Rolene Moore, a member of the sorority for 50 years this May, was awarded with a pillow baring the organizations logo, signifying she has reached the status of "golden sister" in a surprise presentation at its monthly meeting. This presentation was a tune up for April 25, when Moore will be recognized at the state convention in Plainfield. Moore said she felt "very highly honored" for the recognition.
Moore taught physical and special needs education at the elementary level for 45 years. Twenty-three of those years were spent at Forest Park Elementary in Brazil. She spent the other 22 between Richmond and Plainfield and rural schools in Illinois before retiring in 1989.
Moore said she had fond memories for the diversity she experienced each day in the classroom.
"Everyday was different," Moore said. "You could always count on one hour being different than the one before it."
Moore has remained very active within the sorority since her retirement. She helps organize various fund-raisers and assists in the selection of a $700 scholarship given out annually by Alpha Delta Kappa.
Anna Long, President of the Xi chapter in Brazil, raved about the enthusiasm Moore has displayed to the sorority over the years.
"We're amazed at how active she is," Long said. "She's kind of like a goal for all members in hopes we can be as active as her as we get older.
Moore said the most rewarding part of the ceremony was being honored for the work she did as an educator. The primary focus of her teaching was grades 1-3, and she recollected fondly about getting to see her students grow an adapt as they progressed in their educational pursuits.
"I always liked to follow-up on youngsters," Moore said. "When you have them for three to four years at a time, you really get to know them and their families."