During the first weekend in May, The North Carolina State Organization of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society of women educators, met for their annual convention in Hickory. Several local, retired teachers, members of the Delta Pi Chapter, were honored for their service and commitment to education and the society.
Pam Holthouser, retired math teacher from Mooresville High School, was one of 11 state recipients of the Golden Key Award. A portion of her nomination read: “Pam has served as treasurer for the Delta Pi Chapter since it was chartered 24 years ago. She is the backbone of our chapter due to her diligent role as our chapter treasurer. Delta Pi is blessed to have Pam ensure that our financial records are completed efficiently and in a timely manner.”She was celebrated at an awards assembly on Friday evening.
In honor of the 85th Birthday of NC DKG, chapters were asked to nominate “Notable Women Educators.” Delta Pi selected two notable women, Carol Carroll (retired principal and curriculum supervisor from MGSD) and Martha Smith (retired MHS English / drama teacher) for educational excellence. These ladies were celebrated at a Sunday morning brunch.
Finally, two Delta Pi members recently had their poetry accepted to the International DKG Fine Arts Gallery for Spring 2019.
Debbie Marsh, retired principal of South Elementary and current MGSD school board member, wrote a poem “Where We’re From.” Based on George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From,” Marsh’s poem described her journey as a woman educator, noting many changes over the years but citing that children still need security, stability, love and hope in order to grow.
Martha Smith’s poem, “There Was a Teacher Went Forth”, was modeled after Walt Whitman's “There was a Child Went Forth.” Smith’s poem chronicled her career (beginning in 1949) through racial integration and rapid changes in rights for women to the present (retirement).
One of the purposes of DKG is “to honor women who have given... distinctive service in any field of education.” The Delta Pi Chapter has clearly carried out this purpose by recognizing these women educators.