Greetings from a Zeta State First Timer! The Convention exceeded all expectations! It was a privilege for me, as your president, to accept numerous accolades for Alpha Upsilon. Because of your hard work this past year, AU received recognition for achievement in Yearbook, Newsletter, Red Rose, SEE, Chapter Service, Grant in Aid, and Woman of Distinction. Alpha Upsilon is on its way to another Honor Chapter Biennium!
Participating in the convention with Jeannine Stone, Toni Cook, Linda Lightsey, Karen Fayard, Kathy Drummond, Jackie Wintruba and Denise Costello, was one of the highlights of this year. Alpha Upsilon was well represented. I served as a conference page. Jeannine sang in the chorus and she and I also attended the Pre-conference Seminar. Toni added visuals to our meetings by creating and sharing Power Points. Linda worked tirelessly behind the scenes taking care of society business. Karen presented proposed changes to Zeta State bylaws. Denise attended the Treasurer’s Training workshop to learn the new procedures for dues submission. Kathy, as a member of the Nominations Committee, had the honor of inducting Jackie as the Southern District Assistant Director. Congratulations, Jackie!
Members of Alpha Upsilon also received special recognitions: Belinda Pearce; Woman of Distinction, JoDell Beckam; 2019 Mississippi Star, and Shelia Brachear and Miral Patel; Can Do Spirit Awards. Sondra Adams submitted a pastel for display in the Fine Arts Fair. We also remembered the late Dr. Frances McDonald and other members who are no longer with us during A Celebration of Life program. ~ Lady Bruce
Front Row: Jackie Wintruba, Lady Bruce, Kathy Drummond, Toni Cook; Back Row: Karen Fayard, Linda Lightsey, Jeannine Stone; Not pictured: Denise Costello
Nancy Smith and Betty Patecek
Seated: Miral Patel. Left to right: Toni Cook, Tammy Krutzfeldt, Lady Bruce, & Sondra Adams
Tables were filled with goodies as members take time to shop and bid on their favorites.
Kelly Riley, MPE Executive Director and daughter of Nancy Lockhart, discussed teachers' rights and legislative advocacy. She reminded us about our legal rights and political activity. She also gave us a quick overview of the Legislative Session timeline and highlighted potential legislation for the up-coming session. She shared contact information for our Leadership and encouraged us to be advocates for education, our students and ourselves.
Sheila Brachear, Kelly Riley, Lady Bruce
Teachers and supporters of education are encouraged to
wear blue every Friday during the legislative session.
For our December community project we collected hand sanitizer, tissue, and wipes at our Christmas meeting at Bull's Restaurant. We collected enough items to fill ten bags. These supplies will be shared with our local elementary schools to help combat sickness during flu season.
For our January community project we brought kitchen towels, $25 gift cards and a letters of encouragement packed in Ziploc bags to our January meeting. We will donate these items to a chapter in North Carolina which was affected by Hurricane Florence and/or flooding.