On Thursday, Sept. 14, the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met at the Towanda Country Club and expanded its membership with the initiation of six new members. The initiates included Amy Brown, a seventh-grade math teacher in the Towanda Area School District; Jennifer Wettlaufer, who teaches third grade in the Sullivan County School District; two Troy teachers – Elizabeth Ward, the tenth-grade English teacher and Christine Woodward, a first-grade teacher; and two teachers in the Canton School District – Sheila Jackson, an elementary / special education teacher, and Sherry Stiner, who is an educator in the Title 1 Math program.
President Shirley Allis called the business meeting to order and welcomed the members and initiates. The Alpha Zeta Singers, under the direction of Olynda Smith and led by the night’s song leader, Theresa Sparrow, entertained the membership with two songs, and Marianne Hennip provided the inspirational “Thought for the Day.” In addition to several reports from various committee chairpersons, secretary Barbara Pulver reviewed the minutes from the last meeting; treasurer Mary Herman gave the treasurer’s report and Claire Waldmeyer presented the budget for the year.
Several members received special recognition in the form of a red rose, the society’s symbol, for recent achievements – Marianne Hennip was recognized as a recent retiree, and Sally Hickey and Lee Ann Carmichael were recognized for their 25 years of membership. Other members receiving pins and recognition for their years of membership were Maureen Downs and Joyce VanDusen for 40 years, Olynda Smith for 45 years, and Joan Moody – a 57 year member of the Alpha Zeta chapter.
The evening concluded with the initiation of new members; Pat Stadelmaier, co-chairman of the Initiation Committee, conducted a beautiful ceremony in which the six initiates and their mentors participated. The culmination of the night’s program was the traditional singing of The Delta Kappa Gamma Song.
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society of women educators. The society, which promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education, is a global organization of approximately 95,000 members in 17 countries. The Alpha Zeta chapter, with members from Bradford and Sullivan Counties, boasts a 63 year history and is 101 members strong.