As a life-long educator, Donna Metke understands first-hand the mission of the Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT), which is to improve the lives of individuals and their families by eliminating illiteracy through educational services. Mrs. Metke is a member of the organization’s board of directors and serves on both the Annual Fund and Spelling Bee committees.
On Tuesday, August 7, the 21st Annual Corporate Spelling Bee will be held at the CrossWalk Conference Center at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. This annual fundraiser offers a unique way for companies to promote team spirit within their organizations through competition, costumes, laughter, and fun! Money raised from this event helps more than 2,300 adult students annually complete their education, find employment, and become more self-sufficient in their daily affairs.
“The Corporate Spelling Bee is one of LCOT’s biggest fundraisers,” Mrs. Metke said. “The organization gives hope to many people in Tyler through their GED classes, ESL classes, and dual credit classes, which combine college and high school credit. Education is the great equalizer in a democratic society, and many LCOT graduates have shared stories about how the organization has changed their lives.”
As a tireless community volunteer, Mrs. Metke is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. and an associate member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. She serves on the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, and the TJC Botanical Gardens Advisory Committee, and served on the board of directors for the Discovery Science Place. Mrs. Metke is currently serving as president of the Wood’s Homeowner’s Association, and is also on the board of directors for the Maegan Cove/Rainbow Ridge Homeowner’s Association. She is a Tyler Junior College Lifetime Alumnus and a graduate of Leadership Tyler.
“Loyalty to your community is nurtured through volunteerism,” Mrs. Metke said. “By reaching out to others and by working with others, we enrich everyone’s life. Throughout the years, my dearest friendships have resulted from working toward a goal with my neighbors.”
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Metke has resided in Tyler for four years. She and her husband, Dr. Mike Metke, have been married for 43 years and are the parents of two adult children. Mrs. Metke earned both her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and attended The University of Texas-Pan American, The University of Texas-Brownsville, and Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, for her post-graduate studies. Dr. and Mrs. Metke are members of Marvin United Methodist Church.
“Tyler is such a lively community filled with a cultural and intellectual buzz as well as good, old-fashioned fellowship. Mike and I knew when we first came to Tyler that we wanted to stay,” Mrs. Metke said.
For more information about the 21st Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, please contact the LCOT at 903-533-0330.