Members and guests of Beta Omega Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, gathered for the sorority’s 87th Founder’s Day celebration Monday, April 23rd at the Victorian Rose in Biggs. A catered luncheon by Wanda Nevins was held in the garden area and chapter president, Ada Christensen, welcomed guests Michelle Gutierrez, the current Far Northern California Council President; Gail Kunsman, FNCC Parliamentarian; and Denise Wright Tice and Gail Bennett, former chapter members. Also in attendance was Michelle’s granddaughter, Olivia. Arlene Grein led members and guests in the traditional Opening Ritual and Nancy Schouten led the Beta Sigma Phi Grace.
Tables were set with floral centerpieces and the current International theme, “Search For Tomorrow” featured on the program covers. Following lunch, the program was opened by Kathy Adams leading the members in reciting the Founder’s Day Pledge to honor founder, Walter W. Ross. The new International theme, “A Quilt of Friendship” was revealed and will be used throughout the coming year by chapters around the world.
Vice President Bonnie Bayles-Stier, conducted the Diamond Ritual to acknowledge sixty years of membership, to chapter member Dell DeMeyer. The award is for continuing leadership and dedication to the sorority and sixty active years of membership. Mrs. DeMeyer joined sorority in Oroville in April of 1958 and belonged to both Rho Eta and Xi Gamma Xi chapters there and serving both in chapter and Oroville City Council offices, then moved to Gridley, joined Theta Alpha chapter and was instrumental in helping charter four more degree chapters and served as the Gridley-Live Oak City Council president. She holds the International Award of Distinction which was awarded in 1994 and is the highest award a member can achieve in Beta Sigma Phi. She is also the designer of the sorority’s official flag and was state convention chairman for the 1987 “Glitter At the Grand” convention in Reno and has chaired numerous area council brunches. Currently she is serving on the Far Northern California Council board as Protocol Chairman and will continue on to next year as the state protocol chairman. She was presented a yellow rose and the official Diamond Ritual pin and congratulations from the members.
It is traditional for members to select a Woman of the Year by secret ballot. and to reveal the recipient during the Founder’s Day program. Dell DeMeyer, last year’s winner, presented a scripted and humorous narration with clues that kept everyone guessing right up to the end. The person chosen was chapter president of three years and president elect, Ada Christensen. Ada is a member of forty years who was active in Oroville chapters and in Beta Omega Master the last four years. She has worked on the past FNCC state conventions as Sunday Brunch chairman, served as Oroville BSP City Council president several times, has chaired area council brunches and is currently Forum Chairman for the FNCC 2019 state convention in Reno. She was presented with a yellow rose and the official Woman of the Year jewelry to wear on her sorority badge, also receiving many congratulations from the members and guests.
Scholarship Chairman Kathy Adams announced the committee has selected the chapter’s annual scholarship recipient which will be awarded to a Biggs High School senior girl and announced during the Awards ceremony. Arlene Grein presented a yellow rose design ceramic plate to Victorian Rose owner, Wanda Nevins, in memory of three chapter members Phyllis Casaulong, Willie McGinnis and Jeanne Hart and all chapter members signed it on the back. Following a dessert of fresh strawberry shortcake, Pam Coffin led the members in the Closing Ritual. Beta Sigma Phi is for women of all ages by invitation only and is based on cultural, philanthropic and social activities and has approximately 150,000 members worldwide plus online chapters. The motto is: “Life, Learning and Friendship” and members strive to do worthwhile activities for their communities, families and those needing their efforts and charitable contributions.