Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Iota Sigma Alumnae Chapter ~ Established 1935 ~ Richmond VA

Herstory...Celebrating 96 Years of Service and counting!



Iota Sigma continues to strive to be a beacon light for the community of Richmond.  For more information about our Incomparable organization, check out the following document: Iota Sigma History (PDF)

Key Facts

  • Organized in 1935
  • Charter Members: Sorors Eunice Carrington Caster, Olga Williams Dicks, Gertrude Chiles Saunders, Antoinette Hamilton Stephens, and Madeline Hamilton Smith.
  • Oldest chartered Alumnae chapter in the Northeast Region
  • Hosted 10th Boule in charter year (1935)
  • Outstanding Chapter (1972)

Major Programs and Events

  • Debutante Ball, the oldest in the Richmond area
  • Dr. Elizabeth Johnson Scholarship Fund
  • Cool Jazz Wine Tasting and Community Service Festival
  • Rhomania celebrations
  • Carver Day and Black History Week/Month activities
  • Project Cradle Care
  • Youth Symposium
  • Mwanimugimu Essay Contest
  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • Operation Big Book Bag

Past chapter Basilei (Presidents) include since 1976:

  • Thelma Bullock Wilson
  • Antoinette Hamilton Stevens
  • Mildred Tynes
  • Edith Terry Hawley
  • Sadie Carter Sears
  • Gwendolyn Frye Henderson
  • Dr. Elizabeth Johnson (1963-1968)
  • Ella Jones Richardson (1968-1974)
  • Elaine Burton (1974-1976)
  • Shirley L. Smith (1976-1978)
  • Sonora Wyatt Bibbs (1978-1980)...Omega Rho
  • Cornelia Belches (1980-1984)...Omega Rho
  • Rev. Lynda D. Moore (1984-1986)
  • Pauline Kersey Harvey (1986-1988)
  • Marjorie D. Brown (1988-1990)...Omega Rho
  • Carolyn Brown (1990–1994)
  • Marian J. Martin (1994-1996)
  • Berley Wright (1996-1998)...Omega Rho
  • Christy Williams (1998-2000)
  • Teresa Brown (2000-2001)
  • Jean’Yea Webb-Daniels (2001-2004)
  • Racquel Dozier (2004-2008)
  • Shirley L. Smith (2008-2012)
  • Trina B. Davis (2012-2013)
  • Kimberly D. Braxton (2013-2018)
  • Iantha Smiley (2018-Present)


Iota Sigma's Monthly Newsletter- The Poodle Post

Iota Sigma's monthly newsletter was originally known as S2S (Sister 2 Sister).  The newsletter contained the current events, reminders, birthdays, anniversaries, photos, and stories of the women of the Iota Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.  

In August, 2016, Iota Sigma's monthly newsletter was renamed The Poodle Post by Soror Cyndi Robinson.  The Poodle Post is currently available to active members of the Iota Sigma Chapter.  Contact the current chapter Epistoleus for subscription information.