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)

February events – Winterlude & Chinese New Year

Come out to a fun social event organized by BSP Ottawa for members and those interested in finding out more about us.

Our Winterlude event is taking place at Confederation Park (Elgin St) on Friday, February 6, at 7pm.

A Chinese New Year Lunch (previously a dinner event) is on Saturday, February 7th at Panda Gardens in Kanata.  Please come for 11:30 am.  The address is 420 Hazeldean Rd, at Carbrooke. The restaurant is located at the west end of the strip mall.

Please RSVP to Council 1VP Julie at to let her know if you’re able to make either/both events. You may also  RSVP at our Meetup site at

You’re invited – Hawaiian Luau Fri Jan 16th!

Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Time: 7pm
Place: Bells Corners United Church
3955 Old Richmond Road at Moodie Drive, Ottawa, ON K2H 5C5

Tired from the Christmas season? Want to go away on a vacation but feeling broke after New Years? Why not escape for one night and go to a Hawaiian Luau? Enjoy a night of heat, pineapples, coconuts and lots of Lei’s around you. This a girls only event and it’s free! Members and guests / anyone interested in BSP Ottawa welcome. 🙂

We encourage attendees to wear bright coloured tops, and loose fitting clothing.

Please RSVP at our Meetup site:
or by email to

BSPOttawaLuau-Jan2015-s Click here for flyer

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).

Reminders for City Council meeting Thu Nov 6th, 7:30 pm

The next meeting of the Ottawa BSP City Council will be held on Thursday, November 6th, 7:30pm, at Resurrection of Our Lord Church,1940 Saunderson Dr, near Smyth Road.

  • Dues are payable, if not paid, the chapter no longer has the right to participate in voting
  • Money is due for payment of Fall Event tickets ($30 ea, email to reserve)
  • Reserve tables for chapter sales at December CC meeting by emailing

Members and guests are welcome.

Support for our sisters affected by yesterday’s events

Ottawa Beta Sigma Phi began in 1937. In the years since, and in the present time, members have had, and continue to have strong ties, through family members or their own service, to Parliament Hill, the Canadian Military, the Ottawa Police, the RCMP, and other emergency services. Many of our members also work and/or live in the downtown area.

I am sure all members of Ottawa Beta Sigma Phi join me in expressing our support and appreciation for those involved in, or affected by, the horrific events of yesterday. We are proud of our members, and the contribution they make to our city, and country, especially those who are serving members of the Military.

Sheila Brown
President, Ottawa Beta Sigma Phi