Fidelis Gamma Chapter awards scholarship, holds memorial

SPECIAL GUESTS — Fidelis Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa presented the Betty Shaw/ Eva Belle Catlett scholarship at the June meeting. From left are Chapter President Jerry DeFilippo, Scholarship Chairman Liz Pugh, and scholarship recipient Anna Byers with her grandmother, Priscilla Barker. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The West Virginia Fidelis Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority for Women Educators met June 6 at Williams Country Club in Weirton.

As the members entered, hostesses Pat Accettolo and Elaine Ferrari had decorated the tables with pots of colorful Gerbera daisies and plates of chocolate candies. A red, white and blue banner was placed across the head table in honor of D-Day.

President Jerry DeFilippo opened the meeting by lighting a candle as a memorial tribute to Eva Belle Catlett, who died May 13 at age 98. Catlett was a Silver Sister (35 years) and served as president from 1996-98. Because Catlett enjoyed poetry and wrote many poems, members voted to place a book of poetry in the Follansbee Library in her honor.

DeFilippo welcomed the members and guests, including Anna Byers, the 2019 Betty Shaw/Eva Belle Catlett Memorial Scholarship recipient, and her grandmother, Priscilla Barker. Both were introduced by Scholarship Chairman Liz Pugh. Byers plans to major in elementary education at West Liberty University.

Members shared bits of teaching advice with her. Three of Byers’ former teachers were present — Donna Roman, Nancy Conley and Bonnie Queses.

DeFilippo acknowledged June birthdays, and Carolyn Allison read the Thought for the Day titled “Just for Anna” followed by a prayer and blessing in preparation for the meal.

May minutes and correspondence were read by Secretary Bonnie Queses. Thank-you cards were read from the scholarship recipient; from Autum Burnem, director of Material Child Services; and from the Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary. Allison gave the treasurer’s report.

Altruistic Chairman Nancy Conley will continue to collect magazines for Weirton Medical Center and diapers for the Gabriel Room. Pugh and Allison are working on the budget.

Courtesy Chairman Accettolo continues to send cards. Membership Chairman Ruth Fuller gave a report on prospective members.

Fraternity Education Chairman Diane Higgins gave a presentation on “The Longest Day,” which is June 21, and is an altruistic project supporting the Alzheimer’s Association. Members voted to make a donation.

The Ohio Valley District Report was given and attended by Janet Benzo, Higgins and Fuller. Benzo was recognized as the “Outstanding Volunteer of the Ohio Valley District” at the meeting on May 4. WV State Altruistic Chairman Judi Veazey recognized a sister from each of the five districts in West Virginia.

Higgins will represent the Fidelis Gamma Chapter at the international convention in Minneapolis this summer.

The chapter will not meet in July because of the July 4 holiday.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 1 with Carolyn Allison and Ruth Fuller as hostesses.