ZETA CHAPTER HISTORY
ALPHA SIGMA STATE
The DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL
Zeta Chapter of Alpha Sigma State located in Chelan and Douglas counties
in Washington State was organized March 28, 1942, by Florence E. Peterson
and State Founder, Dr. Eva Anderson, former Douglas County Superintendent
of Schools. Dr. Anderson, acclaimed author of non-fiction "Chief Seattle,"
held positions as University of Washington Trustee and State Legislator.
The original founding members are: Marion Asher, Ruth Bump, Ruby Long,
Marjorie Rainier, Mayme Sterling, Grace Wiester, Nora Douglass, Helen
Jasper Roos, Lola Larner, Mildred Paulson, Lora Sherwood, Alice Van de Ven
Hande, Helen Arnold Hansen, Arvilla Allison Nilson, Laura Bigdow, Bessie
Carson, Adah Daugherty, Dorothy Isom, Florence Holcomb Mattoz, and Velva
First Chapter President, Ruby Long, was a Cashmere High School principal
and is responsible for establishing Grant-in-aid in 1947 during Ruth
Bump's Presidency. Miss Bump, still a Zeta member, resides in Eugene,
Oregon. Since 1947, sixty-three women have been awarded Zeta grants.
Three special ladies, Marie Fox, Ruth Bump and Margaret Weed, were honored
at the Washington State Convention in April 2000 for their fifty plus
years of involvement and dedicated efforts in Delta Kappa Gamma. Margaret
Weed was also recognized by Zeta Chapter in 1996 as outstanding "woman of
this half century". She was state vice president and still an active
committee member on Wenatchee Hospital Foundation. Margaret and her
husband have given funds to the hospital which has a wing named for them.
Additionally, they awarded scholarships to youth involved in agriculture
and education In 1998, Marie Fox gave largest sum ever to the hospital
Special "Angels" who contributed greatly to Zeta Chapter are Myrtle Daneen,
Sidney Davies Mundy, Florence Dohlke, Lillian Grace Brown, Helen Orton,
Noxean Handy, Margorie Beale, Helen Bennett, Helen Barnes, Dorothy Barnes, Bonnie Diaz, Marje Stegeman and they continue to be ever present in our
memories and hearts.
When a chapter is as old as Zeta, all members are "Key" personnel and
extraordinary "Angels on a Mission" - a special one!