Seated - Susan Soderquist and Lynn Redding (President)
IN LOVING MEMORY
Francie McDonald 2-19-1945 - 1-9-2015
Lou Schmitt 3-6-1933 - 12-21-2019
We are a Daytime “Career Chapter” whose members live throughout the Houston Metropolitan Area. We get together once a month for lunch and a brief business meeting at economically-priced restaurants all over Houston.
We do meet in homes for August Beginning Day, December Christmas Meeting, and May Secret Sister Revealing
SOME OF OUR CHAPTER SOCIALS
ANNUAL COUPLES BEACH WEEKEND IN PORT ARANSAS -- This social is the highlight of each year. We pick a theme and prepare food, decorations and costumes related to that theme. We've been Cowboys & Cowgirls, Hawaiian Hula Dancers, Pirates searching for hidden treasure on the beach and sailing on a Pirate Ship, and Bird Watchers during the Hummingbird Festival. This social never ceases to bring us laughter, relaxation, great bonding, dominoe games, and a whole lot of fun. 2014and 2016 Winner of HCC's "BEST SOCIAL" Contest
ANNUAL COUPLES CHRISTMAS PARTY -- We exchange Secret Sister Gifts and Tree Ornaments and our men play the "Gift Steal Game" with "beverage" gifts accompanied with scratch off lotto tickets.
ANNUAL COUPLES GAME PARTY--2015 and 2016 Crazy Bridge.
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY ("Murder on 2 Wheels")-- We invited a chapter from another council which has some of our legacies in it. All sisters and men dressed as Bikers. The setting was a member's garage which had been transformed into a Biker Ice House. Hot Dog Dinner with all the trimmings and mystery solving made for a mix of great fun and fellowship. 2015 Winner of HCC's "BEST SOCIAL" Contest
OUR CHAPTER SERVICE PROJECT
“ARMADILLO BUDDIES PROGRAM” Reynolds Elementary School 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Winner of HCC's " BEST SERVICE PROJECT" Contest
One of our chapter members, who taught for 32 years at Reynolds Elementary School and is a volunteer there, created “Dillo Dollars” and the “Armadillo Store” to enhance the “Reading Improvement” segment of the school’s “Armadillo Buddies Program.” The students earn the “Dillo Dollars” and use them to purchase items for themselves and their families. Epsilon Chi Master members bring items for the “Armadillo Store” to monthly meetings. Here are some of our sisters creating pencil bags, jean purses and crocheted Armadillos. In 2018-2019, instead of the Armadillo Store, we will be donating 300+ books that the students can buy with their "Dillo Dollars" throughout the year to further encourage their continued "Reading Improvement and Enjoyment."
HCC President (2) HCC President-Elect (2) HCC Humanitarian Award (1) HCC Royal Court Queen (4) HCC Royal Court Sweetheart (2) 1st Place Council Participation (1) 1st Place Program (1) 1st Place Service (3) 1st Place Social (3)
OUR CHAPTER HISTORY
Texas Epsilon Chi Master was created in 2014. Our current membership of 12 grew from the roots of many chapters.
1965 – (Phi Delta Gamma and Phi Delta Delta) - 2 members first became Beta Sigma Phis in HCC Nu Phi Mu chapters, Phi Delta Gamma and Phi Delta Delta.
1968 – (Delta Sigma) - Our Phi Delta Gamma sister progressed to Ritual of Jewels Chapter Delta Sigma where 3 of our members joined her.
1976 – (Xi Beta Upsilon) - Our 4 Delta Sigma sisters progressed into Exemplar Chapter Xi Beta Upsilon and were joined by 3 more of our members who were new Beta Sigma Phis, and another member who had joined Beta Sigma Phi in Canada and transferred from Alpha Theta Zeta.
1988 – (Preceptor Alpha Theta) - Our now 8 Xi Beta Upsilon sisters progressed into Preceptor Chapter Preceptor Alpha Theta and were subsequently joined by 1 of our members who joined Beta Sigma Phi in 1996.
2011 – (Laureate Lambda) - Our now 9 Preceptor Alpha Theta members progressed into Laureate Chapter Laureate Lambda. Our former Phi Delta Delta member transferred into Laureate Lambda in 2014 from Preceptor Xi Pi, having also been in Alpha Iota Nu and Xi Sigma Upsilon. Another of our members joined us in 2014. She had joined Beta Sigma Phi in Detroit, Michigan, was also at one time in Alpha Iota Nu.
2014 – (Epsilon Chi Master) 11 sisters progressed into Master Chapter Epsilon Chi Master. Our 12th member transferred from Epsilon Tau Master in 2015 but left us in 2016 to pursue other interests. Two beloved members passed away (Francie McDonald in 2015) and (Lou Schmitt in 2019). In 2020 we found ourselves once again a group of 10 when we added a transferee to our chapter.
It took many years and many chapters to grow into our present chapter. Our Sisters come from all over town, all over the state, and all over the globe; but we all share a common goal: to seek the Good, the True, and the Beautiful that makes us part of the Beta Sigma Phi sisterhood.