To think that Pageant was only a month ago is crazy. I have had so many amazing experiences in just these past 4 weeks. On Monday March 20th I made a trip out to Bethel 48 in White Rock, my first Bethel Visit as Miss and I had an absolutely amazing time. I received a huge and warm welcome from the girls and adults, had the privilege of filling in as Senior Princess, and I highly enjoyed my time with them that evening. My next event was my home Bethel, Bethel 40’s regular meeting where I got the opportunity to catch up with everyone since Sessions, as Sessions was a whirl wind of activities and new things. The very next night a trip to Bethel 37 in Surrey, where I got to spend time with their amazing daughters and adults. Bethel 37 had amazing favours and Disney jokes, making it a night to remember. A trip to Bethel 22 in New West was the very next night as I went and supported their games night and ice cream sundae bar fundraiser. I had the great opportunity to talk with some jobie-to-bee’s that were there and play various games with the members of Bethel 22.
On Monday April 3 I went out to Bethel 48 again for their Friendship meeting. Here I had the pleasure to fill-in as Chaplain for the evening as well as I got to learn so much about the girls of 48 and went home with a stuffed bunny that smells like chocolate. After the meeting we had a snowball fight with cotton balls where the game became “who can get the cotton ball to stay on the Miss’s head inside the crown” It was so much fun and I would love to do it again. On Wednesday April 5th I received my chocolate and candy so some adults from my bethel assisted me in preparing them for the upcoming evening and weekend of official visits. It was so much fun and am great full to them for helping me with this huge task. The next night was a trip out to Chilliwack for Bethel 20 and 21’s joint meeting. We ate left over pizza from the night before when we bagged candy and labeled chocolate, and enjoyed the fact that we could take the HOV lane on highway 1 all the way through. When we arrived at 21’s hall in Chilliwack it was amazing to see a hall full of so many daughters in one place. I had the opportunity to fill-in as Guide for Bethel 21 and it was my first time partaking in a closing triangle formation in a regular Bethel meeting. It was something new and I am so glad that Bethel 21 allowed me to partake in it with them alongside Bethel 20. This was the first time I had the opportunity to introduce my chocolate and candy to the jobie world and I want to say thank you to all the amazing people of Bethels 20 and 21 for your support that night, it really warmed my heart to see the support you guys have. My next day of travel was on Saturday April 8th to Bethel 52’s Official Visit in Langley! I was so excited, I think Mrs. Beattie even got a little tired of me jumping up and down with excitement every time I mentioned it! I was so excited to see the girls of Bethel 52 as I can’t make it to their regular meetings as my Bethel meets the same nights as they do. But not only that it was the first time I got to see my Grand Team since Grand Sessions and I was so excited. Here Mackenna and I learned the art of “hunch backing” with our capes so that we don’t sit on them and chairs don’t get sat on them as we whisk it around our bodies. Here Mackenna and I received two jobs from our Grand Guardian and Associate Grand Guardian, we need to learn how to task pepper in food as Mrs. Schultz is allergic and we need to make sure that Mr. Kimm shows up in the right town for official visits. We enjoyed soup and salads and then Mackenna and I got to be Guide and Marshal and partake in a beautiful obligation ceremony where we had so many people we formed a complete circle around the altar. It was lovely to see. From here we headed straight out to Chilliwack for Fraser Valley Chapter of DeMolay’s Institution and Installation. This was the first time that Mackenna and I really got to experience how hot the capes can be as we sat in room full of about 200 people. We got to learn so many new things and watch a Past Associate Grand Guardian, Mr. Pat Bateman, receive a chevalier degree, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a DeMolay. We then got to enjoy the dance and socialize with those in attendance. We then decided that a trip to Denny’s was in order was we were all a little hungry, so Mrs. Schultz, Mrs. Conley. Mrs. Byce, Mrs. Beattie, Mackenna, and I all headed out to Abbotsford for some Denny’s. When we got there we got a few strange looks as it was 11:30 and we walked in in full formals and Mackenna and I were still wearing our crowns! It was so much fun and I highly enjoyed it!
Miss BCJD 2017-2018, IPHQ, HQ Bethel 40 Richmond