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Diane McCamish opened the Mu Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International with thoughts of thanksgiving for blessings of family and friends. She challenged members to give thanks in all situations, even when lives are filled with challenges.
President Lois Pierce presided over the business meeting, where the revised standing rules were approved. Susan Cross, Ramona Jeffries, Sue Story and Shelia Wilkinson were thanked for their work in accomplishing this goal early in the biennium.
The scholarship committee reminded members to check the dkg website for scholarships available. Applications for international and state scholarships can be downloaded. Grants also are available.
Becky Bishop and the professional affairs committee encouraged members to prepare for the silent auction in March by looking for things for the auction, which raises funds for a grant-in-aid for a local high school graduate.
Toni Perry introduced guest Tanya Thomas, recently named executive director of SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program. Thomas gave a presentation and the history and services offered, along with the support needed for this agency. Members responded with questions and interest in helping in various ways. Of special concern to educator Mu members were the children, who find themselves in a domestic violence shelter. SpringHaven is a local project for Mu Chapter this biennium.
Mary Donna Skees and Lou Hatfield provided refreshments.
The next meeting, hosted by Jane and Pascal Bailey, is at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at Back Home Restaurant.