Everything you may have missed during NRCW

National Ritual Celebration Week has come and gone and our love for ZTA rituals is stronger than ever. NRCW was full of sisterhood moments, as always. Read this list to ensure you didn’t miss any of the zetariffic details!

First of all, International Badge Day was amazing. Seeing all our sisters (both ZTA and Panhellenic) sporting their badges filled us with pride. Check out our #BadgeDay15 Facebook album here.

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Did you find out which line of The Creed is your personal mantra yet? This may be one of our best quizzes ever. As of March 9, it was completed more than 4,300 times!

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We were blown away by this video of our sisters from almost 50 chapters reciting The Creed all over the world (seriously, one of our sisters delivered a line while paragliding through the Swiss Alps). If this doesn’t make you feel the Zeta Love, we don’t know what will.

Throughout the week, we watched sisters connect and grow via Facebook comments, tweets and Instagrams related to our five open values taken from The Creed—loyalty, responsibility, service, leadership and commitment. Together, we posted, tweeted and ‘grammed 700+ times using #IAmTheCreed!

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Commitment
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As always, we are grateful for our Panhellenic sisters and the things we share. This graphic shows you just how much we all have in common when it comes to our missions, purposes and creeds.

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Speaking of values and leadership, have you considered adding some bling to your badge? See how you can show off your accomplishments with a badge dangle in this video. Head to HJGreek.com to learn more.

We’d like to send a special “thank you” to the many Zetas who helped make this week a success by sending in clips for The Creed video, posting on social media using our hashtags and doing everything in between. Our hearts are overflowing with love for our Fraternity after #NRCW ‘15 and we can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Making our Ritual a ritual

Last month, we celebrated Valentine’s Day, a holiday designed to commemorate love. But some ask, why Feb. 14? Shouldn’t we celebrate and express “the greatest of all things” each and every day?

This week is similar. It’s National Ritual Celebration Week, a week first launched by Phi Mu in 2011 to reflect on the values of which sororities and fraternities were founded. Yet, like with Valentine’s Day, we find ourselves asking, “What would life be like if we reflected on these values every day? What would the world be like if living the principles taught in our Ritual were more like everyday rituals—habits.”

ZTA’s five open values taught in the new member program are loyalty, responsibility, service, leadership and commitment. What if enacting those values felt like a habit as much as brushing your teeth or tying your shoes?

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Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Loyalty
So, what does loyalty look like in real life? To us, it’s those, “Sisters, we’ve got your back” moments. It’s supporting a friend through a tough time or difficult decision, and even celebrating her successes.
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Loyalty is providing friendship when a person needs it most. Or being there when someone needs a little help being put back together.
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Responsibility
Responsibility is about each of us owning our actions. It’s about being woman enough to own our screw ups AND our successes! It’s about not making excuses for ourselves. It’s saying, “Yup, I did that;” and learning from our mistakes as well as our achievements to consistently “Seek the Noblest.”
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Service
Zetas who truly live this value seek out ways to help friends, neighbors and those who need it most. Service doesn’t just have to mean helping in an organized volunteer project; it can really be about acts of service—of kindness—each and every day. From giving a friend a ride to class…
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 to holding the elevator for someone…
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kindness goes a long way!

Leadership
Everyday leadership is about gearing your actions to create positive change in the world around you.
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It’s about make decisions for the best interest of others.
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Knowing that sometimes, you might be dancing to the beat of your own drum.
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And sometimes, it means knowing when to follow, supporting the leadership of another.
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Commitment
When you make a promise, commitment is about follow through. It’s about doing what you say you will do. Showing up when you sign up. Sticking to a goal until you achieve it!
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In Zeta Tau Alpha, it means being in it for the long haul, making good on the promise you made as a new member —to be committed to your sisters and to “have the welfare and harmony of the fraternity at heart.” This is for a lifetime, not just four years. Because after all, Zeta Is Forever.
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How do you live the ZTA ritual?

It’s National Ritual Celebration Week, and we get it, it can be hard to figure out how to celebrate ZTA ritual when we ask you to keep it a secret.

Yes, we like to keep the exact words and actions performed in ritual under wraps—it’s a special experience we share among sisters. But the lessons and values our rituals impart are meant to be shared with the world through our actions! If we plan to build up a “nobler womanhood,” we have to walk the talk. We have to put the values into action.

Take The Creed of Zeta Tau Alpha, for example. We might recite it in chapter meetings, but it’s not meant to be just a bunch of words that roll off our tongues. It’s a living, breathing mantra for us to live.

This week, think about how you live ZTA ritual. Do you need some ideas on how you can live it better? These are just some of the ways our collegiate and alumnae members show us how they live The Creed. Celebrate this week by doing some of these things!

To realize that within our grasp, in Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives;
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(This new member is really excited about the opportunity we just gave her!)

to be true to ourselves, to those within and without our circle;
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(It’s a circle with our Panhellenic sisters. See what we did there? Show your ZTA kindness to sisters and beyond!)

to think in terms of all mankind and our service in the world;
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(Precious! Service often makes you feel as good as those you serve.)

to be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering that since the thought is father to the deed, only that which we would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in thought;
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(Act in a way that matches your thoughts and values, your heart and mind. Be authentic! Be you!)

to find satisfaction in being, rather than seeming, thus strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit;
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(Ladies, this actually tells us to live our ritual! And look how much fun you can have doing it. Show that ZTA spirit!)

to prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served;
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(This is perfect! To help an alumnae chapter sister who had been active in the chapter for decades–earning the right to be served, these Zetas and their families made her home improvements.)

to seek understanding that we might gain true wisdom;
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(This recent ZTA grad is ready to take on the world with wisdom at her fingertips!)

to look for the good in everyone;
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(What a good way to tell a sister why she is special!)

to see beauty, with its enriching influence;
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(Is there anything more beautiful than honoring a survivor?)

to be humble in success, and without bitterness in defeat;
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(Right on, sister! Success feels good; living your values feels even better. Why not both?)

to have the welfare and harmony of the Fraternity at heart, striving ever to make our lives a symphony of high ideals, devotion to the Right, the Good, and the True, without a discordant note;
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(Ever is the key word, here. As in, Zeta is Forever. Attending initiation as an alumna shows that!)

remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was Love, “the greatest of all things.”
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