Omega Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society for key women educators, met at Oak Hill United Methodist Church on Dec. 8.

President Donna Smith conducted the initiation of Rebecca Hurd, Laura Coffel, and Ashley Chouinard into Omega Chapter before calling the birthday/Christmas celebration meeting to order.

First, President Smith called for a moment of silence to remember President George H.W. Bush and Pearl Harbor; she followed with a prayer. Members then recited The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and the Delta Kappa Gamma Collect.

For the invocation, Helen Case read the well-known Francis Church editorial “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” published in The (New York) Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

When she called roll, Sarah Case asked for members to share their favorite Christmas song. Treasurer Ann Blankenship shared the treasurer’s report, and Sarah Case read two items of correspondence followed by committee reports.

In communications and publicity, members were asked to submit news for Christy Gill’s Omega Newsette and to clip articles for the Omega scrapbook. Marsha Cook shared the published article on the November meeting.

Membership Chair Helen Case pointed out in her report that three members were just initiated, one transferred to Omega from another chapter, and another new member is expected to be initiated in March.

While Sarah Case took a collection for Schools for Africa project, Sharon Burns led members in singing “Happy Birthday” to sisters having a birthday in December, January, and February.

Marion Tanner updated members with information about the Read Aloud and the “Snuggle and Read” programs. She talked about the 23 visits to preschool, 380 books and blankets, parent workshop, volunteers who worked to make the blankets and money from various sources to fund it all.

Next, Sharon Burns explained the plan for members to volunteer to set up on Dec. 14 and distribute books on Dec. 15 at the Fayette County Christmas Toy Fund event at the Lewis Community Center in Oak Hill.

For Christmas, Chris Mitchell reported that she and Bev Spangler bought gift cards for educators who are shut-ins or in nursing homes.

After announcements from the floor, the meeting was adjourned.

Lunch consisted of salad, lasagna, bread, drinks, and “Omega” birthday cake.

Immediately after lunch, Sharon Burns, Linda Cole, and Marion Tanner conducted Omega’s birthday celebration program; Omega Chapter was organized 53 years ago on Dec. 11, 1965.

To conclude the meal, the birthday cake was served by Omega past-presidents.

Hostesses Mary Rosenecker, Jennifer McCauley, Rose Marie Frantz, and Beverly Spangler had decorated the tables with poinsettias before the meeting, and they were given to randomly selected members after the birthday cake.

Members present for the meeting were CeCe Arritt, Ann Blankenship, Sharon Burns, Helen Case, Sarah Case, Laura Coffel, Linda Cole, Marsha Cook, Ashley Chouinard, Rose Marie Frantz, Margaret Higginbotham, Rebecca Hurd, Ellen Krimmel, Jennifer McCauley, Chris Mitchell, Cindy Ray, Mary Rosenecker, Donna Smith, Beverly Spangler, Marion Tanner, Bessie Thomas, and Cecilia Warden. Guests Alfred Cook and Thelma Black also attended.

The next meeting will be held in March.

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