A Brief Background

"The Power of Vision: Empowering Women and Inspiring Leaders"

Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. was founded February, 1943, by the late Elizabeth Garner, teacher and the late Violet T. Lewis, owner of Lewis Business College, Detroit, Michigan. The founders, along with the other eleven members are known as the Sorority's 13 Original Pearls.

The Purpose of the Organization

1. To unite fraternally for charitable, educational and fraternal purposes, and to establish and maintain active chapters throughout the United States.

2. To foster the improvements of the educational and vocational status of young people with special emphasis on underprivileged youth.

3. To assist said youth through broadening their educational objectives by encouragement, dissemination of information and financial assistance, and to promote the beneficial use of acquired education and/or training to the best interest of the community. And finally;

4. To create a better understanding between women of all races and creeds; promoting higher education through encouragement and financial aid; and to promote cultural enrichment and to serve mankind.

Gamma Phi Delta Sorority attracts business-women and professional women from many fields, and Chapters are located throughout the United States.

Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

National Five Point Program "MEEPS"

Our National Five Points Program - MEEPS was established to initiate

goals and action steps for implementation. Our MEEPS program is consistent

with the promotion of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority in our various communities. 

Membership

~ Recruitment, Retention, Reclaim ~

We hold two Membership Drives per year. In May we established a Membership Tally Rally, in which Members are allowed to have that extra "push" before the close of the year. It has been very successful.

Economic Development

We strive to utilize the services of our African American business. One of our primary vendors provides us with a majority of our printing needs.

We continue to use the products viable to our needs (retail, food, entertainment, etc.).

Education

Our education is taught through our leadership and professional training. This is implemented through workshops, seminars, and productive program

meetings. We also encourage our members to take every advantage of educational opportunities.

Public Information

Our public information includes national media coverage for Kraft Foods, Outstanding African American Leaders; Black Enterprise, and Black Meeting Planners and Tourism, just to name a few.

Social Action

This agenda item allows our membership to delve into the needs of our society. National, Regional and Chapter programs are presented throughout the Organization. Plans for the year 2001 included a "Social Action Day" throughout the United States.