The 18 Salt Lake City chapters of Beta Sigma Phi will join with 12,500 other chapters worldwide in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the sorority. On Tuesday, April 30, sorority members will meet at the Clarion Hotel at 6:30 p.m. to observe Founder's Day. The chairman and mistress of ceremonies will be Shonnie Stevens. Woman of the Year award will be presented as well as Chapter of the Year.
As part of the Founder's Day celebration there will be a short ceremony at noon in Memory Grove, which will include ringing of the Liberty Bell 60 times. The bell was presented to the state of Utah in commemoration of the U.S. Bicentennial birthday celebration. A grove of trees will be planted by past presidents.The sorority was founded on April 30, 1931, in Abilene, Kan., as a social and cultural outlet for young women. The chapters donate $3 million to local charities yearly and created an International Endowment Fund donating to health research groups, the underprivileged and other worthwhile causes.