History of The District of Columbia State Organization On November 27, 1935, NU State of the District of Columbia was formally established as the thirteenth state organization of Delta Kappa Gamma Society. According to a report written by Annie Webb Blanton, the "initiation and installation of [our] State Founders took place on the eve of Thanksgiving Day after a banquet held at the Hays Adams House in Washington. Separate rooms were arranged for the banquet and the initiation, and these were decorated with the fraternity colors of crimson and gold. The ceremonies were conducted by Annie Webb Blanton, Executive Secretary of the National Organization. All of the Founders were present for the initiation with the exception of Miss Charl Williams, Honorary State Founder...Miss Williams was, however, initiated at the National Convention of Delta Kappa Gamma held in Birmingham [April 1936]/" There are fourteen (14) NU State Founders.
For the next 3½ years, members of NU State were members at the national and state levels only; there were no NU State chapters.When the number of members exceeded 100, NU State established two chapters: Alpha on May 11, 1939 and Beta on May 3, 1939.According to the minutes of NU State meetings for 1940-1957, the two chapters continued to meet together on a monthly basis (October - May/June) until 1957.At these joint meetings of the two chapters (over which the NU State President presided), the members would eat dinner, have a business meeting and/or listen to a presentation made by an invited guest or a NU State member. Occasionally, after the presentation, Alpha and Beta members would have separate chapter meetings.
According to the minutes of the NU State Executive Board meeting on May 25, 1957, at the home of Dorothy Johnson, president of NU State, the months for chapter and state meetings were established.Separate chapter meetings would be held in November, February, March and April.State meetings would be held in October, December and May.This marked the beginning of separate NU State, Alpha Chapter and Beta Chapter meetings.The committee that worked on this reorganization of NU State was chaired by Evelyn Bull.
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