The Keepers of the Key
We are Kappa alumnae and collegiate members, tied together through the internet, who are dedicated to redeeming and preserving Kappa Kappa Gamma badges and historic memorabilia. Our hope is to keep the keys in the hands of sisters and the Fraternity.
This crusade to rescue these items is an individual effort among an ever-growing band of sisters who are dedicated to assuring our badges remain symbols of membership in our great Fraternity rather than simply pieces of jewelry or collectors' items. Our group includes current and former Fraternity officers, chapter advisors, alumnae, and collegiate members. We are Kappas from different chapters, backgrounds, lifestyles, and age groups, but we all share a passion for keeping badges and other "Kapparobilia" in the Ka ppa Family. An article in the Key highlights some fascinating stories of the Keys.
Since the popularity of eBay, Kappa badges (like many other NPC and IFC membership badges) have become highly collectable. We work to ensure Kappa badges stay in the Kappa family, not in the hands of non Kappa collectors or others who do not have the deep respect and appreciation Kappas have for our golden key.
We have rescued several historically significant pieces which are on display at Headquarters and at the Heritage Museum. Some of the badges we rescue have been lost or stolen. Some were gone for 50 years, and the members thought they would never see them again. The joy and happiness they express at being reunited with their Kappa key truly exemplifies the ties that bind us together as sisters in Kappa Kappa Gamma.
When we can't return them, we pass badges along to other sisters who reimburse us the purchase price, usually replacing a lost or stolen badge with one of the same style, chapter, or vintage. Some of us have our own collections of badges from our chapter or of various styles and eras. We rescue badges because we value the deeper meaning behind our golden key.
Badges & Guards Available for Adoption
If you are interested in adopting one of the badges listed here or want to learn more about the Keepers of the Key, please contact Kay Knocke (Keepers of the Key Chair). And thank you for supporting the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation! 10% of each adoption cost is donated to the Kappa Foundation to continue preserving our history and our future.
|Gold||11/31/1999||Epsilon Psi||UC Santa Barbara||LC||$107.50|
|Pearl/Sapphire||1/5/1997||Epsilon Phi||Florida||JSK Jennifer S Kieffer||$343.75||Enameled letters + Greek letter charm|
|Pearl||5/17/1957||Delta Xi||Carnegie Mellon||Dorothy Hill||$308.55||enamel letters|
|Pearl 14K||2/24/1936||Gamma Lambda||Middlebury||Marjorie Marsh||$247.50||plain guard|
|Gold||2/25/2006||Zeta Psi||Wake Forest||VGB||$131.99|
|Pearl||4/21/1951||Delta Phi||Bucknell||Ann Louise Sheffer||$280.50||Enamel Letters|
|Pearl||3/13/1971||Gamma Nu||Arkansas||MLJ Martha Jones||$164.00||Enamel Letters|
|Pearl||10/1/1966||Beta Xi||Texas||Jan Witherspoon||$302.50||
|Pearl||[blank]||[blank]||(blank)||[blank]||291.50||Ready to be personalized|
|Pearl||4/2/1927||Beta Mu||Colorado||Lucy Ewing||$1,225.00|
|Pearl||5/3/1947||Beta Delta||Michigan||Virginia Beabes||
|Pearl||3/3/1962||Beta Mu||Colorado||Diane Marie Takewell||$201.85|
|Plain gold||11/17/2012||Zeta Nu||UC San Diego||DS||$103.79|
|Dark Sapphires||1/2/1993||Delta Nu||Mass||MCL Mardi Luttrell||$165.00|
|Gold||3/4/1950||Gamma Nu||Arkansas||Elizabeth Hulse||$181.50|
|ELE (Erin Elefritz)||$144.00|
|Pearl 14K||2/17/1925||Gamma Iota||Washington U||Anita Bowling(Bartley)||$280.50|
|Pearl||11/16/1946||Eta||Wisconsin||Margaret Mauer (Coerper)||$192.50|
|Pearl/Sapphire||2/9/1957||Delta Upsilon||Georgia||Sarah Elizabeth deVaughn||$223.85|
|Pearl/Sapphire||2/9/1957||Delta Upsilon||Georgia||Elizabeth deVaughn||$211.75|
|Plain 14K||2/23/1938||Gamma Iota||Washington U||Mary Ellen Griswald||$220.00|
Want to keep your badge safe and show off your chapter pride? Here are badge guards available for adoption.
|Beta Upsilon||West Virginia||Plain (2)||$20.00|
|Delta Sigma||Oklahoma State||Plain||$20.00|
|Epsilon Epsilon||Emory University||Plain (3)||$20.00|
|Beta Upsilon||West Virginia||Plain||$20.00|
|Gamma Upsilon||British Columbia||Plain||$20.00|
|Zeta Eta||U Calif Irvine||Plain (3)||$20.00|
updated Sept 3, 2016