Blue Springs area members of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the 83rd anniversary Founder's Day at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs on April 27. The event was chaired by the council's 3rd Vice President, Georgina Morris of Oak Grove. Attendees looked sharp dressed in black and white, and vases of yellow roses, the sorority's official flower, graced the tables.

Cynthia Meadows, Beta Sigma Phi Missouri Division Chairman, delivered the “Message from International” and announced the new annual theme, “Expand Your Beta Sigma Phi Family Tree.” Meadows also gave an update on the Beta Sigma Phi International Convention to be held at Crown Center August 4-7, 2016. According to Laura Ross Wingfield, President of the Executive Council of Beta Sigma Phi, “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for members from all across the world to gather together for a celebration of our sisterhood.” This four-day fun-filled event is being planned to include the best of Kansas City, including barbecue and jazz.

Chapters announced their Women of the Year as follows:

• Pi Lambda - Lisa Arnold

• Preceptor Gamma Epsilon - Ruby Gulick

• Laureate Beta Theta - Loy Comer

• Laureate Delta Alpha - Judi Eckert

• Gamma Theta Master - Norma Parker

The Founder's Day Pledge was led by Lona Fisher, and Lisa Arnold thanked retiring officers for their contributions this past year. Entertainment was provided by Laureate Delta Alpha members who sang, “We Are Family.”

The council, comprised of representatives from six chapters, meets monthly to provide a means to coordinate the sorority's annual events, including the Preferential Tea, Valentine Dance, Founder's Day celebration, and Legacy/Membership event.

Beta Sigma Phi International, with headquarters in Kansas City, is an international women's friendship network. It also provides educational programs to its members and opportunities for service to others. Donations exceeding $1 million have been made to charitable and health organizations such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Heart to Heart International, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Hope for the Warriors. Local chapters' service projects have included donations to the sorority's state service project, Community Services League, Hope House, Division of Family Services, Impact Ministries, Adopt a Soldier, breast cancer, and the upkeep of Stanley Cemetery. Members are women of all ages, interests, and educational and economic backgrounds. The Greek letters Beta Sigma Phi represent Life, Learning and Friendship, which is the organization's motto.

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