KINGSFORD - Beta Sigma Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma International, honored Darlene (Dolly) Salmi with a "Woman Distinction 2012" award at its May 19 meeting in Kingsford. She has been a member since 1986, and is the editor of the Beta Sigma newsletter, "The Blizzard."
Salmi retired from Mid Peninsula School in 2004, having taught first grade there for 26 years. She is an active member of First Lutheran Church in Gladstone and counts the various women's ministries there as a vital aspect of her life.
She and husband, Al, live in Rapid River and spend winters in Lake Worth, Fla. They are involved with Patriot Guard, honoring the Armed Forces at funerals, and missions of welcoming home and sending off soldiers.
Darlene ‘Dolly’ Salmi, above, was presented with a necklace and rose pin after being named ‘Woman Distinction for 2012’ by the Beta Sigma Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma International.
Members of the Beta Sigma Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma International are pictured during a recent gathering. The women are: seated from left, Dolly Salmi, Susan Seidl, Pam King, Donna Folcik, Pauline Hill and Sharon Kostelecky; first row standing, Betty Wagner, Rose Myllyla, Debra Pajala, State President Olive Horning, Jan Watson, Janet Terwilliger, Sue Jamison, Jeanne Stafford and Greta Betti; back row, Kitty Bone, Dorothy Westerback, Chris Sericati, Jody Harrison, Dotty Ford, Charlene McCarthy, Karen Lundquist, Eileen Kaukola, Inez Riverside, Jane Bruemmer and Sue Youngblood.
In recognition of the award, Salmi was presented with a rose pin and necklace, as well as a scrapbook of congratulatory letters from fellow teachers, friends and family.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an international organization of women educators who support and encourage educational excellence, inter-cultural understanding, and career opportunities. It was founded in Austin, Texas, on May 11, 1929, as an honorary professional society for women educators. Michigan founded its first organizational chapter in Lansing in 1938, and Delta chapter was founded in Marquette in 1939.
Beta Sigma Chapter which incorporates the South Central U.P. was founded in 1973 and includes members in the areas of Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and Menominee.
The local Beta Sigma Chapter sponsors annual scholarships in each of the three areas for a female pursuing a career in education as well as supports Bay Cliff Health Camp and various World Fellowship projects. One of the more recent projects includes providing educational materials and teachers for female students in Afghanistan.