Founders Day Celebration
Thank you

for being a proud member and a part of the Sigma legacy!

Celebrate an honored tradition.

In 1922, six nurses founded Sigma at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, which is now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words storgé, tharsos, and timé, meaning love, courage, and honor. Each biennium, Sigma recognizes esteemed nurses and other individuals from around the world who exemplify these three words.

Founders' Award
Share your influence

As part of her Call to Action, President Cathy Catrambone has invited all honor society members to influence through philanthropy.

“Continue the tradition of celebrating STTI's annual Founders' Day - 5th of October - with 90 minutes of service as a volunteer at organizations that align with your passion.”

— Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN

This could include the following:

  • food bank Volunteer at a food bank.
  • homeless shelter Serve at a homeless shelter.
  • clean up activity Participate in a neighborhood clean-up activity.
  • run walk Complete a walk/run for charity.
  • mentor Serve as a mentor.

Influence through Philanthropy

The Cathy Catrambone Philanthropy Circle is made up of members, chapters, and friends of nursing who have answered her call to influence nursing through philanthropy. Make two or more donations to the Foundation during the 2015-2017 biennium to become a part of Cathy's Philanthropy Circle!

Donate today! »

Show your STTI pride.


Proud STTI Member images

Download and share Founders' Day images in social media posts. Tag fellow Sigma members who are continuing the legacy and making a difference worldwide!

STTI merchandise

Celebrate Founders' Day by purchasing new merchandise from Sigma and enjoy a special member discount on your Sigma Marketplace purchases. Sigma Marketplace is the source nurses trust for knowledge they need to help patients, staff, colleagues, and themselves.

Are you an Sigma chapter leader?

Consider giving gifts to members. There are several inexpensive items that make wonderful gifts and are available to buy in bulk from the chapter catalog, including badge reels or static stickers. You can also order items such as a Founders' Day postcard from the Print-on-Demand system.

Chapter Leader
Continue the legacy.

Founder's class photoParticipate in an honored tradition on 5 October 2017 and make your Sigma chapter's Founders' Day celebration truly memorable! For event planning resources, log in to the All Chapter Officers workgroup on The Circle to download and share ideas with other members.

Learn more about the six Sigma founders.

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