Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Seven young school teachers decided to create an organization that was founded on three principles: Scholarship, Service and Sisterhood.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. encourages activities that will further in every way possible, the advantages of members socially, morally, and intellectually. Promoting unity among women is the legacy that bonds over 72,000 members found in over 400 chapters in the United States, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Germany, England, and Africa. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. remains a strong sisterhood of educated women, whose members strive for “Greater Service, Greater Progress,” Sigma Gamma Rho’s commitment to service is expressed in this motto and materialized in its dedication to service programs. National programs include Operation Big Book Bag, Wee Savers, Mwanamugimu Essay Contest, Project Reassurance, Judy B. Davis Bone Marrow Recruitment Program, Project Africa, and Breast Cancer Awareness. In addition, the sorority sponsors a youth auxiliary for teenage girls known as the Rhoers. Through active participation in programs and networking with other organizations such as the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the National Council of Negro Women, Sigma’s legacy of service to improve the quality of life for all mankind continues.
The Ladies of Lambda Delta are involved in numerous of the Sorority’s national projects. Some of the chapter’s major community service initiatives include Project Reassurance and the Rhoyal Sapphires Mentoring Program. Each year, the chapter hosts a teen baby shower in honor of Project Reassurance where local mothers can get information on childcare and parenting. In addition, campus programs such as Founder’s Week, and Sigma Week are sponsored throughout the year, not only to entertain but to educate the student body about the everchanging world.