Alberni sorority honours long terms

Beta Sigma Phi sorority recognized the long service of several of its members during a celebration tea on May 5.

Members of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority gather at the lawn bowling club in May to recognize special milestones: from left

Members of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority gather at the lawn bowling club in May to recognize special milestones: from left

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority recognized the long service of several of its members during a celebration tea May 5 at the lawn bowling club.

Being recognized were: Greta Hill,    60 years; Dorothy Larson, 55 years; Phyllis Darby, 55 years; Marilyn Horton,    50 years. They each received a yellow rose corsage (the flower of friendship) and many friends came and expressed their good wishes, presented roses and cards.

The sorority also celebrated Founder’s Day with several honours. “You’re Among Friends” is the new theme for the upcoming year of Port Alberni’s Beta Sigma Phi chapters. The theme seemed fitting as 100 women gathered at the Alberni Valley United Church Hall to celebrate the founding of Beta Sigma Phi on April 30, 1931.

The newest members of Beta Sigma Phi were welcomed with the Ritual of Jewels.

Following dinner, rituals were held to recognize other milestones.  The first was the Silver Circle Ritual, recognizing sorority sisters attaining 25 years in Beta Sigma Phi. Recipients were Shannon Dore and Marilyn Ormandy from Preceptor Delta Theta Chapter; Shannon Haggard, Anne McLaughlin, Anne Fleming and Linda Tyler from Preceptor Xi Chapter.

Marilyn Horton of Beta Rho Master Chapter received the Gold Circle Ritual for her 50 years in Beta Sigma Phi.

The highlight of the evening was the celebration of Greta Hill receiving the Diamond Circle Ritual for her 60 years in sorority. Hill is also one of the founding members of Beta Sigma Phi in Port Alberni.

Also receiving recognition for attaining milestones in sorority were: Dorothy Larson, 55 years, Beta Rho Master Chapter; Phyllis Darby, 55 years, Preceptor Xi Chapter; Lorna Tetrault, 30 years, Preceptor Gamma Beta Chapter; Audrie Poll, 30 years, Preceptor Gamma Beta Chapter; Nicole Milne, 30 years, Beta Rho Chapter.

Every year one member from each chapter is selected for their commitment and contributions to Sorority.  They are named “Women of the Year”. Recipients this year are: Sara Fox, Alpha Omega; Lynn Barton, Eta Chi; Sharon Hollingshead, Xi Chi; Wanda Keene, Preceptor Delta Theta; Susan Wall, Preceptor Gamma Beta; Linda Wetmore, Preceptor Xi; Bev Frolic, Laureate Beta Iota; Peggy Aspell,    Beta Rho Master.

Anyone interested in joining can call Debbie Johnson at  250-723-7784.