SWHCC 1971 the Beginning

Inaugural Executive Board Members
Pictured from left to right
Telpha Foxhoven - Corresponding Secretary
Pat Mitchell - Treasurer
Judy Grubbs - Recording Secretary
Jackie Long - Vice President
Jimmie Eaker - 1st Vice President
Margaret Chesser - President
Winona LaBrant - Parliamentarian picture unavailable

Southwest Houston City Council was formed in 1971 with 7 chapters as a result of the dream of 28 members of Xi Iota Omicron to expand their circle of sisterhood to include members in other chapters with formation of a council for chapters in southwest Houston.

At that time as a member of Houston City Council the chapter attended meetings held in downtown for chapters from all over the huge city of Houston making it very difficult to form relationships outside the chapter.

Under the leadership of chapter President, Winona LaBrant, a committee was formed to research which chapters had rosters with at least 3/4 of the membership residing south of Westheimer and west of South Post Oak Road. With the approval of Beta Sigma Phi's International Office and the membership of Houston City Council, invitations were issued to those chapters to attend a formation meeting.

The meeting was held at the home of Margaret Chesser and resulted in 7 chapters making the decision to join the newly formed Southwest Houston City Council.

Our Council was a success from the very beginning with Margaret Chesser serving as the President, Sweetheart Ball at the Shamrock Hilton Hotel, Founder's Day at the Meyerland Club, the Fall Social and Style Show and Grace Wallace as the first "Women with something Extra".

The dream of those 28 sisters became a reality and the rest is history.

Today Southwest Houston City Council has 8 chapters and sponsors several functions throughout the year with sority year beginning in May.

The first council event is a summer social for incoming Presidents and Vice Presidents, followed in October with an event for members and spouses. A formal Sweetheart Ball is held each February, a Spring Tea in March and a Founder's Day to celebrate the year's activities is held the last week of April. All participation is voluntary. Please click on the Calendar
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