- Ada, Oklahoma


February 5, 2014

Beta Sigma Phi sorority holds gatherings


Ada —

The Preferential Tea took place in mid-November at the home of Bobbye Darbison. Jean Kelly arrived beautifully dressed in a pioneer outfit. Many of the sisters wore hats. Each sister brought a pretty china tea cup and saucer to the gathering. Through a drawing, each lady returned home with the start of a new collection of tea service.

December brought an evening that combined both a social and a meeting. As usual, Carol and Wiley Winton's home was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. Their little dog, Molly, happily welcomed each visitor at the door. After a grand supper buffet, the men adjourned to the living room to watch a basketball game. The sisters gathered in the den for their meeting. 

At this December meeting, a birthday gift from her Secret Sister was passed on to Lucille Collins. Bobbye Darbison displayed the clothing purchases she had made for the sorority's Ada Teen's Angel project. Abby Phillips was asked to deliver the sorority's gifts, along with her own donation of gifts, to Ada Junior High School. Judy Kurz shared that she had also supported a child, one whose information card was posted on the Salvation Army Christmas tree. A sympathy card was sent to Arch Hill on the passing of his wife, Edna, a former sorority member. A get well card was sent to member Juanita True as she recovered from surgery.

Before the December meeting ended, Jean Kelly, Judy Kurz, and Abby Phillips reported on the presentation of Sewing Hope at ECU's Halle Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Sister Rosemary, a Catholic nun, told of her continuing mission to help the women of her home country of Uganda rebuild their lives, faith, and confidence after surviving atrocities of civil war. Sister Rosemary teaches the women sewing and crafting skills. These invaluable skills help them earn their own money. With their money, the women may purchase sewing machines to start their own businesses and become self-sufficient. With closing prayers for a peaceful, healthy, and happy new year, the gathering adjourned.

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