Sundance Laureate Tau

By Ilene Hooper

The 316 meeting of the Sundance Laureate Tau PL2073 met at the home of Ilene Hooper on Oct. 13, 2014. Ilene was our hostess. We had seven present and five absent.

International Communication: None.

Other Communication: A thank you note was read from Gerry Jensen for the yellow roses that were delivered to her from her stay in the Rapid City Hospital. Gerry, we are happy that you are feeling better.

Membership and Rushing: Ilene reported that invitations are delivered for our Fall Social. Seven guests have been invited for our social. Fall Social, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Bank meeting room at 7 p.m. Wear an Ugly Sweater and bring a White Elephant gift wrapped in a creative way.

On November 10 we will have an open meeting to invite our guests again. At this time, we will present information about our group. We are looking forward to visiting with you.

New Business: None.

Next meeting: Ugly Sweater Fall Social

We closed the meeting and joined in saying the Closing Ritual and Mizpah.

Ilene started her program by reading the poem: “Expand Your Beta Sigma Phi Family Tree”. This was in the Oct. issue of the Torch, 2014. She introduced pioneers of the Sundance area, Tom and Matilda Hooper. Ilene’s grandchildren are 6 generation offspring of this interesting couple. Tom came to the Black Hills in 1876 and Matilda arrived at the Black Hills in 1877. Tom was a lawyer, judge and the second mayor of Sundance from Oct. 1889 – May 15, 1893. Tom represented Crook County in the territorial legislature and rode the stagecoach from Deadwood to Cheyenne for these legislative sessions. He brought the first typewriter to this country. Matilda was well known for her beautiful hats and very detailed, beaded dresses. She was born in Plymouth, England.

Ilene served hot apple cider and gingerbread cake to refresh us.