Five members of the Rho Chapter attended the Texas State Convention of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for women educators held in Waco at the Convention Center June 17-19. Attending the convention were Emma Grimaldo First Vice-President, Susan Hancock Treasurer, Elva Villarreal Incoming President, Lois Kildahl Music Chairman, and Alice De Leon Corresponding Secretary.

The chapter won the following awards during the convention: 100’s For Headquarters, Annie Award, Five Star Newsletter, under the leadership of Outgoing President Yolanda Quiroz. A $500 Adult Education Scholarship was awarded to Rho Legislation Chairman Mary Ann Moore, and a $500 mini-grant was awarded to Elva Villarreal.

The theme for the 2009-2011 biennium of Texas State President, Dr. Vicki Davis, retired Provost at Texas A&M-Commerce, is Advance the Society…Believe, Engage, Learn, Lead. Highlights of the convention included presentations by outstanding speakers such as Mark Hoog, Executive Director of the Children’s Leadership Institute and author whose topic was Conscious Leadership.

A presentation by motivational speaker Amanda Gore delivered the Secret Skills of Leadership, and the Magic of Marketing was presented by Helaine Jesse Morres, vice president of development and external affairs at Western Nevada College. A Birthday Luncheon celebrated the 81st birthday of Delta Kappa Gamma, founded in Texas by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton and eleven other educators, and honored all members present who had been members of the society 50 years or more. This occasion, always festive, featured area author Lisa Wingate who spoke on the topic, The Writer’s Teacher.

Additional convention learning experiences included training for the 2010-2012 chapter presidents from 287 chapters in the State of Texas, numerous workshops on a variety of topics, performances by the convention chorus of 90 women, a necrology service to celebrate the lives of members who passed away during the previous year, a business meeting, and a gala banquet honoring past and present state and local presidents as well as the 12 Society founders and two honorary founders.

A very special musical event for the more than 1,000 members registered for the convention featured Baylor professor of organ and organist in residence, Dr. Joyce Jones, and longtime Word Music President, pianist, arranger, and clinician Dr. Kurt Kaiser, in a duo concert, a most unusual and rare treat.

Delta Kappa Gamma is comprised of outstanding key women educators, membership by invitation only, and has chapters in all 50 states as well as 16 foreign countries. As a group of more than 112,000 strong, DKG members are women educators impacting education worldwide. The Society offers members assistance with graduate study through scholarships, grants and stipends for research, recognition of exemplary achievements and opportunities for professional growth.