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PAST CENTRAL REGION GRAND BASILI

Deborah Catchings-Smith

24TH INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS

Top Accomplishments:

  1. Implemented a National Membership Survey of which resulted in a streamlined national programs approach to narrow the focus for greater impacts.  Redesigned the Boule reducing the number of conference days to 4. An expanded leadership communications "Golden Communiqué" and expanded training via webinars.

  2. Technology Enhancements:  A.  Launched the national on-line tool, Golden Service, for members to document community service hours in real-time. B. Launched the ability to remit national fees on-line for Sorors and all Affiliates. C. Launched the on-line TORCH membership intake process.

  3. Swim 1922 Program retooled which expanded the Swim 1922 Partnership with USA Swimming resulting in Sigma Gamma Rho being the first African American organization, first national sorority, and first NPHC sorority to serve as a Presenting Sponsor for an international swimming competition.

Favorite Quote:

“Vision without execution is hallucination.” ~ Thomas Edison

Bonita Herring

23RD INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS

Top Accomplishments:

  1. Provided initial branding of the Sigma Brand Blazer by the gift at the 55th Boule in 2014.

  2. Commissioned a Centennial Committee by initial appointments.

  3. Established the first "Golden Alert" which officially began the sorority Social Action Agenda.

  4. Leading the contribution of $122,000 in support of the National Museum of African-American Culture.

  5. Assisted in the funding of our seven Founders $50,000 Endowment Scholarship at Butler University in 2016.

  6. Performed the first Ruby ceremony which included a poem in tribute and the development of the Ruby Pin with our official jewele.

Favorite Quote:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world."  ~ Harriet Tubman