of Beta Sigma Phi
Editor - Laurey Lummus Volume 129 - Issue 2
Graphic Designer - Eric Burgess
Assistant Editor - Betsy Thomas
BETA SIGMA PHI INTERNATIONAL
Address: 1800 West 91st Place It is once again time to display the winning yearbooks, and as
Kansas City MO 64114-0500 always the yearbooks were incredibly hard to judge. Seriously,
Phone: 816-444-6800 every year the yearbooks are better than the year before. Judg-
(8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST M-F) ing them is like trying to choose between two thoroughbred
Fax: 816-333-6206 horses, or two of your favorite desserts – it’s impossible!
Insurance Only: 800-235-2806
Long Term Care Insurance: 888-290-7207 Founder’s Day is also right around the corner. It is hard to
Gifts Only: 800-821-3989 believe we will be celebrating 80 years of sisterhood. It seems
that I have only had time to blink since our 75th. Time goes
marching on – too bad my left knee sometimes does not go
DIVISION CHAIRMEN along with the plan.
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- Canada, GA, Greece, HI, IL, IN, MN, NM, Norway, We have fun stuff in store for this big anniversary, check out
Scotland, WA, WY, & Russia the details on page 5. Be sure and read it carefully, because
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AK, AZ, CT, DC, DE, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, out, Justin Bieber. Get with your chapter and make a zany fun
MS, MT, NH, NJ, NV, NY, PA, Puerto Rico, Germany,
video, and then send it to us. Sounds like a blast, right? We
RI, VA, VT, & WV
think so too.
Laura Ross Wingfield laura@betasig-
maphi.org - On-Line Chapters & Conventions
This will be the first Founder’s Day without the three Ross
Cynthia Meadows cynthiam@betasig-
men at the helm. Bill left us in 2009, and then this past
maphi.org - AL, AR, CO, NC, TN, OH, OK, SC, TX,
Belgium, & Zimbabwe March, we lost Jack, who was my boss and one of the kindest
Cindy Vance email@example.com men I ever had the pleasure to meet. Some time after his fa-
- Austria, Australia, CA, England, Finland, FL, ID, IA, ther Walter W. Ross passed away in 1969, Jack wrote a beauti-
LA, Mexico, NE, ND, OR, Saudi Arabia, SD, UT, & WI ful paean to his dad, titled “I Wish You Had Known Him.”
In it he extolled his father’s virtues, which were considerable.
Torch Department - Reading it again lately, I thought how appropriate it would
Torch@betasigmaphi.org be to write the same ode to Jack. To tell of how gracious a
man he was, how he always listened to people’s issues with
Membership/Rushing Department - compassion and sound advice, how he so loved the outdoors,
and how he taught his daughter Laura to carry on with the
Gift Department - great legacy that is Beta Sigma Phi. Yes, someone should re-
Gifts@betasigmaphi.org ally write the same sort of tribute to Jack as he wrote to his
Home Page - father. And someday, I believe I will do just that.
Beta Journal - Have a happy Founder’s Day and may spring bring you joy.
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:
5 80th Anniversary News! Fun!
Contests! Sweepstakes Drawings!
8 2010-2011 Yearbook Contest Winners
Find out which chapters topped the cream of the crop.
12 Upon A Mystery Trip
Alabama Xi Xi, Alexander City takes us along on one
of their legendary mystery trips.
15 Our IHM Earlene Fowler has
written another tantalizing yarn
Two lucky members will receive signed copies. Read for details.
16 Programs a La Carte
18 Beta Sigma Phi Programs
Fun from Diotima to Dolls to Facebook.
21 We Salute our Founding
Remembering the values we were founded upon,
with a poem from Jack Ross reflecting on these ideals.
11 What Beta Sigma Phi Means to Me
4 Conventions, New Chapters,
On the Cover
Using artistic components from more than 80 years 30 Gift Selections
ago, artist Eric Burgess created this stunning depiction
of a vintage Torch cover.
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March/April 2011 The Torch 3
Alabama (Mobile) June 10-12
Arizona (Scottsdale) September 30-2 Florida Alpha Delta Pi, Orange Park
By: Crystal Phillips and Laureate Zeta Alpha
British Columbia (Courtenay) Conclave May 6-7
British Columbia (Oliver) Area Conclave May 28 Louisiana Alpha Omega, Ville Platte
British Columbia (Prince George) May 6-8 By: Aimee Brignac and Lambda Epsilon
British Columbia (Vancouver) NW Regional June 24-26 Louisiana Alpha Sigma, Ville Platte
California (Redding) May 12-15 By: Aimee Brignac and Lambda Epsilon
Carolinas Cruise (Charleston, SC) May 25-30
Colorado (Colorado Springs) June 24-26
Florida (Jacksonville) May 13-15
Georgia (Macon) June 3-5
Indiana (Terre Haute) October 22-24
Iowa (Dubuque) June 10-12
Kentucky (Frankfort) June 10-12
Louisiana (Houma) April 10
Michigan (Frankenmuth) October 21-23 Illinois Xi Nu Kappa, Morris
Mississippi (Greenville) September 23-25 Kentucky Laureate Chi, Louisville
Missouri (Independence) October 14-16
Ohio Beta Psi Master, Troy
New Mexico (Las Cruces) June 3-5
Ontario Delta Alpha Master, Barrie
New York (Albany) September 16-18
Nova Scotia (Halifax) October 28-30 Texas Laureate Iota Sigma, Glen Rose
Ohio (Toledo) May 20-22
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) June 24-26
South Dakota (Pierre) September 23-25
Tennessee (Manchester) June 3-5
Texas (Austin) June 24-26
East Texas Area (Frisco) October 14-15
Virginia (Williamsburg) October 28-30
Washington (Arlington) Conclave March 26
West Virginia (Beckley) October 21-23
Wisconsin (Sturgeon Bay) October 28-30
Wyoming (Sundance) September 16-18
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That Means: Fun! Contests! Sweepstakes Drawing!
We have planned lots of fun stuff to celebrate the 80th year of the
founding of Beta Sigma Phi. Below are some of the exciting things you
can participate in as a member.
We will be sponsoring a new email address just for 80th anniversary material. The new address
YouTube Postings – Celebrating 80 years of friendship. Create a DVD that highlights the
excitement that is Beta Sigma Phi, and send it to us at International. Let’s bring our sisterhood
to the masses who view YouTube daily. The one that most accurately depicts the fun and neat
things we do in our chapters will be placed on YouTube, along with an extra surprise.
Please follow these instructions, posted by YouTube.
We accept most video file formats, including .wmv, .mov, .mpg, or .avi. If your video meets these minimum re-
quirements and still won’t upload, there may be a problem with the video compression you’re using. We recom-
mend the MPEG4 format at 640x480 resolution with MP3 audio.
Resizing your video to these specifications before uploading will help your videos look better on YouTube.
• MPEG4 (Divx, Xvid) format
• 640x480 resolution (* most updated recommendation)
• MP3 audio
• 30 frames per second
Videos uploaded through YouTube’s Single File Uploader have to be under the 100MB file size limit. The longer
the video is, the more compression will be required to fit it into that size. For that reason, most videos on You-
Tube are under five minutes long and there is a 10-minute length limit for all videos.
You can compress your video using movie editors, like Windows MovieMaker or Apple iMovie. Programs like
these allow you to edit your videos, add soundtracks, and compress file sizes.
If you choose to use the YouTube Uploader, your video can be up to 1GB in size.
Digital and Analog Camcorders
If you already have a digital camcorder (one that captures in Digital8, MiniDV, HDV, or any of the DVD formats),
then you’re ready to start shooting your masterpiece. Your camcorder will need some kind of direct connection
to your computer, either to the USB or FireWire ports or by inserting the DVD you’ve recorded. Once you’ve
downloaded the video from the camera, you can upload it to YouTube or bring it into an editing program to play
with it some more.
If you have an analog camcorder (one that uses VHS, VHS-C, SVHS-C, 8mm, or Hi8 tape), you can still get your
videos onto YouTube. It will require an extra step and some additional equipment, though, since these camcord-
ers are not usually equipped with computer connections. You will need to digitize the video with a converter
box, which will convert the analog signal from the camcorder to a digital signal that the computer can under-
stand. After the video has been digitized, you can manipulate it further or
Write a letter about Beta Sigma Phi and/or our 80th Anniversary. Send it to TV shows, such as
“The Oprah Winfrey Show” or the OWN Network, national newspapers and magazines,
your local newspapers, etc... Please send us a copy. It can be sent by regular mail, email or fax.
We will be glad to send you any information on Beta Sigma Phi that you may need. This event
is for a sweep stakes drawing and the lucky names drawn will receive a Beta Sigma Phi
80th Anniversary History Package, which consists of our limited-edition 75th Anniversary
book, our gorgeous anniversary throw, our “Best Of Beta Sigma Phi cookbook,” and other
gifts that commemorate our wonderful sorority. March/April 2011 The Torch 5
Rushing Michigan Eta Zeta,
International recently welcomed a new
Friendly Venture in Muskegon, Michigan.
Michigan Eta Zeta, Muskegon was or-
ganized by Mary Osburn and Susan Osburn.
real-life sisters. Yet the family ties don’t
stop there. Both their mother Betty Os-
burn, and another sister Bonnie Hekkema,
are also pledges.
Mary and Susan started the chapter with six
new pledges and have grown to eleven chap- Halloween meeting of Michigan Eta Zeta,
ter members since last summer. They have Muskegon.
been busy with chapter activities and events
since their formation.
The Friendly Venture Cash Bonus Award
they earned was used to support a ways &
means event where they sold yellow rose
pens, hair clips, and Beta Sigma Phi tote
bags. This sale was a lot of fun for every-
one, netting a nice sum for the chapter
“We have truly enjoyed setting the goal to
Friendly Venture the chapter and it has
Michigan Eta Zeta, Muskegon’s Fall Ban-
been very exciting since day one.”
quet. Who is the girl on the table?
Helpful Hints on your next Rushing Event.
First, think of rush parties as Friendship Gather- member know how much she will enjoy your
ings. It will make the members feel less self-con- friendship. So each member and guest must
scious or pressured if they think of the parties as be given a way to get to know one another.
simple “Friendship Gatherings.” Forget that you Planned activities are important because they
are rushing. Just set your goal at having a good give everyone a reason to move about and
time meeting new women and seeing that your mingle.
guests have a good time.
It’s too easy for everyone to come and sit in one
Second, the main purpose of the party is to get spot for the whole evening, especially if a guest
acquainted. The event is to let the prospective is a bit shy or feels like a stranger compared to
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the chapter members. Plan activities to give Don’t mention rushing on your invitation or in
her a reason to move about and talk with every- front of your guests at the first gathering. When
one. Members will appreciate it too because you do that, the invited guests may think you
sometimes they feel self-conscious in approach- want them to join that night - and you both
ing prospective members. don’t know that – yet.
This time is to let the prospective member know You can choose a theme for the event to be
that she will enjoy your chapter activities and included on your invitations. Remember, the
having new friends. So the current members simpler the gathering, the better and they tend
must show that they, themselves, enjoy all the to have the best results for overall attendance.
chapter activities including rushing. The en-
thusiasm the members show at this time will Plan in advance to share the date for your next
determine the success of your rush party. What gathering - usually in two weeks. At the next
woman doesn’t want to be a part of a great gathering you will play another mixer game
group of women who enjoy each other’s com- before you introduce Beta Sigma Phi to your
pany and friendship? guests. You should also be prepared to extend
the invitation to join by having the Membership
Applications ready to hand out.
Special Tips Whatever you decide to do for your friendship
Friendship Gatherings (rush parties) should be in- gathering be sure to keep it lighthearted for
expensive, keep refreshments simple to prepare everyone involved. Name tags are a must and
and serve. You can’t enjoy your guests if you a small remembrance gift for all prospective
are busy in the kitchen. members in attendance is a nice way to end
Sorority is alive and well in the city of Barrie, Ontario.
Submitted and written by Colleen Lorimer, member of
Ontario Preceptor Epsilon Rho, Barrie.
Identifying the need of younger ladies who may need sorority as
much as us older gals led to a group spearheaded by my chapter
The doors were wide open and the invitation was issued to the
women of Barrie. A little advertising, a great article in the news-
paper and lots of word of mouth created the right atmosphere.
The rushing party had almost 50 attendees and from that party
two new chapters were formed in Barrie.
The first one was a Ritual of Jewel Extreme Makeover of On-
tario Theta Epsilon, Barrie when the current
members progressed and formed Ontario Xi
Gamma Xi, Barrie. They replaced themselves
with 10 pledges.
The makeover chapter was formed with four pledg-
es and five returning or transferring members.
We celebrated at the Barrie, City Council Pref-
erential Tea this year with a Pledge Ritual for 15
Congratulations, Barrie, way to go! March/April 2011 The Torch 7
YEARBOOKS The 2010- 2011 yearbook contest sported some of the
best yearbooks we have ever had the pleasure of perus-
ing. Creativity was in full force and although the theme
2010-2011 for the books was the same, they still all managed to be
unique. It is evident that our chapters are seeking “New
Paths to Friendship,” and if these yearbooks are any
indication, their journeys are quite fruitful.
Preceptor, Laureate and Master
The yearbook committee provided their Iowa Laureate Alpha Iota,
Iowa City sisters with a yearbook that is near perfection. Through-
out the book the theme is displayed in various ways with delight-
ful artwork showing how these members are indeed finding new
paths to friendship. Everything in the book is so succinct, from
the ways and means activities to the service projects – time,
place and duties involved are all very well explained. Sprinkled
throughout the book are heartfelt poems, some famous, such
as “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost, while others are
not. Yet they all tie into the theme beautifully. And the socials,
they sound like so much fun, we are really looking for a way
to join this happening group. Kudos on such a brilliant year-
Ritual of Jewels and Exemplar
The first place yearbook in this division was from South
Carolina Xi Alpha Omega, Charleston. The simplicity of
reading this yearbook was part of its appeal, every section
was very carefully laid out and thoughtful, with an eye for giv-
ing members all the information needed in an accurate man-
ner. This yearbook seems to come alive as the pages transi-
tion from one neat category to the next. This chapter has great
activities and meaningful service projects planned for the year,
and the programs all sound very interesting, including their extra
Programs on the Shelf. This Exemplar chapter always makes
sure that no stone is left unturned, making for lots of organized
fun! The near-perfect score for this entry is well-deserved.
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Preceptor, Laureate and Master
California Preceptor Beta Kappa, Alhambra takes second
prize for their exciting and vivid yearbook. Prominent through-
out are colorful hibiscus and other neat flowers as the chap-
ter members “Seek New Paths to Friendship” by having “A
Little Bit of Paradise – Food, Fun and Frolic.” Knowing that
these are three of the words that are staples to any Beta
Sigma Phi member, the book continues to delight from be-
ginning to end. The photos that accompany each month’s
activities are breathtaking, and all plans for the year look
like they have been planned in advance down to the last
detail. Even a day at Disneyland is featured. This is a
marvelous book from a chapter that looks like they really
know how to enjoy food, fun and frolic!
Notice their Program on the Shelf on page 19.
Ritual of Jewels and Exemplar
This unusual second place yearbook welcomes the
reader with a greeting/warning, letting you know that
you are crossing into another zone – the Gamma Rho
zone! The Georgia Gamma Rho, Warner Robins
zone, to be exact. While fulfilling every category with
the complete details, they still manage to populate the
pages with pop and surreal art, much of it awe-inspiring.
Helpful news and information is also provided about the
Central Georgia Area Council, to which this chapter
belongs. Their programs are original and interesting with
topics such as “ What to Feed a Picky Eater.” The in-
viting tone of this yearbook accomplishes quite a feat -
like tempting the reader to contemplate moving to Warner
Robins, just so you can join this chapter!
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Preceptor, Laureate and Master
This year’s choice for honorable mention was the colorful
yearbook done by Texas Delta Lambda, Houston. Lush with
gorgeous illustrations, the book also emphasizes this year’s
theme. It has a complete directory of everyone in their local
Council, so no one should have to search for any of their
Beta Sigma Phi sister’s numbers! The program section has
exciting and detailed programs, centering around the theme
of “New Paths to Friendship” (Through the Art of Cooking.)
To go along with that thought, the book includes delicious
recipes. Some of the gastronomic delights include Crab
Bisque, Smoked Salmon Spread and of course, choco-
late. Their sweet offering is Chocolate Pots De Creme!
But moreover, this lovingly crafted book emphasizes the
friendship that is at the core of sorority.
Ritual of Jewels and Exemplar
This is a lovely yearbook, with artwork that is simply
spectacular! Submitted by Mississippi Xi, Jackson,
the book tells members every thing they need to know
for the entire sorority year. Stuffed with details concern-
ing activities, both service projects and socials are in-
stant ‘Save the Date’ affairs. The attribute colors, which
are present throughout the book, create a fluidity that’s
fun to follow. The pages are bright and draw the eye to the
information about the sisters, whom you really get to know
by the conclusion of this exemplary offering.
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What Beta Sigma Phi Means to Me
The Shirt off her Back
By Virginia Panko
Ontario Laureate Beta Theta, St Catherines
“My sister in Beta Sigma
Phi gave me the shirt off
her back. Actually it was a
gorgeous hand knit sweater
that I kept admiring dur-
ing one of our sorority
meetings. There it was the
next day, in my hands, for
me to keep and wear and
I was introduced to this
generous sister, Winn Coe–
Virginia Panko (left) and Winn Coe–Cleeland
Cleeland five years ago when
I reactivated my membership after She is indeed a VERY devoted so-
a long absence. Prior to my first rority sister. She has nonstop en-
meeting she was described to me ergy, not even a short bout with a
as a very special person in the chap- recent illness has held her back. I
ter. And that she is, for at 85 she is know it would mean a lot to her to
still as active as ever – walking for have a little something in the Torch
groceries and errands, visiting with about how special she is to me and
shut-ins, never missing a meeting. to the other ladies in our group.
Her hands are always busy making
little quilts or sewing baby outfits What can I say, thank you, Winn. I
to give to a woman’s shelter. Winn’s hope that one day I can grow into
specialty is handmade teddy bears, the type of sister like you have be-
each with an outfit to suit it’s own come to all of us. And in years to
personality. She also knits caps and come, when I wear my warm sweat-
scarves and luckily for me, a lovely er I will give it a little hug when yet
sweater of which I am the proud another admirer comments on my
owner. lovely treasure. And I’ll tell them
that a very special lady gave me the
shirt off her back.”
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Upon a Mystery
A labama Xi Xi, Alexander City
is delighted to be traveling a
New Path to Friendship now
that they head out every year on their
annual Mystery Trip. Having long
thought about the idea of taking a trip
together, the sisters took the plunge a
few years back. Now, every third week-
end in July, the sisters of Xi Xi depart
their homes, to travel someplace unex-
pected, and of course, mysterious.
“The idea was launched four years ago
by a discussion among several of us
about how much fun it would be to go
on a trip together,” says Xi Xi member Mentone, Alabama
Fran Tyler. “As the idea developed from says Fran. She tells how the sisters played a ver-
hypothetical to reality, a suggestion was made sion of “The Amazing Race,” to elicit clues, which
that a couple of members plan it and not let any- added a whole new level of suspense. Everyone
one else know where they were going. The Xi Xi was quite surprised when they arrived and had a
Mystery Trip was born! fantastic weekend playing games, visiting Desoto
Falls, antiquing, eating great food and getting to
The first year the members ventured to Mentone, know one another better.
Alabama where they stayed in the former home
of Willie Nelson. “Members were given one clue They had such a great time on the trip that it has
a week for several weeks to pique their curios- since become an annual event. The committee
ity. They were also told what to pack and a few lets the members know in early fall how much
items were put on the list to throw us off track,” money they will need to pay for that year’s trip so
that they can give money monthly, making it
much easier to budget. This money is depos-
ited into a separate account. This allows them
to spread out the cost of the trip over several
On the second trip, they ventured to Charles-
ton, South Carolina and stayed in a lovely
home near downtown, where they could
walk to all the must-see places. After taking
a carriage ride of the city, the group visited
downtown shops and some even went on a
ghost tour of the city. “One day we all split up
and several members toured Fort Sumter, one
Charleston, South Carolina group visited the aquarium and the last group
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visited a beautiful plantation home and grounds,”
says Fran. She adds that they definitely enjoyed a
wonderful sampling of the Charleston cuisine at
several of the local restaurants.
Their third trip was to Guntersville, Alabama,
where they rented a home on Lake Guntersville.
The lake is 69,000 acres located in the foothills of
the Appalachian Mountains. After freshening up,
the group then traveled to a local dinner theater
where they were very impressed with the talent.
“The next day we spent the day relaxing,” says
Fran. “The trip committee planned all the meals of
the day and we thoroughly enjoyed our time on
The latest trip was to Ellijay, Georgia. Ellijay is a
city in Gilmer County, Georgia, which is in the
north central part of the state. It lies where two
rivers, the Ellijay and Catecay come together to
form the Coosawattee River. The city holds an Guntersville, Alabama
annual Apple Festival in October and is known
as the ‘Apple Capital of Georgia’. After visiting and then formed a conga line dancing around the
the festival, the sisters visited an apple house and room with our boas that the trip committee had
were able to taste some wonderful apple cider given us. I love that we really get out of our com-
and shop for local apples and other goodies. That fort zone and let our hair down.”
night they settled in to watch the movie - “Mam-
ma Mia.” One member wrote,”My favorite mem- The summation of these trips has elicited a unani-
ory of all was when we watched “Mamma Mia” mous feeling of closeness among the chapter
sisters. Perhaps this member’s state-
ment most aptly describes the experi-
ence - “ It’s a time for us to relax with
our friends, play games, eat and laugh,
laugh, laugh. Before we started these
trips our group was not near as close as
we have become. Ever since the first trip
we now have such a close bond that we
have much better attendance at every-
thing we do because we just enjoy be-
ing together so much! We now share so
many funny memories and special times
that have drawn our hearts together in a
way that monthly meetings and socials
Ellijay, Georgia cannot. I really love my mystery-trip
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Beta Sigma Phi
Good work, sisters! Due to your diligence in reporting Beta Sigma Phi
news to your community media outlets, we have been featured recently
in publications. Keep up the great efforts. Here are a few examples of
the free publicity (the best and most effective kind) we have received.
Another Point of View
Louisiana Alpha, Houma
was featured in Point of Vue
magazine, which serves the
southern Louisiana area. The
story’s title is “Life, Learning
and Friendship.” In the arti-
cle, Louisiana Alpha, Houma
member Stacey Parfait ex-
plained her reasons for joining
Beta Sigma Phi. “I wanted a
chance to give back to the com-
munity along with a chance to
meet other women with similar
interests.” In addition to work-
ing, parenting and attending
college, Stacey was looking for
a way to give back to the community when she learned about
the chapter in Houma.
Another Alpha member interviewed, Gia Holekamp, says,
“My favorite part of Beta Sigma Phi is that I am able to form
a sisterly bond with great women and we are able to work
together to make a positive change in our community.” New
pledge Delisa LeBoeuf comments, “I decided to pledge to cre-
ate a relationship with a great group of women that are out-
side of my normal routine.”
Photos courtesy of Point of Vue magazine.
This small ad was placed in a local newspaper which serves
the region known as On Top of The World, Florida. “I placed
the ad in our paper,” writes Ida Nall. “I’m a member-at-large,
and enjoy hearing from my sisters in Florida ... Michigan and
Georgia.” The ad really payed off. Ida reminisced with many
sisters who visited her home for coffee and doughnuts before
she relocated to Georgia, where soon she will be welcomed
into the loving arms of a local chapter.
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In the News
Focus on Scugog
These Ontario Gamma Master Omicron, Port Perry
members (l-r) are Fran Sluggett, Gail Williamson,
New Book Drawing
Bunny Rowland and Donna Donnelly. These four International Honorary member Earlene Fowler
women were among the founding members of Beta has just published a new book, “Spider Web.” Re-
Sigma Phi in the Port Perry/Uxbridge area. They were views are very positive and
featured in a story in a local magazine titled, “Focus many readers have com-
on Scugog,” which is the area in which they live. The mented this may be her best
sisters all progressed from Ontario Laureate Gamma book to date. If you are in-
Chi, Port Perry. As they told the interviewer, “We terested in winning a signed
have been working diligently, through doing this in- copy of the book, send your
terview and other projects, to heighten the awareness name and address in care
of Beta Sigma Phi in our community.” of the Torch to our Interna-
tional address or our email
There will be two signed
copies available to win.
Deadline for entries is May 7, 2011. The winners
will be announced on our website.
December 2010/January 2011 Torch, page 25
Queensland Epsilon, Brisbane held their an-
The chapter has many efforts underway to attract nual charity day at the Royal Queensland Yacht
new members. This article highlights the many posi- Squadron. More than 150 guests were treated to
tive benefits of being part of our great friendship or- a delicious three
ganization. course luncheon,
a fabulous fash-
ion parade and
Getting to Know You a special guest
Members of Minnesota Xi Beta Epsilon, Mar- an overwhelming
shall were interviewed in their local newspaper, response to our
The Independent. “We were honored to see that this call for donations, we were able to hold more than
article was featured on the front page of the news- 40 raffles with all proceeds from the day being
paper,” writes Xi Beta Epsilon member Kay Pon- donated to Youngcare, the Asbestos Related Dis-
stein. “ After this article was distributed, our sis- ease Support Society and breast cancer research,”
ters of Xi Beta Epsilon spoke with many women writes Epsilon member Cindy Sinclair.
that asked questions about our organization.”
The photo that corresponded to the Brisbane story
Let’s continue to make big strides in getting our was identified as members from California Laure-
name out there. Please call the Torch department at ate Iota Omega, Lake Isabella. Here is the photo
816-444-6800 or email us at torch@betasigmaphi. and story – together at last.
org if we can help you with press releases or any
other kind of information about Beta Sigma Phi. March/April 2011 The Torch 15
Programs a La Carte
101 Career and Marriage: Planning 301 Diet: Generalities of Healthful Diet
303 Medicine: Exploring Your Interests
102 Learning: Career Preparation
306 Getting The Best Of
104 Career Rewards: Attitudes, Planning Stress
and Achievement for Career Rewards
307 Nutrition (for women
106 Life Management: Building a only!)
Successful Support System
310 Pick Up Your Stamina
108 Career and Life Planning: Marketing
Yourself and Your Skills for the
Job Market 322 Healthy Homestyle: Soup
110 Effectively Asserting Yourself 327 Healthy Homestyle: Desserts
114 Entrepreneurship 329 Healthy Homestyle: Vegetables You
Want to Eat For Fuller Lives
116 Starting Your Own Home-Based
Business 331 Wines For All Times 509 Getting Established: Security Through
Understanding and Planning
121 You and Your Environment: What Your 334 Acupuncture
Efforts can Accomplish 512 Private Speech: What Our Speech
335 Water Aerobics Shows Us To Be
122 Getting Toxins Out of Your Home
340 Breast Cancer: Myths and Realities 514 Winning: How To Be A Winner In Life
124 You and Your Environment: Organic
343 Women and Heart Disease 519 Happiness: What It Takes To Be Happy
Gardening and Growing a Safe Garden
344 Living With Diabetes 523 Your Personal Score: Relationship Of
126 Environmental Benefits of Recycling
345 Candle Comforts What You Are and What You Expect
HOME 346 Rest and Relaxation Soiree
524 Perspective On Self: By Looking At
204 Rewards Harvested from Family Life
207 Art In Our Houses: Uses of Art
HUMAN RELATIONS A Modern Woman
525 Perspective On Self: Looking At A
Elements In the Home 400 Friendship: Finding, Developing, Modern Man
208 Home Planning: The House - 529 Communicating Effectively To Build
Architecture to Finance 402 Service: The Need To Serve and Your Child’s Self-Esteem
214 Walls: Decorative Treatment 531 Resolving Conflicts So Everyone Wins
403 Everyone A Teacher: Teaching As 546 Living History
215 Textiles: Practical and Decorative
A By-Product of Communications
Uses In the Home 547 The Way We Were
409 A Good Example: Study of A Role 548 Women Alone
217 Better Lighting: Lighting for Function
Model For Morals and Customs 549 Alpha Females
413 Sign Language Basics
218 Pictures and Mirrors: Their Uses In
Decoration 419 My Sister, My Friend
601 Literature - Poetry: Enjoying Poetry
219 Accessories In the Home: Reflections 421 Natural Remedies: Menopause and Lyrics
422 Natural Remedies: Preventing Osteoporosis 604 Drama - Theatre: Television, Stage
222 Outdoor Living: Garden and Lawn
424 Natural Remedies: Preventing Cancer and Theatre For Fun
Decoration and Use
426 Natrual Remedies: Keeping Your 606 Popular Music: For Your Dancing
223 Apartment: Decorating and Furninshing and Listening Pleasure
428 Natural Remedies: Wrinkles 607 Creative Expression: Communications,
224 Protecting Your Home: Security Fine Arts, Crafts As Forms Of
Through Knowledge and Planning 431 Natural Remedies: Backaches Expression
226 Rearranging Rooms for More Warmth 432 Natural Remedies: Allergies 608 The Art Of Photography
435 Facebook - Finding New Path To 613 Antiques
228 Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway): Friendship
The Ancient Art of Placement for 620 Armchair Traveler: Sydney, Australia
Health and Healing PERSONAL GROWTH 621 Armchair Traveler: San Francisco
231 Gazing Balls 501 Perception Of Beauty: Discovering 622 Armchair Traveler: Rome
The Why Of Beauty
232 All About Pickles 623 Armchair Traveler: Athens, Greece
505 Mental Enrichment: Modern Methods
233 Aprons Tie Us To Memories
16 March/April 2011 The Torch
THE ARTS 823 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes:
Green Is For Fellowship
993 What Person Has Had The Most
Influence In Your Life?
624 Armchair Traveler: London 824 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: 994 If You Could Live In Any Period Of
626 Armchair Traveler: Paris Orange Is For Loyalty History, Which Would You Choose?
627 Armchair Traveler: New York 825 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: 996 When I Was In High School, People
Violet Is For Service Thought I Was....
628 Armchair Traveler: Jerusalem
828 Starting Your Own Book Club 998 The History Of Thanksgiving And
629 Armchair Traveler: Hong Kong Harvest Celebrations Around The World
632 Packing For Travel Like A Pro 829 Dolls, Dolls, Dolls
999 Lipstick - From The Dark Ages To The
634 Name This Baby-Boomer Tune ORIGINAL OUTLINES 21st Century
635 Paper Making 900 An Original Outline: Crafts BETA SIGMA PHI
636 Photo Christmas Ornament 901 An Original Outline: Current Events 1000 Rushing
THE WORLD AROUND US 902 An Original Outline: Women’s Concerns 1001 Friendly Venture
903 “We Are Shaped and Fashioned By 1026 ABC’s Of Organizing Clutter
703 Religion: Generality and Effect What We Love.”
706 History: Effect On and By Women 1028 Our Chapter Remembers Our Years In
985 Harvest Festivals Beta Sigma Phi.
710 Estate Planning: Planning for 989 Christmas 1029 The Flat Walter Project
Retirement and Beyond
992 The Coffee Expert: Drink Up! - 1031 Beta Sigma Phi Jeopardy
716 The World Around Us: India and Delicious Coffee Recipes
Southwestern Asia 1032 Diotima of Mantinea
717 The World Around Us: Eastern Europe
Program Order Form
728 The World Around Us: Canada
732 How Well Do You Know Your Own City?
733 Herbs • Circle the numbers of the programs you want on this order form.
736 Chocolate • Please select no more than 18 programs.
738 Wildflowers • Only one order form per chapter.
748 Your “Significant Other” and You - • The chapter’s program chairperson retains a copy of your order.
750 The Golden Age - Retiring in Style Chapter Name
751 From Spouse To Single - On Your
752 Make Your Money Work For You
754 Finding Bucks For Your New Business -
SBA Loans Program Chairperson
759 Gateway to the World Member Number
765 Dog-Gone Good!: Woman’s Best Friend Address
769 Staying Cool Under Pressure
772 Local Government: Stand Up City, State, & Zip Code
and Be Counted
776 A History Of The U.S. Flag 101 102 104 106 108 110 114 116 121 122 124 126 204 207 208 214 215
777 Preventing Identity Theft
217 218 219 222 223 224 226 228 231 232 233 301 303 306 307 310 311
778 Understanding a Little about Blindness
779 Tingting’s T-Shirts 322 327 329 331 334 335 340 343 344 345 346 400 402 403 409 413 419
780 A Taste of Italy 421 422 424 426 428 431 432 435 501 505 509 512 514 519 523 524 525
781 Send Me A Postcard 529 531 546 547 548 549 601 604 606 607 608 613 620 621 622 623 624
LEISURE 626 627 628 629 632 634 635 636 703 706 710 716 717 728 732 733 736
801 Hobbies: Sharing Your Interests 738 748 750 751 752 754 757 759 764 765 769 772 776 777 778 779 780
803 Introduction To Personal Computers
781 801 803 806 811 820 821 822 823 824 825 828 829 900 901 902 903
806 Memory Quilts
811 A Journal Of Self-Discovery Through
985 989 992 993 994 996 998 999 1000 1001 1026 1028 1029 1031 1032
Writing: Recording Thoughts and Ideas Return to: Beta Sigma Phi International
820 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes:
Red Is For Courage
PO Box 8500
821 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: Kansas City MO 64114-0500.
Yellow Is For Vision
822 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes:
Blue Is For Humility
March/April 2011 The Torch 17
Diotima of Mantinea
D iotima is one of our stron-
gest links to our Rituals.
She also remains a mystery.
There were seven men who participated in
discussing the meaning of love. At the sym-
posium’s end, views were understood (and
Unlike her fellow Greek phi- reconciled to the formulation of Diotima)
losophers, Diotima’s name is not a common that true love is a desire for immortalization
one. Eager to know more about this profound and for perpetual possession of the Good and
influence on sorority, Charmaine Barberito Beautiful. Socrates delivered her thesis.
member of Louisiana Preceptor Beta Al-
pha, Metairie went searching for answers Socrates writes that he learned from Diotima
and presented an enlightening program on that it is far better for men and boys to give
“Diotima of Mantinea.” birth to ideas than to give birth to children.
The complete program can be ordered through And secondly, that physical love is second to
the Programs A La Carte form on page 17. spiritual love, because the goal of spiritual
love is to give birth to ideas. Ultimately love
helps us to ascend to knowledge of the di-
#1032 Diotoma of Mantinea vine.
Looking through the Rituals you will find that Even today in contemporary religious cer-
Diotima was quoted in the Pledge Ritual, the emonies, in popular song lyrics, in wedding
Ritual of Jewels, the Exemplar Ritual and the vows, anywhere one encounters the notion for
Preceptor Ritual. a truly undying and eternal love, the words
of Diotima, Socrates and the other
Diotima, which means “honored by God,” figures of The Symposium
was held in high regard by Socrates, the are still being
teacher of Plato. She is mentioned in Plato’s heard.
“Symposium” which was quite an honor for
a woman in ancient times. She is known as Some have
“Diotima, the Wise Woman of Mantinea”. thought that Di-
Mantinea was a city in ancient Greece. Di- otima was a fictional
otima is credited with teaching Socrates creation. However,
“the philosophy of love” and he brought her Plato’s dialogues
concept to The Symposium. He repeats her were found to cor-
teaching with its linking of love and beauty respond to real
with the human soul ascending a ladder of people living
the human perfection in love until one en- in ancient
counters “beauty” itself. Athens
In Plato’s day, a symposium was actually a did not use
wine-drinking gathering. They were strictly false names, indicat-
speaking, stag affairs. To present a woman’s ing that Diotima is a
teaching was most unusual. The Symposium historical rather than
can also be read as a pure rhetorical debate. fictional figure.
18 March/April 2011 The Torch
#829 Dolls, Dolls, Dolls
When sisters of Virginia Xi Delta Gamma,
Manassas were looking for ideas for pro-
grams, member Sandra Iames had a wonder-
ful thought,” relates Xi Delta Gamma member
Valerie Burke. It would be a great idea for San-
dra’s mother, Gerda Proctor, to present a
program about her extensive doll col-
lection. “Gerda has shared her collec-
tion with many groups over the years
and has always enjoyed hosting us in
her lovely home.” The program was
soon presented, with Gerda show-
ing chapter members rare and
antique dolls, explaining
how they were made and
where they originated. She
also shared the dolls that
she had as a child, as well as
some dolls that she has re-
stored. “It was a fascinating pro-
gram and all the members enjoyed
getting to hold the exquisite dolls
and look at the accessories Gerda
has collected for her collection,”
Programs on the shelf:
Food, Fun and Frolic
In the name of enjoyment, Debbie Weisberg of chocolate, music, Disney collectibles and
of California Preceptor Beta Kappa, other versions of paradise pleasures,” writes
Alhambra chose a theme for this year of “A member Kathi Edstrom. “For the kick-off for
Little Bit of Paradise--Fun, Food and Frolic” the holidays, I shared tips and the history of
and the chapter has been sharing their fa- gingerbread in booklets for each of us, then
vorite foods, recipes, places to frolic, and we created gingerbread ornaments to take
sharing each of their ideas of the definition home.”
of paradise. One member, who is an avid
gardener and grows multiple kinds of herbs The new program theme helps the chapter
for cooking, brought about 20 different herbs to think, enjoy, reminisce, and share their
for the chapter to smell, touch and taste favorite places and things. “We always look
for her program. “We also shared ‘guilty forward to coming to each meeting to partici-
pleasures’ at another program, one member pate in the program as well as an informative
brought some of her makeup and shared the meeting.”
huge basket, while other members spoke
March/April 2011 The Torch 19
#435 Facebook and Other New Paths To Friendship
Facebook is a social network service and website launched in February 2004. To say that it’s
growth has been unsurpassed would be an understatement. Facebook now has more than 600
million users. Users may complete a profile, add other users as friends and exchange mes-
sages. Even better, for those in search of new and lasting friendships, Beta Sigma Phi abounds
on Facebook. To help you navigate the easiest way to find out about Beta Sigma Phi when you
are on Facebook, our own online pioneer, Lisa Perfetti of Online Beta, has done extensive
research on the phenomenon and has written a wonderful program entitled “What New Paths
Can Lead Us To New Friendships.” Lisa also talks about how we can really connect not only with
Facebook but with the Beta Bulletin Board.
What Paths Can Lead Us to New Friendships?
By Lisa Perfetti of Online Beta
One path to the connection is the social network called, Facebook. Facebook is free to use. I
have over 711 BSP Sisters, who are friends with me on Facebook. Some BSP groups even have
their own Facebook Group Pages. Facebook has several hundred (if not several thousand) BSP
Sisters as members on it at this time.
Why not give Facebook a try? You will be surprised how many new friendships you can develop
in just a short time. You can go to the Facebook website at: www.facebook.com to get started.
You just need to enter the information that is asked for. Yet there are a few safety issues to
keep in mind when using Facebook or any other social network. Please do be careful not to
say when your house is unoccupied and other personal information. Please also be sure to set
some of your privacy settings to “only friends” or “just me”. Here are just some ideals on how
to find other BSP’s on Facebook:
· Check for your current BSP’s sisters either by name or by their email addresses, to see if
they are on Facebook or not, then you can send a Facebook “friend request” to BSP’s that
are on Facebook all ready;
· You can establish new Facebook BSP friends via names and/or emails you obtain at
conventions, concaves, etc. and then ask them to “friend” you by sending them a “friend
request” on Facebook;
· You can ask other BSP’s on Facebook to tell their BSP group members to “friend you”;
· You can search Facebook BSP pages by entering the words, “Beta Sigma Phi” and/or “BSP”
in the Facebook search box, at the top of the screen. There are many BSP Facebook
Pages and BSP Facebook Group Pages that are currently on all ready.
Another path to new friendships is the Beta Bulletin Board, our very own social network. It is free
to use for BSP members. If you haven’t registered yet, you can go the the Beta Bulletin Board at:
www.bspinternational.org/bulletin_board/index.php. I suggest you give it a try. The BSP Bulletin
Board contains loads of information, ideas and requests too. Start by going to: www.betasigmaphi.
org. Then, click on the words “Members Only”. Next, click on the words “Beta Bulletin Board”. After
you “log in”, click on the words “Sister Chat”.
The “Beta Bulletin Board” never ceases to amaze me. So many BSP Sisters place information on it.
Plus, Laura Ross Wingfield and Lola Ruby also provide information and answers to questions, which
makes the BSP Bulletin Board a wonderful source of connecting to other BSP Sisters and gaining
knowledge as well!
20 March/April 2011 The Torch
Founder’s Day is once again approaching, a time where
we celebrate when our special organization came to be.
Shadows lengthen in the evening light,
And mounting years but little mercy show
The thought that marked the beginning of this beacon to
To those who make the passing years a fight,
Life, Learning and Friendship remains a stirring narrative, But lightly rest upon the ones who grow.
no matter how many times it is told. One man, a humble
book salesman named Walter W. Ross, had one dream in A shadow cast in nineteen-thirty-one
his sights – to form an organization for women to fellow- Has stretched across the intervening years.
ship and become enriched in a multitude of ways.
Not for an instant has it blocked the Sun.
The real testament to this novel idea of Mr Ross’s, and in
equal measure, the path he took to take it, is that he built It marks for us the path away from fear.
the structure so thoroughly, with such diligent and caring
The shadow, essence of a vital man,
charter members, that there was no question it would
flourish. In the spirit of our founder, this strong foundation A covenant, sincere belief, a vow.
became even more so with every added chapter, every
added state and every added country. We hold these close and true as best we can
Our first charter member, Helen Klover Pepper, passed
To make the shadow real and live the vow.
on this summer at the age of 96. Helen had been a spe- Let years of time their course in beauty run.
cial guest at many Beta Sigma Phi events. She spoke at
various Founder’s Day events and conventions, and was Hold fast the man, the shadow and the Sun.
always the star of the show with her keen memory and
refined demeanor. She was the perfect ambassador for
Beta Sigma Phi, and she embraced that role. She will for-
ever be missed and it is our fortune that she aligned so
seamlessly with our sorority.
In his 1948 Founder’s Day speech, Walter W. Ross, who al-
ways loved a story, told his favorite one – the story of Beta
Sigma Phi. Although our organization was only 17 years
old, it had already become a story of success.
The following are the last lines of this speech, spoken as
only he could, “And here the story must stop, for there is
no end. The rest of the tale can only be told as the yet
unwritten chapters unfold. As page after glorious page is
turned by the hand of time. And were it possible to foretell
the conclusion, I am sure it would be one of happily ever
If the resulting 63 years are any indication, Mr. Ross, as
Written by Jack Ross
usual, was right. April, 1969
Happy 80th Birthday, Beta Sigma Phi.
March/April 2011 The Torch 21
Our Chapters Celebrate Founder’s Day
– the Beta Sigma
Members of Laureate Iota Omega and Preceptor Xi Eta
of Lake Isabella, California celebrated Founder’s Day
quite creatively. Laureate Iota Omega had secretly arranged
to give the members a real taste of adventure by holding the
event in an airport hanger. Invitees were instructed to wear
travel clothing and admitted only with an official boarding
pass. After going through security, they were graciously
served their inflight dinner by an attendant. Chairmen Vick- “Everyone was given a passport at the beginning of the year
ie Lipke and Charlotte Zagon of Laureate Iota Omega were and an identifying sticker to attach after each program,”
dressed appropriately as airline captains, and the hanger was writes Laureate Iota Omega member Janet Ridenour. A
decorated with travel signs and posters. grand year was had by all celebrating the sorority year.”
Traveling to a lovely tea room that served as an excellent stand-
in for Buckingham Palace, Alabama Xi Beta Chi, Wetumpka
sisters had tea and scones in the fabulous flower garden. A deli-
cious lunch of quiche, salad, finger sandwiches and an array of
tasty desserts were fit for a queen. Table decorations of yellow
roses and candles set the mood for these ladies, donned in their
finery, including hats. Xi Beta Chi member Ran Wilson supplied
each member with white gloves and a beautiful jewel ring to
truly complete the feeling of royalty.
Following the meal, the Founder’s Day awards program got un-
derway, complete with a proclamation from Alabama Governor
South Carolina Preceptor Alpha Delta, Seneca chose to honor two
members who received special recognition this year during their Founder’s
Day’s festivities. Sally Boggs, RNC and Martha Huey RN, were both re-
cently awarded top honors for their dedicated nursing service. The chapter
was thrilled to laud these two members who have made such a positive
difference in the lives of others. “Both Sally and Martha have been valu-
able members of our chapter and are great examples of Beta Sigma Phi
members,” writes Preceptor Alpha Delta member Janice Grousd.
Wichita, Kansas members proudly celebrate their
75th anniversary in Beta Sigma Phi. The first chap-
ter, Kansas Alpha Phi, Wichita was established in
April, 1939. Congratulations, sisters on this wonder-
22 March/April 2011 The Torch
IT IS RENEWAL TIME!
March/April 2011 The Torch 23
The two chapters of Bates-
ville, Indiana joined together
to honor a Beta Sigma Phi sister
at the city’s annual Chamber of
Commerce celebration. Indiana
Theta Nu, Batesville mem-
ber Lou Voegele (holding yellow
roses) was honored for serving
as a distinguished volunteer for
many years. “Lou is one of our
charter members. Her endless
devotion to the community and
her dedication to her volunteer
work makes her sisters very
proud,” writes her Theta Nu
sister Val Stutler.
During Florida Preceptor Iota Mu, Port St. Lucie
member Annette Corrado’s search for answers after being
diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, she noticed that the
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation was sponsoring a quilt project.
“I thought it would be a great way to promote awareness for
my family and friends. I asked my sister if she would help me
make the panel and then brought the idea to my chapter sis-
ters in Beta Sigma Phi,” says Annette. “They were more than
happy to support me in this project, and I wish to use our long
standing friendship in Beta Sigma Phi to show what we are
about. The colors in our panel symbolize different attributes
and the theme, “Life, Learning, and Friendship.”
Virginia Xi Delta Gamma, Manassas members (right) re-
cently made fleece lap blankets as a service project. The blan-
kets were donated to residents of a home for seniors. The staff
and residents were very appreciative of the sisters’ handiwork.
Louisiana Laureate Alpha Gamma, Baton Rouge
spearheaded the planting of a tree at the Center for Visual and
Performing Arts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on April 9, 2009,
in memory of International’s Bill Ross, who passed away in
January, 2009. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana City Coun- Virginia Xi Delta Gamma, Ma-
cil, comprised of 14 chapters, contributed money to purchase nassas member Sandra Iames works
the tree. on cutting the fringe on a blanket.
24 March/April 2011 The Torch
Members of Alaska Laureate Eta, Mat-su
Valley gave of their time when they volun-
teered at the first Project Homeless Connect
for Mat-Su Valley. Organizations and volunteers
teamed to bring as many needy residents as pos-
sible together in one place on one day to provide
services. “The major focus of our involvement
centered on serving a hot meal to hungry senior
citizens, homeless families and other residents
in need,” writes Laureate Eta member Savanah
Hargraves. “Some people shared that this was
the first full meal they have had in a long time.
Without exception, the residents expressed
thanks and appreciation for being provided a
Texas Xi Pi, Seguin is very proud of member
Amy Dahlke, and wants sisters to share in her
accomplishments. Amy started making jewelry
after she decided to adopt a girl from China and
was in need of extra funds. She named her jewel- share our excitement for her accomplishments,”
ry company Mei-Mei’s Designs, because Mei-Mei writes Amy’s chapter sister Lisa Scott.
means little sister in Chinese. Since starting as
an evening hobby after her day job as a teacher, June Ahrendt of Texas Sigma Master, Ste-
Amy has now grown her business to full-time phenville is a very proud great grandmother –
with multiple employees. The blessed punctua- of quadruplets. That’s right, four little bundles.
tion mark to this story is that she was finally able The quads, who are now three, are the apple of
to adopt her little girl from China. Amy’s jewelry everyone’s eye. And coincidentally, these are not
was recently featured in a national magazine in the first quads that have been born in this small
an article highlighting convertible couture. “We Texas town. Twenty years ago another set of four
are all very proud of Amy and just wanted to was born – to Debbie Thompson, herself a Beta
Sigma Phi member.
Montana Delta Master, Kal-
ispell, whose members have an
average of 470 years of member-
ship in Beta Sigma Phi wrote to
tell us about their sisters and how
they enjoy one another’s company.
“Our sorority sisters are like fam-
ily and we really care about them
and their families,” says Delta
Master member Rena Naumann.
The chapter has always enjoyed
the diversity of their programs,
and are inspired by their original-
ity and creativity. There are plenty
of celebrations that are held each
year in the area, such as a summer
potluck and celebrating Founder’s
Day and Beginning Day with the other Kalispell chapters, Rho, Xi Eta, and
Preceptor Epsilon. The chapters host the members of Montana Kappa
Master,Whitefish, Montana at a luncheon each year and enjoy their hospital-
ity at a dinner for our members and spouses in the summer.
March/April 2011 The Torch 25
International Honorary Member
Introducing our Newest
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“Legal Tender,” in 1993. With more than five
million copies in print and translated into seven-
teen different languages, her books are distribut-
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Harlequin Intrigue TM, “The Landry Brothers.” presenter as well as a much-requested media
This seven book series has received both critical guest. She has been featured in The New York
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from Ballantine, “Killer Christmas,” excerpted in shop at Anne Arundel College in Maryland and
the December 2005 issue of Cosmopolitan Maga- was the lead instructor in their craft and genre
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an expert in why women read and write crime fic-
2007 saw the launch of the Finley Anderson Tan- tion as well as an excellent authority on plotting
ner mystery series with the debut hardcover title and structuring the novel.
“Knock Off.” Garnering both popular and critical
acclaim, including a starred review from Kirkus, Pollero is a member of The Author’s Guild, Mys-
Kensington Books released “Knock ‘em Dead,” in tery Writers of America, International Thriller
March 2008. Pollero then moved to Simon and Writers, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of
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Dutch, French and several other translations. phondapollero.com, or visit her on the web at
www.rhondapollero.com or www.KelseyRoberts.
26 March/April 2011 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.
Anna has shown her enthusiasm for all things Beta Sigma Phi.
Michigan Alpha Sigma
Member Since 1962
champion of all things Beta Sigma Phi. But her grand
passion is the Beta Sigma Phi State Convention. She
is an eager participant every year, and has been both a
chairman and co-chairman several times. At the conven-
tions, Ann makes many close friendships, one of the
main purposes of Beta Sigma Phi.
“As I look back at the last 39 years of Beta Sigma Phi
in Charlevoix, to all the many projects we worked and
helped to fund as Beta Sigma Phi members, I see Ann
Hufford in the center of it all, as a leader, a friend and an
inspiration to all to give the best that is in us to our soror-
“Ann Hufford is the original founder of the Charlevoix ity,” says Olean Kay Ball member of Michigan Alpha
chapters of Beta Sigma Phi. Without her dedication over Sigma Master, Charlevoix.
the past 47 years, Kappa Sigma, Xi Epsilon and the Al-
pha Sigma Master chapters would not exist,” according “Ann is a very loyal sister of our chapter here in our area.
to Michigan Kappa Sigma, Charlevoix members. Any questions she has the answer. Very supportive and
encouraging to all of our local chapters. Great sense of
In 1962, as a young wife and mother of three, Ann was humor and good natured. True to the Good, the True,
advised by a friend to get involved in a worthwhile ac- and the Beautiful,” according to Michigan Xi Epsilon
tivity outside of her family, to broaden her horizon, be Gamma, Charlevoix member Susan J. Gale.
a help to her community and enrich her life. Taking her
advice to heart, Ann pledged Beta Sigma Phi and has “All the members of Michigan Alpha Sigma Master,
been involved for 47 years. Charlevoix feel Ann is very deserving of this honor. Her
dedication and loyalty has been unrelenting. She is all
Ann has been the example for every new Beta Sigma that Beta Sigma Phi stands for. Ann has been an excel-
Phi in Charlevoix and has lived up to and exceeded all lent member, sister and friend to all,” write the members
expectations. She has been and still is a spearhead and of Michigan Alpha Sigma Master, Charlevoix.
March/April 2011 The Torch 27
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.
Donna has shown her enthusiasm for all things Beta Sigma Phi.
Arizona Laureate Alpha, Scottsdale
Member since 1968
only a phone call away and always willing to help in any
endeavor. Her kindness and understanding is greatly ap-
preciated,” writes Carrie Bogert of Arizona Xi Gamma
Her knowledge of and commitment to Beta Sigma Phi is
surpassed by no one. Even with these exceeding qualities,
her sorority sisters say there is never a hint of pretentious-
ness on her part. Her friends add that her good-natured en-
couragement is welcomed and that she comes away seem-
ing to have gained as much pleasure as she gave to any
project, task or assistance to others.
Donna worked with great enthusiasm on the 2008 State
Convention held in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been
quite active in Xi Alpha Theta, just as she was with Alpha
Phi. With her experience in food preparation and plan-
ning, Donna has been of great service when she super-
vised chefs for Beta Sigma Phi events, such as the 2008
“Donna Finch was President of City Council 1992-1993. conventions and events such as Founder’s Day.
What a wonderful experience I had that year. Donna is
such a warm and caring lady and it was my honor to be on She is a regular attendee of the Scottsdale, Arizona City
her board that year. I also have worked on many council Council functions and has proved to be an asset to any
events with her and she makes everyone around her feel Council committee on which she has served.
like family. Donna is one of those members who is always
there for her sisters. Donna deserves this Award of Distinc- “There is no job, small or large enough, that she can’t
tion because she has all the qualities that make up members handle. She has not missed a convention, and always is
of Beta Sigma Phi. It has been and always will be, my involved in the winning skit. If a problem comes up the
honor to know such a wonderful lady,” writes a member of first person to be called is Donna Finch. She is a problem
Arizona Preceptor Gamma Alpha, Scottsdale. solver. Donna is a true Beta Sigma Phi and an exemplary
member true to the meaning Life, Learning and Friend-
“During the course of our lifetime, we rarely meet a person ship,” writes Barbara Rothan member of Arizona Laure-
who immediately leaves a delightful lasting impression on ate Alpha Zeta, Scottsdale.
any of us. Donna is one of those special people. She is
28 March/April 2011 The Torch
2010-2011 Chapter Yardstick
The Yardstick deadline is August 20, 2011.
_____ Executive Board Meetings (10 pts. max) C U LT U R A L
10 points for meetings held as needed. _____ Programs (36 pts. max)
_____ Regular Meetings (18 pts. max) 2 points each for a formal program (30 minutes), 1 point each for
1 point for each meeting. an informal program (cultural outing). One program per meeting.
_____ Attendance (12 pts. max) _____ Program Presentation (36 pts. max)
10 points for percentage of attendance. Example: 7 points for 2 points for a program presented by two or more members.
70%, etc. Members on leave-of-absence and shut-ins not One program per meeting.
counted against percentage. 2 points for consistent system
of notifying members of time and place of meetings. _____ Chapter-Wide Discussion (18 pts. max)
_____ Finance (19 pts. max) 1 point for discussion guided by leader following the presentation,
10 points for preparation of chapter budget that limits the allowing each member’s participation.
cost to an amount the members agree is not a burden to _____ Audio-Visual Aids/Demonstrations (12 pts. max)
each member. 7 points for a major money-making project, 1 point for each program in which audio-visual aids or
2 points for a minor project. demonstrations are used requiring participation by members
_____ Cooperation (44 pts. max) (i.e., games, quizzes, etc.).
5 points for participation in City Council or executive coord- _____ Programs on the Shelf (20 pts. max)
inating committee. 10 points for committee planning and
handling preliminary details before meetings. 2 points for 5 points for each program prepared for emergency use.
each month’s chapter minutes and report forms sent to
International by the end of the month. 5 points for City _____ TOTAL (122 points possible)
_____ Book of Beta Sigma Phi Review (36 pts. max) BONUS POINTS
3 points for each month activity pursued. _____ Establishing a New Chapter (10 pts. max)
5 points for Friendly Venture reservation, 5 points for presenting
_____ Publicity (10 pts. max) Beta Sigma Phi to prospective members.
5 points for each major project, 2 points for each minor project. _____ Receive a FOUR-STAR RATING when your chapter
_____ Phone or Email (10 pts. max) completes a Friendly Venture!
5 points for having a phone or email tree to get the news out to
chapter members. _____ Wider Social Horizons (16 pts. max)
10 points being a sponsoring chapter of a convention, area
_____ TOTAL (159 points possible) meeting or workshop, 2 points for representation at a convention,
area meeting or workshop.
SOCIAL _____ Community Service or Cultural Event (15 pts. max)
_____ Planned Social Calendar (30 pts. max) 5 points for each major project, 2 points for each minor project.
30 points for planning the sorority year by September 1. _____ Chapter Assistance (20 pts. max)
_____ Social Balance (60 pts. max) 4 points for each active member serving as an advisor.
5 points for each traditional social held (Founder’s Day,
Beginning Day, etc.), 4 points for each informal social held. _____ Legacies and Sponsored Members(10 pts. max)
10 points for city-wide social. 2 points for interchapter social. 1 point for each member who enrolls one or more in the
_____ Attendance (10 pts. max) Legacy or sponsored member program.
10 points for attendance of members at social functions. _____ Assisting Community Chapters (45 pts. max)
(10 points equals 100%, 7 points equals 70%, etc.) 15 points for assisting a small chapter with rushing or progression
_____ Time for a Good Time (18 pts. max) activities. 2 points for each personal recommendation of an
1 point per meeting, dining, and for allowing time to socialize. out-of-town candidate, max. 20 points. 1 point each for contacting
_____ Sending Cards (5 pts. max) transferees or prospective members for your chapter or intro-
5 points for sending cards to members for occasions such as
illness, birthday, etc... ducing them to another chapter, max. 10 points.
_____ Contest Entries (6 pts. max)
_____ TOTAL (123 points possible) 1 point for each entry in any International contest.
_____ Member Survey (10 pts. max)
MEMBERSHIP 10 points for surveying members’ interest.
_____ Membership Plan (20 pts. max) _____ Envoys (10 pts. max)
10 points for each rushing program. 1 point per Envoy member.
_____ Pledge Training (36 pts. max) _____ Theme (10 pts. max)
2 points per pledge training session from Invitation to Life.
_____ Success (65 pts. max) 10 points for implementing theme in chapter activities.
5 points for each pledge added to your chapter during the _____Volunteering (10 pts. max) Must designate you are a Beta
sorority year. 5 points for chapters with 10 - 20 members. Sigma Phi member
10 points for chapters with more than 20 members. _____Online Hosting (10pts max) 1 point per occurrence. Visit to
_____ Transfers and Reinstatements (20 pts. max) online chapter to make up a land chapter meeting.
5 points for each member transferred into the chapter, each
inactive member reinstated, and each member-at-large added. _____TOTAL (172 points possible)
_____ Progression (45 pts. max)
5 points for each event encouraging progression to your
chapter, 5 points for each eligible member that progresses to Chapters who have Friendly Ventured during the
_____ TOTAL (186 points possible)
2010-2011 year will earn a special four-star rating.
0 - 199 =
Return the Yardstick to your division chairman 200 - 299 =
at Beta Sigma Phi International, P.O. Box 300 points and above =
8500, Kansas City, Missouri 64114-0500. Friendly Venture in 2002 - 2003 =
Submitted by: Chapter #:
Chapter: Member #:
City/State / Zip:
Date: Total No. of Points:
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License Plate Frame. Fits
Shoulder / Fanny Pack.
Gift items for March/April 2011 TORCH
(7.5”wide x 9.5”tall)
around standard license plate.
Frame has gold Greek letters on
With pen and cellphone holder.
black background, and bottom
has “Got Friends?”
Sunglass Clip. Clips to your
visor and holds your sunglasses
Superstar Pin. This gold safely within reach.
plated superstar pin is a perfect No.1490 [1oz].....$4.00
gift for the sister who goes
above and beyond.
No. 806 [.1oz]......$5.00
Flip Flop Pendant Gold.
No. 966 [.8oz]....$13.00
Lamp Pin. Gold plated Flip Flop Pendant Silver.
convention lamp pin. No. 967 [.8oz]....$13.00
No. 805 [.1oz]...$4.00 Silver
Wallet Necklace. Security is
Yellow Plastic Bag. guaranteed with this handy nylon
(9.5 wide x 14.75 tall) wallet, attached to an adjustable
“Beta Sigma Phi” in black. silken cord. Includes two zippered
No.1509 [.9oz]....$0.40ea. enclosures and a plastic pocket.
Which allows your money,
passports, or other valuables to
be safely and comfortably hidden
from view. A must for travel.
Folding Mirror. Decorative Rose Trivet. The
3 1/4” x 2 1/4” pocket mirror image of a pure yellow rose &
is white with black “Beta our Greek letters are transferred
Sigma Phi” and rose; it’s a onto a 6”x6” ceramic tile. It has
compact, so your mirror can’t pads attached to the bottom for
get scratched or broken. placing on a table.
No.1433 [1.2oz]......$2.50 No.1195 [8oz].....$10.00
Purple and Black Coin
Purses. This faux mini-bank
coin purse is just the right Barrel Can Koozie. This
treat to stuff a stocking with metallic blue insulated
or help keep your coins koozie features our Greek
handy. In purple or black. letters and a rose with
No.1182 [1oz].......$3.00 heart in white.
Purple No.171 [4oz]......$2.00
Date: Chapter Number:
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of Beta Sigma Phi
P.O. Box 8500
Kansas City, MO
P.O. Box 122
Niagara Falls, ON
Because We Love This Photo
Sisters from various chapters in Topeka, Kansas celebrate their Founder’s Day in an elegant setting.
In 1948, houses averaged around $13,000, cars were $1,500 and a gallon of gas was 26 cents. Although
the price of things has skyrocketed through the years, friendship is still priceless.