Members of the Gamma Omega chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International including Gamma Omega president Lou Pruett and Adriana Mendoza from Caldwell, first vice president Jeanell Dallmeyer and Mary Keienburg from Burton, corresponding secretary Janet Allphin from Sealy, Carole Fry from Bellville, Trudy Holland from Lexington and Gladys Avis, Treva Bullard and Linda Pipes from Brenham, joined with female educators from around the state of Texas in Waco June 14-16 for the 89th annual Texas State Organization Convention.
DKG is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 77,000 members. Established in Austin in 1929, there are now 17 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
The Opening Session keynote speaker was Dean Leah Teague of the Baylor University School of Law. A member of the leadership team at the law school for the past 27 years, Teague currently teaches the Leadership Development Class, part of a unique and innovative Leadership Development program that she created.
Other guest speakers for the three-day convention were metalworker Jimmy Don Holmes of the popular TV series “Fixer Upper,” International DKG Representative June Bowers, and motivational speaker and author Wendy Corbett.
More than 20 breakout sessions provided participants with cutting-edge knowledge on communications/technology, educational excellence, empowering women, legislative advocacy, leadership, and much more. In addition, the members donated new books to the nonprofit organization, Storybook Christmas.
The honor organization of key women educators was formed in Austin in 1929 by Annie Webb Blanton from a nucleus of 12 founders representing all levels of education, kindergarten through university. Professor of rural education at the University of Texas, Blanton was elected president of the Texas State Teachers’ Association in 1916, the first woman to hold that office. Blanton was also the first woman to serve Texas as state superintendent of public instruction, having been elected in 1918. For more information about the Texas State Organization and Delta Kappa Gamma, visit www.dkgtexas.org