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If you are interested in more information about an online chapter, would like to join an online chapter, or make up attendance with an online chapter, please email Karen Ing...Please NOTE recording secretary the change to attendance ---Year ends in July whether traditional, career, online, or a sustained chapter (Annual attendance sheets will be due come August, 2016...The 2015-2016 Yardstick is Online along with a fillable mail in form...International Convention Information is fast approaching in 2016... Yardstick is Online Year Round... CLIP ART 2016-2017...Join the Friendship Network and Connect on YouTube...The Beta Journal is formatted for Mobile Devices...Vivian Iddings is the Director of Service...Please DONATE to the International Relief Fund...

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Think - Family, Sisters, Extending Friendship, Building Chapters Online and in Land Chapters! See the Friendship and Share the Connection using YouTube

RECORDING SECRETARIES - There will be no more MONTHLY REPORTS to submit, now you will use an annual form and submit attendance to the International Office at the end of your sorority year beginning with the 2015-2016 year. This Began - AUG., 2015. Here is a link to an Excel form to help you keep track on your computer.

Submit the chapter/council MINUTES  online on the International website Beta Sigma Phi

Scholarship Application Deadline is January 31, 2016 (application must be postmarked by this date). Click HERE to Download the Form.

The International Award of Distinction has Changes and Updates!


The Strawberry Patch Pledge Training will reflect the additional information regarding the Torchbearer Degree and On Line Chapters. Please include this information in with your current pledge training.

1st On Line Legacy Chapter

Legacies must be 18 years of age and older to join. Send an e-mail to Karen if interested. (The pledge ritual can be done on line if you cannot find a land chapter to perform the ritual. Pledge training is all done on line if needed.)

Important information about Tax forms: (betasigmaphi.org) Some chapters have questions about our tax status. Beta Sigma Phi is not a tax exempt organization. Most chapters do not make enough to interest the IRS, and what chapters do make they spend on deductible expenses. BSP does not need to fill out the 990 form as that is for TAX EXEMPT organizations, If you have questions as to whether your chapter or council should file tax forms, please contact a local tax consultant.

Who must file the IRS Form 990-N (e-postcard)? Federal tax-exempt organizations with gross receipts that are normally less than $25,000 per year must file the Form 990-N e-postcard. Local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi are not federal tax-exempt organizations, therefore, they are not required to file Form 990-N (e-postcard). For more information, including a list of entities required to file the e-postcard, click on the following link: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=225889,00.html?portlet=7

Yardstick 2015-2016 is available on line for submission to International with new update for 2015-2016. You are welcome to submit the Yardstick at any time. Remember: The yardstick is on line year round for your convenience.

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Thank you for your support and come again.

Karen M. Ing, Editor

Enjoy displaying car clings (one (1) - $1 and six (6) - $5). Available on the BSP INTL web site.

You will need your member number and E-mail address in order to get into the Beta Sigma Phi MEMBERS ONLY area Beta Sigma Phi INTL
The On Line Gift Ordering (Complete with Colored Photos) is available to easily select your items and place your orders Gifts

Torch Mailings to subscribers are $14 for one year subscription (All members are required to pay the $14 fee in order to have the Torch's mailed out to their residence - including lifetime Members)

Click Here for Program Outlines (you will need your member number and e-mail address to access the searchable form ) - available online on the International site to download and save to your computer files for those sisters needing to update their binders! You no longer need to send a request to the Office to order the programs in hard copy via mail

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If you happen to be going down memory lane, note that past mascots included: Rose the Bear, Lady Sunshine the Canadian Rabbit, Cinnamon and Peppermint Stix - Bears, Millenium Dawn and Surfer Dude - Ducks, Penelope and Mud Pie Pork Pigs, Panama Pete the Dog, Hal, Holly, Harriet and Henry Moose Family Friends (2010-2012).


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In 1996 members began to use the Internet to expand connections between Beta Sigma Phi sisters. They talked and shared ideas then asked International if they could try to create chapters online.

International agreed to have Online chapters formed as an experiment to determine if Online chapters could really work and what formats the members preferred. The Online chapters operated for nearly 10 years in an experimental form.

In 2005, Online chapters were recognized officially, allowing members who belonged to them but were not members of an existing “land” chapter to receive degree credit for their online participation. International also allowed each Online chapter to decide if they wished to be an official chapter or just a social chapter. At this time we have a mix of both officially recognized Online chapters and social Online chapters.

By being official, Online chapters follow the rules and regulations of Beta Sigma Phi. However, due to their uniqueness of having members from all over the world participating in these chapters, additional rules have been set up to cover their special needs.

1. Full members of Online chapters are those who belong only to an Online chapter.
2. Members who are active with “land” chapters shall be virtual members of their Online chapters. They do not receive degree credit for their Online chapter participation however these meetings will count as a make up meeting for their “land” chapter.
3. Online chapters must hold programs in order to be accredited chapters. They should have 18 programs per year if possible but no fewer than 12 per year.
4. Rituals may be held online but whenever possible, formal and in person Rituals should be held.
5. Online chapters may pledge members directly into their chapters and pledge train those members through online meetings.
6. Online chapters are held to the same rules as all chapters of Beta Sigma Phi with the addition of those necessary to cover their special online circumstances.
7. Online chapters will send their chapter minutes and chapter monthly reports to International by mail or fax as any other Beta Sigma Phi Chapter.
8. Online chapters will not have degree designation but will be multi degree chapters. Members wanting to use jewelry designating their chapters should pick their own degree unless a special Online chapter form is available.
9. We strongly urge Online chapters not to hold treasuries due to possible oversight. If chapters wish to do large service projects, we suggest members send the money directly to the entity with the notation that it is part of the Online chapter project.

The addition of Online chapters has been a wonderful experience for our members and one we feel will only grow in the future.

From the 2004 edition of “The Book of Beta Sigma Phi” Page 53 & Courtesy of Beta Sigma Phi International

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