Friday, May 17, 2019

A Big Thank You From My DKG HEART

My Dear DKG Sisters,

     Well, our spring DKG state convention has come and gone. Wow! What a wonderful experience I have had serving as your state president! I am so very happy that so many members were able to attend. The convention moved along seamlessly and I hope that the schedule of events gave you all ample time to enjoy exploring downtown Spokane, to network with others, to grow both personally & professionally by attending diverse workshops, to listen thoughtfully to our guest speakers, and to learn from our panel of distinguished guests, as they shared the seriousness of dealing with mental health challenges that face children, teachers and members of the community. I especially want to thank you for participating in my state unity projects. You truly made a difference in the lives of women and children in need!
      I am very proud of all the Area 8 hostesses for the hard work, organization, the beautiful table decorations for each meal and the yummy spread of goodies & beverages that everyone enjoyed in the hospitality room. I loved the cute DKG heart hostess shirts!!!
     Of course, being able to relax in the beautiful Doubletree Hotel accommodations was a real plus, don't you think? The entire well-trained staff worked diligently and very professionally to provide us a wonderful convention experience!
     As you remember, during the General Session, all proposed amendments to our By Laws and Standing Rules were passed. Thank you all for representing your chapter with your important vote! Democracy in action! 
     Together, during my biennium, we made excellent strides in making important organizational changes to help us remain fiscally sound. We focused on providing professional and relevant programs, inviting young prospective members to understand the benefits of membership, and encouraging one another to lead from the heart! 
     Now, I am excited to welcome in and work closely with our incoming 2019 - 2021 state officers and personnel. This terrific group of state leaders are committed to continue leading our professional organization to the next level. Please provide them the excellent support and words of encouragement you have given me and our outgoing officers & personnel. If you are interested in serving on a state committee, please let State President-elect Susan Fritts know as soon as possible. And if you are asked to serve in some way, I hope that you will consider doing so.
     Thank you from my little DKG Heart...I look forward to seeing you again at Fall Board in Yakima! This time serving as your Immediate Past State President.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Social with Alpha Tau

Honoring our DKG Heritage: Alpha Tau Chapter was organized on April 6, 1962 in Tacoma by Gladys Lees and Edna Morrison of Alpha Chapter. The first chapter president was Marie Brittin. Alpha Tau has had many members who have served on state and international levels, one of whom was Elsa Nordin who served as International Second Vice-president. Over the years some outstanding programs and projects have included: the founder of Literacy House in India Wealthy Fisher and college exchange student speakers from Mexico  Japan, and Norway who discussed the status of women in their countries; projects included: collection of monetary gifts for scholarships and donated food, clothes and gift items to battered women shelters, FISH and Western State Hospital.
(from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991)


Image from Pixabay
On Saturday, December 1, I enjoyed visiting with sixteen members of Alpha Tau who all donned their Christmas attire and gathered together at the lovely home of Joan Schilling. I must say, the beautiful statuesque Christmas tree and bright holiday decorations made Joan's home a festive venue for the chapter's Holiday Soup Social. Special thanks to Alpha Tau's computer tech Janet Blanchard and Chapter President Patty Swanson for using FaceTime to allow me to "virtually" connect with members from the west side of the state. Alpha Tau members realized the value of learning to use technology and the ease to provide a connection to those who are physically unable to attend their meetings or to future collegiate members. We all now look forward to spending the holidays with family and friends. Merry Christmas one and all!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Beta Chi's Books for Babies Community Outreach

Honoring our DKG Heritage: Beta Chi Chapter was founded as Beta Tau Chapter September 27, 1980, in Hoquiam WA by Phi Chapter.  In 2014, the name of the chapter was changed to Beta Chi, due to a technicality. The chapter is located in Grays Harbor County.

     On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, I had the opportunity to "virtually" attend a Beta Chi Chapter meeting at member Lynn Ogren's lovely home. Prior to their Southwest enchilada sit down dinner and meeting, I visited with members during their informal social time, as they enjoyed appetizers and wine. I wished that I had "smell-a-vision" because the food looked so yummy! I enjoyed hearing tid-bits about their fun Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, trips & travels, updates on members with challenging health issues, and making connections about our similar small hometown experiences. I shared updates from the State and provided an inspiration.

     I was so very impressed with the Beta Chi's community outreach projects which make a difference in the community. Tonight, the members worked on Books for Babies - This ongoing project goes back many years. Knowing that literacy begins at birth, if not before, they prepared packets for the hospital to give to new mothers and their babies. The packet includes a board book, a library card application and information on reading to children as well as a bibliography of worthwhile books.



Chapter President Mary Lou Gregory described other noteworthy chapter projects:
Scholarship to woman student in Education at Grays Harbor College
Child Care Scholarship for Harbor High Graduates - Members donate to the Grays Harbor College Foundation to make available child care scholarships at GHC for students, in at least their second quarter of college, to help pay for child care so the student can attend classes.
Reading Tree Donations - Members donate books to the annual Timberland Regional Library Reading Tree for books for kids during the holidays.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

"Virtual" Visit to Chi Chapter

Honoring Our DKG Heritage -  Chi Chapter was founded by Edna Sterling and Rachel Royston Knutson on May 4, 1945, at Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington. Emma Thomas, charter member, bequeathed $1000 to Chi Chapter as the beginning of a scholarship fund for future teachers. Chi has encouraged youth in several aspects of education since its formation. The chapter has supported youth groups in the community, presented programs to develop interest and awareness for education for future teachers, given scholarships, promoted cultural empathy through the recognition of foreign exchange students, and promoted projects that recognized youth for creative expression.  
(from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991)

     When the Fall season wanes and Ol' Man Winter creeps in, the weather on the east side of the state begins to get a bit dicey and unpredictable for traveling. So to avoid any driving mishaps, technology has allowed me to do the next best thing...to visit chapters "virtually."
     Chi Chapter President Sandy DeBruler assembled a tech team to connect with me using FaceTime. As a result, I had the opportunity to greet Chi members and share important state news, as well as to encourage members to embrace the opportunity to consider serving at the state level for the next biennium, since nominations are now being sought. Because the Thanksgiving holiday was approaching, I also enjoyed providing an inspirational thought regarding friendship.
     One key concept discussed among the members was to improve their strategies to make better connections with one another and with younger members in order to retain membership.
     Congratulations are in order for this active chapter! Chi is proud to announce they welcomed and inducted the very 1st collegiate member into DKG from Washington State! Members are looking forward to holding their December Holiday "Painting Party" Fundraiser and inviting many prospective members to join the fun!
     After a short business meeting, retired middle school teacher, author and presenter John Simpson, ended the evening by discussing part 2 in his book series about the role of the Ellithorpe/Griggs women during the Civil War period. The fascinating main characters in this story are based on the authentic letters discovered in a trunk at the Cowlitz County Museum.


                                                                                                          Presenter John Simpson



Chi Chapter members ending their meeting singing the Delta Kappa Gamma song.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Quadrant 4 "Technology and Learning"




The final Quadrant 4 "Technology & Learning" workshop was a SUCCESS!

Thirty-one DKG members from Areas 1 & 3 attended the interactive workshop. 
Presenters were Ken Brager, Kennewick School District CTE middle school teacher & the State Tech Team: Sherri Wagemann, Jan Millgard, Terri Diehm, Pat Russell, Pat Bennett-Forman and Lisa Wiese. 


Congratulations to JANE WATSON...WINNER of the free drawing!



Members taking part in the 1 1/2 hour interactive STEAM hands-on activities presented by Ken Brager, guest presenter



To watch a video of one of the FUN hands-on activities 

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Fall Executive Board ~ Leadership Conference

Encouraging the Heart...Strengthening our DKG Legacy of Leaders was my theme for the September 28 - 29, 2018 Fall Executive Board ~ Leadership Conference at the Red Lion Hotel in Yakima, WA. In preparation for my leadership development workshops, I enjoyed spending quiet time reading about and reviewing essential leadership practices which support the need to be appreciated for what we do and who we are.

As a DKG leader, I strive to listen to the needs and interests of members and always try to find some authentic way to provide support, encouragement and mentoring to help each person reach their goals. So, as I reflect on my own servant leadership style and beliefs about how I can make a difference, on the top of my to-do list I wrote..."I will always remember to embrace every opportunity to genuinely acknowledge and recognize others for their strengths and accomplishments and personally congratulate them for a job well done."

Let's make it a point to always do our best to be encouragers of the heart and supportive mentors for all our members. And if we all continue to do these things, how can we not strengthen our DKG legacy of leaders?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Quadrant 2 - "Technology and Learning" - Spokane WA

On March 24, 2018 at the Dishman Hills High School in Spokane Valley, Area II and VIII members from the Wenatchee, Grand Coulee/Wilbur, Rosalia, Colville/Deer Park and Spokane areas weathered the snowy road conditions to participate in the WA State sponsored Quadrant 2 "Technology & Learning" interactive workshop. Topics included: Team Building cell phone activity, Fine tuning cell phone photography, Exploring Google docs, The Cyber Bullying Dilemma, Learning about the STEM Academy/Robotics and how to download and use the QR code reader as a useful tool. It was a great learning experience and attendees had a fun time! 













Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Beta Kappa Provides Scrumptious Annual Tea Event

Honoring Our DKG Heritage - Beta Kappa Chapter was organized by Joyce Gillie, State Expansion Committee Chairman and Christine Case of Gamma Chapter on May 20, 1977 in Mt. Vernon. Members are young professionals interested in the education of all. Their dedication to learning has been demonstrated through their commitment to organizing two literacy conferences advertised statewide; a workshop on censorship featuring Carla Nuxall, WEA President; and 1989-1990's project of developing and distributing a list of good children's literature for parents. Projects focused toward young high school students have included: book awards, grant-in-aid scholarships and scholarships for students attending Education Week at Ellensburg. Beta Kappa Chapter members look forward each school year to the first informal meeting to welcome back the summer travelers and to the annual Christmas ornament auction. The funds are used for scholarship contributions. (from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991)

State President Sherri Wagemann, Area VI Liaison Nancy Sheng and Area VII Liaison Garrel Lindberg joined members of Beta Kappa Chapter Oak Harbor for their delightful annual tea event.


It was a lovely day of sunshine as Area VII Liaison Garrel Lindberg and I drove from the Seattle area northward to Oak Harbor. As we entered the Oak Harbor Presbyterian Church, we were welcomed with warm greetings and smiles, beautiful tables adorned with floral arrangements, bright crisp linens, and a wide array of teapots and teacups all designed from the fancy to the whimsical. The Beta Kappa Chapter members brought their own special tea and luncheon settings and lovingly prepared all of the wonderful tidbits for the affair. We were definitely all enjoyed the elegant event.

Trays of delicious finger sandwiches, delectable desserts and hot tea were enjoyed by members and their guests, followed by a silent auction of several baskets filled to the brim with wonderful surprises. Chapter President Kris Bishop explained that Beta Kappa's Annual Tea event not only helps to raise funds for scholarship awards for young senior high school women who plan to enter the field of education after graduation - a long-standing tradition for these members, but also helps to create more awareness of our DKG organization while enhancing DKG visibility throughout the Oak Harbor community.




Another fundraising opportunity that Beta Kappa Chapter supports is Threads of Hope, Inc., a livelihood project initiated in March of 2003 to bring help and hope to families at risk in the Philippines. The project's mission is to assist the economically oppressed in underdeveloped countries to establish home enterprises that will provide an income, through the development of products that can be sold worldwide. Funds generated through sales and donations are primarily used to help meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of the communities where the products are made.(www.threadsofhope.com)

Beta Kappa partnered with this organization to help raise scholarship funds. Through the sale of bracelets, necklaces, lanyards etc., the chapter earns 50% of the sales, while at the same time helping impoverished families.



Guest speaker Lindsey Perkins gave a very interesting overview of history and study of Chinese medicine. She had the opportunity to participate in an intensive two year study and experience in China and shared her expertise in the use of medicinal herbs and acupuncture - an alternative method of healing.

I had an exquisite time visiting with the members and guests, and I want to thank the Beta Kappa members for my lovely potted plant...It's beautiful!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Inspirational Area VII King County Breakfast






It's March...the first days of Spring are supposed to usher in lovely weather, flowers blooming and green grass! But on Friday, March 9, snow was once again in the forecast for the mountain passes, so rather than drive myself, I decided to hop on the Greyhound bus and enjoy the ride to Seattle. Interesting adventure! Upon my arrival in Seattle, I transferred from the Greyhound bus, to the light rail, to a Seattle transit bus, to finally reach my destination at Northgate where my "hostess with the mostest," Garrel Lindberg, (Alpha Nu Chapter) picked me up in her new little Ruby Red Rav. She took great care of me during my weekend stay. Her husband Carl served as our weekend chef extraordinaire and fed us in style!


Bright and early Saturday morning as I sipped my cup of coffee and gazed out the window overlooking the shoreline, the sunshine welcomed me to the new day. Garrel and I loaded up the primrose table decorations for the annual Area VII King County Breakfast held at the Seattle tennis club. What a beautiful venue! Six chapters were represented: Beta, Rho, Alpha Delta, Alpha Nu, Beta Beta, and Beta Sigma. It is always a great time for fellowship with these dynamic women. I had the opportunity to speak about the highlights of our upcoming state convention April 27-28 at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia.
Beta Sigma Chapter President Monique Manuel (center) greeted the state executive committee guests.

I was so impressed with the caliber of programs discussed at this event and very inspired by the three guest presenters. I learned so much about the wonderful opportunities for incoming new educators and mentors in the Seattle Public Schools.
Guest speaker Lisa Chick, CEO of the Alliance for Education, passionately explained the mission of this dynamic program "...to ensure every child in Seattle Public Schools is prepared for success in college, career and life..." and "...to eliminate achievement gaps between student groups, which exist primarily along the lines of race, income and ethnicity."

Since public education is the cornerstone of democracy, the program is dedicated to helping build and sustain a successful, innovative, joyful school system of which Seattleites can be proud. After more than 20 years, it remains committed to strengthening the community, economy, and democracy through high quality public education. (www.alliance4ed.org) 
As a result of the Alliance for Education's commitment, a partnership with the Seattle Teacher Residency program was developed in 2012, along with Seattle Public Schools, the University of Washington and Seattle Education Association. Program Director Marisa Bier described how the Residency program applies the medical residency model to teacher preparation by blending classroom apprenticeship with aligned graduate level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership, residencies aim to accelerate student achievement through the training, support and retention of excellent teachers.  (For more information: www.seattleteacherresidency.org) 




Herman, an immigrant from El Salvador, a recipient of the STR and a first-year elementary teacher working in a challenging low-income school environment, provided us with his emotional teaching experience and expressed his deep gratitude for the Residency program for preparing him so well. This young educator is social justice driven and advocates for his students while striving to truly make a difference in their lives. He is helping them to write a positive chapter in their book of life. The experienced mentors in the STR program provide integral support for the new teachers.





Melanie Olsen (far left) wrote a cute script honoring our 12 DKG Founders and we ended the breakfast with singing the traditional DKG song.

All in all, a delightful and enlightening morning...What a treat! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Caređź’™Net...A Sure Bet for Beta Upsilon

Honoring Our DKG Heritage: Beta Upsilon Chapter was founded November 8, 1980, sponsored by Alpha Theta Chapter, Helen Jasper Roos and Margery Phillips. From our beginning as a chapter, we had a large number of State officers and committee people...Our second meeting was our first Christmas party, held at the home of Freida Slattery....At the April meeting, we finally settled on the place to hold our meetings - St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, where we had been organized. Our guest speaker explained the Rachel Royston Permanent Scholarship Foundation. At the May meeting, we decided to give a grant-in-aid to a deserving senior girl. Our first grant-in-aid was $50. It left us a balance of $41.96. We were busy the next year - we started the traveling gift idea, and the progressive auction of a lovely painting by guest, Frieda Kurth. Proceeds of the auction went toward scholarship and grant-in-aid funds....Our grant-in-aid was raised to $75....Our rummage sales have been highly successful in raising money for grants-in-aid and officer expenses. The grant-in-aid is now $500. Josie B. Esau served as a member of the Rules Committee for International Convention in Atlanta. While there, she was asked by the new International President, Gloria Little, to serve on the Constitution Committee of International...Carol Selle attended the International convention in Baltimore and presented a workshop on Cooperative Learning. In 1989, she was elected State Second Vice-President. (from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991).


(front row center) Jessica Tufts 2018 State RRPSF Margaret L. Harvin Scholarship Recipient
     On Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018, I had the pleasure of joining fourteen dynamic of women of Beta Upsilon who braved the wintry night chill to enjoy a Chinese meal at the Siam Restaurant in Grand Coulee, WA. The 6 pm meeting began with introductions of three prospective members, and special recognition of Beta Upsilon member Jessica Tufts for being selected as the 2018 State RRPSF Margaret L. Harvin Scholarship Award recipient. 


Sandy Ross CAREđź’™NET
     Following the introductions, we listened to guest presenter Sandy Ross sharing details about a local non-profit program CAREđź’™NET, a Pregnancy Center of Okanogan County. Through privacy and respect, the program provides a "safe place for women and their families to explore options related to pregnancy and their future. It focuses on education, support, counseling and free services for young women who face what can be a a scary situation full of unknowns." (pregnant andscared.net)
     Through the CAREđź’™NET Earn While You Learn program, the mommies are able to earn points by completing a variety of educational materials. The points can then be spent in the center's Baby Boutique, which is filled with everyday items needed for their baby. Inspired by this point system, Beta Upsilon seeks to partner with the center to provide a literary program (books, videos, curriculum etc.) to help these young women learn about the importance  of reading to their young children. 






















     After the business meeting, the focus turned to the DKG Washington State Purpose-Filled PurseTM unity project. I had the opportunity to share my inspiration for this project by telling about Nancy Yarbrough and her Fresh Start Learning, Inc. Foundation (https://www.freshstartlearninginc.org/) 

     Twenty-four gently loved purses & bags were filled to the brim with personal hygiene products and letters of hope. The women were excited to work on this project and look forward to donating the purses to women in need at a local shelter and Chapter President Caryn Mills will bring at least one purse donation to the state convention in April.


     
Guest presenter Sandy Ross & State President Sherri Wagemann
Many thanks to the Beta Upsilon Chapter for the wonderful fellowship and laughter, for providing my Chinese Siam special dinner, to Joyce Moore for her special gift of yummy homemade raspberry jam, and to Lisa Wiese for serving as my B & B hostess.














Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Zeta Chapter "Gets Buggy"

Honoring Our DKG Heritage: Through the years, many members have provided outstanding programs including patriotic, innovative teaching methods, and teaching experiences in foreign countries. Zeta has had teas and salad luncheons to raise funds for various scholarships. Some of the members have been recipients of these scholarships for doctoral degrees and credentials for school administration. Fifty-one qualified local high school women graduates have been assisted in becoming teachers throughout the chapter's Ruby Long Recruitment Grants program since 1947....A Centennial Tea was a culminating event, co-sponsored by Chelan-Douglas RetiredTeachers Association and Zeta Chapter. Over two hundred fifty people gathered at North Central Washington Museum in Wenatchee, October 26, 1989 to honor thirty-one teachers who had taught in one-teacher schools in Chelan and Douglas counties. Thirty-one former students who had attended one-teacher schools were registered also. After the tea, a slide show of school buildings, teachers and pupils of one-teacher schools was presented. (from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991).

I had a beautiful drive to Wenatchee on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The sun was shining, little traffic on the road, and since my husband drove this time around, I had a relaxing ride to boot! 

Zeta's chapter meeting was scheduled from 5 - 7pm. These dynamic women are so gracious and have collaborated to develop delightful, workable and creative fundraising ideas.


Soup Chef's Extraordinaire
I arrived at the First United Methodist Church a wee bit early, and as I entered, I was immediately welcomed by the wafting aroma of four yummy homemade soups simmering for our evening meal served with a simple Cesaer salad, a roll and cupcake for dessert. Each month the hostess committee plans a different meal...Next month it's a baked potato bar with all the sorts of toppings....Can you say "Scrumptious! " Members agreed to each pay $10 for the delicious monthly meals, which helps to provide monies for their special chapter projects. 



Valentine decor adorned tables, but my eye was drawn to the beautiful themed raffle basket for raising scholarship/grant-in-aid funds....3 tickets for $1...I bought $4 worth. Another fun opportunity to raise contributions for their Literacy Council, as well as to honor members' birthdays, is to collect 25 cents for each member whose birthday is that month. Now, it is an optional donation, but I observed most everyone put their pennies in the pot. Two members had birthdays, so each member who wanted to, donated 50 cents...A great and easy idea! 

Zeta Chapter has a long-time fundraising partnership with the Manson Casino. Each month, if at least 15 members/guests sign up to go to the venue, the casino will give each person $10 to play and $5 for food. At the end of the evening, the casino awards Zeta Chapter $10 per person just for participating. This is one of the easiest fundraisers ever!






















I was so very impressed with the evening's presenter Alix Whitener, daughter of Zeta member Chris Crilly. Alix is a PhD candidate studying tree fruit entomology and on March 26 she will present her dissertation at WSU. Using a power point presentation on "Insect Collecting in Guatemala - The Search for the Elephant Beetle," she described how, from an early age, her elementary teachers (some of whom are DKG members) helped to foster her love of entomology. She went absolutely BUGGY about bugs! One could definitely admire the passion and commitment she has for these wee creatures as Alix described her trek throughout the tropical forests of Guatemala collecting a plethora of insectsIn my book, she has definitely earned the title of Wonder Woman!!


New member Maria Diaz and 1st VP Teri St. Jean

At the end of the meeting I had the opportunity to thank the Zeta members for their hospitality, and I shared information about the upcoming Quadrant 2 Technology & Learning workshop in Spokane, and highlighted the State Convention in April 27-28 in Olympia. I hope to see many of these wonderful women at these events.

And by the way...it was my lucky night...I WON the raffle basket! The next morning, we left Wenatchee's sunshine, and my husband and I journeyed back to Spokane...This time into another round of Winter Wonderland. I am ready for spring's sunshine to stay!