This year, members of LDS fraternity and sorority chapters across the country are celebrating the organization's 30th anniversary by giving service.
Members of Sigma Gamma Chi and Lambda Delta Sigma have decorated rooms at local hospitals, raised money for the Head Start Program and donated items to Ronald McDonald houses. In North Carolina LDS fraternity and sorority students volunteered at the Carnivore Preservation Society and in South Carolina at a local day care center. Others have donated time to the American Cancer Society."Everyone involved in the sorority or fraternity this year will be involved in service everywhere," said Jeannene Barham, Lambda Delta Sigma national president.
Following are summaries of selected service projects:
- On April 18, the Southern California Area chapters of Sigma Gamma Chi and Lambda Delta Sigma gathered for an annual leadership training conference. In recognition of the groups' 30th anniversary, the chapters determined to emphasize service.
Approximately 40 chapters from Santa Barbara to San Diego launched fund-raising projects to raise $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to seriously ill children.
In its eagerness to participate in the project, the Lambda Delta Sigma chapter at the San Diego Institute of Religion presented a $100 check to Make-A-Wish Foundation during the closing session of the leadership conference.
- More than 50 members of Sigma Gamma Chi attending Utah State University in Logan, Utah, volunteered recently at a historic farm owned by the university. The students organized, sorted, salvaged and discarded items used for the annual production of the Festival of the American West, an internationally known production presented every summer by Utah State University.
Jonathan Neilson, service chairman, said that the directors of the historic farm were pleased with the quality of work done during the service project. "They were impressed that so many clean-cut and polite college students could work together so well and devote themselves to a real work effort of so many hours without a lot of supervision."
- Sigma Gamma Chi members who attend Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, gave service by judging more than 100 different science fair projects for local elementary school students recently.
During the service project, the fraternity members commented that it was great to work with the young people and see their preparation and excitement.
The project also allowed those who participated an opportunity to get to know each other a little better. "Everyone who came and helped judge the science fair had a blast," said project director Brian Walker. "Every one of the kids and parents, and especially the teachers, thanked us."
- More than 25 members of Sigma Gamma Chi attending the Salt Lake Community College gave service April 23 to four elderly Church members living near their institute. "They found out who needed service in the area and made arrangements to get the tasks done," said Craig Vorwaller, an area adviser.
The students fixed air conditioners, worked in yards, repaired broken siding, and hauled away garbage.
After the project the fraternity brothers gathered for a meal that members of their group had prepared.
- University of Utah Lambda Delta Sigma students participated May 7 in a program designed to help motivate young people to attend college.
The sorority sisters met a group of 95 sixth graders and showed them around the university campus. "We wanted to help them have the goal to come to college someday - it doesn't matter where they go just as long as they go," said Jeannine Woolley, chapter president. "I have done this every year. Service is a big part of the sorority."
- In Knoxville, Tenn., University of Tennessee students - through Sigma Gamma Chi and Lambda Delta Sigma - recently volunteered time to help an elderly Church member. "We wanted work to do and she had plenty of it there," said Max E. Lehman, institute director. "We cleaned up inside and outside."
Brother Lehman, however, noted that the students gained more from the project than the person they helped.
"We received the greatest benefit," he said. "When students are involved in service they catch a vision of what Sigma Gamma Chi and Lambda Delta Sigma are all about. The most important thing we do is learn how to serve."