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Rep. Aliseda addresses DKG meeting
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State Rep. José Aliseda was the featured speaker for the Feb. 5 meeting of Gamma Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Rep. Aliseda focused on the state budget shortfall and its impact on public education.

Aliseda gave background information on the legislative budget process and answered members’ questions regarding this important issue. Attending with him was his district manager, Judi Hooge, who also spoke to the group.

For the meeting, members assembled in the activity building of First Baptist Church, which was decorated in a Valentine’s theme. The Beeville A group had prepared a delicious brunch for chapter members and their guests to enjoy. Afterward, President Jan Anderson called the meeting to order and welcomed those present. Dawn Houy, a DKG member in the Fort Davis area, was in attendance with her mother, Marjorie Huff.

A devotional prepared by Karen Knowlton was presented by Pam Burge, and Irene Zimmer led the group in the pledge to the American flag. Vice President Lana Massengale introduced Rep. Aliseda, whose presentation was extremely informative. Brochures created by the State DKG Legislation Committee containing suggestions on contacting policy makers were distributed to the members.

A variety of reports were presented by committee chairmen during the business session of the meeting. Personal Growth and Services Chairman Pam Kerlick showed the members items that are being crafted for sale at the Texas State Convention in June. These items, including bookmarks and classroom pointers, will be sold to raise funds for Gamma Omicron’s book grants and grants-in-aid.

Betty Thornton, membership chairman, recognized members with birthdays in February and March and conducted the door prize drawing. Lisa Latcham was the lucky recipient of the prize. Jan Anderson was recognized by the Achievement Award Committee for her work with the chapter. Sharon Lee presented her with a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

Catherine Thornton reminded members that applications for state scholarships must be in by March 1. Members were also reminded to submit to Irene Zimmer the names of young women for the chapter’s grant-in-aid.

Erie Head read from the Brag Bag to share the good things happening in the lives of Gamma Omicron members and announcements were made of events in the different communities that make up the chapter. The members concluded the meeting with the Delta Kappa Gamma Song.

Purpose #7 of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society is to inform members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society. DKG promotes personal and professional growth of its members and excellence in education.
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