On Monday, September 30, 2019, Mayor Woody Jacobs officially proclaimed the month of October 2019 “Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) Month” in the City of Cullman.

Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators. Their mission statement states that ADK is “dedicated to educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding.” ADK members are committed to improving schools, communities, the teaching profession, and the world through leadership development and networking, training sessions, conferences and conventions, and many community-based altruistic projects that enrich the lives of people and communities throughout the world.

Cullman is fortunate to have two ADK chapters: The Alpha Theta Chapter and the Beta Delta Chapter. ADK members Nancy Horton and Linda Creel accepted the proclamation from Mayor Jacobs on behalf of the Alpha Theta Chapter, and Rhonda Van Zandt and Linda Walker accepted on behalf of the Beta Delta Chapter.

“The ADK provides many opportunities for women educators to make a difference in their schools and communities,” said Mayor Jacobs. “These ladies and all of Cullman’s ADK members are dedicated to leading the way toward educational excellence in our local schools, and we greatly appreciate all that they do.”

ADK was founded in 1947 by Agnes Shipman Robertson, Marie Neal, Marion Southall, and Hattie Poppino. All of these ladies were educators who recognized a need for closer professional ties among women educators. Today there are currently more than 30,000 members in more than 1,200 ADK chapters throughout the U.S. as well as in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Membership is honorary and based on peer recognition.

For more information about Alpha Delta Kappa, ask a local member or visit www.alphadeltakappa.org.


The proclamation presented by Mayor Jacobs reads as follows:

Whereas, women in education constitute a great portion of the nation’s working force; and,

Whereas, women are constantly striving to serve their communities and nation in educational, civic, cultural, and charitable programs leading to harmony, happiness, and peace among all people; and,

Whereas the major goals of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators, are: To give recognition to outstanding educators; and, To build a fraternal fellowship among educators, adding to their effectiveness in the promotion of excellence in education; and, To establish high standards of education; and, to promote educational and charitable projects and activities, enriching the lives of individuals everywhere and assisting these individuals into happy, constructive, and fulfilling lives; and,

Whereas, each October, Alpha Delta Kappa members honor the memory of their founders who promoted the recognition of outstanding women educators.

Now, therefore, I, Woody Jacobs, as Mayor of the City of Cullman and on behalf of the Cullman City Council and our citizens, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2019 “Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) Month” in the City of Cullman and urge our citizens to offer their sincere appreciation to the members of this club for their contributions to the field of education and their service to our community.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Cullman to be affixed on this, the 30th day of September 2019.

Mayor Woody Jacobs


L-R: Rhonda Van Zandt and Linda Walker (Beta Delta Chapter), Mayor Jacobs, and Nancy Horton and Linda Creel (Alpha Theta Chapter)