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Beta Sigma Phi 1 RS Mary Lou Smith, right, presented Lorraine Anglin, left, as Founder's Day Dedicatee.Beta Sigma Phi 2 RSMembers of Chapter of the Year, Eta Lambda, from left, are Brenda Arellano, Monica Teran, Yvette Gonzales, Jocelyn Arellano, and Bertha Gavaldon. Not pictured are Valerie Morales, Kelsey Washington, and Kandice Barraza.

Beta Sigma Phi Celebrates 85 Years

On Thursday, April 27, Grant County members of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority gathered together at the Silver City Woman's Club to celebrate Founder's Day. Beta Sigma Phi is an International sorority, founded in 1931 by Walter W. Ross. The purpose of Beta Sigma Phi is to bring women of all walks of life together to establish bonds of friendship and sisterhood through learning, cultural growth and through service to others.

Beta Sigma Phi is made up of numerous chapters. Last year, Grant County had four chapters—Laureate Theta, Preceptor Tau, Xi Beta Phi, and Xi Beta Psi. With the help and guidance of Xi Beta Phi, Grant County gained a new chapter this year—Eta Lambda. The formation of a new chapter is really exciting for our community and for Beta Sigma Phi. About 15 years ago, Grant County had 9 chapters. Throughout the years many chapters lost momentum and eventually dissolved. The formation of a new chapter sparks hope that Beta Sigma Phi may continue to grow again in Grant County in the years to come.

This was an eventful year for Beta Sigma Phi, with much to be celebrated at Founder's Day. This year, Founder's Day was dedicated to Lorraine Anglin. A member of Laureate Theta, Lorraine received the honor of Dedicatee because of her notable fidelity to the ideals of Beta Sigma Phi, and for her involvement in the community and her continued service to others.

A Memorial Ritual took place in honor of Estella Alvarez. Estella was a member of Preceptor Tau. She passed away in April, and will be greatly missed by all.

Raquel De Los Santos, member of Xi Beta Psi, received the Ritual of Order of the Rose. Order of the Rose is an honor received by members who have upheld the ideals of Beta Sigma Phi and have actively participated in sorority for 15 years.

One woman from each chapter was given the honor of Woman of the Year. Cynthia Nanez was named Woman of the Year from Laureate Theta. Preceptor Tau honored Kathy Terry, and Xi Beta Psi honored Carmen Reese. Sally Valenzuela-Quevedo was honored by Xi Beta Phi, and Monica Teran was honored by Eta Lambda.

Pledge of the Year Awards are give to first-year pledge members of sorority who show promise and express an active desire to uphold the ideals of Beta Sigma Phi. Jennie Gavaldon received the honor of Pledge of the Year from Xi Beta Phi. Valerie Morales, Brenda Arellano, Yvette Gonzales, Kandice Barraza, Jocelyn Arellano, Bertha Gavaldon, Monica Teran, and Kelsey Washington, all members of Eta Lambda received the honor of Pledge of the Year. Chapter of the Year Award was also presented to Eta Lambda.

Every year, members of Beta Sigma Phi contribute to the Dorothy and Walter W. Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two scholarships were awarded and presented at Founder's Day as well. Scholarships recipients were Mikayla Pena and Hallie Merrifield.

Alisha Herrick RSAlisha HerrickSilver City, NM - New Mexico joins the ranks of 33 other states by establishing a Public Health Institute. With its headquarters in Silver City, the New Mexico Public Health Institute (NewMexPHI) plans to unify the efforts of nonprofit organizations, government, public and private sectors, hospitals, schools and communities to create more equitable health outcomes for the State's two million residents.

NewMexPHI is funded by a $100,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. The award was made to the Southwest Center for Health Innovation (CHI) to develop the structure and leadership of the Institute.

NewMexPHI Core Team member Jerry Montoya said the Institute is needed, "We are a very unusual state. We are a large state with 33 counties and 24 Native American Nations and pueblos, including urban, rural and frontier communities."

As a Health Promotion Program Manager for the New Mexico Department of Health, Montoya notes, "Most of the health resources and services are located along the Interstate-25 corridor." This centralization of services leaves rural and frontier communities, which comprise 50 percent of the state, facing long journeys to access needed health services or having to do without, a situation that fuels further health inequities."

Charlie Alfero, Executive Director of the CHI and NewMexPHI core team member, puts the geographical inequity in perspective, "If you have to be flown out of your community because of chest pains to receive medical care, you are clearly living in a rural or frontier community."

Specifically located in the rural southwest corner of the state, NewMexPHI will work to maximize positive health conditions including racial and geographic equality for the most vulnerable populations and communities.

According to the U.S. Census, New Mexico has the highest ethnic population in the nation, with 48% of the population identifying as Hispanic or Latino. New Mexico also includes six of the 100 most diverse cities in the nation, according to a recent study by Wallethub, which examined racial and ethnic diversity as part of the "cultural diversity" section.

NewMexPHI Coordinator, Alisha Herrick said, "Our state's diversity will be the key to our Public Health Institute's success." A longtime New Mexico resident, Herrick has a Masters' Degree in Public Health from University of Texas Health Science Center and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Alfero praised Herrick's abilities and noted, "Her understanding of population and public health information will be key to the Institute's upcoming efforts." These efforts include an assessment of health data gaps and researching policies to address health equity in the state.

In the fall of 2017, NewMexPHI will partner with the University of new Mexico's College of Population Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Center for Health Policy to co-host an "Equity in Policy Institute." The effort will focus on racial and geographic health equity and social justice issues to advance the health and well-being of children and families in New Mexico.

NewMexPHI Core Team member, Susan Wilger said, "The Institution is not only looking at how we make an impact with current residents, but with New Mexico's future generations." Wilger also serves as Director of the National Center for Frontier Communities.

For more information on NewMexPHI contact Herrick at (575) 597-0031 or email: aherrick@swchi.org or visit the website at http://www.swchi.org.

 

Elks shoes RSOn Wednesday, May 24, 2017, members of the Silver City Elks Lodge 413 were out in force and presented a new pair of shoes to First Graders at Hurley, Bayard, Central, and to First and Second Graders at San Lorenzo Elementary Schools; 120 Children overall.

This is part of the Elks Community Investment Program and was made possible by a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation. In the presentation of the shoes, Students were encouraged to stay active during the Summer, continue to read and 'run away' from drugs.

As Elks Members, we believe and practice Elks Care and Elks Share by donating some $40,000 plus locally and over $300 million across the nation every year. Our primary focus is on Veterans and Youth. Each year we give every 3rd grader in both Silver and Cobre School Districts a new dictionary and support many of the athletic and academic programs. We encourage the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. If you have any interest in being a part of the Elks or would like more information you may find it at www.silvercityelks.com and www.elks.org.

summer tips 1 RSIsaiah Soliz encourages fellow Cobre High School students to "spin the wheel" to learn more about the consequences of underage drinking.summer tips 2 RSHMS SHAC students at Cobre High School promote the "Be the Voice" initiative to educate other students on recognizing and speaking up against teen dating violence.Silver City, NM (May 26, 2017) –The Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) at Cobre High School recently coordinated an engaging day of "Summer Safety Tips" for students and community members. Student activities and dialogues during the event addressed the consequences of underage drinking, the importance of saying "no" to distracted driving, and how to recognize and speak up against teen dating violence.

According to Melanie DeLaGarza, HMS Director of Operations, "The intent of this community, safety outreach event was to provide Cobre High School students and community members with valuable resources, especially as the end of the school year and summer approaches." Kristi Apodaca, HMS Grant County Clinic Coordinator, added, "The students of the HMS SHAC team at Cobre High School led this exciting day through their creative posters, "spin the wheel" game, and individual conversations with other students about these very important, teen health and wellness issues."

"According to the National Institutes of Health, students who have used school based health clinics (SBHCs) have been more satisfied with their health and engaged in a greater number of health-promoting behaviors than did students who did not use SBHCs," stated Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer. "The HMS Cobre Health Clinic team works to provide Cobre High School students, faculty, staff, and community members with accessible, reliable, and confidential health, mental health, and family support services," added Otero.

To learn more about the HMS SHAC program at Cobre High School, please contact Pamela Madrid, HMS Patient Specialist, at (575) 537-5069 or pammadrid@hmsnm.org. The HMS SHAC program at Cobre High School encourages any students to participate in the next, academic year's SHAC activities.

Please visit www.hmsnm.org to learn more about HMS services, providers, and locations.

GS Memorial Day 2017 RSGirl Scouts and other community members showed up at Fort Bayard Veteran's Cemetery this morning to help with the placing of more than 4000 flags for our veterans. There will be a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. on Monday.

 

Presenter and HMS Clinical Psychologist Pat Rowan, PsyD, discusses effective communication

Silver City, NM (May 25, 2017) - Pat Rowan, PsyD, HMS Clinical Psychologist, presented “Say What? Adventures in Communication Land” to Grant County community members on Tuesday, May 23 at the HMS Silver City Community Health Center off of Pope Street. Dr. Rowan also shared her presentation with Hidalgo County community members at the HMS Lordsburg Clinic on Wednesday, May 24. HMS has recognized May as “National Mental Health Awareness Month” and the intent of Dr. Rowan's presentation was to encourage community members on how to communicate more effectively.

According to Kathy-Lyn Allen Pacheco, HMS Director of Marketing and Recruitment, “The HMS Healthcare Listen & Learn Series is a new, quarterly presentation series geared towards sharing relevant, healthcare education with the public in an informal and comfortable setting.” Dan Otero, HMS Chief Executive Officer, added, “As our mission states, Hidalgo Medical Services positively impacts the health, well-being and quality of life for those we serve providing comprehensive, integrated, affordable healthcare and education of patients and healthcare professionals. Starting this series is part of HMS' multi-year, strategic plan to fulfill our mission, and to pursue our vision to be the local, healthcare provider of choice. I personally invite everyone to attend the HMS Healthcare Listen & Learn Series with their family or friends whenever they can make it.”

Dr. Rowan, a clinical psychologist, provides comprehensive mental health services at the HMS 32nd Street Community Mental Health Center. Dr. Rowan and her colleagues will be moving to the new HMS Tranquil Skies Community Mental Health Center at 1318 E. 32nd Street in early June.To receive more information about the quarterly “HMS Healthcare Listen & Learn Series” schedule, please email info@hmsnm.org or call (575) 597-2727. Please visit www.hmsnm.org to learn more about HMS services, providers, and locations.

Kiwanis and Ace Hardware RSPictured from left front: Elena Jenkins, and Daniel Smith
Pictured from left rear: Miguel Trevizo of Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware, Robert and Alma Carson of Carson Insurance Agency
The Kiwanis Club of Silver City Community Foundation and Carson Insurance Agency partnered with Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware in awarding two new bicycles at the Kiwanis/Rotary Kids's Bike Safety Rodeo in April. The winners, Elena Jenkins and Daniel Smith received their bikes through entering a free drawing at the annual event held in Downtown Silver City on April 22, 2017. Both Alma and Bob Carson, as well as Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware are active members of the Kiwanis Club of Silver City, a volunteer-led International Service Organization that promotes youth leadership through community service.

[Editor's Note: The Beat was waiting on other photos which were not available. If they become available they will be added.]

This author did not get to everything that happened on Saturday, May 13, 2017, but wishes to make people aware that they happened.

St. Francis Newman Center Parish celebrated the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who became known as Our Lady of Fatima when she appeared to three children in Fátima, Portugal, on May 13, 1917. At Gough Park on Saturday, Catholics, estimated to be more than 70 and as many as 100, prayed the rosary, beginning at noon.

The Farm and Livestock Bureau also celebrated the 100th anniversary of New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau on Saturday, with a barbecue lunch at Tractor Supply. According to Stewart Rooks, Grant County FLB president and event organizer, they served about 160 hamburgers and about 100 hot dogs.

He said the national organization was founded in 1915, and the New Mexico chapter began in 1917.

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