Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Beta Nu Chapter celebrates 88th Birthday

n BY letitia estep

Special to The Democrat


Delta Kappa Gamma Society Iaxnternational was founded May 11, 1929, in Austin, Texas. It is a professional honorary society of women educators. The Society promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. 

Beta Nu Chapter was organized November 2, 1935, in Marlin, Texas, by Founder and Alpha State Executive Secretary, Dr. Annie Webb Blanton. The chapter was formed from Beta Beta Chapter and was ceded Falls, Milam, Robertson, Leon and Madison Counties as membership territory. Miss Agnes Peyton was Beta Nu’s first President. Beta Nu’s first chapter meeting was held February 8, 1936, in the Falls Hotel. 

Beta Nu Chapter’s 88th Birthday Celebration was held on November 4, 2023, at Eastside Church of Christ, Marlin. Members are President Letitia Estep, Vice President Shirley Wilson, Treasurer Dr. Marlene Zipperlen, Secretary Sheila Lawson, Parliamentarian Phyllis Macmillan, Peggy Clark, Cynthia Derry, Carolyn Groseclose, Roseanne Groseclose, Monalisa Matthews, and Rhonda Milton. 

In a candle-lighting ceremony led by VP Shirley Wilson, the light from the candle reminds educators of the responsibilities to lighten the darkness of ignorance and spread knowledge and understanding.

“Happy 88th Birthday, Beta Nu” topped the lemon cake. Complements were coffee, pumpkin madeleines, and orange juice. “Happy Birthday” and “Fall Things in November” were sung.

The colors of Delta Kappa Gamma are crimson and gold – red for courage and gold for loyalty to members and to the ideals of the Society. The DKG rose is a natural creation that reflects beauty of mind and spirit.   

“Pride in the Big Picture” was reading the history of Beta Nu Chapter and recalling the responsibilities and benefits of membership. 

The Society has more than 100,000 members in over 2,900 chapters located in Canada , Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Finland, Guatemala, Iceland, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Germany, Estonia, Panama, Japan, and the United States. Each member has access to a limitless sphere of influence.

Membership benefits include scholarship and grant opportunities, leadership training, community programs, worldwide projects, conferences, networking contacts, technological opportunities, face-to-face learning, and support from and for fellow members.   

Generous scholarships are available to DKG members. Scholarships cover graduate studies, continuing adult education, and educational travel.

Throughout the year, Beta Nu Chapter members participate in the “Getting to Know You” program, have FUN fellowship, exercise Bragging Rights, make crafts, and play games. Auto mechanics, law enforcement, health, and estate legal professionals, and more, present valuable information.

Applications are available for Texas Arts Retreats and DKG Texas State Organization Leadership Seminars. 

Newly-formed Central Regional Area Workshop “Soar to New Heights!” will be held Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Austin, TX 7872. 

DKG 2024 International Convention will be July 9-13, 2024, at National Harbor, Maryland.

For members of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, mission and vision are the reasons for the journey. Zeal in personal and professional life is the fire that keeps DKG women going.

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