Theta Chapter

Wilmington, North Carolina

Region IV

The North Carolina State Organization

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International




March In-Person/Virtual Meeting Was an Exciting Experience

The Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center was the center of Delta Kappa Gamma spirit and tradition as Theta Chapter hosted the annual Founders Day luncheon on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Members who were in attendance wore masks and socially distanced as they enthusiastically participated in our first in-person meeting of 2021. Members also joined the meeting virtually. Several members were recognized with pins for years of service. Sylvia Quinn, Beta Phi member, proudly announced that Beta Phi members have voted to merge with Theta Chapter. Beta Phi presented a $500 check for the Beginning Teacher program and provided $500 for our Beginning Teacher classroom library program. Judy Busick reminded members of our May meeting of 2020 Educator Grant presentations. Lunch was catered and members were randomly selected to receive door prizes.



Members with 40+ Years of DKG Service Recognized in Pinning Ceremony

The following members were recognized at the March Founders Day meeting and

received their anniversary pin from a fellow member in a pinning ceremony:

Sophia Floyd - 60 years, Catherine Highsmith - 56 years, Emma Dineen - 51 years,

Linda Farrell - 47 years, Mary Cowand - 45 years, Connie Marks - 44 years, Sylvia

Quinn - 41 years, and Susan Nevitt - 40 years.

Beta Phi Members Vote to Merge with Theta Chapter

During the Founders Day meeting on March 20, 2021 Sylvia Quinn, treasurer of Beta Phi

Chapter, announced that Beta Phi members voted to merge with Theta Chapter. Beta Phi

and Theta Chapter sent formal letters of request for merger to Dr. Teresa Cowan, NC DKG

President. A formal vote on this request will occur at the NC DKG Convention in April.

Book Drive for Beginning Teacher Project

With a $500 check donation and $500 library collection presented by Beta Phi Chapter to

our Beginning Teacher Project, the Beginning Teacher Committee is exploring possibilities

for continued support of beginning teachers at our selected schools - Williston Middle

School and Virgo Academy. Our ongoing project of building classroom libraries for these

teachers has been given a significant boost from these generous gifts. Look for more

information in the coming months of ways to support our beginning teachers.

Marilyn Grinwis Gray Scholarship Recipients Selected

Five scholarships of $3000 each will be awarded this year to selected North Carolina

students studying Elementary Education or Music Education. The NC DKG Educational

Foundation met virtually on April 2, 2021 to determine the recipients of the 2021 Gray

Scholarships. Using the rubric developed by Theta’s Scholarship Committee, each member

of the Foundation Scholarship Committee rated 300-600 word narratives written by 38

applicants. A total of rubric scores for each applicant determined the five recipients.

Winners of the Gray Scholarship will be announced by the Foundation at the 2021 NC

DKG Convention.


NC DKG Convention 2021 April 23-25, 2021

A Virtual Celebration: NC DKG: Past, Present, and Future


Remembering NC DKG Past -Friday 6:45 pm to 8 pm

Celebrating NC DKG Present - Saturday 9 am to 4:50 pm and 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm

Shaping NC DKG Future - Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm

Convention Virtual Showcases - Tue., April 20 through Sun., April 25

Virtual Tours of Penland School of Crafts, Carl Sandburg Home, Blue Ridge Parkway, John C. Campbell Folk School, Nantahala River Whitewater Rafting, Asheville Restaurants and Irresistible Escapes

See Complete Convention Schedule in the NC DKG News.

2020 NC DKG Theta Chapter Educator Grant Recipients

Fifteen educators from New Hanover and Pender County schools submitted proposals for classroom projects this year through Theta’s Educator Grant program. Theta’s Scholarship Committee reviewed these applications using the grant rubric and selected four project proposals for maximum funding of $500. The following recipients and projects will support classroom activities during Spring 2021:

Muscadine Grape Production: Learning Opportunities in the Vineyard Christopher Hicks at Topsail High School plans for agricultural students to construct an on-campus grape vineyard.
Expanding our Horizon with MusicTrevor Judy at West Pender High School will purchase music that reflects multiple cultures and modern world experiences.
Literacy for the World Language ClassroomMiranda Spencer at New Hanover High School will provide students in Spanish classes with meaningful reading, writing and listening opportunities through the purchase of a digital reading program and classroom novels.


Building Learning Connections with LiteratureShirley Womble at Malpass Corner Elementary School selected high quality children’s books for her classroom to develop an extensive classroom library for first grade students.


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