Torchbearer Beta

The traditional supper of "holiday treats and sweets" was enjoyed at the McCall residence the evening of Dec. 21. All attending this special gathering of the Torchbearer Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi had a lovely experience, with a beautiful Christmas tree, music and fellowship.

First on the agenda was the meal of treats, sweets and beverages, with lots of socializing.

Then onto a brief business meeting with President Linda McCall presiding. A Christmas card was read to the sorority from the Baker family, thanking the women for the generous monetary gift they received for Christmas. Health issues have led to the community reaching out to support this deserving family.

Next was the challenge of guessing just who had each sister's name during the year. After much trial and error, sisters made the right choice and could open their presents. Then, names were drawn for the new year to find out who each member's "secret sister" would be.

Members shared their plans for Christmas.

Due to winter arriving, with ice in some places, sisters living out of town decided it was better to be safe than sorry when it comes to driving at night, which is good advice. They were sorely missed.

After coffee and cake, the evening concluded. Members shared thoughts of our sister, Edwyna Rohlfing, who passed away in 2017. She will always be remembered in our hearts.

Alnora Daubendiek will host the first meeting of the new year on Jan. 11. Best wishes to all and happy new year!

Torchbearer Zeta 

The Torchbearer Zeta chapter joined together for a secret sister gift exchange, hosted by Rowien Kumm on Dec. 5. Soups, hors d’oeuvres and desserts filled the table. Love, joy and the reason for the season filled hearts, as members opened Christmas, one gift at a time, to reveal the “secret” name of each sister. Silver stars and angel ornaments glistened, reflecting the lights of the season as they were presented by President Cheryl Sargent for each member to select a new secret sister. The business meeting was held. Rowien Kumm received a heartfelt letter of sympathy for the passing of her sister, Lorna Wehling, from Beta Sigma Phi International office. Maggie Werner gave the Torch Review, “United We Stand,” telling of how Beta Sigma Phi chapters “salute their own” by sending blankets to Solder’s Angels, as they provide aid and comfort to men and women in the United States military. Our veterans are true heroes.

A joyous Christmas spirit filled Valentino’s terrace room as sorority girls and their husbands gathered around the dinner table on Dec. 16, hosted by Marsha Young and Trudy Roche for the couples' Christmas party. "The Night Before Christmas” took on a new twist, as it was read by hostess, Marsha, in the “left/right game.” Gifts were given to six lucky winners. The abundant blessing of sisterhood and friendship were the gifts received by all.

Nancy Baker will host the next meeting and dinner out on Jan. 9. Place and time to be announced.

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