The Delta Kappa Gamma International was founded on May 11, 1929, in Austin, Texas, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton and eleven women educator friends. Their purposes included uniting women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship and to advance the professional interest and position of women educators. Also included were to initiate, endorse, and support desirable legislation or other suitable endeavors in the interests of education and of women educators and to inform members of current economic, social, political, and educational issues so they may participate effectively in world society. The Society was soon in every state and has now moved into a total of seventeen different countries around the world.
Dr. Blanton was the first woman to be elected president of the Texas State Teachers Association (1916) and then was the first Texas woman to be elected to a statewide office - that of state superintendent of public education. She taught at the University of Texas in Austin for many years. The other eleven Founders were educators ranging from elementary school principals to university professors.
Texas is divided into areas and each area includes a number of local chapters. The local chapter is Eta Omicron and covers Lampasas and San Saba Counties. Membership has shrunk in the chaper so that membership stands at less than twenty active members. Julia Phillips, from Lampasas, is serving as the President of the current biennium. The Area VIII Fall Workshop will be on August 14, 2010, at the Parker Academic Building at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, in Belton. Registration begins at 8:30a.m.
The Executive Committee met and set meeting dates for the up-coming year beginning with the first meeting on September 27, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in the home of Lampasan Marion Hammett. Members are asked to bring a favorite book to discuss and dues will be collected.