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Beta Sigma Phi members gather during Founder’s Day. Pictured, front from left, are, Penny Grizzard, Nancy Ferguson, Courtney Bolton,Gail Bass, Penny Harrell, Jo Fannin, Lola Horne, Janice Palmer, back, Jessica Jarratt Sandy Robbins, Suzanne Franklin, Jill Slate, Michelle Mitchell, Barbara Moore, Cindy Wrenn, Judy Powell, Dale Temple.

Many in Emporia-Greensville and the surrounding area know the second Friday in August brings the always popular Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Golf Classic to Emporia Country Club. They know all the event’s proceeds are put directly back into the community.

A lot has happened since last year’s Beta Sigma Phi Golf Classic. Proceeds from the tournament were distributed to 17 civic groups, organizations and others in December. Shortly after, the sorority was devastated by the loss of two of its long-time supporters and members. Ruth Tillar died on Jan. 21. Tillar was actually married to Thomas (Cato) Tillar in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority House in Kansas City, Mo.

Marjorie King died on March 19. King came to Emporia-Greensville from Smithfield and founded the local chapter in 1972.

On April 26 Beta Sigma Phi celebrated Founder’s Day with a formal banquet. New officers for the upcoming year were installed by outgoing President Sandy Robbins. Janice Palmer is the group’s historian. Jill Slate is serving as parliamentarian. Cindy Wrenn is corresponding secretary, Suzanne Franklin is the group’s recording secretary, Barbara Moore will serve as treasurer, Christina Link is the club’s vice president and Dale Temple is the president for this year.

Marilyn Legrow was honored as the community’s First Lady of the Year during the Beta Sigma Phi Mother-Daughter Banquet on May 7. Legrow was recognized for outstanding community involvement. Temple was voted Girl of the Year for 2019 for her leadership[ and volunteerism. Wrenn presented the special awards.

Greensville County High School senior JaReese Arrington received the group’s $1,000 scholarship to help defer the cost of his education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Arrington will major in dance and also work toward a degree in social work and counseling. The sorority sisters were always busy working at the Virginia Pork Festival, but when the event was ended last year, the group decided to organize its own barbecue sale on the second Wednesday in June. Palmer said the barbecue prepared by C.D. Jarratt sold out two years in a row.

Every August the local Beta Sigma Phi Sorority hosts an annual golf tournament at Emporia Country Club to raise funds to be distributed to local civic groups, organizations and other worthy causes. Now the calendar has moved into July the sorority’s golf classic is only a month away.

“The money we raise goes back to the community to help other groups that are helping as much as they can,” Beta Sigma Phi member Janice Palmer said. “We are classified as a social sorority but everybody has something that is dear to their heart. We keep adding on and adding on so we have a lot of different organizations that we give to.”

This year’s tournament is scheduled for noon on Friday Aug. 9 at the Emporia Country Club.

The tournament format brings a four-member team Captain’s Choice for 18 holes of golf. The shotgun start will have teams at each of the holes on the course. The tournament field is limited to 30 teams.

The registration fee is $60 per golfer, or $240 per team. The fee covers green and cart fees. Mulligans are available at $5 a pop. There will be cash prizes and two flights.

Other recent additions to the tournament include drives closest to the pin on par 3s, longest drive and plenty of raffles.

For more information about the annual Beta Sigma Phi Golf Tournament, call Barbara at (434) 594-5122, or Jessica at (434) 637-7306.

The registration fee for the event is $60 per golfer, or $240 per participating team.

Registration forms for the tournament are available at the Emporia Country Club, 578 Country Club Rd.