The Gamma Theta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 11 at the new home of Barb Gondran in Oak Grove. Members elected Karen Smith as Valentine Queen. She will be crowned by past Queen Cora Collins at the sorority's annual Valentine Dance at the Blue Springs Country Club in February. Ms. Smith is currently serving as Extension Officer and resides in Blue Springs.

Congratulations to Shirley Cornwell who received the Exemplar Degree officiated by President Norma Parker. The Exemplar Degree is the third degree in Beta Sigma Phi. Ms. Cornwell, currently serving as Treasurer, resides in Lone Jack and has been a member since January 2010.

Barb Gondran and Norma Parker applied for Master chapter status and proudly announced the new chapter name, Gamma Theta Master.

The Cultural Program was presented by Traci Menke. Mrs. Menke talked about her trip to North Dakota to attend a wedding in early October. After arrival, a blizzard hit which dropped 31 inches of snow in less than 24 hours. The wedding party left a big box store to find their SUV buried in snow and they could not drive out of the parking lot. With the government shut down, the National Guard was not available to help anyone. Hours later, Ms. Menke and her friends, including the bride-to-be, were shuttled by a tow company to the home of a stranger who housed and fed them for several days with no electricity or heat. The wedding was held a week later. Concluding the program, Ann Corrigan asked members to share ideas that would help insure survival in the event of a natural disaster.

Barb Gondran and Cora Collins attended the Missouri State Convention Oct. 11-13 in Jefferson City.

Gamma Theta Master entertained sister chapter Laureate Beta Theta with a Mexican Fiesta lunch at the home of Ann and Ron Corrigan. Lona and Rick Fisher and Shirley and Tom Cornwell vied to win the “He Said, She Said” game emceed by Cora Collins. Correct responses of “I don't know” enabled the Fishers to inch ahead of the Cornwells.

The chapter's fall service projects include a donation to the sorority's Missouri State Service Project benefiting a family in Oak Grove with catastrophic medical bills and donation of toys and gifts to the Blue Springs Community Services League Christmas Store event.