Sisters—I have a beautiful network of ladies that share good times and sympathize with me in my hard times. It is really wonderful to be a part of an organization of like-minded women that share my enthusiasm and love for our sorority. When I joined Sigma Phi Gamma, I knew only a couple of the ladies in my own chapter. As time went on I met more and more women in ever-expanding areas that opened up my world to new ideas, new friendships, and new camaraderie in many areas of my life. I am truly thankful for that.
Opportunity—Being a member of this sorority has provided me with so many learning opportunities. If I hadn’t been associated with Sigma Phi I would probably never have planned an event, met the lovely women I have met throughout the United States and Canada, traveled to cities I had never experienced before, heard about the wonderful organizations that we serve and give money to, and I certainly would never have found that I can be a leader among women. With your encouragement and support, I feel that you, my sisters, have provided me with a unique opportunity to serve. Thank you for that.
Recreation—As many of you may have done, I originally joined when I had a toddler at home and another baby on the way. At that time, sorority was a way to get out of the house at least one evening a month and have some adult conversation and laughs with friends. This, of course, became so much more as time went on, but I still have a great time ANY time I am with my sorority sisters…no matter if we are attending a social function or working our butts off to have a successful fundraiser.
Officer duties—I truly love being an International Officer. But I wouldn’t have been here except for being a Province Officer first. When I first became Province Secretary, I had two very young children at home and worked full time, plus my husband and I had a home-based business on the side. I wasn’t sure I was ready. But with the support of my chapter and my family I was successful and moved on to be Province President—TWICE! It was when I became a Province Officer that I truly realized the huge scope of Sigma Phi Gamma. It was an eye-opening experience and I am thankful that I took that step so that I could learn so much more about our wonderful organization. And at the International level, my world has expanded even more.
Reaching out—When I joined sorority, I not only joined to make new friends, I joined because it was an opportunity to reach out to my community and serve. Giving back is one of the things we Sigma Phi’s do so well. Sometimes we are only able to give small amounts, of both money and/or time—but with each member giving or raising that small amount, it adds up to a big contribution. As International Service Secretary, I have had the opportunity to truly see the generosity you all have. Be proud of that.
Intrinsic rewards—The feeling of satisfaction that comes with another event finished (especially when it is successful) is priceless. The groups that we donate to are always truly grateful for our service or our gifts, but the inner glow that each sister feels after giving of herself is irreplaceable.
Tradition—The rich history of our sorority is impressive. I am a member of Upsilon Province to which Violet Petit Tindall, one of our Founders, transferred. I had the honor to meet her and talk with her several times. She was a lovely woman and was truly awed by the influence Sigma Phi Gamma has had over our nearly 100 years of existence. I know that many of our chapters have modified our rituals to suit more modern needs—and Violet completely approved of this—but it is really nice that, even with modifications, the “bones” of our rituals remain and will always remain. When I think that our Pledge and Creed were written decades ago and still stand true, it gives me a feeling of pride in who we are and what we do.
Yes attitude—The sisters that I know and the ones I will meet in the future that belong to Sigma Phi Gamma have a “yes” attitude. We all strive to give our best and we all continue to improve and expand the workings and influence of our beloved sorority. This truly makes me feel proud to be a part of this group.
So that is a little bit about why I love Sigma Phi Gamma—