Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Alpha Chapter of ADK was the first chapter established in Alabama, more than 60 years ago. Cathy Alexander, president elect, said that there is another chapter in Mobile, Phi Chapter.
Alpha Chapter has 28 members who meet in private homes or at Dodge Elementary School on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September-May. Current officers are as follows: President. Lynn Garner; President Elect, Cathy Alexander; Recording Secretary, Patricia Clark; Corresponding Secretary, Cindy Law; Treasurer, Beverly Kabina; Sergeant at Arms, Rose Mary Williams; Historian, Georgia McCain; Chaplain, Veronica Barnes and Immediate Past President, Cathy Burdette.
Alexander said that "Membership, which is honorary and based on peer recognition, provides a wealth of opportunities for leadership development and networking through workshops, training sessions, conferences and conventions. But, perhaps the greatest opportunity Alpha Delta Kappa provides is the opportunity to make a difference. Around the world, Alpha Delta Kappa members combine their energies and talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others through thousands of heartwarming, community-based altruistic projects."
The facts and figures from the annual Chapter Altruistic Report show what Alpha Chapter members have accomplished, and the results are impressive. About their work, Alexander said, "I was very proud to see that Alpha truly took this purpose (altruism) very seriously," and she recounted the many volunteer hours, monetary gifts and in-kind donations the Chapter has contributed.
So far this year, they have worked 1,150 volunteer hours. They have contributed $1,256 in monetary gifts, including donations to Alabama Children's Hospital, Penelope House and the Books on the Move Project. Their non-monetary gifts are valued at $4,286, and include school supplies for the group's scholarship winner, stuffed bears for Children’s Hospital, craft supplies for Alzheimer’s Center in Mobile, bath towels for Penelope House, kitchen supplies for Mobile Ronald McDonald House, Easter Baskets for Penelope House and deodorant for Penelope House. They also provided a meal for residents of Ronald McDonald House and helped Government Street Baptist Church with a lunch-and-spa day for Mobile homeless women by assisting with the clothes closet.
In addition, the organization provided scholarships totaling $825 to students whose major is Education. The grand total for their altruistic efforts was $6,367, which makes them not only "Someone You Should Know," but perhaps, "Someone You Should Emulate."