Delta Kappa Gamma honors United Way and Lisa Rhea

Courtesy Photo United Way of Northeast Michigan representatives accept the Friends of Education Award presented by the Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Pictured, from left, are Steve Wright, Tanner Kostelic, Claire Kostelic, and Joe Gentry.

ALPENA ­– The March meeting of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization of women educators, was held at the First Presbyterian Church. Invited guests included four exchange students attending Alpena High School, representatives of United Way and the family of Beverly Attwell.

The evening began with a catered meal, followed by the introduction of Ion Miron from Moldova, Anton Bytner from Sweden, Nare Alumyan from Armenia, and Sava Todovic from Serbia. These students shared information about life in their home countries and their experiences since they arrived in Alpena to begin the school year. Members enjoyed meeting these students and were able to ask them questions about their time in Alpena.

The program also included the presentation of the organization’s annual Friend of Education Award, an award presented to persons or groups who have given outstanding support and noteworthy service to education in Michigan. This year the United Way of Northeast Michigan was chosen as the recipient of this award. United Way has served the region with programs such as the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides books to over 500 children in Alpena from birth to 5 years of age, Stuff the Bus, Christmas Wish List, Dial-a-Ride booklets and supplies to schools and many other programs supporting education in our community. Joe Gentry, Steve Wright, and Tanner and Claire Kostelic were present to receive this recognition.

The group was pleased to have family of their recently deceased member, Beverly Attwell, present to visit with her many friends and view a memorial service. Attwell was a teacher for many years and also was very involved in the Special Olympics program.

Lisa Rhea was honored as the 2023 Woman of Distinction. She was recognized for her dedication to the education profession as a special education teacher of English and Social Studies at Alpena High School, her service as an officer of Alpha Xi, her involvement at her church, in local theater, and in many community activities. Rhea will receive a certificate at the State Delta Kappa Gamma Convention later this spring.

Courtesy Photo Lisa Rhea, left, receives the Woman of Distinction award from presenter Lisa Hilberg.

Applications for the $1,000 scholarship for a full- or part-time college student entering the teaching profession are available and should be submitted by April 6. An application may be obtained by contacting Lori Vought at lvought@alpenaschools.com.

Courtesy Photo Alpena High School exchange students attended the March meeting of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Pictured, from left, are Ion Miron, Anton Bytner, Nare Alumyan, and Sava Todovic.


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