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The Iota Psi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met May 19 at Chef Santo’s restaurant in Salisbury.
Secret sisters for 2008-09 were revealed, and new secret sisters 2009-10 were drawn. A family night for members and their families is planned for June 2 at Blue Bay.
The Lambda Master chapter will be hosting the Iota Pis chapter for a party at the home of Hilda Gobble.
Officers for 2009-10 will be: president, Brenda Gobble; vice-president, Diane Yates; recording secretary, Karen E. Smith; treasurer, D. Anne Simerson; corresponding secretary, Gerri Butler; city council representative, Vicki Lippard, alternate city council representative, Revonda Corriher. New committees were assigned and new member Gladys Joyce was welcomed to the chapter.
There are five Beta Sigma Phi chapters in Salisbury. All chapters were present recently for a Founder’s Day, celebrating the organization’s 78th anniversary, at Holiday Inn.
Legion auxiliary
The junior members of the American Legion Auxiliary Livengood-Peeler-Wood Unit 448 in Granite Quarry attended the Department of North Carolina Junior State Convention in April.
Junior members elected to state were Liberty Cozart, junior department president; Savanna Starnes, junior department secretary; Kristen Harwood, junior department historian; Taylor Starnes, junior department chaplain; Abrielle Cozart, junior department assistant sergeant-at-arms.
Kristen Harwood was crowned Miss Poppy for the Department of North Carolina American Legion Auxiliary on April 25 at the Department Junior State Convention. She is a junior member of Unit 448. Harwood is an eighth-grader at Erwin Middle School. She is the daughter of Michael and Tawnya Harwood of Salisbury.
Taylor Montgomery Starnes was crowned Little Miss Poppy for the Department of North Carolina American Legion Auxiliary, also on April 25 at the Department Junior State Convention. She is a junior member of Unit 448. Starnes is a sixth-grader at Erwin Middle School. She is the daughter of Scott and Gina Starnes of Salisbury.
Chapeaux Rouge DivasThe Chapeaux Rouge Divas of the Red Hat Society met May 12 for lunch at Stamey’s BBQ in Tyro. They drove to the Expresso Shop for ice cream.
Queen mothers are Gisele Marquis and Geraldine Terry.
Newcomers
The Salisbury Rowan Newcomers Club held its installation dinner on May 21 at the Holiday Inn.
The following officers were installed for the 2009-10 year: Carol Denhard, president; Irene Whited, vice president; Peggy Lutz, treasuer; and Gloria Fisher, secretary.
The Salisbury Rowan Newcomers Club is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose main purpose is to welcome newcomers to Salisbury and Rowan County. They have a variety of activities including bridge, garden/travel club, dinner club, fashion show and card party, reservations only dinner club, and monthly speakers on a variety of topics.
Simms celebration
Family members of Hazel B. Simms gathered May 15-17 to celebrate her 80th birthday. The celebration included a cookout, golf, a historical trolley tour, Sunday worship at Soldier’s Memorial AME Zion Church and a Saturday evening birthday banquet at the Holiday Inn. M.J. Simms Maddox was mistress of ceremonies for the banquet.
During the reception, Joshua Dawain Moore, Millicent Gabrielle Moore, Sierra Faliesha Moore and Alexis L. Newsom presented tributes, poems and speeches.
The Moments Notice Jazz Ensemble performed with Curtis Dean, vocalist. Michael D. Conner, theater arts professor at Livingstone College, performed excerpts from “Glance Back, Look Ahead,” a book published by Simms.
There was also a special presentation by John W. Simms Jr., and Coleen C. Nelson led a birthday toast.
There was a book signing during the reception and a dance and fellowship lasting until midnight.

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