The members of Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International — along with chapters Beta, Pi, Beta Zeta and Beta Kappa of the Southwest District — hosted a visit by the State President Liz Poock at the Nov. 4 district meeting in Panora.
Poock is serving the first of a two-year term and shares her commitment to Delta Kappa Gamma with her mother, the late Florence Heck of Perry, who was recognized as a 45-year member before her death in July.
Preceding Poock’s remarks, the members of Nu Alpha Gamma presented a skit they performed at the state convention at Honey Creek Resort in June, inviting those present to attend the next state convention in Des Moines in 2025. They followed with a trivia game involving places to visit in Des Moines as mentioned in the skit.
In her speech, Poock said she taught special education for many years at levels ranging from from elementary to high school. The theme for her biennium is “My Love of Belonging to DKG”, she said, and she cited her reasons for her commitment to Delta Kappa Gamma.
Poock said her goal for her presidential term is to create an environment in which members truly feel they belong. She later passed out Riesen candies and asked those present to think about their reasons for belonging.
Announcements about upcoming events this year included the annual Legislative Day to be held on March 6, 2024.
“This is a good time to personally talk with your legislator about legislation that will affect education,” Poock reminded the members. She also encouraged the chapters to look at the leaders in each chapter in order to determine officers for the next biennium.
Following the district meeting, an organizational meeting for the 2025 State Convention was led by Dena Higginbotham and Nancy Middaugh, the convention’s co-chairs.
Sue Leslie is the secretary of the Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.