Greetings from the President
Hello Sorors, Rhoers, Philos, Gents, and visitors. Welcome to the GlamoRHOus Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. website.
Gamma Zeta chapter “GZ” was chartered on April 6, 1963 at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) by 4 magnificent women Sorors Myrtle Bryant, Barbara Pervine, Doris Ferguson and Mary Smith. While the chapter has had to deal with the pressures of IUPUI being a commuter campus and Greek life not being as prominent as it should on the campus, GZ has always strived to keep the Sigma Torch shining bright on the campus and to always make sure that the campus knows what Sigma Gamma Rho is about and that we are here to stay. Since the last reactivation on December 19, 1998 with the induction of Soror Catina Harris, the chapter has never lost sight of the sorority’s “Greater Service, Greater Progress” slogan.
While the RHOad that our founders paved was not easy, we continue to excel and succeed. We pride ourselves on education seeing as if all SEVEN of our illustrious founders were educators.
We have a full calendar lined up for the 2012-2013 sorority year. We would love to have you come out to our events ranging from: community service, social, educational, and fundraising. Gamma Zeta participates in at least one community service a month. We hope that you enjoyed our website and if any questions, comments, or concerns arise our contact information is under the contacts link.
Charnel L. Forbes
Gamma Zeta Chapter
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated was founded on November 12, 1922 on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. It's founders were seven young, African-American women who sought to achieve 'Greater Service, Greater Progress' in their communities through the trinity of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service. These women include Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Bessie M. Downey Martin, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Cubena McClure, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside and our only living founder, Vivian White Marbury, who lived in Indianapolis, IN. before passing.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, although founded in 1922, did not become incorporated until December 30, 1929. The organization belongs to the National Pan-Hellenic Council along with eight other Historically Black Greek Organizations. These include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated proudly boasts a membership of over 72,000 members with over 400 chapters in the United States, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. If you wish to learn more about our prestigious organization, please visit our International Sigma Gamma Rho Web Page.