Torchbearer Beta (Beta Sigma Phi)

The Torchbearer Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met for their second meeting in October at the country home of Pat Meyer.

The program for the evening was presented by Jessica (Brown) Zaborsky, the independent contract program coordinator for Mosaic at Home, a "life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities."

Zaborsky showed a poster-size picture of "Julie," a woman who lives a rewarding and meaningful life at our local home. She travels, has a job, is always eager to learn, worship and socialize. Having an excellent memory, Julie remembers everyone's birthday, both clients and caregivers. Mosaic serves individuals from the age of 17 years to 90.

Our local Beatrice Bargain Box store plays a part in the funding of items not provided by the government, as do family members and the community. Those living at Mosaic are in a family-setting with caregivers who provide love, support and guidance.

Next on the agenda, President Linda McCall presided over the business at hand. The Social Committee finalized the chapter's Christmas dinner plans as well as the Service Committee with holiday-giving.

The Beta Sigma Phi "Angel Program" was explained to the sorority. A sympathy card was received from Torchbearer Zeta chapter in memory of Edwyna Rohlfing, our sister. The book "The Stars Shine Thru" by Lyn Terry will be signed and presented to the Rohlfing family at holiday time from our international staff and our chapter.

Alnora Daubendiek received correspondence from international when her husband, Ed, passed away this fall. Guest for the evening was Brady, Alnora's granddaughter. A review of the book of Beta Sigma Phi was provided by Linda McCall on official badges.

The next gathering was held Nov. 9, with hostess Lyn Scheiding.

Torchbearer Zeta (Beta Sigma Phi)

In honor of the upcoming Veterans' Day celebration, Marsha Young outlined the origins of Veterans' Day at the first meeting of the month for members of Nebraska Torchbearer Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

She said that World War I, known at the time as the “Great War,” officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 20, 1919 in the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris. Fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For this reason, Nov. 11, 1918 is originally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept of the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings.

An act approved on May 13, 1938 made the 11th day of November each year a holiday – a day to be dedicated to the course of world peace and to be celebrated and known as “Armistice Day. The 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans' service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on Nov. 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls. This is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

After the program, Young handed out a “10-word scramble” game to members. Members were to unscramble the words in 10 minutes. A prize was given to Zita Lomax for unscrambling the most words in that time frame. Members enjoyed the activity.

Plans were finalized for the Sorority Couples Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the home of Bob and Cheryl Sargent. Members were reminded of the food items they signed up to bring.

Correspondence was received from the Salvation Army asking for donations for the needy for the Thanksgiving holidays and a thank you note was read from Larry Shaw for the cards members sent to him.

Maggie Werner presented a Beta Sigma Phi word game. Members chose a word from an envelope that pertained to the sorority, and they were to explain to members the meaning of the word they chose. Members guessed the word as it pertained to Beta Sigma Phi.

Members were reminded of the next meeting and the Sorority Couples Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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