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Beta Club

The National Beta Club was established in 1934 in Landrum, South Carolina, by Dr. John W. Harris, a professor at Wofford College. The Beta Club’s mission statement reveals a lot about what the organization want to accomplish: “The purpose of the National Beta Club shall be to promote the ideals of character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students, to reward meritorious achievement and to encourage and assist students in continuing their education  after high school.” The club’s vision statement is equally as elucidatory: “The National Beta Club, a student- centered organization, continually develops and nurtures individuals by providing opportunities and experiences enabling them to demonstrate the ideals of character, achievement, service and leadership in a global community.”  What is most admirable about being in the Beta club can be found in the pledge that each member pledges upon his induction: “I hereby declare that I shall always strive to be honest and truthful at all times, to maintain a creditable scholastic record, to be of service to my teachers and fellowmen, to conduct myself in an ethical and moral manner and to reflect credit upon my school and community.”