The November meeting of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa was held recently at the United Church of Christ St John. Judy Dally, Acting President in Carla Hartz’s absence, welcomed 15 members and one guest.
Bashar Kanouh of the Ohio Department of Transportation was the guest speaker. He described the process it took to build the Purple Heart Bridge and showed many photos of the old bridge being demolished and the new one being built. He said it is estimated that 30,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. Defiance has a lot of history dating back to the construction of Fort Defiance. The bridges that crossed near the same part connecting the city north of Defiance to the rest of the city have been part of that story.
Kanouh also told the group about his childhood life in Syria, then his move to Defiance. The education system in Syria is very different in expectations and life after school than in the United States. Students have little say in their career choice, but rather it depends on the results of demanding tests.
In addition to the program, Sue Baker gave the Thought of the Day which was the sharing of a poem In Everything Gives Thanks. Also, Arlene Rozevink reported on what she learned about the situation that is unfortunately happening in Haiti. Members were also reminded that the group is helping the ITE student at Ohio State University during the month of January.