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Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma honors individuals for years of membership

The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) met Saturday, Nov. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City. The meeting was opened at 8:30 a.m. by President Ann Ambler with 20 members present.

Ambler welcomed Leslie Hamman, Indiana State Organization Treasurer and the chapter’s State Liaison.

Professional artists Michael and Jennifer Lude presented the program on Creativity. They are the co-owners of Entwined Art and Innovation Services.

During the program, they stressed that all children have creativity, but it is lost over time. It can be relearned by being open to new ideas and not worrying about failure. The members used their creativity to make decorative hangers.

During the business meeting, the secretary and treasurer’s reports were accepted as printed, changes were reported and made in the chapter program books and members donated to the chapter project, as well as to the Celebration and Scholarship funds.

Myra Schmidt, representing the Professional Affairs Committee, handed out applications for Grants-In-Aid. They need to be turned in January.
Karen Kinney, representing the Personal Growth committee, read “I Really Like Slop” to the chapter, which is an Elephant and Piggy book by Mo Williams.

Ambler led the chapter in two patriotic songs in honor of Veterans Day and several cards were signed by the membership for members not in attendance at the meeting. A letter was read from a member who lives in a nursing home/assisted living facility.

During new business, the motion was made by Jadean Barnes to amend the Chapter Scholarship Standing rules. The motion was seconded by Karen Bandelier and passed.
Several members were honored for their years of membership in the sorority chapter. Ambler presented the following members with a rose, a certificate and a bag of candy:

• Schmidt: five years.
• Jessica Vedder: five years.
• Jennifer Harris: 15 years.

• Judy Joran: 25 years.
• Bandelier: 35 years.
• Swineheart: 35 years.
• Barbara Eickhoff: 35 years.

• Brenda Landis: 35 years.
• Donna Ott: 40 years.
• Karen Miller: 40 years.
• Mary Pahmeier: 40 years.
• Donna Myer: 45 years.

All others in attendance received a bag of candy. Members attending from Huntington County included Kinney, Ruth Moreland, Carol Herzog, Ambler, Barb Buroker and Barnes. Herzog was congratulated for being nominated for Northeast Regional Director.

In other business:
• Mary Catherine Palmer led a ceremony of remembrance for Judith Mugg. Several attendees shared memories.

The next meeting will take place via Zoom on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.