Recharging Your SPG Battery by Linda Bullington, International Vice President

Have you ever had a day that seemed to drag on forever?  I bet it wasn’t a day spent with sorority Sisters!  Days spent with sorority Sisters pass too quickly!  You look forward to having fun with your Sisters.  You talk, laugh, go somewhere fun, do something fun, sometimes sit quietly together just sharing the togetherness and sometimes share a sad moment.  Sharing is caring.  This time spent together, recharges my sorority battery and makes me grateful that I joined SPG!
I recharged my sorority battery just this weekend, by attending Omega Province.  The friendship and Sisterhood I enjoyed this weekend, will carry me till I share a weekend at Chi Province in February.  I’m looking forward to being with my Chi Province sorority Sisters soon!  After that, I’ll look to March where I’ll spend the weekend with my Iota Sisters!  That Province will be extra special because my Mom will be initiated; my Mom will become a sorority Sister!  Following quickly after that, in June, will be SPG International Convention; our 100th anniversary will be celebrated in St. Louis, Missouri.  What a milestone!
Province weekends, service projects, social gatherings, Ways & Means events and Business Meetings are small recharges of my sorority battery.  International is a major recharge!  These recharges, keep me going!  Keep me looking ahead to see what’s coming next!
If you’re a sorority Sister, join in, every chance you get!  If your not, consider joining today.  The sooner your join, the sooner you can enjoy the battery recharges!

100-Year Anniversary Celebrations by Noni Gauder

Our Sigma Phi Gamma 100-year anniversary is such a great accomplishment.  Isn’t it wonderful that we can celebrate it together!

Have you ever thought you would like to have talked with our Founders during the time they were forming SPG?  I wonder what gave those dedicated ladies the perseverance and fortitude for their planning.  Could it have been another special event that was finally happening in 1920?  After many decades of woman suffrage supporters lecturing, marching, lobbying and some being cruelly jailed, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920.  The 19th Amendment guarantees American women the right to vote.  Women voted for a president three months later.  Yea!!!  This may not have happened if it hadn’t been for strong women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul and Harriet Tubman, to name just a few.

Three-fourths of the states’ approval was needed for ratification.  Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify but that was a little iffy at the time.  Harry T. Burn represented his county in the Tennessee House of Representatives and he had thought he might vote against the passing.  But encouraged by a letter from his mother, his yes vote broke a tie vote and the amendment was ratified.  Hurray for Harry!!  So glad he was listening to his mother.

It’s been only 100 years of women voting.  Wow!  I don’t know about you, but when I go to the polls, I rarely think about all the hardships that suffragists had endured so that I may have my voting privileges.

In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment and celebration of those courageous suffragists, we should vote and vote every election.  It is our duty as Americans.

SPG Sisters @ Sea by Vice President Linda Bullington

Recipe For Fun
Start with 10 SPG Sisters
Add 6 friends and/or family
Choose location: Miami/Cozumel/Key West
Pick date: Jan 4-9
Pick method of transport: car/shuttle/ship
Matching travel shirts and e-BUDDIE?  Check!!
Depart: 7:30am
First stop: Panera for breakfast
Second stop: Parking garage in Miami
Next: Shuttle to the ship!
Clear customs
Board ship!
Daily theme?  Check (lucky 7, hats, ties, glow sticks, flashing glasses)
Door decorations?  Check
Unlimited premium beverage package?  Check
Delicious food?  Check!
Special food requests catered to?  Check (No garlic for Lou Young, no mango or avocado for Crystal Smith)
Desserts-Check (more than a person should eat!)
Funny cruise games?  Check (Beth Beckham won @ not saying yes or no during a very active conversation w/the cruise activity director)
Bingo winner?  Yes ( Me!)
Casino winner(s)?  Yes!  (Della Kochert won more than the cost of her cruise, Carole Causey-Hazelgrove was a winner too!)
Nightly live theater productions?  Check
Silent disco?  Check!  So much fun!!
ABBA party?  Check!
Wine tasting/food pairing class?  Check (Chris Wilkins, Barb Dempsey & others)
An anniversary?  Check!  (Becky & Don Frye)
First time cruiser?  Check!  (Theresa Caterson)
Mayan ruin tour?  Check!
Tequila Factory tour?  Check!
5th Ave shopping tour?  Check (Mexican style)
Hop On/Hop Off Key West Tour?  Check!
Prospective Pledges?  Possibly 2 of the ladies that were friends/family joining in on the fun!
Would I go again?  Yes!
SPG Sisters @ Sea!

As a Reminder – What is a 501(c)(7)? By Mary Ann Tuer, International Secretary/Treasurer

Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Inc. is considered a “social/friendship club” and was organized for pleasure, recreation and other non-profitable purposes by our Founders in 1920.  Generally, social clubs are membership organizations primarily supported by dues, fees, charges or other funds paid by their members.

The main difference between a 501(c)(7) and 501(c)(3) is that any money or goods received from our members or outside sources are NOT tax deductible.  When looking for donations from businesses or other sources, make sure you tell them that we are a (c)7 and NOT (c)3.

Also, I believe there is a misconception about being “exempt”. “Exempt” does not mean that a Chapter or Province does not pay sales taxes.  Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Inc. as a whole is exempt from paying taxes (Federal), but even I pay taxes for everything purchased for the business office.

Did you know that our Bylaws (governing instrument) may not contain a provision that provides for discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color or religion?  I was not aware of this – but fortunately this is not something Sigma Phi Gamma has to worry about since we do not have any of these provisions and we are a “friendship” organization that welcomes those who want to join.

Lastly, any net earnings of this organization may not inure to the benefit of any person (member or their family members) having a personal or private interest in its activities.  This is why none of the monies earned can go directly to a Sister in need.

Remember, before you commit to a function or a meeting place where they are requesting your non-profit status, make sure you tell them we are a 501(c)(7) so there is no confusion at the end of the day.  I have a copy of the IRS letter stating our exempt status in the business office if you ever have to produce it.

Just know I am a phone call away if you ever have any questions.  Mary Ann