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Delta Kappa Gamma presents awards

HONORED — Recognized for years of membership-service were, front, from left, Carolyn Kibble, five years, and Julie Workman, 10 years; and back, Bernice Francis, 40 years; Ellen Swickard, 30 years; and Darlene Smith, 45 years. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — Barbara Pritts, president of the Delta Kappa Gamma/Alpha Mu Chapter, Carrollton and Jefferson counties, introduced the theme “Believe, Belong, Build” to the 34 members attending the Sept. 14 meeting at Starkdale Presbyterian Church.

Fall has brought the promotion of the theme embraced by Diana Kirkpatrick, state president.

The meeting included acknowledgment of thank-you notes received from Mikayla Tice and her students for her school’s grant money; from Karen Lundquist for the donation to the Pleasant Hill Schoolhouse Museum; and from Rose Seck for the back-to-school Carrollton donations.

Reports also were given by Ann Wiley, Gina Judy, Mary Barnes, Bunni Lucci, Nancy Shuster, Darlene Smith, Jean Brower, Dani Carroll, Rose Seck and Barb Losey.

The basket drawing, run by Rose Seck, was won by Carolyn Kibble. Donations were taken toward foster-care backpacks.

The program included Membership Chair Donna Iachini recognizing members with perfect attendance, including Holly Dodds, Janice Pyles, Nancy Shuster, Ann Wiley, Mary Barnes, Edwina McElwain, Debbie Kovalesky, Barbara Pritts, Judy Serdar, Darlene Smith and Julie Workman.

Members recognized for incremental years of membership-service were: Bernice Francis, 40 years; Ellen Swickard, 30 years; Darlene Smith, 45 years; Carolyn Kibble, five years; Julie Workman, 10 years; Angela Smith and Lisa Truman, five years; Nancy Linn and Cheryl Wells, 10 years; Diane Buck, Joyce Ferguson and Carole Thorne, 15 years; Karen Goddard, 20 years; Arlene Obertance, 30 years; and Norma Smith, 45 years.

Darlene Mason also was recognized as a recent retiree from Edison Local School District.

Pritts also recognized those teachers still working, presenting them with a craft/gift. They were Ellen Swickard, Janice Pyles, Belinda Mach, Nichole Locke; Holly Dodds, Donna Iachini, Dani Carroll, Lindsay Clifton, Shanley Demitras, Stephanie Glasure, Vicki Nurczyk, Angela Smith, Diane Thomas, Carole Thorne, Lisa Truman and Marlene Wolf.

Shirley Riggleman also was recognized for 51 years of membership.

The program for the Oct. 12 meeting at Amsterdam United Methodist Church was given by Attorney Edward Littlejohn, who distributed literature on Medicaid planning in Ohio and Ohio Estate Planning. He spoke on the importance of having a will or trust. He was introduced by Finance Chair Nancy Shuster

Vice President Joyce Ferguson presided at the meeting attended by 24 members on behalf of Barb Pritts, who was attending the DKG State Executive Board meeting in Grove City.

Presenting reports were Nancy Shuster, Ann Wiley, Janice Pyles, Belinda Mach, Donna Iachini and Donna McCasland. Bunni Lucci and Joyce Palmer ran the drawing for a basket and wreath, won by Karen Goddard and Belinda Mach.

The Dec. 14 meeting at the Carrollton Bible Chapel will feature the awarding of the $200 new teacher scholarship/grant to a teacher applicant from the Indian Creek School District.

The annual “Make It, Bake It, Buy It” auction also will be conducted, providing funds for the scholarship committee. The music committee will present the group Friends as the Christmas musical program.

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