All chapters can join a city or area council for the purpose of creating inter-chapter harmony, social interaction, inspiration, and the dissemination of information.
This kind of bond between women is like no other by offering companionship and acceptance. Beta Sigma Phi has chapters all over the world. Members may move to another state or continent and still have sisters.
The Greek letters of its name represent Life, Learning, and Friendship, which is the organization’s motto. Beta Sigma Phi is the largest sorority of its kind in the world. This sorority is a great avenue to offer women a way to grow and to bring the best that is in them to the surface.
The official international magazine is The Torch which was first published in January 1932. In 1934 the first state convention was held in Waterloo, Iowa. In order to showcase the many outstanding women in Beta Sigma Phi a Valentine Contest was created. Chapters all over the world nominate their chapter sweetheart and the contest is judged yearly by a famous business personality. In 1939 the first judge was Cary Grant. Catherine Chowning of California Alpha Sigma, San Pedro was the first winner.
Many famous women have received the honor of International Honorary Member. They include such names as Pauline McGibbon, Lieutenant governor, Ontario, Canada, Minnie Pearl, Country comedienne, Norma Brown, Major General, U. S. Air Force, Ginger Rogers, State and movie actress, Muriel Humphrey, Former U. S. senator, Minnesota and Nancy Reagan, Wife of Ronald Reagan, political activist and former first lady.
In the summer of 1969, the founder of Beta Sigma Phi died. A Walter W. Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund was established. The scholarship honored Mr. Ross and his philosophy of life: ”The only right you have is the right to be useful.”
There are several degrees that a member can obtain during her years as a Beta Sigma Phi. The degrees are Nu Phi Mu; Ritual of Jewels, Exemplar Degree, Preceptor Degree; Laureate Degree, Master Degree; and the Torchbearer Degree.
Beta Sigma Phi colors are black and gold and the flower which represents the sorority is the Yellow Rose. Each year in April the chapters celebrate Founder’s Day with a banquet where awards are given for yearbook, scrapbook, and programs. Each chapter elects a Woman of the Year for their chapter and she is announced along with the City Council of Beta Sigma Phi’s Woman of the Year.
Every year the International Office provides a theme for the coming year. A few of those themes are “You’re Among Friends”; “Rekindle the Torch of Friendship”; “Gateway to Friendship”; “Paint a Living Masterpiece” and the current theme “In Touch with Tomorrow.”
Beta Sigma Phi honors husbands with membership as Envoy Members. Laureate Psi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi which was established in 1980 has honored Robert Barr; Henry Liles; Kenneth Schnell; Don Smith; Hylton, Webb; Ray White; and Bob Jennings.
Sorority is a wonderful outlet for women. In order to be all a woman can be she must first take care of herself. Many say they enjoy sorority because it is the only thing they do for themselves. Everything they do is for someone or something else.
The Deer Park Rotary Club recently awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships to deserving Deer Park High School and San Jacinto College students. Funds were raised by the Rotary's annual Texas Independence Bicycle Tour, which broke its own records for attendance.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
The Deer Park Rotary Club honored Deer Park Police Officer Lars Moe as its Officer of the Month for May. Moe, who was hired by DPPD in 2009 was honored for helping rescue an elderly man who was involved in a single-car accident.
The Deer Park Police Department joined law enforcement agencies across the nation to remember police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. At its annual Peace Officers Memorial Day service, DPPD honored those officers across the country who did not return home from their shifts at Monday's ceremony.
Four Deer Park first responders were honored at Tuesday’s Deer Park City Council meeting for saving the life of a citizen. The group was reunited with the victim at City Hall where they were recognized with the Lifesaving Award.
Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton meets the members and leadership of Deer Park Boy Scout Troop 268. The troop was founded in 1942 and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The troop membership was presented with a special proclamation on behalf of the city from Mouton and council. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.
Knight Commander Green is the Chairman of the Sons of the Republic of Texas’ Speakers Bureau and has substantial experience speaking on the topic of Texas history. He has also amassed a collection of over 75 historic flags from the Texas and American Revolutionary periods, some of which he will be sharing with attendees at the program.
This presentation is the latest installment in the library’s Featured Friday series. These monthly programs offer a variety of lectures, movies and special programs of cultural, historical and local interest.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St.
The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce recently inducted the four newest members to the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor. Wade Conner (1983), Leland Robin Enochs (1967), Danika Hayman (2001) and Lou Adele May (1956), all graduates of Deer Park High School were inducted for their contributions to their communities and professions.