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ADK Fidelis Gamma Chapter honors, remembers

MEETING MOMENTS — The March meeting of the West Virginia Fidelis Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators included President Jerry DeFilippo , left, celebrating Sapphire Sister Liz Pugh, marking 35 years in Alpha Delta Kappa. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The West Virginia Fidelis Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators met March 5 at Williams Country Club in Weirton.

The room was decorated to a St. Patrick’s Day theme featuring shamrock plants and green leprechaun hats. Diane Higgins and Susan Cullinan served as hostesses.

President Jerry DeFilippo and Chaplain Lisa Subrick conducted a memorial service for Gladys Wiles, 103, and Betty Tustin, 88. Both members joined the Omega Chapter and were the last two charter members of Fidelis Gamma Chapter.

Birthdays for January, February and March were acknowledged.

DeFilippo lit a candle in honor of the chapter’s birthday and spoke briefly about the formation of WV Fidelis Gamma Chapter, which was chartered 30 years ago. More history of the chapter will be given during Alpha Delta Kappa Month.

Chaplain Lisa Subrick read the thought for the day titled “Are you Listening”? from the book “Each Day is a Gift.”

Secretary Bonnie Queses read the minutes and correspondence, and Treasurer Carolyn Allison gave the treasurer’s report. Nancy Conley gave the Altruistic report as she continues to distribute magazines, coloring books and crayons to Weirton Medical Center. Liz Pugh gave a report on the scholarship which will be presented this spring.

DeFilippo paid recognition to President-Elect Janet Benzo, who was recognized and featured in “The Catholic Spirit,” a newspaper serving the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese. Benzo is assisted by Fidelis Gamma Sister Nancy Deters in the Friday Friends Program. The two provide weekend meals through St. Anthony’s Church for students in Brooke Intermediate North School.

Allison presented the new slate of officers for the 2020-22 biennium. They will be installed at the April meeting.

DeFilippo reinstated Donna Durkin as a member of Alpha Delta Kappa with sisters welcoming her to the Fidelis Gamma Chapter. DeFilippo also conducted a service to recognize Liz Pugh as a Sapphire Sister with 35 years of service to Alpha Delta Kappa. She presented both with an African violet.

Past President Ruth Fuller ended the meeting by demonstrating how Christmas card fronts are being used by Oak Glen Middle School teacher Michelle McHaffie.

The W.Va. Convention will be held April 24-26 at Canaan Valley Resort. Six sisters planning to attend include Diane Higgins, Allison, Fuller, Durkin, Susan Cullinan and DeFilippo.

The Southeast Region Conference is scheduled to be held July 6-9 in Wilmington, N.C., which members were encouraged to attend what was described as a “great experience.”

The next meeting is scheduled for April 2. Subrick and Allison will serve as hostesses.

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