1930's Beta Sigma Phi Enamel Torch Pin
This lovely sorority pin is not only a little piece in time, but a great gift for that new sorority sister or graduate. It is 10k yellow gold fill to the face, chain and torch, with a gold over silver locks and pins. No missing enamel or faux pearl accents. All the way from Wyoming to Texas in search of a new home!
* 10k Yellow Gold Fill & Silver
* Faux Pearl accents approx. 2mm
* Black Enamel
* Maker - Balfour
* Face Measures approx. 3/8" inches tall x 1/2" inch wide
* Torch Measures approx. 11/16" inches tall x 3/16" inches at top of flame
* 2.03 grams
* c. 1930's
In April 1932 Beta Sigma Phi was incorporated under a charter granted by the state of Missouri. Today, Beta Sigma Phi is a nonprofit corporation which maintains a contract with Walter W. Ross & Company for business management of its affairs. In addition to the International Constitution, each chapter composes its own bylaws.
The organization started out under the name: "The National 'What to Read' Club". Walter Ross, the founder of Beta Sigma Phi, visited Vinita, Oklahoma, where librarian Leona Schroers agreed to help establish a chapter in the town, and introduced Ross to Sally Rogers McSpadden, sister of the humorist Will Rogers. McSpadden was active in the Oklahoma Federation of Women's Clubs, as well as other women's organizations, and advised Ross to change the organization from an association to its present form, along with changing the name. A new framework for the organization was developed, with the Greek letter name derived from the sorority's motto: the letters, "Beta", "Sigma", and "Phi" were the first letters of the Greek words for "life, learning, and friendship".
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