2012-06-28 / Local & State

Beta Sigma Phi Elects New Officers For Upcoming Year


Pictured, left: Anna Maye Sigel, Dawn Hill, Lisa Fischer, Eelice Gantz and Patty Spade. Not pictured is Nancy Younker. Pictured, left: Anna Maye Sigel, Dawn Hill, Lisa Fischer, Eelice Gantz and Patty Spade. Not pictured is Nancy Younker. Preceptor Gamma Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is ending its year under the leadership of Nancy Younker. Younker, who has served three consecutive years as president, focused on the international theme of “Building Our Future on Traditions.”

Presently the chapter has 16 members who have met once a month plus participated in six cultural events: Judy Eisaman (vice president), Eelice Gantz (treasurer), Dawn Hill (recording secretary), Patty Keefer (corresponding secretary), An- na Maye Sigel (extension officer), Alice Jean Snyder, Dorothy Sigel, Sandy Crouse, Lisa Fischer, Amy Hill, Carol Johnson, Vonnie Miller, Kim Slee, Susan Householder, Carole R. McCarty. Two members had perfect attendance for the year: Alice Jean Snyder and Vonnie Miller.

Locally this chapter, by making donations of time and/or money, has contributed to the following: children’s reading programs at Fulton County and Hancock libraries; musical performances of Southern Fulton, Central Fulton and Forbes Road; Fulton County Camp Cadet, Christmas Outreach, Hagerstown Rescue Mission, Relay For Life, Southern Fulton Honor Society, Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club for its Red Cross certified swim lessons, Semper Fi memorial 5K Run/walk, Fulton county Food Basket, Women In Need (WIN), Iota Lambda’s Sweetheart Ball, Christmas Outreach and community service to local individuals.

Beta Sigma Phi, an international organization, annually raises more than 43 million for local charities and donates more than 200,000 volunteer hours in an average year. Each chapter determines its own service projects and participation is always voluntary. In addition to giving to local needs, chapters have created their own international funds that donate millions of dollars to health research groups, hunger projects, and other worthwhile causes.

Beta Sigma Phi is known around the world as “the Friendship Organization,” with 1,000,000 members as of 1995. It began in 1931 during the Depression Era and has spread to every state of the United States, to every Canadian province, and to 30 other countries. The sorority was founded for the social, cultural, and civic enrichment of its members. This organization especially likes to donate to medical research and treatment and to such institutions as homes for children.

At the May meeting installation of thecoming year’s officers was conducted by president Younker. Serving in leadership roles for the new year beginning in June are Fischer as president; Sigel, vice president; Gantz as treasurer; Hill and Keefer continuing as treasurer, recording secretary and corresponding secretary, respectively; Younker, extension officer. Fischer will plan her year as president around the theme “You’re Among Friends” selected by the international office.

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