It all started June 10, 1986!
Hans and Teri Rotter, owners of the Alpine Village, Torrance, California, and a group of St. Mary's Catholic School (Western Samoa) ex-pupils hosted a dinner for His Eminence Cardinal Pio Taofinuu & Sister Mary Alice of Samoa. After dinner, Sister Alice suggested forming an organization to serve as a link of communication between women in Samoa and the United States.
Sisters' Alumni formerly known as St. Mary's Old Girls Association or SMOGA-LA, was established. Our initial intention was to form an association of a group of Catholic educated women dedicated to support St. Mary's College and other Sisters' Schools in Samoa. However, due to the overwhelming interest and dedication of some of our other sisters' to our work, our association is now a Sisterhood Organization. We pledge to promote the spiritual and social welfare of our members and to provide scholarships for students of Pacific Island Heritage.
To attend a Sisters' School in Samoa is an honor and a privilege. Our parents sacrificed and worked diligently to avail us of this opportunity. Catholic education has instilled in us the drive to excel in our spiritual, personal and professional lives no matter what denomination. We strive to improve our organization not only for our benefit but that of our community with tremendous dedication and teamwork.
Sisters' Alumni have grown into one of the most prestigious and the only Samoan women organization in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and the United States.
Our Scholarship Program continues to expand each year. In our first year, we awarded four scholarships (two South Bay students and two students in Samoa). Beginning with the year 2000, we have awarded in excess of a dozen students each year.