CLAXTON - The Evans County chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a service driven sorority, is raising money for a student scholarship and foster children's programs through sales of a poster called "Doorways of Evans County."
Unlike traditional sororities, Beta Sigma Phi also includes women of all ages and educational backgrounds. It was founded by Walter W. Ross during the Great Depression, when "there was a need for an organization that could bring women together and expose them to a social, cultural and educational climate that was not available in those difficult times" (www.betasigmaphi.org).
Most importantly, said Kristen Daniel, corresponding secretary for the Evans chapter, Beta Sigma Phi was created through the need women had for support and friendship from other women, making its name as "The Friendship Organization."
The women began helping others and today, are nationally recognized for their service to others.
The Evans County members, each year, give a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior, based on grades, activities, character, and need, Daniel said. Students from any Evans Co. schools, including public, private, and home schools can apply, she said.
The women also sponsor Evans Co. foster children during the Christmas season by hosting a Christmas party, with pizza, crafts, and a visit from Santa, and providing Christmas presents for each child, from newborns to teenagers.
Daniel said some of their other projects include meeting any number of other needs for families or children throughout the year.
This year a couple of members had the idea for the "Doorways of Evans County" fundraiser, Daniel said.
Various unique doorways across the county were photographed and arranged into a poster design.
Locals will recognize the doorways and enjoy identifying them, she said. Some of the doorways belong to prominent buildings, churches, businesses, or simply distinctive landmarks. The posters, with all proceeds supporting Beta Sigma Phi service projects, can be purchased for $30 each, Daniel said.
Anyone interested can contact Kristen Daniel at (912)739-7987 or Doris Jones (912)739-2229.