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Sorority encourages service, friendship among women

Written by Barbara Jennings. Posted in Community

BSPSharen Burden, Diane Schimnowski, Barbara Jennings, Carroll McCullough, Susan Watson, Sherrie Cox at Founder’s Day, April 2017. Jan’s Bridge is named after deceased member of Laureate Psi, Jan Henrickson. Photo provided by Barbara Jennings.Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority was founded in Abilene, Kansas in 1931 by Walter W. Ross. The sorority is a non-academic sorority. Membership is by invitation. It was founded for social, cultural, and civic enrichment. Originally service was not part of the organization, but due to the huge hearts of members, it was a natural step. Chapters still have the option of being involved with service projects or not. Since its early beginnings, the sorority has grown to more than 150,000 active members in more than 10,000 chapters in 10 countries.

All chapters can join a city or area council for the purpose of creating inter-chapter harmony, social interaction, inspiration, and the dissemination of information.

This kind of bond between women is like no other by offering companionship and acceptance. Beta Sigma Phi has chapters all over the world. Members may move to another state or continent and still have sisters.

The Greek letters of its name represent Life, Learning, and Friendship, which is the organization’s motto. Beta Sigma Phi is the largest sorority of its kind in the world. This sorority is a great avenue to offer women a way to grow and to bring the best that is in them to the surface.

The official international magazine is The Torch which was first published in January 1932. In 1934 the first state convention was held in Waterloo, Iowa. In order to showcase the many outstanding women in Beta Sigma Phi a Valentine Contest was created. Chapters all over the world nominate their chapter sweetheart and the contest is judged yearly by a famous business personality. In 1939 the first judge was Cary Grant. Catherine Chowning of California Alpha Sigma, San Pedro was the first winner.

Many famous women have received the honor of International Honorary Member. They include such names as Pauline McGibbon, Lieutenant governor, Ontario, Canada, Minnie Pearl, Country comedienne, Norma Brown, Major General, U. S. Air Force, Ginger Rogers, State and movie actress, Muriel Humphrey, Former U. S. senator, Minnesota and Nancy Reagan, Wife of Ronald Reagan, political activist and former first lady.

In the summer of 1969, the founder of Beta Sigma Phi died. A Walter W. Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund was established. The scholarship honored Mr. Ross and his philosophy of life: ”The only right you have is the right to be useful.”

There are several degrees that a member can obtain during her years as a Beta Sigma Phi. The degrees are Nu Phi Mu; Ritual of Jewels, Exemplar Degree, Preceptor Degree; Laureate Degree, Master Degree; and the Torchbearer Degree.

Beta Sigma Phi colors are black and gold and the flower which represents the sorority is the Yellow Rose. Each year in April the chapters celebrate Founder’s Day with a banquet where awards are given for yearbook, scrapbook, and programs. Each chapter elects a Woman of the Year for their chapter and she is announced along with the City Council of Beta Sigma Phi’s Woman of the Year.

Every year the International Office provides a theme for the coming year. A few of those themes are “You’re Among Friends”; “Rekindle the Torch of Friendship”; “Gateway to Friendship”; “Paint a Living Masterpiece” and the current theme “In Touch with Tomorrow.”

Beta Sigma Phi honors husbands with membership as Envoy Members. Laureate Psi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi which was established in 1980 has honored Robert Barr; Henry Liles; Kenneth Schnell; Don Smith; Hylton, Webb; Ray White; and Bob Jennings.

Sorority is a wonderful outlet for women. In order to be all a woman can be she must first take care of herself. Many say they enjoy sorority because it is the only thing they do for themselves. Everything they do is for someone or something else.

Anyone interested in learning more about the organization can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Moe honored as Officer of the Month

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Rotary Club honored Deer Park Police Officer Lars Moe as its Officer of the Month for May. Moe, who was hired by DPPD in 2009 was honored for helping rescue an elderly man who was involved in a single-car accident.

City, law enforcement gather to honor fallen officers

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Police Department joined law enforcement agencies across the nation to remember police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. At its annual Peace Officers Memorial Day service, DPPD honored those officers across the country who did not return home from their shifts at Monday's ceremony.

Council honors Troop 268 celebrating 75 years of scouting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton meets the members and leadership of Deer Park Boy Scout Troop 268. The troop was founded in 1942 and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The troop membership was presented with a special proclamation on behalf of the city from Mouton and council. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Library presentation features flags of Texas

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Community

On Friday, May 19, Tom Green, Knight Commander of the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto (started by Sam Houston in 1842) will present a program at the Deer Park Public Library titled “The Battle of San Jacinto and the Flags of Texas.” The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Knight Commander Green is the Chairman of the Sons of the Republic of Texas’ Speakers Bureau and has substantial experience speaking on the topic of Texas history. He has also amassed a collection of over 75 historic flags from the Texas and American Revolutionary periods, some of which he will be sharing with attendees at the program.

This presentation is the latest installment in the library’s Featured Friday series. These monthly programs offer a variety of lectures, movies and special programs of cultural, historical and local interest.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St.

Hall of Honor inducts 4 new members

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce recently inducted the four newest members to the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor. Wade Conner (1983), Leland Robin Enochs (1967), Danika Hayman (2001) and Lou Adele May (1956), all graduates of Deer Park High School were inducted for their contributions to their communities and professions.

Celebrating History: Historical Committee piecing together city's past

Written by Sherry Garrison. Posted in Community

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As Deer Park celebrates its 125th birthday in 2017, the Historical Committee looks back on the city's beginnings and preserve its memories for future generations. This column is the first in a series from Committee Chair Sherry Garrison talking about the committee's mission, plans and community involvement throughout this historic year in Deer Park.

Chamber announces 2017 Hall of Honor class

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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For their work in the advancement and accomplishments in their community and professions, four Deer Park High School graduates have been named to the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor. The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s inductees are Wade Conner, Leland Robin Enochs, Danika Hayman and Lou Adele May.

Business Beat: March 2017

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

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Business Beat is a monthly column recognizing Deer Park’s newest businesses and giving you other interesting business news from around town. Debbie Westbeld is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Deer Park, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-478-2042. Visit www.deerparktx.gov/ed for more business information.