Seven Ways to Get the Most out of Sigma
New Year’s is right around the corner! If upon reflection of this year, you found yourself wanting to get more out of our amazing sorority, I’ve made a list of seven easy steps to start you off.
Whether it’s an event hosted by an undergraduate chapter, a graduate chapter, the state, and beyond, attend as many events as possible! Sorority events are a great way to meet Sorors, new and seasoned. If you are unaware of sorority events in your area, be sure to reach out to nearby chapters.
Our sorority has by far the most inspirational members I have ever met, but you would never know that if you do not reach out to your Sorors. Active or inactive, we are still your Sorors. Lunch invitations, inquiries about future events, or just sisterly conversations can go very far.
If you know one of your sisters is an athlete, has a talent, or is a business owner, support her whenever possible! Whether it be physical, mental, emotional, financial, or spiritual, support your sisters. Our sisterhood is truly unique, and one of the ways we are able to continue to excel in sisterhood is by supporting each other.
A wise person once told me, “If you’re not networking, you’re not working.” NETWORK! We have Sorors that are very influential in their professions and/or knows someone influential in another profession. So many of our Sorors would love to help connect you to your dream career, but that opportunity cannot happen if you have not networked, followed up, and shown your best qualities.
If a leadership opportunity arises in your locally, regionally, or for nationally, definitely jump on it. Leadership opportunities help stimulate inner growth and can re-spark a passion. If you find yourself feeling like you are not getting the most out of our sorority, definitely seek out a leadership position.
Every once in a while, emails are sent out in a search for volunteers. If you are able, volunteer! This is an opportunity to not only build your resume, but to serve your sorority and meet new Sorors.
International Headquarters send emails often about webinars and training sessions. If you are available, I highly encourage you to take advantage of them. We have a history book and our Sigma Bible. If you haven’t read them yet, I highly encourage you to read them. Never stop learning!
These steps are just a start, but a surefire way to help rekindle or spark involvement in our sorority. I hope everything works out for the best and don’t forget to reach out if you need any help!
Thinking Outside the Box: Holiday Themed Informal Rush
Table covers (blue or gold)
Blue or Gold cups
Blue and Gold napkins
Keurig or hot water boiler
Chocolate & Caramel syrup
Chocolate chip cookies ( Chapter baked personally)
Water bottles (displayed like a Sigma)
This year the Alpha Beta Chapter decided to think outside the box and go with a themed informational. The Chapter decided that it wanted to make the informational not only informative but fun for all who attended. The Chapter wanted to fill the hearts of each and every interest with the holiday spirit. Our informational date was set for December 2, 2018, just in time for the holidays. We thought this was the perfect time to decorate the informational with a festive holiday theme.
The Chapter started its informational giving our guests a chance to grab snacks and hot cocoa. Introductions were given from our advisor, and each Alpha Beta member was given the opportunity to introduce themselves and how they serve the chapter. The Chapter then engaged in an ice breaker called “IntRHOduce Your Neighbor.” Our guests were able to socialize for about 3-5 minutes to get to know the person next to them. After time was called all attendees and chapter members had the opportunity to introduce the person to the left of them. This not only let us get to know those in attendance but allowed them get to know each other, as well.
After the ice breaker we got right down to business. The Anti-Basileus created a PowerPoint including information about our chapter and the Sorority as a whole. Each member of our chapter shared stories on why we chose Sigma and how it has changed and enlightened us as individuals.
The Chapter then concluded the PowerPoint and socialized with each our guests. As we were socializing, everyone was given the opportunity to be able to decorate their own christmas cookies. We provided blue and gold icing and enjoyed the delicious treats at the end of our informational.
Something that the Alpha Beta Chapter tries to uphold, is to make people feel welcomed. We wanted everyone who attended our informational to feel comfortable. A holiday themed informational brought nothing but holiday cheer to all that attended. During this holiday, we are encouraged to be joyful, charitable, generous, and kind. We wanted our informational to exhibit these characteristics. The holiday spirit invoked positive energy, good vibes, and happiness and it is our desire that it will be exploited throughout all levels of our lives.
Enjoy some our pictures!!!
Three Things to Remember When Initiating TORCH
This fall, the Tau Xi Chapter completed their first membership intake process, since its chartering. Naturally, this process had its ups and downs, and through it I gained 3 pieces of advice to keep with me.
Failure to plan is planning to fail.
The TORCH process is something that requires an intense amount of dedication and preparation. With national mandated deadlines about when certain materials are due and need to be ordered, a precise timeline of your intended TORCH process will save you headaches in the future. This timeline should include the specified dates of the mandated 42-day TORCH calendar, as well as more informal dates, such as when food for informal/formal rush should be ordered, deadlines to make decisions on venues, and get appropriate paperwork signed by your advisor or Greek Life office (if undergrad), and securing necessary personnel, like DJs and caterers.
To accompany the timeline an itemized budget should be created outlining all expected costs for the duration of the TORCH process. Some costs to include on this document are food, venues, A/V technology (if applicable), and decor. Should your chapter decide to have a neophyte presentation, this is an added expense that should be outlined as well, including costs for presentation outfits, masks , DJ’s and other items that your chapter elects to include. This itemized budget should be as specific as possible, meaning that anyone in your chapter should be able to take this list, go shopping and get everything on your list without asking many questions. Include item brand names and stores along with company names, contact info and prices. You want to make this process as easy as possible!
Remember that lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency for others.. Be as proactive as possible when initiating a TORCH process. Do not wait until the last minute to throw a plan together. Take time to thoroughly design the best plan of action that will benefit your aspirants and chapter members. Be courteous to your chapter members by giving them adequate time to gather resources to support this TORCH process.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
The TORCH process isn’t just the membership committee’s duty. It requires active participation from most chapter committees. As the membership chair, you should actively consult multiple committees like the finance, fundraising, publicity and social event committees.
Have your finance and fundraising committees help you develop your itemized budget based on your set allotment of funds and any money you plan to bring in from fundraising. Consult you social event committee to plan membership based events to gauge interest as well as to best prevent any conflicting dates between the TORCH calendar and general social events. You don’t want chapter members to be overwhelmed with too many large events to plan in a short time span. Be sure to inform your publicity committee about any pictures/videos you’d like to be taken (like at induction and neophyte presentations) as well as any publicity you’d like to curate about the TORCH process. Some of this publicity may look like a social media post inviting aspirants to informal rush or a news article highlighting the impactful community service the newly inducted sorors completed following induction.
Communication is an active act. Don’t hesitate to ask others suggestions or advice on topics you are not confident in or want more knowledge on. Your chapter is here to support you and your TORCH process. Let them.
Your children will become who you are, so be who you want them to be.
Thanksgiving Pack and Play
With the help of the Tennessee State University students and staff, the community, and past and present members of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the Alpha Beta Chapter was able to supply 75 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. We asked for money donations and collected food, baskets, basket wrap, ribbon, and created personalized notes to create the baskets. Each basket cost $12 to make. We also prepared a Thanksgiving meal for the Chapter and all of the volunteers to eat so we could fellowship and enjoy ourselves, after packing the baskets.
The items that were included in the basket were:
To make the packing go as quickly as possible, we formed an assembly line on both sides of the table and organized the food in sections. The beginning of the line handed baskets and the end of the assembly line wrapped the bags and put the ribbon and note on them. The event was very successful and people had an amazing time. We were able to help those in need and create relationships with organizations in the community. The baskets were delivered to Cumberland View affordable multi-family apartments, located in the North Nashville community.
Here are some pictures from the our event...enjoy!!!
Vision 22: A Vision Board Workshop
Christmas is a wonderful time for family bonding and remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. However, it is a great time to set your goals for the new year. A Vision Board Workshop is a great event that gives college students the opportunity to create vision boards and share their visions that they have with the group. It’s a very simple and easy event. All you need is:
Create several workstations with the supplies needed and offer refreshments to each group throughout the course of the event. Also, play music and games to liven the room and help persons to be inspired. At the end of the event, take a group photo and allow persons to socialize with each other. The Sigma Chi Chapter hosted this event and we had a great turn out. Everyone enjoyed it thoroughly and left feeling inspired with their vision boards.
Omicron Gamma Chapter
Georgia State University
“3P Plan ”
Are the events you’re having seem to be rushed, ill prepared and have small turnouts. Let me help you with the 3P plan for Fool proof events. The 3P plans is Pre-Plan, Prepare, and promote! The key to successful events is the power behind preparation. But how to start planning and when to start planning. Most schools allow a week for each organization to have exposure. Use these weeks to your chapter’s advantage. I will give you 8 tips to lead in preparations of this exposure.
Plan the semester before!
If you know you will be allowed a week the following semester use the semester before as a starting time for planning
Pick a Theme Before the Semester ends
The week should have a theme that is fun, current and relatable
Themes such as ( Tv shows , Movies, Music albums with anything that can be relatable and not played out)
Played out themes include but are not limited to – Military themes , Queens, Around the world, African themes
Think out of the box- use ideas that orgs are not using on your campus, Ideas that haven’t been used in years and Things that can be easily executed.
Create a list of event ideas to vote from
Events should be linked to them and intriguing
Events should be realistic with your campus ( don’t think too big or too small)
Week events should include at least –
One promotional event ( a plaza event or somewhere tabling about week events to come)
One social event
Two events that relate to Sorority projects/initiatives
One event involving outside speaker
One Community service
Vote on events and make develop a plan using an Event proposal model
Event proposal should include and answer all applying questions
Event title and detailed description of the event:
Perspective Date and two alternatives:
Time and two alternatives:
Location you would like to hold the event and two alternatives:
Detailed perspective Budget (what will you need item by item and from where would you like them to be purchased) :
Purpose of the event:
Organization / speaker collaboration:
Organization / speaker contact:
Organization / speakers role in the event (please be as descriptive as possible):
Send all events to advisor for approval on budget
Reserve all the spaces you want as soon as possible to avoid last minute scrambling
Create Flyers with events theme in mind
Should have a week flyer of all the events and flyers for each event
Flyers should include
Week theme ( with a twist to make it relate to the sorority)
Details that can be edited later on
APPEALING captions with hashtags
Eventbrite tickets if social event to get a head count for turn-out
Flyers should be done at least a month in advance of the events so that you will be able to promote at any given time (it is ideal to create flyers as soon as events are approved.)
Promote Promote Promote!
Promotion should begin at least 2 weeks before event week
Promotions should include but not limited to
Card/ party sized flyers/handouts (of the week flyer with all events)
Social media blast (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, GroupMe)
Email blast by institution
Personal invitations to other orgs on campus (non-Greek, scholarly)
Promotional videos (that have been approved by advisors)
Sigma Chi Chapter (Nassau, Bahamas)
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Project Cradle Care Gift Basket/Box
A gift basket is a perfect gift for a Mom-To-Be on your University’s campus. Choose Mom-To-Be on your campus as a service project and gather items for a gift basket that will make a soon to be mom’s day! If possible, find out the sex of the child so that the basket can have a theme. Not only will this be an awesome surprise, but it fits into one of Sigma Gamma Rho’s national initiatives. “Project CRADLE Care” is a prenatal education and resource program that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and prenatal care and who better understand proper infant care and child development. So what are your first steps?
In the gift basket, you can include:
Pamphlets on Prenatal and Postnatal care
Then, write a note to the young lady/ladies from your chapter. This will not only show the young lady that you care , but it also fulfills the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
A perfect treat for Courtyards, Fundraisers, Festivals, Events, AND MORE!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 10 cups of popcorn
8 cups of popped popcorn
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 cup of salted caramel chips
1 ½ tablespoons for coconut oil
½ cup of Reese’s Pieces
½ halved Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
½-1 teaspoon of course ground sea (table salt works as well)
Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.
Stir together the popcorn and marshmallows in a large bowl.
Place the salted caramel chips and 1 Tablespoon coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Add the additional 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil and stir again until melted and creamy. Pour over the popcorn and stir until everything is coated.
Dump the popcorn onto the prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the candies and sea salt. Gently toss and move the mixture around. Add the remaining candies and sea salt to the top. Place the pan in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Remove and break into chunks.
Pack in blue and yellow baggies!
*We made a batch with M&M’s and pretzel pieces for people with peanut allergies. *
SEVEN STEP & STROLL SUBJECTS EVERY STEP MISTRESS SHOULD KNOW
By: Stephanie Brinkley, Esq., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. – Southeastern Region Legal Advisor
From the “Greek Sings” of the early 1900’s to the modern day stroll-off, step and stroll exhibitions have become centerpieces of the Greek landscape. Although many Latin, multicultural and non-traditional dance teams have adopted forms of step in their routines, the National Pan-Hellenic Council continues to be the leader in advancing and protecting this cultural art form.
Here in the Southeastern Region of Sigma Gamma Rho, we have found great success in using step and stroll shows as a platform to highlight our unique style, talents and history. More specifically, our teams have confidently secured “Ws” (and notoriety) all over the country by ensuring the following elements are in their performances.
DRESS FOR SUCCESSWhen your team hits the stage, it should be clear from your appearance that Sigma Gamma Rho is about to dominate!
Embrace the gold in your costuming.
Wear shoes with a safe, but loud heel and sole (i.e. no combat boots…not only are they not aesthetically pleasing, but rubber soled flat boots are not loud on any stage).
Wear breathable, but controlling undergarments that keep everything in place.
Make-up and hair should be neat (if wigs are worn, make sure they are secured).
If performing in a large stage show, consider brightly colored make-up and accessories.
A/V WORKING FOR, NOT AGAINST YOUNothing loses an audience’s attention faster than a video that does not connect with the theme or is poorly executed. And every step mistress dreads the possibility that when her team hits the stage the music won’t play. Avoid audio-visual missteps.
Do not over rely on a video to make your theme make sense.
Make sure your music and video are high quality. If budget and time permit, use a professional videographer or music studio
Be sure to have multiple copies of your video and music on multiple mediums (e.g. saved on a flash drive, stored in a cloud-based tool and saved on a DVD).
Select songs that will connect with your audience, and that do not include profanity, racial slurs, or degrading or sexually suggestive lyrics (I am told that we make somewhat of an exception for Shake That Monkey…however, this officer is still reviewing the lyrics. #SideEye)
CONFIDENCE WINS SHOWSRemember, this is a performance! Showmanship counts. Seize the opportunity to be (reasonably) over the top and sell Sigma to the crowd (haters included).
Work on facial expressions and talking parts as a team. Consider practicing in front of a mirror.
Remind team members that if they mess up, they must smile and keep going.
Perform for the people in the very back of the room – make sure your movements are large, your words are clear. Represent Sigma boldly!
If a stunt is not coming together, a chant is lackluster or a cane routine is sloppy, take it out of the show! Only present show elements that are of high Sigma quality. If in doubt, take it out. Either the step/stroll mistress can make the call, or decide as a team.
When you get on stage, you should look the same in costume and in movements.
Step and stroll shows can be stressful on even the most experienced teams. If there is a conflict, work through it. Your team will be made stronger by your ability to bounce back from a moment of tension.
THEMED TO WIN
Do include the overall theme of the show in your presentation (e.g. if the show’s theme is “Embracing the Legacy” think of a unique way to add this to your presentation).
Do include history about the Sorority.
Do not use the show as a place to degrade (or even mention, for that matter) any other organization. It’s not about them…it’s all about the Royal Blue and Gold.
We are well known for The Sigma Lean. If your team can execute this confidently, safely and precisely, help us strengthen our brand by putting The Sigma Lean in your next show.
(PERFECT) PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Avoid practice distractions – do not invite inactive sorors or special guests to your practices.
Set reasonable practice dates and times, and avoid last minute date and/or time changes.
If someone cannot make it to multiple practices, consider whether or not they will be show ready in time and make adjustments as needed.
Run your step or stroll performance full-out several times (e.g. full energy, doing all moves as you will on show day). This will test your team’s endurance to get through the entire show without stopping.
A few days before the big show, do a full dress rehearsal where all costume pieces are worn, music and videos are used, and props are in place.
BE SAFE…AND HAVE FUN!
Building a step team is a great way to boost Chapter morale and build lasting Sigma relationships. No matter what the outcome of the show is, keep your team members close and use this as an opportunity to connect.
Plan to eat together before and after practices and shows. And uplift each other through the sometimes long and challenging practices.
Only practice in secure places with appropriate lighting and security (e.g. on-campus rooms). Practicing on public streets or garages where this is heavy traffic is not recommended.
Undergraduate teams – Invite your grad chapter members to your final dress rehearsal to watch your show.
Invite Sorors to the performance. Give ample notice and details on how to buy tickets. Always thank Sorors for their support and invite non-financial Sorors to reactivate and come home to Sigma.
** REMEMBER, STEP SHOWS NEED REGIONAL LEGAL ADVISOR APPROVAL. YARD SHOWS AND NEW MEMBER PRESENTATIONS REQUIRE APPROVAL FROM THE GRADUATE CHAPTER ADVISOR.
HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT STEP SHOW APPROVALS?E-MAIL SOUTHEASTLEGAL@SGRHO1922.ORG.
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First and foremost, I bring to you greetings from the “Glamorous and Fly” Gamma Xi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. The poodles here at Florida Memorial University work diligently together on recruiting new members and working hard for the good Sigma. We are big on living by the principles, “Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service.”
Right after making their special presentation to the campus, the neophytes of Spring 2018 began working by giving back their service. Their first community service was at the “Million Meal Pack.” The event is put together by the Miami Dolphins and AARP. The objective of the event was to pack over 1 million meals to be delivered by U.S. Hunger to adults in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The volunteers were able to pack 1,017,504 meals. I found the event to be very enjoyable and entertaining. One thing about giving back your time, is the joy you find in it!
The event began with thousands of people in an assembly line. We combined ingredients and nutrients to make the meals. The best part about the event was competing with the other tables to see who would make the most meals within the time span. We also got the opportunity to engage with players from the Miami Dolphins team.
It was definitely a pleasure knowing that we helped fed thousands of people within the community!