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.

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