2013-08-05 / LifeStyles

Gaffney’s Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma stays actively involved in local community

Organization begins new biennium in September

Melanie Cook, president of Gaffney’s Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, recently reported to the state and international organization on the work of the local chapter.

The organization is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 95,000 members. Established in 17 member countries around the world, the society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

During the past year, Mu Chapter members were involved in the following projects:

– Donating slightly used clothing to the Cherokee County School District to be distributed to schools for needy children throughout the county.

– Donating books to the Caldwell House which is the used book store behind the public library

– Donating their time and expertise by mentoring in the local schools whenever possible.

– Visiting educators who are in nursing homes or not able to get out.

– Giving a scholarship each year to a deserving Blacksburg or Gaffney High Student who is planning to go into the field of education.

According to Cook, her involvement as president of Mu Chapter allows her to lead those who have graciously led and inspired her through the years.

She said, “What a pleasure during my term to serve Mu chapter with such a wonderful group of outstanding women educators as we commit to becoming members united and committed.”

Other activities of Mu Chapter included a workshop conducted by Donna Porter, assisted by Joyce Childers, Melody Bradley, Becky Mc- Craw, Beth Martin and Melanie Cook. The workshop was an orientation meeting for new initiates Kristie Camp, Lisa Hannon, Mary Kay Hannon and Treva Wagoner at the home of Dollie Blanton.

The history and scrapbook committee completed a history of the many activities and accomplishments of Mu. Members of this committee, led by Libby Gosnell, were Jill Bramlett and Charlotte Brown. The organization also conducted a Ceremony of Remembrance for Frances Clary that was attended by her family and other guests.

The chapter also received several honors and awards this year.

Dr. Quincie Moore was the recipient of the State Career Professional Service Award.

Becky McCraw was honored at the General Session of the state convention as the recipient of the Mary Eva Hite Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.

Zara Barnhill, chairman of the scholarship committee, said, “Mu Chapter awards a $500 scholarship second semester of each school year. The recipient rotates between the two county high schools, Blacksburg High and Gaffney High. The guidance counselor of the respective school is notified of the scholarship and its requirements. The counselor post fliers for all interested participants. Applications are turned in to the scholarship committee for review and selection.”

Chelsea Lawhorn, a student at Blacksburg High School, is the 2013-2014 recipient. Lawhorn plans to attend Winthrop College.

“As we begin our new biennium in September, Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will continue its work in promoting the growth of outstanding local women educators and excellence in education in Cherokee County,” Cook said.

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