Seventeen Eta Chapter sisters gathered at The Toasted Goat in Frostburg for their December meeting and annual auction. After the business meeting, they enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast at the recently renovated historic location, a task undertaken by a local educator and his family. The highlight of the morning was the auction to raise funds for the Eta Chapter Aspiring Educator Scholarship given each June to a female local high school senior. A plethora of items were graciously donated by the sisters to this worthy cause. Happy Holidays!
Eta Chapter and Alpha Alpha Chapter had a joint meeting on September 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Frostburg, MD. Kim Sloane, Eta Chapter President, and Cindy Downton, Alpha Alpha Chapter President, welcomed everyone and introduced the officers in each chapter. For the opening ceremonies, everybody sang "This is How It's Spelled-A" to the tune of Bingo which went, "There is a great society, Called Delta Kappa Gamma: D-E-L-T-A K-A-P-P-A G-A-M-M-A and that is how it's spelled, A!"
Michelle Saville, Eta, provided inspiration by reading the book, "Each Kindness," by Jacqueline Woodson. Florence Saku, Eta, led the ice breaker by sharing about how one person made a difference in her life: Kim Sloane who invited her to join DKG. Everyone shared their stories with a partner.
The two chapters went on separate rooms for chapter meetings and then reconvened for lunch. During the Eta Chapter meeting, Kim Sloane shared how (mis)adventurous it was to secure the #1 balloons for the meeting.
To welcome DKG State President Lorraine Johnson, everybody sang, "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain." Lorraine then gave her message on being the ONE and being ONE with the group. She also mentioned how, being from New Orleans, she appreciated seeing the mountains of Maryland and thanked Immediate Past State President Sharon Darling for driving with her to Frostburg. Cindy Downton and Kim Sloane then presented gifts to Lorraine Johnson. Cindy Downton presented a chopping board made from the different woods found in Garrett County. Kim Sloane presented a basket of local items and a treasure box painted depicting four seasons of the Mountains of Maryland. The treasure box was painted by Mildred Watkins, Eta.
The DKG Blessing written by Betty Hepler was sung, and everyone shared a meal. There were 16 members in attendance from Alpha Alpha Chapter.
It was a beautiful day. There was a clear sky and the sun was shining. Leaves were beginning to change to autumn hues. The timing was perfect for DKG State President Lorraine Johnson's visit to Western Maryland.
It was a wonderful turnout of 22 sisters at the June luncheon at Cumberland Country Club. It was certainly a time of celebration for the 90th birthday of Delta Kappa Gamma and the 60th birthday of our Eta Chapter.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kim Sloane. An inspirational message was provided by Michelle Saville. She read the book, “I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Lom Lichtenholt. She then presented it to Jayla Evans, our scholarship recipient. Jayla graduated from Allegany High School and will be pursuing a degree in Education at West Virginia University. For an ice breaker, we shared our stories.
Florence Saku was installed as Second Vice President.
To celebrate Eta’s 60th birthday, Kim prepared a PowerPoint presentation showing the photographs of the founders of Eta Chapter. Members role-played with scripts, also prepared by Kim. It was wonderful to learn more about the women behind Eta Chapter.
We also celebrated membership anniversaries through the presentation of “rockers” - pins that show years of membership. Kim Sloane and Judy McKenzie, 5 years; Donna Carter, Sandy Stevens, and Dottie Turner, 20 years; Karen Bonner, 25 years; Nancy House, 35 years; Marilyn Stevenson, 40 years; Jane Belt, 45 years; Doris Giornesto, 50 years, and Gladys Fajerty, 55 years.
Here’s hoping for another special year with our sisters.
September 5, 2018
I am honored to be serving as the Eta Chapter President for the next two years. My theme for this biennium is Simply Sincere Sisterhood. We will be seeking to appreciate what makes each of our sisters in Eta Chapter so unique and special, and to strengthen the bonds between us. Some activities being planned in addition to our meetings are game/movie nights, a holiday outing to the Gordon Roberts House, a tour of the new Allegany High School, and other opportunities to spend time getting to know our sisters more sincerely.
Our first meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6 at the South End Library in Cumberland. As part of our meeting, we will each select a special sister for the year, and make a craft item to give to her. Then, for those who would like to share lunch, we will travel to a local eatery at the conclusion of the meeting.
Your annual dues reminder is included with this letter along with a magnetic schedule of meetings. Dues may be sent directly to Jane Belt or brought to the first meeting.
Also, it isn’t too soon to think about Operation Christmas Child donations. Please bring hygiene items (no toothpaste or liquids please) or school supplies for children ages 0-18 which can be packed and mailed at our November project meeting (date to be determined). Monetary Donations will also be accepted to offset the cost of postage. Last year Eta Chapter donated and packed nearly 100 boxes!
Here’s hoping for a special year with our sisters.
by Sue Morgan
For the past two years, Eta Chapter has had a "partnership" with Westernport Elentary school. A cadre of, mostly retired, members has volunteered for individual or small group activities in Kindergarten and First Grade classes once a week. We had a presence at the school, but each person only had to go once a month. The staff has gotten to know us especially since this year we provided treats for American Education Week. Because of the Greek letters, the staff equates us with a Sorority rather than a Society, hence the sign. We haven't gotten any new members, but we're hopeful that some of the staff will join is in the future.
Kely Griffin conducted the June 9 meeting at the Cumberland Country Club. The officers for the 2018-2020 Biennium were sworn into office.