The Saturday, May 3, meeting of Gamma Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was highlighted by the recognition of grant recipients, presentation of the chapter’s achievement award, the installation of new officers, and a Founders’ Day Celebration.
The First Presbyterian Church of Beeville was the setting for the meeting, which was hosted by the Beeville C group. The group provided a delicious brunch for the members and guests to enjoy as they gathered at 9 a.m.
During the meeting, Betty Thornton, scholarship chairman, introduced Priscilla Torres of Kenedy and Kayla Cantu of George West who are the 2014 recipients of the chapter’s book grants given to high school seniors. Bethany San Miguel of Beeville was introduced by Professional Affairs Chairman Gretchen Dupnik as the recipient of the chapter grant-in-aid given to a college student majoring in education.
Special recognitions continued as Marie Meadows and Falba Jo Roberts presented Myrtle Lucke of Beeville with the Chapter Achievement Award. Myrtle, a longtime DKG member, received a special award pin. Given to Myrtle to wear was the achievement award pin that had belonged to Marjorie Huff of Karnes City, who had been both a chapter and a state achievement award recipient.
Officers who will serve the chapter for the 2014-2016 biennium were installed by Jan Anderson and Gretchen Dupnik. During the installation, a book theme was used, and each officer was presented with a book special to her office.
Pam Burge, incoming president, presented the program as the chapter celebrated Founders’ Day. Eighty-five years ago, 12 women created the DKG organization to promote the professional growth of women educators. Burge used a garden theme to illustrate that the seeds that were planted by the founders 85 years ago have blossomed into the worldwide organization that Delta Kappa Gamma is today. She used 12 different varieties of seeds as she profiled the different accomplishments of the founders.
Outgoing Chapter President Lana Massengale reminded members of two events: the State Convention June 19-21 in Lubbock and the Area Workshop on Aug. 9 in Port Lavaca. The meeting ended with the singing of the Delta Kappa Gamma song.