Alpha Xi Newsletter

Vol. 18, Issue 5

Our Work Continues

I am so proud of our members as we continue to work toward the goals of our chapter. Our monthly meetings and projects have required changes and a great deal of coordination and effort, but you all rise to the occasion and we move determinedly in the direction we have set.

We donated books to Northside Neighborhood House, calendars for veterans, and emergency clothing for elementary students.

We learned about Forest Kindergarten, how to do yoga from a chair, and have welcomed two new members.

We have supported each other as we work to help our area schools and teachers.

Sadly, we have lost two members, Betty Thomason in August and Deana James in December. Each of these ladies made important contributions to our chapter and DKG and we remember them fondly.

I pray that each of you is doing well and taking care of yourselves. Continue to look to your DKG sisters for strength, fellowship, and encouragement in the days ahead. If you have not joined our zoom meetings this past fall, please try to set aside that time in the months ahead.

I look forward to meeting with you all soon.

With much affection,


Service Project Update- Emergency Go Bags

The December project was a clothing drive to make emergency bags to distribute to elementary schools. We collected underwear, socks, and sweatpants to provide to children who may need an emergency change of clothes at school. Members decided to focus on Title 1 schools. These were delivered to the school guidance counselors in January. (Photo attached: Jeanie McKenna, left; Suzanne Rushworth, middle; Ann Pinion, right) Members followed social distancing protocols to meet and collect donations. Suzanne is holding calendars for the Liz Morton Calendar Project.

Service Project Update-Calendar Project

DKG donated 35 calendars and Suzanne delivered a total of 132 to Shelia at the VA in Chattanooga. They took them to the VA hospital in Murfreesboro on Thursday, Jan 7th.
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Legislative Update

Legislative Symposium March 1, 2021

Have you always wanted to attend the State Legislative Symposium but didn't want to travel to Nashville, spend the night in a hotel, and hike around the Hill?

This year provides a unique opportunity to attend the Symposium from the comfort of your own home!

On Monday, March 1st, the Tennessee state organization will present a slimmed-down, online version of this annual event.

There will be an online registration form available on the state website, including an opportunity to submit questions for the panel discussion.

Professional Development credit will be given to in-service teachers, and our chapter receives points toward the Maycie Chapter Excellence Award.

Let's represent, Alpha Xi!

Member News

Death of Deana James - link to her obituary

Cheryl Crowe is a new grandmother. Her granddaughter, first grandchild, was born on December 5th. Congratulations, Cheryl and welcome to the world Raeyah Madeline!

Beverly Hall shared the following regarding Orlean Bauman

It is with a sad heart that I report that the husband of our long-standing state editor, Orlean Bauman, died yesterday after a short illness (Non-COVID related).

Orlean is undergoing some health issues herself and needs the encouragement of our thoughts, prayers, and cards. No calls, e-mails, or texts at this time.

Please send a card on behalf of your chapter to Orlean. Her mailing address is

Orlean Bauman

2222 Steep Hill Road

Nunnelly, TN 37137

Member Opportunities

State Announcements

85th Tennessee State Organization Convention

June 3-5, 2021

University of the South

Sewanee, TN

Upcoming Virtual Events

For more information on the events visit

Triskele Paper Globes

Presenter: Cathryn Burke, Area 8 Coordinator Texas

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 PM Central

Triskele Paper Globes or Paper Balls are pretty and easy to make – sooooooooo much fun and they look absolutely stunning!

Register for Triskele Paper Globes here.

Questions about technology? Let’s find answers!

Dr. Dianne Anderson will provide answers to technology related questions. Submit specific questions in advance to allow for precise, yet understandable, answers. Saturday, February 20, 2021 10 AM CENTRAL.

Register for Technology Questions here.

Basics of Excel

Presenter: Heather Warren, Wayne County CTE Director

Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10 AM Central

This member requested workshop will cover the basics of Microsoft Excel using various Excel formulas, tables, and charts. Members who register will receive a handout to print prior to the workshop in order to make notes as we learn.

Register for Basics of Excel here.

The following virtual events have been recorded and can be accessed at the same link above:

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Virtual Icebreakers

DKG Goes Country

Facebook for 'Fraidy Cats

Vibrant Virtual Classrooms

International News

Save the date

2021 International Conference

Portland, Oregon - July 7-10, 2021

San Antonio, Texas - July 21 - 24, 2021

Tampere, Finland - July 28 - 31, 2021

2022 DKG International Convention

New Orleans, LA

July 12 - 16 2021

Alpha Xi

Alpha Xi is part of the TennesseeState Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

February Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 5pm

This is an online event.

We will meet via Zoom. Look for an email with the details.