Starting a Chapter

What Are Some of the Activities in Which Chapter Participate?
Chapters serve their local campus and communities through diverse service programs that are organized based on the needs in their area. As a national body, there are also opportunities to serve in similar areas of service by working with our national service partners and within our Project I.M.P.A.C.T. areas.

These are some examples of local projects that chapters participate in:
• Working at crisis centers for battered women and children
• Hosting seasonal parties at hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
• Assisting with tele-thons for charity organizations
• Coordinating environmental clean-up projects
• Collecting food and clothing for the needy
• Assisting in recreation for the disabled, needy, or aged
• Tutoring at-risk youth
• Participating in fundraising projects such as carnivals, car washes, bake sales and walk-a-thons.

These are some campus activities that chapters participate in:
• Sponsoring programs concerning campus needs
• Assisting with registration of new students
• Administering used book exchanges or book drives
• Participating in campus Relay for Life or Up Till Dawn events
• Helping with new student move-in
• Administering “Lost and Found”
• Working concessions at athletic events
• Ushering at special functions

Do Chapter Offer Social Activities?
Yes. In conjunction with its service emphasis, the sorority encourages social activities which can foster fellowship. These activities may be combined with service projects. Chapters sponsor dances, family banquets, cookouts, retreats, and other activities.

Here are some great downloads to answer questions:
Questions and Answers Booklet

Starting A Collegiate Chapter Guide
Anti-Hazing and Risk Management Information

General Process
The process starts with an Interest Group (IG) which consists of at least 5 members that are actively working on officially colonizing with the sorority.  Once an IG has at least 10 members, the group can then begin on petitioning with the sorority for colony or Reactivating Chapter (RC) status.  There must be an official petition form submitted to the National Membership Director for approval.  Once a colony/reactivating chapter has met all of the requirements for chartering, the National Board of Directors determines if a charter will be granted.

Here’s how to start:

  1. If you are interested in requesting information from the National Sorority about starting or Reactivating a collegiate chapter or joining an active chapter please fill out the contact form and you will be contacted by the National Membership Director.
  2. If you have been recognized by your college/university as an organization you may complete the interest group request form.

If you are a current interest group of Gamma Sigma Sigma and are requesting colonization or Re-activating chapter status please submit the petition form.

More questions regarding starting a collegiate colony or reactivating an inactive chapter?  Contact the National Membership Director for assistance.