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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.

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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.
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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).

Communications from International – August 2014

The latest Communications from International has arrived. See the full text on our website at
Included is the latest news on the August 2016 convention in Kansas City, Missouri, excerpt below.

Convention Rates Set: Registration fees for the 2016 International Convention in Kansas City,
Missouri (Aug. 4-7, 2016) are now set. The rate for members and female guests is $300. The rate for male guests is $200 (they will have all meals with members except 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.

As a reminder, we need to obtain a better idea of how many guests plan to attend, as this may affect room rates. If you wish to attend (and we hope you do!) we’ll need a full $100 deposit by Feb. 15, 2015. We can’t guarantee your attendance if we don’t have your full deposit by that date. However, you can reserve a spot immediately by putting down at at least $20 in the meantime, provided you pay the full deposit by Feb. 15, 2015. As many of you who have hosted conventions know, your early deposit is extremely helpful for planning purposes.

You can make a hotel room reservation with the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center through the 85th Anniversary Convention page on our web site. Please do not call the hotel directly.

Highlights from Oct/13 BSP City Council meeting

The Minutes of the October meeting were emailed to the mailing list, and posted on the website for members only. The highlights are below.

1st VP
VP’s please keep Shelagh updated as to what’s happening with prospective members, transferees and progressees
Members at large – please provide Shelagh with contact information for these ladies
Online chapters: No land chapter? Not able to go to a meeting? Why not try joining the on line chapter? You earn time for progression, attendance, have socials, all the regular stuff you do in a land chapter, even socials and programs!!
Next Meetup is at the Emerald Buffet (33 Selkirk St/Montreal Rd) Sunday Nov 24, at 12 pm and another one is being planned in the new year
National Womens’ Show: March 29 & 30, 2014, at The Ottawa Convention Centre downtown. Sheila Brown has offered us free space at her booth to display BSP, Shelagh is looking for visual programs for this and other events; members are to contact her if they can loan an idea or would be willing to present
Second Membership meeting is Nov 21st, 7:30 pm at Sheila Brown’s
Heather Murphy’s chapter is merging to Alpha Master, so we now have another charter available

2nd VP:
Responses about chapter entertaining list will be coming out soon. There are some chapters that haven’t sent in their answers to the questions that were sent out in March. Please, if you haven’t done this, send in your responses ASAP so that the list can be sent out.
PR still looking for volunteers
Twitter account is set up
We would like to get the word out about BSP. We also welcome your personal stories, why you joined and this will be posted online

The budget is now being voted on in November due to the following motions:
Notice of motion for amendment to the budget: that $35 be allocated for our rep to attend the Local Council of Women Annual General meeting dinner. – needs a per member vote
Notice of motion: to donate $100 to the Calgary Red Cross Flood Relief Fund. – needs a per member vote

MS Party: We had a nice private donation and thanked the chapters also for donating
The Well: Located at Lisgar and Somerset. Donations of any kind would be greatly appreciated as their major sponsors have backed out. You can email for ideas for donations
Christmas CC meeting: Tables available for sales – So far there are 3 tables requested. If your chapter wishes to reserve a table, please contact Marilyn O’Neill The silent auction is still on. Again please contact Marilyn for this.

Local Council of Women:
If chapters want Entertainment Books please contact Carol Dunn by Oct.12 in order for them to be delivered for the Nov CC meeting.
– The next LCOW meeting is Tuesday, Oct 15 at 7pm at Overbrook Community Centre (off St. Laurent)

Historian/By Laws/Phone Book:
– Phone books will be on sale at the Nov/Dec CC meeting for $4.50
– MAL section: Wendy is willing to do this, she will indicate the name of the chapter these ladies were last with


Fall Event: Be creative with your masks, add some bling to it, wear a costume too!!
– There will be prizes. If you can donate a prize, please let XAL know before the next CC meeting.
– There is a desperate need for a photographer too.
– If you need transportation, see the flyer for more details or contact for more details.
– Ticket cut off date is the Nov CC meeting. The cost per ticket is $32. It is an afternoon event on Sunday, November 17th, from 12pm -4pm

A Richmond Chapter is having a fashion show (Real Wool Boutique). Tickets are $20 for adults and children $10. There’s a bake sale, door prizes and tea. This is on Nov 2 at St. Phillips Roman Catholic Church, 127 Burke, Richmond Ont.

Pantry Plus Inventory: This was a huge success last year, lots of fun too! This is taking place on Feb2. See the flyer for more details

FUDGE SALE!! Tara is once again selling her delicious fudge, the gourmet ones and candy cane bark. The order forms will come out soon on the website. They’ll be ready for pick up at the Dec. CC meeting.

The meeting was closed at 8:50 pm followed by light refreshments and cookies.

Highlights from Sep/13 BSP City Council meeting

President Debbie is looking for banners used in the past.

Membership meeting Thu Sep 19th, 7:30pm, all welcome – not just VP’s!
Near Fisher & Meadowlands at Sheila’s. Email for location details, directions and/or bus info.

Chapters wishing Minutes by postal mail
Please bring self-addressed stamped envelopes to the Recording Secretary.

Service – MS Christmas Party
Medium sized gift bags needed, as well as financial donations (suggest $30 at least per chapter)

Phone Books – get info in to Oct CC meeting
Phone books will be available at Nov CC meeting, one per chapter. Extra will be printed if ordered by Oct CC from Wendy at $4.50/book.

Welcome to our Newest Chapter – Delta Iota Master
A gavel was presented in a short ceremony by 1VP Shelagh.

Entertainment Books
Available again from Carol, will be available after Sep 25th.

Local Council of Women
Meeting Tues Sep 17th, 7-9pm, Overbrook Community Centre. 33 Quill Street off Vanier Parkway.

Website admin Sheila asked all chapters to send her at least one chapter photo this year, so the website chapters’ section can be updated.
The latest issue of Chapter Chatter has been added to the website, along with more information on chapters, including meeting days/nights, and zoning.