Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 1 at the home of Jeanne Schmitt. Rosie Luthi was co-hostess. Vice President Susan Coulson led the meeting in the absence of President Cindy Meitler.
For their October service project, chapter members are bringing personal-care, non-perishable items to donate to Catholic Social Services.
The chapter’s first social of the year was a picnic in September attended by members and their spouses and guests. Due to the high winds, the location for the barbecue picnic, originally planned for Brit Spaugh Park, was changed to Rosie and Bob Luthi’s home.
Chapter member Janice Walker presented the program about her participation in a workshop titled “Ride Into History,” led by two Emporia State University professors. Each workshop participant chose a woman in history and developed a first-person narrative portraying that woman. Walker had chosen Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), who ran for President of the United States in 1872 and 1892 and was known for her involvement in politics, women’s suffrage, anti-slavery, business (as a stockbroker), journalism and social freedom (the freedom for women to love whom they choose).
In her program, Walker dressed as Woodhull and took on Woodhull’s character as she gave her own first-person narrative as this outspoken woman of politics.
Preceptor Pi met Oct. 22 at the home of Janis Link. President Cindy Meitler led the meeting. Member Jeanne Schmitt gave a Beta Brief on Beta Sigma Phi online chapters, which began in an experimental capacity in 1996. In 2005, online chapters were made official and members were able to earn degrees for online participation.
For their October service project, chapter members brought personal-care and non-perishable items for Catholic Social Services. In November, they will bring items of their choice for the Barton County Food Bank.
Janis Link reported that Barton Community College women’s basketball team members would be available to assist with community service projects sponsored by the chapter or by other community organizations. The offer was made by Alan Clark, assistant BCC women’s basketball coach.
Social chair Rosie Luthi reported the members’ “Come-as-You-Are Brunch” on Oct. 19 at Rosie Luthi’s home was attended by nine of the chapter’s 12 members. The members were instructed to wear ugly hats as part of the come-as-you-are theme.
The next chapter social will be a Thanksgiving Dinner for members and their husbands or other guests at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at First Christian Church. Wheatland Café will cater the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Member Janice Walker was honored with the Preceptor Degree Ritual. Preceptor is the fourth degree of Beta Sigma Phi. Members are eligible for the degree after six years of active membership in the Exemplar Degree.
The next meeting of Preceptor Pi chapter will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the home of Lois Johnson, who will also serve as co-hostess and present the program.