Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. was founded in February, 1943 at the Lewis Business College (Lewis College of Business) Detroit, Michigan by Mrs. Elizabeth Garner, an instructor at the College, assisted by her sister, Mrs. Violet Lewis, owner and President of the College.
Membership includes women in all professions, business related positions and vocationally trained occupations; in addition, young women who are still pursuing their educational goals as undergraduates.
Chapters are organized in all areas of the United States, and may, under the corporate structure, extend to its territories. Gamma Phi Delta strives to improve the economic, social and political status of all women; to motivate the members to further their education/training and maintain a better relationship among women of all races and creeds and to be of greater service to the community, country and to each other. The commitment to the pursuit of Social, Cultural and Academic excellence for young people is evidenced through the sponsorship of youth auxiliaries and through encouragement and financial assistance, of educational endeavors.
Graduate members serve as mentors for four youth groups (Rosebuds, Phi-Teens, Junior Cavaliers and Cavaliers). Graduate members serve as role models and give instructional training in refinement and culture; conduct workshops on college preparation, college applications, choosing a career, job application, job interviews, availability of, and how to apply for grants and scholarships, vocational opportunities and motivational session on goal setting.
Each Chapter is required to provide a showcase for aspiring young artists through the sponsorship of an annual Artist of Tomorrow program. Many of these participants have achieved national and international fame. Educational and recreational programs are provided to keep young people involved in worthwhile pursuits. The National Headquarters in Detroit MI, provides the space for such activities in that area.
The National Membership Enrichment Program includes general presentations and workshops beneficial to the career woman and provides "Know How" to initiate, organize and carry out programs to enhance the communities we represent. Local chapters are encouraged to support charities and organizations whose objectives are parallel to those of Gamma Phi Delta in serving humanity. This support is accomplished through both financial and volunteer services. The members are particularly interested in working and cooperating with those program whose objectives are the elimination of economical, educational, vocational and social gaps the exist between the privileged and the underprivileged.
Volunteer services are an integral part membership responsibility and each member is encouraged to contribute their time and expertise in needed areas. A corp of adult affiliates was organized to assist in the pursuit of organizational goals. They are the Echoes (females) and the Senior Cavaliers (males). Gamma Phi Delta is affiliated with other National Organizations; life member of the NAACP with over five hundred individual life members; life member affiliate of the NCNW and member of AOIP.
Gamma Phi Delta is non-political; however, we research, study and explore issues that are relative to humanity and make presentations and recommendations to the members.
Gamma Phi Delta is non sectarian; however, a general recognition of a Supreme Being is a part of our creed.
We strive to make peace, patience, joy,
kindness, wisdom, courtesy, justice, charity and faith our contribution to
society as we endeavor to uplift those around us...
National Theme: 2016 – 2020
“The Power of Vision: Empowering Women and Inspiring Leaders”