Beta Zeta earns honors at state DKG convention
Sixteen local educators from the Beta Zeta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) joined more than 1,000 key women educators from throughout the state for the 87th Annual Convention of the Texas State Organization (TSO) of DKG, June 23-25, at the Frisco Convention Center in Frisco.
TSO President Marilyn Gregory presided over the convention.
Beta Zeta (BZ) members attending were Catherine Davis, TSO president 2007-2009; Joanne Davis, TSO president 2013-2015; Jerrie Dooley; Leatrice Haley, BZ finance chair; Janet Hext, BZ treasurer; Mary Hickok, First Timer; Andrea Hudson, BZ first vice president; Donna Itz, BZ ceremonies chair; Karen Loeffler, BZ parliamentarian and newsletter chair; Mollye Long, BZ legislative chair; Beth Luckenbach, BZ second vice president; Dr. Jo Murphy; Carolyn Otto, BZ webmaster; Helen Usener, BZ president and music chair; Lacey Vorauer and Evelyn Weinheimer.
The members attended many breakout sessions in which they were inspired by speakers such as LaDonna Gatlin, author and sister of the Gatlin Brothers.
Active teachers attended many sessions designed to help them in the classroom and also earned Certified Professional Education (CPE) credit.
Over 550 members and guests enjoyed Frisco RoughRiders baseball at Dr Pepper Ballpark. State President Marilyn Gregory threw out the first pitch and State Music Chair Deb Acevedo-Tamminga sang the national anthem.
The Beta Zeta Chapter received the President’s Award for Chapter Excellence, submitted by President Helen Usener and the Annie Award for its program, Adventures of Flat Annie and the Flat Founders, submitted by Andrea Hudson.
The newsletter, the Beta Zeta Buzz, compiled by Karen Loeffler, won the Five Star Award and their yearbook, compiled by Beth Luckenbach, won the Early Bird Award and the Exemplary Yearbook Award.
The chapter website, developed and maintained by Carolyn Otto, was recognized. The Tudor Rose Award for Membership, Tammy Vitek, committee chair, was also earned by Beta Zeta.
Evelyn Weinheimer was the recipient of the Life Long Learner Scholarship.
Beta Zeta members who serve on state committees include: Catherine Davis, Leadership Development for Chapter Presidents; Joanne Davis, chairman of Leadership Orientation for State Personnel; Jerrie Dooley, membership; Beth Luckenbach, research; Dr. Jo Murphy, chairman of Leadership Seminar; Carolyn Otto, communication/publicity, and Evelyn Weinheimer, bylaws and rules.
Local members supported the convention unifying service project by donating supplies to benefit children in the convention’s host communities. Supplies will be distributed through Hope Supply Co. and CASA.
Members attended the Celebration of Life and Remembrance where among those remembered were Beta Zeta members Lucille Henderson Rochs, Rita Ann Travis and Irene Carolyn Neffendorf Spenrath who passed away since the last convention.
The Alpha State Texas Educational Foundation (ASTEF), which funds scholarships, projects and leadership development, awarded $30,000 in stipends.
Beta Zeta invites former members, including those who have moved to Fredericksburg to consider transferring or reinstating to the local chapter.
In addition, current and retired educators in early childhood through college level, school counselors and administrators, nurse educators, and others involved in education are encouraged to learn more about the organization at www.dkg.org.
More information about the local group is available by contacting Usener at 997-7945 or Loeffler at 990-4454.