Theta Gamma Thoughts

Theta Gamma Thoughts
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
Alpha State Texas
Volume 43, Number 5
Theta Gamma Chapter # 195
Corpus Christi, Texas: Area V
March 30, 2010
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and
personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
Dear Sisters,
As Theta Gamma Sisters, we all know we never say "NO". I think Theo
has always reminded us of that. We will present our slate of officers in May
for the 2010-2012 biennium. They did not say "NO". They have said
But sometimes it is ok to say "NO". Brenda and Sylvia say "NO" and will
continue to heal and thrive.
April 20th Meeting Information:
We will begin at 5:15 with gathering and refreshments. For a fundraiser to benefit the
scholarship fund we will have a theme basket that will be raffled off at the meeting.
Tickets may be purchased for $1.00. The business meeting will start promptly @ 5:30.
Program Title: Passion for a Network of Mentors and Financial Planning*
Theta Gamma welcomes apprentice and novice teachers to join members to form
connections with our supportive network of active and retired professionals and to learn
from an investment counselor about establishing sound financial planning habits early in
their careers.
PACE monies will be sent to the International Speakers Fund.
The location is --- Jin’s Asian Buffett in Staples Center
Here is the link to a map if you need it.
Baby sitting will be provided for $5 per family. If you need childcare for the meeting
please let Donna know by Saturday, April 17th at [email protected] or 361- 215
- 5127.
Take the time to find and wear your pin to the next meeting--you earned it.
Members still employed are also encouraged to wear theirs to work on the
first Monday of every month. Show our organization off to others – we may pick
up a new member that way.
Minutes of the February Meeting
Delta Kappa Gamma
Theta Gamma Chapter
February 9, 2010
5:15-? Visiting and snack time
Donna Rodenburg welcomed everyone to the Tuloso-Midway Middle School Library.
Absent members: family- Sylvia Swift, Bettie Mitchell, Laura Day Brown, Leslie Elmore, and Kim Picozzi
Illness-Rose Gungi, Susan Peeples, and Iris Estrada
Professional-Janice Doughty, Susie Lafevere, Angela Steagall, and Jennifer Krnavek
Members present: Beth Adams, Kimberly Brumley, Valarie Buhidar, Shannon Clubb, Margaret DeVille, Angie Flores,
Shayla Floyd, Sylvia Gonzalez, Norma Janice, Sheila Jenkins, Brenda Machen, Libby McGee, Kristi Nix, Connie
Seago, Nancy Shaheen, Beverly Tackett, Linda Uballe, and Theo Wagner
The minutes from the January 12, 2010 were approved.
Nelda Adams was absent, so we did not have a treasurer’s report.
The Convention wants us to commit to an amount to help make baskets. Sylvia Gonzalez moved that we
pledge $30.00 from Theta Gamma.
 Kay Schroeder told us to go see the movie “Dear John”. Her cousin, Marty Bowen, is the producer.
 The Convention is in Waco. If you plan to go, make your reservations soon.
 MS Walk is March 13. Beth Adams was taking donations and you got a pin if you made a donation.
 Cynthia Besosa sent 12 of her decorated forks for door prizes at the Joint Luncheon. They will be put with a
jar of homemade pickles, made by Neva Gentry. Members were asked to sponsor a fork for $8.00 each.
 Initiation for new members ~ maybe in April.
 We collected $68.00 from members to sponsor the forks. We need $96.00 for all 12 forks.
[Editor’s note: Only 8 forks were used to match the number of jars of pickles so the collection covered the cost of
those forks used and the rest were returned to Sylvia.]
 Libby McGee won a key lime pie made by Kay Schroeder.
 Beth Adams won the basket, which was a Visa gift card. The basket raffle earned the chapter $83.00.
 The Pink Pig in which PACE monies are collected netted $11.76 that will be sent to the Golden Gift Fund.
Program - 3 rotations to discuss citizenship and Legislation that affects teachers.
1. Kimberly Brumley discussed the TRS You will find items of interest
before, during and after you retire. There are 5 options to choose from when you retire. There is
a calculator to help you decide which plan is best for you.
2. Theo Wagner had a question and answer session. She is a member of Retired Teachers
Association. Tim Lee is working for us. He expects Congress to be more open. There is lobbying
for us to get our spouse’s social security.
3. Shayla Floyd discussed TEA websites and Social Studies TEKS. They will be changed for the
next10 years. They will include changes from how we were taught. All nationalities will be brought
into our children’s learning.
We adjourned at 7:30 PM.
Eileen Rogers
Secretary for Theta Gamma
Joint Chapters Luncheon Meeting Minutes
March 6, 2010
Desiree’s By the Bay
Attendance from Theta Gamma-Beth Adams, Brandey Addison, Cynthia Besosa, Laura Day
Brown, Kimberly Brumley, Valarie Buhidar, Shannon Clubb, Elnora Corbin, Margaret DeVille,
Angie Flores, Neva Gentry, Norma Janice, Susie LaFevre, Libby McGee, Sarah Moore, Donna
Rodenberg, Eileen Rogers, Nancy Shaheen, Beverly Tackett, Theo Wagner, Carol Walker, and
Rose Gunji.
Donna Rodenberg, President, from Theta Gamma gave the welcome and introduced the
dignitaries present from each chapter: Kimberly Brumley, Coordinating Council Chair from
Theta Gamma, Anna Hutchison, President from Beta Xi, Aneece Hughes, President from Delta
Chi, and Barbara Serota, President from Delta Psi.
Barbara Stroop, a member of Beta Xi, and our Area V Coordinator brought greetings from Alpha
State. She gave an update on coming events.
Beverly Tackett gave the inspirational thought for the day-“Helping Hands”.
Everyone had a delicious lunch of chicken enchiladas or spinach lasagna, salad and peach
Kimberly Brumley introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Marsha Grace, from Texas A&M Corpus
Christi. She spoke about the goals back in 1929, with Annie Webb Blanton and her eleven
followers. They wanted more for women. Those goals are the same for our society in 2010.
Donna Rodenberg presented Dr. Grace with three books and a gift certificate to Rainbow
Chapter presidents were given the opportunity to make announcements.
A big thank you was given to Neva Gentry and Cynthia Besosa for the door prizes. The prizes
were jars of homemade pickles made by Neva Gentry and a decorative fork for each jar, done
by Cynthia Besosa. The table decorations were also done by Cynthia Besosa and were given
away to the guests.
We ended our luncheon with the Delta Kappa Gamma song at 1:00 PM.
Eileen Rogers
Secretary-Theta Gamma
Chapter Project – See the Enclosed Flyer
Be there at 9:30 AM. Job assignments are being assigned this week as well as handing out
flyers. I (Donna) will certainly bring some flyers to the April 20th meeting. Just add a reminder
to support our auction Saturday, April 24th @ Driscoll Children's Hospital Auditorium. Bring
your friends!
Future Meeting Information
May 15th Founders and Chapter Birthday Celebration at the home of Kay Schroeder,
15357 Bowsprit which is on the Island at 11:00 AM
Area Workshop
Area V Fall Workshop in Brownsville, Texas
September 18, 2010
"Celebrate Being a DKG Woman"
The University of Texas Brownsville & Texas Southmost College
Incoming officers will benefit from attending. Information will be forthcoming at our April
20th meeting.
Correspondence of interest:
Several people asked for the recipe for the cake I brought to DKG our February meeting.
There are many variations of this cake available on Paula Deen's website If you like pumpkin I
highly recommend her Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake and her Pumpkin Bar recipe.
Connie Seago
Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 egg, plus 2 eggs
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
Butter, for greasing pan, plus 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 egg, and 8 tablespoons (1 stick)
melted butter, and stir until well blended. Pat mixture into prepared pan and set aside. In a stand mixer, or with a
hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remaining 2 eggs, and the cocoa powder. Lower the speed
of the mixer, and add the powdered sugar. Continue beating until ingredients are well mixed. Slowly add the
remaining 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of melted butter, and the vanilla, continuing to beat the mixture until smooth. Stir in
nuts with a rubber spatula. Spread filling over cake mixture in pan.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the cake; the center should still be a little gooey when finished
baking. Let cake partially cool on a wire rack before cutting into pieces.
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Servings: 20-24 servings Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 50 min
Difficulty: Easy
Quick Links
Here is the link to our Theta Gamma website where, among lots of
other things, you will find the photos taken our meetings.
Copy these into your favorite’s browser for quick reference to our society sites:
--- the new International Website
Educational Foundation Grant Application Deadlines
Don’t miss out on money that could be yours!
Professional Dev. Seminar Awards --- Nov. 1
Educational Project Grants --- January 2
Go to for information and application forms.
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Carol Walker at 937-3604 or [email protected]
and International Headquarters at , click on the for members tab, and then on change of address.
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