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    Beta Upsilon members 'love' being part of DKG


    The Beta Upsilon chapter of the North Carolina Delta Kappa Gamma service organization for women educators gathered for a breakfast meeting on Feb. 10 at the Heritage House Restaurant in Windsor.

    President Dr. Phyllis Broughton called the meeting to order with 26 members present representing Martin, Bertie, Gates, Hertford, Tyrell and Washington counties. Melissa Dana, chapter president of the Alpha Omega Chapter of Beaufort County, was welcomed as a guest.

    Crystal Barber Ellis (Martin) presented an inspirational message in which she encouraged teachers to remember that their work matters in the lives of many young people.

    Dr. Carol Ann Hankinson (Hertford) and Kimberly Dunlow (Bertie) led members in a seasonal group activity of singing love songs.

    Amy Barsanti (Martin) presented an informative program by sharing pictures and discussing the highlights of the DKG International Conference in Finland that she was able to attend during the summer of 2023.

    Mona Boyd (Martin) presented the following member milestones and recognitions:

    Membership Milestones:

    5 years: Tracey Reason (Martin), Connie Smith (Washington), Tammy Snow (Bertie)10 years: Tammy Jernigan (Bertie)15 years: Charlene Evans (Washington)20 years: Brenda White Martin)25 years: Linda West (Washington)


    Dr. Mary Earp (Gates), director of Life Skills at Chowan University, will lead the book review on Dare to Lead by Brene Brown.Dr. Carol Ann Hankinson received a DKG International Award to attend the American Library Association conference in San Diego in the summer of 2024.Wanda Hardison and Dr. Phyllis Broughton (Martin)were featured in the DKG Fine Arts Gallery.Lennon Wall, a 2023 Beginning Teacher of the Year for Sanderson High School and daughter of Beta Upsilon member Robin Lloyd (Washington), received the Nell Rae-Eva White Grant-In-Aid scholarship.Dr. Phyllis Broughton published an article in the DKG Collegial Exchange.Amy Barsanti received a Farm Bureau Ag Grant for her classroom project “The Garden of Reading.”Candace Davis (Martin) has accepted a position as an instructional coach for Martin County Schools.Tracey Reason has been appointed to be a NC representative to the DKG/UN Relationship/World Fellowship.Sarah Davis (Hertford) was recognized in an alumni spotlight for Hertford County Public Schools.

    Members were encouraged to complete and submit chapter excellence forms based on their Beta Upsilon activities for 2023-2024. Forms should be submitted to Mona Boyd.

    Tracey Reason expressed thanks for the Essentials in Education project items that were received at the meeting. Items will be distributed as needed through guidance counselors at schools in Beta Upsilon counties.

    Upcoming member opportunities include the following:

    An online Dare to Lead book discussion to be led by Dr. Mary Earp.A virtual book talk on The First Ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murry to be led by Kit Reddick (Martin).Member book donations for Bertie County schools. (See emailed list of titles.)Spring Beta Upsilon meeting at Chowan University on April 13.

    President Broughton expressed thanks to Bertie County members for the beautiful seasonal decorations which showed how much the group loves being a part of DKG.

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