Ada — Beta Sigma Phi is an International Women's friendship network. It is the largest organization of its kind in the world. The organization has its roots in the years of the Great Depression. It was created to fulfill the need in women for the friendship and support of other women. Women were brought together in sisterhood and exposed to social, educational, and emotional climates not previously available in those difficult times.
Today's membership of Beta Sigma Phi is made up of women of all ages. Friendships develop and deepen through social activities, chapter programs, cultural events, and philanthropy done throughout the communities. Preceptor Delta Phi is one of two Ada chapters. Members include Lucille Collins, president; Carol Winton, vice president: Juanita Sutton Green, treasurer; Bobby Darbison, corresponding secretary; Abby Phillips, recorder; Jean Erickson, extension officer; Jean Kelly, scrapbook chairperson; Judy Kurz, program chairperson; Juanita True, sunshine and secret sister chairperson; and newest member, Pauline Rodke.
The Preceptor Delta Phi chapter holds a meeting once a month, usually in a member's home. The sisters also join together later each month in a social setting, most often with spouses present. Meetings alternate between days and evenings so all members have the opportunity to attend. The chapter's Opening Day gathering took place at Mazzio's Restaurant in Ada this past August. Meeting for lunch on Opening Day at Mazzio's is a long standing tradition with the chapter.
In September, the sisters convened at the home of Lucille Collins for a buffet dinner and meeting. Jean Erickson was warmly welcomed back after her extended recovery from a fall. An adieu was made to Nina Davis, now a member-at-large after her permanent move to Kansas. The sisters promised to keep in touch with her. Juanita Sutton Green presented the treasurer's report and collected yearly dues from each member. Pauline Rodke had contacted the chapter as a prospective transferee from a California chapter of BSP. The ladies updated their personal yearbooks with newly typed information pages and calendars, which were prepared by Abby Phillips. Later in September, the social gathering also took place at Mrs. Collin's home. After another lovely buffet, she presented her year long labor-of-love: The 2012-2013 Chapter Scrapbook. Of special note was a section devoted to her late husband, Paul Collins. Paul had previously been honored as an Envoy member.