Central Region Convention of Kappa Delta Phi sorority in Greencastle on Friday and Saturday

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Gamma Phi chapter of Kappa Delta Phi Sorority will host the 75th Central Region Convention of Kappa Delta Phi this Friday and Saturday at the Inn at DePauw in Greencastle.

Delegates from the 10 Kappa Delta Phi chapters in the Central Region will convene on Friday afternoon for registration, hospitality and an evening program of entertainment.

On Saturday, delegates and guests will attend a workshop, a style show luncheon, the regional business meeting and an evening banquet.

On Friday, Putnam County artist Marla Helton will demonstrate the results of her artistry when applied to the common gourd. Jared Wells, a young singer whose vocal style and stage presence emulate Frank Sinatra, will provide the entertainment following the Saturday evening banquet.

Gaylene Layton of Greencastle, president of the Gamma Phi chapter, has announced that special guests at the convention will include four national officers and three past national presidents.

National officers attending the Central Region Convention will be President Lisa Zimmerman, Liberty, Mo.; Vice President Cindy Broeker, Huntingburg, Ind.; Historian Shelly Boeglin, Huntingburg, Ind.; and Board of Directors Chairman Shirley Henderson, Liberty, Mo.

Past national presidents in attendance include Shirley Henderson, along with Loretta Katterhenry, Columbus, and Nancy Marsh, Danville.

Kappa Delta Phi, founded in Louisville in 1925, is an organization dedicated to charitable and civic service in the local community. Chapters across the United States are divided into six regions. Each region works to create a close working relationship between the area chapters and to develop a network of ongoing community service.

Besides local service projects, Kappa Delta Phi contributes $5,000 annually for scholarships through the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Locally, Gamma Phi chapter annually provides volunteer and financial support to community food pantries, Putnam County 4-H Foundation, Relay for Life, Coats for Kids, the Giving Tree, Return-a-Gift and the Reality Store.

Undesignated charities each year include children and families in crisis and children with special needs. Most of the sorority's financial budget is directed toward the needs of Putnam County children. The local chapter also contributes annually to a memorial fund for the Children's Library of the Putnam County Public Library in memory of Betty Hughes, a deceased member of Gamma Phi.

Members of Gamma Phi chapter strive to honor the Kappa Delta Phi motto, "Kids Depend on People."

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