Beta Alpha Celebrates Sixty Third Birthday with a Tea Party and Initiation Ceremony
On September 9, 2017, Beta Alpha members met at Serenitea Cafe in celebration of our chapter's sixty third birthday. Beta Alpha was founded on September 11, 1954 to promote the mission, vision and purposes of Delta Kappa Gamma on Chicago's north side and surrounding suburbs. Members and guests enjoyed tea, finger sandwiches, scones and desserts. A business meeting was followed by the initiation of Megan Peterson, nominated for membership by Patty Walsh. Megan completed her student teaching with Patty Walsh at Edison Park Elementary School and was the recipient of a CCCC Outstanding Student Teacher Award. Megan studied Special Education at National Louis University and now teaches at Komensky Elementary School in Berwyn South School District 100. Thank you to all who contributed to the school supply collection for the Ephraim Orphanage in Haiti.
Members Share Beta Alpha Memories
In celebration of Beta Alpha's sixty third birthday, Co Presidents Gale and Patty asked members to share special memories and inspirations.
I remember Emilie Lepthien helping me survive the red dust of Africa, where I met her in Tanzania. She brought me into this Chapter. In her will, Emilie left $250, 000 for DKG Scholarships. (Barb Arneson)
I remember how much I enjoyed touring Jane Addams Hull House. It was a very historical, informative meeting. I have fond memories of all the impressive ladies I have met throughout the years.
My favorite memories are of the women I have met in DKG. Even though we share a love of education, we have interesting ladies with wonderful stories and memories. (Barb R.)
One of many memories was of the two young women who shared their experience of being homeless in high school and how they were attending college now. Meeting interesting, strong, competent women is always a pleasure and inspiration.
It has been a wonderful sisterhood to belong to and great to meet so many dedicated professionals. Some great memories include theater meetings and learning about so many different organizations that are doing so many good things for kids like Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
The meeting where J.R. spoke about homeless issues and her own personal experiences with being homeless.
I enjoyed the Music and the Brain presentation. It was most informative and I enjoyed the sing along with my sisters. I like the comradery of our chapter.
Seeing the play last October really helped me bond with the other ladies. It helped plant the seeds of friendship and get me interested in the organization.
Being able to share my experiences with my mother. Seeing her smile and enjoy the amazing artwork at the Edward F. Paschke Art Center.
My favorite Beta Alpha memory was honoring Barb Arneson's 40 year membership immediately before initiating 3 new members - Sarah, Mari and Samantha. It truly illustrated the multi generational scope of our chapter. (Patty Walsh)
My special memory is of finding out that Patty (Walsh) would join the teaching profession. How wonderful it is to know she's with children every day making their lives infinitely better. (Toni Morgan, guest)
It is great to be part of an organization of women who are intelligent and dedicated to education. (Sharon Prosansky)