Judge Joy Lobrano, district judge in Plaquemines Parish, was the guest speaker.
She discussed volunteerism as a means to providing more and better services to Lousiana residents.
Every one of the 160 attendees, from the age of 25 to 85, stood when asked if they were a volunteer.
Lobrano described the kinds of volunteer efforts that are being utilized in the court system.
Some of the service projects that she has combined under one center include: public/private partnerships, family justice, early intervention, advocacy, child and elderly abuse and neglect, court appointed special advocates, tutoring programs, wellness coaches, community mentoring and parenting classes.
Her campaign slogan is “Getting Together to do Good,” which means organizing volunteers to provide valuable support services.
She challenged the group to recruit more volunteers, and to get more involved with the court system.
Jewels in the six colors of the sorority were used to decorate the tables and place cards at the convention.
Each jewel color represented a different virtue.
Beta Sigma Phi members did aerobics “who dat” style and were standing, clapping, turning, bowing, and snapping to answers about the history of the sorority.
The history of how the strawberry came to be selected as the official fruit of Beta Sigma Phi International was discussed.
As a service project, games, books, toiletries and other products were accepted, and will be sent to those serving in the military.
A parent of one of the servicemen presented a pictorial power point describing days in the village and in combat. A memorial service was conducted honoring all Beta Sigma Phi members who are deceased.
The chapter in Houma accepted the bid and will host the 2011 state convention.