The Grove Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, the women's social, service and cultural organization, will be welcoming sorority sisters from all over Oklahoma to Grove for the 2019 Annual Convention on Friday and Saturday, August 9 - 10.
The convention will be held at the Grove Civic Center. The 100 plus women expected will be treated to a cookout meal and karaoke on Friday. On Saturday, attendees will enjoy a morning cruise on the Grand Lake Queen, followed by a luncheon and a business meeting at the Civic Center. Entertainment will be provided by local celebrity Patti Beth Anderson. Members will be participating in both live and silent auctions.
Each year the various chapters raise funds to support Ally's House, an organization that aids families who have a child undergoing cancer treatment. A portion of the funds raised will be designated to that cause and the remainder will be donated to local charitable causes.
The agenda includes ample time for attendees to visit local attractions, enjoy the lake and shop in local stores.
The Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau has provided a grant through their tourism funds as a sponsor for the event.
About Beta Sigma Phi
Beta Sigma Phi is the largest Greek letter sorority of it's kind in the world and has grown in it's 88 year history to more than 250,000 members, with active chapters throughout the world. The organization has been recognized internationally for it's philanthropic work, but the main goal of Beta Sigma Phi is life, learning and friendship for it's members.
Started in the midst of the Great Depression by Walter W. Ross, Beta Sigma Phi was originally designed to provide an outlet to women who, in those hard financially hard time could not attend and were obligated to stay home and support their families. Ross provided these women with a program of cultural study so they could have an opportunity for intellectual and social growth.
Since that time, the sorority has grown form a small social and cultural group into an international sorority that devotes much time to service efforts as well. Hardly a charitable, health or cultural group exists today that has not been helped in some way by Beta Sigma Phi. A recent survey of the membership revealed that Chapters have given more than a million hours of their time to charitable causes and over $4,000,000 to these causes annually.
There is a special Oklahoma connection to the Beta Sigma Phi organization. In 1931, Ross brought his dream of the organization to Vinita, OK, where he met with one of the 'most promise' women of the community, Mrs. Leona Schroers. As Ross began to explain his vision for the "National What to Read Club", Schroers instructed him to return later in the day, when she had had time to read his papers. When Ross returned, he was met by twelve young women and the chapter of the organization was formed.
The following day Schroers advised Ross that he should meet the 'greatest woman in Oklahoma' Mrs. Sally Rogers McSpadden, Will Rogers' sister. Ross took Schroers advice and met with McSpadden, who in turn gave much help in program planning and the organization of chapters. After the meeting, Ross brought together the first steps of Beta Sigma Phi, which are the Greek words for the motto, 'life, learning and friendship'.
Cultural and social activities continue among the local chapters, including Grove's Theta Psi Chapter, which began in 2003. Some of the local programs which have benefited from the sorority's donations are DCCSAN, Christian Help Center, Camp Bandage, Community Crisis Center, Ally's House, Backpack Program and an annual $500 scholarship to a Grove senior.