Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross
Why a Torch?
The torch is a beloved symbol of our sisterhood because it is a symbol of learning. And learning is very much a part of who and what we are in Beta Sigma Phi. It is SIGMA - part of our motto.
"THE TORCH WAS LIGHTED FROM A GREAT FIRE WHICH SOME CALL TRUTH, SOME CALL BEAUTY, SOME CALL LOVE. THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE TORCH LEARN ALL OF THESE."Learning is:
wealth to the poor
Dorothy Arntz, a member from Grand Rapids, Michigan wrote a lovely story about HOW THE TORCH WAS BORN. It first appeared in the December 1935 issue of THE TORCH and to paraphrase the story ...
"The great star of the east every year marshaled in each beam to once again guide men to the kingdom of light and knowledge. Now, one of the finest, most penetrating beams was missing. So, the great star and all the little stars kept close watch every night for the missing beam.
One night, the great star was watching below for a glimmer of its lost child and there it flashed! Soon it moved on. In fact, it seemed to pass along a never ending trail. It now became obvious it had been fashioned into a torch and was passed along from one heart who needed it to another. With the torch, all who seek the Good, True and Beautiful will find it!"
Why a torch? Because we, as Beta Sigma Phis, seek what it teaches. We are guided by it so we ourselves can be a guide to others.