ALPHA ALPHA SIGMA
ESTABLISHED ON April 9, 1940
The Northeast Region Syntaktes, Soror Edna Forrest Browne, chartered the Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter in Baltimore, Maryland. The six charter members were Sorors Martha Hall Johnson, Mavis S. Noel, Ivora King Evan, Catherine McMechen Wilson, Emily Huckles, and Emily Orchard Jones.
Throughout its existence, the Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter has initiated campus charters at Morgan State, Coppin State, Towson, and Johns Hopkins Universities and has chartered a Metropolitan chapter and advises members at the University of Baltimore. The chapter also organized and now mentors middle and high school girls through its Rhoer Club. In 2014, the Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter broadened its outreach by establishing the Philo Affiliates for women interested in enhancing the quality of life in the Baltimore community.
Sorority members host an annual Crab Feast scholarship fundraiser to provide numerous scholarships to students, including the Janice R. Parker “Rhoer of the Year” Scholarship and the Alpha Alpha Sigma Scholarship to a graduating high school senior in the Baltimore area. Most significantly, the chapter provided a $10,000 perpetual scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition, the sorority hosts the Public Meeting annually, a forum for discussing community issues and showcasing talented youth.
The Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter and its undergraduate members continue to embrace the sorority’s international thrust by planning and executing community-based activities which support specific programs. These programs include Project Reassurance, a signature international program that exposes young women to uplifting experiences. In addition, the chapter strongly supports national partnerships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the March of Dimes, the Hattie McDaniel Cancer Awareness Program, which educates women about the different types of cancer, its early detection, treatment, and research. The Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter also supports Operation BigBookBag, a school supplies distribution program, and has worked in partnership with the Mayor’s Back to School Rally to make these items available to Baltimore City school students in addition to participating in coordinating activities for rally participants.
The chapter also serves area residents and students through established community service partnerships with the Girl Scouts of Maryland, Perkins Homes Community Center, the City of Baltimore, and numerous Baltimore City public schools. Additionally, the chapter hosts an annual Black History Program in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for the past two years and a Youth Symposium, both of which are programs focused on educating Baltimore youth. Alpha Alpha Sigma currently works with St. Vincent De Paul of Baltimore in providing necessities for the residents of Sarah’s Hope, Beans and Bread, and Head Start. In 2015, the Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter also partnered with the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum for its Adopt-A-Chair program.
Recognizing the vast needs of the Baltimore area, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter welcomes opportunities and seeks to continue our standard of exemplary community service.
PAST CHAPTER BASILEI
2018-2022 - Kellie M. Boulware
2016-2018 - Barbara A. Sawyer
2014-2016 - Nathalia J. Martin
2010-2014 - Toni M. Black
2006-2010 - Lori D. Bush
2002-2006 - Landa McLaurin
1998-2002 - Wanda McAfee-Randall
1994-1998 - Valerie A. Bell
1992-1994 - Majorie Crawford
1990-1992 - Veta V. Boothe
1986-1990 - Patelle G. Harris
1982-1986 - Vivien G. Gardner
1980-1982 - Alice Sue Cooper-Lee
1978-1980 - Reba Matthews
1976-1978 - Gladys Brown
1972-1976 - Geraldine Dobson
1970-1972 - Patelle G. Harris
1967-1970 - Carolyn M. Robinson
1963-1967 - Emily Bryant
1961-1963 - Carolyn M. Robinson
1958-1961 - Rose Kinney
1954-1958 - Ida R. Washington
1950-1954 - Vikki Jones
1948-1950 - Beatrice Goines Holley
1946-1948 - Emily Hucles Cralle
1942-1946 - Mary West Miller
1940-1942 - Martha Hall-Johnson & Mavis S. Noel