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  • THE DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL FEBRUARY, 2013 VOL. 38, NO. 4

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    February MeetingSaturday, February 9, 2013

    San Diego ISD Main Library609 Labbe, San Diego, Tx

    11:00 a.m.Executive Board Meeting

    10:15 a.m.

    Other Stories We Remember 2

    New Initiates 2

    Birthdays and Roses 3

    Program of Work Project 4

    Officer and Committee Corner February meeting agenda 5

    O What a Show 6Mentor photo gallery 6

    Send news and pictures for The Beta Pi Tattler to:

    Mellie Smithwick1921 Helen St.

    Alice, Texas 78332dsmithw_2@yahoo.com

    The Beta Pi TattlerAlpha State Texas - Beta Pi Chapter

    Area V - Chapter 64Serving Brooks, Duval, Jim We!s and Live Oak Counties

    Presidents MessageElva G. Garcia, president

    Happy New Year!! The new year brought us cold and rainy weather. Hope it didnt dampen your spirit to do the things you most enjoy. Are you still on track with your new years resolutions? Hope you succeed with your personal resolutions and have a prosperous year. When I started working on the Presidents annual report I reflected on what we have accomplished thus far. Our motivating programs in September, October and November inspired great participation in two excellent projects which are ongoing. Youve Got a Friend in Me is the mentoring project for early career educators and Light at

    the End of the Rainbow is to aid children in need. I applaud members who participated in both of these projects and invite those of you who wish to be counted as participants to contact Grace Estringel, program of work chairman, for more information on either projects. We have great plans for February, March and April meetings. You dont want to miss them. See you soon.Yours in Beta Pi,Elva

    MISSION STATEMENTThe Delta Kappa Gamma Society

    International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

    Our chapter will have active and involved members who continuously and

    enthusiastically contribute their time and talents to our chapter projects and activities, thus promoting excellence in our profession and services to others while affirming their

    worth in our Society.

    The Beta Pi Vision

  • THE DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL FEBRUARY, 2013 VOL. 38, NO. 4

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    We Remember ... Marguerite Laughlin

    Thoughts...

    What we love we shall grow to resemble.

    ...Bernard of Clairvaux

    MINIM VENIAM QUIS NOSTRUD EXERCI TATION NULLA FAC

    Reserve member Marguerite Laughlin from Premont passed away on January 17, 2013. She was 96 years old and had been a member of Beta Pi Chapter for 40 years. Marguerite received a B.A. in English and Music from Sul Ross State Teachers College in 1937 and began her teaching career in Alice in the fall of that year. It was in Alice that Marguerite met her husband, Charles Woodrow Laughlin to whom she was married for 45 years. Mrs. Laughlin taught school for over 20 years in Alice and Premont. She earned a masters degree from Texas A & I (Texas A & M Kingsville). She was an accomplished musician and served for many years as the organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Alice and in Premont. May she rest in peace.

    Contributed by Graciela T. Gonzales, Webmaster

    Mrs. Marguerite Laughlin1917-2013

    Beta Pi Welcomes New Initiates

    Six new initiates were invited to join the Beta Pi Chapter in January, 2013. Membership Chairman, Yolanda Barrera will lead an orientation for initiates on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Adult Education Center, 500 Cactus, Alice. Initiation into membership will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, during the monthly meeting. Dr. Nori C. Mora, an invited initiate said, I am very honored, and I really want to be a part of such an auspicious group of educated women. Dr. Mora will be joined by Nora Lopez, principal of Mary R. Garcia; Imelda Gonzalez, retired teacher; Elma Saenz of San Diego, Kathy Hinojosa, retired counselor, and Tina Saenz, Alice ISD Special Education Supervisor. We are honored to receive these women as members of The Beta Pi Chapter.

    Christmas for Mentees

    You Have a Friend in Me, the Program of Works, mentor project between Beta Pi and Premont ISD, continues to flourish as the Fall semester comes to an end. Mentors Adela Navarro, Yolanda Barrera, Gracie Gonzalez and Mellie Smithwick, visited with their mentees before the Christmas break. Each mentee was given a survival basket gift of items helpful to a teacher. The mentoring project will continue through the Spring semester.

    Mentors Adela, Yolanda, Gracie and Mellie preparing gift baskets for mentees at Adelas home.

  • THE DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL FEBRUARY, 2013 VOL. 38, NO. 4

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    Calendar

    February 5, 2013New member orientationAdult Learning Center5:00 p.m.

    February 9, 2013Beta Pi Chapter meetingSan Diego ISD Main Library609 LabbeSan Diego, Tx11:00 a.m.

    February 13, 2013Ash Wednesday

    February 14, 2013St. Valentines Day

    March 1, 2013Achievement Award applicationGrant in Aid applicationsState and Chapter scholarships

    March 2, 2013Beta Pi Chapter meetingAlicia Salinas Alice Public Library11:00 a.m.

    March 7, 2013O What a ShowSpring Fashion Show eventKC Hall, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    March 31, 2013Easter Sunday

    April 13, 2013Beta Pi Chapter meetingJalisco RestaurantFalfurrias, Tx11:00 a.m.

    Red Roses to...

    Edna Yzaguirre for identifying Grace Estringel as the November mystery rose.

    Gracie Gonzales for being the R.O.S.E. recipient in November.

    Adela Navarro for hosting the November meeting at her home along with Gracie Gonzales and Grace Estringel.

    Mellie Smithwick for the news article about our contributions to the Rainbow Room project.

    Yolanda Barrera, Elva Garcia, Adela Navarro, Mellie Smithwick and Ashley Barrera; Yolandas husband, for delivering the gifts to the Rainbow Room.

    Sylvia Braswell and Marta Teresa Villarreal, Pre-K teachers in Falfurrias for their excellent work in securing recognition for TEA, in partnership with ESC 17, for Lasater School as a Pre-Kinder Center of Excellence by achieving great results in the Kindergarden Readiness System.

    A shower of violets and amethysts to ...

    Evelyn Guynn - February 21Esmeralda Garcia - Feb. 24 (She will celebrate 93 years)Adela Navarro - February 27

    White Roses to...

    Gracie Uribe-Cano, for the passing of her brother-in-law Santiago Cano. Condolences to her husband Noel and the Cano family.

    Elva Garcia and Esmeralda Garcia, for the passing of Guate Garcia; Elvas uncle and Esmeraldas brother-in-law.

    Sylvia Braswell, for the passing of her mother in December.

    May the soul of the faithful departed rest in peace.

  • THE DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL FEBRUARY, 2013 VOL. 38, NO. 4

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    Happy 77th Birthday Beta Pi!

    LETS START COOKING.... CARROT SOUP

    1 stick butter1 pkg carrots1/2 onion2 small cloves of garlic2 tomatoes or 1 can of Hunts tomato Sauce (no salt added)2 T of Knorr Chicken flavor bouillon diluted in 2 or 3 cups of water or 3 cups chicken broth

    The Light at the End of the Rainbow

    It is heartbreaking to hear of abused and neglected children. Brenda Gonzalez, Early Intervention Specialist at ECI - Early Childhood Intervention - Project Nino, Alice, presented a program about the Rainbow Room, at the November meeting. Brenda explained the Rainbow Room is an emergency resource center for CPS children and youth in removal situations. The Rainbow Room is always in need of new personal items, clothing, school supplies and at that time, Christmas gifts. Beta Pi members donated much needed items and gifts to the Rainbow Room located at the Department of Human Service building, Alice. The Community Coalition for Children & Families (CCCF), a non-profit operated by volunteers whose mission is to form a partnership between Child Protective Services and the community, sponsors the Rainbow Room.

    Pictured is Brenda Gonzalez ECI Specialist accepting a $50 donation from President Elva Garcia, on behalf of Beta Pi at the November meeting.

    Members pictured with Brenda and gifts to be donated to the Rainbow Room.

    Boil carrots to tender and blend.Mix in blender tomato sauce, garlic and onion by themselves. Melt butter in a skillet, adding tomato sauce mix and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add carrots and simmer for 2 minutes. And last add the chicken flavor or chicken broth and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. It can be served with a bit of milk or evaporated milk if you prefer cream of carrot soup. Add croutons or serve with crackers. ...Grace Estringel

    Beti Pi celebrated their 77th birthday with a potluck luncheon, cupcakes, a toast

    to friendship and a few games of bunco at the

    November chapter meeting.

  • THE DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL FEBRUARY, 2013 VOL. 38, NO. 4

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    Committees Corner

    Membership Matters Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2013, for the six invited initiates. Yolanda Barrera, membership chair, will conduct the session at the Adult Education Center, room 4, 500 E. Cactus. Members are welcome.

    Get Well wishes to... Delma Palacios who has been under therapy after her accident in November.

    Grace Estringel who spent her holidays recuperating from surgery.

    Newsletter Editor Needs News News and updates for The Beta Pi Tattler is requested by the 1st of each month. Write your information in 10 point, Times New Roman font. Emai