We now come to my favorite Gemstone, the sapphire. Sri Lanka is the oldest source of sapphires. Its name comes from the Greek word sappheiros. Most people think sapphires are only blue, but they come in different colors. They also occur in the colors yellow, purple, orange, and green.
Just like each one of our Psi Ote members unique and brilliant in their own way. The sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum. Sapphires are also found in Burma, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, and Africa. The largest deposits are found in Madagascar and Tanzania. Kashmir has the most valuable sapphires, followed by Burma and Sri Lanka. Kashmir is in between India and Pakistan.
In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. In middle ages, clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven.
Sapphires are associated with royalty and romance. In 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles gave a blue sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer. Her sapphire ring helped to link modern events with history and fairy tales.
The Gem stone for August is the peridot. An alternate birthstone for August is the Sardonyx. Sardonyx is translucent or opaque quartz. It has brownish red to white variations.
Peridot is the gem stone associated with the 16th wedding anniversary. The name peridot comes from the Arabic word "faridat" meaning gem. The ancient Egyptians called them the "gem" of the sun, because of their dazzling brilliance when seen in the desert sun. Many years ago, natives discovered peridot crystals in the black sands of Hawaii. The peridot has been used as a means to connect with nature.
As, I change the subject, please remember next month is our Founder's month. Psi Iota Xi began in Muncie, IN with the Alpha chapter in 1897. Our Founder's Day is September 19. Some chapters connect to this heritage by having a dinner or some type of celebration. We are thankful these young women and their teachers had the foresight and courage to begin a women's organization. At that time women were not allowed to vote. Voting for women became a part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920! Surely, these women shined and were priceless gems.
It was believed peridots glowed with light even as darkness fell. Miners scouted for the gems during the night, marking their location. They would return in the light of day to retrieve them. Perhaps this legendary mining method is the reason the peridot is sometimes called the "evening emerald". This kind of reminds me of some of our dedicated Psi Iota Xi members, they glow and shine and just help make the day a little brighter. It may be with their smile or their "we can do this" attitude.
~It's So Hard To Say Goodbye
My time as your National President has almost come to an end. In my acceptance speech, I spoke of being a third-generation legacy and what it means to not only BE a legacy but to LEAVE a legacy. There were many definitions about leaving a lasting legacy. This particular definition came to mind one day early on when my husband, Rob approached me and asked, "Who is YOUR Dr. Miyamto?" "How will YOU serve this sorority and leave this presidency and organization better?" WOW, no pressure there! To be honest, I couldn't answer his question. It is something I have thought about all year. I can tell you now, I did my best. I did my best to encourage the lives of others, to offer support, strength, and friendship. What I got in return was support, strength, and friendship! My life has been forever changed by the time I have spent on National Council and I hope that your time as a Psi Ote sister will be just as rewarding.
There is always time to do more and achieve more, to help more and serve more, to teach more and to learn more. Keep going and growing that legacy!
The 2018 Convention theme is “Psi Iota Xi Sisters are Treasured Gems”. Each month we will try to write an article about a gem stone.
Now we begin with the Ruby Gem stone. This gem is known for its qualities of hardness, durability and luster. To me, this sounds a little like a Psi Iota Xi member. Sisters need to be tough. We meet challenges and withstand many fund raisers and some long meetings while still shining. The ruby is the most desirable gem stone. Its beautiful red, bright color is famed and fabled. Are you like a ruby? I know we can be like the ruby with bright ideas and beautiful thoughts.
Rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum. They get their color from the element chromium which causes the ruby to glow like a fire within. The word ruby comes from the Latin word rebeus which means red. We all know someone who is a special Psi Ote to us. Their passion for Psi Iota Xi burns like a fire within, which they love to share.
Rubies are symbolic of passion, protection and prosperity revered since ancient times. In many ways Psi Ote chapters are like the gem stone ruby. They have passion for others, help raise funds to protect their values and help others to prosper. Shine on sisters!
~In the Merry Merry Month of May
We did it! My husband and I just finished mowing the yard before the storm came in. We also saved the two baby bunnies that ran out from underneath my mower! He “encouraged” them to safer ground so we could finish. Wish I had thought to film him doing this or at the least, taken a picture of them. Priceless.
~Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Have you sold any flowers yet? Beta Alpha has squeezed in another fundraiser in between convention planning. We sell several varieties. Remington sells the most awesome chocolate eggs with several fillings to choose from! YUM! What does your chapter sell this time of the year?
~May I Have This Dance?
The “BIG DANCE” is just around the corner! Don’t forget to send in your convention registrations by the May 15th deadline. We will be waiting for you. See you soon!