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Mu Chapter marks 75 years

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Mu Chapter President Reba Fulghum, Eta State-NC President Connie Savell, and Eta State-NC District I Director and Mu Chapter member Tobey Worthington, from left, pose for a photograph during he Mu Chapter's 75th anniversary celebration.

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From Contributed Reports

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Eta State-NC, recently celebrated 75 years.

To mark the occasion, a reception was held at Benvenue Country Club. Mu Chapter was Chartered by International April 26, 1941, and founded March 28, 1942. Years later, as it grew, two other chapters were formed, Beta Theta (Nash County) and Gamma Lambda (Edgecombe County). To continue the sisterhood, the three chapters rotate, one each year to host a Tri-Chapter Brunch.

Mu Chapter President Reba Fulghum welcomed everyone. Jeannette Pittman and Katherine Collins, both former Mu Chapter presidents, as well as Eta State-NC presidents, gave a history of the chapter. Ann Bishop, past Mu Chapter president, explained some of the many projects done. Pat Taylor, past Mu Chapter president and Eta State-NC president, played the piano, and Tunisia Bullock, chapter vice president, played the flute. They provided music throughout the event.

Honored guests included Ann Edge, Mu Chapter member and Nash-Rocky Mount school board chairwoman; Wayne Doll, Nash-Rocky Mount school board member; Tobey Worthington, Region I director and past Mu Chapter president; Sheila Graves, past Eta State-NC president; and Connie Savell, Eta State-NC president.

A $75 gift card was donated by Bailey’s Jewelry and won by Jo Doll.

Many of the projects spin off from the state, National and international initiatives, such as the “Literacy Project.” Mu Chapter members collected books and donated them to the Bassett Center, once an elementary school, now a home for homeless families. A Children’s Room was assigned to the Bassett Center, and book shelves were made to hold the books. Eventually, a “Giving Library” was in place. This Project allowed the children leaving the Center to select a new book to take with them.

Another project for homeless children is the “Shoebox Project.” The shoeboxes are collected around Christmas time, and they are filled with toys, games and small books. The boxes are labeled for a boy or a girl, as well as the age range. Nash-Rocky Mount social workers distribute them to the students they serve in the school system.

Other projects have included support of new teachers with supplies and mentoring, scholarships and supplies for migrant children, toiletries and office supplies for My Sister’s House, donation of canned food for United Community Ministries, donation of old cell phones to the Senior Citizen Center and donations each year to the Schools for Africa Project.

The Kate Parks Kitchen Grant-In-Aid is given to an above average female student majoring in education. The grant alternates between N.C. Wesleyan College one year and Barton College the next. The Ora Vann Buskirk Scholarship is awarded to a chapter member working toward an advanced degree.

The Mu Chapter Vision Statement is promoting education excellence and supporting key educators worldwide.

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