Delta Kappa Gamma

Nu Chapter, Tau State

Mankato, Minnesota

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, established May 11, 1929,
in Austin, Texas, is an international honor society
of over 150,000 key women educators in fourteen countries.
The Nu Chapter was organized at Mankato, Minnesota,
on March 22, 1953.
The colors are red and gold, and the flower is the red rose.

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





Delta Kappa Gamma
Nu Chapter
Meeting Minutes of September 20, 2016

President Connie Biehn called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM.  The meeting was held at the VINE Community Center in Mankato, MN.

Minutes from the last meeting (May 3, 2016) were approved.

Sybil Solting presented the Treasurer Report.  The “state of our finances” is good. Sybil also presented the 2016 – 2017 Budget.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the treasurer report and the proposed budget for 2016-2017.  The motion was approved.

Membership dues for 2016-2017 are due to the state organization by the end of October.  Sybil requested that checks be made to DKG in the amount of $80.  If you did not pay tonight, please plan on paying at our next scheduled meeting on October 10.

President’s Report:  Connie shared the State DKG President (Sally) is looking for 3 committee chairs to serve on the following statewide committees:
1. Membership expansion
2. Scholarships
3. Finance
Please contact Connie if interested in chairing any of these committees.

Connie told us there is a DKG State Executive Board meeting in St. Paul on Saturday, October 1 at 9 AM.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  If interested in going with Connie, please call her.

Connie shared a list of MN-TAU State Organization Dates to Remember.

Correspondence:  Heather VonBonk shared a thank you note from her students who attended the conference this summer.  Our chapter provided them financial assistance to help with conference expenses.   They appreciated our help.

New Directory:  Virjean asked us to update our contact info.  New directory will be available at October meeting.

Program Committee Report (Beth Christensen and Lynn Callahan)
We made LOTS of money on the scarf sale at the state conference.  They will reappear for future sale to continue raising money for the Winter Feed and Read.

The Style Show/Luncheon was a success! New venue next year.  We will have the style show at Christ the King in Mankato.  Ticket sales will differ somewhat to make it easier for people who are not part of a large group (table of 8 or more) to find seating.  There will be a process in which a specific table is assigned to one’s ticket.  Stay tuned as we get closer to ticket sales time. 

Upcoming Activities:
October 10 is our next meeting.  5 PM at the North Mankato Police Annex.  Our speaker will be the owner of the CuriosiTea House.  Be ready for a treat! 

November – meeting will be in first two weeks of November, prior to November 13th.  Meeting may be at the Emily Frentz Building.  We have a contact to get discounted Mankato Symphony tickets for the November 13th performance at the new Performing Arts Center.

December  - We typically do not meet in December but have had social activities in the past.  For example, two years ago we met as a group at Drummer’s and made holiday centerpieces.  Beth will send information closer to December. 

January – February.  It snows. It is cold.  Some of our lucky DKG members go south.  No meetings.  However, a few hardy individuals stay and start work on the style show activities.

March – we will meet early in the month.

April – Meeting to be arranged – will coincide with author presentation. Style Show on April 23. 

May – Follow-up of style show/luncheon.  Activity is undetermined at this time, but a few ideas were shared; tour the new schools, picnic at Eden Valley Nursery, go to the Waseca pizza place.  Stay tuned!

Beth gave a shout out to Creekside Boutique for once again raising money for the Read and Feed Program.  The owner, Wendy Schmidt, is a DKG member.  Last year she raised $1000 for Feed and Read.  She is doing that again.  Shop there and part of the sale is donated! Thank you Wendy!!

New Members
Sandy Ekstam introduced Kinney Eberhart.  Kinney taught in Mankato and was a founding member of the Bridges Community School.
Beth Christensen introduced Mary Otto.  Mary taught in Mankato, retired and then went to work in Waseca.  She has retired from Waseca.
Kinney and Mary were approved for membership and we will have an initiation service at the October meeting.

Motion made:  A motion was made by Beth Christensen, seconded and approved to donate profit from meals at our October and November meetings to the Winter Feed and Read Program.


Beth Christensen took her Wells Fargo bag (from the 2016 state conference in Mankato) with her on summer travels and took pictures of it in various places (Norway, for one!!).  If you are traveling about and using your bag, take a picture and send it to Beth.  She will forward the photos to Wells Fargo. 

The meeting adjourned at 6:30 PM.

Speakers for tonight’s program:
Julie Hawker*, the diversity director at Vine, and Helen Joeb, VINE staff, told us about their diversity programs and Vine's new adult literacy project.

•    Guess which DKG member was Julie Hawker’s Home Economics teacher?? 
•    Harriet Plotz! 


Next meeting is Monday, October 10, 2016
5 PM
North Mankato Police Annex
Program:  CuriousiTea owner will talk to us about teas

Respectfully submitted,
Lynn Klaber, Recording Secretary


             2016-2017 Officers of the Nu Chapter

Connie Biehn

First Vice President: 
Beth Christensen

Second Vice President:
Lynn Callahan

Recording Secretary:
Lynn Klaber

Corresponding Secretary: 
Donna Mertesdorf

Sybil Solting

Virjean Griensewic

Immediate Past President:

Barb Muellerleile

Website Updated  Sept. 22, 2016
Virjean Griensewic