Kappa Beta Gamma's Highest Honor Award
"Kappa Beta Gamma is deeply imbued with symbolism. Our greek letters are symbols themselves, a representation of our family name. The forget me nots remind us of all who have come before us. The lion demands attention and is full of wisdom and courage. Sapphires are blue for loyalty. The five pointed star, and for KBG sisters each point has a meaning, the star itself represents light and guidance.
As I thought about KBG, changing and growing over 100 years, two symbols came to mind: the key, used to open new doors, and the telescope. The telescope allows you to see something far away that would otherwise be impossible to see. It can lead you to details, new discoveries, and change and improvements. It would be so exciting for past sisters to see what we are now. Even more exciting is to know that we can always be looking forward through telescopes, finding new stars, and opening more doors.
Stargazers are dreamers and idealists, and they believe that through telescopes they can find new visions. The centennial starball seems like the perfect opportunity to say that our founding mothers were quite alike to stargazers. They saw the potential, they looked to the future, and they opened the door. All along the way we have had stargazers.
The survival of an organization over 100 years is truly because of the members, like the founders, who have had the courage and the leadership to make changes and improvements. Beginning in this, our centennial year, the stargazer award will be Kappa Beta Gamma's highest honor award, given to sisters who have picked up that telescope, dreamed big on our behalf, and opened doors. Our stargazers have made meaningful contributions to KBG, embodied the true spirit of character, culture, and courage, and have significantly improved our sisterhood. Recipients of the stargazer award are given the stargazer pin. This pin is constructed of our KBG greek letters, the forget me not flowers, the lion, the sapphire, the star, the telescope, and the keyhole used to open new doors.
This is not a one time award. Going forward, prior recipients will be given additional key pins should they receive the award again. Keys are symbols of success and opportunities. The stargazer key has our greek letters on the stem, and on the bow, a sapphire for loyalty and a white pearl for new beginnings. I hope that all of you will be the eyes and ears for Kappa Beta Gamma leadership and that you will help us find more stargazers, so we can recognize them too in the future. And for every sister in KBG, we are thankful for your sisterhood. Please dream big for KBG; open doors, look through the telescopes, and find big bright stars to lead KBG through the next 100 years.
If everyone will please rise, and raise your glasses and join me in a toast:
To the founders, to the sisters, to the stargazers, to KBG! Cheers!"
Excerpts from Centennial Starball speech by Grand Council President, Krista Gerstenlauer Wolk
2017 STARGAZER RECIPIENTS