Who We Are

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Alpha Theta Chapter
Organized November 19, 1960

Membership:  16 Initiates Plus 1 Transfer (1960)
Dues:  $15 Yearly (1960)

Charter Members:

Mrs. Dora Horton
Mrs. Betty Miller
Mrs. Nan Langhorn Burnett
Mrs. Gertrude Marshall
Mrs. Margaret Butler
Mrs. Elizabeth Poole
Mrs. Oliver Cox
Mrs. Jacqueline Stanley
Miss Frances Holland
Mrs. Bernice Trice
Miss Winnie Frances Eubank
Mrs. James R. Wilson
Mrs. Grace Holland
Miss Katherine B. Woodward
Mrs. Wilma Powell
Miss Gladys Yates (transferred from Gamma Chapter)

These women were all leading educators of Suffolk, Franklin, Nansemond County, Isle of Wight County and Southampton County.

The first meeting was held on November 11, 1960, in the Suffolk Hotel, which is now an apartment building on Main Street in downtown Suffolk.  Miss Katherine B. Woodward, founder, met with the group and presided.  Miss Woodward was a truly inspirational educator and Delta Kappa Gamma honoree.

The guest speaker was Mrs. Avis Whitlow, past State President from 1957-1959.  The topic of her talk was, “Key Women Teachers at Work”.  Members always wore their Sunday best:  hat, gloves, purse, etc. to all meetings.  When addressing the chair, one always stood and waited to be recognized before speaking—very professional!

Members were always encouraged to answer “Yes” when asked to serve in any capacity.  Alpha Theta Chapter grew from 17 members in 1960 to 80 members in 1978.  Iota State, at the request of Miss Woodard, began plans for a three-way division.  Frowns and groans erupted!  So many friends dreaded separation.  Peaceful division took place in the fall of 1979.

Suffolk chapter retained the name of Alpha Theta.  Franklin/Southampton became Gamma Delta.  Smithfield/Surry/Isle of Wight became Gamma Epsilon.  Every other spring the three chapters meet together taking turns as hostess—renewing old friendships and developing new.

History compiled by Mrs. Dora P. Horton, Charter Member.

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