Annual military whist to help fund Newington scholarship

Published on Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:40
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON - A group of teachers is hosting a big card game later this month to benefit local students aspiring to become teachers.

The town’s chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, women who retired from or are now teaching in Newington schools, is looking forward to its annual Military Whist on Wednesday, April 26.

The event will be held in the cafeteria of Newington High School, where doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m.

Some people might be wondering what’s the gist of whist.

Similar in nature to bridge, military whist is played in groups of four. Participants rotate tables as they advance in the game until only two teams remain. Although there can only be one prevailing faction, in ADK’s game the losing team also wins a prize.

Those who have never played before need not worry. The game is simple and volunteers will explain the rules before play begins.

Mike Welch Military Whist will be the facilitator. Welch was an apprentice of the game’s creator, Willis Lamkin. He went on to teach his son Kevin, who has since taken over the enterprise and become well known for hosting games all over Connecticut.

The town’s chapter of ADK is the oldest in the state, having formed in 1955 as a sorority of female educators dedicated to educational excellence, world understanding and altruism. Among their charitable contributions, the group awards one graduating senior from Newington High School a scholarship each May. This student must be a female pursuing the field of education in college.

The military whist has been held for over 35 years. All proceeds from the event go towards the scholarship fund.

“We love recognizing that these kids have put in all this hard work towards a goal, especially for a profession that’s close to our hearts,” ADK Publicity Chairwoman Jess Morin explained.

She is a science teacher at John Wallace Middle School and one of about 30 chapter members. They meet once a month to discuss different philanthropic projects they’re pursuing in the community and beyond.

Coffee and snacks will be served the evening of the whist. There will also be a raffle with prizes from local businesses. Admission is $6 per person and tickets will be available at the door.

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 806-801-5097, or

WHAT: Alpha Delta Kappa’s Military Whist

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Newington High School cafeteria, 605 Willard Ave.

HOW: Admission is $6 per person, come with a team of 4

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:40. Updated: Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:43.