BETA SIGMA PHI: AMARILLO CITY COUNCIL MINUTES MARCH 6, 2014
Stacy Gatlin President of Amarillo City Council, called the
meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Guests were introduced and 2 presentations were given by prospective charities for next year.
The first presentation was given by 2 young who are disabled veterans and are in wheelchairs full time. Joe Chris
Rodriguez and Chance Field are both involved with this program. They represent “One Chair At A Time”. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for adolescents and young adults with physical disabilities by providing sports wheelchairs, education and opportunities for participation in adaptive sports. These you men are retired veterans and survivors of war of the United States Armed Forces.
Mr. Rodriguez founded this organization in 2013 to promote the growth of adaptive sports participation and awareness in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas. They currently have 4 young people they are working with “Giving a disabled athlete the ability to compete with the proper equipment could forever change their lives”, is what Joe Chris is quoted as saying. Their hope is to help make a difference between having a dream to compete and having the resources and skills to do it. This organization raises money to furnish not only the sports wheelchairs and cycles, but all the gear necessary so that the families don’t
have to. The racing Wheelchair costs $3,145.00. The Tennis Wheelchair costs $2,625.00. The Basketball
Wheelchair costs $2,695.00. The Competitive Handcycle costs $4,900.00. There are also chairs used in Track and
Field. The UIL, University Interscholastic League, will now
allow wheelchair sportsmen to compete within the school districts, so this is also a big advantage for the disabled kids. Competing in sports is important to many young people in our area but can be difficult for the physically disabled. The opportunities for participation are fewer and the equipment is specialized and expensive and rarely covered by insurance companies, so this organization plays a big part in helping these young people feel normal and part of their school life.
Our next presenter was Emily Ellis with Hope and Healing
Place. She said that this is the Best Kept Secret in the
Panhandle!! This organization has been in existence for 10
years. It is a Grief and loss center focusing on helping to
heal broken hearts of families and individuals by offering a wide variety of support groups and activities to those in need. All services through the Hope & Healing Place are provided at no cost to those who attend. Each and every donation is appreciated and goes directly towards the programs that are offered. It was started by 2 school counselors and has grown with the help of multiple volunteers. The Program brings the family together
and then places each member of the family in age appropriate groups. These groups then help to teach the individuals how to deal with the loss in different ways. The volunteers help facilitate th programs The Jack Duncan Rhodes Memorial Fund was founded by a family who lost their teen to suicide and is a foundation which aims to
prevent teenage suicide by providing support, education and outreach to individuals and their families. The organization also offers a series of scholarships for high school students who plan to pursue a degree in a mental health field.
Opportunities were given after each presentation for questions and answers.
After our guests left, the meeting resumed and all stood together for the Opening Ritual.
Melinda Hodnik, Recording Secretary, called the roll with 30
members present, representing all 15 chapters in City Council.
Bonnie Siebenthal, 1st Vice President, was absent from the
Board. All remaining Board members were present.
The minutes from January were reviewed and approved as
written. The February meeting was cancelled due to bad
Stacy Gatlin reported for Bonnie that Ann Vasquez, a transferee from Arizona, whom several of our chapters have tried to contact, is still interested. However, we had the wrong phone number, so the correct phone number is 832-326-4366. Please try and contact her again.
Regena Ladd, 2nd Vice President, reported that the
next meeting will be April 3, here at Lifeway.
Corresponding Secretary, Sunny Baker asked for courtesies to be extended and the clip board was passed around. The following were reported. Teri Bigham, of Preceptor Alpha Upsilon, had back surgery about a month ago and then had a DVT, blood clot, in her leg that she was being treated for and then had an episode thought to be a stroke. She is currently in BSA Hospital. Sylvia Erwin, of Texas Nu Master, recently passed away. Pat Herring of Preceptor Alpha Mu, had eye surgery. Bonnie Bailey of Laureate Theta Upsilon lost her husband recently. All of these sisters will be sent cards as well as any others listed on the clip board.
Treasurer, Kaye House, handed out 2 months of reports because of the cancelled February meeting.
February report: Checking Account:
Charity Account: $1071.73
Deposit: + 360.00
Disbursements: $500.00 Khiva Temple
Ending Balance: $2191.99
Beginning Balance: $2191.99
Charity Account: $571.73
Deposits: + $5747.00
Disbursements: - $19.00 Storage
Ending Bal: $6318.73
Sweetheart Ball: 2014
Cash Expenses: Khiva: $500.00 + $4875.00
Checks: Roses $40.00
Other donations: $450.00
Gifts-Frames: $35.30 + Charms: $37.63
Tips for servers $300.00
Income after expenses: $5284.07
Amount available to disperse: $6355.80
Tickets 152x$25.00 +6 comp. 3800.00
Live Auction 215.00
Raffle tickets 546.00
Donations in lieu of baskets:
Preceptor Omicron Zeta 100.00
Texas Gamma Xi Master 100.00
Laureate Theta Upsilon 50.00
(Some Chapters have not turned in their donations of cash
YEARBOOK: No Report
CONTACT: All Chapters were contacted
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Sweetheart Ball pictures are
being mailed out
Woman of the Year: No Report
Fall Banquet and Rituals: Heather Holloway,
Chair, submitted bills for payment from the Banquet for the Roses @$63.33. Motion was made by Mona Ridgeway to pay and seconded by Karen Stowers. Motion passed unanimously. She also reported that $1248.00 was paid for the dinner, leaving a profit of 106.67.
Sweetheart Ball: Margie Waddell thanked
everyone for supporting the Ball as it was a great success.
She has extra tickets and programs if anyone wants them for their scrapbooks.
Founders Day: LeaAnn Crosser reported that it will be held on April 24 @ 6:30 p.m.at St. Stephens Methodist Church. Tickets are $13.50 each. Please make checks out to Amarillo City Council. They are serving Hot Chicken Salad as the main course. Torchbearer Ritual will be done for anyone qualified to receive it. Memorial Service will be done and Knoxie Mathis wants to do the memorial for her mother, Jo Crump.
Style Show: May 3, at Westminster Presbyterian
Church, at 11:00 a.m. Theme is “WORROMOT S”YADRETSEY”. Tickets are $20.00 each and they need
reservations by April 24. Contact Cathey @ 359-4474 or
376-5311, ext. 129. Tickets need to be picked up by
4-26-14. Emcee, Jay Ricci; Clothes by Dress Barn.
Scrapbook: Pages are due by May 1!!
City Wide Project: A car load of donations were delivered to Caring Hope and Sky Camp will still take monetary
donations. Proceeds from the Ball will be divided and given
next month after all the donations are received and
Stacy reported that only 3 people showed up to discuss Bylaw changes and after discussion decided that they have served us well and no changes will be made at this time.
Outstanding Girl outlines were handed out and will be needed by April 3 city council meeting.
The Nominating Committee for 2014 was elected.
The following ladies have agreed to serve on this committee: Carolyn Barker, Janne Lawrence, Carol Thaggard, Beverly Davis.
Stacy encouraged all members of Amarillo Beta Sigma Phi, to consider serving our City Council on the Board.
Announcements: Alpha Phi Omega will be serving
Coffee and Desserts for both of the April meetings as a fund raiser. Coffee will be $1.00 and desserts will be $2.00.
Mona Ridgeway wanted to announce that her daughter, Hannah, is now a BSP Legacy!!
Stacy and Margie asked that we send Thank you notes to Don Grimm and Gilbert Guzman for doing the printing of our programs and tickets for free!!
Don Grimm, P.O. Box 606, Amarillo, TX 79105
Gilbert Guzman, 900 S. Jefferson, Amarillo, TX
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned and everyone stood for the Closing Ritual ending with the Mizpah.
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