Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha holds convention
STATE COLLEGE - Nearly 300 women flooded the Nittany Lion Inn for the Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha State 77th Anniversary Celebration and State Convention held June 13 to 15 on Penn State University's main campus.
Six members from Beta Epsilon chapter, including Vanessa Sral, director of curriculum, Forest Hills School District; Dana Lawlor, librarian, Penn Cambria School District; Susan Blazosky, teacher, State Correctional Facility-Somerset; Amy Dobbins, teacher, Hollidaysburg Area School District; Mari Grace Lingenfelter, teacher, Conemaugh Township School District; and Marcia Erickson, teacher, Hollidaysburg Area School District, attended the recent state convention and participated in various events during the educational and fun-filled weekend.
The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Jobel Court No. 11 welcomed Grand High Priestess, Bea Hillman (right) on June 24. Also shown is Julie Bratton, high priestess, Jobel Court No. 11. A dinner was hosted at the Jaffa Shrine and included members of Jobel Court and Nobles, Illustrious Potentate Vernon Carey and Lady Billie and members of the Divan. Members of Isis Court No. 1, the original charter of the Ladies Oriental Shrine also attended the dinner and meeting. For membership information, visit http://www.losnajobelcourt.com.
Sral, the 2013-15 biennium Alpha Alpha State recording secretary, served on the executive board at the convention. She also presided over the "First Timers, 101" workshop. Blazosky, Dobbins and Lingenfelter participated in the Alpha Alpha State Chorus, and Erickson presented a workshop titled, "Great Geocache! I've Found It! I've Found It!"
In addition, Dobbins, outgoing Beta Epsilon Chapter president, and Erickson, incoming president, participated in the banquet procession, and Lingenfelter assisted in the presentation of past state presidents during the procession.
The convention focused on ways to "Engage, Equip and Empower." The keynote address was presented by Northeast Regional Director, Mary Lee Makinen.
Saturday morning's keynote speaker was 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Ryan Devlin, the youngest educator to receive the award. His accolades include winning the Keystone Technology Integrator award for his extensive use of technology in his classroom, and he is a two-time recipient of the PSEA Innovative Teaching Grant.
Society Business workshops were held Saturday morning, and the afternoon educational and enrichment workshops included "Forgotten Women in Pennsylvania History," "Turbocharged Teaching with Technology," "Getting to Know Our International Guest," "CFAs on PEI," "Great Geocache!" and "A Summer Bouquet."
Bridge club announces its recent winners
The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.
June 25 - Carl Hurd and Peg Robinson, first; Othella Anderson and Peggy Gutshall, second; John Soldo and Phyllis Robbins, third; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, fourth.
June 26 - Hurd and Robinson, first; Robbins and Soldo, second; Barbara and Justin Marinak, third; Diana Colabrese, JoEllen Gehl, Jean Green, and Jean Keller, tied for fourth.
Games are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. For information, call 942-8396.