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Beverly Pournelle, left, serves as chapter president and Martha Johnson serves as chapter vice president for 2017-2018.

What is DKG? It’s an organization for educators and women who like friends! Delta Kappa Gamma is a great International Organization of Key Women Educators who love what they do and who they are.
Locally, Walterboro is known as the Zeta Chapter. The members provide a scholarship to a worthy young high school graduate planning to major in the field of education. This year, Owen Bridge was the scholarship recipient for the Zeta Chapter. Through raffles, fundraising and donations, DKG continuously raises money to support this worthy cause.
The Zeta Chapter, the sixth chapter of Alpha Eta State was organized on February 6, 1943 at the Lafayette Grill in Walterboro. Outstanding teachers from Colleton enjoyed membership in the Charleston’s Beta Chapter, but found travel difficult due to the gasoline shortage during World War II. These ladies asked for permission to start the Zeta Chapter, and it was approved.
The first members of Zeta Chapter were Sarah Warren, Alma Herndon, Elizabeth Utsey, Janie Holland, Mary Jo Berry, Lois K. Williams, Ruth D. Thomas, Mary D. Rich, Ruth Story, Belle Sanders, Melema Purckette, Edna Buyck, Irene Ackerman, Louise Carson, Carrie Lou Ackerman, Rena K. Hiott, Mary Lou Hodges, Elizabeth D. Horne and Helen Carter.
Today, the Zeta Chapter president is Beverly Pournelle, vice president, Barbara Gehlmann; secretary, Nancy Carter; treasurer, Rebecca Strickland; membership chair, Sandy Stearns; and parliamentarian, Janis Blocker.
Meetings are scheduled as follows: November 28, February 26, April 17, and June 11. Meetings are held at Bethel Presbyterian Church, beginning at 4 p.m. Membership is by invitation; however, if a woman educator is interested in joining Delta Kappa Gamma to continue promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education, just let one of the members know.
Delta Kappa Gamma International was founded May 11, 1929, at the University of Texas, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, a member of the faculty there and a former state superintendent of public instruction in Texas. She and her co-founders believed that there was need for an organization in which women educators — rural and urban teachers; preschool, elementary, high school, college, and university teachers; librarians; school administrators; supervisors — might be united for efforts toward better professional preparation, recognition of women’s work in the teaching profession, and scholarships for those needing aid in improving their professional preparation.
other partners to:
• Foster community participation in school management
• Build and improve classroom buildings and equipment
• Create safe and protective environments where children can learn and play (CFS, Child-Friendly School programs)
• Provide access to clean water and separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls in schools
• Supply exercise books, pens, proper furniture and other school and sports materials
• Train teachers to provide children with quality education and basic life skills
• Educate children about proper hygiene and HIV prevention: this knowledge is passed on to siblings, parents, and the community at large
• Provide other interventions, including but not limited to health check-ups, immunization and scholarships
• Insure a stimulating start in life to children below age five
Every DKG member is considered a leader – a woman who wants to make a difference. DKG offers support for that leadership through chapter and state organization opportunities as well as professional learning experiences. Check these out at the DKG website,

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