Alpha Nu, the Cheney-Medical Lake chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, is celebrating through the month of October as the international sorority of women educators marks its 65th anniversary.
Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove will deliver a proclamation at next week’s City Council meeting declaring October Alpha Delta Kappa month, and the local chapter is preparing to host a “Founder’s Day” meeting Oct. 20, where they will remember the sorority’s roots and talk about current goals. The meeting will host chapters from across the Eastern Washington region as well as the president of the state association.
Alpha Delta Kappa’s work is based on altruism with a mission to serve their communities both locally and nationally. The local chapter donates to a different cause, selected by the national organization, each year, but most of their work is done locally.
Co-presidents Linda Carr and Glea Trulove said they have developed relationships with many regional organizations that help the less fortunate over the local chapter’s 47 years in existence. The group mostly gives of themselves; they meet monthly, bringing donated goods from their own homes or from friends and families. Different projects to benefit regional organizations are the focus for each meeting. Alpha Nu also finances scholarships for local students annually.
Carr and Trulove stressed the importance of the group’s unique makeup: both current and retired teachers are invited to be members. While retirees have more time to volunteer during the weekday, active teachers keep the rest of the group up-to-date on needs in the schools and in the community.
Ultimately, “more gets done,” Trulove said, adding that monthly meetings and weekend projects that bring many members together helps develop a sense of camaraderie between the older and younger members.
“We’re all here for the same purpose, and it brings people together,” Carr said.
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