By Samantha Snead
Roanoke College’s colony of Gamma Sigma Sigma, national service sorority, inducted 28 new Members-in-Training at its initiation on Saturday. With 72 total members, it has become one of the largest organizations on campus, and the largest colony of the organization in the country.
Active members and prospective Members-in-Training met in the Ballroom for the ceremony. President Alex Pulido, Membership Vice President Sabrina McIntyre, and Service Vice President Sarah Diaz helped initiate the new MITs into the Gamma class.
The event began with the presentation of the MITs to the President and active members. Then, the MITs were informed of the organization’s history and purpose. The service organization was founded in October of 1952 and was created to unite students in the spirit of service and to cultivate friendships among students of all different backgrounds. This year’s class of MITs has helped to bring even more diversity to the group, which is one of the organization’s key values.
The Members-in-Training were presented with white roses, the organization’s national flower, as a way to represent their initiation into the organization. Active members and MITs also sang the national song together as a marker of their unification into one group.
The Member-in-Training period, which began as soon as the MITs were officially inducted, lasts six weeks, during which MITs must demonstrate their commitment to Gamma Sigma Sigma by completing service hours for the organization’s national service partners and local organizations.
Members-in-Training who complete the service requirement by the deadline will be invited to the activation ceremony on November 21, which will be structured similarly to the initiation ceremony, but will grant MITs active member status. As active members, they will be able to wear letters and become more involved with the colony.
Now that the Gamma class has been initiated, the next goal for RC’s colony of Gamma Sigma Sigma is to receive a charter from nationals to become a recognized chapter of the organization. Though it is a grueling process, with the progress they have made over the past couple of semesters and the help of the 72 dedicated members of the colony, it seems likely that chapter status is right around the corner for the members of the RC colony of Gamma Sigma Sigma.
For now, the colony has tons of service events planned for this semester. Two of their current fundraising projects will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. As for the rest of the semester, be on the lookout for service events and opportunities on campus and in the community hosted by Gamma Sig.