Gamma Alpha Bulletin

Vol 18 No 7. May/June 1998

President's Message

Gamma Alpha Sisters,

The year is winding down and a "great" summer is approaching. Our last big activity was the State Convention in Troy. Your hard work helped to make it a success. We had almost 300 registrations and so we were very busy. Iíd like to especially thank Grace for her initial work with registration, Mary Foster and her class for helping to stuff our envelopes, Jackie for making the beautiful nametags and composite lists, and Esther for being my "late night" partner doing the things that could only be done by one or two people. Those of you who helped organize envelopes at Water Club Grill, at Elliott School for the last minute stuffing and table assignments and at the Convention registration desk- your help was invaluable and a big hug goes out to all of you.

This is my last letter as President and I want to say that the last four years have been a wonderful, rewarding experience. You are a great group with which to work and socialize. All of you were a great support for me as President and personally through my medical problems. I am looking forward to many more years with all of you.

You have chosen a great new President in Jackie and next year will be wonderful even though Jackie is a bit anxious about everything. Have a relaxing, peaceful summer.



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Chapter Chatter

Nancy Bielik has been doing lots of traveling this year. After completing jury duty, she and her husband Gene spent February in a condo in Destin, Florida. They visited their daughter in Atlanta and Nancy's brother in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on their way home. She even found time to submit a legislation report. Welcome back, Nancy.

Marie Canzoneri wants to help you arrange your summer travel plans. She is with:

Doneson World Class Travel
21742 W. Eleven Mile Road
Southfield, MI 46076
(248) 353-5611

She has several exciting itineraries that include sightseeing, theater performances, and even a cruise or two as well as air, hotel and several meals. Give Marie a call.

Celestine Sanders sent Gamma Alpha a lovely thank you note for the rose that the Empathy Committee sent on the death of her mother.

Mary Jo Dreff's son is graduating this month. One down, one to go.

Esther Loskowske has a bad reputation for being unpleasant in the morning. Her convention roommate, Cindy Dietz says Esther was very pleasant, but quiet upon awakening. We think Sandy Becher started this vicious rumor after sharing a room with Esther on previous bowling weekends. Sandy is so cheerful and talkative in the morning that by comparison Esther was a Grinch.

Marcia Scarr and Debbie Ervin hosted a cocktail party in their room before and after the President's Dinner at the Convention in Troy. They had a wonderful selection of wines and snacks. Thanks, ladies. Ask them about the stolen corsage!

Grace Morgan reminds us that dues are to be paid at the September meeting. Dues are $73 for working members and $58 for retirees. If you are interested in ordering one of the larger pins, they cost $57.50. Send a check to Grace by June 1st (44452 Meadow Creek Lane, Canton 48187). They will be handed out at the September meeting. If you have any receipts that need to be reimbursed, get them to Grace now. The books have to be closed out.

Grace Morgan and Carol Holland have been "down under". They've been touring all the exotic places Australia offers, eating shrimp on the barbie and vegemite sandwiches for the last month. Esther and Jackieís classes were studying Australia and they received postcards from Grace. Upon returning, Grace stopped in after her trip with some souvenirs, tales, photos, books and puzzles to share with the classes.

Our snowbird, June Chartrand should be back any day from Arizona. She and her husband have visited South Africa this year.

Debbie Ervin, chairman of World Fellowship Committee reminds everyone to pick up a souvenir from your travels for the Silent Auction in September. The proceeds from the auction go to the World Fellowship Scholarship Fund.

Debbie receives her award at the State Convention for Chapter Woman of Distinction.

Historians need to send their report to the State. Jackie has given the form to Mary Jo.

State Stats

May 30, 1998 The Leadership Development workshop will be held in Clare, Michigan. All interested members are invited to attend.

Marcia Scarr, Debbie Ervin, Barb Broadley, Joan Lyon, Judi Fisher, Fran Saenz, Alice Duke, Jackie Smart, Esther Loskowske, Cindy Dietz, Lynne Elsseser, and Marie Canzoneri attended the State Covention in Troy.

Gamma Alpha was in charge of registration and because of Alice's organization, things went fairly smoothly. 298 members were registered for this year's State Convention.

We won the Award of the Rose which recognizes our chapter for merits of attendance and participation at the Chapter level and State level.

Gamma Alpha won the Presidentís Award for meeting or exceeding the membership goals.

We also won first place for Best Newsletter from Alpha Iota State Communication Committee. Nu Chapter shares the first place award.


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 September issue of Gamma Alpha Bulletin is August 20th. GET YOU COPY TO CINDY DIETZ. (Ed. Note: Iíve been waiting for this.)

Please drop Cindy a line!

Jackie Smart


May 30- Leadership Development Workshop will be held in Clare at the Doherty Hotel.

June 22- Executive Board Meeting at Jackie Smart's home will begin at 10:00 am. All officers, committee chairmen (Membership, Nominations, Finance, Service Projects, Legislation, Professional Affairs, Research, Personal Growth, Music, Birthday Dinner, World Fellowship, Scholarship, Yearbook, Newsletter, Empathy and Historian) or their representatives and other interested members are invited to attend this important meeting. We will plan the calendar and our Chapter Meetings for the year. RSVP by June 19th, so Jackie can plan lunch.Click here for directions.

July 14-18 International Convention in Dallas, Texas. All registration information is in the March Delta Kappa Gamma News.

October 9-10 Fall Workshop in Clare, Michigan. More information will be in the Summer Wolverine.

May 14-16, 1999- State Convention at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. Start saving now! More information will be available as the date nears.

Meet Our Members
This issue: meet Jackie Smart


4 Sandy Becher
4 Colleen Retherford
15 Carol Palk
29 Bonnie Franka


13 Karen Hoenes
19 Fran Saenz


16 Suzanne Bacinski
13 Micki Huysken
20 Carol Holland
21 Judy Handley


17 Mary Hendrien
18 Abby Roche
20 Grace Morgan
1998-2000 Gamma Alpha Executive Board

President: Jackie Smart
First Vice President: Barb Broadley
Second Vice President: Marie Canzoneri
Recording Secretary: Carol Holland
Corresponding Secretary: Cindy Dietz
Treasurer: Grace Morgan
Parliamentarian: Esther Loskowske
Past President: Alice Duke
Last Newsletter: Jackie Smart