2020: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 

In early 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed life as we knew it overnight. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged everyone globally to stay at home, quarantine for a period of time if infected with the virus, wear masks, social distance (at least six feet) and frequently wash hands. This necessitated a complete alteration in the way we socialize and work, utilizing platforms like Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams.

The COVID-19 pandemic halted all in-person events, including important ones for our members like primary recruitment, graduation, Big/Little Reveals, Senior Celebrations and more. In response to these challenges, our adaptability and strength as a sisterhood shined. Members and volunteers seamlessly pivoted in-person events and chapter operations online. Through Sisterhood at Home, International Headquarters staff not only offered ways for members to continue to connect and forge relationships safely during the pandemic but also provided guidance based on CDC and university guidelines on COVID-19.

Founder E. Adeline Curtis wrote in 1912, “Since the rock is the firmest and most enduring substance, able to withstand the ravages of time, and offering the strongest protection, it seemed fitting that Gamma Phi Beta should be thus founded.” The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated our resilience as a sisterhood. Like a rock, we can endure challenges and changes but persist and preserve forward.