Xi Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi installs officers

On Sunday, May 25, members of Xi Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi had a memorial Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, Fre-donia, for deceased members: Audrey Bifaro, Rosemary Crocoll, Christine Coughlin and Susan Favata.

On Sunday, June 1, members met at The Liberty Restaurant for brunch. The head table was set up with photos of the deceased members and scrapbooks of the many activities from previous years. Marigolds graced each place setting and were given to each after the brunch.

Victoria Clark, the mistress of ceremonies, welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of Beta Sigma Phi.

Originally called “The National ‘What to Read’ Club”, a group of seven women got together to find something creative, productive and hopeful during the Depression. One husband, Walter Ross, realized more women could benefit from the support and friendships provided during these gatherings. Eventually, the framework changed from being just a book club, to a service organization. The Greek letters Beta, Sigma and Phi were the first letters of the Greek words for Life, Learning and Friendship, which is the motto for the International Organization.

In 1967, Xi Alpha Zeta became an Exemplar chapter when the Gamma Lamda chapter became large enough to separate and form a new chapter.

Each member introduced her guests. This event was originally a Mother and Daughter Brunch; it has expanded to include best friends, neighbors or adopted grandmothers. The oldest guest was Carm Lucia, sister of Kathy Hart, and the youngest guest was Talia Calanni, granddaughter of Kathy Calanni.

The officers were introduced: president Kathy Calanni; vice president, Rose Sevola; secretary, Victoria Clark; and treasurer, Stella Granata. Each member was given a photo taken at the Founders Day Dinner held at the Colony House Restaurant in Silver Creek on May 6.

The group will meet for a luncheon meeting at the Clarion Restaurant, Dunkirk, on Tuesday at noon.

The end of the year picnic will be held at the home of Angeline Smith-Leone on June 24 at 5:30 p.m. Each member will bring her favorite dish to pass. The hostess will provide beverages. Weather permitting, the group will meet in Smith-Leone’s garden at 18 Carol Ave., Fredonia.