After a group recitation of the DKG collect, Sherry Butler inspired everyone with this quote by Paul Wilson from his book The Little Book of Calm: “Indulge yourself by being generous—help someone out, perform an act of kindness, offer a compliment. The person who will feel most uplifted by your having done so is you.”
What a timely prelude to the Music and Related Arts segment. Dot Phillips shared data gleaned from an article entitled “Music Therapy Can Help Seniors Have Better Brain Health” from the online Medicare site, in which she discussed the ways music has such a tremendous impact on people’s lives from childhood through their latter years. She informed members that, according to the article, as people age they are more likely to lose cognitive function and become susceptible to brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Music therapy may be used to boost memory, deal with stress, and improve communication skills over time.
To demonstrate Dot showed the group five pictures and had everyone write down her first-impression emotions as she was shown each picture. Then, by pairing specific music with each of the same five photos, Dot elicited additional emotional responses from the group. Amazingly, most people responded quite differently when music was added to each of the same photos. This exercise in music therapy truly seemed to stimulate the minds of this group.
In the Moment of Society Orientation segment, Karen Burnham referred to the new online DKG Gallery of Fine Arts, where members are encouraged to submit entries in areas such as poetry, short fiction, drama, vocal music, musical composition, quilting, photography, and many others. She challenged each Sigma Chapter member to seriously consider showcasing a piece of personal artwork during the next submission period.
Continuing this music-and-art theme, Debbie Braun, member and Oxford High School drama teacher, presented a program on “Local History and Art.”
After giving a brief history of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival with its origins in Anniston, she then related the rich vein of theatre which still permeates Calhoun County. She shared the 2013-2014 production schedules from the JSU Drama Department, Community Actors’ Studio Theatre (C.A.S.T), the Oxford Performing Arts Center, and the newly-founded Cheaha Acting Company. Opportunities certainly abound for people to participate in the local arts!
During the business portion, Angela Morgan informed members about upcoming programs, and Dot Padgett reminded everyone of the October project to provide snack items for the Jacksonville Senior Center as well as the November project of assisting the Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) with clothing and accessories. After other business items, the meeting was adjourned with the singing of “The “Delta Kappa Gamma Song.”