International Grand Basileus Deborah Catchings-Smith
Welcome to the  Golden Communique'!  Members of  Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. are proud to live up to the motto "Greater Service, Greater Progress." With a fresh and focused platform for change, a s your new international grand basileus, I plan to bring fresh ideas and a fresh perspective to the work of the sorority as it approaches its centennial celebration in 2022. To achieve this, the board of directors will continue the work of the Going for Sigma Gold strategic plan and will lead with a focus on collaboration, fact-based decision making, effective processes, security and safeguards of the sorority's assets and accountability.

This electronic communications tool serves to inform our sisterhood, affiliates and partners of the board of directors' latest news, initiatives and programs to effectuate our being "Intentional, Impactful, Measurable: A Sisterhood for the Future."  Please click here to share your comments and suggestions. 
Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber and Alpha Lambda Sigma Alumnae Chapter
Sigma Gamma Rho recently wrapped up the 56th Biennial Boule in Cleveland, Ohio. We want to thank the host chapter, Alpha Lambda Sigma, for rolling out the royal blue and gold carpet while our members, affiliates and partners were in the championship city. Members implemented new sorority procedures, held training opportunities and gave back to the community. They donated more than $76,000 to various charities such as the Fatima Family Center, which   provides cultural and leadership programs  to all ages, and an endowed scholarship to Butler University, where the sorority was founded. Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber, a member of the sorority, was a special 
guest during the boule. She shared her experiences as the reigning pageant winner.

The sorority also welcomed five accomplished, n ew members into the illustrious sisterhood:

  • Angela Blair-Jefferies: singer, songwriter and entertainer
  • Yolanda Harris: news anchor, ABC 6 and FOX 28, Columbus, Ohio
  • Shellie "Bo" Talley: entrepreneur, philanthropist, fitness motivator and wife of professional WNBA basketball coach, Fred Williams
  • Yvonne Pointer: author, speaker, activist and philanthropist
  • Maranda Willis: gospel singer and writer 


Sigma Gamma Rho gave out many awards during the boule. We congratulate all of our winners!

  • Blanche Edwards Award - Bonita M. Herring, 23rd International Grand Basileus
  • Annie Neville Award Winners  - Micah Smith and Mariah Smith, Iota Psi Chapter, Central Region 
  • Philo Queen - Valerie Lowe, Iota Zeta Sigma Philo Affiliate, Southeastern Region
  • Miss Rhoer International - Xavionna Bryant-DavisEta Alpha Sigma Rhoer Club, Western Region
  • Step Show Winner - Omicron Pi Chapter, Troy University, Southeastern Region

The sorority wra pped up the boule with even more winners, from soror of the year to advisor of the year to chapter of the year, during the Awards and Achievement Banquet. Please click here for a complete listing of the winners. The Boule to Boule Winners were also recognized. Congratulations!

                                                    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Donates $50,000 to Butler University

Thank you  Immediate Past International Grand Basileus Bonita M. Herring for your commit ment, dedication and service to Si gma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. We appreciate you "Uplifting our Legacy of Sisterhood, Leadership and Service."


The cleanup of the devastating flooding along the Gulf Coast continues. We want to thank you for sending water, nonperishable food, towels and much more to support our sorors, Philos and Rhoers in need. We ask for your continued prayers.


The Southwestern Region has provided updates and we are now aware of the s orors and affiliates  who have been directly imp acted. Your help is needed now more than ever to assist with rebuilding. We are asking members of the  Sigma Gamma Rho family to consider a minimum $22 donation to the Sigma Gamma Rho National Disaster Relief Fund. Your donation will assist the organization in adequately responding to the needs of our family. We have established a 30-day goal of $30,000.  Please click here  to assist sorors and affiliates affected by the recent flooding. 

We truly understand the meaning of our motto, "Greater Service, Greater Progress ," especially during these unforeseen circumstances. Comm unity s ervice and sisterhood are major focal points for Sigma Gamma Rho. We thank you in advance for your generosity in supporting our Sigma family. If you have any questions, please contact the International Corporate Headquarters at  (888) 747-1922.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. wi ll have a delegation at the 46 th
 Annual Legislative Conference in Washington D. C., September 14 - 18, 2016. Please share this information with your chapters and affiliates. Here is a list of our leadership team's activities: 
Wednesday, September 14
Event: Presidents' Panel  (International Second Grand Anti-Basileus Kathrina Ruiz will be a participant on the panel.)
Honorary Host:  U. S. Rep. Marcia Fudge
Location:  Congressional Auditorium of the Congressional Visitors Center
First Street and Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D. C.
Time:  2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
Friday, September 16
Event:  39th Annual Black Women's Agenda Symposium
Location:  Renaissance Washington, D. C. Downtown Hotel 
999 9th Street NW  
Washington, D. C.  20001
Workshop: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. (NO CHARGE, but space is limited. Please click here to register.)

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