History

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades 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.

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.

 

For further information, visit the Sorority website at www.sgrho1922.org.

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Gamma Tau Sigma

Alumnae Chapter

Gamma Tau Sigma, an Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., was chartered on December 26, 1964 in Long Beach, California under the leadership of Soror Zephyr Gill, former Western Region Syntaktes.  GTS was chartered by 10 sorors: Shirley Addison, Gervice Brown, Ethledra Claxton, Arnette Deering, Brenda Hicks, Claudia Hyman, Barbara Keesee, Merry Miles, Rosalind Mills, and Barbara L. Smith.  GTS was formed to serve as the advising chapter for the undergraduate chapter, Gamma Kappa, at California State University, Long Beach which Gamma Tau Sigma still advises today.  We have recently taken over the advisement of the undergraduate chapter, Omicron Rho, at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Additionally, we serve over thirty young women and girls continuously throughout the year through our Rhoer and Rhosebud Clubs.

 

Currently, Gamma Tau Sigma has an active membership of over 50 sorors and continues to grow in membership.  The chapter has received a number of awards and honors including the recent 2020 Western Region Chapter of the Year. 

For more information, visit www.sgrholongbeach.com.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

- Muhammad Ali

 

Long Beach Sigma Pearls Foundation 

The Long Beach Sigma Pearls Foundation (The Foundation) was established in 2010. The Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) established to support the programs of Gamma Tau Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.  The Foundation is charged with maintaining and enhancing the existing academic and social programs geared toward at-risk youth to expand their knowledge base which will provide them with life skills training and financial literacy, as well as, establishing an endowment fund which will provide scholarships to financially needy college-bound students.

Since its inception The Foundation has sponsored/participated in a myriad of service projects and social media campaigns which include:

  • Swim1922

  • Operation BigBookBag

  • St. Jude Run/Walk

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness

  • National Voter Registration

  • Breast Cancer Awareness

  • Partner/Domestic Violence Awareness

  • National Prematurity Awareness

  • World AIDS Day

  • Project CRADLE Care

  • National Birth Defects Prevention

  • National American Heart Month

  • Annual Youth Symposium

  • March for Babies

  • Denim DAY for Domestic Violence

  • Mental Health Awareness

  • WeeSavers

  • Buckle Up America

  • Mwanimugimu Essay Writing Contest

The Foundation continues to support local service projects and other like-minded foundations.  As a direct result of our continued fundraising and charitable donations from our supporters, The Foundation also continues to award several financial scholarships each year to worthy yet academically worthy youth in the Long Beach area. 

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