NEWS FROM THE GRAND BASILEUS
International Grand Basileus
Deborah Catchings-Smith

The excitement is in the air as November ushered in the month of the sorority's founding! Our Sigma Family has great expectations as we continue our mission to positively impact women, children and families across the nation and abroad through service! We are proud of our consistent, innovative and relevant community service projects that are making an impact across the nation and the world! Service is the hallmark of our incredible sisterhood!

National Pan-Hellenic Council Leadership Conference
We continue to make strides across the nation through our intentional leadership that is reflecting measurable outcomes. Our sisterhood was represented well at the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The conference provided learning and networking opportunities to both undergraduate and alumnae members. Special thanks to Southwestern Region Syntaktes LaShonda Johnson, Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator Miranda  Moore and the Dallas metropolitan chapters - Alpha Omicron Sigma, Alpha Pi Sigma, Lambda Upsilon  Sigma and Zeta Delta Sigma - for the beautiful courtesies given to members of the national leadership team who attended the conference!

We were ecstatic to witness the installation of our very own Soror, Van etta Cheeks  Reeder, as the 35th National NPHC president for 2018 - 2020. Soror Cheeks Reeder will begin her term on Jan. 1, 2018.  Congratulations!  

Swim 1922 Expands SGRho's National Community Service Brand
Our remarkable sisterhood continues to create history every day! Throughout the month of October 2017, we were trending in several media publications and on social media platforms with articles and posts in Watch The Yard, The Baltimore Sun, NewsOne, Blavity, Diversity in Aquatic, Rickey Smiley, New York Trend and News Week Magazine just to name a few. The media focus was about our pioneering service initiative, Swim 1922, that is breaking down barriers and stereotypes while saving lives! Thanks to all sorors and affiliates for your dedicated commitment to this community service outreach!

Sigma Gamma Rho Professional Golfer and Trailblazer
We congratulate Soror Renee Powell on recently being inducted into the Professional Golfers'
Association (PGA) Hall of Fame! Soror Powell is a world-renowned professional golfer who is the first African-American and one of four females to be inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame.

Soror Powell has broken the glass ceiling for African-Americans and women in the field of golf. We are ecstatic about this well-deserved honor bestowed upon our sister! 

JCPenney Salutes Sigma Gamma Rho's 95th Founders' Day
We appreciate the national recognition from JCPenney Company, Inc. in saluting Sigma Gamma Rho's 95th founding! The exclusive shopping events and participation
from sorors, affiliates, family members and friends across the nation on Nov. 5 were phenomenal! Great food, fun, fashion shows, dancing, shopping and celebrating the founding of our sisterhood occurred in JCPenney stores across the country.

Much appreciation to Soror LaTisha Brandon, Inclusion and Diversity manager at JCPenney, for this historic partnership opportunity! Thanks to Soror Cheri Washington, National Corporate liaison, for leading this national effort and to our International Grand Epistoleus, Soror Angela Spears, for promoting the shopping events! The successful execution of the shopping event was made possible by the support of our regional syntakti along with the hard work of our committed sorors and chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and New York! 


International Day of Service
We are just days away from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. celebrating 95 years of
sisterhood, scholarship and service! On Saturday, Nov. 11, we will join together as an international sisterhood for International Day of Service. We are asking all sorors and affiliates in the U.S. and abroad to perform an impactful day of service in their communities.

Chapters may on their own or in collaboration with other chapters and affiliates select from one of the three H3 Program Thrusts that encompasses healthy choices, healthy living and healthy generations to promote overall health.

Remember that Nov. 11 is also Veterans Day, so consider hosting a volunteer opportunity to serve our veterans.  Each soror and affiliate member should perform a minimum of two hours of service. Please document your service activities on our Community Service Reporting Tool. We look forward to seeing all of the actives on this special day.
 
Be sure to wear your commemorative t-shirt!

Boule 2018
Get Ready! Our 57th Biennial Boule will be held July 12-15, 2018 in Dallas. The boule conference registration and hotel reservations will open on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Happy Thanksgiving
As we approach the holiday season, may each of you have a bountiful Thanksgiving enjoying time with family and friends!
WELCOME HOME!

International First Grand Anti-Basileus Rasheeda Liberty
November is a time when we all take a moment to reflect on our commitment to Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. We think about our first day as members and honor the legacy of our Founders. The sisterhood bond is strong for all, including those who are not active, financial members. 

We want to welcome our sorors home with our new  reactivation plan, Campaign 2022 Campaign 2022 allows sorors to reactivate for as low as $222, with a discount on national head tax, waived national reactivation fees and waived national transfer fees.

We reactivated nearly 600 members last year! We hope to reactivate even more this year with your help.

Let's welcome our sorors home!
SOCIAL ACTION FOR SIGMA GAMMA RHO

The purpose of the sorority's Social Action Committee is to raise awareness of a specific subject or cause. The subjects usually focus on racism, sexism, drug addiction and politics.

We are looking at Voter Registration, Education and Suppression; Human Trafficking; Education (K-12 and HBCUs); #MuchMoreThanAHashtag Initiative and Domestic Violence Prevention and Education

Members of the committee work to create positive change through education, voting and activism. The change is intended to be local, statewide and national.
95th FOUNDERS' DAY PRAYER CALL

As we conclude our celebrations, members and affiliates are invited to join our National Founders' Day Prayer Call on Nov. 13. Boule Chaplin Rev. Chan-Tell King-Beckwith and regional chaplains will lead us in prayer as we remember and reflect on our Founders, achievements, the future of our sisterhood, scholarship and service.

Please join the 95th Founders' Day Prayer 10 p.m. EST/ 9 p.m. CST/ 8 p.m. MST/7 p.m. PST on Nov. 13.  The conference call number is (712) 770-4155, participant access code: 266254.

Let us come together in unity and prayer!
WORLD PREMATURITY DAY

The 2017 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card shows that the preterm birth rate in the United States is on the rise for a second year in a row. It also shows that mothers and babies face a higher risk of preterm birth based on race and zip code.

In the U.S., more than 380,000 babies are born preterm facing a greater chance of death before their first birthday, lifelong disabilities or chronic health conditions. Prematurity and birth defects are leading causes of infant mortality.

World Prematurity Day is Nov. 17. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the March of Dimes will get the country's attention to fight the problem of premature birth, the #1 killer of babies. Let's bring awareness to our communities through service and education.

Together, we can give them tomorrow.
November 2017