Women educators of Nu Alpha Gamma help stage state convention

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The women educators of Nu Alpha Gamma, the Dallas County chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, met for the state convention June 12-14 in Des Moines. Thanks to the wonder of trick photography, they included, front from from left, Nancy Burrow, Darlene Pitsenbarger, Florence Heck, Roxy Schwartz and Jackie Landon; back row from left, Barb Burket, Cathy Clark, Sharon Ulrich, Marti Klatt, Marilyn Bode, Carol Hill, Maureen Becker, Marlene Johnson, JoAnn Harmelink and Sue Leslie; not pictured: Marilyn Lynch. Photo courtesy Nu Alpha Gamma.

Nu Alpha Gamma, the Dallas County chapter of the worldwide sorority of female educators, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, played a big role in planning the society’s successful state convention held at the West Des Moines Marriott June 12-14

Local Nu Alpha Gamma members Cathy Clark, Roxy Schwartz, Nancy Burrow, Marlene Johnson, Sharon Ulrich, Susan Leslie, Marti Klatt and Florence Heck arranged one of the convention’s eight workshops, built around this year’s theme, “Moving and Growing with a Passion for Teaching.”

“Touring the Raccoon River Valley Trail,” a workshop presented by Mike Wallace, executive director of Dallas County Conservation Board, explored the educational, recreational and spiritual values of central Iowa’s lotic nature.

Sunday’s inspirational brunch was also hosted by the Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter. Van Harden, author, inventor, teacher and radio personality, was the keynote speaker, with “Living Your Passions” the topic of his book, “Life in the Purple Wedge.”

Centerpieces of flowering plants placed in bicycle helmets were the focus of the brunch theme, highlighting the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Door prize baskets contained gifts from area merchants, including the Hotel Pattee and the Raccoon River Valley Bicycle Co. in Perry.

Nu Alpha Gamma provided snacks and drinks for the hospitality room, with Heck providing mints for the Saturday evening banquet.

Two meetings of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Executive Board and two general session meetings were also held during the three-day event.

Schwartz and Burrow served as convention co-chairs, Johnson as treasurer, Ulrich as registration host, assisted by Sue Leslie, Klatt as meal coordinator, Marilyn Bode as pianist and International guest hostess, and Clark as flowers and workshop coordinator, with signage assistance from Maureen Becker.

The mission of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. It aims to unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship and honor women for distinctive service in any field of education.

Activities include advocating the professional interests, supporting desirable legislation, endowing scholarships, stimulating the personal and professional growth and action of members and informing members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was founded in 1929.

 

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