Welcome to the official website of the Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. Chartered in 1966, Gamma Phi Sigma is leading the way in Grand Service, Sisterhood and Leadership!
On November 12, 1922 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority was founded on the campus of Butler University, Indianapolis, IN., by seven brave, dynamic, innovative, and creative founders who were inspired to make a difference in the lives of others. In our vast International community, the women of Sigma Gamma Rho are committed to effecting change, improving the lives of young people, elevating the stature of women, and promoting economic security and healthy living as we provide “Greater Service, Greater Progress”.
Our membership is composed of a dynamic group of collegiate and professional women who represent the fields of education, medicine, law, business, science, politics, entertainment, public administration, communications, and social services. Our members have received recognition both locally and internationally because of their commitment to excellence in all endeavors.
On behalf of our Executive Committee and our dedicated chapter members, I invite you to browse our website to learn more about Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter’s rich and accomplished history, programs, and services. Visit us often to see the Grand Service we are rendering in the Greater Houston area.
Service is our Signature,
Dr. Faith E. Foreman
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin and Cubena McClure. The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University.
Sigma Gamma Rho has become an international service organization comprised of women from every profession. Sigma Gamma Rho offers its members opportunities to develop their unique talents through leadership training and involvement in sorority activities. Sorority activities provide an atmosphere where friendships and professional contacts are developed, which often lead to bonds that last a lifetime.
In a time when education for African Americans was difficult to attain, the founders of Sigma Gamma Rho became educators. They believed that the self-respect, knowledge and discipline gained through study would help individuals to recognize their duty and responsibility for their society. Thus, Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on the precept of education and continues to promote and encourage high scholastic attainment.
Sigma Gamma Rho's commitment to service is expressed in its slogan, "Greater Service, Greater Progress." The sorority has a proud history of offering service wherever chapters exist, including our signature projects Project Reassurance, OPERATION BigBookBag, and Wee Savers.
The Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated was organized in November 26, 1966, by the late Emma K. Hill, who was the Southwestern Regional Syntaktes at the time. The chapter was chartered with fifteen (15) members. The chartered members were: O’neta Pink Cavitt, Merle King Davis, Hattie Parker Edwards, Juanita Green, Mary Scales Greenwood, Cloteal Harris, Eddie Holmes Johnson, Lorene Boliver Lancelin, Willie Ruth McDonald, Marquerite Hayes Melton, Ruby Lee Pope, Celeste B. Roberts, Hazel Ryan, Joan Smith Sampson, and Ella M. Henderson Smith.
Soror Lorene B. Lancelin was elected basileus of the new chapter. Soror Marguerite Melton was elected basileus in 1968. She was followed by: Sorors Merle K. Davis, Janice Walker, Janice M. Sexton, Shirley Hudson Bell, Chantay P. Canty, Sarah Alexanders, Dr. Gwendolyn Y. Ward, and Dr. Faith E. Foreman.
Soror Mary Scales Greenwood served as the first Southwestern Regional Syntatktes from the Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter. She was followed by Sorors Lorene B. Lancelin, Ruby Summers, Janice Walker and Dr. Faith Foreman. National officers who have served are Soror Janice M. Sexton as Editor-in-Chief of “The Aurora,” Soror Chantay P. Canty as International Grand Grammateus and Soror Karen Y. Williams as International Sergeant-at-Arms. The Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter also has a Philo and Rhoer club.
Under the leadership of Soror Davis, the Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter began the Status o Women Luncheon, Eye Savers Project, Essay Writing Contest, Sub-Debutante Ball and Career Awareness in the high schools of the Houston Independent School District. The chapter participates in the Sorority’s national projects and is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and other local organizations.
Today, Gamma Phi Sigma’s projects include Project Reassurance, the Sorority’s premiere national program. Gamma Phi Sigma has also partnered with the Houston Public Library and FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) for the Sorority’s Project Wee Savers initiative to teach financial literacy in the Greater Houston Area.
Gamma Phi Sigma & Gamma Sigma Chapters Co-Host
16th Annual Youth Symposium
March 9, 2013
Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center
4308 Stonewall @ I-10 & Waco
Houston, TX 77026
Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter Meeting
3rd Saturday of the Month
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Houston Texans YMCA
Houston, TX 77021
72nd Southwestern Regional Conference
April 4-7, 2013
Hilton San Antonio Airport
Hosted by the Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter
San Antonio, TX
Rhoers are young girls organized on a local, regional and national level. The Rhoer affiliates are working to help other young people while they learn about their heritage and develop leadership skills. Sigma Gamma Rho is dedicated to helping Rhoers to grow to be women of substance dedicated to service.
In 1980, the Philos were organized on a national level and have grown to represent hundreds of women organized on a regional level as well. The Philos have contributed countless hours of community service and thousands of dollars to aid Sigma Gamma Rho’s aim to enhance the quality of life within every community.
As the signature international program for Sigma Gamma Rho, Project Reassurance was originally developed to provide health education, support and nurturing for expectant teen mothers and teens who are parents. The project has now evolved to focus more on Healthy Choices, Healthy Living and Healthy Generations (H3) to help reduce teen pregnancy through a comprehensive year round program addressing the factors that lead to teen pregnancy - low self-esteem, diet and economic issues - while also providing support and guidance when it does occur.
The Mwanamugimu Essay contest’s primary goal is to provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of the historical and contemporary development of Africa. Its objectives are to provide the target population with opportunities that (1) allow structured ways to learn about Africa; (2) heighten awareness of African cultural heritage; and (3) improve writing and research skills. The project title, Mwanamugimu, is a proverb form the Republic of Uganda that means “from small acorns come mighty oaks.” Chapters sponsor local essay contests that usually include awards programs. Regional and national contests are also held, with winning essays announced at each respective level.
Cognizant that African Americans bear a disproportionate burden of cancer — the highest mortality rate of any ethnic group — Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is committed to providing education on and active support of early detection as well research for the prevention and cure of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other types of cancers.
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The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) is a $16 million, six-year CDC partnership that harnesses the collective strength of some of the nation’s leading organizations to fight HIV in populations hardest hit. The effort brings together a wide range of organizations, including civic, social, civil rights and professional organizations, as well as those in government, education and media.
While many AAALI partners have longstanding commitments to fighting HIV in their communities, the initiative provides the critical funding needed to allow each group to make HIV prevention a core component of its day-to-day activities.
Each organization uses AAALI funds to support an HIV coordinator who works through the organization’s membership networks to disseminate Act Against AIDS campaign materials and HIV prevention services. AAALI is a key component of Act Against AIDS (AAA) – CDC’s five-year, $45 million campaign to re-engage every American in the fight against HIV by combating complacency, increasing testing, and raising awareness among communities at risk.
1. For more information about the causes, risks, prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS
2. For the sexual history of your partner(s)
Responsibility for knowing your HIV status and reducing your risk
Responsibly and in the best interest of yourself, your partner(s) and the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS
Southwestern Region Epistoleus
14th Southwestern Region Syntaktes
16th Southwestern Region Syntaktes
Southwestern Region Corporate Liasion
Southwestern Region National Education Fund Trustee
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority aims to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmarks of the organization’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically and economically. The Gamma Phi Sigma chapter is committed to a World of Never Ending Service thru unrelenting service and commitment.
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Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter
2450 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77006