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Chapter President’s Winter Message

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.
   October 2nd

- 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: jedwards3@twu.edu

Joan E. Edwards, PhD, RNC, CNS, FAAN
Beta Beta Houston President

Registration is required by February 26, 2021



Summary of the Founders Day 2020

Founder's Day Main Presentation 2020

Founder's Day Award Presentation 2020


Chapter News

  • Winter Event Virtual Presentation

  • Parry Lectureship

  • Wreaths Across America

    Dear Beta-Beta Houston Colleagues,

    As with the rest of our nation and our community, COVID-19 has changed our year. Wreaths Across America-Houston is no different in that effect.

    The Houston board has been planning ways to keep our community safe as we work within guidelines from the CDC, the VA, Harris County, and the City of Houston. Sadly there is not an effective way to accomplish this and still maintain the public safety and honor of the event.

    With that said, our traditional Wreath day will not be possible. We will not have a ceremony and we will not be laying wreaths as we traditionally do.

    In every section of the cemetery, we will have a ceremonial wreath displayed as will the columbariums, but there will not be a wreath-laying event.

    However, we will be honoring our veterans in another way by having a rolling Celebration of America as we drive our patriotic decorated vehicles through the cemetery roads at 11:00 am on Saturday the 19th.
    Vehicles will line up on Aldine Western Rd. next to the cemetery. All are invited to drive through.

    NOTE: All donations made to date will roll over to the 2021 event, there is nothing that needs to be done on our end!

    Rolling Celebration of America – You are welcome to help us honor our veterans and the heroes with a socially distanced rolling Celebration of America! Decorate your vehicle with all of the red, white, and blue you can find. Get that American Flag and your military branch flag onto your car, your truck, or motorcycle.

    We will roll into the cemetery starting at 11:00 am and finish by 1:00 pm.

    You are welcome to continue to donate this year; or wait until next year. Thank you for what you have done already! Link Below:


    Cynthia J. Hickman, Ph.D., RN., MSN/Ed
    Capella University-Faculty-FlexPath(RN/BSN Program)
    Chair of Leadership Succession Committee
    Walden University Social Change Grant Recipient & Fellow(2019)
    STTI - Chapter 648 Beta Beta Houston
    6700 Fannin Street
    Houston, TX 77030-289
    Missouri City, Texas 77489
    United States[
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