When members of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization of Women Educators met for their monthly meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall on April 12, the attendees were dressed up and ready to celebrate.
The meeting, which marked the organization’s 50th anniversary, was attended by 29 members, plus guests who were treated to beautiful decorations in the organization’s official golden yellow and olive-green colors. Several of the official violet flowers adorned the tables. All aspects of the decor were highlighted by the color gold to represent the organization’s golden anniversary.
Special guests at the meeting included Alpha Delta Kappa state president Janie Gray, state historian Susan Nichols, and Wanda and Russel McCampbell. Wanda is a former member of the Beta Lambda Chapter and Russel is fondly remembered as an administrator at Perryville High School.
The evening began with the reading of a letter from Alpha Delta Kappa international president Susan Pelchat, who not only congratulated chapter members on their milestone anniversary, but also commended the chapter on its enthusiasm and commitment to the goals of ADK, and the many good works of dedicated altruistic service that have benefitted people both near and far.
Gray and Nichols, both retired educators, also addressed the membership, offering congratulations for 50 years of a productive work and hopeful visions for a promising future.
Following the state officers, member and past local and state officer Brenda Smith made a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the Beta Lambda Chapter, from its charter in 1968 until the present day. The presentation featured photos of members and activities through the years.
Unique to the Missouri Beta Lambda Chapter is its chapter quilts, a project began in 1978 by member Evelyn Hinni for the chapter’s 10th anniversary. The quilts started small, but continued to grow in size depending upon the number of blocks were completed, embroidered, and quilted by the members, who now have a total of six beautiful quilts.
As a highlight of the evening’s celebration, a new exquisite quilt was unveiled. Made with ADK colors and symbols, the full-size quilt featured photos of both the charter members and the 33 current members, and was presented by its creators, Joyce Moll and Kathe Ramsey. Six main blocks of the quilt listed members according to their years of service (50, 35, 25, 24-16, 15-5, and 4 years to new).
Winnie Frentzel was recognized for her 50 years of membership, as was Ellen Weinhold who was unable to attend. Each member group was also recognized.
After the meeting, a devotion titled “We’re More Than Just Teachers” was read by member Janet Schuessler, and a delicious meal — including a specially created 50th Anniversary cake for dessert — was enjoyed by all.