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Educators from across Wise County recently attended the 85th Annual Convention of the Texas State Organization of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International in Lubbock.
Those attending included Dianne Radcliffe of Runaway Bay; Lou Hitt, Cathy Chapman, Linda Carter, Carol Donovan and Dee Ann Archer, all of Decatur; Jane Burgess of Chico; Rachel Gasperson and Virginia Dick, both of Bridgeport; and Judy Smith of Alvord. Also attending with the Wise County group was Jacquetta Graves of Henrietta.
The local chapter, Gamma Epsilon, which included members from Clay, Montague and Wise counties will be led by President Linda Carter for the 2014-16 biennium. The chapter received the Five Star Newsletter Award and the Annie, given for an outstanding program, during the convention.
With 9,000 members in Texas, the honor society for women educators promotes excellence in education and personal and professional growth of women educators. The international organization, with more than 90,000 members in 18 countries, gives scholarships to members, both on the state and international levels, and provides other opportunities for leadership development to members.
The honor organization of key women educators was formed in Austin on May 11, 1929, at a time when it was illegal for women to belong to a women’s organization.
The group was formed by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton from a nucleus of 12 founders representing all levels of education, kindergarten through university, from various parts of Texas.
Amongst these 12 was Dr. Cora M. Martin of Chico.