TORCH STAFF [email protected] Editor - Seann McAnally Graphic Designer - Eric Burgess Assistant Editor - Betsy Thomas BETA SIGMA PHI INTERNATIONAL Address: 1800 West 91st Place Kansas City MO 64114-0500 816-444-6800 Phone: (8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST M-F) Fax: 816-333-6206 Insurance Only: 800-235-2806 Long Term Care Insurance: 888-290-7207 Gifts Only: 800-821-3989 DIVISION CHAIRMEN Laura Ross Wingfield [email protected] - On-Line Chapters & Conventions Vivian Iddings - (Director of Service) [email protected] - AK, AZ, CT, DC, DE, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, MT, NH, NJ, NV, NY, PA, Puerto Rico, Germany, RI, VA, VT, & WV Karla MacRae [email protected] Canada, GA, Greece, HI, IL, IN, KS, MN, NM, Norway, Scotland, WA, WY, & Russia Cynthia Meadows [email protected] - AL, AR, CO, MO, NC, TN, OH, OK, SC, TX, Belgium, & Zimbabwe Cindy Vance [email protected] - Austria, Australia, CA, England, Finland, FL, ID, IA, LA, Mexico, NE, ND, OR, Saudi Arabia, SD, UT, & WI E-MAIL ADDRESSES Torch Department [email protected] Rushing Department [email protected] Gift Department [email protected] Home Page http://www.betasigmaphi.org Beta Journal http://www.betajournal.com Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. It also provides educational programs to its members and opportunities for service to others. We are women of all ages, interests, and educational and economic backgrounds, and are the largest organization of our kind in the world. For Beta Sigma Phi membership information call: 1-888-BETA-2B1(238-2221) March/April 2015 Volume 134 - Issue 2 Well, as I write this we just sold out the 85th Anniversary Convention in 2016, so we are tired and a bit stressed—what have we gotten ourselves into? But we are also coming up on another busy season for us with Founder’s Day and the looming end of the sorority year. I have already admitted that I replaced a word in the new theme with my preferred word, so you need to look at the art and scratch out that word and replace it with the right one. My bad. So I’m a bit tired, but also a bit in wonder. What kind of amazing things will happen when we get 1500 sisters, husbands and friends together in one place from all over the Beta Sigma Phi world? I’m guessing FUN, pressed down and running over! That was one of my father’s sayings, by the way. We, as a family, have a million of them. So it’s time to turn our thoughts to Spring, the HOPE of warm sun, new flowers, gentle rain and Founder’s Day, followed by conventions, and the close of most of our sorority years. I love Founder’s Day and one of my sadnesses is that now, so few of you ever knew the Founder. If you had, you’d love him. He was like a very smart and very caring Grandfather. He loved people, collected them, and loved the sisters of Beta Sigma Phi. I am amazed at how often I hear from someone who wants to know about his connection to someone. Most recently it was to Smokey Fredericks, his friend and artist. He’s been gone since 1969 and I still hear about his goodness. I hope you’ll consider using flowering trees for your decorations at Founder’s Day, because flowering trees are often fruit trees and they are the beginnings of new growth. We should be the tree that flowers, grows fruit and from that fruit, grows new, strong, vibrant, healthy new trees in our Beta Sigma Phi orchard. We have extended the deadline for adding one member per member to the 2016 convention. I challenge you to tell me you don’t know or will not meet one woman in this time frame who might not make a great sister. I meet them all the time and I’m lucky to have a chapter who welcomes new sisters. We are still a huge organization compared to most, but we are also all aging. We always need to replant so that there will be others to grow and flower behind us. I hope you have many new sisters at your Founder’s Day. If you don’t, ask yourself if maybe you should? But the nice thing is, we are so young at heart that we still act like we did as Ritual members! Laura 5 Torch Chapter Meet the fine ladies of Texas Xi Pi Psi, Eagle Lake—our Torch chapter for this issue. 10 Nothing is Impossible! California sister Debi Anderson is a Global Messenger for the Special Olympics, and has received an honor from the President himself. 13 Founder’s Day 17 Once again, we celebrate our sisterhood and revisit the final Founder’s Day message from Walter W. Ross. Friends From Afar Imagine having a pen pal for more than 50 years and then meeting her in person—read about a sister who did exactly that! 18 Yearbook Contest Winners Check out this year’s winners—just the tip of the iceberg from a fine group of entries. 24 Programs a la Carte 26 News You Can Use The Torch staff guides you through how to run the perfect program, whatever its subject. On the Cover Members of International Alpha peruse the fine selection of yearbooks International received as part of this year’s Yearbook Contest. TOP PHOTO! A 50-year member and a new pledge enjoy each other’s company at a Founder’s Day celebration. See page 15. TORCH TRADITIONS 4 6 12 29 30 Conventions, New Chapters, Friendly Ventures Rushing Featured Program International Award of Distinction Gifts THE TORCH OF BETA SIGMA PHI (ISSN 0888-8930). Official Publication of Beta Sigma Phi, 1800 West 91st Place, Kansas City, Missouri 64114-0500. Periodical postage paid at Kansas City. Canada Post Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement #1548255. Published 7 times a year by Beta Sigma Phi International. Member subscription price $14.00 per year. Non-member subscription price $14.00 per year. Individual copies $2.50. Printed in U.S.A. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Torch of Beta Sigma Phi, PO Box 8500, Kansas City MO 64114-0500. March/April 2015 The Torch 3 Conventions 2015 Alberta (Medicine Hat) May 22-24 Arizona (Prescott) Sept 11-13 Arkansas (Fayetteville) July 18-19 British Columbia(New Westminster)Conclave March 7 British Columbia(N. Delta Cruise from Vancouver) May 2-6 British Columbia (Duncan) Conclave May 30 California (Newport Beach in Irvine)Orange County May 14-17 Carolinas (Charleston, SC) April 17-19 Colorado (Lakewood) June 26-28 May 15-17 Florida (Tampa) Indiana (Anderson) Oct 23-25 Iowa (Quad Cities and Area Chapters) June 5-7 Minnesota (Austin by Albert Lea) Sept 25-27 Mississippi (Leaving from New Orleans) Sept 24-28 Missouri (Cape Girardeau) Oct 9-11 Montana (Butte) June 12-14 New Mexico (Albuquerque) June 12-14 New York (Niagara Falls) Sept 25-27 Ohio (Cleveland in Strongsville) May 15-17 South Dakota (Chamberlain/Oacoma) Oct 9-11 Texas (Amarillo) Style Show May 2 Texas (Fort Worth) June 12-14 Utah (St. George) Sept 18-20 Virginia (Williamsburg) October 2-4 Washington (Gig Harbor) Conclave Oct 4 Washington (Spokane) NW Regional August 7-9 West Virginia (Martinsburg) Oct 9-11 Wyoming (Gillette) Sept 11-13 Wisconsin (Sturgeon Bay) Nov 6-8 4 March/April 2015 The Torch Welcome These New Chapters British Columbia Laureate Delta Iota, Qualicum Beach California Torchbearer Nu, Garden Grove California Torchbearer Xi, San Fernando Delaware Delta Master, Laurel Indiana Beta Tau Master, Fort Wayne Missouri Torchbearer Mu, Saint Louis Nebraska Torchbearer Delta, Fremont Ohio Torchbearer Lambda, Toledo Pennsylvania Torchbearer Nu, Norristown Texas Beta Mu, Bedford West Virginia Alpha Xi Master, Huntington Wisconsin Laureate Alpha Eta, Hartland New Friendly Venture Chapters Alabama Theta Delta, Mobile By: Tina Gurley Colorado Kappa Rho, Elizabeth By: Rhonda Alane Wolner & Colorado Laureate Alpha Eta, Denver Indiana Delta Zeta, Lafayette By: Nancy Marshall Yukon Alpha, Whitehorse By: Chantal Dowden W By Mary Ann Kaluza e are Beta Sigma Phi chapter Texas Xi Pi Psi, Eagle Lake. The first chapter was the Alpha Delta Phi chapter organized in 1968. It was a Ritual of Jewels Chapter. Ernie Sommerlatte is one of the original charter members. Jo Ann Gertson and Glenda Blair were rushed and are still active in our sorority. We are a very active group of ladies with many social and service projects. The highlight of the year is the annual Valentine Dance and Social. In May 1975, the Chapter divided and the younger members remained Alpha Delta Phi. The seasoned members became Xi Pi Psi Chapter. We are still an active group of ten members. Our Sorority Sisters have attended many of the Texas State Conventions and have made many new friends along the way. This was our 40-year anniversary of sponsoring the Community Birthday Calendar, which is our annual fund raising project. These funds are used to give back to our local community. A Scholarship is given to a graduating member of the Rice High School Senior class each year at the Academic Banquet. We honor a female student who has made plans for her college education. Since 1973 we have Honored thirty-nine ladies with our Lady of the Year Tea. The Lady of the Year Tea is held in the homes of our sorority members. These ladies have all made outstanding contributions to our community. Our latest project is a Bingo Party at our local nursing home. We enjoy the Bingo games as do the residents. We play Bingo helping them cover the number on the cards and provide Bingo Prizes. We serve refreshments of cookies and punch to the nursing home residents. We feel honored that our chapter will be featured in The Torch Magazine and hope you will enjoy reading about our sorority and enjoy the photos. March/April 2015 The Torch 5 Rushing Throw Me Something Sister! Using the theme “Expand Your Beta Sigma Phi Family Tree,” Mississippi Delta Master, McComb entertained Mississippi Xi, Jackson at their 2015 Mardi Gras Coronation a social as well as rushing event. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Parades are a major part of celebrating Mardi Gras and each parade has its own Krewe, some having been around for decades. The Krewe of Delta Master and the Krewe of Xi met in the home of Delta Master member Penny Brown which was decorated throughout with masks, wreaths, ribbons, flags, and umbrellas in colors of gold, purple and green to celebrate Mardi Gras. In addition to hosting a chapter exchange, Delta Master sisters were excited to use this party to rush, after ten years of pledging just one new member. It was at the 2014 Mississippi State Convention held in McComb that introduced Delta Master sisters to a transfer and three rushees, giving them the opportunity to expand their chapter. Claudia Ross of Louisiana Preceptor Beta, New Orleans, who they met at the convention recommended her friend Debbie Rodrigue, who moved to the area as a possible rushee. Joan Burt, caterer for the convention, showed interest in sorority to Delta Master President Nan Richardson. Sister Diane Woodall knew another rushee, Patt Penn, who heard her talking to sorority sisters about the convention. Phyllis Turner, formerly of Louisiana Torchbearer Beta, Baton Rouge, moved to 6 March/April 2015 The Torch the area and joined the chapter after her sisters Jean Leyda and Page Meyer attended the state convention. As the Krewe of Xi sisters arrived, they entered Mardi Gras Alley, seeing the “Expand Your Beta Sigma Phi Family Tree” decorated with green leaves to be used as ballots to vote for Queen Beta. Sisters of both chapters were eligible to be Queen and together, they made up a new Mardi Gras Krewe, “Krewe of Diotima and Moon Pies.” Diotima represents that all sisters are wise women and Moon Pies reminded sisters of the meet and greet at the Mississippi State Convention and visiting with other states. A meal of traditional Louisiana style red beans and rice was served to guests, followed by individual King Cakes curtsey of Diane Woodall. The King Cakes were iced with green, gold and purple sugar and containing the traditional small plastic baby which symbolizes luck and prosperity as well as the obligation to bring next year’s cake for the person who finds it in his/her slice of cake. Members and guests selected a leaf from the theme tree to cast their vote for Queen Beta and were told to write a one word description of their reason that this Diotima Sister should be Queen. Kind, worthy, fabulous, amazing, remarkable, worker, extraordinary, wonderful, great example, thoughtful, caring, and “her children rise up and call her blessed” Proverbs 31, were just a few that were used to proclaim the worthiness of Queen Beta. When cold weather forced the parade inside, Krewe Delta Master marched to Mardi Gras music behind President Nan’s float, a little red wagon decorated with Moon Pie boxes and a Krewe of Diotima sign. Delta Master Krewe members passed out moon pies and beads and other members and guests were asked to join the parade through the house to the garage, the site of the queen’s coronation. LouisianaPreceptorBe ta Epsilon, Baton Rouge was formed April 29, 2014. They officially started the chapter by celebrating their chapter birthday on Beginning Day. By September th ey were on a weekend getaway in O range Beach, AL, at the Turquoise Co ndos. In October members Leslie Ste ele and Anna Marie Burns received their Ritual of Jewels degree and President Sandra Linder received he r Torchbearer degree. Also in Octob er the group traveled to Kennebun kport, ME, to celebrate the retirem ent of fellow sister Maxine Muller. They stayed at the Seaside Beac h House and enjoyed Maine lobste r. In late October they took a trip to Salem, MA to see the Halloween events taking place there. Starting out with seven members they have now grown to a chapter of nine. Th is new chapter is very active and wo rking hard to grow their family tree. Mom Anita Fairchild of Xi was pronounced Queen Beta, an overwhelming choice! She is a ten year member but has been associated with Beta Sigma Phi for much longer from helping make costumes and favors for her three daughters Anita, Jane and Barbara Evans. Queen Mom Anita was escorted to her throne, a gilded chair, and presented with a scepter, gold cape and crown. Rushees Patt, Debbie and Joan, and sisters Diane and Anita attended her as her court. This was a great time of fun and fellowship with Delta Master sisters hosting chapter Xi. Members decided unanimously that the Mardi Gras Social will become an annual event. “Let the Good Times Roll!” March/April 2015 The Torch 7 Mardi Gras Heroes Award-Winning Greeks Several Beta Sigma Phi chapters happen to be located in and around college campuses, and in most cases, participate in university Greek life. One such chapter that is making a mark is North Carolina Kappa Rho, Fayetteville. This year has been one filled with socials, service projects, new leadership and lots of changes. But the young ladies of the chapter have learned a lot and grown as sisters. It all paid off at the Methodist University 2nd Annual Greek Gala at the Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville. Eight young ladies dressed in their finest to attend the award ceremony, and took home four awards! Wilmarie Toro won Greek New Member of the Year, and Gabrielle Isaac, Greek Female with the Highest GPA. Alexandria Lyles, social chair, planned ice cream socials, movie night with the fraternities and sororities on campus and a sisters day. The chapter received the Social Award for the university’s Greek system. They also boast a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and also received the Scholasiticism Award. “I am so proud of these young ladies for working so hard and for their accomplishments,” said their advisor, Heidi Berryhill of North Carolina Gamma Psi, Fayetteville. “Way to go, sisters!” 8 March/April 2015 The Torch Texas Preceptor Mu Xi, Texarkana, made waves recently in their hometown. Jean Cronce wrote to let The Torch know the details: “Our town was holding its second Mardi Gras festival parade. We thought, wouldn’t it be great to participate and promote our sorority? Why, yes, we could and would. Charlie Dickerson generously offered her party boat to use as a float. Kathy Taylor (our artistic, talented one) got busy with decorating ideas. The theme was heroes. We ran with the idea of Super Sorority Sisters, with cloaks, emblems, and all. It was wonderful to see the whole chapter pitch in to help with the tremendous amount of work such an undertaking needs. We met at Kathy’s house to make the signs. We displayed our work at the meetings and finally got to decorate the boat/float. The day of the parade was overcast, and we all worried what we would look like soaked. But magically, the sun came out and we showed the blocks-long crowd just what a friendship sorority could do—throwing beads, candy and glowsticks to outstretched hands. Our float was definitely a crowdpleaser. Unfortunately the judges didn’t agree, but we accomplished what we set out to do, promoting Beta Sigma Phi in the community. We definitely were and are Super Sorority Sisters!” Ohio Art Scene Name a city that has produced three world-class artists...Paris? Amsterdam? Try Cincinnati, Ohio! The sisters of Ohio Laureate Epsilon Mu, West Chester, recently enjoyed a cultural presentation by Stanley Smith, of the Cincinnati Art Museum. With a lovely and informative slide show, he shared the lives and works of artists Frank Duveneck, John Henry Twachtman, and Edward Potthast. Pictured here are sisters Carolyn Muller and Maureen Ritter along with Mr. Smith. Girls Weekend! The historic Putnam Lodge in Cross City, Florida, recently hosted a girls’ weekend getaway for the sisters of Florida Epsilon Epsilon, Brooksville. The historic hotel and spa was constructed in the late 1920s by local lumber magnates. Restored to pristine condition, it was the perfect location for the sisters to relax and ruminate on life, learning, and friendship. Pictured in the front row (l-r) are Vivian HumphriesHyslop, Peggy Brim, Cheryl Adamick; second row: Helen Wheat, Linda Cleaveland, Sheri PadgettGiorda, Judy Rivera; third row: Trish Mitrowka, Ann Dobrow, Linda Strickland, Jean Casey and Peg Matthews. Sister honored for special education orah in our meetings, contributing to our activities, sharing her infectious smile and laugh with us...we are so proud and happy for her!” Sisters Celebrate Easter • Kids in Metropolis, Illinois, know there’s someone other than the Easter Bunny to count on for goodies and eggs at Easter time. For the past 26 years, Illinois Zeta Zeta, Metropolis, has hosted a city-wide free Easter Egg Hunt. The event takes up a park in the center of town that covers a city block on all four sides. There are more than 6,000 candy and prize-filled eggs. The sisters are very proud of the event, which plays host to an average of 350 children each year. In addition, the sisters have added a smaller hunt for a group home of mentally challenged adults. • New York Preceptor Alpha Tau, Canton, made 47 Easter baskets to ensure that children in their area would have a happy Easter. The baskets were donat- Deborah Holliday of Ohio Gamma Alpha Master, Akron, was awarded with the Outstanding Educator honor by the Akron Council of the Parent-Teacher Association. Deborah has a Masters degree in Special Education, and is currently working on her doctorate. “This award shows her commitment to the society in which she lives and works, and just how fine and capable a young teacher we have within the educational system,” said Dura Barbour, the chapter’s corresponding secretary. “We have been so happy to have DebContinued on page 28 March/April 2015 The Torch 9 “Nothing is Impossible!” California sister is Special Olympics Global Messenger By Marguerite Benet, California Preceptor Xi Kappa, Brea D ebi Anderson of California Preceptor Xi Kappa, Brea, has been involved in Special Olympics for 17 years. She is proud to be a Special Olympics athlete and has competed in many sports, winning more than 100 gold medals. She has competed in softball, bocce, bowling, track and field, volleyball, and her all-time favorite, gymnastics. Debi and her mother, Pam Anderson, are both longtime members of the chapter. “I am so proud to know these two amazing women,” said chapter member Sharon Edwards. “Debi has won many gold medals... and, wow, you should see her dance!” 10 March/April 2015 The Torch President Obama greeted Debi at a recent dinner for Special Olympics. Debi gives a thumbs-up from the Special Olympics float at the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. Debbi’s motto is “Nothing is Impossible,” because Special Olympics has taught her just that. Special Olympics has given her the ability to do things she never dreamed of doing. When Debi was about three years old, she was diagnosed with being communicatively handicapped and having special needs. With the help of the training and encouragement she has received from Special Olympics, she became a Special Olympics Global Messanger and is able to make speeches on behalf of Special Olympics, telling her story and inspiring hope in others. Debi and her mother, Pam (left) are both long-time members of their chapter. honor of Special Olympics. On January 1, Debi rode on the Kaiser Permanente float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. The theme of the float was “Together We Thrive.” It was filled with Special Olympics athletes. Debi was at the front of the float with Rafer Johnson, Olympic gold medalist and founder of Special Olympics Southern California, and Dustin Plunkett, another Special Olympics athlete and Global Messenger. Debi has an extensive schedule from now until the Special Olympics World Summer Games are held this summer in Los Angeles. She will be speaking to many groups, encouraging them to volunteer at the Special OlymBesides her athletic accomplishments, Debi pics World Games and helping to raise funds is a representative on the Special Olympics for the expected 7,000-plus athletes coming Southern California Board of Directors as well from 170 countries to the World Games. as the 2015 World Summer Games Board of Directors. As such, she has had the oppor- “Special Olympics has given her the ability to tunity to attend the Special Olympics World do things she never dreamed of doing,” ShaWinter Games in South Korea and last August ron said. “Who knew that she could flip over attended a dinner at the White House host- the uneven bars? Well she can...and she did! ed by President Obama and the First Lady in Nothing is impossible!” March/April 2015 The Torch 11 Featured Program This issue’s featured program is about the flower of Beta Sigma Phi. Here are some tips from Betsy Thomas, assistant editor of The Torch and president of the International Alpha chapter, that are sure to help your program blossom! PROGRAM 747: ROSES: A HISTORY OF BETA SIGMA PHI’S FLOWER Program Intro: Roses have been in existence long before humans, with fossil evidence going back some 35 million years ago. It is an ancient flower that grew for thousands of years throughout Asia and the Orient before it appeared in the Western world. It is estimated that the origins of the rose can be traced back to Central Asia, dating back to anything between 60 and 70 million years. The genus Rosa has over 100 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere. A symbol of love, beauty, war and politics; the rose has played a major role in poetry, art, religion, music, literature, perfume, fashion, even medicine and cuisine. Early civilizations such as Egyptians, the Chinese, the Greeks, the Romans and the Phoenicians not only appreciated roses but cultivated them extensively as early as 5,000 years ago. Dedicated as the Queen of flowers, roses captivate attention with fragrance, beauty and a myriad of meanings and legend. Program Overview: Program outline starts out by examining the legends associated with roses, from Jewish folklore to American and Greek legends. Next outlined are the different uses of roses through history. Roses have been used for more than pleasing perfumes and gestures of love. Medicinal usage of the rose has been reported throughout history in various texts, some of which are notated in this program. In addition to usage and lore, roses have their own language. This program outlines the meanings that roses with different colors may represent. There are also various classifications of roses, ranging from old-fashioned roses to miniatures, climbers and shrubs. Finally there is a discussion section that focuses on some of the literature associated with roses, rose societies and famous people roses have been named after. To access the program, visit www.betasigmaphi.org and click on the “Already a Member!” tab. Go to the “More Members Only” tab, then select “Program Outlines” and log in with your member number and email address. Then “Select Program” by choosing program number 747 and click on the PDF to view and print. If, like many sisters, you’re not computer-savvy, you can ask a member of your chapter to help out. If all else fails, call The Torch at 816-444-6800 and we’ll mail you a hard copy of the program. Resources... http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/miscellaneous/flower sandhistory/history-of-roses – this site give an overview of the history of the rose in the Ancient Historic period, the Medieval Period and the Modern Period. Some legends on roses are also listed on this site. At the bottom of the web page are some links to various related topics regarding roses. Check out Rose Trivia and Rose Down Memory Lane for additional highlights. 12 March/April 2015 The Torch http://www.allgreatquotes.com/rose_quotes.shtml – this site is a great site for getting famous quotes about roses. There are three pages of quotes here on roses from famous persons such as William Shakespeare, Thomas Moore, T. S. Eliot, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry David Thoreau and more. The Rose, by Jennifer Potter (2013, Atlantic Books). Author Jennifer Potter, an acclaimed horticultural historian, sets out to uncover the life of the rose viewed differently by various cultures and countries throughout the centuries. Beginning in the Greek and Roman empires and traveling all across the globe she dares to reveal why the rose has provoked such fascination. Available on Amazon for around $20 or less. A Rose by Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted History of Rose Names, by Stephen Scanniello and Douglas Brenner (2009, Algonquin Books). Learn the stories behind rose varieties and names. This book reveals the roots of rose lore, sifting through fact and fiction, and shows how people, communities and cultures identified roses across the globe and throughout the ages. Also available on Amazon for less than $20. Quick Tips... Take action and include a personal touch to your program with these great tips. Roses Are Red – You can’t present a program on roses without having roses present for your presentation. Use rose imagery in your displays. In your displays include a wide variety of roses in a variety of colors. A most obvious choice of display would be to bring a rose boutique, or consider giving each audience member their own rose as a keepsake. Stimulate your audience’s olfactory senses as well by bring roses with abundant fragrance or sample rose perfumes and potpourri. That Which We Call A Rose – Roses are renowned for their symbolism and literary imagery. Share famous rose quotes and texts. Invite your audience to participate in coming up with famous literary quotes or their own quotes describing the symbolism and imagery of the rose. The Flower of Our Organization – The Yellow Rose is the flower of our organization. Using our Rituals as references, what symbolism does the yellow rose signify for Beta Sigma Phi? Discuss these symbolisms with your sisters and the meaning it has in your lives. O n Founder’s Day each year for 38 years, Walter W. Ross sent a special message to every chapter to be read as part of the program of observance. Knowing that April 30, 1969, would be the last time he would have the opportunity of speaking to each Beta Sigma Phi, he chose to have his message recorded and sent to every chapter so that he could express his faith in his own voice. His message closed with these thoughts: “Beta Sigma Phi has integrity. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be in the position of serving you are dedicated to that pleasant and rewarding task. I have spent most of my life in Beta Sigma Phi, and I want you to know I have enjoyed every minute of it. Our two sons who have served you for many, many years are both totally dedicated to Beta Sigma Phi, and so are the other fine folks on the International Staff. “You do realize, I am sure, that behind the vows you have taken is a precious, living, vital and beautiful entity, Beta Sigma Phi. Wherever you are, at home or abroad, you represent it. Take good care of it, enfold it, love it. “I shall not be here always to greet you on these great occasions. But you will be here...Beta Sigma Phi will be here...and it could not possibly be in better hands. Take good care of it, won’t you? Good night.” Today, more than ever, International strives to live up to Walter’s desire to “keep the dream big.” As we head into our 2015-16 sorority year, let us remember the challenge his granddaughter, Laura Ross Wingfield, has put before us: for each member to add one member. Spread the light of Beta Sigma Phi to one other person, and you will have done Walter proud. The challenge isn’t an easy one. But Walter wasn’t interested in doing things the easy way. Indeed, he realized that we only grow when we shake off our preconceived notions about what is possible. In his own words: “There is the pleasure of doing something after everyone says it can’t be done. It seems to me this adds more zest to a thing and enables us to smile a little at the vagaries of faith.” It is up to each of us—members and staff—to ensure Walter’s dream stands the test of time in a new millennium. Together, let us strive to make sure “the light shall not go out forever.” March/April 2015 The Torch 13 Founder’s Day Each year chapters around the world gather to celebrate Founder’s Day. It’s a time for fun and rituals, but more importantly, to reflect on the principles and purpose of Beta Sigma Phi. Here are a few ways your sisters celebrated this special day. • Oklahoma Phi Master, Tulsa, used Founder’s Day as a special occasion to raise $1,000 for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. As a service project, this donation was raised at the Tulsa City Council Master, Laureate Epsilon, Preceptor, Xi Pi and Xi Zeta, with a total of 52 members and 3 members at large. • South Carolina Preceptor Alpha Delta, Seneca, held its Founder’s Day celebration at their hometown International Deli, and took the opportunity to conduct three rituals. Jan Grousd received Torchbearer and Diamond Circle, 11 sisters became eligible for the Masters degree, and other members were recognized for a quarter-century of perfect attendance. “Our social committee kept us busy this year,” wrote Dorothy Glenn. “They planned something fun for every month. We were busy doing service projects. We are very thankful to be members of such a great, loving and caring group of women that we call our sisters.” Founder’s Day Dinner. At substantial savings, Phi Master provided, prepared and served the meal, rather than having a traditional catered event. On a weekly basis, the Community Food Bank serves more than 335,000 meals to residents in Tulsa and surrounding communities. • Sisters from the chapters of Brandon, Manitoba, used Founder’s Day as an excuse to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of sorority in Brandon. The 1st chapter established there was Manitoba Delta, Brandon (now cancelled), formed in 1938. Their charter was received on Founder’s Day, 1939, at the Prince Edward Hotel. The local media took note of the 75th anniversary celebration, as the Brandon Sun newspaper featured an in-depth article and photo spread of the celebrations. Today, the community of Brandon boasts five active chapters—Gamma Pictured here are the 11 chapter members who progressed to Master. Since then the chapter progressed and are now South Carolina Xi Master, Seneca. • Meanwhile, a bit further north, North Carolina Laureate Alpha Epsilon and Laurate Alpha Mu, Hendersonville, celebrated Founder’s Day at a luncheon at Olive Garden in Arden. Highlights of the chapter were shared and awards were presented. The ladies had a fun time with the Right, Left, Cross Gift Exchange from International’s web site. Gifts were passed from right to left and across the table as Sue Haught read the story of Mrs. Wright and Ms. Cross visiting Beta Sigma Phi Headquarters to do some shopping. The sisters also played a photo-match game, matching sisters with their early childhood photos. “Everyone correctly identified their own photo but identifying the others was a lot more difficult,” said Susan Haught of Laurate Alpha Mu. “It was a fun day and a memorable way to enjoy the friendships of our beloved sisterhood.” • The five chapters of Goderick, Ontario rolled out the red carpet for an Oscar-worthy treatment of Founder’s Day. They also hosted chapters from nearby Clinton and Exeter. Some 70 people attended the meeting, and sisters dressed for success, entering on an Oscar Night red carpet. Everyone received “swag bags” donated by area merchants. Door prizes donated by the chapters were drawn from envelopes, Oscar-style. Chandeliers, miniature Oscars, movie • California Nu Master, Pacifica, enjoyed a Founder’s Day to remember. The ladies had a wonderful dinner at Nick’s Restaurant, a fine oceanside eatery. Carmel Payton presented the 50-year ritual for Shirlee Gibbs with the help of Nita Buchanan and Jacquelyn Pettinari. Together, they have 233 years in Beta Sigma Phi! • New and long-time members of Alabama Laureate Eta, Gadsden, joined together with Gadsden chapter Xi Alpha Pi and Preceptor Zeta for a Founder’s Day celebration they’re not likely to forget any time soon. The group snapped a photo that perfectly captures the current challenge for each member to add a new member. Here’s 50-year veteran Pat Thompson with new pledge Mariella McNair, both members of Laurate Eta. A very special day was enjoyed by these ladies and all of their sisters. clipboards and other Oscar-related items helped set the tone. A fashion show presented by Schaefer’s Ladies Wear rounded out the star-studded evening. With all the glitz and glitter, the simple candles that represent sorority were not forgotten. • The Moose Jaw City Council, led by Saskatchewan Preceptor Beta, Moose Jaw, gathered last Founder’s Day at Grant Hall to celebrate 75 years of sorority in Moose Jaw. The first chapter was started in March 1939 and the very first sorority events were held at the historic Grant Hall, so it was nostalgic to return there. Long-time members were honored, and sisters enjoyed a retrospective presentation about all the good sorority has done in the community over the last seven-plus decades. March/April 2015 The Torch 15 Legacy Form Please fill in all information; print on top of each line. Legacy’s Full Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth ______/______/___________ Address:_________________________________________________________________________________City:________________________________ State/Providence:______________________________________ Zip Code:______________________ Phone Number: ___________________________ Name of Sponsoring Memeber:_____________________________________________Relationship to Member:__________________________________ Member Number:_________________________________ Chapter Number:_______________________ Address (if different from Legacy’s):_____________________________________________________________City:_______________________________ State/Providence:______________________________________ Zip Code:______________________ Phone Number: ___________________________ Mail to: Rushing Department, Beta Sigma Phi International, P.O. Box 8500, Kansas City, MO 64114 -- Or call toll free 1-888-238-2221 Payment and form must be received at the International office before a Legacy enrollment can be processed. The $55.00 one-time fee is enclosed (check or Money Order, U.S. Funds) -- Or Payment by Credit Card: Visa MasterCard AmericanExpress Discover Card Number:___________________________________Expiration Date:__________ 3-4 Digit Security Code:_____ Signature:______________________ THREE EASY WAYS TO CONTACT US! Pen Pal Program On-line E-mail Deadline June 1st Name_________________________________________ Member Number____________________ Chapter Name_________________________________ Chapter Number____________________ Address____________________________________________________________________________ email_______________________________________________________________________________ Age Range__________ More than one Pen Pal? Yes -or- No Limit_______ Likes_____________________________________________________________________________ Dislikes____________________________________________________________________________ Hobbies & Interests_________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Personal (background, family, personality type, etc.)_____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Office use only: Match________________________________ Member #_____________________________ 16 March/April 2015 The Torch Friends From Afar By Rebecca Roberson, South Carolina Torchbearer Alpha, Aiken C an you imagine having a pen pal for more than 50 years who lives in another country and finally getting to meet her? That is what has happened to Ann Gordon, a member of South Carolina Torchbearer Alpha, Aiken. Ann was 12 years old when she sent her first letter to Margaret Pentacost, who was 15 and studying in England. Their letters were about boys, The Beatles, and later about men, jobs and travels. When the age of email came around, the two’s contacts became an almost daily enjoyment. Last winter, Margaret decided it was time for her to meet her long distance friend so she emailed about coming to South Carolina. Ann was elated. Margaret is now living in Crete, Greece, along with her friend, Carol Smith-Tavinor from Dorset, England. Together, they flew to Atlanta, GA. The next day they rented a car and drove to South Carolina’s welcome center to meet Ann and her husband Ronnie. Upon meeting, they hugged and started laughing and talking as if they had met many times before. They stayed with the Gordons for two weeks, and each morning they would map out their plans for the day. The two visitors loved the consignment shops, small boutiques and unique eateries, which were so different from those in the villages they had known. One aspect of the United States both commented on was the traditional Southern hospitality. They were not accustomed to strangers greeting them as they passed by! While the travelers were in Aiken, they attended two meetings of the sorority chapter and presented an interesting program about their homes. It was a joy for the members to meet them and hear them share their interests and facts about their country. Carol has been a private chef in England, and she demonstrated her talents with the food she prepared for one of the meetings. “It felt like part of me was torn away when Margaret left to go home,” Ann said as tears filled her eyes. They all thought they had a lot of talking left to do. They have since exchanged greeting cards and still talk regularly. Both visitors said they were already saving to come back over, and Ann plans to visit Margaret sometime soon. It just goes to show, distance is no barrier to true friendship. March/April 2015 The Torch 17 First Place Ritual of Jewels, Exemplar and Preceptor Once again, Colorado Kappa, Denver, sent in a stunner of a yearbook. With a roster of energetic young women fully behind the principles of Beta Sigma Phi, Kappa is a great example of the next generation that will take sorority into the future. The chapter’s motto is “this ain’t your mamma’s chapter,” and this yearbook proves it. Looks aren’t everything, but from the three-dimensional cover and dividers to the fun-filled photos, Kappa’s yearbook committee went above and beyond to make their yearbook not only functional, but lovely to look at all year round. Very detailed program notes and an innovative fold-out calendar also distinguish this digest-sized yearbook. As always, Kappa, you’ve clearly put in time and effort on your yearbook and it shows. Second Place Ritual of Jewels, Examplar and Preceptor The ladies of Georgia Xi Beta Xi, Dublin, have provided a clean, highly organized, and easy-to-read yearbook. Particularly impressive are the calendar and program sections, with dedicated pages for meeting notes and incredibly thorough program information. In the back of each sister’s yearbook is a zippered pouch with The Book of Beta Sigma Phi, Invitation to Life, a pen and pencil, and notepad, so sisters will never be stuck at a meeting without everything they need right at their fingertips. The chapter took the “Expand Your Beta Sigma Phi Family Tree” to heart, with many passages in the yearbook reminding sisters of the challenge for each of them to add a new member. Overall, the judges were quite impressed. Nice job! Third Place Ritual of Jewels, Exemplar and Preceptor “From little acrons mighty oak trees grow.” This quote emblazoned on the cover of Texas Preceptor Omicron Psi, Bedford, says it all when it comes to the 2014-2015 theme. It seems someone in this chapter is a fine artist, with many appropriate illustrations provided throughout. The programs section is particularly thorough, something the judges would like to see more of. The section on socials shows these well-organized sisters like spending time with their husbands and families as well as their sisters— consciously or not, this fitted in nicely with the year’s theme. The sturdy spiral binding and incredible back cover illustration (so good Torch editor Seann McAnally wants to frame it and hang it in the office!) doesn’t really count for points, but added to the overall positive impression of this fine yearbook. Well done, ladies. First Place Laureate, Master and Torchbearer Austin, Texas is known for its arts community, so we’re not surprised by this lovely winning entry from Texas Beta Phi Master, Austin. A digest-sized yearbook bound in firm spiral, the family tree on the cover says it all. Particularly interesting (and above and beyond requirements) is a section on chapter etiquette. A quick-reference section with all of the important highlights was also impressive. Programs are well documented, the calendar section has ample room for notes, and the member roster is thorough. A nice touch in keeping with the 2014-2015 theme is the family tree photos included in the member’s section. A useful collection of often-used forms is in the back of the book with easily removable pages. And while they weren’t strictly necessary and were outside of the judging criteria, the book came in an eye-catching bag with an owl design. All in all, an excellent effort! Second Place Laureate, Master and Torchbearer Texas Torchbearer Iota, Houston provided an incredible yearbook. The 2014-2015 theme was beautifully illustrated on the front cover, which shows the original chapter most of the ladies started in as a sapling; as the years progressed, and new chapters were chartered, each is shown as the tree gets ever-larger, culminating in Torchbearer—a mighty, tall tree. Social activities are very well outlined. Program assignments and notes are quite thorough (the lack of this is quite common, so the judges were impressed to see it). The overall impression of this yearbook is clear, concise, and easy-to-navigate. Of particular interest is a well-researched and written chapter history that runs back to 1986. Way to go, sisters! Third Place Laureate, Master and Torchbearer The entry from Texas Laureate Theta Pi, Katy, now Epsilon Phi Master, has provided an attractive, well-organized yearbook for this year’s competition. Last year, the chapter received an Honorable Mention, so as you can see they’re climbing up the ladder! Social activities, in particular, are very well planned and outlined. When it comes to usefulness, organization, and neatness, this yearbook got a perfect score. Plans are clearly outlined, and the chapter roster and committee sections are particularly well-done. And while the judges do not consider covers, it’s hard to ignore this lovely, handmade cloth cover. Very nicely done! Poetry & Photo Contest Deadline: Postmarked by May 1st Send your entries to the attention of the appropriate contest, c/o The Torch, Beta Sigma Phi International, P.O. Box 8500, Kansas City, MO 64114-0500 Poetry Contest Entry Form Entries must be original, unpublished poems written by Beta Sigma Phis in good standing. They may be of any theme and length (although, lengthy poems are not likely to be published in their entirety). Poem(s) must be typed and double-spaced. Each contestant may submit up to three poems in a contest year. The entry form must be completed and included with the poem(s). Poems must be postmarked by May 1. Poems are non-returnable. No member may win first place two consecutive years. The first place winner will receive $50; second, third and fourth place winners will receive $30, $20 and $10 respectively. The winners will be featured in the August Torch. Member’s Name:_________________________________________ Member No.:_________________ Chapter Name:____________________________________________Chapter No:_________________ CompleteAddress:_____________________________________________________________________ Poem Title(s):________________________________________________________________________ Photo Contest Entry Form Entries must be original, unpublished photo submitted by Beta Sigma Phis in good standing. Your photo subject(s) may be any theme (Beta Sigma Phi related or non Beta Sigma Phi related). Photos may be in color or black and white, at least a 4x6 in size. Please submit a quality photo. Photo should be well lit, sharp, in focus, with a good contrast and subject should fill 80% of the area. No digital/e-mailed photos will be accepted. One non-returnable photo can be submitted per memeber. The entry form must be completed and included with the photo. The entry must be postmarked by May 1. Do no write on photo please. No winner may win first place two consecutive years. The first place winner will receive $50; second, third and fourth place winners will receive $30, $20 and $10 respectively. The winners will be featured in the August Torch. Member’s Name:_________________________________________ Member No.:_________________ Chapter Name:____________________________________________Chapter No:_________________ CompleteAddress:_____________________________________________________________________ Short Description of Photo Subject:_______________________________________________________ 20 All entries become the property of International and cannot be returned. March/April 2015 The Torch International cannot be responsible for items lost in the mail. 2014-2015 Chapter Yardstick The Yardstick deadline is August 20, 2015. PLANNING _____ Executive Board Meetings (10 pts. max) 10 points for meetings held as needed. _____ Regular Meetings (18 pts. max) 1 point for each meeting. _____ Attendance (12 pts. max) 10 points for percentage of attendance. Example: 7 points for 70%, etc. Members on leave-of-absence and shut-ins not counted against percentage. 2 points for consistent system of notifying members of time and place of meetings. _____ Finance (19 pts. max) 10 points for preparation of chapter budget that limits the cost to an amount the members agree is not a burden to each member. 7 points for a major money-making project, 2 points for a minor project. _____ Cooperation (44 pts. max) 5 points for participation in City Council or executive coordinating committee. 10 points for committee planning and handling preliminary details before meetings. 2 points for each month’s chapter minutes and report forms sent to International by the end of the month. 5 points for City Council participation. _____Beta Sigma Phi Review (36 pts. max) C U LT U R A L _____ Programs (36 pts. max) 2 points each for a formal program (30 minutes), 1 point each for an informal program (cultural outing). One program per meeting. _____ Program Presentation (36 pts. max) 2 points for a program presented by two or more members. One program per meeting. _____ Chapter-Wide Discussion (18 pts. max) 1 point for discussion guided by leader following the presentation, allowing each member’s participation. _____ Audio-Visual Aids/Demonstrations (12 pts. max) 1 point for each program in which audio-visual aids or demonstrations are used requiring participation by members (i.e., games, quizzes, etc.). _____ Programs on the Shelf (20 pts. max) 5 points for each program prepared for emergency use. _____ TOTAL (122 points possible) BONUS POINTS _____ Establishing a New Chapter (10 pts. max) 3 points for each Book of Beta Sigma Phi month activity 5 points for Friendly Venture reservation, 5 points for presenting pursued. Alernatively, 3 points for each issue of The Torch Beta Sigma Phi to prospective members. reviewed (in print or online) or 3 points for Beta Sigma Phi _____ Receive a FOUR-STAR RATING when your chapter web site review. completes a Friendly Venture! _____ Publicity (10 pts. max) 5 points for each major project, 2 points for each minor project. _____ Wider Social Horizons (16 pts. max) 10 points being a sponsoring chapter of a convention, area _____ Phone or Email (10 pts. max) meeting or workshop, 2 points for representation at a convention, 5 points for having a phone or email tree to get the news out to chapter members. area meeting or workshop. _____ Community Service or Cultural Event (15 pts. max) _____ TOTAL (159 points possible) 5 points for each major project, 2 points for each minor project. SOCIAL _____ Chapter Assistance (20 pts. max) _____ Planned Social Calendar (30 pts. max) 4 points for each active member serving as an advisor. 30 points for planning the sorority year by September 1. _____ Legacies and Sponsored Members(10 pts. max) _____ Social Balance (60 pts. max) 1 point for each member who enrolls one or more in the 5 points for each traditional social held (Founder’s Day, Legacy or sponsored member program. Beginning Day, etc.), 4 points for each informal social held. 10 points for city-wide social. 2 points for interchapter social. _____ Assisting Community Chapters (45 pts. max) 15 points for assisting a small chapter with rushing or progression _____ Attendance (10 pts. max) 10 points for attendance of members at social functions. activities. 2 points for each personal recommendation of an (10 points equals 100%, 7 points equals 70%, etc.) out-of-town candidate, max. 20 points. 1 point each for contacting _____ Time for a Good Time (18 pts. max) transferees or prospective members for your chapter or intro1 point per meeting, dining, and for allowing time to socialize. ducing them to another chapter, max. 10 points. _____ Sending Cards (5 pts. max) _____ Contest Entries (6 pts. max) 5 points for sending cards to members for occasions such as 1 point for each entry in any International contest. illness, birthday, etc... _____ Member Survey (10 pts. max) _____ TOTAL (123 points possible) 10 points for surveying members’ interest. _____ Envoys (10 pts. max) MEMBERSHIP _____ Membership Plan (20 pts. max) 1 point per Envoy member. 10 points for each rushing program. _____ Theme (10 pts. max) _____ Pledge Training (36 pts. max) 10 points for implementing theme in chapter activities. 2 points per pledge training session from Invitation to Life. _____Volunteering (10 pts. max) Must designate you are a Beta _____ Success (65 pts. max) Sigma Phi member 5 points for each pledge added to your chapter during the _____Online Hosting (10pts max) 1 point per occurrence. Visit to sorority year. 5 points for chapters with 10 - 20 members. online chapter to make up a land chapter meeting. 10 points for chapters with more than 20 members. _____ Transfers and Reinstatements (20 pts. max) TOTAL (172 points possible) _____ 5 points for each member transferred into the chapter, each inactive member reinstated, and each member-at-large added. _____ Progression (45 pts. max) Chapters who have Friendly Ventured during the 5 points for each event encouraging progression to your chapter, 5 points for each eligible member that progresses to 2014-2015 year will earn a special four-star rating. your chapter. _____ TOTAL (186 points possible) 0 - 199 = Return the Yardstick to your division chairman at Beta Sigma Phi International, P.O. Box 8500, Kansas City, Missouri 64114-0500. 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Stam City MO Person Has Kansas 993 What e In Your Life? Up Your Of Pick Influenc ? In Any Period 310 Could Live You Choose 994 If You Which Would People History, High School, I Was In 996 When t I Was.... Though orm der F am Or Progr ning • • • • Mustache, Anyone? One of the three pillars of Beta Sigma Phi is Learning. Sisters learn from one another in informal ways each time they meet, but programs are a formal way for sisters to share their knowledge and gain a little more. From serious topics such as prostate cancer to lighthearted ones such as Easter Peeps, sisters never fall short of coming up with new and interesting program topics. Here are just a few. British Columbia Xi Nu, Victoria, had a fun and informative program by sister Kathy Huot about prostrate cancer and the November fundraiser that many men special to the chapter take part in—“Movember,” when men grow mustaches and beards to show support and raise funds. The ladies had a great time while trying out what it would be like to have a mustache. They wore false mustaches in various sizes and colors. Peep-Peep! The sisters of Virginia Preceptor Gamma Chi, Williamsburg, chose during the 2014 sorority year to highlight programs about things that lit up their lives—made them smile, laugh, and generally feel happy. Sherry Phipps was scheduled to present a program on fireflies—those pretty little bugs that light up the summer skies in Virginia. While doing her research, a different subject kept poppoing up in her computer and in magazines—Peeps! Sherry suddenly realized that this gooey, marshmallow Easter candy was making her smile and filled her with past memories of her childhood and of helping the Easter Bunny fill baskets for her children, and this year, her granddaughter. This recollection of simple candy that has lit up her life for decades caused her to 22 March/April 2015 The Torch change her program. The night of her program, the sisters, expecting to see pictures of fireflies, were greeted with a wonderland of Peeps. There was a decadent chocolate Peep cake, Peep games, and dishes of Peep candy. As each sister entered the room and saw the Peeps, in all colors and all shapes, memories rushed in their minds. Sherry gave a history of a small candy company that took Easter by storm, one pink, blue or yellow chick at a time. The sisters then made Peep bouquets. Sherry provided each sister with a silk flower bouquet. Each sister poked a toothpick through a different color of Easter Bunny Peep, then placed it in the middle of each flower. Each sister left the meeting with a wonderful new memory and a unique and beautiful bouquet of Peeps. Living History Georgia Laureate Alpha Mu, Dalton, now Omega Master, chose to focus their 2014 programs on the American Civil War—after all, it was the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the conflict. Specifically, the sisters did program work to learn about the involvement their local community had in the conflict that divided the nation. The sisters of Dalton were interested to learn that during Union General Sherman’s infamous march to Atlanta—a decisive campaign that helped win the war—he was obliged to go around Dalton! The sisters also visited the Dalton Depot, a historic train depot where Union spies highjacked a Confederate train and tried to take it north. They also visited the site of the rumored two-day snowball fight that took place between Union and Confederate soldiers. They visited a reenactment of the Battle of Tunnel Hill, heard a lecture from Dr. Jim Burran on the Battle of Chickamauga, and visited West Hill Cemetery to pay respects to fallen soldiers. The sisters also visited an old stone church used as a hospital during the war— bloodstains can still be seen on the floors. Pictured here are chapter members Dorothy Gray (left) and Jo Waybright visiting a memorial of Confederate dead. Flying High It’s never too late to try something new. Marjorie Goodson of Wyoming Laureate Tau, Sundance, joined Beta Sigma Phi in 1955. She recently gave a truly inspirational program on her skydiving experience in Arizona at the youthful age of 90! She has since received the Torchbearer degree. In sorority, you’re never too old to fly high! Kleenex and Handkerchiefs Pennsylvania Torchbearer Mu, Lockhaven, was chartered early this year, and wasted no time delving deep into program work. Since many expressions of love and sisterhood rarely leave a dry eye, Thelma Caris presented a historical program on Kleenex tissue and handkerchiefs. She displayed antique handkerchief boxes and handkerchiefs. Meanwhile, seven members of the chapter progressed to the Torchbearer degree, gaining notice in local newspapers! Individual Program Work Lisa Weaver of Online Delta recently wrote to let Karla MacRae, her division chairman, know how much she appreciated a new Beta Sigma Phi intitiative—the ability to do self-directed program work to make up member at large time. Karla suggested Lisa share her thoughts with her sisters through The Torch: at we “It is said we find a way to do wh l anwant to do. When Internationa memnounced its self program work for ms to bers at large, I had about 75 progra at a make up. By copying five programs ething time and choosing some I knew som knowabout and some I was interested in proing more about, I completed all of my close grams within a month. Now I am degree to being eligible for the Torchbearer that I figured I would never get becaus e of my member at large years. I joined Beta Sigma Phi in April 1970. I was active in Spokane, WA and Colorado Sp rings, CO, before getting a teaching positio n in a Catholic elementary school in Sp okane. In those days, teachers taught every subject, had filled-to-capacity classr ooms with no paid aides and attended me etings at night as well as having confer ences with every student’s parents twice a year. Career chapters weren’t an option at that time, so I became a member at large. Fast forward to June and July 2014, and all those missed programs are now a thing of the past. So it is really true—you can find a way to do what you want to do.” March/April 2015 The Torch 23 Programs a la Carte CAREER 101 Career and Marriage: Planning for Success 102 Learning: Career Preparation 104 Career Rewards: Attitudes, Planning and Achievement for Career Rewards 106 Life Management: Building a Successful Support System 108 Career and Life Planning: Marketing Yourself and Your Skills for the Job Market 110 Effectively Asserting Yourself 114 Entrepreneurship 116 Starting Your Own Home-Based Business 121 You and Your Environment: What Your Efforts can Accomplish 122 Getting Toxins Out of Your Home 124 You and Your Environment: Organic Gardening and Growing a Safe Garden 126 Environmental Benefits of Recycling HOME 204 Rewards Harvested from Family Life 207 Art In Our Houses: Uses of Art Elements In the Home 208 Home Planning: The House Architecture to Finance 214 Walls: Decorative Treatment 215 Textiles: Practical and Decorative Uses In the Home 217 Better Lighting: Lighting for Function and Design 218 Pictures and Mirrors: Their Uses In Decoration 219 Accessories In the Home: Reflections of Ourselves 222 Outdoor Living: Garden and Lawn Decoration and Use 223 Apartment: Decorating and Furninshing for Comfort 224 Protecting Your Home: Security Through Knowledge and Planning 226 Rearranging Rooms for More Warmth and Style 228 Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway): The Ancient Art of Placement for Health and Healing 233 Aprons Tie Us To Memories HEALTH 301 Diet: Generalities of Healthful Diet 303 Medicine: Exploring Your Interests 306 Getting The Best Of Stress 307 Nutrition (for women only!) 310 Pick Up Your Stamina 24 March/April 2015 The Torch 311 322 327 329 331 334 335 340 343 344 345 346 Walking Healthy Homestyle: Soup Healthy Homestyle: Desserts Healthy Homestyle: Vegetables You Want to Eat Wines For All Times Acupuncture Water Aerobics Breast Cancer: Myths and Realities Women and Heart Disease Living With Diabetes Candle Comforts Rest and Relaxation Soiree HUMAN RELATIONS 400 Friendship: Finding, Developing, Maintaining 402 Service: The Need To Serve and Its Rewards 403 Everyone A Teacher: Teaching As A By-Product of Communications 409 A Good Example: Study of A Role Model For Morals and Customs 413 Sign Language Basics 419 My Sister, My Friend 421 Natural Remedies: Menopause 422 Natural Remedies: Preventing Osteoporosis 424 Natural Remedies: Preventing Cancer 426 Natrual Remedies: Keeping Your Memory Sharp 428 Natural Remedies: Wrinkles 431 Natural Remedies: Backaches 432 Natural Remedies: Allergies 435 Facebook - Finding New Path To Friendship PERSONAL GROWTH 501 Perception Of Beauty: Discovering The Why Of Beauty 505 Mental Enrichment: Modern Methods For Fuller Lives 509 Getting Established: Security Through Understanding and Planning 512 Private Speech: What Our Speech Shows Us To Be 514 Winning: How To Be A Winner In Life 519 Happiness: What It Takes To Be Happy 523 Your Personal Score: Relationship Of What You Are and What You Expect Of Yourself 524 Perspective On Self: By Looking At A Modern Woman 525 Perspective On Self: Looking At A Modern Man 529 Communicating Effectively To Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem 531 Resolving Conflicts So Everyone Wins 546 Living History 547 The Way We Were 548 Women Alone THE ARTS 601 Literature - Poetry: Enjoying Poetry and Lyrics 604 Drama - Theatre: Television, Stage and Theatre For Fun 606 Popular Music: For Your Dancing and Listening Pleasure 607 Creative Expression: Communications, Fine Arts, Crafts As Forms Of Expression 608 The Art Of Photography 613 Antiques 620 Armchair Traveler: Sydney, Australia 621 Armchair Traveler: San Francisco 622 Armchair Traveler: Rome 623 Armchair Traveler: Athens, Greece 624 626 627 628 629 632 634 635 636 637 Armchair Traveler: London Armchair Traveler: Paris Armchair Traveler: New York Armchair Traveler: Jerusalem Armchair Traveler: Hong Kong Packing For Travel Like A Pro Name This Baby-Boomer Tune Paper Making Photo Christmas Ornament Iris Folding THE WORLD AROUND US 703 Religion: Generality and Effect 706 History: Effect On and By Women 710 Estate Planning: Planning for Retirement and Beyond 716 The World Around Us: India and Southwestern Asia 717 The World Around Us: Eastern Europe 728 The World Around Us: Canada How Well Do You Know Your Own City? 998 The History Of Thanksgiving And 1001 Friendly Venture Harvest Celebrations Around The World 1026 ABC’s Of Organizing Clutter Herbs 999 Lipstick - From The Dark Ages To The 1028 Our Chapter Remembers Our Years In Chocolate 21st Century Beta Sigma Phi. Wildflowers 1031 Beta Sigma Phi Jeopardy BETA SIGMA PHI 748 Your “Significant Other” and You 1032 Diotima of Mantinea 1000 Rushing Game 732 733 736 738 750 The Golden Age - Retiring in Style 751 From Spouse To Single - On Your Own Again 752 Make Your Money Work For You 754 Finding Bucks For Your New Business SBA Loans 757 Genealogy 759 Gateway to the World 764 Cats! 765 Dog-Gone Good!: Woman’s Best Friend 769 Staying Cool Under Pressure 772 Local Government: Stand Up and Be Counted 776 A History Of The U.S. Flag 778 Understanding a Little about Blindness 780 A Taste of Italy 781 Send Me A Postcard 101 102 104 106 108 110 114 116 121 122 124 126 204 207 208 214 215 217 218 219 222 223 224 226 228 233 301 303 306 307 310 311 322 327 329 331 334 335 340 343 344 345 346 400 402 403 409 413 419 421 422 424 426 428 431 432 435 501 505 509 512 514 519 523 524 525 529 531 546 547 548 601 604 606 607 608 613 620 621 622 623 624 626 627 628 629 632 634 635 636 637 703 706 710 716 717 728 732 733 736 738 748 750 751 752 754 757 759 764 765 769 772 776 778 780 781 801 806 811 820 821 822 823 824 825 828 829 900 901 902 903 963 985 989 992 993 994 996 998 999 1000 1001 1026 1028 1031 1032 LEISURE 801 Hobbies: Sharing Your Interests 806 Memory Quilts 811 A Journal Of Self-Discovery Through Writing: Recording Thoughts and Ideas 820 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Red Is For Courage 821 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Yellow Is For Vision 822 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Blue Is For Humility 823 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Green Is For Fellowship 824 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Orange Is For Loyalty 825 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Violet Is For Service 828 Starting Your Own Book Club 829 Dolls, Dolls, Dolls ORIGINAL OUTLINES 900 901 902 903 963 985 989 992 993 994 996 An Original Outline: Crafts An Original Outline: Current Events An Original Outline: Women’s Concerns “We Are Shaped and Fashioned By What We Love.” Hunting For Gems Harvest Festivals Christmas The Coffee Expert: Drink Up! Delicious Coffee Recipes What Person Has Had The Most Influence In Your Life? If You Could Live In Any Period Of History, Which Would You Choose? When I Was In High School, People Thought I Was.... Program Order Form • • • • Circle the numbers of the programs you want on this order form. Please select no more than 18 programs. Only one order form per chapter. The chapter’s program chairperson retains a copy of your order. Chapter Name Chapter Number Program Chairperson Member Number Address City, State, & Zip Code Return to: Beta Sigma Phi International PO Box 8500 Kansas City MO 64114-0500. March/April 2015 The Torch 25 How to Give the By The Torch Staff “A good program is not simply read from an encyclopedia—it grows out of the personality and beliefs of the members who present it.” Jack Ross How about having a program on “How to Present a Program?” In fact, there is one— Program #1035! This could become a great roundtable discussion topic. With the tips below, this is one presentation that could become a favorite for kicking off the sorority year. Why do we have programs if we are a social sorority? The need of young women to have an opportunity to extend their education was apparent to our founder, Walter W. Ross, long before he established Beta Sigma Phi. Fulfilling this need was paramount in what he wanted this organization to provide for members. Obviously, today, women have far more opportunities for cultural enrichment and education than they did in the 1930s, when sorority was founded. However, the importance of program work has not diminished. While we can certainly attend university, take community courses, read good books, and find other ways to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the world, we must not overlook the interests, wisdom, and education we can learn from the people closest to us—our sisters. Therefore, program work is 26 every bit as important today as it was in bygone eras. In many ways, program work has become a bit more personal, a bit more reflective of the interests of individual sisters, rather than academic subjects. The quote from Jack Ross that opens this article indicates that he, at least, anticipated this. The entire idea of programs was, and is, to continue to work to translate the Good, the True, and the Beautiful into the lives our members. The basic goal of cultural programs, remember, is to provide opportunities to express, understand, and practice our highest ideals, so as to make our lives a masterpiece. This is not just an empty slogan. Programs are important, because through them, our knowledge is enhanced. Essentially, programs are designed to do two things. First, they provide an opportunity for the presenting member to grow in poise, confidence, and self-expression. Secondly, they enable members to gain, over time, a broad understanding of diversified subjects. This enhances their ability to communicate, to understand references, and to be what we might call “culturally literate.” Perfect Program The first step in preparing your program is obvious—decide on an interesting topic! With more than 1,000 official programs to choose from, this can be an overwhelming task. The best way to approach program selection is to be aware of the interests of your members. You don’t want to give a program about something they all already know about—that would defeat the purpose— but by understanding your chapter’s interests, you can narrow down the possibilities and find something similar. Keep it simple! Simple themes always work best for programs. Not only can you provide more focus on the subject, it helps in keeping the program no longer than 30 to 45 minutes long. Practice the program yourself and time it. Time flies when you present! Gather information, think and jot down ideas, talk to people, read or go see a film or play for yourself. Don’t forget that the Internet is probably the easiest and best resource available. If you happen to know an expert on your topic, invite that person to speak to your group. Don’t be shy about this. Most people will be flattered by such a request, even if they don’t have time, and you might be surprised how many people make time to discuss their favorite subjects with others. A very important consideration is to decide what you want your audience to remember, think about, experience, and enjoy. Teaching aids, props, or a guest speaker go a long way in keeping the program interesting and memorable. Don’t worry about being “gimmicky.” In fact, articles like this one in older issues of The Torch specifically recommend organizing your presentation around a prop or gimmick of some kind. For example, if your program is on a historical figure, why not dress like that figure? A presentation board with the main points outlined also adds flair and something the audience can focus their attention on. While it’s certainly never a bad idea to write out your program, be wary of simply reading it. If you organize your thoughts on index cards in a bullet-point format and then speak in an impromptu manner, you’ll find this approach far more conducive to discussion among your group—and it’s those clarifying conversations, the question-and-answer process, the dialogue, that open up the paths to true learning (something Socrates and his legendary teacher Diotima knew well). Audience participation, more than anything else, is the key to a good program. The more they contribute, the more they will learn. Programs a la Carte 311 Walking CAREER 322 Healthy Homestyle: Soup 101 Career and Marriage: Planning for Success 327 Healthy Homestyle: Desserts 102 Learning: Career Preparation 329 Healthy Homestyle: Vegetables You Want to Eat 104 Career Rewards: Attitudes, Planning and Achievement for Career Rewards 331 Wines For All Times 106 Life Management: Building a 334 Acupuncture Successful Support System 335 Water Aerobics 108 Career and Life Planning: Marketing 340 Breast Cancer: Myths and Realities Yourself and Your Skills for the 343 Women and Heart Disease Job Market 732 How Well Do You Know Your Own City? 998 The History Of Thanksgiving And 1001 Friendly Venture 344 Living With Diabetes 110 Effectively Asserting Yourself Harvest Celebrations Around The World 1026 ABC’s Of Organizing Clutter 733 Herbs 345 Candle Comforts 114 Entrepreneurship 999 Lipstick - From The Dark Ages To The 1028 Our Chapter Remembers Our Years In 736 Chocolate 21st Century 346 Rest and Relaxation Soiree 116 Starting Your Own Home-Based Beta Sigma Phi. 738 Wildflowers Business 1031 Beta Sigma Phi Jeopardy BETA SIGMA PHI 748 Your and You 121 You and Your Environment: What Your “Significant HUMANOther” RELATIONS 1032 Diotima of Mantinea 1000 Rushing546 Living History Game Efforts can Accomplish 547 The Way We Were 400 Friendship: Finding, Developing, 750 The Golden Maintaining Age - Retiring in Style 122 Getting Toxins Out of Your Home 548 Women Alone 751 From Spouse To Single Your 124 You and Your Environment: Organic 402 Service: The- On Need To Serve and THE ARTS Gardening and Growing a Safe Garden Own Again Its Rewards 601 Literature - Poetry: Enjoying Poetry 403 Money Everyone A Teacher: 752 Make Your Work For You Teaching As 126 Environmental Benefits of Recycling Circle the and numbers Lyricsof the programs you want on this order form. A By-Product of Communications 754 Finding Bucks For Your New Business no more than Television, 18 programs. 604select Drama - Theatre: Stage 409 A Good Example: Study of A Role Please SBA Loans HOME and Theatre Fun Model For Morals and Customs Only one order form perForchapter. 757 Life Genealogy 204 Rewards Harvested from Family 606 Popular Music: For Your Dancing 413 Sign Language Basics The chapter’s program chairperson retains a copy of your order. 759 Gateway to the World 207 Art In Our Houses: Uses of Art and Listening Pleasure Elements In the Home 764 Cats! 419 My Sister, My Friend 607 Creative Expression: Communications, 421 Good!: NaturalWoman’s Remedies: Menopause Chapter NameFine Arts, Crafts As Forms Of Chapter Number 208 Home Planning: The House -765 Dog-Gone Best Friend Architecture to Finance Expression 769 Staying 422 CoolNatural UnderRemedies: Pressure Preventing Osteoporosis 214 Walls: Decorative Treatment 608 The Art Of Photography 424 Natural Stand Remedies: Program Chairperson Member Number 772 Local Government: Up Preventing Cancer 215 Textiles: Practical and Decorative and Be 426 613 Antiques Natrual Remedies: Keeping Your Counted Uses In the Home Memory Sharp Address 620 Armchair Traveler: Sydney, Australia City, State, & Zip Code 776 A History Of The U.S. Flag 217 Better Lighting: Lighting for Function 428 Natural Remedies: Wrinkles 621 Armchair Traveler: San Francisco and Design 778 Understanding a Little about Blindness 431 Natural Remedies: Backaches 622 Armchair Traveler: Rome 218 Pictures and Mirrors: Their Uses 780 In A Taste of Italy 432 Natural Remedies: Allergies 101 623 102 106 Greece 108 110 114 116 Decoration Armchair 104 Traveler: Athens, 781 Send Me A Postcard 435 Facebook - Finding New Path To 219 Accessories In the Home: Reflections 624 Armchair Traveler: London Friendship 121 122 124 126 204 207 208 214 of Ourselves LEISURE 626 Armchair Traveler: Paris 222 Outdoor Living: Garden and Lawn PERSONAL GROWTH 801 Hobbies: Sharing Your Interests 215 627 217 219 York 222 223 224 226 Armchair 218 Traveler: New Decoration and Use Perception Of Beauty: Discovering 806 Memory501 Quilts 628 Armchair Traveler: Jerusalem 223 Apartment: Decorating and Furninshing The Why Of Beauty 228 629 233 301 303 306 307 310 311 811 A Journal Of Self-Discovery Through for Comfort Armchair Traveler: Hong Kong 505 MentalThoughts Enrichment: andModern Ideas Methods 224 Protecting Your Home: Security Writing: Recording Packing For Like A Pro334 322 632 327 329Travel 331 335 340 343 For Fuller Lives 820 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Through Knowledge and Planning 634 Name This Baby-Boomer Tune 509 Getting Established: Security Through Red Is For Courage 344 635 345 346 400 402 403 409 413 226 Rearranging Rooms for More Warmth Understanding and Planning Paper Making and Style 821 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: 512 Private Speech: What Our Speech 636 Photo Christmas Ornament 419 421 422 424 426 428 431 432 Yellow Is For Vision 228 Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway): Shows Us To Be 637 Iris Folding The Ancient Art of Placement822 for Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: 514 Winning: How To Be A Winner In Life 435 501 505 509 512 514 519 523 Health and Healing Blue Is For Humility 519 Happiness: What It Takes To Be Happy THE WORLD AROUND US 233 Aprons Tie Us To Memories 525 529 531 546 547 548 601 823 Learning523 TheYour Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Personal Score: Relationship 524 Of 703 Religion: Generality and Effect HEALTH You Are and What You Expect Green Is ForWhat Fellowship History: Effect 604 706 606 607 On and 608By Women 613 620 621 622 Yourself 301 Diet: Generalities of Healthful824 DietLearning TheOfBeta Sigma Phi Attributes: Estate Planning: Planning for Perspective Is For Loyalty On Self: By Looking At623 710 624 303 Medicine: Exploring Your InterestsOrange 524 626 627 628 629 632 634 Retirement and Beyond Modern Woman 825 Learning TheA Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: 306 Getting The Best Of The World Around Us: India and On Self: Looking At A 635 716 636 Violet Is525 For Perspective Service 637 703 706 710 716 717 Stress Southwestern Asia ManClub 828 Starting YourModern Own Book 307 Nutrition (for women The World Around Us: Europe 748 529 Communicating Effectively To Build728 717 732 733 736Eastern738 750 751 only!) 829 Dolls, Dolls, Your DollsChild’s Self-Esteem 728 The World Around Us: Canada 310 Pick Up Your Stamina 531 Resolving Conflicts So Everyone Wins 752 754 757 759 764 765 769 772 Program Order Form • • • • ORIGINAL OUTLINES 900 An Original Outline: Crafts 901 An Original Outline: Current Events 902 An Original Outline: Women’s Concerns 903 “We Are Shaped and Fashioned By What We Love.” 963 Hunting For Gems 985 Harvest Festivals 989 Christmas 992 The Coffee Expert: Drink Up! Delicious Coffee Recipes 993 What Person Has Had The Most Influence In Your Life? 994 If You Could Live In Any Period Of History, Which Would You Choose? 996 When I Was In High School, People Thought I Was.... 776 821 778 780 781 801 829 820 824 963 985 989 992 993 998 999 1000 1001 1026 1028 Return to: 828 811 823 903 996 1032 901 825 806 822 902 994 1031 900 Beta Sigma Phi International PO Box 8500 Kansas City MO 64114-0500. They say variety is the spice of life, and nowhere is this more true than in program work. Present your program with variety. A touch of humor during a serious subject, or a sudden change of style from, say, lecture to discussion, adds a dynamic quality that keeps listeners from becoming bored. Skits, panel discussions, trivia games, and so on all serve to break the routine and keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Use visual aids! The human brain is highly visual, and will retain and remember what it sees much more easily than what it hears. Work toward a smooth integration of those aids. This way, you can have more than one thing happening at once. This keeps things lively and it saves time. No matter how interesting the subject is or how entertaining you are at presenting it, people do tend to get bored if they have to sit for longer than 30 or 40 minutes. Giving them something to do—even if it’s just passing around a handout—keeps them engaged and interested for a longer time. Don’t underestimate the importance of rehearsal! Rehearsing gives you the opportunity to realize what, if anything, should be cut for time purposes. In rehearsing, you’ll also find opportunities to think of anecdotes for illustrative purposes, or even for comic relief. Also, remember that a program needn’t always be in a presentation during a formal meeting. You could invite your chapter on a tour of an art gallery, museum, or botanical garden related to your program topic. If you are discussing French Impressionist painters, for example, imagine how much more effective it would be if you discussed it in front of an actual Monet or Renoir. If it’s about hardy perennial plants, think how much more interesting it would be to discuss them while surrounded by their real-life beauty. This sort of thing brings your discussions to life in a way that merely talking about it or looking at pictures can’t. Remember, information is best retained when more senses are involved. Presenting a program doesn’t have to be scary. Work with your strengths, and your enthusiasm for the topic will show. March/April 2015 The Torch 27 Continued FROM page 9 ed to the Canton School district to be distributed. The chapter’s 13 sisters donate the items for the baskets and have undertaken this service project for several years. The feedback from the school personnel distributing the baskets has been very positive and the chapter will keep this as one of many service projects they do for the community. • Meanwhile, Oregon Laureate Epsilon, Portland, for the past 10 years has made Easter baskets for children living at the Community Partners for Affordable Bring on the Green! Holding a St. Patrick’s Day social on St. Patrick’s Day? Why not? Ohio Gamma Alpha Master, Akron, used the occasion to educate themselves while having a great time and eating well. Susan Phillips gave a fascinating program on the shamrock. The shamrock has been used as a symbol of Ireland since the 18th Housing. The sisters usually make some 25 baskets filled with suffed animals, small games, activity books and candy. • Our sisters down south haven’t missed out on the Easter action. South Carolina Delta Delta, Myrtle Beach, often puts together Easter baskets for Help century, in a similar way to how a rose is used for England, thistle for Scotland, and leek for Wales. After Susan’s presentation, the sisters moved on more serious business—food! 4 Kids, a volunteer organization which assists needy children in Horry County with clothing, food, and other necessary items. 28 March/April 2015 The Torch International Award of Distinction Meet one of the newest recipients of the International Award of Distinction (IAD), the highest honor that Beta Sigma Phi bestows on active members. Betty has shown her enthusiasm for all things Beta Sigma Phi. Betty Swinton British Columbia Laureate Gamma Epsilon, Salmon Arm Member since 1950 Betty has actively participated in many chapters for the last 60 plus years. Betty is a life member of Beta Sigma Phi, has received the Order of the Rose, Woman of the Year, Silver Circle, Golden Circle, Diamond Circle and presently holds the Torchbearer Degree. Betty was pledged into sorority in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in October 1950 and received her Ritual of Jewels Degree in April 1951. In 1952 she married Doug Swinton and moved to Regina where she joined a new chapter. 1953 found them transferred to Winnipeg where she again found a new chapter. Later in 1953 they found themselves back in Regina where Betty rejoined her former chapter. Doug returned to school to finish his degree and Betty became a member-at-large for the next year. The next few years – 1956 through 1959 – found Betty enjoying new chapters in Lloydminster and Calgary, Alberta. In 1956 they moved to Fort St. John where there was no sorority, so Betty friendly ventured the first chapter there followed by three Ritual of Jewels chapters and a Nu Phi Mu chapter. The next few years after that found them back in Calgary, Regina and then Burstall, Saskatchewan where there was again no sorority. At that time Betty was very busy with her new baby boy and so it wasn’t until 1970 that they transferred back to Calgary that Betty once again reunited with the members of her former chapter there. During her years in Calgary, Betty was on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Women’s Shelter, and volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross Blood Donor clinic. In addition to her volunteer work and being an active member of Beta Sigma Phi, Betty was a homemaker, wife and mother and returned to University as a part time student. After eleven years Betty graduated with a B.A. and a degree in Psychology. Before leaving Calgary Betty was invited by the members and Council of Fort St. John to return as guest speaker at their convention. In 1985 Betty and Doug retired to Blind Bay, British Columbia. The closest chapter is in Salmon Arm – 25 miles from Blind Bay, where Betty joined Delta Phi. When Xi Epsilon Lambda was formed she progressed, and then as new chapters were formed she was a charter member of Preceptor Gamma Tau and then Laureate Gamma Epsilon. Betty presently holds the Torchbearer Degree and was the recipient of the Diamond Circle at Founder’s Day in 2010. In Betty’s 60 plus years as a member of Beta Sigma Phi she has held every office, chaired or was a member of every committee, served on Area Council as President and is still active in Laureate Gamma Epsilon today. “Our chapter has had the privilege of knowing Betty for many years. Betty has always involved herself in socials and events with other chapters. She has helped ensure functions were well organized and attended. She has always joined in representing the community at conclaves and conventions, which helps ensure success in these events. Some members of our chapter have also been lucky enough to be an active member of a chapter with Betty. We have observed her dedication to sorority and the active role she has maintained in the chapter. Betty has held the position of each executive officer and volunteered on many committees. She has also served in executive positions on our Area Council. Betty always presents well researched and organized programs that are informative and interesting. We have also witnessed Betty being supportive to her fellow sisters in times of need. Betty Swinton has displayed extraordinary service, leadership, and friendship in Beta Sigma Phi and represents everything a sister should be,” writes Linda Grimshaw of British Columbia Xi Epsilon Lambda, Salmon Arm. March/April 2015 The Torch 29 Gift items for March/April 2015 TORCH TORCH Magnetic Chip Clip This magnetic Clip is great for important documents or just keeping chips fresh. No.1493 [1.9oz] $4.00 Colored Votive Candle Holders. 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(10”x 13”) Purple with Greek letters in black. 30 2Yr Purse Calendar. No.1509[.3oz]$1.25 ea. A hidden ring allows you to wear it as a necklace, too! Brooch is 7/8” high and available in gold finish. No.2192[.2oz]$9.00 Date: Chapter Number: THREE EASY WAYS TO ORDER GIFTS! PHONE: 1-800-821-3989 8:30 am - 5 pm CST M-F Chapter Name: ONLINE www.betasigmaphi.org/gifts MAIL :Beta Sigma Phi Gifts PO Box 8500 Kansas City MO 64114-0500 ITEMS ORDERED: Qty Item Number Description � SHIP TO: Name: � Address: City: State/Province: Unit Price PAYMENT METHOD: Check or Money Order Enclosed - Payment in U.S. Dollars Only - Charge to My Credit Card: � Visa � Mastercard � Discover Credit Card Account Number: � American Express Expiration Date: CVV# Zip: Daytime Phone: (3-4 digit security code on card.) Shipping and handling is now calculated by weight. 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Beta Sigma Phi is a sister- of International Division Chair Cynthia Meadows. Bud hood, first and foremost. That doesn’t mean we don’t have men in our lives who stand by us, support us, and hold down the fort when we’re away on sorority gatherings! Here are three handsome Envoys enjoying a table of their own at the 2014 Washington State Convention. Sitting at far left is Bud Meadows, husband is a familiar face at International and is known for his skills at the grill, among other things. Is there a special fellow in your life who has supported you? Honor him with a special thank-you—make him an Envoy! For more information, call Connor McAnally, Legacy, Envoy and Envoy II Coordinator, at 1-888-238-2221.
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