November 17, 2009
From November 8 to November 13, the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho hosted their founder's week. Sigma Gamma Rho was founded November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis.
The ladies of the Omicron Lambda chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho invited the entire campus to a variety of events to celebrate founder’s week; events focused on the theme of their sorority motto, “Greater Service, Greater progress,” an idea that every Sigma woman should embrace and exemplify, with an iPod spin.
“We put on events that we feltthat the Rollins community would enjoy and also learn from,” said Tocarra Mallard (Class of 2010) vice president of the Omicron Lambda chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho. “Since we are the only historically black sorority on this campus, people outside our organization can get very confused by the things that we do, starting our events at 9:22 for example. We hope to inspire other organizations to put a lot of emphasis on when they were founded and what it means.”
The purpose of the events were to celebrate the seven founders of the organization by providing social, educational and community service throughout the week. The celebration kicked off with the event iPray, where sorors attended a church service followed by a luncheon. The week proceeded with iPod Shuffle, the SGRho step show, iLead, the educational “Divine 9 101” info session, iWin, the Greek spin on Family Feud, iCelebrate, the birthday celebration, and ended with iServe, where SGRho volunteered at the Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art.
“I hope people understand how excited we are to educate our community about our traditions,” said Mallard. “We also hope that we have inspired smaller organizations to go for it and put on the programming they want to present. There are only six lovely ladies in my organization, and created a full week of successful programming. You can do anything you want to in the name of service to the Rollins community.”
-Mary Neville (Class of 2013)