Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Beta Kappa Provides Scrumptious Annual Tea Event

Honoring Our DKG Heritage - Beta Kappa Chapter was organized by Joyce Gillie, State Expansion Committee Chairman and Christine Case of Gamma Chapter on May 20, 1977 in Mt. Vernon. Members are young professionals interested in the education of all. Their dedication to learning has been demonstrated through their commitment to organizing two literacy conferences advertised statewide; a workshop on censorship featuring Carla Nuxall, WEA President; and 1989-1990's project of developing and distributing a list of good children's literature for parents. Projects focused toward young high school students have included: book awards, grant-in-aid scholarships and scholarships for students attending Education Week at Ellensburg. Beta Kappa Chapter members look forward each school year to the first informal meeting to welcome back the summer travelers and to the annual Christmas ornament auction. The funds are used for scholarship contributions. (from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991)

State President Sherri Wagemann, Area VI Liaison Nancy Sheng and Area VII Liaison Garrel Lindberg joined members of Beta Kappa Chapter Oak Harbor for their delightful annual tea event.

It was a lovely day of sunshine as Area VII Liaison Garrel Lindberg and I drove from the Seattle area northward to Oak Harbor. As we entered the Oak Harbor Presbyterian Church, we were welcomed with warm greetings and smiles, beautiful tables adorned with floral arrangements, bright crisp linens, and a wide array of teapots and teacups all designed from the fancy to the whimsical. The Beta Kappa Chapter members brought their own special tea and luncheon settings and lovingly prepared all of the wonderful tidbits for the affair. We were definitely all enjoyed the elegant event.

Trays of delicious finger sandwiches, delectable desserts and hot tea were enjoyed by members and their guests, followed by a silent auction of several baskets filled to the brim with wonderful surprises. Chapter President Kris Bishop explained that Beta Kappa's Annual Tea event not only helps to raise funds for scholarship awards for young senior high school women who plan to enter the field of education after graduation - a long-standing tradition for these members, but also helps to create more awareness of our DKG organization while enhancing DKG visibility throughout the Oak Harbor community.

Another fundraising opportunity that Beta Kappa Chapter supports is Threads of Hope, Inc., a livelihood project initiated in March of 2003 to bring help and hope to families at risk in the Philippines. The project's mission is to assist the economically oppressed in underdeveloped countries to establish home enterprises that will provide an income, through the development of products that can be sold worldwide. Funds generated through sales and donations are primarily used to help meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of the communities where the products are made.(

Beta Kappa partnered with this organization to help raise scholarship funds. Through the sale of bracelets, necklaces, lanyards etc., the chapter earns 50% of the sales, while at the same time helping impoverished families.

Guest speaker Lindsey Perkins gave a very interesting overview of history and study of Chinese medicine. She had the opportunity to participate in an intensive two year study and experience in China and shared her expertise in the use of medicinal herbs and acupuncture - an alternative method of healing.

I had an exquisite time visiting with the members and guests, and I want to thank the Beta Kappa members for my lovely potted plant...It's beautiful!!!

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