• By Lauren Reeves

Sigma Delta continues tradition of helping the Minot community

After eight years of existence, The Sigma Delta Sorority continues to advocate for women and children in the community, create bonds with other campus organization, and create friendships through participation in the sorority. Sigma Delta was started on Sept. 15, 2013 by Breanna Benson, Kylie Gammas, Samantha Villegas, and Clare Wollschlager. The sorority takes its name to honor an earlier version of the organization that was on campus from 1926 to 1947 before it became a national sorority. The goal of the sorority is to strive to make a positive impact on the lives of young women through service, loyalty, and friendship. The values that the sorority holds to are sincerity, integrity, grace, mindfulness, and ardor.

“The sorority does a wide array of events,” said Erica Summerour, president of Sigma Delta. “Some philanthropic events we have done in the past include, but are not limited to, fundraising for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, hosting drives for food and household goods, creating cards for the elderly in nursing homes, and going to a local assisted living center to paint the nails of the residents.”

Summerour added that the sorority makes themselves known on campus by attending a lot of on campus events.

“Every semester, we are present at the club fair or people can find us on Instagram and Facebook to be notified of our rush events,” said Summerour. “These events are open to everyone and held on campus to get to know the women of Sigma Delta. They include things such as game nights, planting flowers, and painting. At the end of these events, anyone who has expressed interest will get an email inviting them to become a gem, which signifies that they’re a potential new member.”

After the club rush week and opening events, Summerour shared what events are catered to the members of the sorority and the community for the rest of the year.

“Through the rest of the semester, the group of gems will meet once a week guided by active members to create a service project of their choice to help the community,” said Summerour. “After the completion of this project, the women can be invited to become active members instead of gems. On campus, we have held bake sales as well as used campus as the main point for the drives we hold to benefit others. We do not limit what we will do to benefit the community. The sorority also attends graduation every year to sell roses for the graduates.”

Despite COVID-19 making it difficult to do things, Summerour said that the sorority is still finding ways to host events throughout the school year.

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