Lost and Found
Giving new life to an old Kappa badge.
Adapted from The Key
When Allie Fox was initiated at Beta Upsilon, West Virginia, she expected to gain a
lifelong sisterhood of friendship and love. But she didn’t realize that she also
would deepen the connection she already shared with her late grandmother through
a little piece of Kappa history: her grandmother’s badge.
Allie’s grandmother, Joan Rodgers Shields, Maryland, picked her up from the bus
stop every day when she was a child. They would work together on math problems
and English papers, but her grandmother’s lessons reached beyond the classroom.
“One of the many things my grandmother taught me was to strive to be the best
person you can be in everything you do,” says Allie.
During the time they shared together, Allie loved to listen
to Joan’s stories about her Kappa days. Well into her 80s, Joan was still
talking about days when she lived in the Kappa house; she even made it a point
to introduce Allie to her sorority sisters, who Joan lovingly referred to as
Allie’s aunts. Allie knew that she, too, wanted to experience what her
Allie joined Kappa two years after her grandmother died. “I
felt a unique connection and a sense of comfort and belonging as I walked
through the halls of the house,” says Allie. “I remember thinking during
Recruitment that this was the feeling she always spoke about.”
Shortly after initiation, Allie sought to reclaim the
1940s-era badge that Joan had once worn. On July 19, 2014, Allie received the
badge from Kappa’s archives, where it had been kept since 2011.
“When I wear her
badge I feel her with me in my heart,” says Allie. “Seventy-two years separate
our initiation dates, but now we share the key that binds us.”