Delta Kappa Gamma

Sixteen members of the Epsilon chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization of women educators, met at the Samaritan Springs patio room on Oct. 3, 2017. Several members brought in delicious soups and other tasty accompaniments.

Barb Vitosh introduced Janet and Milt Bemis from David City, who presented an inspiring program entitled, “Matthew and Lily’s Story.” In 1984, their son, young Matthew, who was two and a half years old, died from a drowning accident. Even though they were overcome with grief, the parents decided to donate their son’s organs. Then there was baby Lily, born in Arizona, who was diagnosed with a benign liver tumor. The only way she could be saved was with a liver transplant. Hence, Lily received the gift of life from Matthew. Milt and Janet have felt grateful to meet and be able to develop a relationship with Lily, and especially, that of being honored guests at her wedding. They are also emphasizing the importance of organ donation by going around the country, talking to kids and families about the importance of becoming a life donor. The Nebraska Organ Recovery System stresses the slogan, “Give the most precious gift of all--life."

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President Barb Vitosh led the evening’s business meeting. Members are invited to Pi chapter’s meeting, which will be held on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Fairbury.

The next meeting will be on Nov. 7 at Shanghai Inn at 6 p.m. with Elizabeth Stanosheck speaking about Prison Fellowship Ministry. Mari-Ann Pesek and Pat Lorenz will serve as hostesses.

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Torchbearer Zeta

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The feeling of fall, and all of the "trimmings" were a part of Torchbearer Zeta's Oct. 3 business meeting, hosted by Bev Weishahn. Officer Jennifer Klaus was the guest speaker. Having served 24 years with the Beatrice Police Department, Officer Klaus is now leading the task force for human trafficking in southeast Nebraska. It is the second largest and fastest growing illegal trade in the world. This modern-day slavery includes the sexual exploitation of children and women, as well as forced child labor, and it is active right now in Nebraska. The task force's priority is to save one life at a time.

Maggie Werner gave the Torch Review, telling about the "Angel Program" for paid for life members, along with updates and new changes for Beta Sigma Phi International offices. The Huskers will take on the Boilermakers on Oct. 28 and Cheryl Smith and Zita Lomax will host the football party for members and husbands.

Nancy Baker will host the next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

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