BSP celebrates 85th anniversary with Founder’s Day banquet

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Beta Sigma Phi sorority members attending the Founder's Day banquet included, front row from left, Gloria Renshaw, Wilma Collins, Beryl Cox, Mavis Struyk and Marilyn Brady; second row from left, Kathy Fox, Marti Klatt, Anne Marie Spellman, Angela Diaz, Bethany Wicks, Becky Shelker, Jolene Niemeyer, Kathy Powell, Maureen Haglund; third row from left, Connie McGuire, Jo Ann Harmelink, Marsha McClintock, Kay Stukenholtz, Pat Lindholm, Kathy Garber, Nancy Sawyer, Carol Eiteman, Cindy Jafvert, Cheri Whelch, Karol Mueller and Sue Leslie. Photo courtesy of Beta Sigma Phi

The Beta Sigma Phi Chapters of Xi Pi, Alpha Rho, Gamma Delta and Torchbearers met April 25 for their annual Founder’s Day banquet.

The four Perry chapters gathered to celebrate not only the 85th anniversary of the international organization but more than 75 years of Beta Sigma Phi in Perry.

Mementos of the sorority's founding in 1931 were on display the the Founder's Day event.
Mementos of the sorority’s founding in 1931 were on display the the Founder’s Day event.

Hosted by the Alpha Rho Chapter, those attending had a chance to examine mementos of the history of the sorority including a picture of the charter members and the original charter from 1941.

Following dinner, JoAnn Harmelink and Sue Leslie of the Gamma Delta Chapter presented a Powerpoint presentation highlighting the history of Beta Sigma Phi in Perry.

Wilma Collins and Beryl Cox of the Torchbearer Chapter were honored with pins signifying 70 years of membership. Also recognized was Ruth Fouch, who was unable to attend. Mrs. Fouch has been a member for 72 years.

Beta Sigma Phi is an international service and social sorority whose members give back to the community in a variety of ways.

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Beta Sigma Phi members, from left, Wilma Collins, Mavis Struyk and Beryl Cox shared memories Monday at the BSP Founder’s Day banquet. Collins and Cox were honored for seven decades of membership in the international sorority.
Mementos of the sorority's founding in 1931 were on display the the Founder's Day event.
Mementos of the sorority’s founding in 1931 were on display the the Founder’s Day event.

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