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Pictured are the local Chester County educators who attended the 86th Tennessee State Convention at The University of the South in Sewanee on June 2-4 (left to right): Beth Naylor, Michelle Steen, Kristy Sherrod, Bethany Brown and Dee Dee Rives.

Members of the Theta Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) attended the 86th Tennessee State Convention at The University of the South in Sewanee on June 2-4. A highlight of the convention was the presence and participation of the Society’s International President Becky Sadowski and keynote speaker Jill Speering. Speering is a 35 year veteran educator who has served two terms on the Metro Nashville School Board of Education.
She is the author of Rubies in the Rubble: An Educator’s Transformation from Pain to Prominence, From Abuse to Absolution.
DKG is a professional honor society comprised of women educators with more than 60,000 members. Established in 17 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Theta Chapter of Tennessee includes women educators from Chester and Madison Counties.
Theta members who attended state convention were active throughout the weekend with many serving on state committees and editor of the state newsletter. Beth Naylor, serving on the State Membership committee presented the tribute at the Ceremony of Remembrance on Saturday morning and was introduced as the 2022-24 Theta Chapter President at the Friday night President Banquet.
She also shared an inspiration at the opening ceremony. As a member of Convention Steering, Dee Dee Rives helped plan and organize the convention and sang in the convention chorus. Bethany Brown, a member of the Communication and Marketing committee, had the responsibility to take pictures of members that were awarded the Communication and Marketing certificate. Serving on the state Bylaws and Rules committee, Dr. Kristy Sherrod also carried the Society flag during the opening of the convention. Theta chapter member, Michelle Steen, serves as Tennessee State Organization editor and was the hostess for the International President. Theta Chapter was responsible for table decorations for the Birthday Brunch Saturday morning. All five members were table hostesses and pages throughout the convention.
Theta chapter is an active chapter of women educators, which meets monthly in Chester and Madison Counties.
During the convention, Theta chapter earned the Gold Maycie Award for Chapter Excellence, Highest Honor Communications Award, Highest Honor Marketing Award, Highest Honor Chapter Yearbook Award and the Legislative Award.

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