International Grand Basileus Deborah Catchings-Smith
Greetings Sorors, Philos and Rhoers!

We have made significant strides as we wind down the 2017-2018 Sorority Year! We continue to positively impact our communities in a way that is yielding measurable results while experiencing substantial membership growth. Congratulations to the newly elected officers on the regional and local levels who will be serving during the 2018-2019 Sorority Year. Our Boule National Planning Team has great plans for the 57th Biennial Boule in Dallas, Texas. Because of you, we have made history with this boule, exceeding our attendance record! We are excited about seeing all Sorors, Philos and Rhoers in the Lone Star State!

Headquarters Support
Your National Leadership Team has been working diligently to provide support to our International Corporate Headquarters as efforts continue to expand the team. We are pleased to advise that Soror Debbie Bullock is serving as the chief of staff at headquarters and Soror Cynthia Eubanks is serving as the special projects coordinator. These Sorors bring a wealth of executive leadership and administrative talent to support our Headquarters Team and we are honored to have them on the team!

Technology Update
We continue to make progress to the path of expanding our technology footprint. The National Technology Team, lead by Soror Crystal Rock, is driving us closer to launching our pilot initiative that allows individual Sorors to remit their national assessments online. Additional details will be communicated within the next few weeks!

Divine Nine Day in Raleigh, North Carolina
We appreciate the leadership of Soror Anita Laster Mays, national legislative chair,
Northeastern Region Syntaktes Marica Harris, Northeastern Region Area III Coordinator Nakisha Boulware, Beta Lambda Sigma, Beta Pi Sigma and Theta Lambda Sigma Chapter Sorors for their stellar representation during the Divine Nine Legislative Day in Raleigh, N.C. on May 16! Critical issues were addressed with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the General Assembly involving voter suppression, education, gun reform and funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We applaud the great work of all Sorors who were in attendance.

National Webinars and Membership Engagement Initiatives
* Boule Webinar #3: Location, Location, Location - June 12
* IP 101: Protecting The Shield Webinar - June 19
* Boule Delegate Webinar - June 28

March for Babies
We continue to support the March of Dimes. The deadline is fast approaching to turn in funds raised for March for Babies. Donations are due by June 30. Our fundraising goal is $165,000.

We can't wait to see you in Dallas for the 57th Biennial Boule! Pack your royal blue, gold and white. 

Here are a few things to remember:

* ONSITE DELEGATE CHANGE: If for some reason the registered chapter delegate is unable to attend boule and the chapter approves another registered chapter member to serve, the approved member must complete the CHANGE OF DELEGATE process onsite at the ICHQ office.

Registration materials will be available for pick-up at booths in the hotel atrium. Booths will be identified by region.  Only registered attendees are allowed to pick-up their individual registration materials. Special consideration will be made for senior members and/or physically challenged registrants' material pick-up.  Attendees must show a government issued photo ID to receive conference materials.

Colossians 1:9 "For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you."

I Am My Sister's Keeper In Prayer! All roads lead to our 57th  Biennial Boule in Dallas, Texas. We ask that you keep your sisters lifted in prayer.

Please continue to pray for our beloved sisterhood.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 "Two people are better than one, because they can reap more benefit from their labor."

Strengthening our bond in this great sisterhood:
The boule and regional chaplains created "I am My Sister's Keeper" Prayer Cards. During the Special Boule, cards were placed on each seat. Sorors were asked to write their names on the back of the cards and they were then collected and handed out to other sorors. Sorors were asked to use the prayer targets on the front of the cards to pray for the soror whose name was on the back of her card until we gather again in Dallas.

I Am My Sister's Keeper In Prayer,
Boule Chaplain and Regional Chaplains

As we get ready for the 2018 Boule. Let's take a moment to reminisce. Find those classic pictures and share stories of your favorite boule moment
on June 14, the second Thursday of the month.

Please send your favorite moments to International Grand Epistoleus Angela Spears at  

Let's trend on social media!


We can't wait to see our friends during the 57th Biennial Boule. Let's be sure to support the Philos at the  First Lady Pageant. It will be held on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. Also, let's congratulate those Philos celebrating 25, 30, 40 and 50 years of service as an affiliate member.     

International Legal Advisor
Debra Hughes, Esq.
Partner at Reed 
Smith LLP
Keyonn Pope, Esq.
Join International Legal Advisor Debra Y. Hughes, Esq.  and Keyonn Pope, Esq., renowned attorney and partner at Reed Smith LLP on Tuesday, June 19, at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m.  CT for an overview of intellectual property. Have you ever  wondered if we can protect the Sigma hand sign, the Sigma Lean, the colors royal blue and gold and our call, EE-Yip? How can we use images of people, celebrities and music? What's the difference between trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets?  

During this webinar, we will: 1) highlight and identify the sorority'sintellectual property, (2) explain the rights related to these, (3) provide an overview of our current licensing and enforcement efforts; and (4) share new opportunities that leverage best practices in the industry for licensing and enforcement.

We encourage you to  submit any question you may have. Click here to register for the webinar, "Protecting the Shield: A New Vision for Protecting, Licensing and Enforcing the Sorority's Intellectual Property."

Members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. collaborated with the Divine Nine to converge on the state capitol in North Carolina. They participated last month in the NC Legislative Day. Soror Anita Laster Mays, international social/legislative chair, was joined by Soror Nakisha Boulware, NER Area III coordinator, NER Syntakes-Elect Thomasina Gore and almost 60 other sorors to support this effort. 

Soror Laster Mays participated in a radio interview at Shaw University on 88.9 FM, WSHA, discussing Sigma Gamma Rho's history, community service projects and mission. After leaving Shaw University, she visited St. Augustine University and then she was off to visit the Governor's Mansion. There, the governor pledged his support to continue funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Sorors gathered at the Capitol building located at Halifax Mall to discuss prison reform and gun reform, HBCU funding and legislation, voting rights and suppression tactics, and education (ensuring that every public school student is prepared for post-secondary education and work opportunities). Sorors, let's continue this work in your area. If your issue is gun reform or suppression tactics, organize and document your efforts and results.

Sorors and affiliates, we have partnered with members of the Divine Nine and the NAACP to ensure that we have an impact on the midterm elections.  We are over 1,000,000 strong!

We have agreed to educate, motivate, register and assist individuals in getting to the polls. Please watch the  joint webinar  to learn more. Remember, all elections are important and your local and state elections affect you directly and immediately. We must do our part! 

Get Out The Vote and document your efforts!
June 2018