Guiding Phenomenal Service

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
Basileus



National History

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.

 



Chapter History

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.

 




The Glamorous Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter Presents
1st Annual All White Affair of Houston
Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 8:00 PM - 12:00 Midnight
Sterling Country Club
16500 Houston National Boulevard
Houston, TX 77095




Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter Meeting
3rd Saturday of the Month
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Houston Texans YMCA
5202 Griggs
Houston, TX 77021

 

 

 

 



Alpha Lambda Chapter

The Alpha Lambda Chapter at Texas Southern University was established April 28, 1928, when the campus was actually called the Texas College for Negroes. The chapter has a rich history and legacy, which continues today. The chapter actively participates in national programs along with the Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter and hosts events on their own as well. These events include informational sessions and Sigma Week, to name a few. The Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter is the overseeing graduate chapter for Alpha Lambda.

 

Delta Alpha Chapter

Founded on the campus of Prairie View A & M University in November of 1969, the Delta Alpha Chapter hosts various events throughout the year. The chapter proactively upholds the sorority motto: “Greater Service, Greater Progress,” as they participate in events such as bone marrow donor registry, informational sessions, freshman orientation, highway clean-up and much more! The Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter is the overseeing graduate chapter for Delta Alpha.

 



Rhoer Club

A love for youth and the development of their full potential was the primary motivating factor that inspired Founder Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little to organize Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.  Young people today face challenges that could never have been imagined years ago, but such challenges provide the sorority with opportunities to carry on the vision of Founder Little.

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.

 

Philo Club

Since its inception, Sigma Gamma Rho has promoted unity among women and for years many alumnae chapters worked with individuals who were not members of Greek-lettered organizations.   These women were organized into auxiliaries that had various names until 1954 when the sorority officially approved the organized affiliate group and accepted the name of “Philo” (meaning friend) as their official name.

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.

 



Project Reassurance


The care and protection of children is, first and foremost, a family concern. But when teenagers have babies, the consequences are throughout society. Children born to teenage parents are more likely to be of low birth weight and to suffer from inadequate health care, more likely to leave High School without graduating and more likely to be poor, thus perpetuating a cycle of unrealized potential.

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.

Mwanamugimu Essay Contest


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.

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Program for Africa


Working in partnership with Africare, for many years Sigma Gamma Rho has assisted in providing thousands of dollars to purchase grain grinders for African women to help alleviate their back-breaking work. The project focus has now evolved as have the needs to addressing through finances and education HIV/AIDS awareness, education and treatment.

 

Project Wee Savers


This project is designed to develop an awareness of various banking facilities and their available services. The goal of Wee Savers is to allow participants to become knowledgeable of the real life skills of saving and buying stocks and bonds, ranging from ages 6 to 18 years. Participants experience the real life skills of basic investing, setting specific goals attainable through monitoring and mentoring of money and activities.

 

Operation BigBookBag


Sorority members make available, to selected facilities across the nation, bookbags, notebooks, writing and drawing paper, pencils and pens, dictionaries, thesauri, rulers, glue, construction paper, textbooks, encyclopedia, typewriters, computers and many other needed school items. Made available also through the efforts of both memberships is a nation-wide tutoring and mentoring program designed for the benefit of the children housed at said facilities.

The effective and overall implementation of OPERATION BigBookBag serves as an invaluable resource to the children by: (1) Affording children with quick and easy access to reference materials and other studying aids and tools that will help them in their educational endeavors; (2)Providing the children with the means of completing their homework assignments in order that they may remain current and up -to -date on course projects and requirements and (3) Assisting the shelters, centers, schools and hospitals in their efforts to meet some of the educational needs of the children and young adults housed at the facilities.

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Youth Symposium


Sponsored in conjunction with and in commemoration of Sigma Week, the Sigma Youth Symposium focuses on some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth: drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc. Held on the second Saturday of March by each Alumnae Chapter, simultaneous Sigma Youth Symposiums address issues that affect teens today.

 

National Marrow Donor Program


Established in 1992, this initiative was developed to address and reduce the number of African American deaths due to a lack of sufficient numbers of race appropriate bone marrow donors. The program focuses on the education and recruitment of sorority member, affiliate and community donors.

 

Hattie McDaniel Cancer Awareness


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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A3 4LIFE


A3 4LIFE is a Sigma Gamma Rho national HIV/AIDS initiative as a part of the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative with the Center for Disease Control.

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.

A3 4LIFE
ASK
1. For more information about the causes, risks, prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS
2. For the sexual history of your partner(s)

ACCEPT
Responsibility for knowing your HIV status and reducing your risk 

ACT
Responsibly and in the best interest of yourself, your partner(s) and the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS
 

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  • Chapter Officers
  • Regional Officers in the Chapter

Basileus
Dr. Faith E. Foreman

First Anti-Basileus
Miranda Moore

Second Anti-Basileus
Jeness Sherrell

Third Anti-Basileus
Dr. Faith E. Foreman

Anti-Grammatues
Kolby Robinson

Grammateus
Sada N. Okolo

Tamiochus
Dr. Tomika Harris

Epistoleus
Richelle N. Jones, J.D.

Sergeant-at-Arms
Janice Sexton

Rhoer Advisor
Gwendolyn Goins

Chaplain
Tesha Foster

NPHC Representative
Pat Tucker-Wilson

 


Southwestern Region Epistoleus
Richelle N. Jones, J.D.

14th Southwestern Region Syntaktes
Janice Walker

16th Southwestern Region Syntaktes
Dr. Faith E. Foreman

 

Southwestern Region Corporate Liasion
Miranda Moore

Southwestern Region National Education Fund Trustee
Karen Y. Williams





 

 

 

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.

To find out more about becoming a member of the Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter or an affiliate please select an option below:

 

Write us at:
Gamma Phi Sigma Chapter
2450 Louisiana Street
Suite 400-436
Houston, TX 77006