Gamma Omicron initiates new members
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Gamma Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society initiated seven new members at its Feb. 1st meeting. Pictured are the initiates and their sponsors.
Gamma Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society initiated seven new members at its Feb. 1st meeting. Pictured are the initiates and their sponsors.
Gamma Omicron Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International welcomed seven new members to the organization at its Feb. 1 meeting. The meeting was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Beeville. Members were seated at tables in the Fellowship Hall beautifully decorated with a Valentine’s theme. DKG was organized in Austin in 1929 to promote women in education and bring respect and recognition to their profession. Today over 90,000 women in 18 countries belong to DKG. The current mission of the organization is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and to promote excellence in education. Ceremonials Chairman Holly Polasek conducted the initiation, during which the seven purposes which guide the society were outlined. The new members and the sponsors who escorted them during the initiation are: Saundra Briley and Jennifer Azopardi, Vanessa Gatica and Jennifer Gonzales, Amber Green and Sabrina Lewallen, Geniene Harris and Frances Eckols, Gwen Hesseltine and Gretchen Dupnik, Mary Rich and Catherine Thornton (standing in for Marie Meadows) and Sandra Yanta and Susie Kotara.

Following the initiation, Chapter President Lana Massengale conducted the business meeting. Betty Thornton, who chairs the Scholarship Committee, reported that information has been sent to the area high schools regarding the book grants that Gamma Omicron awards each year. First Vice President Pam Burge informed members that at the April meeting a special auction will be held to raise funds to help offset costs to members wishing to attend the 85th Texas State Organization Convention in Lubbock, June 19-21. Jan Anderson provided members with information about the 2013-2014 recipients of DKG’s World Fellowship Fund. New recipients receive $4,000 grants for graduate study at universities in Canada and the US. Begun in 1946 as a project to aid women in war torn countries, to date more than 858 women from 117 countries have received fellowships. Currently 3 of the 33 recipients are studying at Texas universities.

The Nominations Committee presented a slate of officers for the 2014-2016 biennium, which was approved by the membership. They are: President – Pam Burge, 2nd Vice President – Pam Kerlick, Recording Secretary – Erie Head, Corresponding Secretary – Jennifer Gonzales. The 1st Vice President’s position will be voted on at the April meeting.

Chapter members with December, January, February and March birthdays were recognized, and members shared in the accomplishments of Gamma Omicron sisters as “brags” were read from the Brag Bag. Betty Thornton read The Collect and members gave a response as a blessing for the meal prepared by Beeville C Group. The group served a delicious lunch of ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and cheesecake. Thanks go not only to the ladies of Group C, but to Erwin Massengale for his help with the meal preparation. The next Gamma Omicron meeting will be April 5.

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