Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Zeta Chapter "Gets Buggy"

Honoring Our DKG Heritage: Through the years, many members have provided outstanding programs including patriotic, innovative teaching methods, and teaching experiences in foreign countries. Zeta has had teas and salad luncheons to raise funds for various scholarships. Some of the members have been recipients of these scholarships for doctoral degrees and credentials for school administration. Fifty-one qualified local high school women graduates have been assisted in becoming teachers throughout the chapter's Ruby Long Recruitment Grants program since 1947....A Centennial Tea was a culminating event, co-sponsored by Chelan-Douglas RetiredTeachers Association and Zeta Chapter. Over two hundred fifty people gathered at North Central Washington Museum in Wenatchee, October 26, 1989 to honor thirty-one teachers who had taught in one-teacher schools in Chelan and Douglas counties. Thirty-one former students who had attended one-teacher schools were registered also. After the tea, a slide show of school buildings, teachers and pupils of one-teacher schools was presented. (from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991).

I had a beautiful drive to Wenatchee on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The sun was shining, little traffic on the road, and since my husband drove this time around, I had a relaxing ride to boot! 

Zeta's chapter meeting was scheduled from 5 - 7pm. These dynamic women are so gracious and have collaborated to develop delightful, workable and creative fundraising ideas.

Soup Chef's Extraordinaire
I arrived at the First United Methodist Church a wee bit early, and as I entered, I was immediately welcomed by the wafting aroma of four yummy homemade soups simmering for our evening meal served with a simple Cesaer salad, a roll and cupcake for dessert. Each month the hostess committee plans a different meal...Next month it's a baked potato bar with all the sorts of toppings....Can you say "Scrumptious! " Members agreed to each pay $10 for the delicious monthly meals, which helps to provide monies for their special chapter projects. 

Valentine decor adorned tables, but my eye was drawn to the beautiful themed raffle basket for raising scholarship/grant-in-aid funds....3 tickets for $1...I bought $4 worth. Another fun opportunity to raise contributions for their Literacy Council, as well as to honor members' birthdays, is to collect 25 cents for each member whose birthday is that month. Now, it is an optional donation, but I observed most everyone put their pennies in the pot. Two members had birthdays, so each member who wanted to, donated 50 cents...A great and easy idea! 

Zeta Chapter has a long-time fundraising partnership with the Manson Casino. Each month, if at least 15 members/guests sign up to go to the venue, the casino will give each person $10 to play and $5 for food. At the end of the evening, the casino awards Zeta Chapter $10 per person just for participating. This is one of the easiest fundraisers ever!

I was so very impressed with the evening's presenter Alix Whitener, daughter of Zeta member Chris Crilly. Alix is a PhD candidate studying tree fruit entomology and on March 26 she will present her dissertation at WSU. Using a power point presentation on "Insect Collecting in Guatemala - The Search for the Elephant Beetle," she described how, from an early age, her elementary teachers (some of whom are DKG members) helped to foster her love of entomology. She went absolutely BUGGY about bugs! One could definitely admire the passion and commitment she has for these wee creatures as Alix described her trek throughout the tropical forests of Guatemala collecting a plethora of insectsIn my book, she has definitely earned the title of Wonder Woman!!

New member Maria Diaz and 1st VP Teri St. Jean

At the end of the meeting I had the opportunity to thank the Zeta members for their hospitality, and I shared information about the upcoming Quadrant 2 Technology & Learning workshop in Spokane, and highlighted the State Convention in April 27-28 in Olympia. I hope to see many of these wonderful women at these events.

And by the was my lucky night...I WON the raffle basket! The next morning, we left Wenatchee's sunshine, and my husband and I journeyed back to Spokane...This time into another round of Winter Wonderland. I am ready for spring's sunshine to stay!

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