The Beta Club was founded in 1933 and the Tampa Catholic Charter was granted in 1982. The organization recognizes academic achievement, promotes character, develops leadership skills, encourages service involvement, and provides technological advantages to students in grades 5-12.
At the local level the Beta Club seeks to stimulate effort, award achievement, and encourage and assist its members to continue their education after high school. In order for a student to be considered for membership in the Tampa Catholic National Beta Club he/she must:
- Be a junior or senior at Tampa Catholic High School
- Have at least a 3.8 unweighted cumulative GPA
- Have attended Tampa Catholic for a semester, unless he/she became a member of the Beta Club at another high school and then transferred to Tampa Catholic. (The transfer student automatically becomes a member of the Beta Club when he/she presents proof of membership from the preceding school.)
- Exhibit exemplary behavior in following campus rules and the Code of Conduct
- Be active in school and community service
- Must have been accepted to at least one Curricular Honor Society.
- Submit the appropriate activity form by the specified deadline.
Meeting the requirements for membership does not imply that the student will automatically be selected. A selection committee composed of faculty members will approve the application for membership. This decision is subject to the approval of the Principal. Students who are not accepted in their junior year may be considered in their senior year.
The Beta Creed
As a member of the Beta Club and as a citizen of my community, state, and nation I believe in and shall strive to promote the principles of:
Honesty: knowing that honesty is necessary to the formation of good character, and that the principles of honesty dictate that I not only refrain from acts of dishonesty: but that I perform my duties fully and take advantage of the opportunities afforded me by my circumstances;
Justice: believing that it is only right and proper that I should be just and fair in my dealings with my fellowman; that I should condemn no one without giving him a chance to defend himself; and that I should consider all factors before forming an opinion of another’s motives, or before passing judgment upon his actions;
Service: being convinced that the rendering of helpful service to my fellow man is a duty and privilege conferred upon me by my forebears and by my environment, and that I can attain lasting satisfaction by rendering such lasting satisfaction only by rendering such service to the best of my ability;
Cooperation: knowing that I must work closely and in a friendly manner with others in this day of highly organized social and economic endeavor; and that I must respect authority and strive at all times to be dependable—if I am to be of greatest helpfulness to society;
Responsibility: believing that full happiness is possible only through full acceptance of responsibility for my actions and for preserving and passing my rich inheritance on to coming generations;
Industriousness: being aware of the fact that—if I am to be a factor for progress in my community and a real help to my associates—my mind must be alert to understand and my hands ready to perform promptly and fully the tasks that come my way;
Humility: being convinced that humbleness of spirit is the only proper attitude for me to maintain in my relation with my associates, and that such spirit and attitude will make for my own peace of mind and for the well-being of those with whom I come in contact;
Charity: knowing that if I am-
Tolerant in my appraisal of the ideas of others;
Generous in the use of my worldly assets;
Considerate of the rights of others;
Courteous in my actions toward all alike;
Gentle in my efforts to correct errors in others;
Kind in the exercise of my duties—
I shall then be better able to contribute to the happiness of myself and others.
The Beta Pledge
"I solemnly swear that I shall always strive to hold fast the principles of honesty; to endeavor constantly to maintain a creditable record; to cultivate in my life and conduct the principles of service and leadership. I further pledge myself to cooperate with the members of the national beta club in the promotion of a sense of individual responsibility to our school, community, state and nation; to make right the master of might; and to consecrate our comradeship to mutual helpfulness and to the betterment of our fellow students."