NEWS FROM THE GRAND BASILEUS
 
International Grand Basileus  
Deborah Catchings-Smith
Greetings Sorors, Philos and Rhoers!  
 
Your national leadership team successfully completed the 2019 Regional Conference Season. Congratulations to the Southwestern, Central, Southeastern, Western, and Northeastern Regional Leaders, Sorors, and Affiliates on accomplishing many firsts during your regional conferences. We have been on fire this sorority year!
 
We welcomed newly inducted Sorors, Rhoers, and Philos. We celebrated newly inducted Rubies. We chartered new chapters. We actively engaged with our corporate partners. We awarded scholarships. We offered training workshops and professional development opportunities. Most importantly, we created memorable moments of sisterly bonding.
 
As we move into the remaining months of the 2018-2019 Sorority Year, we must remain focused on our goals and objectives to finish strong. Thank you to all Sorors, Philos, and Rhoers for your commitment to our motto, mission, and purpose! We are creating an awesome foundation for the 2019-2020 Sorority Year!
 
National Swim 1922 Swim Clinic on June 22, 2019
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a National Swim 1922 Swim Clinic on June 22, 2019 in New York. This is another wonderful opportunity to execute our drowning prevention initiative. Details will follow in the coming weeks.
 
 
Upcoming National Webinars
We have a few training and informational webinars happening during the month of May. Please make sure to schedule time to attend.
 
National Social Action Committee
Running for Office on May 9, 2019 @ 9:00 PM ET
 
International Corporate Headquarters Management Team
Enhancing the Membership Experience on May 14, 2019 @ 9:00 PM ET
 
International Grand Epistoleus and International Social Media Committee
Optimizing Marketing Through Photos, Videos, and Flyers on May 22, 2019 @9pm ET
 
May Celebrations and Remembrances 
Mothers' Day
This month, we will be celebrating Mother's Day. Please make sure to thank all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts, and positive women role models in your life!
 
Memorial Day
On May 27th, we will remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America. Please make sure to honor them.
A SPECIAL GIFT TO OUR NEW COLLEGE GRADUATES
 
International First Grand Anti-Basileus  Rasheeda S. Liberty
Are you or someone in your chapter graduating this May? If so, congratulations! Now is the time to begin preparing for your next step in life. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. wants to be a part of that journey.
By transferring directly to alumni status after graduation, you will be eligible for 50% off your national head tax (valid for two consecutive years). If you transfer within six months of
graduation, we will also waive your transfer fee. Local and regional assessments may still apply. 
For more information about this program or locating an alumnae chapter in city near your next destination, please contact the Director of Membership Services, Elaina Hamilton, at membershipdirector@sgrho1922.org or the Regional Syntaktes in the region you plan to reside in:
Delia Harris, Central Region Syntaktes - syntaktes22@sgrhocentral.com
Thomasina Gore, Northeastern Region Syntaktes- nersyntaktes@sgrhoneregion.com  
Jakimva Martin, Southeastern Region Syntaktes - syntaktes@seregionsgrho.org
LaShonda Johnson, Southwestern Region Syntaktes - syntaktes@sigmaswregion.com
Kennessa Marshall, Western Region Syntaktes - syntaktes@westernsgrho.org
 
We are proud of your accomplishment and want to grant you this wonderful opportunity to continue your dedicated membership in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.  
MAY 2019 UPDATE 
 
International  Grand Epistoleus 
Tamika Nicole  
Williams-Clark 
Thank you Sigma family for your participation with our various communications and projects. We have noticed your increased activity and engagement and we are appreciative of your efforts! Here is a snapshot of where we are in terms of our official social media platforms:
 
Social Media Impact (March 6, 2019-May 5, 2019)
 
Facebook:
Instagram:
Twitter:
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
 
As of 05/05/19:
Followers: 15,411
Likes: 15,132
As of 05/05/19:
Followers: 13,365
 
As of 05/05/19:
Followers: 11,265
 
 
Active engagement is our goal. Please continue to like, share, and comment on our posts. In the next couple of months, the International Social Media committee will be adding other platforms for you to interact with. As always when posting, continue to use our official hashtags.
 
#SigmaGammaRho
#SGRho
#SGRhoUpdates
 
History Books Available for Purchase
Did you know that both volumes of our history book are available for purchase on our international website? Go to the Sigma Store to purchase your copies today.
Go to https://sgrho1922.org/SGRho/Store and follow the steps below:
    1. Choose "Products".
    2. Go to "Page 2".
    3. Select which volume you would like to purchase.
    4. Proceed to check out to complete your purchase.
Webinar: Optimizing Marketing Through Photos, Videos, and Flyers
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9:00pm EDT, the International Social Media Committee will be hosting a webinar on photos, videos, and flyers. Registration information will be forthcoming.
 
OUR RHOERS AT REGIONALS! 
 
National Rhoer Coordinator
Shyreeta M. Peacox, M.M.  
Conference season has been phenomenal! I cherished the opportunity to meet so many amazing Rhoers. I am here to let you know; they did EVERYTHING during these conferences! Whether in a coding, image, or plenary session, these Butterflies showcased they have brains and beauty. If you did not get to spend time with the Rhoers, here is a taste of the Rhoer Experience across the regions:
 
Workshops/ Enrichment Activities
Butterfly Brunches
NEF Scholarships
Youth Symposium
Self Defense Classes
Butterfly Beauty Boutique
Dining Etiquette Classes
Guided Plenary Session
Financial Literacy Classes
Rhoer to Rhoer Training
Lip Sync Battles
Legacy Museum Tour
Kickball Tournament
STEM Workshop Sponsored by Microsoft
Parliamentary Procedure Training
Mock Meeting Exercises
Various Community Service Projects
L.A.D.E.S. by the SPEAR Foundation
Pajama Jam
 
College Tours
Indiana University
Purdue University
Butler University
Alabama State University
Loyola Marymount University
 
The highlight of my travels was getting to hug Soror Jada Lawson Spring 2019. I had the pleasure of seeing her crowned Miss International Rhoer 2018. It was a full circle moment.
Our Rhoers participating in a number of activities at regional conferences across the country. 
  
CELEBRATING OUR MEMBERSHIP
 
Each month, we celebrate various types of members across the Sigma
family. Please make sure to post photos, memories, and share your stories. 
 
May Highlight: Celebrating Our Graduates 
The National Membership Committee is celebrating this May with a special focus on our 2019 graduates. Chapters and Sorors please post photos, videos, and images of your graduating chapter members using the hashtags #SigmaGammaRho #SGRho #SGRhoGrad  
HONORARY MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE UPDATE 
 
 
 
The Honorary Membership Committee needs your help to identify women of excellence and influence from across a wide variety of fields to assist in the advancement of our goals and initiatives.  Fields of interest include arts/entertainment, sports, media, politics/government, science/medical, education, and corporate or industry pioneers.  Sorors are encouraged to complete the Honorary Membership nomination form and send it to the Honorary Membership Chair, Deena Weems Thornton at  honorarychair@sgrho1922.org.  
   
May 2019