Monday, February 5, 2018

Area IV Fellowship Brunch "A Book Opens Up the World ~ Lending Libraries"

Driving over the snow-laden road of Snoqualamie Pass in February is not my cup-o-tea...Ol' Man Winter is still alive and well, so on Friday, February 2, 2018 I boarded Alaska Air and flew the friendly skies to Seattle to attend the Area IV Fellowship Brunch at the lovely High Cedars Golf Course in Orting, WA. 

Kappa Chapter member Jeri Senger, my trusty uber driver and B& B hostess, met me at the airport and scooped me away. DKG women are such a joy to spend time with. That evening I joined Jeri and ten of her "besties" (many of whom are educators) for a rousing evening of BUNCO! What did they all say say to me? "The newbie always is the winner!"...Well, they were right. I did win! Unbelievable! This group of women inspired me with their antics and stories, and now I must bring BUNCO to my Eta Chapter in Spokane for a fun evening of fellowship, too! When it was time to leave, of course, the car battery was dead as a door-nail! But never fear, women educators are always prepared! Of course, jumper cables and a little teamwork did the trick and we were on the road again!

Nearly 60 members attended fellowship brunch
Presider Marj Patten, Epsilon

On Saturday morning, February 3, Jeri & I dashed out to the Cedars Golf Course for the Area IV Brunch I was so very excited to see nearly 60 members from Alpha, Epsilon, Kappa, Alpha Tau, Beta Delta, and Alpha Rho Chapters in attendance. We enjoyed a wonderfully prepared brunch buffet meal, were entertained by the Tapestry Singers (the Puyallup community choir), and listened to guest speaker DKG member Roberta Brudevold share her passion to provide low-income children with books to read at home.

Tapestry Singers Community Choir entertained us
A book opens up the world...

(l-r) Epsilon member Lorraine Friberg, K-3 In-Classroom Lending Library Treasurer Deborah Anderson,
 Founder Roberta Brudevold, DKG WA State President Sherri Wagemann

Two years ago, Brudevold founded the K-3 In-Classroom Lending Library, a non-profit organization whose aim is to ensure that all children are provided with the right to learn. Volunteers collect, organize, and donate books to the Puyallup School District classrooms with children who may not be able to afford them. They help teachers build the "just-right" classroom library. The donated books are delivered directly to the schools to help children build skills, confidence, and discover the enjoyment of reading. Each classroom is presented with at least thirty windows of the world. The participating teacher labels a bag with a student's name and places a book inside to take home. When the child is done reading the book, they return it to school before they can take another.

Evidence-based research has shown that "Books are at the HEART of language acquisition for children, and language acquisition is a major, if not the major, factor in determining kindergarten-readiness and long-term school success.  Books trigger words, and children need to hear lots and lots of words to develop their brains.  Just 15 minutes of reading with a parent every day exposes a child to a million words a year (Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding, 1988). Books are the tools that enable parents to read to and talk to their children, a simple act that many of us take for granted." (

Kappa Chapter members,
Standing Center: State Communications Chair Barbara McPherson
Back row far right: State Parliamentarian Janice Moen
Guest State President Sherri Wagemann
I am very fortunate to be a part of this excellent organization to network with these dynamic and passionate women. I look forward to seeing them again soon & encourage each to attend the upcoming DKG spring convention at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia on April 27 - 28, 2018. 

When all was done, I jetted off again toward home...I am looking forward to my next DKG journey! Thanks to all for an extraordinary day!

Alpha Chapter members

Sitting: Beta Delta Chapter members
Standing: Guest State 2nd VP Jane Gerdon, Chi
State Nominations Chair Linda Pearn, Alpha Rho

Alpha Rho Chapter members
Sitting center: State Area IV Liaison Sheri St.John

Epsilon Chapter members

Alpha Tau Chapter members
standing far left: State Finance Chair Nancy Guthrie

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