President Jan Anderson called the meeting to order by ringing a school bell and members were seated at tables decorated with bells of various styles and sizes. The theme of the DKG state organization this year is Believe – Engage – Learn – Live, creating the emphasis on bells.
Prior to the business meeting and program, Beeville Group A hostesses served a delicious brunch.
Erie Head opened the meeting with a devotional thought on thankfulness. Irene Zimmer led the chapter in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Membership Chairman Betty Thornton recognized the members who had attended every meeting the past year and presented them with perfect attendance pins. Those were: Betty Bleeker, Sharon Lee, Denese Martin, Tammy Rands, Betty Thornton, Doris Kuhnert, Myrtle Lucke, Marie Meadows, Falba Jo Roberts, Ann Chambless, Ellene Valenta, Pat Bomba, Marie Ortiz- Fernandez, Jan Anderson, Ruth Hollman and Donna Patton. A drawing was held from among this group and Falba Jo Roberts was selected to have her membership dues paid by the chapter for the coming year.
Betty also wished happy birthday to members who had celebrated birthdays in August and those celebrating this month. Members were also reminded that membership nomination forms are due in October. Ruth Hollman’s name was drawn for the door prize.
Pam Burge, yearbook chairman, told the members of a new development regarding the chapter yearbook. Members can now receive their yearbook information on a CD rather than a paper copy.
Scholarship chairman Donna Patton encouraged members to consider applying for scholarships offered by the state organization. Currently two members, Lisa Latcham and Karen Knowlton, have DKG scholarships for graduate studies.
Pam Burge and Pam Kerlick presented a skit about a “rookie” teacher to focus members on the chapter’s special project of mentoring new-to-the-profession teachers. Gamma Omicron will again this year be providing “Words of Wisdom” booklets and goodie baskets to novice teachers in Beeville, Karnes City, Kenedy and Runge.
Denese Martin, program chairman, gave the members a homework assignment. They are to seek out and offer assistance to teachers who are not novices, but are new to their district or campus. At the October meeting, Mandi Wheat, a new third-grade teacher in the Runge system, will be the featured speaker.
Members were excited to learn that Tammy Rands has created a quilt that will be raffled at their annual November auction to raise funds for the book grants that the chapter offers to female graduating high school seniors who plan to enter the teaching profession.
During the meeting, a memorial service in honor of Beckie Sansom was held. Beckie had been a dedicated member of Gamma Omicron Chapter for almost 39 years.