By Victoria Croft
The Gamma Beta Phi chapter here at Georgia College is now an official recipient of the Distinguished Chapter Award. The chapter surpassed the requirements for outstanding community service and is being recognized for their extremely hard work and devotion to the community.
Gamma Beta Phi is an honors community service based organization that helps with various projects locally and nationally. For the past two years, Gamma Beta Phi had focused on projects dealing with veteran affairs and have organized donation drives for projects overseas and are currently working on a recognitions project to give back to our veterans on campus.
Jennie Pless, a senior Psychology and Liberal Studies double major, is currently participating in her second year as a member of Gamma Beta Phi. “I wanted to join Gamma Beta Phi because it was the only group I had heard of that combined both academic excellence and service in its mission. Both academics and service are weighted equally, and those are both very important to me,” says Pless.
Pless was very proud of the achievements that Gamma Beta Phi had made and also made sure to give credit to their President of two years Annamarie Dwozan. “It’s an honor! The board and our adviser work very hard and it’s great to see that their work paid off. I think Annamarie is really deserving of a lot of the credit. She’s been involved in the group for a few years now and she really has worked to make a difference,” she says.
Gamma Beta Phi works with other organizations such as Relay for Life and the Wounded Warrior Project and while each member is required to log twenty hours of service each year, the Georgia College chapter had no problem surpassing that requirement.
“Our officers are really excited and working to find ways to keep the momentum going,” says Gamma Beta Phi advisor Nikki Simpson. “Our members and our officers were just really excited and driven and I really think that made all the difference.”