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Beta Sigma Phi Spring 2009 Dear Members, We are so thrilled to be able to get the Torch to mem- Spring 2009 bers. We hope you enjoy this new online format. We Volume 127 - Issue 2 will also, as soon as possible send the printed Torch as well. TORCH STAFF As many of you know, Beta Sigma Phi, along with Torch@betasigmaphi.org countless other organizations, has been experiencing Editor - Laurey Lummus an economic downturn, We are confident that this is Graphic Designer - Eric Burgess only a temporary situation and we will once again be Assistant Editor - Betsy Thomas on a regular schedule with sending the Torch. BETA SIGMA PHI INTERNATIONAL Conventions have started! They were just what the Address: 1800 West 91st Place doctor ordered for those of us at international who Kansas City MO 64114-0500 travel to celebrate sorority with our members. Once we see your enthusiasm, your dear hearts and the joy Phone: 816-444-6800 your have when you are with your sisters, it helps us (8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST M-F) to refocus on what is really important. To be with the Fax: 816-333-6206 ones we care about, the ones that make us laugh, the Insurance Only: 800-235-2806 ones that let us know it is OK to eat that brownie or Long Term Care Insurance: 888-290-7207 buy a certain purse. The ones that accept us, and love Gifts Only: 800-821-3989 us for just being who we are. DIVISION CHAIRMEN Mr. Ross started this organization during the most Viola Dorrian firstname.lastname@example.org - Canada, critical financial period in the history of this country. And he did it. Women then had no money yet wisely GA, Greece, HI, IL, IN, MN, NM, Norway, Scotland, WA, WY, they recognized, even at the inception of our organi- & Russia zation, that sorority is more than a luxury, it is quite Vivian Iddings email@example.com - AK, AZ, often, a lifeline. CT, DC, DE, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, MT, NH, NJ, NV, NY, PA, Puerto Rico, Germany, RI, VA, VT, & WV I was very fortunate to go to Abilene, Kansas this Laura Ross Wingfield firstname.lastname@example.org - past Founder’s day with International’s Laura Ross Wingfield. We traveled to the birthplace of sorority’s On-Line Chapters & Conventions founding for two very special reasons: a magnificent Cynthia Meadows email@example.com - display case, chock full of Beta Sigma Phi history was AL, AR, CO, NC, TN, OH, OK, SC, TX, Belgium, & Zimbabwe assembled and placed in the local historical museum, Romayne Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org and Helen Pepper, our first member, spoke to the - Austria, Australia, CA, England, Finland, FL, ID, IA, LA, sisters gathered. It was a magical afternoon as she Mexico, NE, ND, OR, Saudi Arabia, SD, UT, & WI took us back to 1931 when a young salesman walked into the Sunflower Hotel and greeted Helen, who was E-MAIL ADDRESSES working as a desk clerk. The rest, as they say, is his- Torch Department - tory. And what a rich history it is! Torch@betasigmaphi.org As editor of the Torch, myself and Betsy Thomas, my Membership/Rushing Department - most capable assistant (and godsend!) are continually Rushing-FriendlyVenture@betasigmaphi.org amazed by the letters we receive about the reaching out of our members,whether it is to help a sister, or a Gift Department - complete stranger. It never ceases to amaze all of us Gifts@betasigmaphi.org at International of the innate goodness and generos- Home Page - ity of our sisterhood. We are lucky to have each other. Indeed http://www.betasigmaphi.org Beta Journal - May you all have a wonderful summer! http://www.betajournal.com Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. It also provides Sincerely, 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: Laurey Lummus Torch Editor 1-888-BETA-2B1(238-2221) 2 Spring 2009 The Torch 2 4 Contents In This Issue... Letter From the Editor Conventions/New Chapters 5 What Beta Sigma Phi Means To Me 6 Rushing 9 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 10 Sharing of the Green 12 Yearbook Winners 15 Ask Your Division Chairman 16 Programs 18 Programs a La Carte 20 Lights! Camera! Bark! 23 Program Contest Entry Form 24 Nursery Rhyme Time 26 International Honorary Member Dorothy Johnson 28 Founder’s Day 2009 Abilene, Kansas 29 Remembering Walter W. Ross 30 Founder’s Day 35 Mystery Book Drawing 36 The Last Frontier 37 A Wayside Bed & Breakfast 38 International Award of Distinction Recipients 40 Chapter Spotlight 42 Chatter 45 Member Service Coupon 46 Yardstick 48 Spring Parade of Legacies 54 2009 Scholarship Recipients 60 Calendar 62 Gifts 64 Beta Sigma Phi Memories 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 8 times a year by Beta Sigma Phi International. Member subscription price $1.00 per year. Non-member subscription price $4.50 per year. Individual copies $1.00. Printed in U.S.A. Spring 2009 The Torch 3 Conventions 2009 New Friendly SSPORT Venture PA Chapters Indiana UR E OZeta Lambda,0 9-2010 20 Elwood SHAR Arizona (Tucson) September 18-20 By: Patricia Plake Arkansas (Fort Smith) June 26-28 New Mexico Zeta Omega, Hobbs Illinois (Burr Ridge) October 16-18 By: Cheryl Baxley Michigan (Grand Rapids) September 18-20 Washington Epsilon Nu, Moses Lake Minnesota (Thunder Bay, Ontario) September 11-13 By: Melissa Dart Missouri (North Kansas City) October 9-11 T UR TO TO ADV E British Columbia Alpha, Vancouver New York (Niagara) Oklahoma (Lawton) September 25-27 July 17-19 EN By: Debra Harris and Langley City Council Kansas Lambda Iota, McPherson Ontario (Hamilton) Conclave September 13 UR S By: Cynthia Goldsmith,P A Sims, E OEpsilon GlendaSP O AR EpsilonMyrtle Beach Pennsylvania (Stroudsburg) October 23-25 and Xi Iota R Virginia (Norfolk) October 16-18 H South Carolina Zeta, By: Xi Alpha Chi and Andrea Melton T West Virginia (Parkersburg) October 9-11 T Wisconsin (Madison) October 23-25 S Oregon Alpha Gamma, Hood River By: Preceptor Theta and Sheila Delozier British Columbia Iota Alpha, Kimberley NT ADV0E9-2 URE By: Preceptor Gamma Mu and Sandy Peters TO 2 0 01 0 Nebraska Zeta Omega, Falls City By: Gamma Theta and Cindy Scott 0 PAS R SPO Texas Theta RT TAustin Zeta, O E OU By: Xi Zeta and Rebecca Verette OUR PASSPOR A RE A T DVE SH R Welcome These SHA NT 9-2010 200 URE 200 New ChaptersNTU 9-20 RE 10 OABSP T 2009 2010 DVE UR PAS E OMissouriSPLaureate Epsilon Pi, Independence PORT SHARE OUR SS R PA South Dakota Lambda Master, Belle Fourche OR SHA T UR Missouri Laureate Epsilon Rho, Farmington SHARE O T Ontario Gamma Rho Master, Paris O PASSPORT TO AD British Columbia Laureate Delta Gamma, Quesneli 10 VE N -20 ADVENTURE 9 Texas Epsilon Delta Master, West Columbia 20 200 TURE 0 9-2 T O Indian Laureate Gamma Eta, Terre Haute 010 R E ENTU A D V Oregon Alpha Iota Master, Eugene Florida Beta Omega Master, Brandon 4 Spring 2009 The Torch What Beta Sigma Phi Means to Me By: Sandra Cassidy Ontario Laureate Beta Lambda, Goderich One word can describe the meaning of Beta Sigma Phi to me: LIFEJACKET. I attended my rushing party and Prefer- ential tea in early 1986. At that time my husband Kevin, our two girls and I lived in Thompson, Manitoba. Thompson is a northern, isolated, rugged, mining com- munity. Sorority sounded just like what I needed, a social network and a place to learn. In this mining community most everyone came from somewhere else and often lived far from extended fam- ily. Sorority sisters became my extended family. They were the friends we spent family type occasions with, like holidays and were who helped when help was needed. I recall many great memories of surprise breakfasts, the pot luck that quired to be away to assist his ill mother. Times like absolutely everyone brought meat balls, family that are when you really find out who cares about Christmas sleigh rides, couples’ Murder Mystery you. Out came that LIFEJACKET. While Kevin was nights and scavenger hunts. away my sorority sisters were there with meals, visits, books, flowers, movies and just checking In 1991 my family moved to Sussex, New Bruns- that I had everything I needed before bed. Even wick. The family settled into work, school and I though I required a walker to move about they located a local Beta Sigma Phi. There I found were there to help me attend our dinner and exactly what I needed - a LIFEJACKET. My new movie night out. All an ultimate display of the true sorority sisters helped me locate what a new- meaning of Sisterhood. comer to the Sussex area would need. They made recommendations for activities for the girls, hair Our eldest daughter is now living in Toronto and stylists, dentists, grocery and retail places, but eager to find a Beta Sigma Phi to join. I hope this most of all they were an accepting social net- means she noticed that Beta Sigma Phi has been work. Memories of service programs to help young a significant part of my life. Our second daughter mothers and those “shop till you drop” weekends recently joined the Canadian Navy and I quickly in Moncton will never be forgotten. shared with her an article that was in the Torch a few years back that described how the Canadian In 1998 Kevin’s wanderlust and career moved Navy delivered items that were collected by a our family to Goderich, Ontario. With Kevin off to Nova Scotia Beta Sigma Phi chapter to the victims work and the girls settled in school I was on the of Katrina. hunt for a sorority chapter. Once again the LIFE- JACKET was there. Sorority sisters helped me find When Kevin’s wanderlust surfaces I quickly remind the places and things my family and I needed to him I am only moving where they have a LIFE- adjust to the move. My Laureate chapter’s bi- JACKET for me “Beta Sigma Phi”. monthly programs for learning and socials for hav- ing fun continue to be a necessary part of my life. This article is written as a Thank You to my many past and present sorority sisters for being the In December, 2008 I had a ski accident that thread in my LIFEJACKET. required surgery that at the same time Kevin re- Spring 2009 The Torch 5 Rushing An Open letter to Contact Chairman/Vice Presidents Dear Sisters, by a Member-at-Large Ten years ago, I was a Beta Sigma Phi pledge. As part I do hear from my original chapter and Council sisters and of my pledge training, I learned about the privileges and they always ask what chapter I have joined, and sadly, I tell responsibilities of membership, including the privilege of them of my dilemma. transfer. Please don’t let this happen in your area. It might be you Since my husband had a good job that did not require him to next time. Extend the hand of friendship to any member and move around, and our children were enrolled into an excel- prospective members as soon as you receive the name. This lent school, transferring was the furthest thing from my contact is very important for the survival of our organiza- mind. However, as our children grew and graduated from tion. How many other members have we lost due to lack of high school, we decided to look for some land and build a contact? home in the country. Yours in Beta Sigma Phi, Paula I have thoroughly enjoyed my membership by holding vari- (Read on about another member in the same situation miles ous offices, participating on committees, and even helped apart.) plan a state convention. My husband is an Envoy and our daughters are Legacies, together we have enjoyed our in- Not being contacted as a transferee into a new area has volvement with Beta Sigma Phi. prompted me to write. As Beta Sigma Phi has helped bring out the best in me, so have I strived to bring out the best in As we prepared to move, I informed the International office those around me. Beta Sigma Phi has been my guiding light of my new information. I was sure I would hear from a through the darkest of times. sorority sister within a couple of weeks. For now, I am doing what I can to become active again. I A month went by without a call. Then it was two months; have received information on starting a new Friendly Ven- then it was three. I decided to take the initiative and called ture chapter and have written to another member-at-large the International office expressing my unhappiness with locally. I hope she is as enthusiastic as I am about starting the lack of contact. They had copies of the letters they sent a new chapter. I have contacted the local councils but have letting the local Contact Chairman know I was new in town yet to get any assistance and that is so important at times looking for a chapter - so they followed through with their like these. promise. I asked for the name and number of the Contact Chairman. I telephoned her and left a message on her an- I will go ahead and reach my goal of starting a new chapter, swering machine and proceeded to wait again. I feel I owe this much to Beta Sigma Phi after all the honors bestowed upon me in the past as part of this great organiza- For almost six months now, I have been a member-at-large – tion. I want to Rekindle the Torch of Friendship. not by my own choice, but because I have not been con- tacted by any members in my new town. (There are fifteen Sincerely, chapters). What I had thought would be an easy move to a chapter of new sisters waiting to welcome me and my Rebecca husband has turned out to be somewhat difficult. I am still waiting. “Watts New in Rushing” Gloria Osborn, a member of Arizona Xi Gamma Sigma, Scottsdale, and the vice president of the Scottsdale, Arizona City Council, shares a great idea with us. She states that when she receives a name from International, she immediately sends an email out to all the chapter Vice Presidents. They can then call the prospective member, transferee, or member at large right away. She doesn’t wait until the next council meeting to share the information, which could be more than a month away. GREAT thinking and action Gloria!! Thank you. 6 Spring 2009 The Torch Another Look at Rushing By Arizona Laureate Alpha Epsilon, Tucson member Joanne Gallego A rizona Laureate Alpha Epsilon, Tucson them. She was so anxious to be active again, in has members ranging from their 60s fact we know car pool to chapter meetings. to their 80s, and what fun they have! They have taken the rushing bull by Another incident was at church. Every first and the horns and rushed from the member-at-large third Sunday I work to prepare breakfast after list with great success. They prefer, as Joanne four masses. We provide burritos and menudo. says, “to recruit those members who are already While visiting with the breakfast chairman we familiar with our traditions.” Here is Joanne’s discussed anniversaries. Our bishop was planning account of the two such experiences. to hold a special mass and dinner celebrating 25 and 50-year anniversaries. I mentioned that we signed up to celebrate our 50th wedding anniver- sary. Church member Margie Cropeza asked what my husband and I were doing to celebrate our anniversary. I replied, ‘My sorority will hold a party one night and the family will hold one the next.’ She put out her hand and said, ‘I am thy sister.’ She had been inactive for many years and is anxious to be active again. She will attend our Beginning Day. I am also in contact with four other members at large and hope that they will one day choose to become active with our chapter. We also have a name game I would like to share with you. The group is told we are going on a Here are members of Arizona Laureate Al- trip and need to pack a suitcase. Each person pha Epsilon, Tucson in their popular pink must submit an item that starts with their initial. t-shirts. “ This was a ways and means proj- For instance, the first person says, ‘my name is ect for convention and an area luncheon,” Joy and I’m taking jewelry.’ The second person writes Joanne. “They read, ‘What happens states, ‘my name is Mary and I’m taking money with our sisters, stays with our sisters.’ For and Joy is taking jewelry.’ It goes to each per- both events we raised close to $1,000 and son but they must repeat every name already this was the easiest project we have ever mentioned. It breaks the ice and all are eager to done.” help when someone forgets a name! “My husband and I had a yard sale, with a good I was invited into sorority in 1955 in Wiscon- neighborhood turnout. We were fortunate to sin. The friendships have been great through meet a new neighbor, Olga Escotar. We talked the years for myself and my husband. Laureate about her recent move (from Douglas to Tuscon) Alpha Epsilon is a career format chapter meeting and somehow Beta Sigma Phi came into our con- once a month for business and one social. Almost versation. Olga became very excited - she had all our socials include our husbands, making our belonged to a chapter in Sierra Vista, Arizona! husbands a part of our activities has really tight- She and her husband had really enjoyed their en our sisterhood bonds. chapter activities and both were really missing Spring 2009 The Torch 7 Congratulations To The Top Rushing Chapters! 9 New Pledges: Georgia Xi Zeta Delta, Washington South Carolina Epsilon Epsilon, Fort Mill ( 6 New Pledges continued) North Carolina Upsilon, Winston Salem Nebraska Epsilon Iota, Blair 8 New Pledges: Arkansas Delta Psi, Springdale Oklahoma Eta Sigma, Watonga Oregon Zeta Sigma, Burns Illinois Xi Beta Phi, Marion South Dakota Alpha Upsilon, Yankton Texas Beta Eta Pi, San Antonio Texas Alpha Psi Beta, Lockhart Delaware Xi Upsilon, Ocean View Virginia Theta Theta, Clintwood Wyoming Laureate Psi, Upton 7 New Pledges: Arkansas Beta Alpha, Mena Arkansas Beta Theta, Arkadelphia 5 New Pledges: British Columbia Preceptor Delta Gamma, Arkansas Delta Lambda, Wynne Iowa Xi Epsilon Xi, New Hampton Langley Missouri Xi Beta Lambda, Brookfield British Columbia Delta Gamma, Kelowna Missouri Alpha Epsilon Delta, Kansas City California Delta Kappa Iota, Live Oak Missouri Preceptor Theta Epsilon, Liberty Iowa Alpha Gamma, Marshalltown Texas Xi Alpha Epsilon Nu, Madisonville Iowa Xi Omega, Cedar Falls Illinois Beta Pi, DuQuoin Kentucky Alpha, Paintsville 6 New Pledges: Arizona Eta Sigma, Yuma Louisiana Preceptor Alpha Chi, Rayne Minnesota Xi Kappa, Austin Missouri Xi Kappa Rho, Savannah Georgia Beta Delta, Elberton North Carolina Epsilon Chi, Wallace Georgia Kappa Omega, Swainsboro North Dakota Alpha Delta, Hettinger Iowa Xi Zeta Epsilon, Dallas Center Ohio Laureate Delta Epsilon, Hamilton Iowa Xi Epsilon Xi, New Hampton South Carolina Epsilon Delta, Beaufort Idaho Beta Phi, Challis Texas Xi Lambda Zeta, Gonzales Illinois Beta Nu, Carmi Texas Alpha Theta Omega, White Deer Kansas Sigma Iota, Abilene Texas Alpha Tau Delta, Rockdale Michigan Kappa Sigma, Charlevoix Texas Preceptor Omicron Omega, Plano Missouri Tau Psi, Neelyville Texas Xi Upsilon Eta, Wheeler 8 Spring 2009 The Torch A Word of Thanks From the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is deep- ly grateful to Beta Sigma Phi for its ongoing support of our efforts to en- sure a better future for all cancer patients. While it is highly unlikely that a “magic bullet” will bring an end to the many types of cancers, the research of Donald Kufe, MD, is par- ticularly compelling because the onco- protein that is the focus of his work is implicated in so many different malig- nancies. The efforts of Judy Garber, MD, MPH, director of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Risk and Preven- tion Clinic, have similarly far-reach- ing implications as she and her col- leagues assess factors that raise the risk of developing cancer and strive to find strategies to mitigate the risks. Donald Kufe,M.D., International’s Laura Wingfield (l-r) and Judy Garber, M.D. Overview of Dr. Kufe’s Research Basic research in Dr. Kufe’s laboratory focuses on the MUC1 oncoprotein, which he identified in the early 1980s. Onco- proteins are involved in the regulation or synthesis of proteins linked to tu- mor growth, and this particular one had been found to be over-expressed by about 800,000 of the 1.4 million tumors diagnosed in the United States each year. MUC1 normally helps protect our cells from damage by adverse environmental conditions; Dr. Kufe and his colleagues have systematically investigated how tumor cells put MUC1 to their own use so that it begins to function as an oncoprotein instead. Sev- eral of their studies into the complex interactions between MUC1 and other ele- ments in the cell were described in the last report. As each part of the intricate web becomes clear, researchers can identify vulnerable pathways, which, when shut down, will inhibit MUC1’s tumor-promoting behavior without damaging its normal role in healthy cells. Update While continuing to study how MUC1 works on the molecular level, Dr. Kufe and his colleagues have developed vaccines and other agents for clinical trial in multiple cancers (breast, ovarian, renal, multiple myeloma, among them, all of which over- express MUC1). The vaccines, developed in Dr. Kufe’s laboratory, involve fusing MUC1-positive cancer cells with dendritic cells to help stimulate the patient’s own immune system. Excerpted from: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Annual Report Spring 2009 The Torch 9 Sharing of the Sharing of the Just after we accomplish being all about red (Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month), it is time to start think- ing green, as in St. Patrick’s Day. See what fun our mem- bers had making the transistion from one fun celebration to another. And here’s to be- coming green, environmentally speaking, 365 days a year. West Virginia Preceptor Alpha Lambda, Lewisburg was not able to celebrate with a Val- entine Queen, so they decided to do the NEXT best thing, according to the calendar. Since St. Patty’s Day was around the corner, it made per- fect sense to elect a Miss Leprechaun. Pictured is Preceptor Alpha Lambda member Marilyn Hylton (center) and her princesses Vivian Clower (left) and Karen Eggleston (right). “A good time was had by the members and husbands as they tried to complete the last line of several Irish blessings and then it was decided that we really are not smarter than 5th graders,” says Preceptor Alpha Lambda member Shirley Turner. “It was was a bit out of the ordinary but a lot of laughs!” Various International office staffers and members of Missouri Alpha Omega, Belton, participated in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a happening that is looked forward to throughout the year. After a committee meeting, it was decided that the theme would be “Sharin’ O’ The Green with Friendship.” British Columbia Xi Beta Delta, Kamloops held a ‘Think By meeting every Thursday morning during Green Bowling Party’ last March. Strikes and spares were a quick break, the ideas flowed and the office everywhere! was slowly turning green with treasures found would have it, Mother Nature was feeling charitable to include on the float. They had shamrocks, lepre- and only went for the cold, deciding against precipi- chauns, hats, and green money everywhere. Con- tation. The committee proudly represented Beta versations were centered around the float, what was Sigma Phi by passing out rushing handbills to intro- needed and what could be crossed off the list. duce women to sorority and invited them to call the International office for more information. They also The weather however, did not want to cooperate. handed out shamrock necklaces and fun flashlights The weather forecast was calling for possible snow, to the children. rain, and cold temperatures . As luck of the Irish 10 Spring 2009 The Torch Green Green The float was small but impressive for a first-time entry. It must have impressed the judges! They awarded the float 11th in the Family/Organized Groups Division, winning the committee one hundred dollars towards next year’s parade entry. Everyone was pleasantly surprised and eager to start plan- ning for the next parade. Ready to share again the wonderful gift of sisterhood. Parade organizers hope for a day full of interest about sorority and perfect weather. We can only hope Mother Nature feels so obliged. Texas Laureate Beta Lambda, Houston chapter mem- Every March, members of New Mexico bers made special St. Patrick’s Day centerpieces to decorate Xi Alpha Omicron, Albuquerque hosts a the dining area at a local living center. Members also pro- St. Patrick’s Potato Bake for Albuquerque, vided special shamrock cookies to share with the residents. New Mexico City Council members. In keeping with the theme, guests are treated to baked potatoes topped with cheese, sour cream, chives, chili and bacon bits; lepre- chaun punch and key lime pie. “Everyone participates in the games, raffles, door prizes and take home baggies filled with shamrock shaped mints,” writes Xi Alpha Omicron member Bessie Aragon. “ Before our guests leave they have their picture taken with our leprechaun! Xi Alpha Omicron has been host- ing this fun-filled event for about 11 years.” The sisters of Missouri Alpha Omega, Belton and members of the Interna- tional office staff share the Green of Friendship at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Spring 2009 The Torch 11 1st The yearbooks that showcased the 2008-2009 sorority year were all beautiful, with care- ful and time-consuming work going into each one that was entered. Because they were, and always are, so fabulous, it falls to the judges to find a little something extra that makes the winning books stand out, a special pop. It was not an easy task, but we think Place you will enjoy our selections. The hard work is to be admired how they toiled this sorority year on the pleasant task of “Rekindling the Torch of Friendship.” ritual of Jewels and exemPlar division 2008-2009 Yearbooks Kentucky Delta Omega, Danville The excellent yearbook that took first place honors in the Ritual of Jewels and Exemplar Division was exquisistely designed and crafted by Kentucky Delta Omega, Danville. The book grabs your attention right away with the theme of “Rekindling the Torch of Friendship” showcased so beautifully. With artistic flourishes throughout its pages, it never disappoints, either in appearance or in the vital information it provides for all the chapter members. It has a removable at-a-glance calendar and member list so members will have easy access to informa- tion, and the programs the chapter held during the sorority year are inspiring, all starting with the prefix “re”, such as “Rekindle Your Knowledge of your Sorority Sisters”, “Re- vive Those Scrapbooks” and “`Relight Your Senses.” Just makes you want to reread this fabulous yearbook! PrecePtor, laureate & master division Alabama Laureate Sigma, Mobile This year’s first place winner in the Preceptor, Laureate and Mas- ter Division is Alabama Laureate Sigma, Mobile. The year- book is firing up the year with its flaming tribute to the theme “Rekindle The Torch of Friendship”. The members, known as the “Red Hot Mommas” created a yearbook that is not only functional and informative, it it sizzling. This chapters pro- grams are engulfed in detail from its purpose and summary, right down to its presentation ideas and list of references. Included are great additions like a quick list, Programs on the Shelf, area City Council information, and information about International and International contests. This is a book sure to ignite this chapter! 12 Spring 2009 The Torch 2nd Place ritual of Jewels and exemPlar division 2008-2009 Yearbooks Riding home with second place in the Ritual of Jewels and Ex- emplar Division is Virginia Xi Zeta Zeta, Williamsburg. This chapter took to the theme with a road trip to “re-discover each other and make new friends along the way”. In keeping with their road trip schema they made several stops on the road to “Rekindling the Torch of Friendship”. They started with a stop at their calendar of events, to know where they are going and where they can rest along the way; and end- ed with a stop at International , to know where they can go for guidance and direction. Every member got a turn at the wheel as evident by their chapter roster which in- cludes a great photo of each member at the helm. PrecePtor, laureate & master division Coming in at second place in this division is Texas Pre- ceptor Eta Chi, Houston who used the history, culture and methods behind the Olympic Torch to express this year’s theme. Even the programs showcase the theme using the Olympic games. The outline of chapter ac- tivities was well laid out, with great service projects and the calendar is fun and easily accessible as it is eye catching in bright yellow, folded in half and covered with great graphics that really convey the activities. A plethora of information is provided from informa- tion about International and the area city council right down to the chapter’s own history including past officers and accomplishments. This book is truly one for the history books. Spring 2009 The Torch 13 Honorable mention ritual of Jewels and exemPlar division 2008-2009 Yearbooks Louisiana Preceptor Alpha Beta, New Orleans brought home honorable mention in their division by grabbing your attention with its vivid colors and playful artwork. This is a hardworking group of sisiters a is evidenced by their service schedule. They are though just as likely to celebrate Life, Learning and Friend- ship. The programs are listed in a unique and interesting way with both illustartions and program evalautions for members to fill out after the forums. Their siocials included visiting ma- jor attractions in the area, and adter reading the decriptions of the socials, it is enough to msake one rush to the Big easy and join in on their fun! PrecePtor, laureate & master division Missouri Alpha Omega Master, Independence took honorable mention in the Preceptor, Laureate and Master division with their elegant yearbook. With a well-thought-out layout that emphasizes Bets Sigma Phi history, and provides members with all pertinent information, it will be a shame for the sorority year to and to re- tire this fine annual. The book is all about “Rekindling the Torch of Friendship” and displays profound and moving examples of the theme throughout its pages. It is the kind of book we all wish we had for every aspect of our life, with explanations and pictures! 14 Spring 2009 The Torch When I ask for a list to send enrollment cost is only $15 and we have a cards to homebound members, special Envoy II pin, certificate, and Ritual. what do I ask for? Just contact the Rushing Department at 1-888-238-2221. The Card list was formerly called the Shut-in list. They are now two seperate lists. Please specify which list you need. What are the procedures to qualify for the Order of the Rose? We have rushed and have five new pledges. Where do I get The chapter first requests the form, certifying pledge training material? the member has completed 15 active years. Then the resolution form is then signed for Go to “www.betajournal.com” and click on the certificate, and the special pin can be ordered Strawberry Patch, where is adequate training through gifts. material. Or, the Rushing Department has a pledge training video. The cost is $15. Must the member that we want to nominate for an office be cur- You have a Legacy program for rent on chapter dues and Inter- little girls, do you have any- national annual fees? thing for our little boys? They tend to feel left out. Yes - on both accounts. The chapter dues are set at the chapter level but should be paid. Yes, our Envoy II Program. It is designed for International annual fees should always be the chapters to include the sons, grandsons, current so that member has a voice and vote nephews and other special young men. The that counts. Spring 2009 The Torch 15 Programs W ashington Upsilon Master, Rich- land member Nadine McJilton was reading a magazine in a doctor’s office one day and came across pictures of unusual shoes. She started reading the article and im- mediately thought it would be a good program material as it was different, informative, and often amusing. Washington Upsilon “I asked each member to bring their favorite Master, pair of shoes, the one you just can’t bear to throw Richland away,” writes Nadine. “Some were so thrilled members and they brought two or three pairs.” their chosen shoes. After the program presentation, everyone shared the story of their shoes – where they had danced the night away to the sounds of the big bands, stories about their saddle-shoes from college days, little baby shoes, and boots just made for walking. Each member had a story to tell, so it A chilling scream...a video recorder caught in a certainly involved group participation and every- tree...an urgent call to a lawyer... one seemed delighted to share something that had been in the closet for years. “We laughed These were some of the cryptic clues the sisters and laughed the afternoon away as one memory of Wisconsin Preceptor Phi, Madison used just lead to another to share,” writes Nadine. to uncover the murderer of businessman Josh Cleaver. Chapter members and guests, dressed New York Laureate Phi, Montgomery mem- as the characters in the Internet mystery skit ber Jane DePew put on a program called “Your “The Accidental Tourist”, acted out the story as Pocketbook and You.” First things were first: all a part of a fun-filled, mystery-themed program pocketbooks were measured and weighted. Jane at the home of member, Ruth Paulson. Since had prizes for the smallest, largest and heaviest. no one knew in advance who the murderer was, members had to use their powers of deduction Members discussed what your pocketbook says about your personality. Jane told the sisters it is a good idea never to put your pocketbook on your table because of all the germs it collects on the bottom of it from shopping carts and other places we put our pocketbooks, such as on differ- ent floors that have a lot of germs. Each member thought of three things that they could remove from their pocketbooks to make them lighter. Let’s take a clue from the program and clean out our purses. Now don’t you feel better already? A Wisconsin Preceptor Phi, Madison whodunit! 16 Spring 2009 The Torch to unmask the culprit who turned out to be Josh Cleaver’s business partner, Drake Brown, aka member Tina Wil- son-Pleiness. Nebraska Xi Delta Alpha, Grant County 2008 president, Denise Boots, came up with a twist for their chap- ters programs. She had each member draw a color at the first of the year. When they gave their program and it tied in with the color they drew they got a little surprise. Member Linda Brown drew the color red and had everyone dress in some- Nebraska Xi Delta Alpha, Grant County loves the color thing red for her meeting. “There are red for Courage...and for the Huskers! so many things that red represents or means, such as danger, romance, was always quite something. For her program power, courage, emotions, warnings, heart health, in May 2008, she dressed in a red flapper-type a republican state at elections, even our Nebraska gown, with head to toe accessories and belted Huskers,” writes Linda. “These were just start- out “Can’t Help Loving That Man of Mine.” Her ers.” chapter is so thankful that this is how they can remember this bright spirit. “Martha died at a Everyone had something come to mind with the very young 86 early this year,” writes chapter sis- word red. Discussion on what red means in other ter Carol Lynn. “She loved Beta Sigma Phi more countries was an eye-opener to some. Linda even than anyone we knew. Carol continues, “She was played a game where each member had such a joy to have in our chapter. We called her to come up with a song, movie or book the Laureate Zeta Omicron Maxine.” The last title with red in it. Of course each one program Martha gave, she read a poem she got a box of “red” hot tamale candy. had written on “What Sorority Means to Me.” We would like to share that with you now (in “Our chapter has a friendship basket part). we draw a name for at each meeting and if you win, you fill it up with I looked out at thousands of women goodies for the next meeting. They were as far as I could see It was great to see it full of red And I said “These are my Sisters,” items,” writes Linda. That’s what sorority means to me. Other colored programs that We have many caring friendships they have had were pink for And the love we all share is free breast cancer and green for I am proud to be a Beta Sigma Phi, recycling. What a fun twist That’s what sorority means to me. to program giving! So thanks for being my sisters When it was time for Flor- It is all I hoped it would be ida Laureate Zeta Omi- And Laureate Zeta Omicron cron, The Villages member You’re what sorority means to me. Martha Gardner to do her program, it was difficult to discern who was more The late Martha Gardner of Florida excited, her or her fellow chapter mem- Laureate Zeta Omicron, The bers. For when Martha gave a program, it Villages. Spring 2009 The Torch 17 Programs a La Carte CAREER HEALTH 101 Career and Marriage: Planning 301 Diet: Generalities of Healthful Diet for Success 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 311 Walking 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 505 Mental Enrichment: Modern Methods 116 Starting Your Own Home-Based For Fuller Lives Business 331 Wines For All Times 509 Getting Established: Security Through 121 You and Your Environment: What Your 334 Acupuncture Understanding and Planning Efforts can Accomplish 335 Water Aerobics 512 Private Speech: What Our Speech 122 Getting Toxins Out of Your Home 340 Breast Cancer: Myths and Realities Shows Us To Be 124 You and Your Environment: Organic 514 Winning: How To Be A Winner In Life 343 Women and Heart Disease Gardening and Growing a Safe Garden 344 Living With Diabetes 519 Happiness: What It Takes To Be Happy 126 Environmental Benefits of Recycling 345 Candle Comforts 523 Your Personal Score: Relationship Of HOME 346 Rest and Relaxation Soiree What You Are and What You Expect Of Yourself 204 Rewards Harvested from Family Life 207 Art In Our Houses: Uses of Art HUMAN RELATIONS 524 Perspective On Self: By Looking At A Modern Woman Elements In the Home 400 Friendship: Finding, Developing, 525 Perspective On Self: Looking At A Maintaining 208 Home Planning: The House - Modern Man Architecture to Finance 402 Service: The Need To Serve and 529 Communicating Effectively To Build Its Rewards Your Child’s Self-Esteem 214 Walls: Decorative Treatment 403 Everyone A Teacher: Teaching As 531 Resolving Conflicts So Everyone Wins 215 Textiles: Practical and Decorative A By-Product of Communications 546 Living History Uses In the Home 406 Living Fully: Members Sharing 547 The Way We Were 217 Better Lighting: Lighting for Function Experience of Living 548 Women Alone and Design 409 A Good Example: Study of A Role 549 Alpha Females 218 Pictures and Mirrors: Their Uses In Model For Morals and Customs Decoration 413 Sign Language Basics THE ARTS 219 Accessories In the Home: Reflections 601 Literature - Poetry: Enjoying Poetry of Ourselves 419 My Sister, My Friend and Lyrics 222 Outdoor Living: Garden and Lawn 421 Natural Remedies: Menopause 604 Drama - Theatre: Television, Stage Decoration and Use 422 Natural Remedies: Preventing Osteoporosis and Theatre For Fun 223 Apartment: Decorating and Furninshing 606 Popular Music: For Your Dancing 424 Natural Remedies: Preventing Cancer for Comfort and Listening Pleasure 426 Natrual Remedies: Keeping Your 224 Protecting Your Home: Security 607 Creative Expression: Communications, Memory Sharp Through Knowledge and Planning Fine Arts, Crafts As Forms Of 428 Natural Remedies: Wrinkles 226 Rearranging Rooms for More Warmth Expression and Style 431 Natural Remedies: Backaches 608 The Art Of Photography 228 Feng Shui (pronounced Fung Shway): 432 Natural Remedies: Allergies 613 Antiques The Ancient Art of Placement for Health and Healing 620 Armchair Traveler: Sydney, Australia 231 Gazing Balls PERSONAL GROWTH 621 Armchair Traveler: San Francisco 501 Perception Of Beauty: Discovering 622 Armchair Traveler: Rome 232 All About Pickles The Why Of Beauty 18 Spring 2009 The Torch 623 Armchair Traveler: Athens, Greece THE ARTS 823 Learning The Beta Sigma Phi Attributes: 993 What Person Has Had The Most Green Is For Fellowship 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 628 Armchair Traveler: Jerusalem Violet Is For Service Thought I Was.... 629 Armchair Traveler: Hong Kong 828 Starting Your Own Book Club 998 The History Of Thanksgiving And 632 Packing For Travel Like A Pro Harvest Celebrations Around The World 634 Name This Baby-Boomer Tune ORIGINAL OUTLINES 999 Lipstick - From The Dark Ages To The 21st Century 635 Paper Making 900 An Original Outline: Crafts 636 Photo Christmas Ornament 901 An Original Outline: Current Events BETA SIGMA PHI 902 An Original Outline: Women’s Concerns 1000 Rushing THE WORLD AROUND US 903 “We Are Shaped and Fashioned By 1001 Friendly Venture 703 Religion: Generality and Effect What We Love.” 1019 Rubber Stamping 706 History: Effect On and By Women 985 Harvest Festivals 1026 ABC’s Of Organizing Clutter 710 Estate Planning: Planning for 989 Christmas 1028 Our Chapter Remembers Our Years In Retirement and Beyond 992 The Coffee Expert: Drink Up! - Beta Sigma Phi. 716 The World Around Us: India and Delicious Coffee Recipes 1029 The Flat Walter Project Southwestern Asia 717 The World Around Us: Eastern Europe 728 The World Around Us: Canada Program Order Form 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. Game 750 The Golden Age - Retiring in Style Chapter Name 751 From Spouse To Single - On Your Own Again Chapter Number 752 Make Your Money Work For You 754 Finding Bucks For Your New Business - Program Chairperson SBA Loans 757 Genealogy Member Number 759 Gateway to the World 764 Cats! Address 765 Dog-Gone Good!: Woman’s Best Friend 766 Surfing The Internet City, State, & Zip Code 769 Staying Cool Under Pressure 772 Local Government: Stand Up and Be Counted 101 102 104 106 108 110 114 116 121 122 124 126 204 207 208 214 215 776 A History Of The U.S. Flag 217 218 219 222 223 224 226 228 231 232 301 303 306 307 310 311 322 777 Preventing Identity Theft 327 329 331 334 335 340 343 344 345 346 400 402 403 406 409 413 419 778 Understanding a Little about Blindness 421 422 424 426 428 431 432 501 505 509 512 514 519 523 524 525 529 779 Tingting’s T-Shirts 531 546 547 548 549 601 604 606 607 608 613 620 621 622 623 624 626 LEISURE 627 628 629 632 634 635 636 703 706 710 716 717 728 732 733 736 738 801 Hobbies: Sharing Your Interests 748 750 751 752 754 757 759 764 765 766 769 772 776 777 778 779 803 Introduction To Personal Computers 801 803 806 811 820 821 822 823 824 825 828 900 901 902 903 985 989 806 Memory Quilts 811 A Journal Of Self-Discovery Through 992 993 994 996 998 999 1000 1001 1019 1026 1028 1029 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 Spring 2009 The Torch 19 Lights! Camera! G inny Redder, of Pennsylva- nia Preceptor Gamma Phi, Lock Haven – has unabashed devotion to her old English Sheepdog, Tux, he of the permanent shag hairdo, a fur coat that is PETA-friendly and a disposition that showcases those duel personality traits we love in our guys - machissmo and vulnerability. Tux has, in that pawsitively dog-eat-dog world of camera-ready canines, be- come a star. He is a former pin-up model, and is so doggone in demand that his hirsute physique will be showcased in not just one, but two, wall calendars this year, proving that at age six he is in his prime. But in his world off camera, he loves being the pride and joy of Ginny and her husband Warren. Tux is fea- tured as the January model in the Brown Trout Old English Sheepdog Calendar, and he’s seen in July with two of his sib- lings in Pet Prints’ OES calendar. Ginny Reeder, member of Pennsylvania Preceptor Gamma Tux lives in a pooch perfect world, he Phi, Lock Haven and her Old English Sheepdog, Tux, strike is surrounded by love. The Reeder’s a pose with some of his plush look-a-likes. We would like to home is easy to spot, it is graced by a 400 pound cement doggie. When you read thank the Lock Haven Pennsylvania Express for allowing the this next paragraph it will be abundantly Torch to reproduce this photo. clear as to why. Ginny said she’s always liked the loveable sheepdogs, while her three children were growing up, Molly Some were placed on this earth to take care of the was their family member from the breed. Then came most precious of beings, those four-legged angels we Chelsea who lived to the ripe old age of 15 and a call our dogs. Put Warren and Ginny in that category. half. When the owner of Tux’s sister called the Reeders, (she had heard about the major love fest they had “I just love this breed,” she said. “Somebody asked with Tux) and confessed that circumstances were me how I could have so many, and I said it’s like forcing her to give sister Isabella away, Ginny and chocolate cake. You can’t have just one bite.” Warren gladly welcomed her. After all she was family. After Isabella joined them, Ginny discovered Gabby, And before our readers think of couches, floors and a deaf Old English Sheepdog rescued from a puppy clothing covered with fur, according to Ginny, her mill. The home also includes Lily, cousin to Tux and Old English Sheepdogs do not shed. They are also Isabella. Thrown into the mix is Brandy, a Samoyed never destructive, and are in awe and have complete just to mix it up and keep the others from getting the respect for an invisible fence surrounding the front big head. This is, of course, figuratively speaking only, yard. as sheepdog’s heads are huge. 20 Spring 2009 The Torch Bark! Tux’s worst habit is rolling the couch cover up into a ball. Lilly paws at Warren the entire time he is in his favorite recliner, and seizes the chance to make it her own every time he gets up. All of them, like most dogs, love walks and car rides, Ginny said. “If you get your keys and your shoes, they’re at the door before you are,” she said. Tux, whose registered name is Members of West Virginia Laureate Lambda, Princeton got all Reflections of a Black-tie Affair, dressed up including hats, purses, and gloves for their meeting with a completely changed Ginny’s life, garden party theme, held at the home of Charlotte Thomas. Her yard prompting her to retire from teach- ing after 27 years. “I looked at him was decorated with flowers, lanterns, and a fish pond. one day and thought, ‘I can’t leave him,” Ginny recalled. “Even the The occasion was to greet a very special guest, Deputy J. Ellison Mer- breeder said I was crazy...but I cer of the K-9 County Sheriff’s Department, Drug Dog Program. retired in 2004 because of him and I’m glad I did.” This reporter does The deputy brought his dog Max, a German Shepherd, to demonstrate not think you are crazy Ginny, just how well trained and obedient the dog was. He also related some very fortunate. instances in which the dog had been successful in helping arrest drug dealers. The chapter gave a donation of $800 to this worthy program. “I get a kick out of telling people the The money was earned in a yard sale in which all members partici- dogs are easier than kids,” she said. pated. “They don’t ask for the charge card or money, they’re just always there The ladies thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were thankful that to give you unconditional love.” they could make a contribution to the community. Our sisters have love for all animals, not just dogs. Dakota, this miniature horse, has become an Honorary Member of Ne- braska Preceptor Al- pha Lambda, Nebraska City. Dakota appeared in the Nebraska City Holiday Parade sporting this Beta Sigma Phi blanket made by the Preceptor Alpha Lambda members. Spring 2009 The Torch 21 Ohio Laureate Delta Beta, Bryan collected funds and various other items to assist the Williams County Humane Soci- ety. From left to right; Pat Jolly, Trudy Day, Humane Society Rep- resentative, Jean Ely, Sue McCartney and Sandy Gordon. M embers of Florida Xi Kappa Kappa, Homestead spear- headed a service project for war dogs and their handlers. Members collected items for both the dogs and handlers to send to Iraq. They were able to collect non-perishable food items, books, games, toiletries, etc for the wonderful servicemen and women dog handlers. They collected dog bis- cuits, food, and chew toys for the brave dogs that serve our country. War dog in Vietman For information on how you can make a donation to the War dogs and their handlers go to www. dogpro.org and click on War dogs, located under Working K-9 Division. 22 Spring 2009 The Torch War dogs in Iraq CALLING ALL MEMBERS! BEST PROGRAM It is award season - so why not get on the bandwagon and turn on your most creative switch. The winning submission will be featured in a future issue of the Torch, along with a photo(s) of the member responsible for this imaginative endeavor. It will also be added to the Programs a la Carte. In addition the individual will receive an inscribed certificate, plus a workout suit embroidered with the Beta Sigma Phi name. Please follow these guidelines when submitting your program. � Create a program that has never been included in any Beta Sigma Phi program listing. � Decide what your chapter sisters would like to learn about. What new trends, ideas or discoveries have not been covered? � Program should read easily. Please detail each step. Demonstrate the organized flow to your super program. � Bring the program to life. Note the use of CDs, or visual aids to help your program pop. � Think about how this program can benefit you as a member by becoming an expert on the subject chosen. � Make sure your pictures are in focus, that the subjects are large and that they clearly represent your program topic. � NO Emailed entries will be accepted · HAVE FUN! DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1, 2009 Please attach this entry form with your program idea. Best Program Contest Member’s Name: Member No.: Chapter Name: Chapter No.: Complete Address: Short Description of Program Subject: Spring 2009 The Torch 23 Nursery Rhyme ...and the Terra del Sol, California Area Council In El Cajon, California, a town just outside San Diego, the 62nd Annual Mother Goose Pa- rade was recently held. It was a special day for sisters in Terra del Sol Area Council (TDSAC). For they had all participated in a float parading down Main street made by sisters in Lau- reate Kappa Iota, Laureate Delta Rho, Preceptor Phi, Xi Beta Xi, Xi Chi Omicron. And most importantly, the ban- ner of Beta Sigma Phi proudly waved. “Our purpose was to get the Beta Sigma Phi name out to forming artists, clowns and the list goes on. the largest audience possible,” says Sally Wil- liams of Laureate Kappa Iota. “Sisters walked The TDSAC was excited about the prospect of among the crowd of more than 20,000, pass- being involved in such a famed event. In June, ing out BSP brochures with 500 embroidered Laureate Kappa Iota chaired the first planning bookmarks to women in the crowd. Sisters meeting to develop a float for submission in also set up a table on Main Street (the parade the parade. The word went out to all chapters route) to pass out brochures with bookmarks, in TDSAC requesting their participation in which were made by a Laureate Delta Rho making a Beta Sigma Phi float a reality. sister.” “Our committee received an initial financial The Mother Goose Parade (www.mother- backing from TDSAC and we were off and run- gooseparade.org) is the largest parade in San ning!” says Sally. “The theme of the float was Diego County and the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon to view the parade on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The tradition of the parade is to unite friends and families on a day which marks the beginning of the Christmas holiday season; understanding the value of unity, family bonding, and social togetherness that are designed for all ages, races, and ethnici- ties. This elaborate parade features color- ful inventive floats, magnificent huge bal- loons, musicians and bands, dance groups in spectacular costumes, equestrians, per- 24 Spring 2009 The Torch Time selected from an approved list of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. After deliberation it was decid- ed to go with ‘Mary, Mary Quite Contrary How Does Your Gar- den Grow?’” Committees were quickly formed and the float construc- tion was completed on the patio of a sister’s home. Flowers and butterflies were handcrafted from recycled donated cardboard, hand-painted Float judging was based on workmanship, how and mounted on green metal stakes fastened on well the group was identified, theme and de- a wooden base and mounted on large sheets of sign, and animation and sound. Categories for plywood painted green to simulate grass. major awards were Sweepstakes, Governors, Mayor’s, Supervisor’s, Commercial, and Found- A borrowed trellis and garden table completed er’s. the scene for Mary’s garden. The nursery rhyme was piped through two loud speakers “Congratulations Beta Sigma Phi, we took to the crowd. Legacy members represented third, the Mayor’s trophy for best non-profes- Mary and two “human” flowers and rode on the sionally constructed float. This project was an float. Mary wore a white dress amazing, out of the ordinary, sisterhood experi- adorned with yellow ribbons ence - sisters working together for an important and a straw hat crowned with cause, and promoting membership for an out- yellow roses. standing woman’s organization. And we won a trophy!” Spring 2009 The Torch 25 International Honorary Member T here once was an author who wrote such classic short stories as “The Man Dorothy Johnson Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “A Man Called Horse” and was praised for painstaking research that, aligned with such fluent prose, prompted critics to make comparisons to the work of Mark Twain. But this weaver of great western tales was ahead of the times in many ways. This writer was a strong and independent wom- an from Montana. Her name was Dorothy Marie Johnson, and she proudly became an International Honorary Member of Beta Sigma Phi in 1963. Dorothy was born in 1905 in Iowa, and moved shortly there- after to Whitefish, Montana which became her inspiration for many of her stories, and where she would make her longtime home, penning some of the finest western prose ever written. As a child she loved the freedom and toughness associated with the new west. In the “The Years and the Wind and the Rain - A Biography of Dorothy M. Johnson,” author Steve Smith recalls stories told by Dorothy of an uncle who had to wear a gun at all times because there people who were look- ing for him, and the Whitefish police chief, George Tayler, who wore a gun under his suit at church and loved to blow up stumps, a skill in great demand when clearing the untouched land of Montana. Sheriff Tayler was also very good at gardening, and intro- duced Dorothy to the world of produce. Smith’s book tells of Dorothy going door to door, selling her fresh wares. She She became a voracious reader as well, becoming the “personal disliked this enterprise, and would much rather be playing ball editor” for the school newspaper. She also dabbled in politics, or shooting marbles, two skills at which she excelled. But these becoming class president. She also acted in plays and was on fun pursuits did not bring in the money as did the produce and the debate team. She graduated second out of a class of 22, one other venture she grew to dislike – selling horseradish! and wrote later that the girls had no fashion magazines to look at and had idea what to wear so they wore middy blouses with Smith’s book tells of how Dorothy recalled how the pungent different material for the seasons, and the only difference in root had to be dug, scraped, chopped up, mixed with vinegar style was whether you wore your blouse tight or let it hang. and put in jelly glasses, before being marketed at a local restau- Dorothy wrote, in her usual humorous manner, that she wore rant. He tells of how Dorothy came to hate this task, saying hers loose, letting it hang, saying that came natural as she had that scraping the peeling off the horseradish made her cry and been built along the general shape of a middy blouse in the adding that it also made it very hard to breathe. first place. She took on many activities that were usually carried out by All his time during both high school and before, Dorothy fathers and sons, having lost her own father at age 13. Smith was thinking ahead to college and how she would pay for it. recalls how Dorothy said she didn’t mind feeding chickens or She took a job as a relief telephone operator in Whitefish to splitting wood, but cleaning out underneath the hen house was supplement her income, earning $1.65 for an eight-hour shift. another matter! 26 Spring 2009 The Torch other again, although Peterkin did call her 15 years later. Needless to say, Dorothy obtained a divorce and went back to using her maiden name. Her first sale to a major market had come in 1930 when The Saturday Evening Post paid her $400 for “Bonnie George Campbell.” She truly thought she had it made and that her future as a writer was assured. She was mistaken, and did not sell another story for 11 years. Dorothy did not stay solely in Montana throughout her life. She lived in Washington and had a very successful career in New York City, as an editor of a national magazine. She served as secretary- manager for the Montana Press Associa- tion during the years of 1953 – 1967. These years the stories poured from her, as though she could not get them written quick enough. Her work ethic was prodigious, as was her tal- ent. During those 14 years, she also taught for her alma mater as an assistant professor of journalism. Three of her most read stories were made into successful motion pictures, “The Hanging Tree,” which starred fellow- Montanan Gary Cooper; “The Man Who Shot Liberty Va- lance,” a classic western that teamed John Wayne with Jimmy Stewart, and the uber-successful, “A Man Called Horse,” star- ring Richard Harris, which spawned many sequels. Her novels, “Buffalo Woman” and “All the Buffalo Returning”, captured the changes of both landscape and lifestyle that resulted from white settlement of the western United States. She went into journalism at age 14, albeit Before her death in 1984, she was laden with much deserved surreptitiously. She became a reporter for the local paper, honors. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the although the editor was under the impression that her Aunt University of Montana, the Western Heritage Wrangle Award Tillie was the one filing the stories. Dorothy said her reason from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Golden Saddleman for this job was a burning desire to buy a 22. rifle she saw in Award of Western Writers of America. the window of the hardware store. We have provided you with only a sampling of the fascinating While she had become enamored with writing as a child, she life of Dorothy Johnson, a person who can best be compared entered Montana State College (now Montana State University) to America’s favorite son, Will Rogers. She possessed the same fully intending to become a doctor. But after finding out what wit and alacrity at getting to the heart of the matter and his some of the courses required, the “ick” factor got the best of same love of people. Dorothy, and she turned her attention to English. She knew she had found her calling, although she had once loved writing Those who knew her tell of her fondness for Beta Sigma Phi poetry, she began to transition into writing prose. and our principals. After getting to know Dorothy through the wonderful book by Steve Smith, and other resources, this When she was 21, she met George Peterkin, a soldier sta- Beta Sigma Phi became very fond of Dorothy. tioned at a nearby base. She soon secretly married him, much to her mother’s chagrin. He left soon after, eventually leav- ing the army, working odd jobs, all the time compiling sizable Resources: “The Years and the Wind and the Rain – A Biography of debts, which Dorothy was left to pay. He soon left for Cali- Dorothy M. Johnson” By Steve Smith (Available on Amazon.com) The fornia and the marriage was over. The couple never saw each University of Montana School of Journalism - Missoula Spring 2009 The Torch 27 Founder’s Day - 2009Abilene, Kansas T his Founder’s Day was a special one in Abilene, Kansas. Abilene was as many of you know, the birthplace of Beta Sigma Phi. But this year was even more special than the ones that marked momentous anniversaries. Because now there stands a lasting memorial to Beta Sigma Phi that all who visit the town’s historical museum will see. The ambitious project had its genesis several months prior, when member Louise Frey of Kansas Alpha Mas- ter, Abilene arrived at International with a notebook full of ideas, a list of things that we could retrieve from our archives, and her husband J.M. along to do any heavy lifting. Her enthusiasm was infectious and we were excited as she was. Louise had been donated, after many sweet inquiries to the business communi- ty of Abilene, an exquisite large display case, where she envisioned the story of Beta Sigma Phi being preserved under glass for future generations. Upon arriving at the historical museum in Abilene, it was rewarding to see almost all members in Abilene present. Everyone chatted and treated themselves to cookies and punch, anxious for the unveiling of the archival display case. The display case turned out to be be fabulous, a true testament to sorority that outlined the amazing story of our sisterhood. But also on the agenda was the appearance of the spe- cial guest, whose identity up until her arrival had been kept a secret. Everyone was very pleasantly surprised when the guest of honor turned out to be none other than Alpha Master member Helen Pepper, the very first member of Beta Sigma Phi. When Helen spoke in her soft voice, you could hear a pin drop in the room as the members listened intently as she spoke. She became emotional as she recalled how much Beta Sigma Phi had meant to her through the years, and thanked Walter W. Ross for seeing his dream come to fruition. All the sisters were thrilled with her presence, recognizing that every member has upheld Helen’s legacy. Helen is truly one of the great- est gifts that sorority has ever known. Thank you Helen, for being an such an example of Beta Sigma Phi at its finest, you truly showcase the Good, the True and the Beautiful. 28 Spring 2009 The Torch W e would like to take this time to honor our founder, Walter W. Ross, who believed in something so fervently that it came to pass. He was, at a time when the country was suffering through a devastating depression, the voice of opti- He wrote in his 1956 Founder’s Day address, “Beta Sigma Phis are doers and in the doing, so many richly rewarding products develop. You will always be rich in Life. You will always be rich in learning, too, for mism. He managed to successfully exchange a concept you have made the great discovery that the world be- that could not be held and could not be seen but could longs to those who can comprehend it. be felt deeply by those who experienced it – friend- She is rich in friendships, because she looks upon the ship. Because of him, more than a million women have making of new friendships as a high adventure.” experienced the gift of friendship that Beta Sigma Phi offers. There have been many women less lonely, All our members possess the greatest passport to ad- women much more fulfilled and much more laughter venture imaginable – Beta Sigma Phi. Here is to many has echoed in rooms across the world. Because of his more high adventures. vision, we are able to connect with someone we do not know by merely saying, “I am Thy Sister.” Spring 2009 The Torch 29 l Founder’s Day W yoming Precep- tor Rho, Wor- land members had a great time on Founder’s Day! All soror- ity members were asked to submit their favorite song. “We received 29,and every member was presented a CD with all 29 songs. All mem- bers wore black and white. It was quite a festive affair. The chapter sent a CD of the fes- tivities for the Torch staff to peruse. What fun we had!” Ontario Laureate Epsilon Theta, Belleville Ontario Laureate Epsilon annual Founder’s Day. They gathered together Theta, Belleville acted as the hostess for their at a local establishment and had a memorable time. The chapter supplied the decorations, and had a great time making all of the favors. Laureate Epsilon Theta member Brenda Thif- fault provided entertainment by singing sev- eral show tunes for the ladies accompanied on the piano by a local musician. Legacy member Katelyn Smith, sponsored by Sue Moulton of California Delta Iota Mas- ter, China Lake, carried out her mistress of ceremonies duties quite well at the chapter’s Founder’s Day banquet. At a “Through The Years” fashion show she wore a dress, shoes and hat from the 1940’s, loaned by California Laureate Epsilon Kappa, China Lake member Doris Bush who wore the same outfit to a New Year’s Eve party in 1949. Other models wore outfits from the 1950’s to the present. Arkansas Preceptor Alpha Mu, Benton was invited to the Governor’s Mansion in Little California Delta Iota Master, China Lake Rock, Arkansas for Founder’s Day. First Lady 30 Spring 2009 The Torch Ginger Bebee is a Beta Sigma Phi member and in- vited Greater Little Rock, Arkansas City Council to a fabu- lous Founder’s Day Awards Banquet. “Our chapter was 100% in attendance,” writes Preceptor Alpha Mu mem- ber Wanda Price. “ All members in our chapter helped with the decorations for the banquet.” Kentucky Laureate Upsilon, Owensboro reate Epsilon Kappa, Steubenville was plan- Anthony, New Mexico chapters Preceptor ning their Founder’s Day program, they decid- Omega and Laureate Alpha Beta had quite ed to invite other chapters in the area to join an eventful Founder’s Day, being joined by a them. Seven chapters happily responded and group of fascinating story tellers for a “Tem- about 50 Beta Sigma Phi members attended, perance Rally.” The group takes on the per- making for a very cheerful get-together. sona of historical persons from the late 1800’s. “All our sisters on the historical melodrama by “We had dinner, had our Founder’s Day Pro- siding with either the Temperance Union or gram and our chapter even provided the the madam and demon rum, “ says Precep- desert,” said Laureate Epsilon Kappa member tor Omega member Nancy Fairchild. The local historical asso- ciation benefited from their dona- tions to aid in the restoration of a historical cemetery in El Paso, Texas. Texas Preceptor Xi Sigma, Hous- ton also enjoyed Founder’s Day at a local country club with all members being presented with beautiful yel- low rose corsages. When Ohio Lau- Ohio Laureate Epsilon Kappa, Steubenville Spring 2009 The Torch 31 Mary Ann Cavalier. “It was great getting together and members want to do it again next April.” Queensland Laureate Beta, Brisbane enjoyed a great Founder’s Day last year as they presented their annual music award. The awards were $1,000, $300 and $200. In addition, they were thrilled to present a $500 encouragement award to a promising musician chosen by the area conservatory in Florida Laureate Zeta Iota, Boca Raton October. The chapter also provides a nice dinner after the ceremony, which is quite appreciated by the attend- ees, most of them students attending mostly. Florida Laureate Zeta Iota, Boca Raton celebrated their Founder’s Day on the water with a cruise. The ambi- ance set by the magnificent weather and the great com- pany helped all to “Rekindle the Torch of Friendship.” Six Trenton, Ontario chap- ters joined with the sisters from Belleville to celebrate Ontario Xi Beta Mu, Trenton Founder’s Day. Belleville and Trenton usually alternate as Members of Kentucky Laureate Upsilon, hosts and last year Belleville were hosts. “They Owensboro joined together with Laureate did a wonderful job and hosted an entertain- Sigma and Theta Master to join Indiana Mu ing and elegant evening,” writes Tina Bowers Lambda, Tell City members in a Founder’s member of Ontario Xi Beta Mu, Trenton. Day celebration. 32 Spring 2009 The Torch Four Sturgis, South Dakota chapters hosted their area Found- er’s Day in an impressive way, and they did it with no outside help. Everything, from the food to the decorations, was handmade. And the guest count numbered 110, from 10 cities in the Black Hills. Yellow roses were presented to 50 guests for various soror- ity achievements and a delicious brunch was prepared by one chapter. Members were rendered nearly speechless after the event, coming up with one perfect de- scription of the gala – spectacular! Four Sturgis, South Dakota Laureate Alpha Delta, Marrietta, the sisters of member Forrestine Cooper honored her for also marking 70 years! Congratulations, For- restine! Mississippi Laureate Epsilon, Ocean Springs enjoyed great weather, company and sur- roundings at their annual Founder’s Day. They chose to celebrate at the lovely carriage house of one of the town’s most famous restaurants. All had a fabulous time revisiting the past year Elena Cunningham of Nevada Iota and some of their finest memories of Beta Master, Fallon Sigma Phi. The members of Nevada Iota Master, Fallon, had an extra special Founder’s Day, they celebrated the anniversary of member Elena Cunningham ‘s 70th year in Beta Sigma Phi. “Elena is a great lady, a true Beta Sigma Phi, but most of all, a wonder- ful friend,” writes her Iota Master sister Bobbie Tay- lor. Congratulations, Ele- na! Also, at the Founder’s Day celebration of Georgia Mississippi Laureate Epsilon, Ocean Springs Spring 2009 The Torch 33 Preceptor Alpha Chi, Fredericksburg celebrated Founder’s Day, and remind- ed everyone in attendance that this was their very fa- vorite time of year – because it is the celebration of the founding of sorority! Gather- ing at an historic inn, each table was adorned with yel- low roses and a decorative gift bag awaited each guest. “This celebration made Founder’s Day truly memo- rable, by emphasizing how Beta Sigma Phi has held true Preceptor Alpha Chi, Fredericksburg to the principles envisioned by Walter W. Ross,” says Preceptor Alpha Chi member Linda Decatur. Six chapters of Arkansas Pre- ceptor Epsilon, Hot Springs members met at a local country club to toast the founding of Beta Sigma Phi and the near- completion of another great year in sorority. Chapters represented were Laureate Epsilon, Xi Beta Chi, Preceptor Epsilon, Laureate Mu and Delta Master . Arkansas Preceptor Epsilon, Hot Springs Two Childress, Texas chap- ters, Xi Pi Sigma and Xi Psi, joined together for a festive Founder’s day fete at the home of Xi Pi mem- ber Diana Clifton. It was a superb time, with everyone recalling events of the past year while looking though scrapbooks and reliving cherished memories. Childress, Texas chapters 34 Spring 2009 The Torch Mystery Book Drawing B est selling author Earlene is close- and Beta Sigma ly affiliated with Phi International the American Honorary Member Ear- Library As- lene Fowler has recently sociation, and completed her latest has spoken fictional creation, “Love about writing Mercy”. And now it is and quilting time to enter your name at dozens into our drawing and win of libraries, an autographed copy. If quilt guilds, interested, please send in your name and mem- women’s ber number to International with attention to the clubs and Torch Department, subject: Book Drawing. char- ity events A native Californian, Earlene Fowler is a prolific across the author and an avid hobbyist. A lover of quilts, country. Earlene is also folk art, horses and dogs, oral history, cowboy a member of Sisters in Crime and Women boots (she owns 25 pairs), the central coast of Writing the West organizations. A friend of Beta California and country and western music, it is a Sigma Phi’s own Laura Ross Wingfield, Earlene wonder she has any time left over to write! embodies Beta Sigma Phi’s treasured lifetime ide- als of life, learning and friendship. H Founder Walter W. Ross enjoys a rattlesnake round-up with longtime friend Joe Abbot and a deceased reptilian char- acter whose identity is in question, due to his proclivity for shed- ding his skin! This photo was taken after Mr. Ross had retired to Arizona, where he was able to spend many quality years. Spring 2009 The Torch 35 The Last Frontier by Alaska Laureate Eta, Matsu Valley member Savannah Hargraves O ur country heard about Wasilla, Alaska during the recent election. The small town is in the news again as one of our local Beta Sigma Phi sis- ters was featured in a national cooking magazine. “The Beta Sigma Phi who makes her home near Wasilla was interviewed by the noted cooking magazine, Penzeys One. Along with a number of other Alaskan cooks, Jean Hamilton of Alaska Laureate Eta, Matsu Valley was invited to tell her story of living in Alaska and to share some favorite recipes. Jean and her husband Barry “pioneered” to Wasilla after falling in love with Alaska when visiting friends in the area. They sold their property in Arizona and moved to Wasilla. They purchased a home and opened a Bed & Breakfast they named Wayside Bed & Breakfast. In the Penzeys One article, Jean says, “I love all of the nature here. Alaska has beautiful trees, mountains, lakes and rivers. Moose come up to your door and cross the highways at a rapid speed. Hunting wild game and fishing are two huge sports and the main subsistence for families up here....” Jean continues, “People in Wasilla are so friendly and helpful. There’s a feeling of total peace and tranquility, as if we’ve lived here forever. I have reconnected with my sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, and met wonderful new sisters who are so sup- portive. Together we participate in community projects and learn more about our gorgeous state and its history.” One of the recipes Jean shared in the magazine is “Crispy Baked Cajun Potatoes,” made from Alaska-grown Matanuska Valley potatoes. An- other recipe is “Goose Gumbo,” utilizing our plentiful geese. Reflecting on our recent political season, Edi- tor Bill Penzeys says, “To us at Penzeys One, cooking is not about one side being right or wrong—it is about bringing sides together. Cooking is that act of kindness that heals us after a busy day.” Our Beta Sigma Phi sister is a positive em- issary for Alaska and for our sorority as she operates her B & B and responds when a na- tional magazine comes calling. 36 Spring 2009 The Torch Wayside Bed & Breakfast Splendor in Alaska J ean has parlayed her love of cooking and hosting and other fabulous skills into a successful Bed and Breakfast habitat. The Wayside Bed and Breakfast, briefly mentioned on the previous page, is located in the heart of Fishing in the 49th state is as good as it gets, with some of the best fishing for King Salmon, silver salmon, trout, northern pike is plentiful in the Ma- tanuska-Susitana Valley. There are also hunting the Matanuska-Suistana Valley, where abundant opportunities. The area regulations for hunting are beauty surrounds visitors. provided on line at www.adfg.state.ak.us Whatever pastimes you may enjoy, from fishing A Wayside B & B offers in-house processing ser- to hiking to canoing and more, the splendor of vices for both game and fish. If this is of interest the Matanuska-Suistana Valley offers you a larger to you, please ask for individual pricing for each than life landscape to enjoy. ‘Whether your visit service. is over night or you are staying for a while to take in all the scenic attractions, A Wayside Inn is for To check availability and make reservations for you. your stay at Wayside and to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime, please contact Jean at www.awayside- Each morning you can awake to the aroma of bandb.com or call her at 1-877-907-2929. She and gourmet coffee and a delightful continental break- her husband Barry, along with their black lab, Jet, fast. In the summertime barbecues are offered on will be glad to see you. weekends for an additional charge. The Beta Sigma Phi Bed and Breakfast program The decor in the inn is delightful, which each was conceived as a member-to-member program room sporting a different rustic theme. One visi- intended to benefit the members involved. More tor favorite is the Cowboy Room, which has a log information on our Bed and Breakfast program, post “cowboy bed” and features real “Taming the please contact Barbara Champion at Internation- Wild Horses” cowboy photos from well-known al, 816-444-6800. photographer J. Cunningham. Spring 2009 The Torch 37 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. Patricia has shown her enthusiasm for all things Beta Sigma Phi. Patricia Ann Temple Texas Preceptor Lambda Kappa, Richardson Member since 1971 Patricia joined City Council with the Valentine Ball and area conven- Beta Sigma tion. Phi through an Interna- “Whether it’s her chapter, her community, or her tional Rush church, where she is a deacon and has been a lead in Mission, deacon for three years, Pat always can be counted on Kansas. In and she is always ready to give 100% of her time and those 37 years energy,” says Carol Moser member of Texas Preceptor she has served in all chapter offices and committees Lambda Kappa, Richardson. many times over. She has also willingly served in these offices in the Richardson, Texas City Council offering Cherie Wachholz, Preceptor Lambda Kappa member her business expertise where needed. In 2006-2007, says, “Pat Temple is always there and the first to call she was voted chapter Woman of the Year and City or volunteer for her chapter as well as other chapters in Council Woman of the Year by the Richardson City Beta Sigma Phi. She is like the energizer bunny in that Council. she never stops helping until she knows everything is fine. This is not just for a year but she has been doing She has taken the Beta Sigma Phi goals, purposes and this all her life. “ aims very seriously and lives out what it means to be a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Patricia was actively involved with the committee and chapter Xi Sigma Epsilon that was responsible for the In the chapter, Pat is the one who finds time to make Special Olympics event held at SMU stadium in 1984. the necessary calls, either on the phone or in person to a sick sister and bring a meal or two, to welcome a new Patricia received the Order of the Rose, Silver Circle, member and go to lunch, to take a sister shopping, or Valentine Sweetheart-numerous times, chapter Woman perhaps to take another sister on a job interview. of the Year. Currently she has had 13 years of perfect attendance at chapter meetings. Her energy and enthusiasm have been demonstrated by her service to the many different Richardson City “I enjoy being around people and enjoying life. Beta Council offices and committees she worked on. She Sigma Phi has given me so many wonderful, close has served as City Council Vice President, Recording friends and the opportunity to foster those friendships Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary and helped with long lasing memories,” writes Patricia. 38 Spring 2009 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. Janet has shown her enthusiasm for all things Beta Sigma Phi. Janet M. Baker California Beta Pi Master, Santa Barbara Member since 1963 Janet joined Beta to Heart” with the heart as her symbol and in 2000-01 Sigma Phi in the dolphin was her symbol. Besides holding offices, November 1963 she has been named Girl of the Year several times for in Sacramento, her work and dedication to sorority. In 1996 and 2004, California. she was chairman of the donation drawings for the con- ventions and raised thousands of dollars for our philan- “Since Janet thropic projects. arrived in Santa Barbara she immediately joined a chapter and became very active again. In her 45 years Besides being so active in sorority, Janet gives back of sorority she has held every office in each chapter to her community as a volunteer. She was appointed as well as in area council, including president in 1976. by the mayor of Santa Barbara to be on the board of The only position she has not held is treasurer and Directors of Sister Cities. She has served on the board as she said, “that’s not my thing.” Janet is currently for over eight years and has traveled to Puerta Villarta president of our chapter, again. I can’t count the times. many times and to Kobe, Japan, the sister cities of When a project was undertaken by the chapter, whether Santa Barbara. it was a luncheon or a rummage sale, Jane was there to help. Janet has also volunteered for 17 years at the local sher- iff’s department and at a local hospital. For many years She has chaired ways and means projects and socials in she worked at a popular french festival to earn money Sacramento and also in Santa Barbara. As a member of for the community historical theatre. As a member of California Preceptor Epsilon Nu, Santa Barbara she the American Business Women of America, she was served as secretary numerous times. Her next chapter selected several times as Woman of the Year. was California Preceptor Alpha Xi, Santa Barbara where she served on various committees and held sev- Janet believes in the declarations of our Rituals and eral offices, particularly philanthropic. promotes fellowship and service to Beta Sigma Phi. “I have enjoyed serving on boards and traveling with In the Pacific, California Area Council, Janet has again Janet throughout California. She has helped me grow almost held all offices. She has been secretary several in Beta Sigma Phi,” writes Marcia Niesen-Greiten of times, was co-editor of the council directory in 1996, California Preceptor Alpha Xi, Santa Barbara. and president twice. In 1980-81 her theme was “Heart Spring 2009 The Torch 39 Chapter Spotlight Arkansas Iota Gamma, Ashdown T hings are hopping in Ashdown, Arkansas. A new chapter, Iota Gamma, is going full-tilt and is bursting at the seams with energy and en- thusiasm for all things Beta Sigma Phi. Their beginning was due to the hard efforts of Arkansas Delta Xi, Crossett. This Friendly Venture sprang from the efforts of Legacy and new mem- ber Donica Dodd Barger. She joined Delta Xi in 2000, and enjoyed her chapter life – it was the perfect fit. Until life interfered. It was 2004, and Ashdown, Arkansas was to be her new home. When she realized the move to Ashdown was imminent, she knew she could not lose her con- nection to the great sisterhood. But Ashdown was far east of Crossett, hours away, near to the Oklahoma border. But not to worry, where there is a will, there is usually a sister, and she enlisted the help of two trusted allies in Delta Xi, her mother Judy Dodd, and friend Patricia Coody. They were by her side from start to finish for of this friendliest of ventures. In April, Patricia, Judy and LaTisha Dodd joined about raising money for the community. These the new chapter in order to perform the Pledge girls worked hard to ensure the success of Iota Ritual. The Ritual was conducted for six new Gamma from the beginning. On May 31, 2008, pledges. Joining these pledges, only two weeks they held their first crawfish boil. It’s name was later, five other pledges took the Ritual. By the a shoe-in for its success - “Who’s Your Craw- end of April, Iota Gamma was 12 members strong. daddy?” They were determined to raise money for the high school cheer squad – who no doubt On May 31, 2008 the eleven new pledges en- designed a cheer especially for them. It might go gaged in their Ritual of Jewels, thus creating 12 something like this - I-O-T-A G-A-M-M-A Rocks, members of Arkansas Iota Gamma, Ashdown. Judy and LaTisha Dodd were able to attend the Ritual in order to initiate the pledges. After pledging, the newly minted members were intent on getting the ball rolling, and they did. The very same day they were initiated, the chapter held its first fundrais- ing event. From the begin- ning the girls were excited 40 Spring 2009 The Torch Rocks, Rocks! Every aspect was cov- ered. Member April Davis took care of the adver- tisements and member Stephanie Jones was in charge of the t-shirt design. Sisters Sherry Zeigler created the signs and posted fliers and Amanda Stuart got many new sponsors. Members Karen Steed and Melissa Kilgore took the time to organize the event as well as tend to miscel- laneous duties required to conduct a fundraiser. In addition to these tasks, all members took the “And the crawfish boils are always a lot of fun. time to sell, sell, sell. They all made sure to bring in We had a great time serving, socializing, and of ticket sales so the crawfish boil would be a suc- course, eating. The crawfish was delicious and we cess. All in all, the effort was not in vain, with their cannot wait until our next boil in May.” efforts raising $1,700. They donated $1,000 to the Ashdown cheerleaders, and placed the other $700 in a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. “Iota Gamma has many ideas for rush,” says Donica. “We hope to bring our numbers to great “With such great success in this fundraiser, we heights. Many women have already approached decided to quickly turn around and put on our us about joining this great sisterhood. We can- next fundraiser, Battle of the Badges, for Susan G. not wait to continue to spread the importance of Komen Race for the Cure,” writes Donica. “We Beta Sigma Phi to our community. Working for the were able to donate $400 With all that being community is important. Thank you Beta Sigma said, we are now on our 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil Phi for giving us the opportunity to do good.” Festival of Tails with high hopes of donating a scholarship of $500 each to at least four college-bound students of Ashdown High School. Also, we donated $250 to the Ash- down Touchdown Club to help support our Ashdown Football Team. Go Panthers!” The chapter is also hard at work to initiate a Relay for Life in Ashdown. In the fall they will have their first Legacy Ritual for the many daughters in the group. Social time is also a major goal of this fun- loving chapter. Their first Valentine’s Banquet was held at a local eatery. In the words of one of the chapter members, “ We got dressed up and had a blast celebrating Val- entine’s Day with our spouses and sisters!” Spring 2009 The Torch 41 Cha tter L ouisiana Laureate Pi, Slidell selected the Soldier’s Angels as a recent service project. The organization was started in 2003 by a moth- er of a deployed soldier, she began to send care packages to the troops and rapidly grew to a national, volunteer-based, non-profit organization with over 200,000 volunteers. These Angels can be found in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, Europe, and several other countries, providing support to our brave men and women in uniform wherever we raise the flag of the United States of America. Additional information on Soldier’s Angels can be found at www.soldiersangels.org. The chapter adopted a family of a deployed soldier for Christmas and provided food, toys and clothes. The chapter also adopted a soldier for the duration of the soldier’s deployment. M embers of the Toledo, Ohio City Council gathered at a teddy bear store for a Beta Bears workshop. Members selected their bears, stuffed them and the store provided voice boxes, birth certificates and bows. Many bears were made and a large selection of various bears were delivered to homebound Betas and members in nursing homes. Bears were also passed out at many nursing homes to those residents who were in need of a special memento, which came with a warm hug! The event was such a success that they are planning on making it an annual event. Helpful husbands cut out and sanded six ply board race horses and riders which were painted in the Beta Sigma Phi attribute colors. Party decorations included official Kentucky Derby balloons and din- ner napkins, real horseshoes, and their handmade race horses mounted in pots of blooming zinnias. After watching the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on television, everyone adjourned outdoors to the racetrack to watch of the colorful thorough- horses moved forward with a roll of the dice, advancing breds compete in the Beta Sigma Phi Stakes. The field one space each time their number came up. There was included Undaunted Courage (red), Walter’s Vision lost of excitement each time the favorites approached (yellow), Humble Pie (blue), Loyal Lass (orange), Fel- the finish line. It was a Derby Day celebration we’ll lowship’s Fancy (green), and Duty Calls (violet). “The remember fondly for some time!” says member Jeanne 42 Spring 2009 The Torch Kelley. Elsewhere on the bunny trail, Minnesota Laureate Pi, Rochester members annually create approxi- mately 125 Easter baskets each year. The completed baskets are donated to the Women’s Shelter and to family services. This is the seventh year the chap- ter has chosen this as their major service project. The chapter meets the Tuesday before Easter and pro- duces the finished product by assembly line process. Delaware Preceptor Omega, Selbyville members are Baskets are set out in lines on one table, bunnies are proud emissaries of the Easter Bunny. And she and 35 put on the second table and then color and size matched of her closest friends, her fellow chapter sisters, meet to fit. New grass is put around the bunnies and then all every year the week before Easter to help fill the bas- the candies in wrappers are artistically strewn around kets of local children. The group’s specialty is choco- the bunnies. The whole creation is put into a large clear late covered eggs. As the ladies huddle around the plastic bag (donated by a local dentist) and tied with cafeteria tables at a local middle school, approximately multicolored curly ribbon. The chapter also gets gener- 1,000 eggs were made. Member Carol Hurley said she ous monetary donations to help, a local bank donated a expected the eggtraordinary event to raise thousands of room to use for their meetings, and a local pizza parlor dollars for scholarships. Any remaining funds will be donated pizzas for the sisters to enjoy when the work given back to the community. “People request money was done. “We also had great coverage of the event by when they can’t pay for their heat or their medical the Rochester Post Bulletin and the local news,” says bills,” says Preceptor Omega member Lisa Carter. “We member Patricia Lahey. “ We are not sure who is made help people when they get in a jam.” happier; the children receiving the Easter baskets or the ladies of Laureate Pi in creating them! The four chapters of Paris, Ontario - Laureate Al- spectacular hats decorated with yellow roses. pha Phi, Preceptor Alpha Tau, Xi Gamma Al- They were delighted when Mystical Ryan won the pha and Gamma Pi enjoyed a super social at a race dedicated to Beta Sigma Phi. The sisters re- local raceway. The social event was aptly named port they enjoyed a fabulous evening of good food, the Yellow Rose Derby Trot. All members wore friendship and fame. Spring 2009 The Torch 43 W e would like to take this time and thank all the members who have written and called after hearing of the passing of Internation- al’s Bill Ross. No one more so than Bill would appreciate such warm regards. He was a very vital part of sorority and will be greatly missed. We apologize for print- ing his birthday as Janu- ary 8, 1923, when it was indeed February 1923. (Front Row) L-R) Judy and Linda Ross with (Back Row L-R) their father Bill Ross, their grandfather Walter W Ross II, and their great-grandfather Walter W. Ross Senior. W ith the Beijing Olympics behind them, California Delta Nu Omega, Shingle Springs members visit the Temple of Heaven, with the Great Wall of China next on their must-see list. “This trip to China was an experience of a lifetime and per- fectly timed before the Olympics,” writes Delta Nu Omega sister Joan Darling. “We loved the people and were awestruck by the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. We recommend this trip to all sisters everywhere.” California Delta Nu Omega, Shingle Springs members - Front row ( L to R) Sharon Wulf, Joan Darling back row (L to R) Judith Potor, Sue Owen, Patricia Bertram and Sandi Conry 44 Spring 2009 The Torch Member Services Rushing Information Free Information Flyers Friendly Venture(creating a Ritual of Jewels chapter) Contest Rules Programs à la Carte I’m curious; send me a brochure on Friendly Venture. Theme Art Bed & Breakfast Info. I’m ready to get started; send me the kit. Scholarship Rules (deadline: January 31, 2009) This will be an: Gift Selections Individual Chapter City Council Project Check under the downloads section of The location of the chapter will be: www.BetaSigmaPhi.org for scholarship applications and more forms. There is an easy way to print the following forms from the Internet. Your Name:____________________________________ Just visit www.betajournal.com. 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Total: Name: Member Number: Address: Chapter Name: Chapter No.: MAIL TO: BETA SIGMA PHI INTERNATIONAL, PO BOX 8500, KANSAS CITY MO 64114-0500 OR FAX TO: 816-333-6206 46 Spring 2009 The Torch 2 0 0 8 - 2 0 0 9 C h a p t e r Ya r d s t i c k PLANNING _____ Progression (45 pts. max) _____ Executive Board Meetings (10 pts. max) 5 points for each event encouraging progression to your 10 points for meetings held as needed. chapter, 5 points for each eligible member that progresses to _____ Regular Meetings (18 pts. max) your chapter. 1 point for each meeting. _____ Attendance (12 pts. max) _____ TOTAL (186 points possible) 10 points for percentage of attendance. Example: 7 points for 70%, etc. Members on leave-of-absence and shut-ins not C U LT U R A L counted against percentage. 2 points for consistent system _____ Programs (36 pts. max) of notifying members of time and place of meetings. 2 points each for a formal program (30 minutes), 1 point each for _____ Finance (19 pts. max) an informal program (cultural outing). One program per meeting. 10 points for preparation of chapter budget that limits the _____ Program Presentation (36 pts. max) cost to an amount the members agree is not a burden to 2 points for a program presented by two or more members. each member. 7 points for a major money-making project, One program per meeting. 2 points for a minor project. _____ Chapter-Wide Discussion (18 pts. max) _____ Cooperation (44 pts. max) 1 point for discussion guided by leader following the presentation, 5 points for participation in City Council or executive coord- inating committee. 10 points for committee planning and allowing each member’s participation. handling preliminary details before meetings. 2 points for _____ Audio-Visual Aids/Demonstrations (12 pts. max) each month’s chapter minutes and report forms sent to 1 point for each program in which audio-visual aids or International by the end of the month. 5 points for City demonstrations are used requiring participation by members Council participation. (i.e., games, quizzes, etc.). _____ Book of Beta Sigma Phi Review (36 pts. max) _____ Programs on the Shelf (20 pts. max) 3 points for each month activity pursued. 5 points for each program prepared for emergency use. _____ Publicity (10 pts. max) 5 points for each major project, 2 points for each minor project. _____ TOTAL (122 points possible) _____ Phone or Email (10 pts. max) 5 points for having a phone or email tree to get the news out to BONUS POINTS chapter members. _____ Establishing a New Chapter (10 pts. max) 5 points for Friendly Venture reservation, 5 points for presenting _____ TOTAL (159 points possible) Beta Sigma Phi to prospective members. SOCIAL _____ Receive a FOUR-STAR RATING when your chapter _____ Planned Social Calendar (30 pts. max) completes a Friendly Venture! 30 points for planning the sorority year by September 1. _____ Wider Social Horizons (16 pts. max) _____ Social Balance (60 pts. max) 10 points being a sponsoring chapter of a convention, area 5 points for each traditional social held (Founder’s Day, meeting or workshop, 2 points for representation at a convention, Beginning Day, etc.), 4 points for each informal social held. area meeting or workshop. 10 points for city-wide social. 2 points for interchapter social. _____ Community Service or Cultural Event (15 pts. max) _____ Attendance (10 pts. max) 5 points for each major project, 2 points for each minor project. 10 points for attendance of members at social functions. _____ Chapter Assistance (20 pts. max) (10 points equals 100%, 7 points equals 70%, etc.) 4 points for each active member serving as an advisor. _____ Time for a Good Time (18 pts. max) _____ Legacies and Sponsored Members(10 pts. max) 1 point per meeting, dining, and for allowing time to socialize. 1 point for each member who enrolls one or more in the _____ Sending Cards (5 pts. max) Legacy or sponsored member program. 5 points for sending cards to members for occasions such as _____ Assisting Community Chapters (45 pts. max) illness, birthday, etc... 15 points for assisting a small chapter with rushing or progression _____ TOTAL (123 points possible) activities. 2 points for each personal recommendation of an out-of-town candidate, max. 20 points. 1 point each for contacting MEMBERSHIP transferees or prospective members for your chapter or intro- _____ Membership Plan (20 pts. max) ducing them to another chapter, max. 10 points. 10 points for each rushing program. _____ Contest Entries (6 pts. max) _____ Pledge Training (36 pts. max) 1 point for each entry in any International contest. 2 points per pledge training session from Invitation to Life. _____ Success (65 pts. max) _____ Member Survey (10 pts. max) 5 points for each pledge added to your chapter during the 10 points for surveying members’ interest. sorority year. 5 points for chapters with 10 - 20 members. _____ Envoys (10 pts. max) 10 points for chapters with more than 20 members. 1 point per Envoy member. _____ Transfers and Reinstatements (20 pts. max) _____ Theme (10 pts. max) 5 points for each member transferred into the chapter, each 10 points for implementing theme in chapter activities. inactive member reinstated, and each member-at-large added. _____TOTAL (152 points possible) Submitted by: Chapter #: Chapter: Member #: Address: City/State / Zip: Date: Total No. of Points: Spring 2009 The Torch 47 2009 Spring Parade Legacies Here comes our Spring Parade of Legacies! These lovely young ladies will be proud members some Harper Neitzey day, and we can’t wait! They are all stars in the mak- Sponsor: Texas Preceptor Xi Sigma, Houston ing, girls who love their families, and of course... member Mary Anna Madden Beta Sigma Phi! “Harper is very active in dancing, singing, girl scouts and playing percussion in the band.” Alexis Sky Lofton Vanessa Marie Villarreal Sponsor: Florida Xi Eta Xi, Cocoa Sponsor: Florida Xi Nu Delta, Dunnellon member Deborah Keeton member Sharon Zeltakalns “Alexis is a sweet girl and the pride and joy of her grandmother.” “Vanessa enjoys writing, drawing and basketball.” Carleigh Mercer Wood Rachel Margaret Wood Sponsor: Florida Xi Nu Sigma, Avon Park Sponsor: Florida Xi Nu Sigma, Avon Park member Ruth Mercer Wood member Ruth Mercer Wood “Carleigh is a special young lady with a bright future.” “Rachel is excited to be a Legacy and future member of Beta 48 Spring 2009 The Torch Sigma Phi.” Carys L Widmer, Kadee L Hackler, Trinity (l-r) E Ehrhart, Kathryn R Vernon, Mariah N Pugh, Isabella Felice DeFerrari Brianne C Alexander and Hannah G Pugh Sponsor: California Gamma Sigma Mas- Sponsor: Texas Laureate Alpha Omega, Denton ter, Sacramento member Norma Pippig “These ladies are full of excitement for their futures in Beta Sigma Phi.” “Isabella is always smiling, loving and eager to learn.” Sarah and Sydney Pewitt Kassidy and Kennedy Tucker Sponsor: Tennessee Preceptor Alpha Pi, Manchester member Linda Rhodes Sponsor: Texas Eta Mu, Bay City member “Both of these precious sweethearts love the fall, their ready to go in Nichole S. Tucker their matching red outfits.” “Both girls look sweet in their matching pink outfits.” Kaylee Ann Forthman Kaylee Madison Jones Sponsor: California Gamma Epsilon Master, Eureka member Kathleen Fredrickson Sponsor: Oklahoma Delta Lambda, Poteau “Kaylee loves spending time at the family ranch and loves crafting member Sherry Marie Keisman and scrap booking.” “Kaylee is a cute little one with an incredible smile.” Spring 2009 The Torch 49 Morgan Moody, Aubrie Scranton, (Back row l-r) Chelsey Leigh Easter Kelsey Ann Doty, (Front row l-r) Melissa Steele, Mari- Sponsor: Missouri Preceptor ela Dolan, Kaitlyn Lea Doty Epslion Omega, Joplin member Kimberly Easter Sponsor: Florida Preceptor Eta Sigma, New Port Richey “Chelsey enjoys community service, her favorite “These girls can’t wait to be the next generation of Beta Sigma Phis.” service work involves children with medical needs.” Neva Moon Abbott Emma J Wright Sponsor: Georgia Lambda Alpha, Newnan Sponsor: Wyoming Laureate Lambda, Casper member Gloria Ionta member Deanna Archibald “Emma’s a vision in sunflowers and pigtales.” “Neva is so precious in her dress and hat.” Morgan Ann Shackelton Sponsor: California Preceptor Phi, El Cajon member Susan Shackelton Shelby Joy Allcorn Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Zeta, Sebring “Morgan is caring and full of zeal.” member Stacy Joy Allcorn 50 Spring 2009 The Torch “Shelby is a lovely young woman with a very bright future.” Shannon Alvarez, Kimberly McMahan (Back row l-r) holding Audry Olson, (Front row l-r) Shelby Knafla and Sydney McKellar Natalie Swinhoe Sponsor: California Xi Rho Chi, West Sacramento Sponsor: New Mexico Preceptor “These sweet girls are dressed for the sun and ready for anything that comes Beta, Los Alamos member Claire their way.” Swinhoe “Natalie is wholeheartedly waiting to be a mem- ber of Beta Sigma Phi.” Paigelyn Rene Cord Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Zeta, Sebring member Michelle Cord “Paigelyn is such a bright and cheerful Lyndie, Kaylee and young girl.” Gabriella Aydé Dion Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Alexa Neal Zeta, Sebring member Kimberlee Dion Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha “Gabriella has a love of nature and a thirst for Zeta, Sebring member Jodi Neal knowledge.” “These sisters are ecstatic about becoming Beta Sigma Phi sisters.” Spring 2009 The Torch 51 Kylie Sue Caputo Kayla Suzanne Ming Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Zeta, Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Zeta, Sebring Sebring member Tammy Caputo member Valerie L Ming “Kylie is a very talented and smart girl.” “Kayla is all smiles and full of life.” Krista Marie Blocker Paige Elizabeth Kaser Sponsor: Oklahoma Alpha Master, Tulsa Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Zeta, Sebring member Nancy Kay Blocker “Krista is always camera ready.” member Dacia Kaser “Paige is such a little lady with an endearing smile.” Jordan Jacobs Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Zeta, Sebring Jessica Lynn Townsend member Heidi Taylor Sponsor: Florida Alpha Alpha Zeta, “Jordan is ready to reach for the stars.” Sebring member Beckie Townsend 52 Spring 2009 The Torch “Jessica is sweet in pink and ready for fun times!” Gabrielle Townes Sponsor: California Preceptor Phi, El Cajon member Patricia Beatty “Gabrielle is very sweet.” Isabella Gale, Priscilla Ann and Rachel Erin Pomeroy Sponsor: Illinois Psi Delta, Plainsfield member Heather Pomeroy “These sisters are sharing and caring young ladies.” Campbell Beatty Sponsor: California Preceptor Phi, El Cajon member Patricia Beatty “Campbell is very precious.” (l-r) Nicole Marie, Robert Wesley III (Envoy II) and Faith Eileen Rawlins Michelle Lee Gray Sponsor: New Jersey Laureate Nu, Toms River member Sponsor: Iowa Kappa Kappa, Eileen Rawlins Lamoni member Diane Gray “These triplets are triple the fun.” “Michelle is so kind and such a hard worker.” Spring 2009 The Torch 53 2009 Dorothy and Walter W. ΒΣΦ Beta Sigma Phi is proud to announce the new recipients of the Dorothy and Walter W. Ross Scholarship Fund. We are quite honored to publish the names of these exemplary students, along with the chapter who sponsored them and their field of interest. Ashley Guenther Sponsored by Kansas Sigma Upsilon, Ottawa Psychology Charlotte Lane Sponsored by Kansas Preceptor Epsilon Eta, Johnson County Engineering Melissa Leneweaver Sponsored by Arizona Xi Delta Zeta, Chandler Journalism Kathryn Ann Preidt Sponsored by Indiana Lambda Chi, Shelbyville Meterology Carley Shumate Sponsored by Colorado Laureate Rho, Colorado Springs Bioengineering 54 Spring 2009 The Torch Ross Scholarship Recipients Christy Whitcomb Sponsored by California Preceptor Theta Iota, Santa Cruz Interior Design Nadine Janecek Sponsored by Colorado Preceptor Alpha Zeta, Lamar Veterinary Medicine Jane Lindsay Hallinan Sponsored by Pennsylvania Laureate Zeta Theta, Altoona Interior Design Caroline Campbell Sponsored by Virginia Preceptor Delta Rho, Yorktown Orthodontics Joshua Papacek Sponsored by Minnesota Laureate Nu, Burnsville Aquatic Biology Heather Venem Sponsored by Minnesota Delta Zeta, Eagle Rock Counseling Spring 2009 The Torch 55 Nicole Parenti Sponsored by Florida Laureate Alpha Upsilon, Titusville Education Jessica Weaver Sponsored by Florida Preceptor Alpha, Sarasota Psychology Alexander Jennings Sponsored by Florida Xi Mu Beta, Port St. Lucie Music Education Jessica Marie Aucoin Sponsored by Louisiana Laureate Alpha Gamma, Baton Rouge Electrical Engineering Catherine Ann Pinkham Sponsored by Maine Laureate Sigma, Winslow Advertising and Marketing Genevieve Wassill Sponsored by Alberta Alpha Master, Calgary Nursing 56 Spring 2009 The Torch Allyson Gibson Sponsored by Oregon Preceptor Alpha Nu, The Dalles Veterinarian Alayna Mackey Sponsored by Washington Omicron Master, Renton Nutritionist Shelby Kauitzsch Sponsored by Texas Xi Epsilon, Sequin Elementary Education Megan Wanee Sponsored by California Alpha Iota Master International Relations Jennifer Lynn Baxter Sponsored by Tennessee Xi Beta Xi, Carthage Music Education Maria Jorgensen Sponsored by Iowa Xi Gamma Gamma, Sioux City Aerospace Engineering The charter members of Russell, Iowa’s first chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Some have stayed in Russell, and some have left, but for all of them, their commitment to sorority remains strong. Spring 2009 The Torch 57 Kara Mathis Sponsored by Iowa Pi Beta, Clear Lake Architecture Anna Swan Sponsored by Montana Preceptor Omega, Polson Medicine William Young Sponsored by Arizona Xi Delta Omicron, Show Low Medicine Kaitlin Wicher Sponsored by Idaho Alpha Master, Boise International Relations Serena Marie Dancie Sponsored by Utah Laureate Zeta, Salt Lake City Psychology Naomi Francis Sponsored by British Columbia Alpha Xi Master, Delta Linguist / Translator / Anthropologist 58 Spring 2009 The Torch Raymie Wheeler Sponsored by Texas Preceptor Omicron Theta, Electra Criminal Justice ΒΣΦ Exemplar Fund Scholarship Recipients ΒΣΦ Exemplar Fund scholarship awards are given to those members who have decided to continue their higher education. Congratulations to the following members who will receive scholarship funds. Holly Kersten Sponsored by North Dakota Alpha Tau, Minot Education Sylvia Maack Sponsored by Kansas Beta Mu, Lawrence School psychology Margaret Wintenburg Sponsored by Florida Alpha Alpha Xi, Tampa Education Spring 2009 The Torch 59 60 Spring 2009 The Torch Spring 2009 The Torch 61 TORCH Theme Seals 2008-2009 Theme Charm 2008-2009 gift items for March / April 2009 TORCH Proudly displaying the 2008-2009 This charming gold charm theme “Rekindle the Torch of Friend- featuring “Rekindle the Torch of ship” this 11/2” decorative seal is ideal Friendship” can be worn as a pin for adding a friendship flourish to any using a charm converter. sorority correspondence. 170 per pkg. No.2048 [.2oz].....$4.75 No.1348 [2oz].....$5.00 Round Drinking Glass Long Sleeve Pink T-Shirt Try these handsome Beta with Greek letters and Beta Sigma Sigma Phi drinking glasses Phi in navy blue etched with the Greek letters and a lovely rose. 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Box 122 Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S4 Beta Sigma Phi Memories By: Juanita M. Riedel Michigan Theta Master, Jackson I am submitting this “memory” in honor of To make a long story short, Elsie arrived our friend and counselor, Bill Ross. My and recognized the black and gold ribbons memory of being in Sydney, Australia, I was waving on the Sydney shore. Later, I when he needed me, will never be forgotten. was able to gather a group of women I had met during my short time in Australia, one When the phone rang one day, I was on a of whom was my next door neighbor, Valerie ladder painting the walls of our new home in Werner. She was the first member to accept the suburb of Turramurra. Bill’s voice was the invitation and became their first presi- a welcome surprise. He told me of a visitor, dent of Beta Sigma Phi. The enthusiasm of Elsie Guenther, who was due to arrive soon those first members will always be among my by ship in Sydney. He told me of his desire favorite memories. Their husbands, however, to have Beta Sigma Phi chapters in the coun- were leery of such an idea. Shortly after- try down under. Would I meet her when she wards, one of the men told me how much arrived and assist her in this effort? My re- Beta Sigma meant to his wife. They became sponse was immediate. Of course, I would be our champions from the word “Go.” delighted to be of service. I was a long-time member in chapters in Kansas, New Hamp- And now, Beta Sigma Phi chapters can be shire, and Michigan, and was used to meeting found from coast to coast in that far-away new friends this way. country.
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