Alpha Mu Chapter gives scholarship, gets updates

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD — The Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma recently awarded a beginning-teacher grant-scholarship to Lindsay Traver of Salem, left, a biology II teacher at Carrollton High School who will be purchasing items to assist in teaching genetics. With her are scholarship committee members, from left, Julie Blanton, chair, and Donna McClelland, Kathy Pavlik, Jane Brower, Stella Parikakis and Barbara Carter. -- Contributed

TORONTO — President Barbara Pritts welcomed 38 members and three guests to the Dec. 9 meeting of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, which was held at Riverview United Methodist Church in Toronto.

Pritts reading a Christmas poem, and members recited the collect.

Members giving reports included Gina Judy, recording secretary; Mary Barnes, treasurer; and Linda Anderson, Rose Seck, Arlene Obertance, Diane McElwain, Carole Thorne, Nancy Shuster and Darlene Smith.

Smith and Pritts applauded Linda Holub for her “beautiful handwoven lap blankets” for nursing homes.

Bunny Lucci, corresponding secretary, read a thank-you note from Karen Meyer for her retirement necklace. Smith read a thank-you letter from Urban Mission Ministries for the monetary donation for the coffee-room.

Pritts reported on the executive board meeting held Oct. 14 in Columbus, noting the state convention set for April 13-15 will celebrate Alpha Delta state’s 80th birthday. The state president distributed handouts on titled “Pass on the Gift of Membership.”

The music committee presented the program with Dani Carroll and guest Lindsay Clifton distributing “cue cards” of nouns, verbs and adjectives for members in seven singing “groups” to create impromptu tunes with the mixed-words making new Christmas song verses. All used current tunes in a “UDL, “ an acronym for Universal Design for Learning approach.

In a scholarship and world fellowship report, Julie Blanton, chair, along with her committee, presented the Alpha Mu beginning-teacher grant-scholarship to Lindsay Traver of Salem, a biology II teacher at Carrollton High-School and will be purchasing items to assist in teaching genetics. Traver was among five applicants who met with the committee Nov. 11.

Ann Wiley offered several announcements, including a date change to April 21 for the meeting to be held at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville. The next meeting, however, will be held March 10 at Ponderosa in Carrollton. Breakfast at 10 a.m. will be followed by the meeting.

The basket drawings proceeds will benefit foster children, it was announced, and the personal growth and service project will be Victims Assistance of Carroll County.

Meeting dates and locations confirmed included May 12, Wintersville United Methodist Church, and Sept. 8, Carrollton Bible Chapel on state Route 43.

Darlene Smith won handcream as part of a drawing based on members pin-wearing.

Carol Thorne gave the blessing for the meal.