SPG – Making Connections Deb Jurachich, International President

Dale Carnegie wrote in his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” After reading this, you know me, I began to wonder, how do we connect with people? While researching, I found an article in Forbes Magazine titled, The Seven Pillars of Connecting with Absolutely Anyone. The seven pillars are:
1. Be genuine. Have genuine interest in a person to make a connection.
2. Provide massive help. How can I help?
3. Pay ridiculous attention. Learn what matters to a person.
4. Connect with people close to them. Network and connect with people you see regularly.
5. Persistence wins most battles. Try multiple times to connect with people.
6. Make real friends. This is the Golden Rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
7. Remain unforgettable. Send cards, notes, emails, or go the extra mile to connect.
The bottom line is by helping others we are making connections. This is Sigma Phi Gamma! Our organization engages in all seven pillars, proudly. It is what makes this organization very special. So, let’s take this one step further . . . connect and share with other women the ideals of SPG. Let’s see where it will take us!
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Did you know that Sigma Phi’s can do anything they set their mind to? We are doing new things every day. Some of you may know that Sigma Phi Gamma had its first ever virtual VIO.
The east coast was having very strong storms. I had booked a 6:00 am flight from Cincinnati, Ohio to Providence RI. I was going to arrive at about 10:00 and do a little bit of sight seeing in the area before meeting counsel for dinner. Well, unfortunately my flight was cancelled and could not be rescheduled until a 10:00 pm arrival time. In the mean time I spoke with Liz Cochrane and Deb Juracich. Both suggested that I not try to go because the weather was not getting better anytime soon. Disappointed was just the start. I felt terrible that I was unable to join my sisters in Phi Province. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how I was going to get to Massachusetts. I just knew I could get there: Storm or not!!
Well, I don’t give up easily, but mother nature is a tough adversary. It was an opportunity to try something new. My wonderful sisters from Phi Province included me in their council meeting on Friday evening via Zoom. Zoom is a program that allowed me to join the counsel meeting via the computer. This is the same technology the International Council uses to have meetings throughout the year. Following the meeting we set plans to do the same for the Province meeting held on Saturday. It wasn’t the same as being able to give and receive hugs, but it was a good alternative, and nothing stops a Sigma Phi.

Nothing Stops a Sigma Phi.
Sigma Phi Wins!!
Debbie Henize, International Historian

The Voice and Saying Yes to New Sisters Donna Collins, International Counselor

My husband and I love to watch the television show “The Voice.” Tonight as we watched the blind auditions I thought about how potential new members are approached or looked over and dismissed. Do we go into conversations with an open mind or do we close off opportunities through our own biases or discomfort (lack of confidence or inferiority, etc.)
Think about these points for a minute:
• What about the young woman with two small kids in tow, an older car, and broken sandal straps? I remember being that woman and would have given anything to have had SPG in my life at 25 to offer advice, cheer me on, and take me away a couple of times a month for a meeting or social.
• The cashier at the supermart – does she look like me or my Sisters, or is her skin and ethnicity different than mine? Don’t hesitate — reach out, tell her about SPG, it will be so worth it.
• Consider the physician who seems to have it all and might just need a bunch of girl friends or sorority Sisters in her life? Does her position of assumed wealth hold you back — stop it already, talk to her about SPG.
• The woman who has been divorced twice, drinks a bit too much, and cusses like a sailor, what about her joining your Chapter? Yep, she will be your best friend on skit night or at convention.
What if we recruited members like “The Voice” holds blind auditions?
• You can’t see the person’s clothes, car, skin color, or bad habits.
• You can hear a voice and learn about the woman’s hopes and dreams without judging.
• You are able to take a chance, find a connection, and move on to the ‘ask’ and invite this woman to a social or service project.
• You get to know her and realize she has much to offer and ask her to join Sigma Phi Gamma.
So in the tradition of “The Voice” – turn your chair around, take a chance on choosing the next best Sister for your Chapter and our entire organization. I don’t know about you, but thinking about joining “The Voice” coaches sounds great – who doesn’t want to have a good time with Blake, Adam, Alicia, and Kelly!?!!

SPG Live Deb Jurachich-International President

Sigma Phi Gamma is featuring our Sisters at their Province meetings through Facebook Live! It has been great to see our Sisters smiling faces, and everyone having fun. Facebook Live is another way for us to stay connected. Some may ask, “So what is Facebook Live?” It is a video that streams (is seen) live on Facebook (a social networking site that is free and available to everyone with an email address). This is an opportunity for SPG Sisters to share with other Sisters on Facebook.
So how do you do you get in on the action if you have a Facebook account? Want to Facebook Live at your next social or service project?
Here’s how:
1. Open Facebook.
2. Tap “What’s on your mind” at the top of the News Feed.
3. Select “Live Video” from dropdown menu.
4. Add a short description (Psi Chapter Social) and choose your audience (who do you want to know about this) before hitting “Go Live.” There will be a red icon at the top left-hand corner with word “Live” next to icon.
Helpful Tips:
1. Let Sisters know when you are going Live. What date, time (time zone too), and your Facebook name – so they know where to go on Facebook to see the live feed.
2. While broadcasting, keep reintroducing yourself, telling people where you are and what’s happening.
3. When panning a room or location go slowly – otherwise everything is a blur.
4. Encourage viewers to Like and Share the video that results from you being Live!
5. Engage people at your event – encourage them to introduce themselves, say hello, and share what’s happening from their perspective. It is so much fun to be interactive with everyone.
6. As you prepare to end your Facebook Live session – let the viewers know you are ready to sign off – and then thank them for joining you and say goodbye.
7. After the Facebook Live feed/broadcast ends, Facebook creates a video and it is published to your Facebook page.
Try it so we can see what your Chapter is doing? Looking forward to “seeing” you on Facebook!

Counselor, Cheerleader, Communicator! Donna Collins, International Counselor 2017-2018

I’ve given much thought lately to the role of Counselor in Sigma Phi Gamma at the Chapter, Province, and International levels. While each organization has their own set of rules for the Counselor. To follow is a general description from my viewpoint:
A Chapter Counselor works to help all officers fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Usually by the time a Sister serves as Counselor she has held most elected offices and chaired many committees. The Chapter Counselor is a wealth of knowledge!
The Province Counselor usually maintains ritualistic materials, reports the death of a Sister to the International business office, coordinates the Memorial services, assists Chapters and the Province Council. The Counselor offers support by helping the officers stay on top of many tasks throughout the year by encouraging their organization and cheering them on!

At the International level the Counselor is a member of the International Council along with the President, Vice President, Organizer, Editor, Historian, Service Secretary (all elected) and the Secretary/Treasurer (part-time staff professional). The International Counselor also serves as the Bylaws and Advisory Committee Chairs. The rules also say that a current or past International Counselor can serve as International Parliamentarian. And of course, as Counselor the role includes supporting the International President and her team, as well as members who seek guidance from Chapters and Provinces.

The office of Counselor feels a bit like being a ‘Big Sister.’ You want your Sisters to soar, succeed, and grow to serve the organization as you have, only better. That’s how I feel having been a Province Counselor and the current International Counselor. When our International President, Deb Juracich, tries something new, introduces a new way of communicating, or a dozen other things I feel so proud of her. That’s my job too – to cheer, encourage, support, and love her ideas and help her succeed. The International Counselor, when successful, is selfless and supports others so that they can know their own gifts and skills at deeper levels.

It is so rewarding to see the women of Sigma Phi Gamma step up to leadership. It is evident at our Province meetings where women are accepting leadership roles as President, Secretary, Editor, and Organizer. The same happens each year in our Chapters. And of course, this summer you will elect the next class of International Officers. I hope you’ll think about how good it will feel when you achieve the role of Counselor – it means you have participated fully, done your part, and earned your Cheer Captain star!