President JoAnn Gregory of Pine Bluff recently submitted biennial reports on Beta Zeta Chapter’s activities to Arkansas Kappa State and International Delta Kappa Gamma Society leaders.
Beta Zeta Chapter of DKG has been active here for nearly 50 years (2016). It is a part of an international honor society for women educators. The local chapter supports selected early career educators (those in their first five years of teaching) by providing materials and mentoring. Annually the chapter provides money to a student teacher to purchase a professional outfit.
Beta Zeta also promotes projects benefiting CASA, the local agency for abused women and their children. At Christmas each year toys, professional and inspirational books are donated to the shelter.
Recruitment of young educators in the area as new members, as well as retaining present and former members, is another priority. The group meets once a month from October to May to carry on club business and programs. Often members attend state workshops and conventions. Area meetings are also scheduled with other chapters.
“Beta Zeta Chapter is small in number but mighty,” according to Gregory. “Each officer and active member helps to carry on the responsibilities and duties of the chapter to meet international and state guidelines.”
Officers serving with Gregory are Rana McClain, vice president (programs); Jo Ellen Stanfield, secretary (minutes); and Brenda Doucey, treasurer (finance and membership). All members are employed by or have retired from one of the area school districts: Pine Bluff School District — McClain, Doucey, Stanfield, Margaret Whitman, Gertrude Schimmel, Barbara Fels, Anna Marie Jacks, Judie B. Jones, Lea Etta Sweatt, Emily Sue Davis; White Hall — Judith Wright and Conella Edwards; Watson Chapel — JoAnn Gregory; Dollarway — Dorothy Miller; and Humphrey School District — Emily Sue Davis.
“We enjoy sharing our experiences as educators and having fellowship together. We also enjoy keeping up with what is happening in the field of education nationwide,” Gregory said.
Local educators interested in joining may call Gregory at 870-879-2208.
Including Beta Zeta Chapter, there are more than 85,000 DKG members in over 18 countries, promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education, Gregory said.