Gamma Alpha Bulletin

"The GAB"
Vol 20 No 3. December 1999

President's Message
"Get Smart"

The October meeting with the families at the Homeless Center was a huge success. A Service project report is included in the newsletter. The November meeting with Judge Gail McKnight proved very informative. Those in attendance enjoyed Judge McKnight's down to earth views on what is happening in the courts concerning women and juveniles. Our January meeting with State Attorney General should be very informative. There is a flyer enclosed with the newsletter. Responses must be sent to Bev Brooks, from Gamma Gamma chapter by January 1, 2000. Gamma Alpha will share the cost of the facility. Our portion is $75. Food will be $15 a person. If you are inviting someone who doesn't want to eat, have them arrive at 6:00 and they won't have to pay the fee.


Service Projects Report

I received the following letter from the Wayne County Family Center:

Dear Gamma Alpha Members,

The staff and residents of the Wayne County Family Center wish to extend their thanks and gratitude to Elliott School and members of the Society for the wonderful evening shown to our residents at the Science and Math project night and pizza party on Wednesday October 13, 1999.

Our children and parents enjoyed the evening. In addition to being a party, it was a wonderful learning experience for all. We cannot thank you enough for the time and effort that was put into this project. Please extend out thanks to each person involved in this memorable night.

Without those of you within the community, our job here would be monumental. We are so grateful to all who wish to extend a helping hand to the Center.

We wish you the best in all your future endeavors.


Cynthia Haberman, Director
Joyce Shain, Resource and Activities Coordinator

Submitted by Judy Handley,
Service Projects Chairman

Minutes in a Minute

Gamma Alpha Bulletin: GAB

Chapter Chatter

Grace Morgan reports that 3 members were dropped for non payment of dues. They are Mary Clark, Ruth Everett, and Simonne Grzesik. We received one resignation, Candy Vaphiadis, and one transfer, Paula Rivard. Membership should be our main concern. We are not gaining as many members as we lose.

Colleen Retherford and Sandy Becher have done an excellent job on the yearbook and their efforts should be applauded.

State Stats

Meeting dates of interest:

January 29
President's Advisory Committee (PAC)
Sheraton Hotel

Jackie and Cindy attend this Saturday meeting as members of State Communications Committee.

May 5-7
State Convention
Battle Creek
Keep an eye on the Winter Wolverine for information about the convention.

Visit the State's web-site, a work in progress at

It is a peculiarity of knowledge that those who really thirst for it always get it.

Frank Clark

Deadline for articles for the next Bulletin is December 20, 1999. Remember to send your check to Bev Brooks by January 1, 2000 for Jennifer Granholm meeting.



International News

Visit the Society's web-site at

You will find Focus 2000 Project. Focus 2000 is a Society research project that began in April. Members were surveyed and the data collected was summarized in the November DKG News. The survey was designed to determine where we are succeeding and to delineate new directions for Delta Kappa Gamma to take in fulfilling the Purposes of the Society and meeting the needs of our members.

Why Focus 2000?

  • Update procedures to meet the needs of members.
  • Revisit and/or revise the Strategic Plan for Renewal.
  • Identify issues that would require changes to the governing documents.

There are three phases of the Focus 2000 project.

Phase 1 - Survey of Members
Phase 2 - Focus Groups
Phase 3 - Summit Conference

You can consider the issues and participate in a quick-response survey while you are on-line:

Read DKG. News November's Point/Counterpoint issue:

Should we change the Society's name?

Every member should be involved. Get on-line and tell the Society what you think.

The desire for knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases with the acquisition of it.

Leon Gutterman

1999-2000 CALENDAR

December 8, 1999

Executive Board, committee chairmen and any interested members will meet at Hayes Elementary in Livonia at 4:00. Hayes is located off Ann Arbor Trail (east of Merriman). You can see the school from Ann Arbor Trail but you need to travel through the subdivision to get to the school. We will be completing Biennial Reports and firming up plans for the remaining meetings we have this year. Committee chairmen who can't be present, please send a report to Jackie so it can be entered into the minutes.

January 20

Professional Affairs and Research is sponsoring a joint meeting with Gamma Gamma (Plymouth chapter). State Attorney General, Jennifer Granholm will speak to our collective chapters. Gamma Gamma has made arrangements for the buffet and secured the location.

Summit on the Park
11505 Canton Center
Canton Township

We will "gather" at 4:15, buffet and socializing until 6:00, speaker/forum at 6:15. A flyer is enclosed with the newsletter. Checks must be sent directly to Bev Brooks. Her address is on the flyer. A BIG thank you to Mary Foster for her efforts in helping to coordinate this meeting.

February 23

Membership Committee and Executive Board will welcome one prospective member, Elaine Opper- from Garden City, 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 that reveals aspects of your personality. Dinner and socializing will begin at 5:30. The meeting will be held at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road, Livonia).

March 11

Seminar 2000 committee needs to contact editor so details can be included.

April 5

Birthday Dinner will be held at:

Hawthorne Valley Country Club
7300 Merriman Road
Westland, Michigan

Time: TBA

Initiation of New Members and

Installation of New Officers will take place.

Service Projects Committee requests that you bring candy and Easter goodies to the meeting for Easter baskets. The committee will collect the treats you donate and assemble the baskets at Elliott School at a date to be announced. The baskets will be delivered to the children living at the Wayne County Family Center by Peter Cottontail's helpers in time for Easter.

May 5-7

State Convention will be held in Battle Creek. Watch Wolverine for registration information.



2 Debbie Ervin
10 Sherry Green
15 Judy Kolassa
24 Christine Smith


12 Barb Broadley
30 Judi Fisher


1 Carol Anderson
7 Donna Colaianne
13 Mary Jo Dreffs
30 Marie Canzoneri

*Sorry if your birthday is missing. I don't have a complete list yet.

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