Members gathered at the fellowship hall of the First Christian Church of Beeville, which had been beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, and were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Rachel Hasson. Prior to the meal, President Jan Anderson welcomed the members to the meeting.
Before the start of the business meeting, a ceremony of remembrance was held for Mildred House. Members fondly recalled the events of Mrs. House’s life, including her 54 years as a part of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Gretchen Dupnik, ceremonies chairman, concluded the service with a reading of Psalms 121.
During the business meeting, Treasurer Catherine Thornton gave the financial report, noting that $1,470 had been raised at the November auction. Scholarship Chairman Donna Patton thanked the membership for their participation in the auction which provides the funds for the book grants and grant-in-aid the chapter awards in May.
Membership Chairman Betty Thornton recognized those with December and January birthdays and awarded the door prize to Debbie Fulton. Anderson reminded the members of the Capitol Rally scheduled for Feb. 3, 2011. At that time, DKG members from throughout the state will gather in Austin to meet with state representatives and senators to discuss current legislation. Erie Head read from the brag bag, and it was heartening to hear of the many good things occurring in the lives of Gamma Omicron members. Anderson concluded the business meeting by thanking the Beeville C group for hosting the meeting.
“The 12 Days of Christmas” celebrates gift-giving, and so the members of Gamma Omicron began the program of the evening by singing this English Christmas carol. They were led by Debbie Fulton and aided by members who held up signs indicating what gift was given on each particular day. Currently, the value of all the goods and services of the song would be over $90,000.
Then members opened gift bags to reveal gifts that truly are priceless. Gifts of membership, fellowship, service, growth, happiness, humor, excellence and awareness were unwrapped. Lana Massengale, Jan Anderson, Pam Burge and Laura Veth described how these gifts are ones that persons can give to one another, the world or to themselves at any time, not just at Christmas. Another example of a priceless gift was found in the story “A Gift from the Heart” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, which was read by Donna Patton. To conclude the program, the membership sang “Away in a Manger” to celebrate God’s love gift to the world.
The evening ended with Gamma Omicron members singing “The Delta Kappa Gamma Song” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Twelve women met on the campus of The University of Texas in Austin in 1929, with the aspirations to build an organization to promote women in education and bring recognition and respect to their profession. Today more than 100,000 women educators in 17 countries are a part of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.