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2/28/2019 3:48:00 PM
Women Educators Learn About Healthcare & Education In Uganda
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Elaine Boysworth, Publicity Chairperson
Delta Sigma Chapter/Delta Kappa Gamma


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - The Delta Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Society of Women Educators, met Thursday, February 19 at Boger City United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. 

Jane Morton opened the meeting on behalf of the Beginning Teacher Committee by welcoming members and providing the invocation.  Edwin Beam introduced guest Dr. Sherry Willis who serves as the Region X Director for Eta State NC of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.  Dr. Willis thanked the chapter for inviting her and commented on the outstanding work of the chapter. 

Delta Sigma member Gayle Reid introduced her daughter, Olivia Reid of Nashville, Tennessee, as the guest speaker.  Olivia presented a program on her medical mission trip to Uganda.  Members were particularly interested in hearing about the conditions in Africa since “Schools for Africa” became the Society's first official international project in 2010. 



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Olivia traveled with a group of medical volunteers to Mbira, Uganda and assisted in providing a week-long medical clinic for families there.  The medical professionals were able to provide overall health checks along with basic vision and dental services.  The trip was sponsored and hosted by Grace Christian School and provides the community’s only access to healthcare for an entire year.  Olivia estimated that over 1,800 people were treated during the clinic and described the most commonly presented medical conditions. 

The medical team was supported by Grace Christian School’s secondary school students who served as translators and assistants.  Olivia shared pictures of the school in Mbira.  The dirt floor classrooms are sparse with few supplies.  Tarps often serve as doors or partitions between classes, creating a very noisy school environment.  The current school has only one primitive toilet that must serve the entire student population.  A new building is being constructed to house the secondary school. The building must be made of brick due to the prevalence of termites.  It is taking quite some time to construct and is built in small phases as funds become available.  Currently, $9,000 is needed to complete the secondary school.  Despite the lack of space, the school boasted its first graduating class of seven students two years ago.  Some of the graduates have remained in the community to become teachers or work in the school.  Others have sought post-secondary education.  Unfortunately, Olivia indicated that many families can only afford to send one child to school.  At the conclusion of the program, contributions were accepted from members to support the Society’s Schools for Africa project.

President Rhonda Hager thanked Olivia for sharing her experiences in Africa with Delta Sigma and expressed appreciation to the New Teacher Committee for refreshments and hosting the meeting.  She also welcomed and thanked Lincolnton Mayor Ed Hatley for attending the meeting.

After the approval minutes and the treasurer’s report, Cindy White updated members on the upcoming fashion show fundraiser.  Proceeds from the brunch and fashion show will fund scholarships for future and current educators and the Delta Sigma beginning teacher support project.  This year’s fashion show will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the First Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Lincolnton.  In addition to Chico’s, Hi-Lites, 7th Moon Boutique, and The Leprechaun, fashions from Redbone Willie’s and Crafted Mercantile will be featured.  Delta Sigma is pleased to have Kristen Miranda, WBTV news, serving as guest emcee for the show.  Tickets for the fashion show are $15 each and may be purchased from any Delta Sigma member.

President Rhonda Hager recognized and honored Cindy White for attaining a 10 year membership milestone in Delta Kappa Gamma.  Cindy has worked tirelessly as a co-chair of the chapter’s fashion show for the last three years.  President Hager thanked Cindy for her commitment and dedication to Delta Sigma. 

Members were updated on committee work and reminded the Eta State North Carolina Convention will be held May 3-5 in Hickory.  The next chapter meeting will be held at Boger City United Methodist Church on May 9 at 6 p.m. to recognize scholarship recipients.

Members present included Edwina Beam, Frankie Beam, Elaine Boysworth, Becky Burke, Pat Carpenter, Jennifer Carroll, Katie Crocker, Jill Eaddy, Libby Fletcher, Nelva Goodson, Rhonda Hager, Becky Heavner, Jennifer Huskey, Elaine Jenkins, Brenda Kinney, Sara Miller, Jane Morton, Wendy Mosteller, Heather Myers, Tammy Price, Gayle Reid, Kristen Reynolds, Laurie Sellers, Judy Shuford, Cindy White, Kay Wilson, Sheila Wright, and Linda Yoder.


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