Club news for 5-29-19

LaSalle County Retired Teachers

OGLESBY – The LaSalle County Retired Teachers Association held an executive board meeting at the Dickinson House in Oglesby on May 20.

LSCRTA unfinished business discussion matters included: highlights from the April General Meeting, highlights from the ROE’s Excellence in Education program, and information for the upcoming June 18 IRTA Area 1 Conference held at IVCC.

New Business matters included: planning for July 22 summer social meeting, preparation for the Sept. 23 General Meeting at Festivities Unlimited, and registering for the Oct. 14-15 IRTA State Convention in Springfield.


OTTAWA – Two Ottawa High School graduates were awarded grants at the May 21 meeting of Omicron Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Cally Diss of Marseilles an OHS graduate in 2017 received the $750 Grant-in-Aid. Diss will be a senior at Southern Illinois University studying Agriculture Education. Chloe Bruck a 2019 graduate of OHS received the $750 Omicron Recruitment Grant. Bruck will enter Illinois State University in the fall and major in Secondary English Education.

A memorial service for 42-year Omicron member Wilma Gehrke of Mazon was conducted by Fran Ogden, membership chair. Judy Hooper gave the tribute. Gehrke taught home economics, consumer education, child development and health at Mazon High School for 35 years.

During the business meeting, President Mary Sue Myers shared highlights of the Illinois (Lambda) State Convention held in Decatur in late April. Carrie Thompson, sponsored by Omicron Chapter, a student at Millikin University majoring in Graphic Design and Mixed Media which includes ceramics and photography received a $1,000 M. Josephine O’Neil Arts Award. Three Omicron members were recognized for 40 years of membership: Pauline Brown of Crest Hill; Char Farrell of Morris; and Jean Naretto of Braceville. Omicron Chapter was recognized for contributions to the Schools in Africa International Project and the Illinois (Lambda) State Project, Marion Medical Mission, for fresh water wells in Malawi. Omicron also received a certificate of recognition for their participation in the Chapter Bazaar. Eight Omicron members attended the convention.
Thank you letters were read from Under His Wings of Ottawa and Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry for the recent donations. President Myers reminded members of the upcoming summer activities: North Central Illinois Coordinating Council event to be held in Utica at the LaSalle County Historical Society Museum on June 19; Teaming up for Success–Leadership and Technology Workshops, June 24-26 at Bradley University; Creative Arts Retreat, June 28-30, at Allerton Park, Monticello; and in mid-July the Omicron blueberry project. The next regular meeting will be in September.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society of women educators. The Society promotes the professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. Omicron Chapter welcomes membership inquiries from women educators in any field or level of education or who have retired from an educational position. For more information about membership, email [email protected]