Women educators pursue learning, philanthropy
On a crisp fall evening, about a dozen women gathered in Mary Lara’s festive living room on the southwest side of Lawton.
They trickled in one by one, chatting and chuckling as they caught up on a month’s worth of life. After all, a lot can happen in a 30 days: visits from grandchildren, birthdays, hospital stays, shopping trips and the like.
After snacking on Halloween-themed cupcakes, cheese and carrot sticks, they got right down to business: a financial report, review of the bylaws, publicity and hospitality committee updates, a world understanding presentation on the Canadian provinces.
From the outside, it’s another local organization meeting, but for these ladies, it’s much more: it’s friendship, purpose and, most importantly, a way to leave their community a better place than they found it.
Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) is an honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. There are eight chapters in Oklahoma, and the Lawton Alpha Eta Chapter was chartered in 1973. The group meets monthly in various members’ homes to learn about the world around them, allocate funding to local nonprofits and support fellow educators, current and retired.
Lara has served two terms as chapter president in the last two decades and is in the middle of her 2018-20 term as Oklahoma ADK president.