With the first half of Xi Xi Sigma's year coming to an end, the members of this Beta Sigma Phi chapter are already working on what the second half will bring.

The members kicked off the year with committee planning sessions, then met as a group at Vivilore's for June Call meeting to plan the upcoming year. Socials, service projects, programs, and meeting times and places were set for the calendar year of 2017-2018.

July was the first Social event for the chapter. Members and guests met at El Puerto in Pleasant Hill for dinner and then attended a '50s concert at Big Creek Country. Several in the chapter even were decked out in '50s attire. This is always a wonderful show and highly anticipated by the chapter.

Beginning Day, in August, was a delicious brunch at V’s Italian Restaurant. After the brunch, Social chair, Kim Rick, passed out calendars she had created for each member.

Royals and Ladies Night came calling to the members in September. This has been a night that is a favorite of this chapter for a few years. Win or lose, everyone has a good time at the Royals game. It’s just a little better time when they win.

To celebrate National Taco Day (yes there is one), the ladies and guests met at Rancho Grande. Any excuse to go for Mexican food is a good thing.

This chapter was hosted by a sister chapter, Preceptor Theta Eta, to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The evening, planned by Danielle DuPree, consisted of dinner, crazy costumes and a trivia game combining questions pertaining to Beta Sigma Phi and Day of the Dead.

On the last Sunday in October, Beta Sigma Phi City Council hosted all chapters to a Preferential Tea held at West Side Café.

After lunch the program began by honoring members in all chapters. Once yearly, all new members and those progressing to a higher degree are introduced and presented yellow roses; the organization’s flower. Betsy Thomas, a representative of Beta Sigma Phi International, was guest speaker. Betsy spoke on the future of the organization, giving several suggestions about rushing. It is always a special treat to have someone from our International office join us and we are fortunate that the office is near, located in Kansas City.

Service chairman for the year is Sherry Schowengerdt. As in past years, the chapter worked with Cargo Largo and Cargo4Kids by furnishing scientific calculators to those needing assistance with school supplies. Along that same line, the chapter this year is working with the Independence School District by donating supplies for students in need. This is a rewarding year- long event. Other events lasting throughout the year is the teaming with ICAN to help provide items they or their clients may need.

If you have ever thought if there was a use for empty pill bottles, you need not wonder any longer. Sisters of St. Francis collects them to go to third world countries where most medicines are received in bulk, so therefore pill bottles are high in demand. So far this year, Xi Xi Sigma has delivered over 1300 bottles. Other items are needed by them. They are located on North Noland Road and are listed in the phone book.

Donna Hunt serves as program chair this year and programs are about getting in touch with the future; the organizations, your own, our countries, etc. This should be very entertaining and informative.

With the holiday season approaching, this chapter will continue to be busy with social activities and doing all they can for those in need. If this seems like something you would like to be part of, contact Claire at 795-1129.