Sunday, January 28, 2018

Psi Chapter Focuses on ID Theft, Cons & Frauds...Oh, My!

Honoring Our DKG Heritage: Psi Chapter was organized on November 3, 1945, by Florence Peterson, International First Vice-President and State Founder.  Psi's projects and programs have long promoted the purposes of Delta Kappa Gamma. Among these were: researched the drop-out problem; involvement in formation of Kennewick Riverview Education Association; sponsored the formation of the Future Teachers of America at Kennewick and Pasco High Schools and sponsored an annual spelling competition for third through sixth graders. Yes, throughout the years Psi members all have lived up to the honor that was bestowed upon them at their initiation in the The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International...Key Women Educators! (from Golden Anniversary of Alpha Sigma State 1941-1991).

After a 2 hour drive in the rain from Spokane, to arrive in the balmy banana belt of the Tri-Cities on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, I was greeted by Psi Chapter - Kennewick members with open arms. I enjoy the fellowship with these wonderful women so very much. Twenty-three members were in attendance at the meeting held from 4:30 - 6:30 at the newly remodeled Canyon View Elementary School. Psi Chapter rotates their meeting location from a variety of schools in the area.

And oh, the things one will learn when a very interesting and timely program is presented.

We were awestruck as presenter Mike Blatman of the Kennewick Police Department - Crime Prevention Unit discussed a plethora of cons and frauds that we all need to be vigilant in avoiding. He distributed handouts and explained 10 steps we should all take to help prevent identity theft. Mike explained many common sense ways saying, that ..."it's nearly impossible to tell what's real and what's fake online. So just delete any email that asks for personal information"..."Immediately hang up on telemarketers, particularly ones who seem to be fishing for personal information, like your birthday"...and "SHRED, SHRED, SHRED!!"

Many times you can't prevent an ID theft incident from occurring because two-thirds of the time, some company has leaked the data and is to blame. So BE PREPARED and ORGANIZED. Save paper bank records for at least a year. In the event you are effected by a breach, you will need them to prove your account balance in the event of an ID theft incident.

Members enjoyed tasty treats throughout the meeting and purchased hand-made notecards. The proceeds from the sale are donated to the World Fellowship &Scholarship. 

I had the opportunity to share a sneak peek about our upcoming State Convention on April 27 - 28, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia. I encouraged all to attend this year's convention to share their voice with regards to the proposed amendments to our State Standing Rules. During the US Forum Power Hour, Dan Steele (WASA)  will discuss the legislative impact on educational issues. I can't wait to welcome in the new leadership for the 2018-2020 Biennium with the Chapter President's Procession and President's Connections workshop session. 

Our International speaker Eija Liisa Sokka-Meaney from Finland will provide attendees with a cultural view of Finnish Women & Life Style...Yesterday and Today! in her keynote address. And let's not forget the Grab n Go Box Social & Fellowship on Friday night from 5:15pm - 6:30pm with the Salmonberry Ukelele Band to entertain us.

I look forward to seeing many of these amazing educators again! Hopefully at convention... So much to do as we celebrate the convention theme..."Experience the Heartbeat of DKG...Educate * Advocate* Inspire."