Theta Beta Discusses US Flag History

SHERMAN – The Theta Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Rose Van Volkenburg, Sherman, recently with Joyce Anderson and Tracie Cederquist co-hostesses.

Joan Wahl, vice president, presided over the business meeting.

Ms. Van Volkenburg presented the program, “A History of the U.S. Flag,” providing a brief history of the flag. Many historians have questioned the Betsy Ross legend of her making the first American flag. Although it is well known that Betsy Ross created flags for the U.S. for 50 years, there is no record that she created the “first” American flag. Because no one knows with absolute certainty who designed the first stars and stripes, many historians think that Francis Hopkinson was most likely the creator. Letters between Hopkinson and the Continental Congress pointed to Hopkinson as the flag’s creator. These letters are in the National Archives today. In conclusion of her program, Ms. Van Volkenburg presented each member with a copy of flag etiquette.

Theta Beta welcomed Deanna Sands into the chapter. Ms. Sands received her pledge ritual at this meeting.

The annual Valentine dinner will be held Feb. 9 with venue to be announced. Chapter furnished the desserts for the Fred Hamilton benefit on Jan. 26 at the Stanley Hose Company in Sherman.

The next meeting will be Thursday at Joan Wahl’s home with Nancy Palmer and Inta Damcott as co-hostesses.