November 2018 Issue
Greetings Sorors, 

My name is Tanya E. Jefferson and I am honored to serve as the Anti-Basileus for Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter, where I have been a proud and active member for the past 4 years. Welcome to the first official newsletter for Gamma Pi Sigma. I am elated to finally share this labor of love with you. I hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I did putting it together for you. This newsletter was developed to keep you abreast of our events and activities commencing throughout the year, all designed to serve the Greater Milwaukee Community. I love what we represent, both as a chapter, and as an organization.

We kicked off the 2018-2019 Sorority year with our Reclamation Picnic and we plan to conclude it with our annual scholarship luncheon where we provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors and celebrate community leaders making their own mark on the communities they serve.

I hope you feel inspired and motivated to support our events or fellowship with us monthly when we "Celebrate the 22nd".

The street lights are on, sorors. It's time to come home.  

In Sisterhood and Service,

Soror Tanya Jefferson, Anti-Basileus

One Goal. One Passion. Membership!!!

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From the Desk of Our Basileus....

Hello MY Sorors!! It’s RHOvember – the best month of the year and I am excited to send you greetings in this newsletter thanks to our Anti-Basileus Soror Tanya Jefferson!
I am the 2018 - 2020 Basileus of the Oh So Fly Gamma Pi Sigma Chapter of Milwaukee, WI.  I have been an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. for almost 9 years since my induction through Iota Psi Sigma Alumnae Chapter in the Fall of 2009. In my professional life, I work as the Vice President of Human Resources for a technical college in northern Wisconsin. In my personal life, I am a mother to 3 adult children (Teveris, Christiana 
and CJ). My primary goal as Basileus is to oversee the progression of our chapter growth and development. 

I look forward to ushering in the next phase of evolution of the oldest alumnae chapter in the state of Wisconsin.  Last month, we recognized over a dozen Ruby Sorors who celebrate at least 22 years of service to Sigma – that’s a lifelong commitment to membership 
with rhoads that most often lead back to Gamma Pi Sigma. I am prhoud to stand in the footsteps of such a rich HERstory and legacy of Sigma. As we continue to grow and develop, we will do it through building on that continued engagement, scholarship, and service!!

As you know, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority leads the way through engagement with the community. Our chapter civic engagement has included Get Out the Vote efforts aligned with our national voter registration initiative and for the past several years we have hosted an election polling site as a measure of service to the Milwaukee Community. You should know that Gamma Pi Sigma has a strong footprint in the Greater Milwaukee area because we have cultivated relationships with community leaders.  On a national level – engagement activities involve work with national organizations, such as St. Jude, Girl Scouts USA, and the March of Dimes.  Within GPS, we believe in leading through grassroots efforts and welcome new partnerships as we cultivate those who continue to work with us.

Gamma Pi Sigma also leads the way in scholarship by encouraging academic excellence.  Each year, we renew our commitment to education by providing scholarships to deserving high-school seniors.  The Sigma Legacy Luncheon is our signature award ceremony that celebrates college-bound students embarking on their next phase of education. 

Service is the hallmark of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and the Gamma Pi Sigma epitomizes the motto of Greater Service, Greater Progress.  Our national initiative, Project Reassurance, focuses on creating a healthier environment through healthy choices, healthy living, and healthy generations.  Gamma Pi Sigma is at the front of these goals by providing donations to children in need through our Operation BigBookBag program. We further expound on this goal by partnering with the YMCA to conduct our annual Youth Symposium where we encourage engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers.
As we journey through the sorority year, it is important that you consider how Gamma Pi Sigma can be incorporated in your life, and that you can look to determine if you are available to support it through your time, talents, financial resources and your particular faith’s commitment.
I believe that once sorors commit their best efforts, that in return I owe them a commitment. I commit to leading with dignity and love in a manner that uplifts the core values of sisterhood. I commit to being efficient in our Sigma business meetings and work. I commit to supporting initiatives from the body that make us better. I commit to challenging our sorors to grow personally and professionally. I commit to dedicating the next two years to servant leadership as a job responsibility that I have vowed to maintain.
Yes, there will be work – but we will make the best use of technology so that we consider options for syncing schedules as often as possible. I’ve encouraged elected officers and committee leaders to consider phone or web-based meetings whenever possible. We will also work on structuring the chapter meetings that we focus on highlights and action items so that we are respectful of your time. We will schedule socials and impromptu fellowships often to be My Sister’s Keeper and we will continue to find new ways to make accommodations for sorors that need to get in where they can fit in. 
As you can see our chapter embraces and lives by an inclusive philosophy. When at all possible, we will be family friendly and considerate of the ever complex responsibilities and work that we do in/out of the chapter. 
I hope that you will consider the rewards of reactivating and rededicating your life to Sigma. As Founder’s Day approaches – we remember the sacrifices of the 7 school teachers who set out to fulfill the mission of greater service, greater progress and we find inspiration in keeping that work alive.
As Basileus, I look forward to you being an active member of Gamma Pi Sigma. 
In Sisterhood,
Soror Bridget Robinson, JD
Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter
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We are pleased to announce our new website! Our goal is to provide visitors an easier way to learn about all of the great things that Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter and our affiliates are doing in the community as well as upcoming events. So stop by and check us out! 


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We've Got Rubies!!
In the month of October, Gamma Pi Sigma celebrated our Ruby Sorors! Ruby Sorors are sorors who have been members of the sorority for at least 22 years.

Thank you for your service! 

We Are GPS...The Legacy Chapter


  • Soror Deronda Aikens
  • Soror Moya Baylis
  • Soror Dorothy Ewing
  • Soror Tawanda Frazier
  • Soror Jerrilynn Freelon
  • Soror Ernette Griggs
  • Soror Fatima Hyde
  • Soror Twyla James
  • Soror Delechia Johnson
  • Soror Tejuana King
  • Soror Donna O'Neal-Garner
  • Soror Natasha Smiley
  • Soror Lacritia Spence
  • Soror Sandra Waldon-White
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What we've been up to...
Happy 22nd!!!!!
We "Celebrated the 22nd" of October having dinner and cocktails together at Bar Louie.

We hope you will join us next month.
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Community Service Corner
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
We celebrated breast cancer survivors and honored the memory of those we've lost at the annual Sista Strut event.
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Soror Spotlight...Welcome Home!
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The Undergraduates at Marquette University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Founders' Day Service project. 
Accepting baby item donations until November 10th.
Suggested Items: 
Nail Grooming Kits

Contact donation information.
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 Did you know?
International 1st Grand Anti-Basileus Rasheeda Liberty
  • Inducted: Spring 1994 intoTheta Zeta Chapter, Marquette Universit
  • Was a member of Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter
  • Former Basileus of Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter
  • Notable Idea: Established the Sigma Legacy Fund - 501 (c)3 
  • Has been a member in 3 of our 5 regions
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What's Happening Next....
Celebrate the 22nd:
  • November 22nd: Poodle Thanksgiving Day Walk
  •    Location: Riverside Park 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
  •    Time: 8:30am to 9:30am
  •     RSVP: by November 19th 
  • December 22nd: Sigma Secret Santa X-Mas Dinner
  •    ~more details to come
Save-the-Date: GPS Chapter meeting on February 2, 2019 

Adopt-a-Polling Site: Sorors of Gamma Pi Sigma for the last 3 years has adopted a local polling site to help citizens exercise their right to vote. Are you interested in making a difference by volunteering with us? Contact the Membership Chair by emailing
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Cel-e-brate Good Times, Come On'! 
This year Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. - Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter, Milwaukee, WI celebrated 55 years of service in the Greater Milwaukee community. 

Join the celebration next year...

Save-the-Date: Sip-to-Salute, March 9, 2019
*more details to come
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