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.
Each of the teachers pledged to organize a chapter of the Sorority in her home city. 

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Why Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.?

Joining a sorority can have many positive impacts both personally and professionally. We are proud to offer both graduate and undergraduate membership opportunities for women everywhere. 

Gamma Phi Delta is open by invitation to women  in all professions, business related positions and vocationally trained occupations; in addition, young women who are still pursuing their educational goals as undergraduates.
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Mentoring
  • Improve your community
  • Networking
  • Leadership building


Our Purpose

The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), by:

a) uniting business and professional women committed to providing service to the community, sisterhood, and professional and personal growth and development of women in the workforce, including by maintaining active chapters throughout the United States;

(b) fostering the improvement of the educational and vocational status of young people with a special emphasis on underprivileged youth;

(c) assisting underprivileged youth through broadening their educational objectives by encouragement, dissemination of information and financial assistance, and to promote the beneficial use of acquired educational and/or training to the best interest of the community;
(d) making grants to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Code; and

(e) conducting all activities incidental or necessary to accomplishing the foregoing purposes or otherwise permitted by Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.


Greetings From Our National President
National President
Lenor R. Reese

Today is a special day . . . it is our Founders’ Day! On February 28, 1943, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. became a reality. It is indeed a joy to celebrate 75 years of sisterhood and service! The vision was given to our Founder, Elizabeth A. Garner, an instructor at the Lewis College of Business, to establish a sorority that would be forever affiliated with the college. She brought the idea to our Co-Founder, Dr. Violet T. Lewis, President of Lewis College of Business. Dr. Lewis agreed and together they forged Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.!

Our first chapter . . . Alpha Chapter was established at the college and continues to grow and flourish today. Other chapters were chartered as teachers and students from the college began to move across the country. Regions were formed as we began to charter more new chapters.

Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. is in “rare air”. We are blessed to have our beloved Dr. Phyllis Ponders, the daughter of our Co-Founder, Dr. Violet T. Lewis, with us as an active member! Her love and enthusiasm for our sorority has not diminished over the years. We love and appreciate her many contributions to Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. during her almost 74 years of service and sisterhood.

Today is a day to reflect upon our individual commitment to Gamma Phi Delta and how we can continue to make positive contributions in keeping with our mission. It is a day to decide how your chapter can raise the bar on its service to your community, increase your scholarships to deserving students, uplift and bring joy to your seniors and more. It is a day for our regions to reflect on how to spread our mission of Gamma Phi Delta to every state in their region. It is a day for National to reflect on strengthening our bond of sisterhood and service and to meet our mission as well as the visions of our Founders every day.

I am humbled for the opportunity to serve as the National President of our esteemed sorority. We have done much to improve our communities by mentoring our youth, awarding scholarships to deserving young people, serving our seniors through our programming, serving the homeless and hungry, supporting families during challenging times and more. There is still work to be done. As we look to the future, let us remain committed to be our best selves . . . women of refinement and culture . . . women of integrity . . . women of wisdom while continuing to strengthen Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. as we propel towards the next 75 years.

Yours in sisterhood and service,

 Lenor R. Reese
National President