OTTAWA — The Omicron Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met Oct. 17 at the Pitstick Pavilion in Ottawa.
An initiation ceremony conducted by the officers welcomed Bridgette Thomas of Ottawa as a new member. Thomas teaches sixth through eighth grades at Deer Park Elementary School.
The program for the evening was presented by Laurie Misener Stone of Three Wells Acupuncture Clinic in Morris. Stone is a licensed acupuncturist and board-certified herbalist. She led the group in several acupressure techniques designed to reduce stress. She also suggested several uses for essential oils. Her goal is to support health through non-drug solutions. Stone is the daughter of Omicron member Patricia Misener of Morris.
The business meeting was conducted by President Mary Sue Myers. Correspondence was read from Mark Giertz, principal at Milton Pope Elementary School, thanking Omicron Chapter for the generous donation of school supplies. Myers, Beverly Madsen and Teresa Cameron spoke about the Lambda State Creative Arts Retreat they attended in early October. They also displayed many of the crafts they created during the weekend retreat. Cameron presented one of the workshops.
Literacy chair Paula Freepartner reminded members about the creative writing contest open to all eighth graders in Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam counties. Entries should be submitted to her no later than Feb. 16, 2018. Janna Greanias, personal growth and services chair, urged members to encourage young ladies who have junior standing in college and are studying to be teachers to apply for Omicron’s $1,000 grant-in-aid.
Myers announced that Omicron member Stephanie Benson was elected vice president of the Illinois Reading Council. She will move on to be president-elect and then president.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Pitstick Pavilion. The program will be food pantries, presented by Omicron members Jan Kaufman and Mary Sue Myers.
Omicron Chapter welcomes membership inquiries from women educators in any field or level of education or who have retired from an educational position. For more information about membership, email firstname.lastname@example.org.