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2010 Announcements


Initiation Luncheon ( Possibly up to 13 new Members)

WHERE:  Meadows Country Club, Sarasota

Saturday, May 7, 2011
11:00 AM to
 1:00 PM

Cost $25
Please RSVP to Carol Weist

April Meeting

Michael Miner, a representative from the public broadcasting television station WEDU (Channel 3 in Sarasota), will be our speaker at our meeting on Wednesday, April 13.  He will be addressing many aspects of the public broadcasting station including programming, statistics and how the station meets special needs of our communities within the multi-county area the station serves.


The dinner meeting will be held at the Meadow Country Club (thanks to Carol Wiest) and would begin at 5:00pm and the program would begin at 6:00.  That should give people plenty of time to get to any church or other obligations that evening as his segment would probably be about 20-25 minutes.


The policy at the Meadows is to order from the menu and you may have separate checks.  I understand from Carol Wiest that the prices are very reasonable.  They DO NOT TAKE CASH, THEY TAKE CREDIT CARDS.


Please respond to Roberta "Bobbie" Hamilton ( or 371-1760) before Monday April 8th as that is the deadline to let the Meadows know how many are coming to the April 13th meeting.


It should be an interesting and delicious meeting.  Make plans to be there!

Bring any names of fellow teachers you would like to nominate for membership.
Last Chance before next school year.  How about the teacher of the year from your school? 



Computer Forensics

WHERE:  Pine View Port. #2

Start:  03/16/2011 4:30 AM

End:  03/16/2011 6:00 PM

Presenter John Jorgenson, President and Founder of the Sylint Group

Don't Miss Our Next Program:
The Healing Art of Reiki
Wednesday, February 23
4:30 @ Pine View School
Portable #2  Cathy Hollar's Classroom

Don't forget school supplies for Mothers Helping Mothers

Presenters Bev Templeton, Reiki Master Teacher & Cathy Hollar Reiki Master

Learn the history of Reiki, how it is used, where to get it, participate in a demo, and
receive a 5 minute chair healing (optional).
Enjoy chilli & rice dinner.  Bring your own beverage and something to share if you want.
Bottle water will be provided.

An RSVP would be helpful to

Carrabba's Luncheon

WHERE:  @ University

Start:  01/22/2011    11:30  AM 

Holiday Party

WHERE:  Jane Laudano's Home

Directions to Jane's  house from the North. Heading south on McIntosh from Bee Ridge take a left at the light at Proctor and immediately turn right into Amberlea.   

From the South: coming up McIntosh from Clark Road Turn right at the light at Proctor and immediately turn right into Amberlea.

 For all: After turning into Amberlea stop at the gate box and call the  house following the directions on the box.  I will buzz you in. 

.  Drive to the end of Shadowleaf and turn right onto Fallcrest.  Then take the next right onto Springflower and I am at the end of the cul de sac. 

 Don't forget:  Gold, School Supplies, a something to eat and or drink to share, and $ if you ordered bubble shirts and owe. 

Start:  12/09/2010 5:00 PM

End:  12/09/2010 8:00 PM

Bring something to share....... 
Wine, cheese, fruit, appetizer, dessert, holiday treat.

Chapter will have an assortment of soft drinks.


One of the things I will bring is a Chocolate Red Wine from Holland. 

I found it at Walmart in the cheese section.  Can't wait to try it.


Bubble Shirts

I will send in one more order for Bubble Shirts before the holidays.

I will include an attachment so you can see all the colors available.

Please send your order to me with payment by Dec. 1st. and I will have your shirts

at Jane's House for our Holiday Party.  All shirts are $15.  Be sure to specify regular

or Queen size. 


Cathy Hollar

1434 Strada D Argento             OR         Pony to Pine View School

Venice, Florida 34292

This is the text of the letter that was received following our donation to Mothers Helping Mothers.  It is written by the President Madeline Brogan and Terry Stottlemyer whom I assume is a board member.
"Dear Members of Delta Kappa Gamma,
We were so thankful and surprised to receive the generous donations from Delta Kappa Gamma, the Beta Upsilon chapter!  The school supplies were so nice, and our families were so happy to be able to take them home to their children.  We appreciate your efforts so much!
Madeline Brogan and Terry Stottlemyer"

It’s a Gold Exchange Party!!

November 13th
10 Am to 12 Noon
@ Carol Wiest's Home

Click on Calendar, Nov. 13th for details! 

October Meeting:
When:  Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 4:45 (unless you are already on campus, come as soon as your duty day is over to help set up)

Where:  Portable #2 @ Pine View School (south side of campus, park in shell lot near bus loop)

Bring:  a salad to share.  Chapter will provide plates, utensils, cups, lemonade and water.

Bring: school supplies to donate to SPARCC and Mothers Helping Mothers

Bring:  $75 dues if not already paid

Bring:  $25 for Initiation Luncheon on Saturday, November 6th, 10:30

Program and Demo by Katrina Meyer
Followed by a workshop for $10 plus the price of the stone you select. ($3 to $20)
4 spaces left.  RSVP to President Cathy Hollar 

September Meeting:
  Saturday, September 18 @ 11:30 AM
At El Greco cornor of Main and Orange.
Important meeting to vote in new members.
Please note change of date for November Initiation 
Luncheon on November 6th at Prestiancia.                       

Known August Birthdays

                          2     Jane Laudano 
                        10     Dianne Frailing

                        12     Marguerite Hankins

                        15     Evelyn (Evey) Huntington 

                        23     Susan Marsh

                        26     Cheryl (Lampkins) Steele

                        30     Joann Lowe

August 14, 2010
 Our new President Cathy Hollar suggested, and planned this for us (with Ex.Bd. approval) for a hot-days-of-summer outing just for fun and fellowship.  It has been posted on our new website since early June.  NOTE the changed times because of the earlier showing of the film.

Call your friends or M & M’s, especially those who do not have e-mail or are only on school e-mail addresses.



Lunch & Chick Flick Rush

Invite Colleagues, Friends, Relatives


Saturday, August 14, 2010


El Greco Restaurant:  NOW time is changed to 11:00 (you may come up to 15 min before that)

Downtown Sarasota @ Main St. & Orange Ave.


EAT, PRAY, LOVE   The Movie  12:15 show-time!

Hollywood 20*

*schedule has been firmed up now that movie schedule is available


****For Reservations RSVP directly to El Greco 365-2234 (-Eddie the manager) Tell him you are with DKG, Beta Upsilon****



NOTES to make the day run smoother:


·         El Greco manager, Eddie, says that on Saturdays you may park in the private lot on Orange across the street from the restaurant, or on Main Street or Orange.  (It is 4 long blocks or ½ mile to theater and with the high-noon heat of summer (or rain) & our time constraints, you may not want to walk to the theater.


·         Parking at the Hollywood 20 in their garage is free with your movie ticket stub on date of movie.


·         Because the movie, “EAT, PRAY, LOVE” with Julia Roberts is just opening on Friday night,  and our time is short after lunch, I strongly suggest that you buy your ticket ahead of time or you may not get one,  or be standing in a long line! 


·         You may do this on-line at , by phone at 1-800-326-3264, or stop by their box office during this week.  Be sure you get your ticket for 12:15 on Aug. 14th for EAT, PRAY, LOVE.


·         Matinee ticket prices before 3:00:  $8.00 adult;  Senior (60+)  $6.50  


·         Length of movie—2 hrs. 13 min.


·         Jean’s personal note: if for some reason your schedule or budget means you can’t make both events, join us for lunch or the movie just for the fellowship.



Ora Jean Henry


August 2, 2010

Dr. Suzanne Naiman:  (Correcting an error in my previous post) Please note the correct spelling of Suzanne’s last name is Naiman.  Also her job title at the Landing is not as an administrator, but she is the District's reading program specialist

Flo Sackett:   Former B.U. 2002-2004 Chapter President Flo Sackett’s daughter, Jennifer Wyatt, helped her mother produce our 8 page B.U. newsletter in the years following Flo’s presidency, but later Jennifer developed serious bone cancer. I’m sure the Flo is delighted with this first page report on July 8, 2010, from Jennifer Wyatt’s CaringBridge Journal.              
        “CELEBRATE AND BE THANKFUL! “ “I had my one year, post chemotherapy checkup and all results indicate that I am CANCER FREE!  CELEBRATE!  At Wake Forest, I had the battery of tests done from a full body bone scan, a CT scan of the pelvis, a CT scan of the abdomen, chest/lungs x-rays to blood work.  The reports look fantastic with no signs of returning cancer.  Both doctors were so happy that they each gave me a great big hug.  I feel it's truly time to celebrate and be thankful.”

Cathy Hollar:   Beta Upsilon’s new President, Cathy Hollar, left for west Texas with her husband Mitch to set up their retirement home the middle of June.  Unfortunately, Mitch and his motorcycle fell off the ramp of the moving van.  He broke one rib, cracked six, and punctured his lung.  (The bike only suffered $600 in parts.)  Despite his pain, he worked way more than he should have to settle in.  Cathy was in Spokane from July 19th--24 to represent our chapter at the International Delta Kappa Gamma Society Convention.  The big issue this year was revision of the International Constitution and By Laws. She will give us a full report after she returns.  Meanwhile, here are some posts from Cathy:

    1. I arrived in Spokane about 2:30, arrived at hotel, met my roommate,
      Deborah Thomas, unpacked, registered, went to first timers’ meeting, Constitution Information meeting, enjoying riverfront coke and sandwich and band provided by Coke!  First Session Opening will start in 30 minutes.  Made tons of friends and learning lots.  Having a great time.  Thanks for sending me!
    2. Major Constitution Amendment passed:  Membership requirements have changed!!!  Zero years experience are required and no time limit
      after retirement.  Sounds absurd doesn't it? I will explain the rational and it will be ok for everyone.
    3. I proposed an amendment in the form of clarification, this was seconded by Elsie Gross from Florida. She gave me a few pointers.  After reading it, some applauded, but when Helen Popovich, well known and respected former International president and member
      at large, spoke against it saying it would make another part more unclear, it was defeated. Elsie said we would rewrite and try again at next revision session.
    4. A member wanted to change the dues due dates and it was defeated.
       Still having a great time.  Make a Great Day!
    5. Standing Rules will be done Saturday.

Keith GivensPast B.U. President, Keith Givens started a new job a few weeks ago.  She is the director of Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch.  It is a national franchised child care center, 100+ across the USA. We have Nursery through VPK children, before and after school kids, also.  Right now, we also have summer camps for elementary children. 160+ enrollment and 25+ staff.  It's like being a principal of a small school.  God is good and certainly blessed me with this new opportunity.  I was only unemployed for 3 weeks!  Praise God!

       In an effort to lower my bills and simplify things, I have disconnected my home phone, 941-359-1525, and will now only have my cell phone 941-780-0851.  So, please contact me only on my cell phone.  Thanks.   Keith

Jennifer Nzeza:  Jennifer is enjoying her newest family member, Aurora, this summer.  If you missed getting her original e-mail, maybe you’d like to vote today.   Jennifer said, “I just entered little miss Aurora in the "Parenting - Baby and Child Model Search contest" and we need your vote to help us win!
You can view our entry and vote for Aurora here:”
Thanks and wish her luck!
Jennifer and Malele Nzeza

Joanna (Hapner) Fox: Our B. U. Vice President, Joanna Fox began the summer with 11 others in a Writer’s on Wheels Workshop Retreat in fish camp cottages at Cross Creek up near Gainesville.  They not only had time to write and share their writing, they enjoyed an expert chef’s wonderful meals, and explored several local historical places of interest including Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ home.   

       At the end of June, Joanna accompanied 3 of her 4 Dragonfly Café Poets who were recognized and honored by one of our former National Poet Laureates, Robert Hass, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  This largest International Poetry contest drew 25,000 entries from which the 50 finalists were gleaned.  Only four of the finalists were from Florida and they were all Joanna’s students:  Jack Conlon, Savannah Fehling, Mallory Latsko went;  Nhi Nguyen could not go because she was in Vietnam.

Debra Piner:  Former B.U. newsletter editor and a leader of the “Plunder Gone Asunder” fundraiser, Deb Piner, and hubby, Chris, enjoyed an Eastern Caribbean Cruise with their extended family June 19-29th. Their most interesting port of entry was in Puerto Rico.  It was great to get away for a relaxing time.

June Wilson:  Past B.U. President (1992-94), June, has been enjoying her first, new grandchild this summer.  Those of us who are grandparents can relate!  I confess that I misplaced my post-a-note with more details and called June to fill me in again, but haven’t had a return call.  More scoop next time.

Ora Jean Henry:  That’s me—Jean, Past B.U. Pres.(1998-2000) & newsletter editor for 5 years.  I’m slow getting this e-mailed out because I’ve been enjoying visitors from Ireland; 13 friends/family for a July 4th celebration cookout including our grandchildren (our son’s family)  playing in our pool and enjoying the beach and “Circus, Cirque, Circo!” at the Historic Asolo Theater; chairing an appreciation, welcome back reception for our pastor’s family; and spending a week on campus in the dorm at Florida Southern College (where I also completed my undergraduate degree in 1955) at a week’s Florida United Methodist Women’s School of Christian Missions.  Jim and I leave Aug. 3 to relax a few days at a friend’s home in the mountains of western N.C., with stops along the way.

Roberta “Bobbie” Hamilton:  An update on Bobbie, who had knee replacement before my “June news of members e-mail” went out is much better.  With time and physical therapy, she is getting back to normal. She said that the trip she and Ed took to visit family in the northeast provided wonderful, “slice-of-life therapy” because she had to climb so many stairs!

What have YOU been doing this summer that you are willing to share with your Beta Upsilon Sisters? 

Send me an e-mail or give me a call after August 8.  941-955-8761


June 4, 2010

Dear Beta Upsilon Sisters,


Here’s the news of members that I have gleaned in the last week:



  • Roberta “Bobbie” Hamilton:  Bobbie taught music at Wilkinson as Bobbie Palmer.  After retirement she married Dr. Ed Hamilton and for a couple of years they had the excitement of traveling as he served as a cruise line doctor and Bobbie taught some classes.   Over the years, Bobbie has taken our many donations to SPARCC and remains our contact with them. 

We missed Bobbie at our Installation Luncheon because of her recent knee replacement.  Bobbie says, “I have a new knee...5 weeks old...and it is behaving like a teen ager!”   Love. Bobbie     You can handle it Bobbie, we know.  Hope the recovery speeds up so that you can enjoy your summer.


  • Dr. Suzanne Neiman:  Suzanne works with School administration in curriculum at The Landings.  Most recently, Suzanne arranged for a Beta Upsilon meeting in the “blue awning” building at the Landings, when Laurie Butler and Bonnie Mitchell demonstrated the Active Boards now used in every classroom. 

 Suzanne shares,My granddaughter, Finley Anne Weldon, was born on May 13, 2010 in Naples, FL.  I have already had indications that she will be a reader!”  Suzanne is excited over this first grandchild and those of us who have any grandchildren understand what joy and pleasure this brings.


  • Cathy Hollar:  Pine View School math teacher and newly installed as our 2010—2012 Beta Upsilon president is (1) wrapping up her school year, (2) getting our chapter off to a great new biennium with a new web site, (3) conducting an additional planning meeting on Wed. evening, June 9 at The Meadows, and (4) packing to leave for Texas for the summer.  Cathy, with our financial help, will also be attending the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Convention in Spokane, Washington in July.




Ora Jean Henry, Communications Committee Member


           What personal or professional news would YOU be willing to share with your Beta Upsilon sisters? 


Send me an e-mail this week and watch for updates until someone starts our newsletter again.  or 955-8761 contact for sharing news.

Our Thanks
to our Sisters for attending our Installation and making it such a beautiful occasion.  We missed those of you that could not be with us.

New President
Cathy Hollar gave a packet of information which is copied below.  Please select a committee you would like to serve on and email Cathy at

Beta Upsilon 2010 – 1012 Biennium Chapter Goals

President Cathy Hollar




1.               Establish Chapter Website


2.               Clean out, organize and archive chapter records


3.               Increase membership


4.               Increase attendance at meetings/events


5.               Plan more Tri-Chapter & Invite Colleagues events




How You Can Help our Chapter


1.                Visit our website to stay informed and active


2.                Nominate one new member by list, approach, complete form


3.                Pledge to attend at least 2 events/meetings


4.                Return Committee Form


5.                Return Program Survey


6.                If you are storing something let me know

12 Beta Upsilon Committees 2010 – 2012


Society Business  4


By-Laws/ Standing Rules/ Nominations


Social Committee

          Telephone/ Sunshine


                   Programs & Music



Chapter Finance/ Budget




Initiation/ Necrology



Program of Work  3


Personal Growth and Services/ Leadership


Profesional Affairs/ Legislation           Research/ World Fellowship



Educational Services  5


Newsletter                              Yearbook                               Website


Scholarship/ Grants in Aid         History/ Scrapbook/ Founders Day




Business Items from Board Meeting

 Monday, May 10, 2010



1.                We will go GREEN!  Our newsletter will be electronic.  We will snail mail to those without computers.


2.                We would like to propose a change in the Tri-Chapter Holiday Tea.


Old:  Every 3rd year chapter was in charge


Hardships involved



New:  Catered and each person pay own way

Split duties and rotate


A  Set date, time, place, menu, price, invitations, collect $ and rsvp


B  Decorations


C  Entertainment


3.                Dues:  Give option to pay full or participate in fund raiser


4.                How much information on members to put on website?


Name, School, Phone, Email, Birthday, Zip Code

No physical address
Must sign a release 


Summer DKG Events


Program Planning Meeting


Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Meadows Country Club


Come for Dinner @  5:30


OR  Come just for Meeting @ 6:30





Jewelry Making Workshops with Katrina Meyer


Sign up sheets before you leave, check website, or call her 484-1435





Lunch & Chick Flick Rush

Invite Colleagues, Friends, Relatives


Saturday, August 14, 2010


El Greco  11:00 AM

Downtown Sarasota @ Main & Orange


Eat, Pray, Love   The Movie

Hollywood 20 @ 12:15


For Reservations RSVP directly to El Greco 365-2234




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