Coweta educators take lead roles at DKG convention
by Staff Reports
Educators from Coweta County took major roles in this year’s state convention for Psi State, Delta Kappa Gamma.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an organization for key women educators. Psi State consists of all the chapters in Georgia.
The meeting included the induction of Alice Bass as state corresponding secretary and the reinstallation of Dr. Lynn Skinner as state recording secretary. Several other current or former Coweta educators received awards or made presentations during the April 5-7 meetings at the Austin H. Wilson Conference Center in Macon.
A Hats and Gloves Luncheon was held at noon on April 6. Former Coweta resident Phyllis Hart, who now lives in north Georgia, gave a report on the creation of Psi State’s first electronic scrapbook. She admitted transferring her scrapbooking skills to the computer was daunting at first.
“Great leaders and great teachers challenge and inspire us to move outside of our comfort zones and learn new things,” Hart said.
Scholarships were also presented during the luncheon. Sallie Skinner Kight was presented with the $2,000 Edna Earl Jessie Scholarship. Kight has completed work for her specialist in education degree at LaGrange College.
Lois Duncan of the Psi State scholarship committee noted Kight “is a third generation Delta Kappa Gamma member.” Kight is the daughter of Lynn Skinner, and her grandmother, retired teacher Sara Jane Skinner of Moreland, was also present for the scholarship presentation.
Kight “has managed to raise a family, pursue an education and teach math at Newnan High School,” Duncan said. “She is a teacher leader and a source to whom other teachers turn for advice.”
Miriam Murray recognized “Forward Thinkers -- Forward Movers,” members of the society nominated for special recognition by other society members. Contributions to the leadership fund were made in honor of each nominee. Those gifts will serve “to move Psi State and the program forward,” said Murray.
Bass, Kathy Brown and Tina Marsh from Mu Chapter were named Forward Thinkers -- Forward Movers. Lynn Skinner and Merle Woodall received the honor from Beta Gamma Chapter.
“Nobody would imagine how much talent we have here,” Murray said. “We’re so enlightened by what these ladies have accomplished in our society -- and not just in our society, in so many things.”
Marie Boatright presented the Shining Stars for 2011-2013. The award went to 68 “ladies who have gone beyond their chapter” in accomplishment, she said. Lynn Skinner was on the list for completing her doctor of education degree in school improvement at the University of West Georgia.
Menlia Trammell, a retired Coweta educator who lives in Luthersville, was named a Shining Star for publishing children’s books. She is a member of Mu Chapter.
Mary Frazier Long, a former Coweta teacher who is now a member of Beta Rho Chapter, received the honor for writing and publishing a book on the Lawrenceville schools and for being a presenter on storytelling at the Psi State Convention.
“These ladies are shining examples who have shared their light with schools, churches, communities and chapters,” Boatright said. “They are inspiring.”
“We do have talent here and workers,” said Gail Ford. “This is wonderful.”
Dr. Beverly Helms, international president of Delta Kappa Gamma, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. She talked about the group’s international scope with 85,000 members in 2,500 chapters in 18 countries. “We added Japan in October,” she said.
“We’re trying to focus on connecting with members at the chapter level,” Helms said. “Membership begins and ends at the chapter level. The member is the lifeblood.”
Peggy McCall, outgoing president, expressed similar thoughts at the Presidents’ Banquet on the evening of April 6. The theme for the evening was “A Night of Roses and Pearls,” and Susan Woods brought Mu Chapters banner into the banquet hall.
Ford was installed as president at the evening meeting. Kathy Brown of Mu Chapter was installed as District III director, and Skinner and Bass were also installed. Ford’s theme for her biennium will be “Setting the Gold Standard in Delta Kappa Gamma.”
“You were asked to become a part of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society because you stood out from your peers,” Ford said. “We are in this together. We are a team.”