Women educators meet, learn about medicinal plants


Women educators meet, learn about medicinal plants


Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization of women educators, met April 19 at Brownstown United Methodist Church with 41 members in attendance.

President Theresa Rouse welcomed the members and thanked them for the donated items for Red Sky Rescue, a dog shelter in the Medora area, and the Humane Society of Jackson County.

Linda Seitz gave the invocation. Tables were decorated with African violets centered on a square of lavender fabric. Olga Otte led the members in singing “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

Following dinner, Sandy Howard introduced Jennifer Plumm, who was dressed in a Civil War period costume. Plumm portrayed an apothecary and had numerous examples of plants used for medicinal healing. She also had four mortar and pestles to share along with clothes worn by children during that era and numerous books with healing recipes.

Reports were given by treasurer Lois Geuder, recording secretary Sue Fechter, corresponding secretary Connie Gerth, Nancy Fleming about the Jackson County United Way Day of Caring and Joan Elsner about flowers and memorials.

Cheryl Fenton gave the nominating committee report. Officers for 2016 to 2018 will be Rouse, president; Barb Shoemaker and Terrye Davidson, first vice presidents; Marcia Culbreth, second vice president; Barb Schuley, recording secretary; and Ellen Mirer, corresponding secretary. Davidson also served on the nominating committee.

“Glad you came” prizes donated by Howard were won by Marsha Thompson, Ruth Beesley and Fenton.

Rouse’s closing thoughts to the members were to live a “Life of gratitude” and to “Sprinkle kindness” daily.

Committee members for the evening were Beesley, Madge Fountain, Debra Schneider, Sheila Reynolds, Karen Ault, Seitz and chairwoman Susan Harrison, who asked the members to take the violets she had donated and give them to someone special.

The May Founders Day meeting will be May 17 at Central Christian Church in Seymour. Members may bring items for the Pregnancy Care Center of Jackson County. Dinner cancellations should be made by May 13 with Laura Stahl.

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