The second year of this biennium has started at a fast pace. All of my family was home for the Fourth of July and that was a very nice way to start.
I have made visits to 2 chapters and will be attending the Finance Committee meeting next week. After that is International Convention in Indianapolis. I don’t have any meetings scheduled in August. I have 1 scheduled in September. We plan to be out of state during the latter part of the month so I can’t schedule any meetings for that time. I already have 4 meetings scheduled for October.
I am hoping to visit every chapter and/or Coordinating Council during this biennium so if I haven’t scheduled a visit to your chapter please contact me with a possible date(s) and we will try to schedule a visit.
July 9——meet with Beta Kappa Chapter
meet with Zeta Chapter president
July 17—Finance Committee
July 27—Aug. 1 —International Convention in Indianapolis
Sept. 6—Alpha Psi Chapter
Oct. 4—Tau Chapter
Oct. 13—Jefferson County Coordinating Council
Oct. 18—Beta Iota Chapter
Oct. 25—3 chapters—Alpha, Chi, Alpha Alpha
I have enjoyed reading the Chapter President's reports. Fifty-five of our 50 active chapters reported for an amazing 92% return! Thank you so much.
It is always exciting to hear what your chapters are doing. I am happy to announce that T.H.A.T. is alive and strong. Thirty-six chapters reported that they are doing something to support our early-career educators. That is exciting! The five greatest areas of support were in providing gift bags for beginning teachers (including snacks, educational supplies, etc.), volunteering in the classroom (tutoring, grading papers, preparing rooms for beginning of school year, assisting with class parties, chaperoning students on field trips, Academic Bowl, etc.), providing supplemental classroom supplies, individual contact throughout the year and mentoring. GREAT JOB---WELL DONE!
I am now looking forward to seeing all of you at the area conferences. Thanks for a great first year as your president.
I have attended several chapter and council meetings as well as the State Planning Meeting. The State Planning Meeting was held August 10 at the MRTA Building in Jefferson City. Fifty state members participated in planning for the next biennium.
September 7 was a Delta Chapter Meeting where I had the privilege of helping initiate nine new members into Delta Kappa Gamma.
Congratulations Delta Chapter and the new members!
On September 14, I met with the Southwest Coordinating Council at the Botanical Gardens in Springfield. The guest speaker was a volunteer from the Butterfly House which showcases native butterflies. There were between 30 and 40 members present at this meeting.
October 5 was a joint chapter meeting of Epsilon and Alpha Gamma Chapters. Karen Scott presented a program on Lost and Found ---a grieving program for children who have lost a close family member.
I then traveled to St. Louis for 2 Council meetings. The St. Louis Coordinating Council met on Saturday, October 12. The speaker presented a program about Lewis and Clark. On Monday, October 14, the Jefferson County Coordinating Council met. The program was on Thailand. There were between 30 and 40 members at each meeting.
We had a great representation at Southwest Regional Conference in Branson with over
200 Missouri members registered. Many worked hard and there were lots of
compliments and thanks to all our members. Everyone did an outstanding job
making this conference a success.
The theme for the 2013-2015 biennium is “FORWARD MOVING EVER---Through Strategic
My goals for this biennium are:
a. Increasing membership
b. Every chapter will have a workable Strategic Action Plan
c. We will lose no members through the dissolution of a chapter
I am now working on my calendar for visits to chapters and coordinating councils.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you wish to schedule a visit.
We had a great crowd (232 registered) at the Delta State Convention. “Baskets for Branson” was a huge success and a lot of fun.
Friday night, I bought 3 baskets and needed help carrying them to my room! Saturday, we passed a 2 year budget, voted on bylaws changes then we had a “Yoga Break”. We had time to shop at one of the 10 booths before the Area meetings began. The Birthday and State Awards Luncheon celebrated Delta State’s 80th birthday. Dr. Kirsten Borg told us “How Retired Teachers Can Regenerate Our
Country”. The afternoon continued with great workshops and the new “40 and Under Get Together” which was
a relaxed time of sharing. Saturday night, the new officers were installed. A “flash mob” serenaded Nadine Horner with “Nadine” (to the tune of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”). Heidi Chadwick, SW Regional Director inspired us with “The Future is Now”. The Ceremony of Remembrance is always memorable and we had about ½ the number of members pass away this past year which is good news. Petro Branson motivated us to take control of our health with “Do You Know Your Numbers?”
Now, we are gearing up for Branson. If you haven’t registered, do so now and volunteer to help Faye Peters. You don’t want to miss the Opening Ceremonies followed by Missouri Night on Wednesday, July 17th. We will take the photo of all the Missouri participants on Thursday morning. The speakers and workshops at regional conferences are always great. I look forward to seeing you in Branson.
I still watch the names scroll across the bottom of the TV screen to see if schools are closed. It’s a habit I can’t break even though I have been retired for several years. We are having record snowfalls this year so I have had lots of time to work on reports and the Delta
State Convention. I hope everyone is safe at home enjoying your family and the beautiful snow.
March is almost here with the promise of spring. Then, April brings the Delta State Convention and our 80th birthday. Join us in St. Louis as we elect new state officers, approve bylaws changes and spend our money buying Baskets for Branson. We also have several booths selling items: Susan Atteberry will return with her gorgeous jewelry and scarves; Jana Siefkas will be selling books for Scholastic and the profits go to Branson; and Madge Wiesner and Pi chapter are selling items they made. A new activity for Members under 40 will be hosted by Karen Evans and Marty Tidd. The Deltagrams has information about the guest speakers and workshops. I have several Surprises and Prizes planned for the convention; so, come and enjoy the Gifts of DKG.