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Laureate Alpha Omicron hears program on family

May 3, 2013 at 12:03 a.m.

Laureate Alpha Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met recently in the home of President Frances Smith. Ruthe Bone and Vickie Kowalik served as co-hostesses.

Anne Roddy presented the program on "Family." Her mother's grandmother Dwees kept a journal that helped her to get into the DAR. Roddy's Dutch ancestors came to the U.S. in the 1600s from Amsterdam. Her father's ancestors were Swedish and came to the U.S. in the 1600s. Both families came to Delaware. New Sweden of the Delaware was founded in 1638, collapsed in 1655 and then was taken over by the Dutch.

Roddy spoke in detail about her mother and described her as the ultimate caregiver for an extended family, including her own five children, her husband's family, many aunts and cousins in the Dallas area. After her children were grown, Roddy's mom worked in the purchasing department of Dallas ISD.

The master's ritual was conducted to honor Louise Pletcher and Joyce Parker.

The chapter voted by secret ballot for Woman of the Year, which was announced April 30 at Sky Restaurant. The golden circle ritual was given for Vickie Kowalik, Marilyn Logan and Frances Smith at that time, denoting 50 years of membership.

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, May 7, at the Pletcher home. Installation of officers is on the agenda.

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