CHAPTER BYLAW REVISIONS – Robin Pelton, International Vice President

Hello Sisters! I am working on reviewing and approving your proposed Chapter bylaw revisions that are due to me by December 1. So far I am impressed at the timeliness and the dedication to following instructions that I am seeing. Great job!
After looking at quite a few (though not all) Chapters’ bylaws, I did notice that many of you have a section regarding proposed Bylaw changes being submitted on the Annual Bylaw Report Form. Since we are no longer using this form, you will need to revise your Chapter bylaws to reflect this. However, it is not an urgent change, and I do understand that.
This is just a quick “head’s up” that you will need to change this next year when ALL Chapters review and resubmit complete Chapter bylaws.
Here’s hoping your Holidays are Blessed!!

My Favorite Thing by Deb Jurachich – International President

This time of year, my favorite thing to do is baking. I have been baking since I was younger. My Mom was a master at candy making and fudge! One of my best friends and I would do the holiday cookie baking. We had so much fun and boy did we make a mess! Through 4-H and my Home Economics classes in high school, I learned to add other specialties to the baking season, such as sweet yeast breads, pumpkin rolls, and cream puffs!
Once I became a Home Economics (now Family and Consumer Sciences) teacher myself, I had the opportunity to share my love of baking with my students. At the request of one of my principals, we made pumpkin pies each fall from fresh pumpkins. He was always given the first slice! Parents would always thank me for teaching their children the art of pie making as they contributed to the Thanksgiving meal. My husband and son love my pumpkin pie and have become spoiled as they only like pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkin.
Over the years, I have begun to alter recipes and have enjoyed the challenge of perfecting some of my baking recipes. Last week, I spent two days testing new recipes and altering them. I’ve now added some new favorites to the cookie baking season. The search is on for more recipes to try!
Families have cookie recipes that are attached with memories, passed down from generations and so forth. Below is my favorite sugar cutout recipe. I would love to hear about your favorite cookie recipes.
Perfect Cookie Cutter Cookies with Frosting

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and extract, beating well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt, then add to the butter/sugar mixture, beating well. Gather dough in hands and kneed to form a ball, the cover and chill for 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Preheat oven to 350. Cut out cookies and place 1 inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with frosting.


3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (optional)

Beat butter until creamy. Add sugar alternatively with cream until well blended. Stir in vanilla. Add food coloring if desired. Icing will be very thick.

Yields: 2 1/2 dozen cookies and 2 cups of frosting

More Photos to Share! from your International Editor

What a wonderful input from all of you!  I asked for pictures and wow, did I get them.   I couldn’t even fit all of them into the December issue of BUDDIE.  We have a jammed pack issue coming out soon and hopefully you will enjoy!  I hope this continues, and by being able to share them in the Blog we still get to see what our sisters are up to! 

Phi Province ladies came together on a lovely day in September in the seaside village of Mystic, Connecticut.  Thirty-three sorority sisters travelled from as far away as Marblehead, Mass (about 3 hours away) and New York City (about 2 ½ hours away) just to spend some quality time with their sisters.  The ladies gathered at a waterfront restaurant.  The theme was “Hats off to Fall” as the round table served as a motivational gathering as our seven chapters participate in a hat drive for the Virginia based charity: Ellies Hats.  According to its website, Ellies Hats donates hats to children battling cancer.


Center Pieces

Liz Cochrane in her Special Hat!


On Saturday October 14th the ladies of Xi Omega went out to support Avon 39. EVERY TWO MINUTES SOMEONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER. AVON 39 brings together women and men from around the country who are passionate about making a difference in their communities, and unites them under one goal – ending breast cancer. Over two days, AVON 39ers walk 39.3 miles. Each walker also fundraises a minimum of $1,800 which is funneled by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade to local and national organizations that help women and men, regardless of their ability to pay, get the breast cancer health care they need. These programs provide everything from language, food and transportation assistance, to financial help, and rely on the funds raised by AVON 39ers to keep making an incredible impact around the country.

Omicron Province

The Omicron Province Birthday Party of 88 years was held, and a great time was had by all.  It was so nice to see some of the girls that we seldom get a chance to talk to.

Sharon Miranda, Pat Drexler, Sue Finn, Judy Palka, Shawn O’Hargan, Carol Zeiher, Paula Stange, and Kristen Wells

Phyllis Pritchard, Susan Selby, Navene Maragliano, Rosemary Evans, Kerrie Evans

Omicron Gamma, (Amherst) After much discussion, we have decided to focus our charitable work toward Carolyn’s House, the YWCAs transitional housing for homeless women and children in Niagara Falls.   We were impressed after touring the facility; and, after talking with the staff, we decided it would be a perfect fit.  We held a chicken barbeque in October to raise money for our treasury.

Below:  Pat Drexler out drumming up business for our BBQ fundraiser!


True Friends – Robin Pelton, International Vice President

I discovered this poem and wanted to share it with you. I think it describes my Sigma Phi Sisters perfectly. I hope you enjoy it! Love you all!

True friends are by your side through it all.
True friends are there to catch you when you fall.
True friends give your life a happy lift.
True friends are a most precious gift.

True friends will care about you forever.
True friends want to be with you on every endeavor.
True friends can make you laugh and cry.
True friends can be girls or guys.

True friends can get mad at each other.
True friends can be your sisters or brothers.
True friends will never truly leave you.
True friends will love you no matter what you do.

True friends really know you but love you anyway.
True friends are those who are always asking you if you’re okay.
True friends know that hate is a very strong word.
True friends don’t believe every story they’ve heard.

True friends will tell you the truth, even if it’s not what you want to hear.
True friends are always there with a hug and a listening ear.
True friends will tell you things that are true.
True friends will do anything they can to help you.

True friends love to spend time with you.
True friends love to tease you too.
True friends tease all in good fun.
True friends don’t care if you’ve lost or won.

I will love you forever, my friend.
I will stay by your side until the very end.
You’ll be in my heart, as I pray for you each day.
You are my truest friend in every way.


Just in the knick of time! Linda Bullington International Service Secretary

At Convention this summer, the International Officers were challenged to present SPG, to a group in our community within 90 days.

I decided to share SPG with the 11 ladies I play Bunco with. I handed out invitations the last time we were together. The invitation said, come for friendship & lunch. Three of them couldn’t make it because they had to work. One already is a member.

We started out sharing lunch- chicken salad on croissants, garden salad, chips & dip, conversation & laughter flowed freely.
After lunch we continued to chat & when there was a break in the conversation I said, “I invited you for lunch & I’m gonna teach you a card game but first I want to explain that I had an ulterior motive for inviting you here today.” I told them about the challenge. I started to share about SPG, explaining the 3 levels-Chapter, Province & International, what Service is, what Ways and Means is and a little about roundtable & conventions. I kept it brief.

I had invited some of them to social events before so those ladies had a bit of experience with SPG. Some ladies had only heard me talk about recent sorority things I’d done. They listened & asked a few questions. 1 question was does it cost? I told them how much LFHF & FP are, but I wasn’t sure how much per capita is…I meant to check & forgot, so I said, in my chapter we pay $75 a year total. I was afraid they wouldn’t like that but the consensus seemed that that wasn’t too much.

When I’d shared enough about SPG, I taught them dollar poker- each player gets 4 quarters, and is dealt 1 card, if you don’t like your card you can steal your neighbors’ card. Play progresses around the table till it returns to the dealer. The dealer flips their card up & low player pays for losing, by putting one of their quarters in the pot. The last person with a quarter wins the pot.

It’s easy to chat while playing this game so I’d think of something sorority related & share it with them or they’d ask a question & I’d answer it.

At the end of the card game the ladies got up to leave & in our good byes they all said how fun the day was, one of the ladies who was widowed a while back, said she’d like to learn more! I’m hoping to hear from more of them because, I mentioned starting a Chapter to them. Time will tell…

It was a fun way of sharing SPG, give it a try with your friends who aren’t members, the worst they can say is they’re not interested and that’ll be ok because you will have had a fun time together or, they might want to learn more & that would be great!

Challenge met! SPG shared! And just in the knick of time, cuz the 90 days was up today!