Gamma Alpha Bulletin

"The GAB"
Vol 19 No 7. June 1999

President's Message
"Get Smart"

I have a few "state of the chapter" remarks I would like to share with everyone.

Gamma Alpha's fundraising projects have been outstanding this year. We raised $232 for World Fellowships with our silent auction of vacation souvenirs. Debbie Ervin reminds us to pick up something from our travels this summer to donate to the auction in September. We also raised $1401 for our Grant-in-Aid fund with our Holiday Auction. Alice Duke's daughter, Nicole, donated all of her profits from the Longeberger basket sale to our Grant-in-Aid fund, as well.

Melissa Palk, Carol Palk's daughter, was the recipient of this year's Grant-in-Aid.

The Ad Hoc Library Committee comprised of Ruth Everett, Nancy Bielik, Celestine Sanders and Judy Handley will be selecting $150 worth of books about women and women's histories for school libraries. They should be ready to donate the books in September.

Our social outing to see the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show had those of us in attendance kicking up our heels on the way out of the Fox Theater. We were all ready to start the Christmas season.

As part of our Service Project, we delivered ten laundry baskets filled with towels, wash cloths, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, tooth-paste, powder, soap, etc., to the residents of the Wayne County Family Center. We also gave nearly 100 books to the Center's Library.

Our Personal Growth thespians dazzled prospective members with the history of Delta Kappa Gamma with "My Name Is Annie." We initiated three new members, Johnnye Summerville, Andrea Griffin and Joan Murray. Sponsors should make sure to sign-up our newest members on a committee and mentor them through their first year.

We did not meet the Membership Initiative DKG suggests this year. I want to encourage all of our members to serve as talent scouts searching for key women educators whose service to education makes them ideal recipients of Invitations to Membership.

According to the Membership Initiative, each chapter should:

  • Reclaim 10% of former members by Reinstatement.
  • Gain 10% new members
  • Retain 95% current members

At the State Convention on Mackinaw Island, Gamma Alpha's Yearbook received a meritorious award. Way to go Colleen and Sandy. Judy Handley was honored along with other Chapter Women of Distinction at the Birthday Breakfast. Our chapter won the Award of the Rose which recognizes chapters for merits of attendance and participation at the local chapter level and State level- as well as getting all paperwork in on time to the State. Sadly, our chapter newsletter did not win this year, but I know how we can fix that. I was appointed State Communications Chairman by State President Mary Tracey for the next biennium!

It has been a pleasure serving as president this year. Because of my "nosy" nature, I have worked on many committee projects this year and I have been inspired by the dedication and work ethic of the women in our organization. I look forward to the second year of my biennium. But, in order to give other members the chance to "wield the gavel", the Nominations Committee does need to be working on a new slate for the 2000-2002 biennium.


MACKINAW MEMORIES - Photos from the State Convention


May 12, 1999

A brief meeting was held before the Birthday Dinner. We will meet at Roman Forum on Ford Road in Canton for our meetings in the fall. Three women were initiated into Gamma Alpha tonight: Johnnye Summerville, Joan Murray and Andrea Griffin.

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Chapter Chatter

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 have any receipts that need to be reimbursed, get them to Grace now. The books have to be closed out.

Our condolences go out to Cindy Dietz on the loss of her mother and Marie Canzoneri on the loss of her father. Our collective prayers and thoughts are with you.

The snowbirds have returned. Marci Scarr has been performing duties as Rent-a-Principal in Walled Lake. June Chartrand is back, but will be spending several weeks in England this summer.

A speedy recovery goes out to Debbie Ervin and Alice Duke after their April surgeries.

Congratulations to Cindy Dietz on receiving her M.A.

Celestine Sanders received an award from the YMCA in April for her volunteer efforts in the community. "Celestine has made a difference wherever she has lent a hand, whether it is professionally or as a volunteer," said YMCA board chairman Judge C. Charles Bokos.

Congratulations go out to Paula Rivard, Shirley Wahlstrom and Alice Duke as they join the ranks of our retired members.

Carol Holland has added a grandson to her list of loved ones.

State Stats

Meeting dates of interest:

August 21 State President's Advisory Committee; Sheraton, Lansing, MI

October 1 State Executive Board

October 2 Fall Workshop; Sheraton, Lansing, MI

May 5-7 State Convention; Battle Creek

Keep an eye on the Wolverine for information about the Fall Workshops.


The Northeast Regional Conference is being held in Indianapolis, Indiana between July 14-17, 1999. Chapters are requested to send a representative to attend. The deadline for hotel conference rates in July 11. Information can be found on the Society Web site at:


Bring books (romance, mystery, thriller, etc.) to swap for summer reading at the June meeting.


June 23 12:00 p.m.

All members are invited to attend Gamma Alpha's Chapter Picnic and Executive Board Meeting at Burton Hollow Swim Club. Bring a dish to pass and great meeting ideas for our State theme "Maximize the Millennium". If you want to go in for a dip after the meeting, bring your swim suit and towel. Committee chairmen unable to attend should make sure a representative attends the meeting. Executive Board will provide soft drinks, plates napkins and plastic utensils. RSVP by June 22nd to Jackie 248-476-8659 if you are coming.

Directions to Burton Hollow:

General orientation for travelers- The swim club is located south of Six Mile Road between Farmington and Wayne Roads in Livonia.

From I 275, exit east on Six Mile Road. Drive past Newburgh and Wayne Roads. The first street after Wayne Road is Riverside Drive. Turn right. Continue on Riverside until you come to Bristol. Turn left. Go past a few houses then turn left on the first small street that leads to the club. Sign in at the desk and join the fun.



1. Lynne Elsesser (Sorry.. I forgot last newsletter.)


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


19. Fran Saenz


16. Suzanne Bacinski
20. Carol Holland
30. Judy Handley


11. Joan Cady
17. Mary Hendrien
18. Abby Roche
19. Grace Morgan

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: Chris Smith
Past President: Alice Duke
Newsletter: Cindy Dietz