Change is often difficult and we often resist it not understanding how it could possibly be beneficial...
Each chapter will need to examine the changes that may need to happen for their individual group - what works for one may not work for another. Try to put on the glasses of a younger member who may have a limited budget, small children, and the demands of the teaching profession. Then find the flexibility to serve them. More later...(Deltagrams, Spring: Volume 68, Issue 1, p. 7)
After reading that you may have questions, such as: "How do we change?" and "What do we change?". The challenge to change can be daunting, but it can also be enlightening and invigorating. In the process, we can learn new ideas and find new ways of accomplishing our purposes. We should spend significant time listening and questioning both members and potential members. Surveys, informal conversations, and specific opportunities can all be used to learn what works for your group.
As your chapter begins reflecting about how you might do things differently remember to keep a sense of humor when events and ideas do not go as planned. Celebrate the successes that you have. Above all, enjoy the journey as you tackle change in your chapter.
Here is an acrostic to help you along the way:
Delegate the work.
Keep kind, caring connections at the heart of the chapter.
Grow personally and professionally through DKG opportunities.
Mentor a younger member-she may just stay around for years.
Involve all members in programs and projects.
Share the joy of membership with other potential members.
Short business meetings are a blessing.
Organize meaningful projects and programs.
Understand the demands current educators face.
Report your success to state officers - it helps to share ideas.
Inform members of DKG opportunities at the local, state and international level.
Try this simple but so delicious recipe.
1/2 cup melted margarine
1 2-layer package yellow cake mix
3 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
2 eggs beaten
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
Combine margarine, cake mix and 1 egg. Mix well. Press into a 9 X 13-inch dish. Combine confectioner's sugar, 2 eggs and cream cheese. Mix until smooth. Spread over cake mix layer. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and then cut into squares.