Local DKG chapter seeks new members

The Alpha Omega Chapter (AOC) of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) is looking for members who are career educators, either currently employed, retired, or transferring from another chapter.

If a potential member is new to the area, membership in the chapter will provide an excellent opportunity to meet new people, focus on educational issues and provide community service, reported Anne O’Bryant.

The DKG is a professional honorary society of women educators that was established in 1929. It promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education.

It has attained major objectives in improving opportunities for qualified women employed at every level of education, as well as in advancing the status of women educators.

Lillian Towles was the first president of the local AOC that formed in 1967. Since then 17 women educators have served as president.

The AOC is honored to have as one of its members the oldest member of the Virginia IOTA State Organization who is Miss Helen Cover, added O’Bryant.

Opportunities for members include leadership training for professional growth, leadership opportunities in a nurturing environment, professional networking, serving through community, state and international projects, insurance discounts and enrichment/travel events. There is financial support for graduate level study if a candidate has been a committed member of DKG and meets the criteria for selection at the state or national level.

The AOC supports early career educators, said O’Bryant. It also provides a scholarship to a female student who enters Rappahannock Community College to pursue a course of study in education or nursing.

Projects include hosting the Lancashire birthday party in July, baking and bagging cookies for all new teachers in Lancaster and Northumberland counties, supporting “Schools for Africa,” donating to HisNets to fight malaria in Africa, donating scarves and flip flops to school children in Ghana and donating clothing items to needy children in the elementary school.

The chapter also donates to the state headquarters in Richmond for upkeep and maintenance of the building and supplies cakes to the six schools in Lancaster and Northumberland counties to celebrate “National Teacher Appreciation Day.”

To join the chapter, contact O’Bryant at aobryant@hughes.net, or 462-7874.