NEWS FROM THE GRAND BASILEUS
 
International Grand Basileus  
Deborah Catchings-Smith
Greetings Sorors, Philos and Rhoers! 
 
I am sure we are all ready for Spring to arrive. Spring represents growth and new opportunities! I look forward to seeing all Sorors, Philos and Rhoers at the Regional Conferences this month. I wish you grace and mercy in your travels.
 
2019-2022 Strategic Plan
The 2019-2022 subcommittees for our Strategic Plan, "Building a Sisterhood for the Future: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 2019 -- 2022 Strategic Plan" are being formulated.  We appreciate the tremendous interest and responses that were received!  The subcommittees are charged with developing the tactics and setting priorities for our five goals:
 
Strategic Plan Goals
1. Branding
2. Financial Resources
3. Chapter Support
4. Operations
5. Training and Professional Development
 
Details regarding the subcommittees will be forthcoming.
 
Centennial Celebration Planning 
It is hard to believe that we are three years away from our Centennial celebration. In February, members of our leadership team and the Centennial planning committee
completed a site visit of Indianapolis and Butler University. We met our goal to gather additional information to make plans for our Centennial Boule and Founders' celebration in 2022.
 
The excitement is building to come home to Butler! We appreciate the leadership of Centennial Committee Chair and Vice Chair, Past Grand Basileus Joann Loveless and Soror Karen Williams. We also thank the subcommittees for their efforts to help us to deliver an amazing celebration. 
YOUR GOLDEN INVESTMENT IN ACTION 
 
International First Grand Anti-Basileus  Rasheeda S. Liberty
At our 2018 Boule the financial leadership arm of our sisterhood, in conjunction with the Office of the International First Grand Anti-Basileus, decided to make a bolder investment in our undergraduates. The Grand Chapter then adopted the budget inclusive of a $25,000 Golden Investment.  As part of that action, we were able to provide ten full scholarships so that undergraduates could attend the National Black Greek Leadership Conference (NBGLC).
 
The Central Fraternal Leadership Conference along with NBGLC is the largest gathering of fraternity and sorority students in the country. Each year, more than 3,500 participants from over 225 campuses come together at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN. There are more than 200 educational opportunities available for students and professionals.
 
We hope to extend the Golden Investment concept even further in the future. Our delegation was the largest in the NPHC. This year a lmost 100 of our undergraduate members attended.  Special thanks to our committed and dynamic Undergraduate Chapter Coordinators for seamlessly hosting and facilitating this initiative. We are committed to ensuring that we continue to make investments in our undergraduate members.
 
Various photos from the Central Fraternal Leadership Conference and the National Black Greek Leadership Conference (NBGLC) 2019. 

MARCH 2019 UPDATE 
 
International  Grand Epistoleus 
Tamika Nicole  
Williams-Clark 
Hello Sorors, Philos, and Rhoers,
 
I can't believe it is March already! This has been an exciting sorority year to date. Thank you for your participation with our various communications and projects. We can only improve from here.
 
Social Media Impact (December 6, 2018- March 6, 2019)
Here is a snapshot of where we are in terms of our official social media pages:
 
Facebook:
Instagram:
Twitter:
As of 12/06/18:
Followers: 14,230
Likes: 14,291
As of 12/06/18:
Followers: 11, 774
 
As of 12/06/18:
Followers: 10,625
 
As of 03/06/19:
Followers: 14,613
Likes: 14,663
As of 03/06/19:
Followers: 12,615
 
As of 03/06/19:
Followers: 11,007
 
 
While our numbers are trending up, there is still a need for significant growth. The International Social Media Committee is actively working to create and share content relevant to our international organization. Please continue to share, like, and actively engage. Remember to use our official hashtags. They are listed below:
 
#SigmaGammaRho
#SGRho
#SGRhoUpdates
 
Sigma Youth Symposium Social Media
Make sure to share pictures and short videos from your events using our hashtags. As always, we are striving to show our significant impact on our communities. For this year's Youth Symposium, please use the hashtags #SigmaGammaRho #SGRho #YouthSymposium2019 on your photos and videos.
 
International History Committee Update
The History committee has begun meeting. We are seeking undergraduates and members from the Southeast and Central regions. If you are interested in serving, please contact me at grandepistoleus@sgrho1922.org.
 
Epistoleus Webinar Survey
In order to provide useful tools and resources to our membership, we will be conducting a survey to better assist with planning future webinars and workshops. Please take the time to complete it.   More information will be forthcoming.
CELEBRATING OUR MEMBERSHIP
 
Sigma Celebrates Women's History Month 
Women's History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California in 1978. The movement spread across the country when other communities began creating their own celebrations. In 1980, the National Women's History Project (National Women's History Alliance), women's groups, and historians pushed for
national recognition. President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women's History Week.
 
In 1987, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which officially designated "Women's History Month." From 1988 to 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim Women's History Month each year. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamation designating March as "Women's History Month." The month is also celebrated in many other countries during the month of March and October.
 
Throughout the month of March, we will be highlighting several women of Sigma Gamma Rho who have and are actively making contributions to our society. Our features will include:
 
Dr. Donna J. Nicol - Historian, Author, and University Department Chair
 
Alia Atkinson - Olympic Swimmer and World Record Holder
 
Marilyn McCoo - Grammy Award Winning Singer, Actress, and Television Personality
 
Lisa Price - Business Leader and Founder of Carol's Daughter
 
Dr. Myeisha Taylor - ER Physician, Chemist, and Founder of Artemis Medical Society
 
Aisha N. Braveboy - Attorney and Elected Politician  
 
Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom - Author, Professor, and Sociologist
 
Dr. Gail F. Baker - University Provost & Vice President, Emmy Award Winner, and Author
 
NATIONAL PROGRAMS UPDATES  
  
National Programs Chair  
Jacqueline Greely 
 
Sigma Youth Symposium 
On March 9, 2019, chapters will unite to simultaneously host the annual Youth Symposium. This year's theme is "Mission Possible: A Safe Space for Our Youth". The goal of the symposium is to create dialogue, have opportunities for youth to connect to community resources, and to provide inspiration for
Youth Symposium Logo
making positive and long-lasting change.
 
Programming will focus on equipping and empowering youth with the skills and competencies to advocate for themselves and their peers. It will also help parents and guardians to better understand our youth so that they may better support them as they navigate through life.
 
Please remember to record individual and chapter service in the Golden Service Tool . There is a handy instructional guide available on the international website.
For questions, please email  goldenservice@sgr1922.com .   
March 2019