Gamma Alpha Bulletin

Vol 17 No 1. September 1996

President's Message
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1996-97 CALENDAR

September 11- Our first business meeting will be held at the Water Club Grill, Inc. Dinner will be at 5:30 and the meeting will begin at 7:00. We will sign up for committees at this time. Bring a souvenir from your travels this summer for our silent auction. Proceeds go to World Fellowship. Inside the newsletter is an article about World Fellowship. Debbie Ervin is chairman of this committee. If you have not done so, bring a photo for our yearbook at this meeting. Also, bring your checkbook for dues.

October 9- Service Projects Committee is the sponsor of a women’s self esteem "Color Me Beautiful" workshop. We will also ask for a donation for the Wayne County Family Shelter at this time. Details regarding the donation and workshop will be in next month’s newsletter.

November 20- Personal Growth Committee will sponsor a "Holiday Auction". Bring an item for the auction and a friend. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the scholarship fund. Marie Canzoneri will coordinate the auction. Details to follow.

December 11- Executive Board Meeting at Schweitzer School at 4:15 p.m.

January 8- Business meeting and new member presentation will take place this month. Phase I of Alpha Iota State, Michigan Strategic Plan is "To secure and maintain an active involved membership." Mary Jo Dreffs is Membership Chairman. Membership forms will be in the January newsletter. The Professional Affairs Committee (Sherry Green and Mary Jo) will provide a speaker on the latest brain research. Details to follow.

February 5- New member introduction and orientation. We will meet our prospective members and present a short program about our chapter activities and the purposes of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Afterwards, Marie Canzoneri will provide a travel show for our entertainment. Details to follow.

March 12- This meeting will be sponsored by the Legislation Committee. Details regarding the speaker(s) will follow. We will also donate books and/or other needed items for the Wayne County Family Center.

April 9- Birthday Dinner and Initiation of New Members will be held at Kiernan’s in Dearborn.

April 25-27 State Convention at the Amway Hotel in Grand Rapids.

No May meeting.

School and the 21st Century


Photos from the State Convention in Battle Creek

Minutes from the June 18 Chapter Board Meeting

Gamma Alpha Bulletin: GAB

Chapter Chatter

June Chartrand has spent a week this summer touring Washington, D.C. with her South African friends. She has sold her home and will be splitting her time between Arizona and Michigan.

Sandy Becher and three other Wayne-Westland teachers were honored at the annual recognition dinner given by the Wayne-Westland YMCA. During the program Sandy was cited for her excellence and enthusiasm in her classroom. She received a plaque from Y board chairman, John Zech and Duane Moore, Wayne-Westland school superintendent.

Our personal travel consultant, Marie Canzoneri, is ready to book a cruise for your upcoming winter and spring holidays.

All Aboard Travel Co.
17177 N. Laurel Park Drive
Livonia, MI 48152
Bus. (313) 591-3322, Fax. (313) 591-3327
State Stats

Fall Workshops
September 21…Gaylord (Hidden Valley Resort)
October 4,5…Livonia (Holiday Inn, Six Mile and I-275)
October 19…Holland (Holiday Inn)

Several workshop descriptions sound very interesting. Registration and workshop information is included in the Summer 1996 Wolverine.

April 22-27, 1997…Next year’s State Convention will be held at the Amway Grand Am in Grand Rapids. This date is for those who really like to plan ahead.

Highlights of the member survey that 49 of the 73 Michigan chapters filled out last year are provided below:

  • 47% were initiated prior to 1981
  • 54% are older than 54
  • 45% have graduate degrees
  • 58% are currently working
  • 45% never attended a state conference
  • 61% never attended a Regional or International conference
  • 62% of retired members have retired since 1985
  • 66% are/were employed at the K-8 level
  • 3% are/were employed at the college/university level


Surfing the NET? The World Wide Web holds a wealth of topics for teachers. Since the WWW is essentially an unindexed assortment of home pages located on computers all over the world, finding teacher-specific topics can be a chore. Start your search by going to one of the many search engines and running a query on teachers or education. Good search engines are:

Yahoo not only allows searches of the entire Internet, it also keeps a running list if sites that fall into one or more of a dozen categories.

Here is a compilation of the online educational online sites that I have found. These were in last year’s newletters.

Smithsonian Institution (

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Math and Science Education (

Classroom Connect (

Kid’s Web (

Museums on the Web (

Disney (

NASA’s Quest Project ( A one stop shop for K-12 teachers. Find links to teacher resources on Grants and Other People’s Money, Teaching and Learning With the Web, International Schools Online, and Online Resources for Educators.

AIMS ( The Activities Integrating Math and Science site features a searchable database of hands-on activities integrating math and science in grades K-9. You will find brainteasing puzzles (a new one each month), plus ways to make math more human by incorporating history into math lessons.

Explorer ( The Explorer database consists of multimedia resources for active learning in the areas of math and natural science. It’s a treasure trove of lesson plans for innovative and fun learning experiences.

Michigan Department of Education (

Remember Gamma Alpha Bulletin is now on-line. Visit our web site at and leave me a message if you find it. Also, if you have information you feel other women in education may be interested in, please drop me line or call. Retirees should let me know what’s going as well. Deadline for articles for the October Bulletin is September 24. Send your copy to Jackie Smart.

If you have any information that you would like to see in the bulletin, let me know - email us!

Jackie Smart

Meet Our Members
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18 Carrie Hall
18 Abby Roche
20 Grace Morgan


1 Nancy Bielik
13 Geri Stone
27 Adele Sobania
30 Jackie Smart

Health News
Shedding New Light on Medical Myths
1996-1998 Executive Board
Alice Duke
First Vice President:
Shirley Wahlstrom
Second Vice President:
Mary Jo Dreffs
Recording Secretary:
Mary Foster
Corresponding Secretary:
Jackie Smart
Grace Morgan
Esther Loskowske
Past President:
Marie Canzoneri
Jackie Smart