DKG Nu Chapter celebrates 60 years
CHURCH HILL — The Nu Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International celebrated its sixtieth anniversary by having an afternoon tea under the expert guidance of Nu sister Peggy Murchake on Sunday, June 4, at the parish house of St Luke’s Church in Church Hill. Delta Kappa Gamma is a key women teachers’ society active in 17 countries around the world with a mission of promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
The Nu Chapter was founded 60 years ago on June 8, 1957 with 16 members signing the charter. In the beginning, four MidShore counties, Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot, were represented by the membership. At the present time — although there are no current members from Caroline County — Nu Chapter boasts 40 members who meet regularly to increase their skills as educators as well as learning more about health, exercise, nutrition and artistic crafts.
The group has tried to increase members’ knowledge of technology, legislative issues and hot topics facing education today, according spokesperson Ann Campbell.
“We have learned more about bullying, curriculum changes and supporting early career educators and we pride ourselves in working on projects which impact the community in general and support student learning,” she said.
Currently, the chapter is involved with The MoonCatcher Project which provides reusable, washable hygiene supplies so that school-aged girls in the poorest communities worldwide can remain in school for the entire month, thereby not missing any educational time in school. This is such a huge benefit to these young women and directly impacts their futures in a positive way, Csmpbell said. The Maryland organizational part of DKG, Alpha Beta State (ABS), is hopeful that more chapters statewide will also become involved with this program.
Guests of the tea, including current and some past members, were entertained by Nu Chapter soloist Marita Reed, who sang “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Flying Free.” Congratulatory remarks were given by ABS Executive Director Mary Makinen and current ABS President Joan Wiggins. Tamara Forte, a Nu Chapter member and current Teacher of The Year for Queen Anne’s County, provided inspirational thoughts as she challenged the group to use their talents to enrich the organization and their communities as well.
Nu Chapter member Sharon Darling, incoming ABS President, spoke also, using butterflies as the theme as her message to promote growth through the next biennium.
“Alpha Beta State will continue to grow, change and soar so that we can preserve the past while continuing to advance by designing a plan to meet the needs of a diverse membership and the increasing demands of an ever changing world,” said Darling.
The guests enjoyed many delicious refreshments, including a very realistic teapot cake created by a Nu members, and the atmosphere was enhanced by an elegantly decorated room complete with fine china and a myriad of teapots and teacups. The Nu Chapter looks forward with pride and anticipation to the next 10 years.
For more information about Delta Kappa Gamma or to become a member, contact 410-438-3552 or visit the website at www.dkg. org or dkgmd.org.
Nu Chapter members look forward with pride and anticipation to the next ten years as they gather to celebrate 60 years of service.
Tamara Forte, a Nu Chapter member and current Teacher of The Year for Queen Anne’s County.