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February 2019 Issue
Greetings Sorors,
 
Welcome to the fourth edition of the GPS Gazette, we hope the information we’ve shared has kept you connected with the sisterhood. We’ve enjoyed seeing you at our events and appreciate the support. 
 
Please continue to follow along on this journey with us and remember we are only a phone call, text or email away. 

 

In Sisterhood and Service,

 

Soror Tanya E. Jefferson, Anti-Basileus
antibasileus@sgrhomilwaukee.org
 

One Goal. One Passion. Membership!!!

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Soror Spotlight...

Soror Jerrilynn Freelon, LM #762 & Ruby Member
1. When and where were you inducted into SGRHO?
I was inducted into Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., through the Epsilon Tau Chapter at Alcorn State University in 1979. 
 
2. What is your educational and professional background?
I obtained my undergraduate degree in Economics from Alcorn State University and an MBA from Marquette University. Before retiring in 2018, I worked 39 years as an HR professional with Northwestern Mutual; a financial services company. 
 
3. Why did you join SGRHO?
I joined Sigma Gamma Rho because I viewed the members as professional women who carried themselves exceptionally well. There was always lots of camaraderie among the members, they were always on the Dean's list, in leadership roles and they cared and respected each other. 

Also, all new inductees participated in step shows and the SGRHO's always had the baddest step shows. 

4. What inspires you to continue being an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.? 
With the support of seasoned sorors in GPS, I was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Basileus before I turned 30 years old. With their guidance, I gained essential leadership skills that I was able to transfer into my professional life.

5. What has been GPS's biggest accomplishments in the last 7 years? 
Our biggest accomplishment has been our ability to give scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors. We have shown our ability to make scholarships something we care about and are committed to.  

6. What advice would you give inactive Sorors thinking of reactivating? 
I would say to those Sorors, "find your niche’; find where you fit in."

I would ask those who have not been active since undergrad, to acknowledge that during that time, you only saw life through your own lenses and encourage them to come and see that being a graduate soror is different than being an undergraduate soror.
 
7. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Last year I spent 2 weeks on a Mediterranean Cruise where I walked the streets of Rome and was able to see the work of Michaelangelo first-hand in the Sistine Chapel.  
 
8. What are your 3 favorite movies?
My 3 favorite movies are Princess Diaries, This Christmas and Selma. 
 
9. If someone made a movie about your life, would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? 
If someone made a movie about my life, it would be a comedy. Some people misperceive me as being serious, dramatic and all about the business, but I can find the humor in everything.
 
10. What is your favorite quote or scripture?
My favorite scripture is Matthew 18:20. The most profound words in that scripture states "Where two or more are gathered in My name, there I am with them." So I say to you, you are not alone. Find likeminded individuals and move mountains together.  
 
If I could share a great quote, it would be “Real queens straighten each other’s crowns."


11. A little-known fact about Soror Freelon: 
At 9 years old she met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he stopped in her hometown to camp out while marching through the South. During his stay, he spoke at the church where her family attended. This shaped her life and understanding and helped her know that she had more to offer. 
 
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A Historical Inaugural Moment
GPS Basileus Bridget Robinson and Soror Tushunda Wright attended the 2019 Inaugural Gala for Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes. 
"The gravity of this moment is not lost on me, being the first statewide elected official of color since Vel Phillips." ~Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
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What we've been up to...
The Unveiling of Phenomenal RHOyalty...
"to our sisterhood, we bid you welcome"
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Celebrate the 22nd!!!
Happy 22nd!!!!!
We "Celebrated the 22nd" of January with a "Bowling with the Poodles" event.


Sorors, Philos and Guests braved the 1st snowstorm of the season for some fun. 
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Affiliates Corner
Gamma Pi Sigma Philo Affiliate
On January 9, 2019, Gamma Pi Sigma's Philo Affiliate conducted its 1st ever community event. "A Community Baby Shower" under Sigma Gamma Rho's national initiative, Project Cradle Care. It was a successful event where 7 families were serviced with baby items. Mother's were given a pamper me gift for attending.

Participants witnessed:
  • Philo President Chandra Morris give a presentation on SIDS
  • Philo Affiliate Member Tiffany Pitts-Lewis, Certified Doula, shared the benefits of Doula services to women before, during, or after childbirth. 
  • Representatives from the Milwaukee Health Department were on hand to share important information about the Safe Kids Program, its Suicide Prevention Program and 4C's services.  
 
Follow the GPS Philo Affiliate on Facebook @ gpisigmaphilos
 Philo Advisor, Soror Tawanda Frazier: philoadvisor@sgrhomilwaukee.org  
 Rhoer Advisor, Soror Deronda Aikens: rhoer@sgrhomilwaukee.org
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Did you know?
Soror Robyn R. Rodgers
Central Region Nominations Chair 
  • Inducted: Spring 2010; Iota Psi Sigma Alumnae Chapter
  • Occupation: Social Worker
  • Educational Background:
    • Bachelors in Management/Communication from Concordia University
  • Offices Previously Held: 
    • Local Offices
      • Parliamentarian
      • Rhoer Advisor
      • Anti-Grammateus
      • NPHC-Milwaukee (Current Secretary) 
    • Regional Offices
      • Central Region Protocol Committee
      • Area VI Coordinator 
    • National Offices
      • Chair of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies
  • Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you." 
Message to Inactive Sorors:
Sigma work is never done, just come on home.
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What's Happening Next....
Celebrate the 22nd
  • What: Line Dancing with the Poodles
  • When: Friday, February 22nd
  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Where: Shalom High School 1749 N. 16th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205
  • Cost: Free
RSVP: antibasileus@sgrhomilwaukee.org by February 15, 2019 
 
Save-the-Dates:
February 23, 2019 - Black History Quiz Bowl
March 9, 2019-Youth Symposium
March 23, 2019 - GPS 56th Anniversary Event "Sip-to-Salute"
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Young, Gifted & Black: A Black History Quiz Bowl 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Sponsored by the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. - Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter, Milwaukee, WI

The Black Quiz Bowl has as its aim to foster a community approach to learning black history. This event will celebrate competing teams of young people who have been studying the achievements of African Americans in various areas. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Concession stand available.

We believe that young people are the future and will continue to create spaces that develop and strengthen their legacy.

For more information please contact, Bridget Robinson via email at basileus@sgrhomilwaukee.org   

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