COLUMBIA CITY — The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an education honor society, met Sept. 17 at Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia City. The local chapter includes members from Grant, Huntington, Wabash, and Whitley Counties. President Roxanne Thomas opened the meeting, welcoming members and guests. A buffet breakfast was enjoyed by the members.
Susan Keefer from Wabash and Jessica Scheckler from Columbia City were initiated as new members of the society. Myra Schmidt of Columbia City was reinstated as a member of the chapter.
The program for the day was presented by Holly Elwood who teaches at Park Side Elementary in LaGrange. Her program was “Community Learning United by Books” as she discussed activities that she uses in reading clubs at her school, involving high ability third graders, all fourth and fifth graders. The clubs are student-focused as they help choose their books for reading, they have time for independent reading and working on assignments, but then come together to share their feelings, thoughts and observations about what they have read. Students help each other as they share what they have learned from their reading.
In chapter business, the minutes of the March meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved as presented. Various committee reports were shared. Reports from the International Convention, held in June in Nashville, Tennessee, were presented by Carol Herzog, Carol Winterholter, Karen Kinney, Barbara Buroker and Roxanne Thomas. Carol Herzog will serve on the international nominating committee for the next four years. The Alpha Zeta newsletter received 5-Star recognition. Janet Vesa was congratulated for helping the chapter achieve this recognition. Thomas presented a report of business conducted at the Delta Kappa Gamma Indiana State Executive Board meeting held in September.
A bus trip to Indianapolis was planned in place of a November meeting, but has been canceled. The chapter will meet on Nov. 12 at the Huntington Library with Karen Kinney presenting the program, “Children’s Literature… It’s Not Just for Kids.”
Members attending from Whitney County include: Karen Bandelier, Jadean Barnes, Darlene Bockelman, Waneta Bundy, Sue Corbin, Joyce Easterday, Angie Grable, Lori Heuer, Kirstin Jines, Donna Ott, Barb Overdeer, Pat Reed, Kathaleen Reese, Linda Sutton, Karen Swineheart, Roxanne Thomsas, Janet Vesa and Jessica Scheckler.