History

As written by Helen Dix and Nannetta Reed

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Alpha State of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society was constituted at Pittsburgh’s William Penn Hotel now known as the Penn Sheraton on June 4, 1955.

The group was established from eligible women educators of Fayette and Southern Westmoreland Counties.

The following were charter members of the chapter:

Ruby Adams
Elsie Dix
Helen Dix
Louise Eicher
Grace Galley
Barbara Gallick
Josephine Grogg
Esther Hixson
Ardis Keener
Nannetta Reed
Avis Slaughter
Evelyn Stevenson
Vera Tomaska

Alpha Delta Chapter was chosen as our “Mother Chapter” because of their friendliness and helpfulness in our organizing; thanks to Bessie Long, president, and Melda Zimmerman, initiation chairman.

The first year’s theme was “Getting Acquainted with Delta Kappa Gamma” and the second year, the theme was “Our Challenge: A Teacher for Tomorrow.”

Past Presidents

Mrs. Esther Hixson 1955 – 1958
Miss Barbara Gallick 1958 – 1960
Miss Grace Galley 1960 – 1962
Mrs. Ardis Keener 1962 – 1964
Mrs. Sara McAfee 1964 – 1966
Miss Nannetta Reed 1966 – 1968
Miss Margaret Laughery 1968 – 1970
Mrs. Isabelle Oglevee 1970 – 1972
Mrs. Dorothea Hoovler 1972 – 1974
Mrs. Mary Hibbs 1974 – 1976
Miss Alice Fleming 1976 – 1978
Mrs. Elizabeth Sember 1978 – 1980
Mrs. Ruth Ohler 1980 – 1982
Mrs. Hazel Shepler 1982 – 1984
Mrs. Madge Shelby 1984 – 1986
Mrs. Mary Jane Postlethwaite 1986 – 1988
Miss Dorothy Yukish 1988 – 1990
Miss Ellizabeth Shirer 1990 – 1992
Miss Elizabeth Shirer 1992 – 1994
Mrs. Donna Karwatsky 1994 – 1996
Mrs. Freda Channing 1996 – 1998
Mrs. Sally Nurminen 1998 – 2000
Mrs. Wanda Reynolds 2000 – 2002
Miss Rebecca Dix 2002 – 2004
Mrs. Andrea Michaux 2004 – 2006
Mrs. Margaret Taylor 2006 – 2008
Mrs. Sally Nurminen  2008 – 2010
Mrs. Kristy Clements  2010 – 2012
Ms. Lisa Evans &

Ms. Donna Fosbrink

2012 – 2014

and

2014 – 2016

Deceased

Loiuse B. Eicher* Nov. 9,1961
Genevieve Walker Jan.18, 1968
Pearl Buttermore Oct. 13, 1972
Vera Tomasko* May 8, 1974
Catherine D. Major July 22, 1976
Elizabeth Vail Oct. 6, 1977
Velma Bracken Nov. 2, 1977
Esther Hixson* April 21, 1979
Sara McAfee July 5, 1979
Avis Slaughter* Jan. 17, 1981
Agnes Mottle Jan. 31, 1987
Jean Taylor Aug. 5, 1987
Helen Dix* Jan. 19, 1988
Bernice Truxel Aug. 21, 1990
Martha Dixson Aug. 26, 1991
Dorothy Faust July 21, 1996
Margaret Laughery Oct. 2, 1997
Kathryn Dailey Sept. 1999
Barbara Gallick* Jun. 17, 2000
Isabelle Oglevee May 23, 2003
Ardis Keener* March 22, 2005
Jacqueline Bercini June 18, 2006
Ruby Pierce* October 7, 2006
Nannetta Reed* October 21, 2007
Freda Channing February 13, 2007
Catherine Basinger June 20, 2012
Ruth Ohler August 8, 2014

*charter member

Last revised 09.14.2014