On April 25, Theta Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority celebrated Founder's Day at Olive's Restaurant in Mayville.
Members began the evening by reciting the opening ritual. Nancy Palmer read the Beta Sigma Phi Grace and included a remembrance of Judy Roberts. Joyce Anderson, president, welcomed members and the pledge. Then she had her members repeat the Founder's Day Pledge. The 2013-14 new theme Light Up Your Life was announced along with the message from Laura Ross Wingfield. To conclude the Founder's Day agenda, Tracie Cederquist presented Anderson the Woman of the Year Award.
Following the celebration, Anderson conducted a business meeting. Joan Wahl presented her program "The History of The Torch and The Black & Gold." Wahl explained the torch is the beloved symbol of learning - the Sigma. To Beta Sigma Phis, the torch has members "seeking what it teaches and guides members to guide others." Wahl narrated the story of Elsie Guether who witnessed the worldwide familiarly of the Black & Gold.
After the program the Social Committee finalized plans for the Mother's Day Luncheon at the Village Restaurant in Dewittville. During the luncheon, Nancy Palmer will review Theta Beta's past year. The Service Committee discussed the Daphna Petersen Art Award for a student at Chautauqua Lake Central Lake School, and will initial the Judy Roberts Art Award at Sherman Central School.
Sandy Zenns of the Service Committee reminded members to bring small appliances for the St. Agnes Home at Inta Damcott's meeting on Thursday, during which officers for the new year will be installed. The Ways and Means Committee mentioned that the garden bulbs would be arriving soon.
Concluding the evening, members recited the closing ritual. Secret Sister gifts were distributed with Damcott winning the white elephant.