Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Care💙Net...A Sure Bet for Beta Upsilon

Honoring Our DKG Heritage: Beta Upsilon Chapter was founded November 8, 1980, sponsored by Alpha Theta Chapter, Helen Jasper Roos and Margery Phillips. From our beginning as a chapter, we had a large number of State officers and committee people...Our second meeting was our first Christmas party, held at the home of Freida Slattery....At the April meeting, we finally settled on the place to hold our meetings - St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, where we had been organized. Our guest speaker explained the Rachel Royston Permanent Scholarship Foundation. At the May meeting, we decided to give a grant-in-aid to a deserving senior girl. Our first grant-in-aid was $50. It left us a balance of $41.96. We were busy the next year - we started the traveling gift idea, and the progressive auction of a lovely painting by guest, Frieda Kurth. Proceeds of the auction went toward scholarship and grant-in-aid funds....Our grant-in-aid was raised to $75....Our rummage sales have been highly successful in raising money for grants-in-aid and officer expenses. The grant-in-aid is now $500. Josie B. Esau served as a member of the Rules Committee for International Convention in Atlanta. While there, she was asked by the new International President, Gloria Little, to serve on the Constitution Committee of International...Carol Selle attended the International convention in Baltimore and presented a workshop on Cooperative Learning. In 1989, she was elected State Second Vice-President. (from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991).

(front row center) Jessica Tufts 2018 State RRPSF Margaret L. Harvin Scholarship Recipient
     On Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018, I had the pleasure of joining fourteen dynamic of women of Beta Upsilon who braved the wintry night chill to enjoy a Chinese meal at the Siam Restaurant in Grand Coulee, WA. The 6 pm meeting began with introductions of three prospective members, and special recognition of Beta Upsilon member Jessica Tufts for being selected as the 2018 State RRPSF Margaret L. Harvin Scholarship Award recipient. 

Sandy Ross CARE💙NET
     Following the introductions, we listened to guest presenter Sandy Ross sharing details about a local non-profit program CARE💙NET, a Pregnancy Center of Okanogan County. Through privacy and respect, the program provides a "safe place for women and their families to explore options related to pregnancy and their future. It focuses on education, support, counseling and free services for young women who face what can be a a scary situation full of unknowns." (pregnant
     Through the CARE💙NET Earn While You Learn program, the mommies are able to earn points by completing a variety of educational materials. The points can then be spent in the center's Baby Boutique, which is filled with everyday items needed for their baby. Inspired by this point system, Beta Upsilon seeks to partner with the center to provide a literary program (books, videos, curriculum etc.) to help these young women learn about the importance  of reading to their young children. 

     After the business meeting, the focus turned to the DKG Washington State Purpose-Filled PurseTM unity project. I had the opportunity to share my inspiration for this project by telling about Nancy Yarbrough and her Fresh Start Learning, Inc. Foundation ( 

     Twenty-four gently loved purses & bags were filled to the brim with personal hygiene products and letters of hope. The women were excited to work on this project and look forward to donating the purses to women in need at a local shelter and Chapter President Caryn Mills will bring at least one purse donation to the state convention in April.

Guest presenter Sandy Ross & State President Sherri Wagemann
Many thanks to the Beta Upsilon Chapter for the wonderful fellowship and laughter, for providing my Chinese Siam special dinner, to Joyce Moore for her special gift of yummy homemade raspberry jam, and to Lisa Wiese for serving as my B & B hostess.

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