Scholarship Chairman Betty Thornton introduced Korrie Rader of Beeville to the chapter members. Accompanying Korrie was her mother, Sherri Rader. Korrie, along with Aileen Lundquist, who attends Karnes City High School, will each receive $400 book grants from Gamma Omicron.
The meeting began with a delicious brunch prepared by the Karnes City and Runge members. At 9:30 a.m., President Lana Massengale called the meeting to order and welcomed the members and guests. Sabrina Lewallen gave the invocation and Susie Kotara led the pledge to the flag.
Gretchen Dupnik read a letter from Dr. Beverly Helms, DKG International president, thanking Gamma Omicron for its contribution to the World Fellowship Fund. Jan Anderson provided further information about the World Fellowship Fund Committee. The committee just awarded 23 women from countries where no DKG organization exists $4,000 each to attend various universities in the USA and Canada in 2013-2014. World Fellowship is one example of how DKG impacts education worldwide.
The chapter discussed the upcoming state convention, which will be held in Austin June 20-22. Eleven members of Gamma Omicron will be attending. Five members have entries in the Visual Arts Display, and Irene Perez will be singing in the state chorus and providing flute accompaniment at the necrology service.
Pam Burge, chapter first vice president, led the program honoring the founders of the DKG Society. Organized in May of 1929 by 12 women educators, Delta Kappa Gamma now has about 90,000 members in 18 countries. Each year, it donates about $3 million to education and educators. During the program, information about each of the 12 founders was shared. As each founder was honored, a paper brick was placed on a poster board to form a lighthouse, emphasizing that these women had a vision for education and women educators.
During announcements, Anderson encouraged members to apply for grants from the DKG Educational Foundation. Grants are awarded for school, classroom or community educational projects. Members ended the meeting by singing the Delta Kappa Gamma song.