International Grand Basileus  
Deborah Catchings-Smith
Greetings Sorors, Philos, and Rhoers!
Happy New Year! In 2019, we will continue to transform our sisterhood and refine our brand promise of Greater Service, Greater Progress. Last year, we completed the work of the Going for Sigma Gold: 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. This year, we will launch our new four-year plan for 2019-2022.
Our new strategic plan is focused on laying the foundation for a transformed Sigma Gamma Rho in time for our Centennial celebration in 2022. We have lots of work to do in preparation. We cannot accomplish our goals without you! Now is the time to rejuvenate, recommit, and reactivate. We are looking forward to a progressive and productive 2019!   
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 2019 New Year's Greeting 
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 2019 New Year's Greeting

Our Sisterhood, joined by Fraters and Sorors of the NPHC and the NPHC Council of Presidents, attended the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. The weekend was filled with a number of community service impacts. While in Atlanta, we made our signature service impact by hosting a Meet and Greet and a Swim 1922 Clinic at the Charles R. Drew Charter School and East Lake YMCA in Atlanta on Friday, December 14, 2018. 
Swim 1922 Swim Clinics
Olympians Maritza McClendon and Cullen Jones provided drowning prevention and
With students at Charles R. Drew Charter School at the Meet and Greet.  
water safety education during the Swim 1922 Clinics. We appreciate the commitment and leadership of our Swim 1922 National Liaison, Soror Scenario Jones, for the impactful service initiative attended by more than 150 students.
Tremendous support was also provided by Sorors Tawana Cannon, Tanya
Wet Swim Clinic at East Lawn YMCA. 
Blackshear, Annette Wilson, and many other sorors in the Metropolitan Atlanta chapters.
Please check out the article below at the The Undefeated on our service activation for the day.  
Celebration Bowl Championship Game
The Celebration Bowl championship game was held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 between North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State University. It was a nail biter! True to our mission of empowering youth, our sisterhood was able to sponsor 100 Rhoers to attend the game. Our Swim 1922 Initiative was also highlighted throughout the game.
Our partnership with ESPN met the objective of raising awareness about the significant community service impacts of the Divine Nine Sororities and Fraternities.
NPHC Council of Presidents on the field at the Celebration Bowl. 
Collectively, during 2018, the Divine Nine has donated over $16,000,000 in scholarship funds. We have also performed over 4,000,000 Community Service Hours!
Our International Headquarters team led by Executive Director Cynthia Eubanks along with Membership Services Director Elaina Hamilton provided invaluable support in organizing and executing the weekend activities in Atlanta. Thanks to International Second Grand Anti-Basileus Christie Nance, International Grand Epistoleus Tamika Williams-Clark, National Rhoer Coordinator Shyreeta Peacox, Southeastern Region Syntaktes Jakimva Martin, Southeastern Region UCC Celestine LaVan, Atlanta Metropolitan Chapters, Northeastern Region Syntaktes Thomasina Gore, Northeastern Region UCC Selicia Sellers, and Southwestern Region Syntaktes Lashonda Johnson for their tremendous support! We made a significant impact in Atlanta.    

First Grand Anti-Basileus  Rasheeda S. Liberty
We are entering the largest membership intake period for our sisterhood, especially for our undergraduate members. All members are asked to actively market and recruit new members. Often, it is how we as members represent on campus, in the community, and in the workplace that creates the first impression of Sigma Gamma Rho to prospective members. Here are some critical reminders about recruitment and proper execution of the T.O.R.C.H. process:

Market Early and Often 
With busy schedules and competing interests, prospective members need timely notice of membership activities and need consistent communication.
Be on Time
When hosting membership activities, we are not guests for the event. Therefore, we need to be prepared to receive guests at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event with audio visual presentations, handouts, refreshments, and materials completely set.
Represent Our Brand  
First impressions are lasting ones. Royal blue and gold attire, with a professional look, are representative of our brand.
Operate in Transparency
Prospective members need to know financial obligations and time commitments during informational meetings so that they can properly plan for the membership intake process.
Select the Best 
Invite the very best to membership. Those potential members who are active in their communities or on campus, have positional power in their careers, or exceptional academic performance are excellent candidates for membership.
Expect Excellence
How soon and how well our new members begin contributing to our mission directly correlates with how well the members are trained by you.
Instill a Growth Perspective 
It is not enough to have new members isolated to a campus or a local community. New members should be taught that participation in area, regional, and national meetings is critical to long-term membership.
Shift Your Paradigms
If you did not host a T.O.R.C.H. process this fall, we need you to step out of the box and contribute to the success of our organization by inviting new members to the sisterhood. T.O.R.C.H. is a foundational expectation of every chapter.
Let's be intentional about our membership strategy to help to build our membership base for programs and partnerships. Our Centennial Goals will be exceeded when all alumnae chapters have a minimum of 22 members. Undergraduate chapters meet this goal when they have 7 members that post before Spring graduation. Submit your all Spring 2019 calendars now to your Regional Syntaktes. We need each of you to play a part in Sigma's success
   National Rhoer Coordinator 
Shyretta M. Peacox
On December 29, 1939 Rhoer Clubs were officially established during the 14th International Boule of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Over the last 79 years, thousands of young ladies have benefitted from the love, support, and guidance of members of our
sensational sisterhood. These young women have gone on to live lives with scholarship, service, and sisterhood woven in their DNA. As you finalize your list of goals for 2019, include investing your time, talents, and treasures in a Rhoer. The payoff is exponential!
**Special thanks to Soror Deborah I. Walsh for her thorough research on the exact date of the vote.**
Rhoers at the Celebration Bowl. 
Southeastern Region Rhoers enjoyed the game and halftime show at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, GA on December 15, 2018. They got to socialize and see the magic of the HBCUs in person. Thank you to all of the Sorors that assisted the Rhoers with transportation to and from the game. It was a memorable experience.
Don't forget spring inductions must be completed by February 28, 2019. Stay in communication with your Regional Rhoer Coordinator so you can move smoothly through the process. The next Rhoer Club Webinar will be February 4, 2019 at 9:00pm EST. Information on the registration will be forthcoming.  
"If it had not been for the Rhoer Club exposing me to so many different things I would
Soror Dawn Hawkins-Foster, Gamma Sigma Alumnae Chapter (pictured right) with Soror Mabel Hawkins (mother).
not have even considered joining any sorority. I was grateful for all the experiences from the Debutante Ball, to being taught to have self-pride, and how important it is to give back to the community and the ones that are less fortunate than you. This is one of the reasons that I decided to seek membership in the sorority along with trying to start a chain of legacies."
Check out this awesome video about the Rhoer Club!  
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Rhoer Club
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.  
Rhoer Club
Please share photos of you performing and participating in community service activities. Send only your four best photos to your Regional Epistoleus. Always indicate your chapter name, location, and community service activity. Let's show service in action!    
January 2019