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Georgia Sigma Chapter celebrates 50 years

Georgia Sigma Alpha Delta Kappa celebrated the 50th anniversary of the chapter on May 5, 2007 at First Methodist Church in Thomson. Approximately 60 chapter members, state officers and other visitors enjoyed a program that highlighted the founding years of the chapter.

"My sisters in the ADK are just as special and important to me probably as my own children," said Kaye Lokey, the chapter president from 1976-1978.

The keynote speaker was charter member Charlie Goolsby, who spoke about the early days of the chapter and teaching in the 1950's. Former chapter presidents were presented certificates, and they recalled the various highlights of the chapter through the decades. Nine members who have been a part of the Georgia Sigma Chapter for more than 25 years were recognized and presented a yellow rose. Sigma members were honored to have Georgia Alpha Delta Kappa State President Hazel Stanton in attendance, as well as the immediate past state president June Bellamy, the 1998-2000 state president Anita Cole and the state president-elect Ann Birdsong.

A special highlight of the program was the presentation of scholarship awards to Kimberly Lansdell, a 2007 graduate of Thomson High School and Heather Neal, a 2007 graduate of Briarwood Academy. The $500 scholarships will assist these students in pursuing a degree in education.

A 50th birthday cake, prepared by past Alpha Delta Kappa scholarship recipient, Sally Hays, and finger foods provided by Georgia Sigma members were enjoyed by all. Members were awarded door prizes donated by a number of local businesses.

Web posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007

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