Theta Chapter

Wilmington, North Carolina

Region IV

The North Carolina State Organization

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International




2021 NC DKG Convention is a Virtual Success!

The 2021 NC DKG Convention provided a week-long celebration for members. Virtual experiences highlighting chapter achievement, chapter presidents, regional directors, and remembrance of members who passed away during the year was showcased along with tours of attractions around Asheville, the 2021 convention site. New state officers were installed on the final day. The newly installed NC DKG officers are Beth Winstead, NC DKG President, HIlda Parler, First Vice President, Tammy Cullom, Second Vice President, and Patty Higgins, Secretary.


Theta Members with 40+ Years of DKG Service Recognized

The following members were recognized at Theta's 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 Chapter Merges with Theta Chapter

During the NC DKG Virtual Convention April 23-25, 2021, NC DKG members approved the merger of Beta Phi Chapter with Theta Chapter. Sylvia Quinn, Beta Phi treasurer will complete the process to finalize the merger.

Book Drive for Beginning Teacher Project

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

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.

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.


Connect to NC DKG & DKG International

Logan Beddingfield, BT3 and 7th Grade Williston Teacher with Linda Jobe (left) and Judy Busick (right)


Logan with close-up of donated books

Logan with 6-8 donated books

T h e t a B o o k D r i v e I s C o n t i n u i n g

In support of our Beginning Teachers (BT’s), Theta delivered well over 100 books to teachers at Virgo and Williston Middle Schools. These books were specifically chosen to fit the different reading levels and interests of students in three different grade levels: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

If you can help us with additional books, please let us know.