Alpha member, Peggy Cobb, is celebrating 80 years as a member of Delta Kappa Gamma!
She is 108 years old. Peggy was initiated into the Gamma Chapter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 22, 1943. She married in December 1943 and moved to New Jersey to be with her husband who was in the Navy. She sent her dues back to her chapter every year but was told they were never received. She contacted DKG in 1945 about her membership and was told she had been dropped from membership for nonpayment. In 1949 she and her husband settled in Indiana, and she was asked to join Delta Chapter where she remained an active member until she moved to Georgia to be near her son in 2008. She contacted Alpha Chapter president, Marie Boatright, who welcomed her into membership where she remained an active member until just a few years ago when she went on Reserve status.
Marie contacted DKG International in 2018 to let them know Peggy was celebrating her 75th year in DKG. When they researched her membership, they informed Marie that Peggy had only been a member since 1949. That’s when Peggy shared her story of being dropped in 1943 because of nonpayment of dues. Marie wrote a letter to DKG petitioning that her membership be reinstated back to 1943. DKG accepted the petition and presented Peggy with a letter from DKG President Carolyn Pittman along with a new certificate of membership and her 75 year pin. It was a joyous celebration!
Peggy recently published her third children’s book and illustrated it herself! Other than some hearing loss she is in good health and does physical therapy every day. She attributes her long life to “learning something new every day.” Alpha Chapter will once again have a celebration to honor Peggy’s 80th anniversary as a member of DKG. In 2018, Award Concepts made their first 75 year DKG pin and now they are making their first 80 year pin!
We celebrate with Peggy her 80 years of loyal membership in DKG International!