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The Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional organization composed of women educators, met recently at Kent State University Student Center for its annual New Member Initiation Brunch.
The menu and food for the brunch were provided by Kent State University and were arranged by Theta Vice President Abbey Bolton.
Centerpieces of a single rose and rose candies were given to each member. Each member in attendance also received a "Gold Key" pendant which was awarded to the Theta Chapter for the second consecutive year at the annual State Convention, which took place in March at the Hilton Hotel in Akron.
The Gold Key is awarded to Delta Kappa Gamma chapters who exhibit exceptional qualities and meet Society protocols. President Jeane Nolte welcomed the initiates and Theta members and discussed the strength of membership, past and present.
After the brunch, the initiates participated in the traditional ceremony, along with their sponsors. They were each presented with a red rose, the society's flower and were also given the Delta Kappa Gamma Pin. Prior to the initiation, they attended a DKG Tea, hosted by and at the home of Sarah Kaplan, immediate past president.
This year, five new members were initiated into the Society. As is customary, these five members were nominated and recommended by a peer for their demonstration of outstanding attributes in their field of education.
The new members include the following: From Kent City Schools -- Maggie Jadwin and Janelle Pfeiffer, Davey Elementary Intervention Specialists; Emily Congrove, Guidance Counselor at Davey Elementary School; and Jennifer Flaherty at Roosevelt High School, and Rita Karl, Physical Therapist for Aurora City Schools.
Another new initiate, also from Kent City Schools, Holly Linder, Music Teacher at Walls Elementary will be installed at the August picnic.
The Theta members will now enjoy a summer break but will re-convene for a picnic, at the home of Theta member and treasurer, Pam Vanags on Aug. 7.
New members of Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma are, from left, Janelle Pfeiffer, Emily Congrove, Rita Karl, Jennifer Flaherty and Maggie Jadwin.