how it started...
SEVEN YOUNG WOMEN, ONE UNITED VISION
Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven educators.
Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian Irene White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin and Cubena McClure came together to create an organization that would change the world.
From the very beginning, Sigma Gamma Rho was focused on two things: service and education. This is exemplified both in the sorority’s original motto, “Not for ourselves, but for others,” as well as its current guiding principle, “Greater service, greater progress.”
As a leading national service organization, Sigma Gamma Rho has always met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.
Eta Sigma Chapter, The Heart and Soul of Atlanta, is a staple of the Atlanta community. We cherish our partnerships with non-profit organizations, our efforts in increasing voter registration and in the most recent elections and the legacy of our Debutante Ball and Founders' Day Luncheon. We continue the legacy of our Sisterhood in partnership with our Affiliates: the Philos, Rhoers and Rhosebuds.
We are preparing to celebrate 100 years in the Atlanta community, highlighting the past and present, and the commitment of another 100 years of public service!
In addition, we are generationally rich. Our members range in their 20's to our most seasoned soror who is soon to be 100 years of age! Eta Sigma flourishes from creative
"out of the box" thinking, maintaining tradition and the wisdom of our Seasoned Sorors.
how it's going...
From seven young educators to an international service organization, here are some quick facts about Sigma Gamma Rho.
NOVEMBER 12, 1922 AT BUTLER UNIVERSITY
YELLOW TEA ROSE
ROYAL BLUE AND GOLD
GREATER SERVICE, GREATER PROGRESS
We visualize a world in
which all women and their
families reach their full
potential in all aspects of life
and are able to create unlimited
opportunities for future generations.