Delta Kappa Gamma chapter celebrates 50th birthday
From Contributed Reports
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Beta Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma recently marked a milestone by celebrating its 50th birthday. According to
“Delta Kappa Gamma is a professional honor society of key women educators in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Japan,” said Sarah Hinton, president of the chapter. “Its mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The vision is to have leading women educators impacting education worldwide.”
The celebration took place at Nashville United Methodist Church. In addition to chapter members, local dignitaries were invited, including Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education members and school district administrators, the mayor of Nashville and members of “sister chapters” Mu and Gamma Lambda. Special guests included Pat Taylor, past Eta State president and Region I Director Tobey Worthington. Amy Kornegay, chairwoman of the planning committee for the event, shared special music in song, “Eagle When She Flies.”
The program provided information about the purpose and history of Delta Kappa Gamma and the original 11 charter members, who were all well-known, outstanding women educators of their time. They were Maggie Baker, Velma Edwards, Edith Farmer, Rubye Fries, Mildred Hinton, Idalia Oglesby, Millie Pearson, Naomi Powell, Ruth Robertson, Rosalyn Stallings and Mary Wheless. All former presidents of Beta Theta chapter were recognized during the program, including the first president, Idalia Oglesby High, the only living member of the original eleven charter members from 1967.
“Delta Kappa Gamma provides professional development for its members, leadership training, opportunities to promote the education profession and to publish and present in professional environments,” said Brenda Brown, retired principal and member.
Members of Beta Theta Chapter have supported new teachers and raised over $10,000.00 in scholarship funds for women educators. In addition, they have established the Velma Edwards Fund in 2002 to provide support for special needs students and have awarded over $11,000 in local grants.
“This special celebration reinforces the value of Delta Kappa Gamma, its founding members, its mission and vision, which still are embraced today by our current members,” said chapter member and retired teacher and CTE Director Cheryl Rice. “The longevity of this women’s honor society supports what Annie Webb Blanton, founder of Delta Kappa Gamma set out to prove in 1929 in Austin, Texas, that women can and will advance professionally when they work together.”