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Women educators' chapter celebrates 37th anniversary

March 31, 2013
  • Beverly Kriner, left, Sigma Chapter president, and Patricia Leonard, Sigma charter president, display items marking the 37th anniversary of Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa's Founder's Day.
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Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, the international honorary organization for women educators, celebrated its 37th Founder’s Day on Feb. 27 with a birthday cake and history of Sigma Chapter, presented by Charter President Patricia Leonard.

Sigma Chapter, the first chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa to be formed in Western Maryland, was founded Feb. 21, 1976, by former Maryland State President Louise Cooper, former Maryland State Membership Chairwoman Mary Agnes Law and Leonard.

Alpha Delta Kappa, chartered on Aug. 13, 1944, was incorporated as an international sorority for outstanding women educators. There are chapters in 50 states, Mexico, Australia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The purposes of Alpha Delta Kappa are:

• To give recognition to outstanding women educators who are actively engaged in teaching, in administration or in a specialized field of the teaching profession.

• To build fraternal fellowship among women in the teaching profession that will add to their effectiveness in the promotion of excellence in education.

• To promote high standards of education and thereby strengthen the status and advancement of the teaching profession.

• To promote educational and charitable projects and activities, to sponsor scholarships, to further and maintain worthy standards in the field of education.

• To contribute to world understanding, good will and peace through an international fellowship of women educators united in the ideals of education.

Sigma’s officers for 2012-13 include:

Beverly Kriner, president; Sharon Chirgott, immediate past president; Peggy Rohr, president elect; Loretta Homan, recording secretary; Sonja Davis, corresponding secretary; Barbara Hunt, treasurer; Cathy Grantham, chaplain; Barbara Carson, sergeant-at-arms; and Mary Ann Kriner, historian.

Sigma members serving as Maryland state officers of Alpha Delta Kappa include Grantham, treasurer; Chirgott, secretary; and Leonard, co-chairwoman of Potomac District.

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