Gamma Alpha Bulletin

Vol 18 No 6. March/April 1998

President's Message

Many thanks to Cindy Dietz for arranging the speaker for February’s meeting. Chris Morin told us about Wayne-Westland’s School to Work partnership with Detroit Diesel and Spring Manufacturing. It was very informative. This month we will be meeting five women educators who have been invited to join Delta Kappa Gamma, Gamma Alpha chapter. Our meeting this month will be purely social. So try to join us and meet our prospective members. There will be no April newsletter, so take note of the two meetings in April. A flyer for the Birthday Dinner and registration forms for the State Convention are also enclosed.


Business Meeting Minutes

March is Women’s History Month

DKG Committees


Friend of Education Award



Members present at last month’s meeting were: Mary Jo Dreffs, Carol Palk, Susie Miller, Judy Handley, Jackie Smart, Shirley Walhstrom, Cindy Dietz, Mary Foster, Ev Shuput, Esther Loskowske, Marie Canzoneri, Debbie, Ervin, Fran Saenz, Barb Broadley, Judi Fisher, Alice Duke, Grace Morgan, Donna Colaianne and guest speaker Chris Morin. Remember, only your active participation makes Gamma Alpha an organization worth attending. Please come to our next meeting and meet our prospective members.

Marie Canzoneri’s mother passed away last month. Our sincere condolences, Marie.

Sherry Green sent a thank you note to Gamma Alpha.

This isn’t really chapter news, but I didn’t know where to put it. Governor John Engler has proposed a reading mandate in his "state of the state" address on January 29th.

"Children who start kindergarten this fall must be able to read by the time they reach fourth grade," Engler said. "Let that be our goal."

Students will be tested for reading ability in the third grade. Those who fail would be required to attend a summer reading program and would likely be held back if they weren’t reading at grade level by fall.

Engler called for a new reading Plan for Michigan and directed the department of Education to develop the program that would:

  • Give parents reading readiness kits by the 1998-1999 school year to help them to instruct their children to read by age 5.
  • Prepare diagnostic tools to assess children’s reading readiness from the first day of school.
  • Monitor the reading progress of every child on an ongoing basis.
  • Design a model summer reading program for children.

MEA Voice February 1998

Please send your Meet Our Members story to Jackie a.s.a.p.


May 1-3, 1998 is the State Convention. It will be held at the Marriott in Troy. Registration information is enclosed. Gamma Alpha is in charge of registration and manning the registration tables during the convention. Many volunteers will be needed to pull this off.

May 30, 1998 The Leadership Development workshop will be held in Claire, Michigan.


If you have questions or concerns about Society publications, items for the Delta Kappa Gamma NEWS, or questions about submitting articles, art or poetry to the Bulletin is the e-mail address. Jane Posten, Communications Administrator, will answer your questions.

The address for questions about general Society concerns, such as scholarships, membership, travel or programs and projects is Those questions will be answered by Dr. Theresa Fechek, Executive Coordinator or Dr. Isabel Wheeler, Program Services Administrator.

Deadline for articles for the May/June issue of Gamma Alpha Bulletin is April 29th. E-mail your copy ( or pony express it to Jackie Smart.


March 11: Membership Committee will sponsor our new member orientation meeting. Committees will share their committee’s responsibilities and projects. We will meet our five prospective members: Joan Cady, Lynne Elsesser, Paula Rivard, Bonnie Franka, and Judith Kolassa. Please join us at Water Club Grill for dinner and socializing beginning at 5:30. The address is 39500 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth. It is located two blocks east of I-275, Exit 28. (There will be no formal meeting this evening, just fun!)

April 1: Installation of Officers, Initiation of New Members and Gamma Alpha’s Birthday Dinner will be held at Ernesto’s. Another flyer is enclosed.

April 22: A special meeting will be held at Water Club Grill this month. Dinner will be at 5:30. Then we will assemble the registration packets for the State Convention May 1-3. Mary Foster’s students are doing most of the "stuffing". We need to finalize table arrangements and place meal tickets and name tags in envelopes. Many hands make light work, so join us.

May 1-3: State Convention is at the Troy Marriott. A registration form is enclosed for those who lost their Winter Wolverine issue and any new members who may wish to attend the convention.

Meet Our Members
This issue: meet Cindy Dietz



  1. Esther Loskowske


  1. Marcia Scarr
  2. Beth Karbownik
  3. Evelyn Shuput
  4. Celestine Sanders
  5. Shirley Wahlstrom
Gamma Alpha Executive Board

President: Alice Duke
First Vice President: Shirley Wahlstrom
Second Vice President: Mary Jo Dreffs
Recording Secretary: Mary Foster
Corresponding Secretary: Jackie Smart
Treasurer: Grace Morgan
Parliamentarian: Esther Loskowske
Past President: Marie Canzoneri
Newsletter: Jackie Smart