The Smith County Chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators, met Saturday to celebrate the organization’s Founders’ Day.
The annual joint-chapter meeting was held at Hollytree Country Club in Tyler and included five chapters.
The event was held in memory of the 12 women who founded the organization on May 11, 1929, at the Faculty Women’s Club at The University of Texas at Austin, according to an event news release.
About 80 teachers attended the brunch, which was put on by the Alpha Eta Chapter. Alpha Eta President Linda Ashby served as emcee.
Lynda Anderson, of Zeta Gamma, initiated seven members into the society. They were: Betty Berndt, Pam Creel and Dawn Holston for Alpha Eta; Amy Norris for Iota Delta, and Tanya Hurst, Teresa Hughes and Cindy Wingate for Theta Nu.
Zeta Gamma President Kim Paetzel presented a 50-year membership award to Alpha Eta member Sammie Saulsbury. Kappa Pi member Roselyn Parsons was recognized for 25 years of membership service.
Tyler Junior College student Kallie Corley Foshee, of Lindale, received the Recruitment Grant, which is given to a college student who is pursuing a degree in education, according to the news release. Ms. Foshee plans to attend The University of Texas at Tyler this fall.
Attendees honored the late Dr. Johnny Abbey in a Ceremony of Remembrance conducted by Cindy Swinney and Lou Brown. Dr. Abbey, who died in January, was a Delta Kappa Gamma member for more than 50 years.
Ms. Ashby conducted the Installation of Officers Ceremony for the five chapters. Outgoing officers presented roses to the incoming officers.
Incoming presidents include: Lisa Kendall, Alpha Eta; Lynda Anderson, Zeta Gamma; Donna Duncan, Iota Delta; Sharon Gullett, Theta Nu; and Lynda McQuaid, Kappa Pi.
The program ended with the singing of the Delta Kappa Gamma song.
Delta Kappa Gamma exists to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
The society has more than 10,000 members statewide and more than 100,000 members worldwide.