Laurinburg educator to chair convention

By: By Beth Lawrence - Staff reporter
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LAURINBURG — A local educator will chair a convention of fellow educators in Charlotte next week.

Doris Littlejohn, was chosen to chair the Eta State North Carolina Annual Convention of Delta Kappa Gamma.

“Eta State is part of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators. The annual Eta State Convention promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and their excellence in education,” Little John said. “During the convention, women are united, honored, and given scholarships in their graduate studies.”

The gathering will at the University Hilton from April 27 to 29.

The convention focuses on economic, social, political, and educational issues that it hopes will spur associates and supporters into action. Legislation pertinent to education and women educators will also be discussed in the hope of getting members to endorse it, according to Littlejohn.

Delta Kappa Gamma is an International Society and its members are ‘Distinguished Women Educators’ from around the United States. There are over 100 chapters of Eta State in 11 regions across North Carolina.

Littlejohn and Scotland County are in Region 6 which is made up of Scotland, Anson, Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Richmond, Robeson and Stanly counties.

Littlejohn has worked with the presidents of the other 10 chapters, their members, the regional director and Eta State officers to create a memorable conference.

She was asked in 2017 to head up this year’s convention.

“My recommendation came from a regional director who thought I was up for the challenge. I consented but had no idea of the magnitude of this task until the Eta State president visited me at my home here in Laurinburg, and we began discussing all of the details and particulars of the Eta State Convention,” Littlejohn said. “After getting over the shock, and the fact that I had said yes, I truly feel quite humbled and honored to be entrusted with such honorable duties and the rest is history.”

She has enjoyed the work and time that have gone into planning the convention.

“I’ve met many wonderful and talented people along this journey, and the respect and bond we have shared will make us friends for life,” Littlejohn said.

The theme for this year’s convention is “Let’s Sparkle.” The convention project chosen by Region 6 is “The Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.” State chapters make donations to the United Way of Robeson County to help families who are still displaced because of the hurricane’s devastation. Doris says she feels especially proud of their decision to help Roberson County.

Littlejohn is a member of the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Robeson County and feels “proud” of the decision to help Robeson County. She has been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma since 1988. She will be installed as recording secretary for a second term during the beginning of the new year in September.

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By Beth Lawrence

Staff reporter

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