Dear Sigma Beta Beta Houston Chapter members,
What a year it has been – 2020 The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife! Never in our wildest dreams could we have known how difficult 2020 would be! Our Beta Beta Houston leadership team would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful New Year in 2021. We hope the impact of Covid has not meant the loss of family or friends that were dear to you; however, given the widespread impact of this pandemic I’m sure some of you have experienced losses. Our deep condolences, if that is the case.
All of us faced many challenges since March 2020 which led to a number of opportunities to grow in ways we never had before. This was also true for our SIGMA Chapter.
Highlights and ‘First Time’ experiences included:
- 1st ever Sigma Beta Beta Induction of new members via Zoom – April 24th
- 1st ever Sigma Beta Beta Member’s Zoom mtg – June 23rd
- Sigma Beta Beta Book Club began hold monthly Zoom mtgs beginning in March and thriving online. Join us!!
- 1st ever Sigma Beta Beta Founder’s Day Event via Zoom with keynote by Dr. Ric Ricciardi – our current STTI President.
- First online Chapter leadership election
- Chapter participation in Elnita McClain Baby Shower
- Chapter participation in 2020 Christmas gifts for TWU Nursing student families with needs
None of these above accomplishments would have been possible without our fabulous Beta Beta Houston leadership team and the support of our Chapter members. Y’all are amazing!
So, here’s a rundown of what we have planned for 2021 as we remain pretty much in a Zoom mode of interaction
March (1st week) – Invitation Zoom event for eligible students and community members
March 4th, Thurs 5:30 - 7:00PM Parry Lecture - Telling the Story of Nursing with Film and Photographs
Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Jones (producer of the film ‘The American Nurse’
April 23rd, Friday – 10th Annual Nurses Week Commemoration – Keynote Speaker – Claire Chatterton
This will be our first International Webinar – stay tuned for more exciting details
April 30th, Friday – Induction of new Beta Beta Houston members
In closing, we would like to express our great appreciation to Kailyn Murray who has filled the role of Secretary since July 2019. We accepted her resignation in Fall 2020. Thanks, Kailyn, for your huge help in such a vital Chapter role. We're hoping she'll be able to get more involved again after Covid finally is behind us. Nisha Mathews has graciously volunteered to fill the remainder of Kailyn’s term until 2021-22 elections are held in late Spring. Thank you, Nisha!
Feel free to contact me for any questions or additional information: email@example.com
Joan E. Edwards, PhD, RNC, CNS, FAAN
Beta Beta Houston President