LEADERSHIP AND TRAINING - THE SIGMA WAY
 
International Grand Basileus Deborah Catchings-Smith
Leadership development and training continue to be major focal points for our sisterhood. Our regional syntakti will be engaged in dynamic leadership development training this weekend. Several undergraduate leaders were in Indianapolis, where it all began for Sigma Gamma Rho, last weekend for a national leadership conference with thousands of other collegian Greek leaders. An overview of the conference is captured later in the newsletter.
 
I encourage all members and affiliates to take advantage of the training and membership engagement opportunities for the sustained growth of our sisterhood. It is important to know and understand the inner workings of our organization.

Here is a list of upcoming webinars that you don't want to miss:
  • Community Service Reporting Tool - February 8
  • USA Track and Field: RunJumpThrow - February 15
  • Communication Strategies and All Things AURORA - February 27
  • Strategic Planning Bootcamp: Preparing For Our Future - March 1
We are always seeking your input. Suggestions for your strategic plan will be accepted until 11:59 pm PST, Tuesday, February 28, 2017. You may view the Strategic Plan brochure  here and submit your suggestions  here!
 
Also, today is the last day to complete the Boule Engagement and Experience Survey. The goal of this survey is to gain feedback about what is needed for increased attendance and improved engagement at our boule. Get your results in here.  The survey closes at 11:59 p.m. PST.
 
Sorors, Philos and Rhoers, let's continue our focus of being intentional, impactful and ensuring measurable outcomes for our amazing sisterhood!
MEMBERSHIP AT GLANCE
 
International First Grand Anti-Basileus Rasheeda Liberty
With a motto of "Greater Service, Greater Progress", we have a mandate to attract and retain the best volunteer team ever, our members. Our membership goals were established by the Regional Leadership team and aligned with the Centennial Membership Challenge. It's time to see how we are doing.

Compared to Prior Year, 2015-16, we are at 93.5% of our number of members. Western Region has the highest contribution, outpacing their prior year numbers.

Nearly 94% of our membership is considered a returning or reactivating member. This number will shift as we bring new members in this Spring. Southeastern Region has the largest returning membership %.

We are at 83% of our membership goal, with a large Spring intake to come. Central Region is performing strongly.

Central Region:
85.1%
Northeastern Region:
80.5%
Southeastern Region:
83.9%
Southwestern Region:
83.5%
Western Region:
81.7%

The Southeastern Region has the largest membership composition, at 28%, with both Northeastern Region and Central Region within 200 members. The Southwestern Region and Western Region are experiencing strong growth versus prior year and compared to their individual membership goals.




Centennial Chapters (100+ Members), as of January 2017


Eta Sigma, Southeastern Region

Eta Xi Sigma, Central Region

Lambda Delta Sigma, Northeastern Region

Delta Sigma, Central Region (Largest Chapter of Sisterhood)


Attracting and retaining membership are the responsibility of each member of our organization. We are all accountable for growing and sowing into our membership to deliver on our motto and fulfill the vision of our Founders. Let's keep up the great work on a local level.
MESSAGE FROM THE SECOND GRAND
 GET INVOLVED AND STAY ENGAGED 

International Second Grand Anti-Basileus Kathrina Ruiz
Happy Black History Month! Throughout the month, I encourage sorors, especially my fellow undergraduate sorors, to research black history and become more aware of the trials our people 
have been through. Furthermore, I encourage everyone to read up on current events as well. There are many changes happening that I would like us all to be informed of. With policies such as the Muslim Travel Ban, I encourage the sorority to spread the sisterly love not only to our siorors, but also to the community around us. Please remember that our Founders were not only educators, but also trailblazing women. I encourage you all to follow their spirit.
 
On another note, I encourage undergraduate sorors to register for their upcoming regional conference as well as the special boule. Now is the time to apply for funding, fundraise, save and budget! I would love to meet as many of my undergraduate sorors as I can. In the meantime, I would like to be as accessible as possible to all of the undergraduates. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns or ideas you would like me to implement during my term. You can email me  at secondgrand@sgrho1922.org.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

Executive Director
Rachel Morris, MBA
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is always in search of top-quality individuals to join our team of professionals at the International Corporate Headquarters. We have several departments with focused areas of administrative support, customer service, membership services, finance and accounting, and communication. If you possess proven skills in these primary areas, please submit your statement of interest and resume to:
 
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Attn: Rachel Morris, International Executive Director
1000 Southhill Drive, Ste. 200
Cary, NC 27513
                                         Email: careers@sgrho1922.org
SPECIAL BOULE 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
 
Registration is now open for the 2017 Special Boule July 21 - 22 in Las Vegas! Sorors and Philos will convene at the w orld-renowned Caesars Palace. We have the unique opportunity to shape the future of our sisterhood as we review constitution and bylaw recommendations specific to the Sigma Gamma Rho "Going for Sigma Gold 2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan."
We will also host our first-ever Referendum Session on  Thursday, July 20, which is an open forum for all registered participants to provide feedback, ask questions and make final suggestions about the proposed changes prior to the opening of the  Special  Boule.

We are excited to have the Philo Affiliates  join us in Las Vegas. They will review their governing documents. 

Hotel room rates at Caesars Palace are $159 per night, plus tax for Single - Quad occupancy rooms. Reserve your room now!

The conference is being held in a gaming hotel which requires Sigma Gamma Rho to comply with specific Nevada laws regarding lodging for hotel guests under the age of 21. Hotel room reservations must be made by adults 21 years of age or older. Members who are under the age of 21 must have their hotel room reservations secured by a person over the age of 21 using the underage hotel reservation sub-block with a special passkey reservation code. The adult over 21 who reserved the hotel room must have a matching credit card and ID at the time of check-in. No exceptions will be made. Please click here for more information.

Wrist bands for underage conference attendees under 21 years of age will be distributed at the conference registration desk and must be worn throughout the  Special   Boule . 

Here are the registration deadlines:
  • Early Registration: Now - March 10
  • Regular Registration: March 11 - May 11
  • Late Registration: May 12 - June 12
There will be no on-site registration. Payment plans are available. Please visit our website  for more information.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!
UNDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP ATTENDS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
 
Members of our leadership team had a great experience participating in leadership and personal development opportunities, officer training, collaborating and networking in Indianapolis at the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) Central Conference. More than 3.400 students and advisors from over 200 colleges and universities from across the country attended workshops, presentations and forums that addressed issues facing the many councils within our fraternal communities.  Sigma Gamma Rho is proud to have had the largest delegation of the Divine Nine member organizations in attendance!
 
Sigma Gamma Rho was well represented. Our International Second Grand Anti-Basileus Katrina Ruiz; UCCs  Lori Marshall Miranda Moore  and  Cassandra Owens ; the five regional YSCs; five Sigma Gamma Rho scholarship recipients; some regional advisors of the year and undergraduates of the year learned ways to improve Greek relations and become more visible on their campuses. 
 
"The Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values Conference was an overall amazing experience. I had the opportunity to meet with Greek sisters and brothers from across the country. This conference helped me realize that although we may wear different colors, we are able to all come together and do great things as one!" Britney Bell - Southwestern Region Youth Services Coordinator 
 


NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY
KNOW YOUR STATUS. GET TESTED.
     
Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States.  The number of HIV diagnoses among African-American women has declined, though it is still high compared to women of other races/ethnicities.

We encourage you to know your status. Get tested.

February 2017