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Council for Online Chapters
Online Sigma (OLS)
Book of Beta Sigma Phi - Online Chapters
In 1996 members
began to use the Internet to expand connections between Beta Sigma Phi sisters.
They talked and shared ideas then asked International if they could try to
create chapters online. International agreed to have Online chapters formed as
an experiment to determine if Online chapters could really work and what
formats the members preferred. The Online chapters operated for nearly 10 years
in an experimental form.
In 2005, Online chapters were recognized officially, allowing members who
belonged to them but were not members of an existing land chapter
to receive degree credit for their online participation. International also
allowed each Online chapter to decide if they wished to be an official chapter
or just a social chapter. At this time we have a mix of both officially
recognized Online chapters and social Online chapters. By being official,
Online chapters follow the rules and regulations of Beta Sigma Phi. However,
due to their uniqueness of having members from all over the world participating
in these chapters, additional rules have been set up to cover their special
1. Full members of Online chapters are those who belong only to an Online
2. Members who are active with land chapters shall be virtual
members of their Online chapters. They do not receive degree credit for their
Online chapter participation however these meetings will count as a make up
meeting for their land chapter.
3. Online chapters must hold programs in order to be accredited chapters. They
should have 18 programs per year if possible but no fewer than 12 per year.
4. Rituals may be held online but whenever possible, formal and in person
Rituals should be held.
5. Online chapters may pledge members directly into their chapters and pledge
train those members through online meetings.
6. Online chapters are held to the same rules as all chapters of Beta Sigma Phi
with the addition of those necessary to cover their special online
7. Online chapters will send their chapter minutes and chapter monthly reports
to International by mail or fax as any other Beta Sigma Phi Chapter.
8. Online chapters will not have degree designation but will be multi degree
chapters. Members wanting to use jewelry designating their chapters should pick
their own degree unless a special Online chapter form is available.
9. We strongly urge Online chapters not to hold treasuries due to possible
oversight. If chapters wish to do large service projects, we suggest members
send the money directly to the entity with the notation that it is part of the
Online chapter project.
The addition of Online chapters has been a wonderful experience for our members
and one we feel will only grow in the future.
From the 2004 edition of The Book of Beta Sigma Phi Page 53 &
Courtesy of Beta Sigma Phi International
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