The Beginning of an Era

In November, 1947, ten (10) members of Beta Delta Sigma Chapter in Tallahassee, were challenged to extend Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority in the state of Florida. Sarah Kibble, a student and one of the ten, accepted the challenge to bring Sigma to the Palm Beaches. Working under the auspices of Soror Minerva Mathews, Basileus of Beta Delta Sigma, and with the help of Soror Audrey Hogan, Boynton Beach, Florida, four talented young ladies were pledged into the Aurora Pledge Club. Soror Cleo Seary, (now Higgins) teacher at Bethune-Cookman College, worked along with Kibble to form a Charter Chapter of forty-five (45) interests from the Daytona Beach area and three (3) from the Palm Beaches. These forty-eight (48) were inducted into this great sorority in May, 1948 with Soror Alto Bennings, the Regional Syntaktes, presiding. The new Palm Beach members Neilia Cunningham, Amy Holliday and Janie Koon returned to West Palm Beach and with persistence and diligence worked to build our sisterhood. With two (2) new members Ruth Edgecombe and Sarah Rolle joining our ranks, our dream of establishing a chapter was realized. In 1955, these five (5) sorors traveled to Miami to assist Soror Myrtle Russell in building our legacy. On March 11, 1955, we received the charter at the Southeastern Regional Conference in Tampa, Florida.


On Sunday, April 17, 1955, we celebrated the receiving of the charter of Gamma Gamma Sigma Chapter at West Riviera Elementary School, namely at an All-Greek Vesper. The inspiring program included representatives from members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) in which they brought greetings and offered their support in all of our endeavors. As we sought young ladies of high scholastic achievement, good moral character and high standards of leadership, we welcomed our first pledge club members. With many years of patience and persistence, Gamma Gamma Sigma inducted its first membership club: Anginora Brown, Elnora Barber, Agnes Balfour, Anne Brooks, Ineria Hudnell, Leola Massey and Elizabeth Smith. Gamma Gamma Sigma’s mandate is to help carry out the National mandate of building better communities through our slogan “Greater Service, Greater Progress”.