The Iota Rho Chapter of Sigma Chi at Bishop’s University

The Iota Rho Chapter of Sigma

The Iota Rho Chapter of Sigma Chi was founded on February 24, 1990. At the time of it’s founding, it became Sigma Chi’s 213th chapter and Canada’s eighth chapter.

Located at Bishop’s University, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, the Iota Rho Chapter is the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization on it’s campus.

The chapter is active both terms of the year: Fall and Winter. It holds numerous social, philanthropic and leadership building events in and around the Sherbrooke area.

To read about chapter news and find out about the events it hosts, see the section.

To find out more about the Iota Rho Chapter, please see the Iota Rho Chapter website.

A bit of history:

excerpts from “Sigs welcome eighth Canadian chapter” by Shaun C. Lewis, Bishops, as appearing in The Magazine of Sigma Chi.

Four long years of hard work and dedication finally paid off for the 49 active and alumni brothers of Omega Sigma Chi, a local fraternity at Bishops University, Lennoxville, Quebec. On February 24, they became charter members of the Iota Rho Chapter, the 213th chapter of Sigma Chi since the Fraternity’s founding, the sixth in the Ontario Quebec province, and the eighth in Canada.

Back in the spring of 1986, 11 young men led by alumni brother David Straiton, Bishops ’88, decided to form a fraternity at B. U Knowing Sigs at both the University of Toronto-Ryerson (Beta Omega) and the University of Western Ontario (Epsilon Omicron), they decided to seek membership into Sigma Chi. The group proceeded to contact the then Grand Praetor of the Ontario-Quebec St. Lawrence province, J. B. Allen. After a series of meetings during the ensuing months, the following October the 11 men were initiated into the local Omega Sigma Chi in a special ceremony organized by the Gamma Lambda Chapter, McGill University.

The past four years were both challenging and rewarding for the brothers of Omega Sigma Chi … the [first] group … of its kind in the area. Members volunteered their time to the university through blood donor clinics, children’s fun days, fund raising campaigns, as well as their own alcohol awareness campaign for students. Off-campus the brothers have visited the Montreal Veteran’s Hospital, renovated the Lennoxville Ascot historical house, attended charity polo days, participated in numerous canned goods and clothing drives, conducted various athletic and leisure programs at the local elementary school, and canvassed for and made donations to the “Telethon de Etoiles” children’s charity

The Indoctrination Week commenced February 18, led by the Headquarters Installation Team of Martin Dana, John Horn and Matthew Noble. The night of February 24 saw the culmination of the Ceremonies of Initiation at the Domaine St. Laurant Hotel in Compton, with the Installation Banquet at the Roussillion Le Baron Hotel in Sherbrooke. Headed up by Master of Ceremonies J. B. Allen, the night was one of honor, achievement and satisfaction for those in attendance. The feelings of joy and pride held by the new initiates were shared by Sigma Chi dignitaries, the Headquarters Installation Team, Sweetheart Kelley Dwyer, Installing Chapter Gamma Lambda from McGill, several proud parents and members from other chapters which assisted with the ceremonies: Beta Omega, Toronto-Ryerson Tech; Epsilon Omicron, Western Ontario; Theta Psi, Waterloo; and Theta Zeta, Bridgewater State.

Memorable moments of the evening were the acknowledgments and award presentations by Grand Consul Robert E. Joseph, the singing of the “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” to Iota Rho Sweetheart Kelley Dwyer, special addresses by the Grand Consul; Grand Trustee Bruce Morgan Casner; the first Canadian Grand Consul, John W. Graham, Q.C.; and a donation to the Iota Rho Scholarship program by Daniel S. Harrop on behalf of the Yale and Brown chapter alumni associations. For the new brothers the most memorable point in the evening was, of course, the presentation of their charter to Consul Paul Capombassi, by Grand Consul Joseph and Chief Installing Officer Dan Harrop. The Ritual Team was guided by Ritual Director Harvey Silverman, Grand Praetor of the Eastern Province.