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Torchbearer Zeta

Torchbearer Zeta chapter members of Beta Sigma Phi met at Valentino’s for their first regular meeting of the new year. Hostess Nancy Baker gave the program on New Year’s resolutions.

A New Years’ resolution is a tradition, most common in the western hemisphere but also found in the eastern hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. At “watchnight” services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.

At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults formed New Year’s resolutions. At the start of the 21st century, about 40 percent did. According to the American Medical Association, approximately 40 to 50 percent of Americans participate in the New Year’s resolution tradition.

The most common reason for participants failing their resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35 percent), while 33 percent didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23 percent forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.

Baker took a census of the members present, and the majority said they had not made New Years’ resolutions but did plan to make some adjustments to their life in 2018. So the chapter members fall in the 33 percent category that will not keep track of their progress.

The chapter received information from international on ordering charms, and it was tabled until the next meeting.

Members reported on the Couples Christmas party. It was a great success and members enjoyed the fellowship with sisters and their husbands.

Review of the Torch was given by Maggie Werner. The topic was on helping former Beta Sigma Phi members find a chapter to return to.

Facebook has a Beta Sigma Phi International Women’s Organization page. A member found her way back after reading the information, “If anyone had questions or would be interested in attending a meeting with the writer,” and to let her know. A friend shared the page and the reader answered. After attending several meetings and seeing that she fit right in, she joined the chapter of the writer. All this, because of a post that was shared on Facebook.

Beta Sigma Phi has chapters worldwide and always welcome new members.

The next regular meeting will be hosted by Trudy Roche on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

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