International Grand Basileus Deborah Catchings-Smith
We are off to a fantastic 2018! We are proud of the continued momentum of addressing the needs of our communities through our impactful outreach and philanthropy!

I had the pleasure of attending the Northeastern Region
Mid Winter Meeting in Washington, D .C. Hundreds of Sorors, Philos and Rhoer s gathered  for relevant training and development, targeted community service outreach and of course, sisterhood bonding and networking. The Mid Winter attendees provided tremendous support for the community service project, a toiletry drive benefiting the House of Ruth.

Congratulations to Syntatkes Marica Harris and her lea dership team along with Host Chapter Phi Sigma Basileus Garlynn Parker and her team for an impactful and engaging meeting! The highlight of the meeting was the induction of Olympian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace into our amazing sisterhood! Soror Vanderpool-Wallace is a competitive swimmer and national record-holder from the Bahamas. She represented her country in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She is excited to join our sisterhood and is focused on making community service impacts. Welcome Soror Vanderpool-Wallace!   

Mental Health Advocacy: New York City Sisters Thrive Initiative Update
We have moved into our next phase as an official partner of the New York City Sisters
Thrive Initiative. Sorors in the New York City Burroughs will be hosting mental health training sessions to ensure we assist in meeting the initiative's overall goal of 10,000 New Yorkers being trained in Mental Health First Aid by the end of 2018. The focus is to provide education and resources to remove the stigma associated with mental health in the African-American community. We applaud our soror with the Division of Policy, Planning and Measurement for the City of New York - Assistant Commissioner Cameila Anders, Syntaktes Harris and all sorors in the New York City Burroughs for their commitment to provide this critical training and information to the community.

Heart Health Month
We acknowledge February as Heart Health Month! Heart disease kills one woman in the U.S. every 80 seconds. It is vital that you take care of your heart health. The first steps for prevention are to know your numbers and get regular checkups. Early detection saves lives. Making gradual positive lifestyle changes and knowing your family history of heart disease is critical. It is important that we take care of ourselves as it is a necessity in order for us to care for others. 

Black History Month
"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." 
-- Kenyan Proverb

International First Grand Anti-Basileus
Rasheeda Liberty
It's the "Year of Freedom" and Sorors MC Lyte and Kelly Price are delighted to have you join them during the Essence Festival for the ULTIMATE GIRLZ TRIP: Freedom, Faith, Finances, Family, Food and FUN!

They have a discounted early bird registration for members of  Sigma Gamma Rho, family and friends. The  hotel block information will be sent when you register. You will be responsible for your first room night, then you will pay for the balance when you check in.

Here are the activities:
  • Wednesday, July 4: 4th of July Barbecue - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 5: General Sessions and W.E.A.L.T.H. Talks - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. including: Power of the Pitch; Creating a Solid Business Prospectus/Plan; Activating Your Entrepreneurial Gifts; Budgeting and Credit; Relationship Rescue; Fitness in Five Minutes and more!
  • Friday, July 6: There will be an early morning town hall meeting addressing social action issues. Then, you will enjoy the Essence Festival with appearances by MC Lyte, Kelly Price and more. 
Register at and use the  DISCOUNT CODE, sgrhogirltrip2018.

KaTrina Griffin
Strategic Membership Task Force
Our organization has been successful in recruiting some of the finest women in their different industries. We have continued to lead the way in many areas promoting change and bringing awareness to our communities. We would like to recognize sorors who are doing what Sigma women do each day, "Show Up and Show Out," in their respective industry.

We will recognize sorors as part of a Golden One Recognition Initiative. We are looking for sorors from the following industries:
Arts, Medical, Education, Law/Legal, Service/Nonprofit, 
Media/Entertainment, Military and Technology.

Don't see your industry? Please share it with us. Submissions must include: 1) Name; 2) Chapter name if applicable; 3) Industry; 4) Job title; 5) Company; and 6) 25-Word statement describing your role, impact and/or accomplishments.

Submissions should be sent to no later than Feb. 23. 

Sigma Gamma Rho continues to partner with the All of Us Research Program.  It is an effort to engage more than a million volunteers across the country to build one of the largest, most diverse data sets of its kind for health research. The goal is to improve disease detection and treatment. This opportunity aligns with the sorority's overall health and wellness focus. 
Learn more about this initiative. Be sure to  join us and the Black Greek Letter Consortium along with the All of Us Research Program for a webinar on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. EST.

Look for our posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @sgrhoupdates, every Tuesday as we help accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs.  


The Regular Registration period for the 57th Biennial Boule is open until May 1. Please visit and click the EVENTS & REGISTRATION tab for more information.

Chapters that will be represented by delegates must complete the online Delegate Verification Form which can be found under the 2018 BOULE FORMS tab on the conference website. The form must be completed by June 4. 

Be sure to join the Philo Affiliates during the regional conferences. Our friends are celebrating their Diamond Jubilee and hosting special events in all five regions! Be on the lookout!

February 2018