Gamma Alpha Bulletin

"The GAB"
Vol 20 No 5. May-June 2000

President's Message
"Get Smart"

Gamma Alpha Sisters,

My biennium is almost over and after we have the annual audit in July I am officially "Past President".

During the last two years I have been able to get involved with the Society not just at the chapter level but on a state committee, as well. It has also been a learning experience for me. I presented a workshop entitled "Communication Tips and Computer Tricks" at the State Convention. Just ask Esther or Cindy how much I learned doing this!

The first purpose of the Society is "to unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship." The many friendships I have made within our chapter will be cherished. I have met chapter presidents at Fall Workshops, Leadership Development training and Coordinating Council meetings. I don’t feel like a stranger at State functions because of my involvement. My advice is to get involved at both the Chapter and State levels.

Gamma Alpha was well represented at the Convention in Battle Creek. Eight chapter members attended the three-day event. Dr. Johnnye Summerville received a dissertation award at the Presidents’ Banquet that I accepted for her. Congrats, Johnnye!

I am eagerly looking forward to the next biennium with Grace at the helm. Many ideas were discussed on our journey to and from Battle Creek and there are some positive changes in the works. I hope to see lots of faces at the June 28th planning meeting.


Minutes in a Minute

Teachers open doors. You enter by yourselves.

Chinese Proverb

Pictures from the State Convention and the Birthday Dinner

Gamma Alpha Bulletin: GAB

Chapter Chatter

"Can We Talk?"

Johnnye Summerville went behind bars for Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Johnnye was taken from school to a mock lock-up at Applebee’s in Westland until she posted $1000 to benefit MDA. Donations from staff, students and friends helped to get Johnnye released in time for lunch. The bars probably looked good compared to elementary lunch duty with over 400 youngsters!

One of our snowbirds, June Chartrand, returned from Phoenix on May 13. June sent me a quick e-mail message.

"After a rather wild journey we have arrived safely in Michigan. We encountered dust storms in Northern Arizona, tremendous winds (blowing the semi trucks over!) in eastern Colorado and Kansas, tornadoes in Illinois and highway construction all over! Our email address remains the same in Michigan as it was in Arizona and we are open for business again. Cheers and best wishes to all of you.

June is off to South Africa until the end of July.

Jackie Smart was named one of four Wayne-Westland YMCA Teachers of the Year.


Those who are holding receipts must get them to Grace before the end of June.

Recommendation for Membership form is enclosed. Start seeking new members now. In order to achieve maximum involvement from new members we are considering changing our usual timetable for membership. Specifics will be in fall newsletter.

State Stats

Dates to Remember

Leadership Development Training will take place in June. The training is for Presidents and First Vice Presidents. Grace and Judy have received the information regarding the training dates. They will try to attend a workshop before our planning meeting in June.

October 13-14

Fall Workshops will be held at Soaring Eagle in Mt. Pleasant. Come to the workshops and drop by the slots after the meetings.

April 27-29, 2001

Alpha Iota State Convention will be in Grand Rapids at the Grand Amway Plaza. Winter Wolverine, 2001 will have registration details

May 19, 2001

Metro Council Birthday Luncheon will tentatively be held at the Gross Pointe War Memorial. Cost will be made available sometime this fall. Gamma Alpha members are encouraged to attend.

Fast Facts

There were 226 registrants at the State Convention in Battle Creek. Twenty-four were first timers.

Visit State website at:


July 25-29 International Convention

There is still time for you to register for the International Convention that will be held in Toronto. Information can be found on the Society Web site at


June 28
12:00-2:00 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, a drink, eating utensils and great meeting ideas! If you want to go for a swim after the meeting, bring your suit and towel. Committee chairmen unable to attend should make sure a representative attends the meeting. RSVP by June 25th 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.



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


Fran Saenz 19


Suzanne Bacinski 16
Mary Hendrien 17
Carol Holland 20
Judy Handley 21


Joan Cady 11
Abby Roche 18
Grace Morgan 20

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

William A. Ward

Gamma Alpha Executive Board

President: Grace Morgan
First Vice President: Judy Kolassa
Second Vice President: Judi Fisher
Recording Secretary: Carol Holland
Corresponding Secretaries: Bonnie Franka
Joan Murray
Treasurer: Cindy Dietz
Past President: Jackie Smart