The Independence Beta Sigma Phi City Council celebrated the 80th year of Founder’s Day at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence on April 17.

The Independence Beta Sigma Phi City Council celebrated the 80th year of Founder’s Day at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence on April 17. The luncheon was organized by chairman Bobby Ivey and her committee: Gayle West, Cindy Parkes, Sue Hendren, Ginny Delgado, Pati Kidwell, Vivian Rotz, Karen Caskey, Sharon Engleman and Maggie Cruz. The Blue Springs Laureate Delta Chi Chapter was invited as guests for this year’s Founder’s Day. A DVD was made by Cindy Parkes containing chapters’ pictures from years ago to be enjoyed during the event.

The following new officers were installed by Shirley Popejoy: Claire Higgins (president), Margie McMilian, Bobby Ivey, Cindy Parkes and Ginny Delgado (vice presidents), Charlotte Huddleston (recording secretary), Charlotte Shull (corresponding secretary), Cathy Baker (treasurer) and Sherry Hohenberg (historian).

The following outgoing officers were also presented by Shirley Popejoy: Margie McMilian (president), Bobby Ivey, Reta Leon, Danielle DuPree and Joyce Shelton (vice presidents), Kathy Bozarth (recording secretary), Ginny Delgado (corresponding secretary), Cathy Baker   (treasurer), and Sherry Hohenberg (historian).

Rituals were led by Pati Kidwell for Golden Circle and Silver Circle. Those receiving the 50-year Golden Circle Award were Jackie Landes, Kathy Rosen and Betty Deterding. The 25-year Silver Circle Awards were given to Patty Mohn and Linda Thompson.

Gamma Master Chapter recognized Coleen Cooley and Grace Acock for 66 years in Beta Sigma Phi, Thelma Betts and Janice Parrish for 60 years, and for 50 years Norma Brents, Jesse Layman, and Betty Clark.

A vintage fashion show was orchestrated by Karen Caskey of Sigma Master, while dresses were modeled or carried by sisters from other chapters. Shirley Popejoy and Sue Hendren shared their wedding dresses of the 1950s costing $75. Margie Sloan carried a dress worn at the first Santa-Cali-Gon Days of 1941, two Nelly Don dresses from the 1940s, and a one-piece swimsuit with a metal zipper. These items had belonged to her mother.

Cindy Parkes wore her prom dress and shared a bridesmaid dress from the 1980s. Reta Leon brought a dress that she wore when her husband came home from the service in 1956. Bobby Ivey wore a dress that had belonged to her mother. Dolores Faherty wore a silver dress of sequins and carried another dress that was from an event in Las Vegas with a personal meeting of Julio Iglesias.  Karen Caskey’s clothing was modeled by her granddaughters: William Chrisman sweatshirt by Carlie Baldus, a prom dress by Kelsie Baldus and a Jackie Kennedy-style outfit by Katie McClafferty.

Outgoing president Margie McMilian reviewed the events of the past year: September – Pref. Tea, October – Independence Halloween Parade, November – Donation to the Community Service League, January – Mavericks Game with 187 members and guests in attendance, February – Valentine’s dance honoring each chapter’s Valentine’s queen, and the March meeting with guest, Julie Pash, introducing the Beta Sigma Phi City Council to Project Lydia and March 19 Holiday Dance with a rock and roll theme.

Each chapter honored its Woman of the Year: Alpha Omega Master, Kathy Bozarth; Beta Iota Master, Ginny Standifer; Laureate Delta Chi of Blue Springs, Nancy Gerecke; Laureate Delta Gamma, Lorene Dickinson; Sigma Master, Karen Caskey; Preceptor Iota, Bobby Ivey; Preceptor Alpha Tau, Claire Higgins; Laureate Delta Psi, Marcia Kelly; Preceptor Theta Eta, Joyce Shelton; Gamma Master, Dorothy Miller; and Laureate Iota honored all its members as Women of the Year.

Next year’s theme will be “Building our future on traditions.”

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