By NANCY KARRICK
Special to Atmore News
Gamma Omega chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met on Thursday, November 3, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church.
President Nancy Karrick presided. Members read the Collect in unison and then Pat Bonner introduced Sissy Phillips who gave the devotion on encouragement.
The minutes of the previous meeting were emailed to members, and with no changes to be made, they will be filed. In the absence of the treasurer, her report was not delivered.
Debbie Albritton introduced her husband, Senator Greg Albritton, as our speaker for the evening. Albritton spoke about many things relating to education, including the Educational Trust Fund, teacher pay raises, recruitment of teachers, hiring non-certified teachers to fill vacancies, and work conditions and extra duties placed on teachers. He also answered questions from the active and retired educators in the group. Albritton’s presentation perfectly covered one of the seven Delta Kappa Gamma purposes: To inform members of current economic, social, political, and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.
Members received an overview of programs for the rest of the year. One of special interest was a joint project with the Atmore Lions Club to do a glasses collection drive at each of the schools in Atmore. We will be working with school nurses at the schools to learn the process followed when a student needs glasses. Atmore Lions have local projects to pay for the students’ glasses. The glasses collected at the schools will go to Lions International to use on mission trips overseas, and participating in this drive will give students a chance to see how they can help others as they are being helped.
The state convention will be held in Tuscaloosa March 3-5 and members were encouraged to think about attending.
The meeting closed with the singing of the Delta Kappa Gamma song.