The Gamma Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met at the Community Room of the Houston County Electric Cooperative for their February meeting. The program was on fraud and scam prevention. Though people hear information on this topic often, large numbers of people are affected each year with the elderly being frequent targets.
Houston County Attorney Daphne Sessions and Trinity County Precinct 4 Constable Reggie Olive did an outstanding job of bringing home the point that it is not rude to be shrewd. They reminded those present of several valid points. Never give out personal information over the phone if you did not initiate the call or do not have confidence in the person you are talking with. Individuals should keep in mind that if something is free, it should not cost you anything to receive it. Also, legitimate business will not rush you into making an immediate decision nor ask you not to discuss the call with anyone else. They should also be willing to mail material to you so you can read and be sure you understand all the details of the offer. Ms. Sessions and Mr. Olive presented some video clips and several members shared personal experiences. Members present were concerned about how difficult it is to track down this type of offender. Ms. Sessions shared that the Texas Attorney General's Office has a division devoted to just that. Gamma Chi thanks Sessions and Olive for taking time to remind our members how important it is to be vigilant in protecting ourselves from scams and fraud.
During the meeting, Gamma Chi members also enjoyed a meal together and conducted a short business meeting. President Sandi Richards, Groveton, presided. Parliamentarian Ruth Wheeler, Groveton, stood in for the Secretary. Treasurer Jeanette Betz of Grapeland gave the financial report. Julia McIntyre, Lovelady, was in charge of the program. The gathering was an interesting and informative one as well as a time of fellowship for the group of women educators from Houston and Trinity Counties.