Gamma Alpha Bulletin

Vol 17 No 3. November/December 1996

President's Message
Dear Sisters,

We had a wonderful night in October with our drapings and make-overs. When you come to the November meeting, you may not recognize some of us! I had my last chemo treatment and I get all of the diagnostic results on the night of our auction. I will not be able to make dinner, but I will be at the auction celebrating. I hope to see many of you and your friends there.


1996-97 CALENDAR

November 20- Personal Growth Committee will sponsor a "Holiday Auction" at the Water Club Grill, 39500 Ann Arbor Road (east of 275).

Bring an item(s) for the auction and a friend. There will also be a raffle for a "Get Away Weekend" at the Bay Valley Hotel and Resort in Bay City, Michigan The resort offers indoor tennis, biking, indoor/outdoor pool, spa, sauna, fitness room, canoeing, paddle boating, cross country skiing (in winter) and golf. There will also be a $50 food allowance at Heatherfield’s Fine Dining. The package is a two night (Friday and Saturday) special. You’ll feel a million miles away, yet it’s all so close at hand! Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the scholarship fund. Marie Canzoneri and Carol Holland will coordinate the auction. A flyer has been included for your dinner reservation. If you have questions, call Carol Holland.

December 11- Executive Board Meeting at Schweitzer School at 4:15 p.m. Committee chairmen and interested members should attend.

January 8- Business meeting and new member presentation will take place this month. Mary Jo Dreffs is Membership Chairman. Membership forms are in the newsletter. The Professional Affairs Committee (Sherry Green and Mary Jo) will provide a speaker on the latest brain research.

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. Reservation details will be in the Winter Wolverine.

No May meeting

Service Project Report

Fall Workshop

Gamma Alpha Bulletin: GAB

Chapter Chatter

June Chartrand has left for her winter home in Sun City, Arizona. Before she left she sent her item for the Holiday Auction to the committee. It is a gift certificate for a hair cut, shampoo and style.

Alice Duke is the proud grandmother of a little boy. Daughter Nicole and baby are doing fine. Congratulations, grandma!

Gamma Alpha received its first E-mail message from Evelyn Nash, president of Zeta Chapter. It said, "Hi! I noticed your web site address in your Gamma Alpha Bulletin and decided it could not be ignored. What a great idea to be on the Web with Delta Kappa Gamma. Sure beats the brochure idea by a giant step. Best of luck with your site. I hope it gets visited constantly. I like the idea of having past issues of your newsletter available. Thanks for the visit."

State Stats

April 22-27, 1997…Next year’s State Convention will be held at the Amway Grand Am in Grand Rapids. Information about registration will be in the winter Wolverine

Remember Gamma Alpha Bulletin is now on-line. Our web site address is and leave me a message if you find it. Most of the back issues are included as well. Deadline for articles for the January Bulletin is December 20. Send your copy to Jackie Smart. (email us!)

Jackie Smart


Included in the newsletter is the application for membership. These completed forms should be brought to the January meeting for consideration. Remember one of our goals is "To secure and maintain an active involved membership." Perhaps you could bring a prospective member to the holiday auction!

Membership Committee


Dear Gamma Alpha Sisters,

I wish I could express how much the flowers and all your cards have made me feel. You have really lifted my spirits. June through September tests were frightening with each one. However, I can report I have a negative result for malignancy on all tests at this time. I’m told they will keep close watch due to the enlarged lymph node which was removed on August 8th. It was felt that signaled the presence of cancer and it was first a question of locating it. I must keep in mind that cancer has not been found. Consequently, I am now optimistic.

Please call if you should be driving to Florida. We are 6 ½ miles west of I-75 on SW 200 in Ocala. I would love to treat you to lunch or dinner. We do not cook these days. We live on Lean Cuisine and the Schwan delivery man.

I look forward to each newsletter. The HOSTS program was of great interest to me this month. I do so miss seeing you.

Thank you again for your thoughtfulness. It was wonderful to be remembered.

As ever,

(For our newer members, Abby is one of the founding members of Gamma Alpha. She was a Learning Consultant in Wayne-Westland and retired several years ago to Florida. She is our only Reserve member.)

Meet Our Members
This issue: meet Debbie Ervin


2 Debbie Ervin
10 Sherry Green
12 Janet Haas
20 Joan Fredericks
24 Chris Smith

2 Candy Vaphiadis
12 Barb Broadley
14 Roxanne Sparkman
30 Simmone Grzesik

Health News
A Healthy Chapter
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