Not many know the Torchbearer Gamma Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi, a women’s service based sorority, has been serving the community of Colusa for over 50-years.
“Supporting our community, and providing services have always been an important part of the sorority,” said Ginger Nannen, President of the Colusa chapter.
The 20 member group, keeps an active workload raising funds for the programs and services they support with three major fundraising activities.
“We host an annual rummage sale in September, and a holiday luncheon and auction in November,” said Nannen, “we also sell See’s Candy for the holidays.”
The annual Holiday Luncheon and Auction is co-hosted with Colusa, Yuba City, and the Williams Chapters. During the event, members contribute handmade items for auction.
“We have a lot of knitters, quilters, gardeners and the items are always unique. It’s an enjoyable way for each chapter to make some money and get to know each other better,” said Nannen.
Proceeds from the fundraising activities are awarded to designated projects or organizations that provide services meeting the community’s needs.
Two organizations that currently benefit from the sorority’s fundraising activities include the Tri-Counties Blue Star Moms and Casa de Esperanza, are located in Sutter County but provide services to Colusa County residents.
Casa de Esperanza uses donations to provide services to women in a crisis and provides emergency shelter, counselling and childcare.
Blue Star Moms use the donation to pay for postage to mail care packages to military personnel serving around the world.
Locally, the organization also provides support for the annual Colusa Fireworks Show, and towards the purchase of new books for the Colusa County Library.
“In the past, we’ve helped fund new marching band uniforms and provided money to offset expenses for two band students who traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York City,” said Nannen.
The Colusa County Food Basket Association also benefits from the organization as members volunteers to collect donations and provide support during the distribution day.
One of the most significant programs hosted by the sorority is the Colusa High School Super Seven Dinner.
“We celebrate the top seven Junior and Senior students who achieve and maintain a high standard of academic excellence. The students receive certificates for their achievement, and the sorority awards $100 to each of the seven Seniors,” said Nannen.
Nannen commented that the Colusa Lions Club will be cooking for this year’s Super Seven Dinner.
“We were very grateful to the Lion’s Club, who stepped up to help with this important event and are contributing to making it possible,” stated Nannen.
For more information about the Torchbearer Gamma Beta Sigma Phi Chapter, contact Chapter President, Ginger Nannen, at (530) 845-2476.