DKG Nu Chap­ter cel­e­brates 60 years

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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

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.

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