"Friendship is not about who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said, 'I'm here' for you, and proved it."
While AOII was originally founded in 1897 at Barnard College, Auburn's Delta Delta chapter came to life in 1946 and has remained active on campus since the beginning. The ideals of sincerity, service, and friendship provide the foundation for AOII. As one of our founders Stella George Stern Perry explained, "We cared so profoundly for one another that we unconsciously desired a society based upon original feeling... We felt that as love never faileth, a future on that foundation was assured."
With over 168,000 initiated members from 206 collegiate chapters, the values on which AOII was founded help lead us in the decisions we make and the behaviors we exhibit in our daily lives. We are inspired to promote the values of simplicity, integrity, tolerance, generosity, personal dignity, and love.
Our national philanthropy raises money and awareness for Juvenile Arthritis, which benefits The Arthritis Foundation. Every year we host two philanthropy events, Run for Roses in the fall and Slice Out in the spring. This year, the Delta Delta chapter at Auburn won an award that recognized our chapter as the highest total fundraising chapter in the nation!
Flower: Red Rose
Badge: Sheaf of Wheat
Mission Statement: "Women Enriched Through Lifelong Friendship"