribution to the community in the area of philanthropy has throughout it's history always been noteworthy. At the 1990 convention Gamma Gamma won the award for the most improved chapter. Gamma Gamma's annual Mr. Whitman grew increasingly successful within the years 2000-2010 most especially in the year 2010 in which almost $50,000 were raised to donate to the Chris Elliot Fund to find a cure for brain cancer. At the 2010 Convention, the chapter received the Sally Moore Nitschke Lifelong Education Award and Honorable Mention awards in the categories of Chapter Management, House Board, Philanthropy 1-2-3, and establishment of a signature philanthropy event for its Mr. Whitman pageant.
The chapter has contributed it's dedication to philanthropy through today and won an award at the 2014 convention for the most money raised for the Kappa Foundation in a chapter it's size. The overall nature of the chapter is supportive, loyal, academically driven and diverse.
Read about Kappa's national history here: http://wiki.kappakappagamma.org/pages/Chapters