Beta Sigma Phi held January meeting
During the Beta Sigma Phi meeting held January 6, 2009, held at the home of Shirley Griffin, who presented the
program, “Doctors without borders”.
Griffin stated that she first heard of the program when she received an appeal from the group, whom had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
Griffin then recalled watching the movie “Beyond Borders”, in which Angelina Jolie was portrayed as a socialite who volunteered and became deeply involved with the organization. Jolie fell in love with the head organizer/doctor, and ends up finding he was selling arms to rebels in one of the countries they served. Jolie followed him as he went to different locations and the movie ended with him getting killed somewhere in Chechnaya.
After her recap of the movie, Griffin stated that the organization is just that in France, it is called “Medicine and Frontiers”, or MSF, which it is most frequently called in Europe.
Griffin further stated that from the book “Hope in hell”, by Don Bortolotti, she heard that MSF was founded in the 1960’s when Biafra, a small area in Nigeria, tried to separate from the country. This resulted in a mass upheaval of people as government troops tried to stop the separation.
When MSF emerged in France in 1971, nothing like it had existed before. In the year 1990, MSF became a global organization, adding sections in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
As an humanitarianism expanded, a reality check set in. At the end of 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its outstanding work.
Following the program, the members, Jean Hanks, Nancy Tislow, Jane Love, Gloria Cart, Gloria Stutes, Clementine Kirsch and Elsie Rowell were treated to sweet potato pie, coffee, tea, pita bread, chips, hummus and coated almonds.