Alpha Pi State of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International convened for their annual state convention June 2-3 at the Kelly Inn, Yankton.
Xi Chapter, Yankton, were hostesses. Chapter president Carla Hacenky and convention chairman Marlena Diede welcomed the members to the convention.
Eta Chapter, Vermillion, was represented by President Corinne Rath, past state president Brenda Martens, state historian and past state president Mary Geffre Johnson, state finance chair Carol King, and Pat Michels.
State president, Dr. Rhonda Anderson, Mu Chapter, Sioux Falls, presided at the business sessions. Ardith Inman Evergreen Park, IL, was international guest.
The sessions began Friday, June 2, with a bus historical tour of Yankton. Educational workshops were presented by the membership.
On Saturday morning, June 3, a ceremony of remembrance was held for nine state deceased members of the past year.
Mary Geffre Johnson read the memorial tribute for Lynn Milton and Doris Winters, deceased Eta members of the past year. Chapter President Corinne Rath placed a white rose in their memory during the ceremony.
The general session followed the ceremony with State President Dr. Rhonda Anderson, Mu Chapter Sioux Falls, calling the meeting to order.
The welcome to Yankton was given by Mayor Curt Bernard.
State reports, bylaw revisions and adoption of the state budget were on the agenda.
The birthday awards luncheon was introduced by Mary Kay Black, Kappa Chapter, Watertown.
Alpha Pi State, 66 years old, was celebrated with a birthday cake and singing the Delta Kappa Gamma birthday song.
Eta Chapter received the following awards: Scrapbook, first place; Newsletter, third; Special recognition given to 100 percent participation, Golden Gift; World Fellowship and Literacy and Numery state project.
The Founders' Day tribute was presented by past state presidents with Keitha Neuharth, Delta Chapter, Huron, as narrator.
The convention concluded with outgoing and incoming presidents, introduced at the presidents' banquet.
The featured speaker for the banquet was Ardith Inman, international parliamentarian and guest.
The Alpha Pi State Chorus, under the direction of Margaret Lyons, Xi Chapter, entertained the members. Eta members Carol King and Pat Michels participated in the chorus.
A reception for 2006-2008 chapter presidents and the international guest concluded the evening's festivities.
The 2001 state convention will be held June 15-16 with Pi Chapter, Mobridge, hosting the event.
Christian Women to meet July 12
Centerville Christian Women�s Club will meet Wednesday, July 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Centerville American Legion Hall.
Andrea Anderson of Centerville will present the special feature as she tells us about some of the services she provides at her business, �Image by Andrea.� We look forward to Andrea sharing with us that morning.
Our speaker is Susan Keegan of DeWitt, IA. This busy �stay-at-home� mom shares how she escapes household routine to enjoy nature and solitude by taking a �Walk in the Woods.�
Reservations (and cancellations) for the brunch are essential. Please call Betty Knutson (Centerville) at 563-2792 or Evonne Bancroft (Beresford) at 763-5118 by Saturday, July 8. Childcare is available by calling Paula Bartels at 957-4490 with the number and age of children that will need care. The cost of the event is $5.50.