Traveling to the meeting from Beeville were Chapter President Lana Massengale, Erie Head, Karen Knowlton, Betty Thornton and Catherine Thornton. Jan Anderson, Pam Burge, Gretchen Dupnik, Pam Kerlick and Susie Kotara were in attendance from Karnes County.
At the workshop, members had the opportunity to attend training sessions for a variety of leadership positions. Additionally, Dupnik was a presenter at the Program of Work session, and Anderson presented information on the organization’s Achievement Award.
During the course of the day, those attending enjoyed entertainment provided by the Alpha Iota Singers, raffle drawings, door prizes, lunch and hearing Alpha State Executive Secretary/Treasurer Betty Vines speak. A celebration of life and remembrance was conducted, honoring deceased members. Gracie Franklin and Ruth Hollman were remembered.
On June 21-23, six Gamma Omicron members joined more than 1,000 key women educators from throughout the state for the 83rd annual Convention of the Texas State Organization at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. Outgoing Chapter President Anderson, Dupnik, Burge, Kerlick, Holly Polasek and incoming President Massengale attended breakout sessions and workshops that provided them with ideas to enhance chapter activities and meetings.
During the opening session of the convention, chapters receiving the coveted President’s Award for Chapter Excellence were announced. Gamma Omicron received a PACE Award and an “Annie” Award for the program it submitted. The chapter yearbook was recognized as outstanding, and the chapter newsletter received the 5 Star Award. In addition, the chapter was recognized for the financial contributions it has made to the state organization’s scholarship program.
A special honor went to Dupnik, a 25-year member of Gamma Omicron Chapter. She received the Golden Rose Award in recognition of her leadership in the chapter and her service at the state level.
At Las Colinas, Gamma Omicron members participated in the state organization’s Unifying Project by donating books and DVDs to the United Through Reading program. United Through Reading helps deployed military families stay connected by videoing the deploying parent reading a book. The book and DVD are then given to the family.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.