November 16, 2020 – Freeport, Grand Bahama: –Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated is celebrating 98 years in service during the month of November.
The local Zeta Rho Sigma Alumnae Chapter paid homage by honoring the Sorority’s slogan of “Greater Service, Greater Progress”, with a focus on families still struggling to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Zeta Rho Sigma Alumnae Chapter President Afrika Karamo expressed her concern and said, “There are many families in Grand Bahama, who are in dire need of food, still repairing their homes, and also trying to cope with mental health challenges. In the midst of the pandemic, we partnered with the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation to package hundreds of boxes for food distribution to families across the island. There is still so much to be done and so many in need. We will continue to do our part to ease the burden.”
The Sorority kicked off “Rhovember”, the term used to refer to the Sorority’s Founding month of November, with a series of activities to showcase the sorority’s motto of Sisterhood, Service and Scholarship. The local chapter of the Sorority is involved in a number of community and international initiatives from its Swim 1922 Program, Rhoer and Rhosebud Mentoring Club, Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, St. Judes, Heart Health, Diabetes Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, Youth Development, March of Dimes, Operation Big Bookbag and a plethora of other programs built around enhancing the community and the world at large.
The members of the local chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. have scheduled a series of activities to encourage women empowerment, sisterhood and service. Tiahjah Smith, Vice President of the local Sorority stated, “We have planned and executed a series of initiatives specifically to celebrate the month of Rhovember. Our goal is to make a positive impact on our environment, recognize those in our schools who work hard to educate our nation’s youth, provide food to the less fortunate of our community and educate ourselves as we strive to become better, stronger women.” The month’s activities included a beach cleanup for the sorority’s International Day of Service, delivering lunch to seven educators in honor of the organization’s seven founders, a ‘Release Your Stress’ mental health forum, Poodle Yoga and a donation to the Chapter’s school breakfast feeding program earmarked for Martin Town Primary School.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven school teachers: 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. Soaring To Greater Heights Of Attainment Around The World, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., as a leading national service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.