Educators Attend 84th Annual Convention
Local educators joined more than 1000 key women educators from throughout the state for the 84th Annual Convention of the Texas State Organization of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International in Austin, June 20- 22. Members spent the convention time attending special interest sessions for Certified Professional Education (CPE) credit and Society workshops at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin.
State President Joanne Davis presided over the convention. Special guests and speakers included: Anne Barab, who encouraged women to have more love, joy, peace and contentment in life; Kim Bearden who spoke with passion about the philosophy and methods of instruction used at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, and how they are intended to be replicated in public school classrooms everywhere; and Dr. Beverly Helms, International President, who inspired members to build and strengthen membership.
Representatives from Hands On Central Texas accepted school supplies for Austin area schools for the Texas State Organization’s 2013 Unifying Project. Hands On Central Texas is a program of The United Way for Greater Austin whose focus is to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action.
The convention concluded with the Presidents’ and Founders’ Banquet. Joanne Davis, 2011- 2013 state president, celebrated the successes of her biennium and passed the gavel to Nancy Newton, incoming State President for 2013-2015, who announced her vision and her goals.
The honor organization of key women educators was formed in Austin, Texas, on May 11, 1929, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton from a nucleus of 12 founders representing all levels of education, kindergarten through university, from various parts of Texas. Professor of rural education at the University of Texas, Dr. Blanton was elected President of the Texas State Teachers’ Association in 1916, the first woman to hold the office. Blanton was also the first woman to serve Texas as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, having been elected to that post in 1918.
Gamma Omega Chapter was well represented by eighteen members attending. Those members from Bellville were Carole Fry and Carolyn Golan; from Brenham were Gladys Avis, Treva Bullard, Linda Pipes, and Joyce Whitehead; from Burton were Chapter President Mary Keienburg, Anna Breddin, Jeanell Dallmeyer, Elizabeth Jurica, Shelley Nies, and Bertha Upshaw; from Caldwell were Louise Pruett and Sandria Strong (who sang in the state chorus); from Lexington was Trudy Holland; from Sealy were Grace Holtkamp and Heather Smith; and from Somerville was Lynda York.
The Gamma Omega Chapter was honored by receiving the following awards: Five-Star Newsletter Award, Key Media Awards to The Bellville Times and The Lexington Leader, Exemplary Yearbook Award, Early Bird Yearbook Award, and the Annie Award for outstanding programs. The chapter was also recognized for being a contributing chapter to the Eula Lee Carter Memorial Fund, and for having a certified chapter website. In addition, Gamma Omega was recognized as an Honors Chapter for contributing to the ASTEF (Alpha State Texas Educational Foundation) Scholarship Fund, a Leadership Journeyer for donating to the ASTEF Leadership Fund, and a Project Groundbreaker for donating to the ASTEF Projects Fund.