Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross
Frequently asked questions:
1. Why have a city council?
Answer - The purpose of a city council is to:
2. Is city council a governing body?
Answer - No. Council may recommend and encourage, but never legislate. Each chapter should offer suggestions and decide how its members can best cooperate with council's activities.
3. Who are the members of a city council?
Answer - Every member in every chapter that is a part of a city council is a member of a city council - represented by the chapter's incumbent president and elected representative(s).
4. Why is it considered such an honor to be elected to serve as a representative to a city council?
Answer - Being chosen to serve as a chapters' representative to council is a great honor because it means that a chapter has complete confidence in a member's ability and willingness to fulfill the responsibility of a city council representative. And some of these responsibilities are:
5. What are some of the points to be considered when selecting a member to represent your chapter at council meetings?
Answer - Her thorough knowledge of Beta Sigma Phi's aims and purposes, fair-mindedness, good judgment, humility, loyalty, unselfishness, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and her booster spirit.
6. When is a city council established in a city?
Answer - It is customary for Beta Sigma Phis to organize a city council whenever there are three or more chapters in a city.
7. Does the International Office recommend that a council be organized when there are only two chapters in a city?
Answer - Years of experience and observation have fairly clearly indicated that there is little need for a city council until a city has three or more chapters.
8. How can two, or three, chapters correlate their planning and carrying out of citywide activities?
Answer - Set up an executive coordinating committee. Chapters themselves have learned by experimenting with this committee idea that it can serve effectively in a less formal, less structured manner than a council in cities having only two or three chapters.
9. What is an executive coordinating committee?
Answer - It is a small committee composed of an equal number of members from both chapters (or from each of the three chapters if a city has three chapters) that has a chairman and a secretary. Any city desiring detailed information about "How to Set Up An Executive Coordinating Committee," with recommendations as to its functioning, may have the complete information simply by writing to your Division Chairman at the International Office requesting this bulletin.