Christel McDonald

I fell in love with the Phi Beta Kappa maxim  “The Love of Learning is the Guide of Life.” What better reward for us, the members of our Association, than seeing the smiling faces of high school seniors who have been selected by our High School Award Committee to receive our Phi Beta Kappa Certificate…

December 2018 Book Club: “Walden”

On Thursday, January 3rd, thirteen members of the book club met to discuss Walden by Henry David Thoreau, our December 2018 selection, rounding out our Fall 2018 Series. I tend to strategically assign one of our classics for our December meetings, and Walden proved the perfect opportunity for members to reflect on simple living and the socio-political environment that…

October 2018 Book Club: “The Dispossessed”

On Monday, October 30 the book club met to discuss Ursula K Le Guin’s beloved work of science fiction The Dispossessed. This novel kept appearing on our biannual recommendation lists, but only this year was voted into our series. DC PBK definitely adores the science fiction genre! The Dispossessed, though clearly a commentary at least in part on the…

Remarks to Phi Beta Kappa from Ambassador Mimi Hughes

REMARKS TO PHI BETA KAPPA D.C. AREA ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY May 12, 2018 Miriam K. Hughes U.S. Ambassador, Ret.   President Nina Kuo; Ms. Kathryn ‘Kat’ Sullivan, High School Awards Chair; other distinguished members of Phi Beta Kappa and the DC Area Association; our three fantastic scholarship honorees — Laura Espinoza, Sheyda Tribble, and…

Deirdre LaPin DCPBK Donor

Deirdre LaPin

I have supported the High School Awards Program which DCPBK created in 1974 to encourage the diverse student population attending public and charter schools in our area. The program provides scholarships for college-bound seniors who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and industry. After helping out for quite a few years, I decided to establish a substantial legacy…