Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Beta Delta Chapter (Johnson City, Tenn.)
Delta Kappa Gamma is a national honorary society for professional women educators seeking to improve education. First organized nationally at Austin, Texas on May 11, 1929, a state organization (Xi State) was begun in Tennessee in 1935. This was the 14th state society established in the nation. A local chapter (Gamma Chapter) covering Carter, Unicoi, and Washington Counties was chartered in Johnson City, Tenn., on April 30, 1937. Though not formally a part of ETSU, a close connection between the school and the chapter has existed over the years. The chapter was originally organized by three women educators of the university (Evangeline Hartsook, Ada Earnest, and Ina Yoakley), and its membership and leadership has included many members of the faculty and staff at the university. In the mid-1960s, the state society authorized chapters with more than sixty members to reorganize into smaller units. Gamma Chapter, which had grown by this time to over 90 members, reorganized into two chapters, Gamma and a new Beta Delta Chapter in Johnson City, Tenn., on April 11, 1968. Vivian V. Rockwood, Gamma president, served as organizer of the new chapter, with Virginia Kirkland serving as Beta Delta's first chapter president. The society and its local chapters continue the mission of improving education and promoting the professional growth of its members.
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