Legacy of leadership in education

The ETA Chapter members of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently celebrated its 53rd year since its establishment on Kauai in 1961 with 14 charter members and the late Violet Hee as president.

It was in May 1929 when the Delta Kappa Gamma Society was founded nationally in Austin, Texas, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton as an honorary organization with 12 members. DKG extended internationally in 1968 and currently has 85,000-plus members representing 2,500 chapters, 80 state organizations and 18 countries. The newest international chapter, KOCHI, was installed in Shikoku, Japan, in 2013.

Today, DKG-ETA chapter with its membership of 55 continues in the ideals and mission of the society’s founder to promote professional development, personal growth and the vision of key women educators leading to advocate for the highest standards of education worldwide.

“We want to take part in developing opportunities to affect meaningful, inspirational teaching and learning experiences happening in more, if not all, of Kauai’s classrooms,” said chapter president Millie Wellington.

A recent meeting focused on projects being presented by members to develop A Legacy of Leadership in support of Excellence in Education for the chapter’s 2014-16 program of work. The presentations stirred excitement and high interest as each project was considered for the opportunities it would bring in significant support to Kauai’s teachers and students.

Another highlight of the evening was the collection of more than 100 pounds of treats and school supplies contributed by members to fill holiday gift sacks for children of Pahoa Elementary and HAAs schools who have been affected by the lava.

Spearheading support for children being displaced by the current lava flow, Cheryl Shintani mailed the gifts to DKG-ZETA Chapter member Nancy Robbins on the Big Island. She’s a Pahoa resident and volunteered to deliver the mailed parcels of holiday cheer from ETA Chapter to the classes involved.

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