Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi began its 2017-18 year by joining the two other local chapters for their traditional Beginning Day meal at First Christian Church. Xi Delta Upsilon hosted the breakfast.
At Preceptor Pi’s first meeting Sept. 5, members decided to continue donating fruit at each meeting to the First United Methodist Church’s Fruit Fillers elementary school backpack project. Members also will continue giving to the Makinna Ann Hope Foundation with donations going to Sunflower Early Education Center. They also chose to give to Prairie Godmothers as a new service project for the year. They will present their monetary donations to both organizations in May.
The chapter’s main fundraiser to support its service projects is the Reception Sisters project in which members assist with receptions celebrating weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and similar events. The chapter has five of these projects on their schedule already this year.
Speaker for the Sept. 5 meeting was Marisa Woodmansee, director of Barton County Juvenile Services. She spoke about programs of the department with an emphasis on human trafficking. Seven members attended the chapter’s September social, having breakfast together at Perkins on Sept. 23.
At the chapter’s Sept. 19 meeting, guest speaker Shauna Young, an Early Childhood Education teacher, informed members about the services and needs of the Tiny K program for children 0 to 3 years old. Members brought wooden knob puzzles to donate to the program.