Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Barbara Hendel

Milestone for Delta Gamma

Delta Gamma fraternity celebrates its 131st anniversary this year: The fraternity was founded March 15, 1871, in Oxford, Miss.

In honor of Delta Gamma's anniversary, the Toledo Area Delta Gamma Alumnae Group Chapter, which was founded in 1922, hosted a Founder's Day Brunch March 2 at Inverness Club. The local group celebrated its 80th anniversary, too.

Pink and blue - the Delta Gamma colors - were everywhere, along with cream roses, the fraternity flower. There was plenty of time to mingle, browse boutique booths, and have handwriting analyzed. Brunch quieted the group before the program began.


Toledo Area Delta Gamma Alumnae Group Chapter co-presidents Carol Robinson, left and Cindy Hoffman, center, look over a glass bowl with Merle Blank, who was recognized as a 65-year member of the group during the brunch at Inverness Club.


Special recognition was given to 50-year member Eleanor Harms, Bowling Green State University; 60-year members Ruth Johanssen, Purdue University, and Jean Fox, Ohio State University, and 65-year member Merle Blank, University of Utah.

Co-presidents are Carol Robinson and Cindy Hoffman.

  • Speaking of anniversaries, a centennial celebration for Federation of Alliances Francaise, U.S.A., Inc., was March 4 nationwide. Chapters throughout the United States celebrated with dinner parties and all toasted the occasion together at 9 p.m. Toledo time.

  • Kick up your heels, raise the roof, blow the lid off - and stay home. That's the entertainment plan for the Family Get-to-Gather Night tomorrow, a benefit for the Girl Scouts of Maumee Valley Council. The organization emphasizes family, so in lieu of a gala, it invited guests to stay home and enjoy a little time to do something - or nothing - with loved ones.

    Suggestions included: watch a movie, tell stories, play games, sit by the fire, or just hang around the house. The obligation-free evening at home includes a choice of delivered goody baskets. Honorary chairmen are David and Cindy Taylor, who said last-minute reservations are welcome. General chairwoman is Sara Moynihan, assisted by committee members Kristine Hoffman, Sena Mourad, Mary Sabin, Debbie Rozek, and Judy Barnard.

  • Joan Verhoff is celebrating her 40th birthday with TV host Rosie O'Donnell at 4 p.m. today on the show, which airs on WGTE-TV, Channel 13. Ms. Verhoff entered an American Airlines contest to be one of 40 women turning 40 this year selected to celebrate their birthday on the Rosie O'Donnell Show - it's Rosie's birthday, too. Selected from 6,000 entries, Ms. Verhoff's video was a Rosie Barbie Doll Theatre production featuring Barbie choking on a “Bush” pretzel. The winners are listed on the show's web site.

    Ms. Verhoff was still undecided about what to wear to the show - black for mourning 40? Or a bright color so everyone at home can see her? Hmm. Tune in today. We'll get the scoop when she returns.

    Barbara Hendel is The Blade's society editor. E-mail her at

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