Alpha Mu Chapter installs new members, recognizes others

Founders Day program participants, were, from left, Edwina McElwain, Diane McElwain Thomas, Bernice Francis and Carolyn Kibble, chair. -- Contributed

HARLEM SPRINGS — The Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met Sept. 9 at Harlem Springs United Methodist Church with 33 members attending.

President Barbara Pritts opened the meeting with a welcome and related “a warm parent note to a teacher” in honor of the new school year.

Mary Barnes, Ann Wiley, Bunny Lucci, Rose Seck and Gina Judy gave officers’ reports.

Seck received a special thank-you certificate from the Carrollton back-to-school extravaganza for the Alpha Mu in-kind donations of notebooks, writing pencils, pens, folders, scissors and crayons. The event served many students, mostly from the Carrollton and Edison local school districts. Seck also will be distributing a new teacher scholarship this year to Carrollton teachers.

An executive meeting was held July 19 at Marsha’s Diner in Amsterdam with Joyce Ferguson, Judy, Lucci, Pritts, Nancy Shuster, Darlene Smith and Ann Wiley attending. Business included completion of the program book to be distributed at the October meeting; an announcement that Pritts would be attending the state executive board meeting in Columbus in October and that she recently had attended the biennial seminar in Cleveland; and a mention by Smith that 28 participated in a summer outing in Amish Country.

Carole Thorne, hospitality, announced that Barbara Losey provided the wreath and lantern for the drawing. Judy won the wreath, and Barbara Carter, the lantern.

Joyce Palmer provided background music for the September installation ceremony, led by Linda Nocera, and Dani Carroll provided the May installation ceremony music.

Smith reported that the group will donate to the hospitality room at Urban Mission Ministries and personal hygiene items to the WEBA food pantry.

An initiation ceremony was held for Vicki Nurczyk, Franciscan University of Steubenville student-teaching supervisor. Nancy Linn was her sponsor.

At the May 13 meeting held at the Carrollton Bible Chapel, Donna McCasland was initiated, sponsored by Pritts and Jane Brower, and Marlene Wolf and Darlene Mason, sponsored by Losey, also were initiated. The meeting also include acknowledgment of a thank-you note from Chris Hyland of the Cancer Dietary Initiative and a Founder’s Day program led by Carolyn Kibble and involving her committee comprised of Bernie Francis, Edwina McElwain and Diana Thomas.

The membership committee includes Nocera, chair, and Cynthia Harrah, Linda Holub and Donna Iachini. Member recognitions were given for perfect attendance to Carter, Mary Lou Custer, Losey, Edwina McElwain, Jan Primack, Pritts, Smith, Carole Thorne and Wiley. They were presented a gift.

Membership recognitions were acknowledged for Judy, five years; Chris Hull, 10; Jane Brower, 15; Wiley, 20; Nocera, 30; Stella Parikakis and Shuster, 35; Lucci, 40; Patricia Fletcher and Ruth Ann McLaughlin, 45; Shirley Riggleman, 49; Margery Gregg, 58; and Cicely Worthington, 61.

New retirees are Kathy Pavlik, Karen Meyer and Mary Barnes.

Pritts presented pencil packets to members still teaching, including Jane Brower, Dani Carroll, Shanley Demitras, Stephanie Glasure, Donna Iachini, Darlene Mason, Vicki Nurczyk, Angela Smith, Ellen Swickard, Diana Thomas, Carole Thorne, Lisa Truman and Marlene Wolf.

Losey gave several readings, including “School Will Come to Order” and “You Are Blessed”

The next meeting will be held Oct. 14 at the United Methodist Church in Amsterdam.