Nineteen members and guest Mary Rich enjoyed a meal of fresh fruit, sausage balls, mini cinnamon rolls, breakfast casserole, juice and coffee. Tables in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Beeville were decorated with colorful fresh flowers and metal butterfly figurines. Displayed on one table were the various awards presented to Gamma Omicron Chapter at the 84th state DKG convention held in Austin in June. Ten chapter members attended the convention, and several had work exhibited at the visual arts display there.
After the meal, President Lana Massengale called the meeting to order. Erie Head read a devotional thought on compassion and love from the writings of Billy Graham, and Margie Ann Awalt led the group in the pledge to the flag. Holly Polasek had prepared an Animoto video of photos from the convention, which the members enjoyed seeing. Massengale noted that two chapter members, Gretchen Dupnik and Susie Kotara, in addition to going to Austin in June, attended the DKG Southwest Regional Conference in Branson, Mo., in July.
Marie Meadows, membership chairman, recognized eight members with perfect attendance during the 2012-2013 year. They were: Head, Pam Burge, Betty Thornton, Pam Kerlick, Massengale, Dupnik, Kotara and Falba Jo Roberts, whose name was drawn to have her dues paid by the chapter for the coming year. Korrie Rader of Beeville, book grant recipient, sent the chapter a thank you for the $400 she received from Gamma Omicron, and Betty Thornton reminded the members to apply for the various scholarships and grants that are available to them from the state and international DKG organizations.
The five different town groups met briefly to plan for upcoming meetings. Refrigerator magnets with a listing of the dates and locations of chapter meetings, prepared by First Vice President Burge, were made available to the members.
When the business of the chapter concluded, members participated in a game titled “DKG Cronies, Founders or Famous.” After being given a clue by Burge, members tried to guess whether the teacher being described was a Gamma Omicron member, one of the 12 DKG founders, or a “famous” individual, either fictional or real. The game provoked lots of laughter, and members came away knowing more about their DKG sisters. They also learned of new events in the lives of members when Head read from the chapter brag bag. The meeting concluded with the singing of the Delta Kappa Gamma song. Gamma Omicron Chapter will next meet on Oct. 5 at the Roger Sides Elementary School Cafeteria in Karnes City.
Attending from Beeville were Betty Bleeker, Doris Kuhnert, Monica Blackwell, Awalt, Massengale, Head, Meadows, Roberts, Betty Thornton and Catherine Thornton. In attendance from Karnes City and Kenedy were Dupnik, Kotara, Jennifer Gonzales, Kathy Morgan, Donna Patton, Jan Anderson, Kerlick, Burge and Irene Perez.