Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Social with Alpha Tau

Honoring our DKG Heritage: Alpha Tau Chapter was organized on April 6, 1962 in Tacoma by Gladys Lees and Edna Morrison of Alpha Chapter. The first chapter president was Marie Brittin. Alpha Tau has had many members who have served on state and international levels, one of whom was Elsa Nordin who served as International Second Vice-president. Over the years some outstanding programs and projects have included: the founder of Literacy House in India Wealthy Fisher and college exchange student speakers from Mexico  Japan, and Norway who discussed the status of women in their countries; projects included: collection of monetary gifts for scholarships and donated food, clothes and gift items to battered women shelters, FISH and Western State Hospital.
(from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991)

Image from Pixabay
On Saturday, December 1, I enjoyed visiting with sixteen members of Alpha Tau who all donned their Christmas attire and gathered together at the lovely home of Joan Schilling. I must say, the beautiful statuesque Christmas tree and bright holiday decorations made Joan's home a festive venue for the chapter's Holiday Soup Social. Special thanks to Alpha Tau's computer tech Janet Blanchard and Chapter President Patty Swanson for using FaceTime to allow me to "virtually" connect with members from the west side of the state. Alpha Tau members realized the value of learning to use technology and the ease to provide a connection to those who are physically unable to attend their meetings or to future collegiate members. We all now look forward to spending the holidays with family and friends. Merry Christmas one and all!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Beta Chi's Books for Babies Community Outreach

Honoring our DKG Heritage: Beta Chi Chapter was founded as Beta Tau Chapter September 27, 1980, in Hoquiam WA by Phi Chapter.  In 2014, the name of the chapter was changed to Beta Chi, due to a technicality. The chapter is located in Grays Harbor County.

     On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, I had the opportunity to "virtually" attend a Beta Chi Chapter meeting at member Lynn Ogren's lovely home. Prior to their Southwest enchilada sit down dinner and meeting, I visited with members during their informal social time, as they enjoyed appetizers and wine. I wished that I had "smell-a-vision" because the food looked so yummy! I enjoyed hearing tid-bits about their fun Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, trips & travels, updates on members with challenging health issues, and making connections about our similar small hometown experiences. I shared updates from the State and provided an inspiration.

     I was so very impressed with the Beta Chi's community outreach projects which make a difference in the community. Tonight, the members worked on Books for Babies - This ongoing project goes back many years. Knowing that literacy begins at birth, if not before, they prepared packets for the hospital to give to new mothers and their babies. The packet includes a board book, a library card application and information on reading to children as well as a bibliography of worthwhile books.

Chapter President Mary Lou Gregory described other noteworthy chapter projects:
Scholarship to woman student in Education at Grays Harbor College
Child Care Scholarship for Harbor High Graduates - Members donate to the Grays Harbor College Foundation to make available child care scholarships at GHC for students, in at least their second quarter of college, to help pay for child care so the student can attend classes.
Reading Tree Donations - Members donate books to the annual Timberland Regional Library Reading Tree for books for kids during the holidays.