Gamma Eta Chapter Newsletter

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

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Epsilon State || Southeast District

Volume 24 Number 4, December 7, 2017

DELTA KAPPA GAMMA promotes professional and personal growth

of women educators and excellence in education.

Barbara Verdin || Editor ||

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Barbara Verdin at the BR Coordinating Council Christmas dinner with the favors that she created.

From the President: F. Margret Atkinson

Gamma Eta sisters,

Reasons for us to celebrate:

We are continuing to lead, both in DKG and in our professional endeavors.

-Barbara created wonderful favors for the Baton Rouge Coordinating Council

-Sarah is our NMS Teacher of the Year

Continued two-pronged vision:

1. Shifting our technological paradigm:

Please ensure you can log into International's website. It is a fantastic website and offers so many resources. Don't forget that your member number is a six digit number that can be found on your membership card. Your temporary password is dkg2014society, and you can change it once you log-in. If you need your membership number, you can ask Laura.

2. Building membership by working towards a balance of commitment to engaging community building:

There are still so many ways to serve our community. Let's see what we can do.

Thank you for going on this journey with me as we continue to grow and seek excellence in education.

As always, I appreciate dialogue and welcome a conversation, so don't hesitate to email me at

With much love,


Scholarship Opportunities (through Epsilon state)

Please look at some of scholarships and consider applying if you meet the qualifications!



One of our chapter's goals this year is to continue to have professional, informative, and interesting programs with special emphasis on the DKG Seven Purposes.

Please read them prior to each meeting and be prepared for a fun time studying our purposes. And don't forget, they can also be found on our website!

To unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship.

To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in any field of education.

To advance the professional interest and position of women in education.

To initiate, endorse, and support desirable legislation or other suitable endeavors in the interests of education and of women educators.

To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships to non-member women educators.

To stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action.

To inform the members of current economic, social, political, and education issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.


Epsilon State Officers

Kathye Blackburn-President || Sandra Pruitt-1st Vice President

Gwen Traylor-2nd Vice President || Mitzi Quinn-Recording Secretary

Susan Crooks-Parliamentary Advisor || Linda Ruth Jackson-Treasurer

Wanda Lemoine-Deltion Editor || Lori Myers-Executive Secretary

Kudos to Joyce Landry, Southeast District Director. She was so professional in her leadership role at the District Meeting in Mandeville. We are fortunate to have her as our leader.

First Vice President: Debbie Usie

Greetings, Gamma Eta Sisters!

As we move into the new calendar year, DKG business will be on the

menu as the Executive Board meets at the home of Linda Landry,

5715 Harelson Drive in St. Gabriel on Tuesday, January 23 from 5:30-

8:00. Thank you, Linda, for hosting us in your home!

Finally, get ready for the 2018 Epsilon State Convention to be held in Baton Rouge

March 16-18! Save the date, and put it on your calendar ASAP. If you have not already done so. But first, come Hear Mary Jane Clark and Renee Siccone at our February meeting as this year's convention Co-Chair bring us all up-to-speed on the plans they have been working on for months. We are so proud of their efforts and kn ow they will need our help to serve as their "worker bees" to ensure that all runs smoothly.

Add Tuesday, February 20 (that's 2018!) to your calendars as well when we meet at Walk-On's Bistreaux in Towne Center from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Renee will also bring legislative updates to keep us well-informed on the latest education news from the capitol.

See you soon!


If you have any questions, you can contact me at

Second Vice President: Linda Landry

New members bring new ideas and excitement. Just as important is current members being active members. We are a Gold Key Chapter because of the hard work and dedication of many of our members. In order to remain on top it is imperative that all members play a role to help us continue being a successful chapter.

Contact me at

Treasurer: Laura Grubb

I enjoy serving you as treasurer, and I can always be reached at lmgrubb14@gmail.comI

I cannot wait to update you on our budget at our February meeting.

Laura Grubb

(225) 978-2312

DKG merchandise

You can purchase pens, tote bags, and jewelry, all branded to show your DKG pride.

Secretary: Katie Ferguson

Thank you to the members who emailed me with recent health and well-being updates on members. It is a great help to me.

Peace & Blessings,

Katie Ferguson, Secretary

Epsilon State

Epsilon recently elected new officers at the State Convention. See link for more information.

Editor's Edicts: Barbara Verdin

I have started reading the book New Ways to Engage Parents by Patricia Edwards I must confess it is slow reading, and her writing style is different. The review will be forthcoming in a future newsletter.

Please keep sharing your ideas and thoughts. Putting them in action also contributes to our success as a chapter.

I can always be reached at

Scholarship opportunities (international & State)

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARGRET! She was awarded a Wanda Gunn travel grant to use in the near future for a conference. You need to be an active member. Apply now.

Parliamentary Possibilities-Barbara

Parliamentary Definitions:

1. Putting the question-Putting a motion to a vote.

2. Ad Hoc-Latin meaning "for this purpose only." Usually associated with committees.

3. Refer-To send a motion to a committee.

4. Viva Voce-Latin which means "with the living voice. Refers to a vote taken by voice.