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!