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Women of the Year
Woman of the Year Guide

Chapter Women of the Year
2019-20 Judy Tompkins
2018-19 Chris Mesko-Holzer
2017-18 Chris Mesko-Holzer

2016-17 Chris Mesko-Holzer
2015-16 Jan Cannon
2014-15 Judy Tompkins
2013-14 Ev Cruze, Judy Tompkins, Eleanor Waite
2011-12 Jan Cannon
2010-11 Tina Murray
2009-10 Marge Siedlicke
2008-9 Linda Driscoll
2007-8 Judy Tompkins
2006-7 Sheila (Alder) Brown
2005 Eleanor Waite
2004 Ginger Keiffer
2003 Eleanor Waite
2002 Ruth Greene
2001 Janice Varga
2000 Sheila (Alder) Brown

Honourary Woman of the Year
2000 Irene Jarvis

small yellow rose2019-20 Chapter Woman of the Year
Judy Tompkins
small yellow rose2016-17, 2017-18 & 2018-19 Chapter Woman of the Year

Chris Mesko-Holzer

True Friendship
By William S. Tsoukalas, Sr

The feeling of friendship from the start
Is that special feeling in your heart
A feeling from deep down inside
A feeling that no one should hide
A friend is there through good and bad
They make you happy when you're sad
They brighten up your darkest day
Just by the simple things they say
Now friendship can't be bought or sold
It may get tarnished, and may get old
You can overcome your greatest fear
Just look around and it is there
Now friendship's one and only cost
Is to make sure that it's never lost.

Our Woman of the Year exemplifies our sisterhood of friendship

Written by Jan Cannon

small yellow rose2015-16 Chapter Woman of the Year

Jan Cannon

She is a *J*ewel
and always *A*vailable
she was the *N*erve of the chapter when we needed her
she *C*ame
and *A*warded us with her help
she was the *N*eedle
and the *N*ecessary
*O*bject to keep
our *N*etwork going
She is our Woman of the Year!!

Written by Judy Tompkins

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2014-15 Judy Tompkins

Sisters of OLS, It is our great pleasure to announce that Judy Tompkins is WOY 2014/15 for OLS.
Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations for our other two finalists - Eleanor and Lisa.

Your sisters in OLS,Evelyn and Theresa

small yellow rose2013-14 Chapter Women of the Year

Ev Cruze, Judy Tompkins & Eleanor Waite

The theme for this past year was "Light Up Your Life." I can't think of a better way to describe our Women of the Year - yes - I said women!

I found this poem about friendship and would like to share it with you:


Friendship needs no studied phrases,
Polished face, or winning wiles;
Friendship deals no lavish praises,
Friendship dons no surface smiles.

Friendship follows Nature's diction,
Shuns the blandishments of art,
Boldly severs truth from fiction,
Speaks the language of the heart.

Friendship favors no condition,
Scorns a narrow-minded creed,
Lovingly fulfills its mission,
Be it word or be it deed.

Friendship cheers the faint and weary,
Makes the timid spirit brave,
Warns the erring, lights the dreary,
Smooths the passage to the grave.

Friendship - pure, unselfish friendship,
All through life's allotted span,
Nurtures, strengthens, widens, lengthens,
Man's relationship with man.
Each sister radiates her own kind of friendship -

Ev Cruze - with her heart and courage,

Judy Tompkins - with her willingness to serve and ready smile,


Eleanor Waite - with her laugh and unselfish way.

Congratulations to all of you - well done, my sisters!

Written by Jan Cannon


small yellow rose2011-12 Chapter Woman of the Year

Jan Cannon

Just the perfect sister,
Always there for fun,
Never sitting still; always on the run.

Just the perfect sister,
Always one who shares?
Notes, cards, letters, and emails to show us she cares.

Just the perfect sister,
Always there to lend a hand,
“k”Nown to be a bit of a goof, it’s been seen firsthand.

Just the perfect sister,
Another just can’t be found,
No other WOY would be as renowned.

Jan’s the perfect sister,
All of us agreed,
Now toast her with a glass of mead!

Written by Tina Murray

small yellow rose2010-11 Chapter Woman of the Year

Tina Murray

It's time to announce our 2011 Woman of the Year. So let's all hop on the Beta Bus one more time and head on down to Texas to visit, sis to sis, one who made the last two years so much fun. She has given us wonderful programs and kept us all straight on membership and rituals. This OLS Angel did not let her 'wounded wing' keep her far from the keyboard for long. Even when in pain, she fulfilled her responsibilities as an officer and participated fully in chapter life. This active sister deserves the title of Woman of the Year. We thank you sincerely, Tina, for all that you have contributed to our chapter and our sisterhood.

In honor of our 2011 WOY, Tina Murray:

Another year has come and gone, and now with time to reflect
We honor the commitment our sister showed, for her we have the greatest respect

Although we have our separate lives, we share a common theme
Sisters aware of each others hopes, we cherish each others dreams

This sister went beyond mere participation and gave us her best
Her contributions to chapter life were fun and fact, as all can attest.

I realize that through the years, many friends we've made and left behind
But our wonderful BSP sisters, best friends, have been there all the time.

For we'll always be close as sisters, whether near or far apart
A sister is a sister, forever in my heart

Congratulations Tina. Thanks to BJ for helping me compose this. She is a much better writer than me.

Written by Marge Siedlicke

small yellow rose2009-10 Chapter Woman of the Year

Marge Siedlicke

This year’s winner and beloved sister to all of us is so deserving, not only for her dedication to BSP and OLS, but for the true care and love she shows to all of her sisters all of the time. In true Beta Sigma Phi spirit, it is my great pleasure to announce that this year’s OLS Woman of the Year is our dear President Marge Siedlicke. CONGRATULATIONS MARGE!! (I wrote this on behalf of all of OLS just for you!)

There is a garden planted
Where the yellow roses bloom,
Where all our sisters gather
And there is always room.
Yellow roses bloom in plenty
In that garden `neath the sky,
But it’s planted deep within our hearts
Of Beta Sigma Phi.
Each year there is one sister,
Our woman of the year;
She’s a very special sister
And one we all hold dear.
So fill your arms with yellow roses
And fill her heart with cheer
Saying, `thank you Marge dear sister,
Our Woman of the Year’!

Let me be the first to thank you for your hard work and dedication this year and always to your sisters of OLS. I know this has been a very busy year in your own personal life, but on top of all of that, you managed to take helm this past year and be our President as well. Thank you Marge! You’ve been a great President and you will always remain a most wonderful and cherished sister to us all.

Written by Linda Driscoll

small yellow rose2008-9 Chapter Woman of the Year
Linda Driscoll

The theme for OLS has always been Angels Among Us. Linda Driscoll our 2008 - 2009 Woman of the Year has truly been an angel to us all.

She worked tirelessly on straightening out who was eligible to progress in rituals and then helped us all get our pins on time for rituals. She personally took on the expense of mailing all the pins to us.

There is a poem by Douglas Pagels that says:
May you always have an angel by your side
Watching out for you in all the things you do
Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days
Finding ways for your wishes and dreams to come true
Giving you hope that is as certain as the sun
Giving you the strength of serenity as your guide
May you always have love and comfort and courage
And may you always have an angel by your side
Someone there to catch you if you fall
Encouraging your dreams
Inspiring your happiness
Holding your hand and helping you through it all

There are a few more lines but I must cut this short. Linda has been the angel at our sides last year giving all of us her support. Congratulations Linda.

Written by Marge Siedlcke, President

small yellow rose2007-8 Chapter Woman of the Year

Judy Tompkins

Although she is one of our newer members, Judy has embraced our on-line sisterhood with a passion, commenting and sharing often and showing that she cares. On-line membership seems to be tailor-made for Judy as her main home is a fifth-wheel trailer and they spend most of their time in California or Arizona. She can check in when she has arrived at her desitnation and keep up with duties. She has taken on the office of Recording Secretary this year and has kept our minutes current with International and assured that we are meeting all chapter requirements. Judy has shared her opinions openly and honestly about ways to improve our chapter and bring us closer together. Although we have not yet met in person, I am proud to have her as my sister in On-Line Sigma. Congratulations, Judy. We look forward to years of your contributions.

Written by Theresa Stites, President

small yellow rose2006-7 Chapter Woman of the Year

Sheila Alder (now Brown)

The WOY this year was based on the calendar year 2006 and the first four months of 2007, as we changed our sorority year. Using the points system, Sheila was chosen.

W - willing to help
O - oh my gosh, can she giggle!
M - many talents
A - always busy
N - never at a loss for words

of the

Y - young at heart
E - 'eh' she's Canadian
A - a whiz on computers
R - rabbits, no - BUNNIES

Yes I am pleased to announce that our Woman of the Year (1/06 to 4/07) is our webmaster and helper and friend, SHEILA ALDER

Written by Sharon Long, President

small yellow rose2005 Chapter Woman of the Year

Eleanor Waite

The WOY was chosen this year, for the first time, based on our point system, as adopted in a vote by the chapter to amend our Standing Rules 12.B.
The point system is onlined here.

Eleanor did the huge analysis of all email to the chapter for Jan-Dec 2005, analyzing how many "participation" postings there were in a meeting each month (we didn't count jokes or other postings like that), and how many programs each member did. I did the attendance analysis, and officers and committees, and put it all on a spreadsheet to calculate the points for each member.

Eleanor is the member with the most points for the year 2005! I did send all the details to Jacki privately as soon as I had it done, and did not tell Eleanor, as she was the WOY, so this email is coming as a surprise to her. This points analysis is an excellent tool.

It's nice to have a clear choice based on an impartial system. Please join me in congratulating Eleanor Waite, Online Sigma's Woman of the Year. :)

Written by Sheila Alder, Past President

small yellow rose2004 Chapter Woman of the Year

Ginger Keiffer

Ginger was our President for two terms, 2003 and 2004, and presided over our change from the sorority year of January to December, to May to April, matching that of traditional land chapters. She was Vice President in 2001, and has served on the Cyber Council. Ginger has been active in the chapter since transferring from another online chapter.

Please join us in congratulating our 2004 Woman of the Year.

Written by Sheila Alder, Past President

small yellow rose2003 Chapter Woman of the Year

Eleanor Waite

Eleanor chaired our first ever On Line Sigma reunion and did a great job. This was an international feat! She co-ordinated schedules, arranged each and every member's arrival to be greeted, and did it graciously. Whenever help is needed, Eleanor is there, but this is the first time she has Chaired and she rose to the challenge. Eleanor exemplifies the good, the true, and the beautiful.

Eleanor is very active on the list all the time. She is a very caring sister--a perfect example of a BSP sister!

She is very active and is always there with her support. She exemplifies the true meaning of Beta Sigma Phi and our motto, Life, Learning, Friendship.

Written by Sheila Alder, OLS President, and Cyber Council Moderator

small yellow rose2002 Chapter Woman of the Year

Ruth Greene

Ruth Greene has proven to be an outstanding Beta Sigma Phi this year. :)

Not only our chapter hostess, arranging for "goodies" for our meeting, Ruth has been one of Online Sigma's representatives at Cyber Council. She was elected Alternate Recorder at Cyber Council, and installed in April, then stepped in and assumed the office of Recorder (equivalent to Recording Secretary) when that member was unable to fulfill her duties.

Here in OLS, Ruth also stepped in and helped BJ with the Recording Secretary duties when she was unable to due to health problems and work commitments.

All of this while Ruth herself was facing health challenges! Ruth is most deserving of the title of Online Sigma's Woman of the Year in the year 2002!

Written by Sheila Alder, OLS Rep to Cyber Council and Cyber Council Moderator

small yellow rose2001 Chapter Woman of the Year

Janice Varga

Janice, your sisters have spoken! Janice was the overwhelming choice for 2001's Online Sigma Woman of the year. Here's what some of the members said:

"Being president is a lot of work behind the scenes. Janice handled it in a professional, but friendly manner."
"Being the President of anything requires a lot of time, effort, talent, caring, not to mention many other atributes and as On-Line Sigma's Second President, Janice has shown all of those things and given so much of her time, effort and especially caring!"
"I worked closely with this lady during the past year. She is very efficient and caring."
"Her professional responsible handling of the online chapter."
"She is one very special lady and Online Sigma Sister."

Congratulations to Janice Varga, Online Sigma's 2001 Woman of the Year!

Written by Sheila Alder, OLS Woman of the Year 2000

small yellow rose2000 Chapter Woman of the Year

Sheila Currie Alder (now Brown)

On Line Sigma's first Woman of the Year is always there and willing to help with anything you don't understand and always takes the time to respond to our message with a personal comment. She takes the time to be a good sister.

It was hard to choose just one Woman of the Year, but when the voting was accomplished it was obvious that this sister has gone above and beyond all that has been asked of her. She truly is an "Online" Woman of the Year.

On Line Sigma's first "Woman of the Year" for the New Millennium is none other than of expert Web Master, Sheila Alder".

Written by Irene Jarvis, Friendly Ventured OLS 1999

small yellow rose2000 Honorary Woman of the Year

Irene Jarvis
I need to announce a little secret that we've been keeping from Irene - here's the funny story, Irene! You have been unanimously voted in by OnLine Sigma as our Honorary Woman of the Year!!

We know that we couldn't have set up the chapter without Sheila, but we wouldn't exist at all if it weren't for you! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to know you and to meet each other, and do it all with a smile and generously - yes, we know when both you and Sheila are smiling!!

Written by Jan Cannon, First President OLS 1999
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