FOLLANSBEE - The West Virginia Fidelis Gamma Chapter of the International Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers Sorority is celebrating Alpha Delta Kappa Month in October and the international organization is celebrating its 65th year.
The Fidelis Gamma sorority is the only remaining retired teachers sorority in West Virginia. It is a group of retired teachers from Hancock and Brooke counties and is part of the Ohio Valley District. It has received the Seven Pearls award for its achievements. Its community service projects include assistance to the Community Bread Basket, clothes closets, girls home, Comfort House, nursing homes, hospitals and military members. The group also collects greeting cards for a mission and magazines for the Weirton Medical Center, participates in the Salvation Army food drive and grants the Betty M. Shaw scholarship to a senior who is pursuing a job in the education field.
The sorority's goal is to recognize strong, efficient and professional teachers, build fellowship, promote high standards, sponsor scholarships and community service projects and promote understanding, good will and peace. The 2012-2014 state officers include President Elizabeth Pugh, President-Elect Carolyn Allison, Recording Secretary Janet Benzo, Corresponding Secretary Jerry DeFilippo, Treasurer Carol Hendon and Chaplain Betty Shaw. Committees include Altruistic, Alpha Delta Kappa Month, Courtesy, Fraternity Education, Publicity, Scholarship and Telephone Contacts.