The four Great Bend chapters of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated Founder’s Day April 25 with an evening dinner program in the Cavanaugh Room located at Barton Community College’s Learning Resource Center.
On this Founder’s Day, they celebrated the 82nd anniversary of Beta Sigma Phi International and brought to a close the sorority year, 2012-13, with the theme “You’re Among Friends.”
Three Great Bend Beta Sigma Phi members were honored with special membership awards. Natalie Ruble was honored for 60 years of membership in Beta Sigma Phi. Leona Prosser and Shirley Lytle were honored for 50 years of membership.
The chapters also presented awards to their members chosen as Woman of the Year and Sister of the Year. Those honored were Nancy Sundahl, Woman of the Year, Xi Delta Upsilon; Nancy Cale, Woman of the Year, and Sandy Smith, Sister of the Year, both of Laureate Kappa; Jeri Brozek, Woman of the Year, and Lois Johnson, Sister of the Year, both of Preceptor Pi.
Each year, Great Bend’s Beta Sigma Phi chapters carry out service projects to help local agencies and programs as well as planning cultural and social programs for members’ enrichment and enjoyment. This year, Theta Master contributed to the Food Bank by supplying grocery bags, food, toothpaste and money throughout the year. Laureate Kappa made a donation to the Salvation Army at Christmas time.
Preceptor Pi continued its support of the Makinna Ann Hope Foundation with contributions to help provide special-needs playground equipment to a local park. The chapter also gave a gift card to a local military family re-establishing their home in Great Bend; donated to Healing Hearts Ranch, the Food Bank, Humane Society and the Cody Clark Fund. The chapter also donated lice kits to a local elementary school.
Xi Delta Upsilon gave donations to the Family Crisis Center, Dominican Sisters Convent, Humane Society, Bras for a Cause and Heartland Cancer Center. The chapter also decorated a tree for the Barton County Historical Society’s Holiday Open House.
Chari Manry, president of BSP City Council, led the Founder’s Day celebration, which began with the singing of the National Anthem. Other chapter presidents and BSP City Council representatives assisting with the celebration were Patti Blackwell, Jeanne Schmitt, Jeri Brozek, Nancy Sundahl and Nancy Cale. Sundahl presented the message from Beta Sigma Phi International announcing the 2013-14 theme, “Beta Sigma Phi: Light Up Your Life.”