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BSP Ottawa’s oldest member has died

STROULGER, Barbara (nee Taylor)
1912 – 2017
Lifetime Ottawa South Resident Barbara Helen Stroulger (nee Taylor) left us peacefully to join her loving husband “C.K.” Ken Stroulger on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Barbara would have been 105 on September 2. She was predeceased by her parents James Hugh Taylor and Mary Buchan Taylor, her brother Hugh Maurice Taylor (M.I.D.) and his wives Helen Ferguson and Verna Cyr. A brother Douglas James Taylor and his wife Margaret Mary Taylor of Ottawa survive as well as their sons James Steven Taylor (Bunni) of Salmo, B.C., his daughters Cathryn (Lynx), Alyx and their mother, Heather Graham (Will) all of Nelson, B.C. Also Brian Clifford Taylor and his wife Maria of Macao, China, and their children James Stead, Breana Maria and Kevin Brian. Barbara was an accountant, teacher, swimmer, skier, played tennis, curled, was a fantastic knitter and played bridge until recently. When Ken was Commodore of the Rideau Canoe Club she spent many summers at regattas. She was a Charter member of the United Church from 1925 onwards and attended Southminster United Church faithfully throughout her life. She has been a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority – Perceptor Alpha Eta Chapter since 1949. Barbara was a member of The International Women’s Club of Ottawa where she was much in demand as a driver since she knew the city so well. She also enjoyed membership in the Women’s Canadian Club. The family sincerely thank the staff at Billingswood Manor for their professional care, concern, compassion and kindness shown to Barbara during her years there. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor) on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 2- 4 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel on Monday, July 24 at 11 a.m. with reception following and then interment at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Rideau Canoe Club, 804 Hogs Back Road, Ottawa, ON, K2C 0B1 would be deeply appreciated.
Hulse, Playfair & McGarry

Founder’s Day Luncheon – Sun Apr 24th, Centurion Conference Centre

Founder’s Day  Luncheon
Sunday, April 24, 2016
At the Centurion Center

170 Colonnade Rd.

11:30 am for drinks, photo booth and socializing
Lunch 12:00 pm
Entertainment 1:00pm
Rituals will begin at 1:40pm
Tickets: $35

Questions can be directed to
* A photographer will be circulating and pictures will be available electronically after the event

Flyer  Chapter Order Form
NOTE: Bring order form to March or April City Council Meeting

Latest on BSP 85th Ann. Convention, Kansas City, 2016 – UPDATE: more spots available

UPDATE: The convention has been offered more space by the hotel. They will also match those wanting to go with those who have to cancel. Call the office and ask for Melissa at 816-444-6800.

The convention rate for members and female guests is $300. The rate for male guests is $200 (they will have all meals with members except for the continental breakfast on Friday and the brunch on Saturday). Bus transportation and tours of the International office are included in the fee. Additional tours to historic, shopping and entertainment destinations may be available on a “pick and pay” basis.

Please see:

Laura Ross Wingfield posted in Beta Sigma Phi 85th Anniversary International Convention – 12 February 11:29

We are nearing 1200 registered, we can only take 1500 so we are taking down both the on line registration link and the printable form, we are asking that you call to do your registration deposit at this time so we don’t take them if we don’t have a place for you. It will be a bit more trouble depending on how fast folks call in, but we do NOT want to take it and then have to go back and tell you sorry, we are full. The Sheraton still has not given us the info to make reservations there, but we hope shortly and we’ll alert you. We have reserved 200 rooms so far so that should cover it but we will increase it again if need be. If you want to book nights before and or after the convention dates themselves, you will have to call the phone number they will give us or email them as the general reservation line will tell you those dates are full, they are not, that’s just how they are handling it. Sorry, I think it’s dumb but I don’t run the hotels. I never thought I’d have to warn you to get on it if you really wanted to come, but I think I need to. If you call and cannot get through to the right folks, we’ll do all we can to get it done for you.

Laura Ross Wingfield – 13 February 14:19
WooHoo we have a link for the Sheraton if you only want the convention nights, it is

If you need rooms before or after the convention dates, please email this email, They said: Please ask them to include their name, phone number, dates they would like to book, and if they are interested in upgraded options. Our reservation team will get back to them from 8-5pm Monday through Friday. So you should be able to make reservations with the Sheraton now.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts | Events

TGIW Annual dinner, Wed Jul 29th, 6pm, Royal Oak Centrepointe

TGIW – Thank Goodness It’s Wednesday

  •  Wednesday, July 29, 2015
  • 117 Centrepointe Drive, 613.695.2800., Nepean, ON (map)

  • This is our annual TGIWednesday, just a fun get together for dinner at the Royal Oak, Centrepointe. Come out and meet with BSP members and visitors, and those interested in getting together over the summer. 🙂 (Many chapters don’t meet between May and September.)

    Please RSVP at our Meetup site, or by email to                 

    We hope to see you there!

BSP Ottawa AGM – new Executive

Our new executive was chosen on May 14, 2015 at our Annual General Meeting. Officers are:

President Sheila Currie Brown – Sigma
First Vice President Julie Kerslake – Xi Chi
Second Vice President Heather Murphy – Laureate Alpha Upsilon
Recording Secretary Linda G Ambrose – Sigma
Corresponding Secretary Carol Dunn – Beta Eta Master
Treasurer Patti Floysvik – Laureate Epsilon Gamma

We look forward to another great year! Thanks to all who served this year. 🙂

Come meet us at the National Women’s Show, Sat & Sun, April 11 & 12, 2015 (Discount coupon below)

Visit us in Booth 700, at The National Women’s Show:

  • Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre, downtown)
  • 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
  • Saturday, April 11, 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday, April 12, 10am – 5pm

Meet members of Beta Sigma Phi, learn about our organization, members and activities 🙂

Admission Discount – click for your coupon

Founder’s Day Dinner, Thu Apr 30th, 6pm, Guests welcome!

Expand and get to know your Beta Sigma Phi family tree! Founder’s Day will help you!

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner 6pm
Place: Centurion Centre, 170 Colonnade Road, Ottawa, ON K2E 7J5

Who’s invited: All current members, all past members, and any ladies who may be interested in becoming sisters

Table format: Following a number of negative responses regarding Xi Chi’s plan to divide the sorority chapters up at Founder’s Day, we have decided to abandon this idea.
The chapters will be seated together. Smaller chapters will be seated with each other or they will be seated with the overflow of bigger chapters.

Menu Selections:
• Atlantic Salmon
• Chicken Kiev
• Vegetable Ragout Strudel
• Special requests (gluten-free, allergies – please specify)

Cost: $40.00 per person


We look forward to seeing you there!

Founder’s Day Explanation Sheet    Founder’s Day Sign-up Sheet (replaces tickets)

News from BSP International – Gift sale & Convention deadlines

Gift Department 10% Off Sale!

It’s that time again—in January and February, all items from International’s Gift Department are 10% off.  It’s the perfect time to shop!  Also, don’t forget about new officer pins, a new silver key with jeweled Greek-letter pendant, theRhinestone Beta Sigma Phi pin, and a lovely bracelet from Cause Jewelry International.  See the August issue of The Torch for the full gift catalog, or order online or call 1-800-821-3989.

August 2016 International Convention Update

If you plan to attend the 2016 International Convention.  Remember, you must have a full $100 deposit by February 15, 2015, or we can’t guarantee your attendance.  But you can reserve a spot immediately by putting down at least $20 in the meantime, provided you complete the full deposit by February 15.

You must have your FULL convention registration fee payment of $300 ($200 for male guests, see below) to International by August 1, 2015.  You also need to make a room reservation with the Westin Crown Center as soon as possible to get our special room rate and the type of room you prefer.

To recap convention news, it’s happening August 4-7 in Kansas City.  Rate for members and female guests is $300.  The rate for male guests is $200 (they’ll have meals with members except for Friday breakfast and Saturday brunch).  To see all updated International Convention information and access all links currently available on our website Click here (BSP International website).