START A CHAPTER
WANT TO START A CHAPTER OF SIGMA ALPHA OMEGA® ON YOUR CAMPUS?
There are a few things you should do before you begin your journey to starting a chapter:
Have at least eight (8) young women who have prayed and feel led by Christ to reach out to their campus and community through the fellowship of a sisterhood. These individuals should have a minimum of two (2) semesters remaining as an undergraduate in school.
Meet with your student organizations/activities office to determine the necessary steps needed to start a new organization on your campus. Get duplicate copies of any necessary paperwork. Should you desire to start a chapter, you will be asked to submit a copy of any necessary paperwork to the National Board.
Request a Sigma Alpha Omega® information packet by contacting our National Board’s Vice President of Expansion (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the name of your college/university in your request for the information packet.
Elizabeth Simmons is Sigma Alpha Omega®’s current Vice President of Expansion. She is happy to answer any and all questions you may have regarding starting your own chapter. You can reach her at email@example.com
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How long will it take to start a chapter of SAO on my campus?
A: Starting a chapter will take approximately one full semester once applicants are approved.
Q: What are the benefits of being in a nationally recognized Christian sorority?
A: There are many benefits to being part of a nationally recognized Christian sorority. Here are just a few:
First and foremost you have a huge prayer network spanning not only the United States from coast to coast, but worldwide! How awesome it is to know that you have sisters all around the world praying for you.
You will have the opportunity to attend the annual National Convention each year (location will vary), where you will be able to meet sisters from across the country.
A rapidly growing alumnae base, which is great for networking.
Q: Do I have to be a specific denomination to be a part of the sorority?
A: Not at all! SAO is a nondenominational/interdenominational organization. All we ask is that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and adhere to our Membership Eligibility Statement as follows:
Sigma Alpha Omega was founded and shall always work to further the teachings and principles of the Christian religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and faith in the one God who is an indivisible Holy Trinity comprised of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Membership in Sigma Alpha Omega is offered by invitation only to eligible persons who profess such faith for so long as they continue to profess it and otherwise comply with the membership requirements of Sigma Alpha Omega. Sigma Alpha Omega shall never discriminate on the basis of race or color.
It's really awesome to know that we're not called to be a specific denomination, but to simply be followers of Christ. Therefore, we will never try to force you to adhere to a specific doctrine or become a member of a certain church.
Q: What types of activities does SAO participate in?
A: Each chapter holds different types of events. Some chapters that are within commuting distance of each other will sometimes hold joint activities. Activities always/often include: Bible studies, prayer walks, praise & worship events, service projects, fundraisers, sleepovers, holiday socials, game nights, semi-formals, intramural sports and formals among others.
Q: Is there a Christian fraternity?
A: Yes, Sigma Alpha Omega® was formed from Chi Alpha Omega Christian fraternity. Some of our chapters had brother chapters of XAO. However, many of our chapters have other Christian fraternities on their campuses, such as BYX or AGO.
Q: Does it cost money to start a chapter colony of SAO?
A: Interested colonies must supply a non-refundable filing fee of $20.00 per applicant at the time of application to begin the founding process. (We have a minimum of eight eligible women for the Founding Application and Commitment Pledge.) During the colony to chartering process, founding sisters will be charged our one-time, non-refundable candidate dues and insurance cost, which is currently set at $60.00 and $22.00 respectively, and after founding, sisters will be charged our general national dues and any dues set forth by the chapter itself. Chapters are also required 1) to file for non-profit 501(c)(7) social club status, which has its own accompanying fees as dictated by the IRS, and 2) maintain a P.O. Box or otherwise permanent postal address. If your university does not provide you with a mailing address for your organization, your colony/chapter may have associated fees with setting up a local P.O. Box nearby. However, unlike many other social sororities and fraternities, we do NOT charge a colony for its chartering, subsequent trainings, or membership certificates and pins!