The Delta Sigma chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met Thursday, Sept. 26, at the First Baptist Church in Lincolnton. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is an organization of women educators, active and retired. The meeting began with a greeting by Jane Goodson and invocation delivered by Laurie Sellers. Chapter members enjoyed fellowship during a meal catered by Patsy Mosteller. The speaker for the evening was superintendent of Lincoln County Schools, Dr. Sherry Hoyle. Dr. Hoyle explained to the group cuts that were made by the state to the education budget and how the school system was handling the reduction in funds. Dr. Hoyle shared with the group information on state legislative updates concerning school safety and the elimination of career-teacher status. Dr. Hoyle ended her presentation with a video that highlighted the local school system. Chapter president, Dr. Elaine Jenkins, thanked Dr. Hoyle for her information and urged members to unite as a collective voice to support public education. Dr. Jenkins led the business meeting with the reading of the minutes and approval of the budget for the upcoming year. Committee reports were given. Wanda Lutz thanked everyone for their help with the new-teacher luncheon given during new-teacher induction in August. Members shared with the group thanks they had received from new teachers for the support and treats received from the chapter’s THAT (Teachers Helping Another Teacher) project. Jill Eddy informed the group about the chapter community project – “Speak Up For Children.” “Speak Up For Children” is a local foundation that will provide for foster children. Since its beginning this year, some of the items the foundation has provided for local foster children include: hardback books, birthday parties, tutoring, car seats, money towards dental braces, YMCA day-camp tuition, school supplies and clothing. Members were invited to make a monetary donation to the foundation.
The meeting ended with the initiation of five new members to the Delta Sigma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. New members initiated were Dr. Elaine Boysworth, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Lincoln County Schools, Samantha Campbell, Principal of East Lincoln High School, Tammy Price, English teacher at North Lincoln High School, Betsy Rinehardt, Functional Skills K-5 Intensive Needs Teacher at Love Memorial Elementary School, and Darla Stines, math teacher at East Lincoln Middle School.
The next meeting will be Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Faith Building at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Lincolnton.