How do I become a member?
So, we can observe anyone who is interested, in joining the sorority, your FIRST STEP as a candidate, is to join the Lambda Sigma Sigma Lupus Sorority Events & Activities Facebook Group.
This is where you will receive all the sorority’s event & activity information and our expectations. Please be sure to answer ALL of the entry questions or you will be denied entry. Facebook Group.
How much does it cost to join?
Being in a sorority is VERY COSTLY! Before applying, you must consider the cost to join (membership fee) and also your FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES of maintaining your membership (annual National dues, monthly chapter dues, fundraisers, donations, Lupus & Greek events, travel, etc.).
The Membership Packet Fee (MPF) is based on the Membership Status, that you select.
In general, the MPF can range from $250.00- $500.00, based on what membership items and assessments that may be included.
Such as, annual dues, membership card, membership certificate, induction pin, assessment fees (monies allocated for a specific purpose) and paraphernalia (shirt, bag, sweater, etc.).
How much time will I have to devote, as a member?
Being in a sorority is VERY TIME CONSUMING! During your initial Online Intake Process, requires 8-10 weeks, (3) three days a week (evenings). As a Member, you will be required to: Perform Weekly Online Tasks; Attend Chapter Meetings and Chapter Socials; Attend Monthly Webinars; Attend In-Person Lupus & Greek Related Events & Activities; Travel for National Events.
So, if you are someone who is not able to travel in person, due to health issues, a job, being a caregiver, having kids who are involved in weekend activities, etc., we do have a specific membership status for you. But, you are required to participate, in ALL things Virtual.
Is it mandatory, that my personal mission and/or purpose in wanting to join the sorority, align with the mission and/or purpose of the sorority?
YES! It is MANDATORY! This Sorority was created for the purpose, to have LIKE-MINDED women with Lupus come together, in an effort to find a cure! So, we need ACTIVE women who are DEDICATED to our purpose and COMMITTED for the long-term, to assist in the efforts of fulfilling the sorority’s mission.
Ask yourself, “What is MY mission and purpose , of wanting to join THIS organization?”.
If you are joining for any other reason, other than to promote lupus awareness, advocacy, education and fundraise to help find a cure for lupus, Lambda Sigma Sigma Lupus Sorority, Inc., is NOT for you!!
How do you meet for the Pledge Process?
Through our Online Intake Process (OIP). Virtual Study Sessions, using Zoom and communicating via Facebook & GroupMe.
You will also meet WEEKLY, with your Class to bond and go over study materials, in efforts to support one another.
How long is the Pledge Process?
Generally, our Online Intake Process is between 8-10 weeks (it may be less, depending on how fast the Class can learn the information). Sessions are held, 3 times per week, in the evenings. Additional time maybe needed, for Presentation rehearsals.
Can women of all races join?
Yes! “Lupus knows no color and so do we!”!
The Sorority is for ALL women diagnosed with Lupus. We are a DIVERSE sisterhood! It is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED, that ALL women who are dedicated and committed to finding a cure, to come join us!
What is the oldest age to join?
A woman 18 years of age and older can join, as long as she is able to use the internet and Zoom technology. She must also be able to learn, retain, and recite all required information on command.
Is there any hazing involved?
NO! We are a non-hazing organization! Be it physically, verbally, or financially!
Lupus has beaten us down enough!
*Disclaimer* If you are pledging/going through intake of an organization that does this, LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!! It’s NOT worth it!!
What college campuses are you on?
We do not have any chapters, on any college campuses. We are a non-collegiate Greek letter organization (NCGLO)! Our chapters are noted by location.
Do you have to be a college student; have gone to college; or have a degree, to join?
No! We are a non-collegiate Greek letter organization (NCGLO), Marvin non/collegiate affiliated. We do require you to have at least a high school diploma or GED; the ability to read (well), retain & recite the information, that you will are required to learn.
If there isn’t a chapter in my area, can I still join?
Yes! We have members (“Solo Soldiers”) all across the country. If there isn’t a chapter in your area, you will be affiliated with the nearest chapter. You will then be required to recruit members, to charter a chapter in your area.
Until then, you will be the sole representative of Lambda Sigma Sigma Lupus Sorority, Inc..
And it is a HIGH EXPECTATION, for you to network and socialize with the local lupus community, hospitals, Greek organizations and also host events & activities promoting lupus awareness.
If I am unable to travel, can I still join?
Yes! We have members who are unable to travel and those with limited mobility.
Can I join, if I am a member of another Greek Letter Organization (GLO)?
Being a part of any GLO requires a significant amount of time, commitment, and finances. Because LSSLSI, is a PARTICIPATION based organization, we require your FULL PARTICIPATION! We STRONGLY SUGGEST, that if you are a member of another GLO or community service-based organization, you truly think about how you're going to spread out your time and finances.
Can I join, if I am a former member of another Lupus Sorority?
Because we DO NOT want to bring any UNNECESSARY NEGATIVITY to our sisterhood, an invitation may be extended on a case-by-case basis.
If I have trouble retaining information (brain fog), can I still join?
Because, knowing the sorority’s information and Greek terminology are very important parts of being in a sorority; we encourage those who are unable to learn, recite or retain information, to join our Support Auxiliary, Lambda L.A.M.S.
Can I join the sorority, if I don’t have lupus?
We encourage those who do not have lupus, to join our Support Auxiliary, Lambda L.A.M.S..
The Lambda L.A.M.S., is a co-ed support auxiliary. Men and young men/youth are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to join, in support of their female loved one with lupus.
Can my family and friends attend my Induction Ceremony?
NO! The Induction Ceremonies are SACRED & PRIVATE!
However, they can attend the Presentation! This is where you will be presented, as a Class to the sorority, Greek & lupus community, and your family & friends. Gifts are usually given at this time. And held in Washington, DC, Chicago, or hosted by a Chapter.
*Disclaimer* Lambda Sigma Sigma Lupus Sorority, Inc. name & logo is a registered trademarks! If your family & friends would like to purchase a gift, have them contact one of our authorized vendors, 3 weeks before crossing! Having unauthorized items will be subjected to a fine.
How can I get a jacket?
The Crossing Jacket, is the MOST TREASURED item, for any Greek member. Unfortunately, there are those whose only purpose of joining, is to get a jacket (or other paraphernalia).
This is HIGHLY DISRESPECTFUL and frowned upon, in the Greek community!
So, in order to obtain a jacket, you MUST first be a member of the sorority!
Once you’ve become a member, you have to EARN your jacket, by participating in a number of webinars, in-person activities & fundraisers.