November Message from the President

KeeneyBeth DSC 0203We have now reached the month of November. There is beginning to be a crispness in the air. This is a time for reflection and thankfulnessCitrine during the harvest season.

The gemstone for November is the Citrine. It is a warm colored gem stone. The name citrine was used as early as 1385 when the word was first recorded in English. In French, the word “citrine” meant lemon. It ranges in color from the palest yellow to a dark amber, named Madeira, due to its resemblance to the red wine. Most citrine is mined in Brazil, but other sources of the quartz are Bolivia and Madagascar.

The Romans were thought to be the first to wear yellow quartz, crafting it into highly polished but unfaceted cuts of the stone set into jewelry. Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers and was worn as a charm against evil thoughts, to strengthen the mind and increase wisdom. It was also considered to have medicinal properties. Legends speak of the quartz as promoting vitality and energy. In Chinese philosophy it was believed to create wealth and abundance. During the middle ages only royalty and clergy used this gem.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has a few pieces of this beautiful gem stone in her collection. The citrine and topaz are similar to her down-to-earth elegance.

The yellow topaz is an alternate gemstone for those born in November. Its golden color was believed, by the Egyptians, to be the glow cast by the sun god, Ra. Yellow topaz ranges in color from peachy blush to a deep cognac. A gift of this gem stone is thought to symbolize friendship and to strengthen one’s capacity to give and receive love.

With qualities like these, you can’t go wrong. Many Psi Iota Xi sisters have these qualities of loving and giving. This reminds me of one of our closing verses, “It is a noble thing to give cheer to those less fortunate about you.” So many of you get up early, stay late to finish a task, plan socials and fundraisers and are always thinking of ways to give to others. Your loving smiles and acts of kindness go farther than just words, to speak of our goals as Psi Otes.

Citrine is symbolic for hope and strength. It has a sunny brightness, which is ideal for helping anyone get through the tough times in life. Reach out to a nearby friend, neighbor or family member. Share the warmth of our sisterhood. “Anyone can give away something expensive. But only those who understand sacrifice can give away something valuable.”

Beth Keeney National President

October Message from the President

KeeneyBeth DSC 0203The Opal is a complicated stone. It is unique and diverse in its color combinations. There are two classifications of opals: precious and common.opal 31l0tsnvQqL. SY300 QL70 The name Opal is derived from the Sanskrit word "upala", meaning "valuable stone".

It is thought to be the root word for the Greek term "opallios", which translates as "color change". Color change reminds me of the beautiful fall days and nights we are having lately. I hope you and your Psi Ote sisters plan a fun activity to take advantage of this fantastic weather.

95% of the world's opals are mined in Australia. Opals have also been mined in parts of the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia and Mexico. Opals have a certain percentage of water in them, on average five percent.

The ancient Romans wore opal as a symbol of hope and purity and believed it could cure illness. In ancient India, opal was referred to as the Goddess of the Rainbow, turned to stone. Ancient Arab cultures believed opal had fallen from the sky and that the play of color was trapped lightning. Different cultures have thought various things about the opal from invisibility, evil, hair protection, and strengthening eye sight. In the middle ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck. It was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of opal.

The Australian aborigine tells that opal is the creator's footprint that touched the earth at the base of the rainbow to bring harmony.

Just think about how you are as a Psi Iota Xi member. You touch the lives of others and bring harmony to our world too. You may help to purchase a hearing aid for a child who is sharing one with a sibling, award a child with a scholarship to further their dreams of going to camp or college or even helping at a local community center or food pantry. Each member contributes and helps to make a difference in the community, state or national level.

Put on your "opal" of good luck. Think of your chapter as an opal with the qualities like the fire of the ruby, the brilliance of the purple amethyst or the sea-green of the emerald all shining together in an incredible union. Move through this year gathering more "gems" and adding to the pleasure and positive outlooks of your sisterhood.

August Message from the President

KeeneyBeth DSC 0203The Gem stone for August is the peridot. An alternate birthstone for August is the Sardonyx. Sardonyx peridot gemstone history factsis 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.

 

Read more: August Message from the President

September Message from the President

KeeneyBeth DSC 0203We now come to my favorite Gemstone, the sapphire. Sri Lanka is the oldest source of sapphires. Its Sapphire PNG Clipart 807name 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.

Read more: September Message from the President

July Message from the President

2017 06 29 1352The 2018 Convention theme is “Psi Iota Xi Sisters are Treasured Gems”. Each month we will try to write an article about a gem stone.ruby small

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!

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