Lofland honored for 70 years of Beta Sigma Phi membership, service

MILFORD — Dottie Lofland made history Saturday as she became one of the first women to be honored for serving for 70 years in the Beta Sigma Phi organization.

“National doesn’t even have a 70-year certificate,” Dottie Papp joked during a ceremony performed in Ms. Lofland’s honor. “They have a 50-year, and a 60-year, but not a 70-year yet.”

Despite the minor setback, the group of women were ready to celebrate with Ms. Lofland who didn’t leave her ceremony empty handed. Beta Sigma Phi gifted her with a 70-year pin, a certificate of their own, yellow roses and a box of chocolates. Groups represented included Preceptor Alpha, Preceptor Delta, Laureate Beta, Torch Bearer, Xi Theta and Laureate Gamma.

“I think I might cry,” she said happily during the surprise event which happened as a part of the group’s annual Founder’s Day Luncheon held this year at Abbott’s Grill in Milford.

Ms. Lofland joined Beta Sigma Phi in September 1948 as a charter member, helping create the first chapter in Milford just over a decade after the first group of women came together for the national organization. She is a member of the Torch Bearer Alpha Chapter based in Milford.

Beta Sigma Phi is an international organization for women that began in 1931 during the depression. The idea, according to local leaders, was to bring women together for friendship and support. Now, the organization stands at 165,000 members from across the world.

Members often raise funds for local charities and volunteer where needed.

For more information on Beta Sigma Phi or if you are a member who moved to the area, call 424-0587 to get connected to local groups.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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