The Beta Alpha Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) held its November 10th meeting at The Our House Museum in Gallipolis.  Cathy Greenleaf called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone in President Lynn Arnott’s absence. She thanked the Program Chair, Vicky Bryant, Hostess Chair, Patricia Stout and hostesses:  Gwen Daniels, Vicky Bryant, Denise Payne, Mary Deel, and Dama Schultz for their organization and planning for the meeting. Denise Payne gave the blessing prior to the meal.

Patrick Stout was the guest speaker.  He told a story of courage, faith, and sacrifice.  His tale was of the four chaplains aboard the American transport ship Dorchester on Feb. 2, 1943 heading through the icy North Atlantic just off the coast of Greenland when it was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine.  Of the 902 soldiers she carried, only 230 men survived.  As the ship slipped into the sea, the four chaplains linked arms, grasped the railing of the ship together, and began shouting encouragement to the men in the sea.

One survivor, John Ladd, recalled it as “the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven”.  These chaplains showed self-sacrifice, broad-mindedness, spiritual passion, devotion to troops, and everything that embodies the highest that men of God in war ever hope to achieve. They set a vision of greatness for future generations.  Visitors walking through the memorial chapel at the Pentagon or praying in the Community Chapel at West Point can look up at the stained-glass windows that celebrate the heroism of these four Dorchester chaplains.

Mary Deel let devotions centered around Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.  Reports by the secretary and treasurer were given and approved.  A thank you note from Maggie Bostic, our recent scholarship recipient, was read to the membership.

Doris Lanham reported that the change to the bylaws regarding the Christmas charitable giving will be voted on at the February meeting.  Proposed change:  If there is no membership from the county attendance area then it will move to the next county in the rotation.  Oak Hill was overlooked in the charitable giving last year so a motion was made and passed to donate to Oaks United.  A motion was made and passed to purchase luggage for the foster care program in Gallia County.

Karen Waugh reported that the scholarship committee has proposed four options for giving out scholarship monies in the future. These proposals will be emailed to members so that they can make an informed decision at the February meeting.  If anyone has any questions or does not get the information through email they may contact Karen Waugh for clarification. A vote on the money allotted for the printing of the DKG booklet to be donated to the scholarship fund in the future will also be voted on in February.

Door prizes of antique teacups filled with fall goodies were awarded to:  Kay Adkins, Karen Waugh, Jane Ann Slagle, Andrea Gannaway, and Nancy Hood.

The meeting was adjourned and closed with the singing of the DKG song.  The next meeting will be February 9, 2018 at 6:30 at Simpson Chapel in Rio Grande.  DKG is a professional association of women educators whose primary mission is to support the professional development of women in education.

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