The Alpha Delta Kappa chapter of Santa Rosa County is a sorority made up of 34 women, all active or retired teachers, on a mission.
“Our basic interests are altruism and promoting education,” said Lisa Murphey, president of Santa Rosa’s ADK and Library Media Specialist at Milton High School.
Members regularly donate to the Pregnancy Resource Center; Books for Babies at Santa Rosa High School; Santa Rosa Kids House; Favor House; Ronald McDonald House, where they provide chemo snacks to the oncology unit; a scholarship house at Florida State University, serving 13 students; and an ADK scholarship given to a graduating senior entering the education field in Santa Rosa County.
“All of [our donations] are to help make our community better,” Murphey said. “That’s pretty much our emphasis – improving the community and emphasizing education.”
Each school in Santa Rosa County takes turns holding the meetings each month.
“We are a very close-knit group. We support each other personally, and we keep in touch on our Facebook page,” Murphey said. “We just enjoy getting to see each other once a month at these meetings.”
Teachers must be recommended by another member to join. Members must have three years' experience as an educator and be a citizen of good standing.
“We are probably one of the few counties that have one chapter for the entire county,” Murphey said. “We don’t want to break up, because we enjoy each other so much.”