2 years ago, my cousin invited me to join her sorority. Nope, I wasn’t going back to school and no I wasn’t trying to hang out with a bunch of 20 year olds. The sorority I joined is more of a women’s group. The Coles Notes version is that its structured like a sorority, we have rituals, we have chapters, we even have a secret handshake but we aren’t affiliated with a school and we skip out on the hazing. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. We call our first meeting “the business meeting” We discuss any new updates or city council announcements and than the hostess (we rotate homes every month) comes up with a program. The program is usually a fun craft or a presentation to teach us something new. Our second meeting is “the social” and the hostess that month comes up with a social outing in the city. The sorority motto is life, learning and friendship and although sometimes I giggle at how cheesy some of the traditions are, hanging out with with my sorority sisters is always a fun time.
Last Sunday, our chapter was invited to the annual tea that is organized by the sorority’s city council. Our chapter is the youngest chapter and most of the women at the tea are actually already enjoying retirement which sometimes makes for interesting conversations. We were served mini sandwiches and homemade scones with tea and even though I’m a coffee drinker, I have to admit that it was quite a lovely afternoon.
I got to see my sorority sisters again last night when I attended our business meeting. Our program was making bath salts. We got to make one for ourselves and one to gift for the holidays. Even though we are called a sorority, we don’t spend any time discussing homework assignments or tough professors, we chat chit about our jobs, our families and last night I started a discussion on 2014 new years resolutions… more on that later. If you are interested in learning more about a chapter in your area, visit http://www.betasigmaphi.org/