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Record #: R2022-1183   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 11/16/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 11/16/2022
Title: Congratulations extended to Sigma Gamma Rho sorority on 100th anniversary
Sponsors: Lightfoot, Lori E. , Brookins, Jr., Howard, Mitts, Emma, Martin, Matthew J. , Villegas, Gilbert, Osterman, Harry, Hadden, Maria E. , Scott, Monique L. , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Rodriguez, Michael D., King, Sophia D., Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Tunney, Thomas, Cappleman, James, Nugent, Samantha , Ervin, Jason C., Moore, David H., Gardiner, James M. , Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Waguespack, Scott, Lopez, Raymond A., Dowell, Pat
Attachments: 1. R2022-1183.pdf






November 16, 2022














Ladies and Gentlemen:


I transmit along with City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and together with Aldermen Brookins, Mitts, Martin, Villegas, Osterman, Hadden, Scott, Sigcho-Lopez, Rodriguez, King, Vasquez, Tunney, Cappleman, Nugent, Ervin, Moore, Gardiner, Sadlowski-Garza, Waguespack, Dowell and Lopez, a resolution commemorating the 100lh Anniversary of Sigma Gamma Rho.


Your favorable consideration ofthis resolution will be appreciated.




WHEREAS, In recognition of its service and appreciation of its positive community outreach, the Members of this Chamber are pleased to congratulate the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary this November, 2022; and


WHEREAS, Sigma Gamma Rho was established on November 12, 1922 by seven young Black women educators at Butler University in Indiana; and


WHEREAS, The sorority was founded in a culture adverse to its goals, just two years after the Bill of Rights was amended to give women the right to vote and in the same year that a Klan Klonvocation was also held in Indiana; and


WHEREAS, Sigma Gamma Rho is the only National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority founded at a predominantly white institution; and


WHEREAS, Since its inception, the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority has focused on uplifting the community through sisterhood, leadership, and service, including through programs designed to address maternal and infant outcomes for Black women and helping young women grow into well-rounded students and productive citizens; and


WHEREAS, Sigma Gamma Rho currently has over 500 chapters in the U.S., Bahamas, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates; and


WHEREAS, Notable Chicago alumnae of the sorority include Congresswoman Robin Kelly, State Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin, Treasurer Melissa Conyers-Ervin, Chicago Deputy Chief of Police Senora Ben, Chicago Police Department Commander Davina Ward, and Coach Tonya Edwards of the Chicago Sky, among others; and


WHEREAS, Other Sigma Gamma Rho alumnae include Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, Mary T. Washington Wylie, the first Black woman CPA, and Haley Taylor Schlitz, the youngest Black American to earn a law degree, among many others; and

WHEREAS, With "Greater Service, Greater Progress" as its motto, the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority has been a beacon of light for all women for the past 100 years; now, therefore


BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the Mayor and Members of the City Council of the City of Chicago, assembled this sixteenth day of November 2022, do hereby congratulate the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority on the occasion of its Centennial Celebration; express to it our heartfelt gratitude for its exemplary service to women across the world; and extend to it our best wishes for continued growth and success; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority as a sign of our appreciation and esteem.


Lori E. Lightfoot Mayor of Chicago

Melissa Conyears-Ervin Treasurer of Chicago