Gamma Alpha Bulletin

"The GAB"
Vol 20 No 2. October 1999

President's Message
"Get Smart"

I hope everyone is getting excited about Gamma Alpha’s upcoming Service Project this month. Judy and her committee have done a great deal of planning to make this project a success. Fifty school bags were assembled last week We hope you will attend and bring a guest who might be interested in joining Delta Kappa Gamma. Cindy Dietz and I attended the Fall Workshop in Lansing last weekend. We each attended three presentations and felt they were all very worthwhile. Some will be repeated at the State Convention in Battle Creek. Membership is still a major concern in the Society as well as our chapter. Try to seek out key women educators who might be interested in joining. Strategic planning is also a "thrust" and we need to make our plan similar to the state’s guidelines.


P.S. Grace reminds us that dues are due. Reminder cards have been sent out. If they are not paid by October 10, Grace will be forced to drop your membership.


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Chapter Chatter

This is the time of year when football season begins, we get our sweaters out of storage, the days get shorter, the leaves start to change and our snowbirds leave for warmer temperatures. Good-bye June and Marcia. Keep in touch via e-mail.

Barb Broadley has been appointed to one of the State Committees- I just can't remember which one!

Debbie Ervin and Ruth Everett have moved. Make sure to give Colleen your new addresses.

State Stats

May 5-7
State Convention
Battle Creek

Jackie and Cindy attended Fall Workshops last weekend in Lansing. Interesting sessions on Coordinating Councils, Strategic Planning, U.S. Forum, Communications, Web sites and what a prison principal's job is like were offered. There were country line dancing and flower arranging sessions for those who wanted to relax. More members should try to attend these workshops in the future.

The State has a web-site:

Although it is still a work-in-progress, it's worth checking out. For a little money, we can link Gamma Alpha's web-page to the Society's and the State's.

Fresh and Fast Cookbook
Baked Apples with Dates and Walnuts

6 large Rome Beauty apples
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup chopped, pitted dates
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter or tans-free margarine
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup red currant or seedless raspberry jelly
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon + i/1 cup hot water
Non-fat vanilla yogurt

  1. Preheat oven to 375o. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with nonstick spray. Wash and core apple to with 1/2 inch of the bottom. Remove the top third of the peel from each apple, rubbing the peeled portion with lemon. Stand the apples in the baking dish.
  2. In a food processor, combine, the dates, walnuts, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Pack the mixture into each apple. Whisk the jelly with lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of hot water. Brush apples with half of the jelly mixture.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, then pour 1/2 cup of hot water into the baking dish. Bake another 20 minutes basting with the remaining jelly mixture. Serve with vanilla yogurt spooned on top.

1999-2000 CALENDAR

October 13

"Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things"

Service Projects Committee sponsors tonight's hands-on activity. We will start with a pizza and salad dinner with residents from the Wayne County Family Center at:

Elliott Elementary
30800 Bennington
Westland, MI

Helen is making arrangements for the food and paper supplies. Members should arrive at 5:00. Dinner will begin at 5:30. From approximately 6:15- 7:30, we will take the families through a series of Math and Science activities that are designed to be fun and educational. The activities have been prepared by the Service Projects Committee. We still need members to help serve food, clean-up and facilitate the activities. Judy Handley explained the activities during the September meeting. Wayne-Westland buses will provide transportation. Bring a game that uses math or science- if you desire. We will present the games to the Center and give each child a bag of school supplies.

November 3

A short Business Meeting will be held at 5:00. New member recommendations will take place at this time as well as the Nominations Committee presentation of 2000-2002 slate of officers. Bring your Recommendation for Membership form you received in September’s newsletter. Dinner/socializing will begin at 5:30. Our speaker, Judge Gail McKnight, will speak to us about juveniles in the legal system will begin at 7:00. Please note the time change. The meeting will be held at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road, Livonia).

December 8, 1999

Executive Board, committee chairmen and any interested members will meet at Hayes Elementary in Livonia at 4:00.

January 20

Please note the change of date. Jennifer Grandholm will be out of the state on January 12. This was the best date I could negotiate with her secretary. Professional Affairs and Research will jointly sponsor this meeting along with Gamma Gamma (Plymouth chapter). State Attorney General, Jennifer Granholm will speak to our collective chapters, guests and any dignitaries we can "scrape" up. It is important that we have a good showing. So plan on coming with a friend (or two). The meeting to be held at:

Summit on the Park
11505 Canton Center
Canton Township

We will gather at 4:30, buffet and socializing from 5:00-6:00, program at 6:00. Mary Foster will co-ordinate with the Plymouth chapter. Further updates about cost when details are firmed up.

February 23

Membership Committee and Executive Board will welcome prospective members to orientation. Marie and her committee will explain the "wonders" of being a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Executive Board will delight everyone with the amazing lipstick activity. Dinner and socializing with new members will begin at 5:30. The meeting will be held at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road, Livonia).

March 11

Seminar 2000… More details coming.

April 5

Birthday Dinner will be held at Hawthorne Valley County Club in Westland. Initiation of new members and installation of new officers will take place

Bring candy and Easter goodies for baskets that the Service Projects committee will be making for the Wayne County Family Center. Peter Cottontail's helpers will deliver them to the shelter.

May 5-7

State Convention will be held in Battle Creek.




3 Mary Clark
21 Alice Duke
22 Mary Foster
24 Ruth Everett
30 Joan Lyon

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