Dear Sisters of Gamma Theta, This summer, the Executive Board gathered twice to put together a wonderful 2023-24 year of many opportunities that follow the DKG Mission Statement and DKG 7 Purposes. The DKG Mission Statement and the DKG 7 Purposes can be found in our Red Book as well as on the State Web page. As a result of our last several years with COVID, we are finding that it is important to come together and celebrate our very existence. We will have several fun social nights as well as some educationally themed programs. We hope you will find a way to attend some of the sessions. In our newsletter you will find a link to all the activities that have been planned. Our Chapter had a chance to raise money for our own Grant-In-Aid program. This program provides monetary assistance to Education Majors from Eastern Lake County that are attending an accredited educational program at the college level. Thank you to all that participated by purchasing something from Pampered Chef. At the present time we have enough money to fund one Grant-In-Aid award during the 2023-24 year Installation of new members will happen in April 2024. It is never too early to think of new members. Please remember that perspective members are welcome to come to all meetings. Our Initiation of new members will be in April as a Tuesday evening event. The place for the Initiation will be at Lake Erie College in Ernst Board Room. We have planned a very interesting program. In May will be the host for the Tri-Chapter brunch. This event will be hosted at Lake Erie College. We are hoping for a state DKG representative to be present as we will be installing officers for all chapters. Keep watching for more information. Our new Facebook sisters will be Annie Zahradnik and Barb Dolan. THANK YOU so much for stepping up to continue this service. They will begin this service August 1, 2023. The Web Site is being redesigned and updated. The new editor for our newsletter will be Dianna Misich. I would like to take this opportunity to THANK Patti Weinstein for her many years of service in this area. While we understand the need to step back from this position, your talents will be missed. Linda Wood is going to provide all members with a special name card along with your membership number. This will provide you the ease to easily connect with the many opportunities that are available to DKG members. As you can see, your executive committee is working very hard to regenerate our organization-post COVID. Please take some time to check out all the opportunities. Our kick-off dinner and brief meeting on September 12th at Mama Roberto’s in Mentor was a huge success. Check out all the various opportunities both through meetings, through service, or through DKG opportunities. Please see the important information and opportunities from DKG State and National Level inside this issue. Sincerely, Hannah Fairbanks Gamma Theta President
Gamma Theta Executive Board 2022 - 2024
President - Hannah Fairbanks First Vice-President - Pat Hall-Miller Corresponding Secretary - Dianna Misich Recording Secretary - Pam Richman Treasurer - Annie Zahradnik Parliamentarian - Pat Hall-Miller Advisor - Linda Wood
Congratulations to Fellow Gamma Theta Members who have retired:
Pam Martin, who was Director of Field Services as well as an instructor at Lake Erie College, has retired. This is her second time trying to retire! Pam was with LEC for 10 years servicing the students and the community in this area of education. Pam will be missed by the countless number of students whose lives she touched. Pam spent 35 years in the area of special education for Perry School District. She retired to take on a third career which involves helping with her husband's business of building homes. So, I contacted her on her first day on the new job and she was going out to seed and water the lawns for the houses they had just built. Pam and her husband are also avid flyers as they own their own plane. They visit Maine often as well as many other places in the United States. Their visit to Ireland in May was on the straight thru flight from Cleveland to Ireland. Pam will also remain very active in all her community service organizations! She will stay very, very active I am sure! - Written by Hannah Fairbanks
Dianna Misich, recently retired after 35 years in education, the past 25 years teaching for the Madison Local Schools. She and her husband Gary, who also retired this summer, plan to travel to Alaska for a land/sea cruise to celebrate their retirements and 40 year wedding anniversary. Retirement will be an adjustment , but much of their free time will involve helping with their three grandsons Noah, Joshua and Micah, who was born this June. They help with their two grand pups when needed, and are forever working on their 200 year old farm house.
Becky Suran, retired from Riverside Local School District. Becky was a 6th grade Math and Science teacher at LaMuth Middle School. She is planning a trip to Europe in the fall and vacationed in Greece in June. She and her husband have a bucket list of vacations they plan to take in the future. Have a great full-filled retirement.
Carol Vargo, retired from the Madison School District where she was a speech teacher. Carol went beyond the required expectations making sure students were successful. She is an avid baseball fan and has traveled to watch the Guardians (Indians) play in Cincinnati. Carol enjoys the productions at Playhouse Square where she holds season tickets.
Chapter Meetings Programs & Events 2023 - 2024
Sept. 12~ Kick-Off, “Let’s Reconnect” (Tues.) Place: Mama Roberto’s in Mentor Time: 5:45PM
Oct. 10~ HOLA Center, (Tues.) Painesville Learn about this nonprofit charitable organization assisting and empowering Latino families and children Time: 5:45PM
Nov. 14 ~ LEC, “Friends Giving” (Tues.) Bring refreshments to share and Subzero Mission Presenter. Time: 5:45PM
Feb. 13 ~ LEC- Ernst Board Room-Garfield Center (Tues.) Presenter, Joan Gottschling and Jan Balala will share adventures about their exciting trip to Antarctica. Time: 5:45 P.M. arrival and refreshments.