NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI
The chapter met on Jan. 19 at the home of Carolyn Hudson. Sharing between members was the program for the day. A thank you was received from United Ministries for the chapter's donations. Continued support was provided to them through donations to help the flood victims in Georgia.
The Feb. 2 meeting was held at the home of Jenny Sumner. On Feb. 9, a social was held at the Top Hat Special Teas restaurant in Florence for a Valentine brunch, hosted by Xi Eta Chapter. Margaret Dougherty was crowned Valentine queen for Nu Master.
A business meeting and luncheon was held on Feb. 16 at the home of Dot Edwards. Members met on March 2 at the home of Libby Singletary. After lunch and a business meeting, she demonstrated her new long-arm quilting machine.
On March 16, a business meeting was held at the home of Bobbie Sullivan. The chapter's annual potato party was held on March 18 at the home of Fran Kolar.
Chapter officers for the 2017-18 sorority year are: president, Mary Ann Clark; vice president, Margaret Dougherty; treasurer, Toni Burkhart; corresponding secretary, Liz Wild; and recording secretary, Barbara Smith.
The chapter has received a 3-star rating from International. Betty Vannoy and Toni Burkhart have been awarded the Torch Bearer Degree. Libby Singletary has received the Ritual of Jewels degree. Sadly, one of our cherished sisters, Margie Zelano, passed away on Dec. 15, 2016.
Meetings will continue to be held the first and third Thursday through May, starting at 1:30 p.m.
SUMTER DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Winners for January and February:
Jan. 4 - first, Jimmie Ann Anderson and Barbara James; second, Hugh Cook and Larry Baum
Jan. 11 - first, Stan Kohli and Larry Baum; and second, Kenneth Hamilton and Gary Harbath
Jan. 18 - first, Winnie Field and John Mills; and second, Larry Baum and Sandy McCaskill
Jan. 25 - first, Jimmie Ann Anderson and Larry Baum; second, Hugh Cook and Marie Mills; third, Barbara James and Betty Spencer
Feb. 1- first, Barbara James and Betty Spencer; second, Kenneth Hamilton and Gary Harbath
Feb. 8 - first, Jimmie Ann Anderson and Larry Baum; second, Barbara James and Betty Spencer; and third, Kenneth Hamilton and Gary Harbath
Feb. 15 - first, Jimmie Ann Anderson and Larry Baum; second, Barbara James and Jacqueline Strong
Feb. 22 - first, Hugh Cook and Marie Mills; second, Kenneth Hamilton and Gary Harbath
SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION
Sumter Art Association met Feb. 21 in the parish hall of The Church of the Holy Comforter. Fifty-six members were welcomed by president Floride McKoy.
Following a brief business session, Kathy Creech made announcements of various cultural events taking place in the Sumter area. Mary Garland Roddey then introduced Jill Jones, owner of Jill Jones Monograms. Jill presented a program she called "The Art of the Monogram." Illustrating her talk with a slide show of modern monograms, she discussed the history of monogramming and the new rules and trends in design which are in many instances replacing traditional patterns. In addition, representative pieces of her work were on display for members to inspect.
The association held its annual business meeting March 21 at the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. McKoy called the meeting to order and welcomed 45 members. In lieu of the usual program, the afternoon was devoted to conducting the business of the association.
Beth James, chairwoman of the nominating committee, presented a proposed slate of officers for the 2017-18 year: president, Patti Sosnowski; vice president, Floride McKoy; recording secretary, Andrena Ray; corresponding secretary, Vicki Goodwin; and treasurer, Carla Young. There were no nominations from the floor, and the proposed slate was unanimously elected.
Kathy Creech announced a number of cultural events taking place in and around Sumter in the coming month, and several other members added announcements of other events.
XI ETA CHAPTER OF SIGMA PHI SORORITY
The chapter hosted Nu Master chapter for 2017 on Feb. 9. Beverly Phillips was crowned queen for Xi Eta Chapter and Margaret Dougherty for Nu Master.
On Feb. 11, members and spouses attended the annual American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 luncheon.
President Connie Suitt hosted the January meeting. Beverly Phillips distributed packages on the 2017 Carolinas Convention to be held in Greenville on May 5-7. Sunshine chairwoman Marian Downing reported former member Valerie Blunt passed away in Ireland. Treasurer Barbara Harbath reported donation will be sent to Fireside Fund as a service project.
The chapter Christmas party with spouses was held at Kay De Aeis restaurant. On Dec. 6, Beverly Phillips hosted and presented a program on the snowman. Members donated 20 food items for Christian Charities.
LuAnn Richardson hosted the Nov. 22 meeting, and new member Lorena Pate received the Pledge Ritual. At DeMara's Restaurant, Connie Suitt presented the cultural program on her trip to Vermont. An Oktoberfest social was held at the home of Beverly and Jim Phillips on Oct. 15.
The Sept. 19 meeting was a potluck dinner at the home of Connie Suitt, who reported on her trip to Michigan.
Marian Downing hosted the Feb. 21 meeting.