KAPPAN December 2022

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75 Years of Sisterhood

Share the Spirit


The goldfinch sits on the bare branches as the snow falls around him and sings his song. He knows snow melts, branches blossom, and spring comes. His spirit gives him the courage to endure. The soul of an organization is the spirit of its members. The attitude of caring, sharing, and working together defines the spirit of Alpha Delta Kappa. Like the little goldfinch, our very essence moves us on. A toast to another year of A∆K spirit.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

~Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister


Joanne Grimm, CA Alpha Alpha


Susan Pelchat, CT Mu

Shannon Lorenzo-Rivero, TN Chi

Betty Sherrod, VA Gamma Omicron Susan Whelan, NJ Kappa

Erin Worthington, TN Chi

Sara Armstrong, CA Alpha Alpha Julie Rehm, Digital Publications Specialist, Int'l HQ



Mollie Acosta, International President

Ann Marie Brown, International President-Elect Judy Ganzert, Immediate Past International President Bev Card, International Executive Board Chairman Christi Smith, Executive Director

The KAPPAN magazine is published quarterly by Alpha Delta Kappa, International Honorary Organization for Women Educators. Find the KAPPAN Publishing Guidelines online at www.alphadeltakappa.org.

Alpha Delta Kappa International Headquarters: 1615 W. 92nd St., Kansas City, MO 64114-3210 (816) 363-5525, (800) 247-2311, Fax (816) 363-4010 email: headquarters@alphadeltakappa.org Internet: www.alphadeltakappa.org The opinions expressed herein are those of the indi vidual authors and are not necessarily in conformity with those of Alpha Delta Kappa or the editor.

Submitting Items for the next KAPPAN

The deadline for submissions to the KAPPAN is two months before the publication date. The dead line for the March 2023 issue is January 1. Authors should include their name, state/province/nation and chapter, the highest office held and when. The theme for March is Share the Adventure We are looking for stories about adventures sisters have experienced because of Alpha Delta Kappa or with A∆K sisters. How do you keep the A∆K spirit of adventure alive in your chapter and in your life?

To submit articles/photos, go to the A∆K website >About>Publications> Sub mit to the KAPPAN. Follow submission guidelines on the submission form.

Alpha Delta Kappa empowers women educators to advance inclusion, educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.
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Features & Departments 1 International President’s Message 2 Membership Spirit Beyond This Season 3 A∆K CONNECT: A Game Changer 4 Daring Leadership 4 Phyllis Robinette Joins Headquarters Staff 5 World Understanding Project Submission Paused 6 Honor A Sister 8 Suggestions for Fostering a Sense of Belonging 9 2023 Convention 10 Here's to Another 75 Years! 12 Regional EIE Award Recipients Share Thoughts on Learning 13 Bytes and Pieces 14 It’s a Small World, After All 16 Anniversary Congratulations to Chapters and the 2023
Sisters 17 Celebrating Diamond and
Sisters 17 Collegiate Clubs 18 Keeping the Focus of Newsletter Readers 19 Show Me the Money,
Collection Time 20 The
Congratulates 21 Joy Shaw Creates Game that Energizes Chapters 22 Sister Tales 23 Art Grant Recipients Show Spirit 24 Amazing Members 25 #A∆K 28 Altruism 30 Melba Priestly, Encouraging Mentor Joins Omega 31 Omega Chapter 32 Homeroom Humor 33 A∆K Calendar
It’s Dues

International President’s Message

The Spirit of Alpha Delta Kappa is alive and doing very well. This year has brought many challenges; sisters have stepped up to help one another in times of need and in times of joy. We’ve seen record-setting hurricanes and torna does, flooding, fires, and severe storms59 declared disasters by FEMA, leaving many of our sisters literally out of their homes or with damage to their property. The pandemic continues and we have adjusted to the new nor mal. Many have lost loved ones and dear friends or faced health challenges.

While there has undoubtedly been heartbreak, there has also been joy. Sisters have literally danced in the aisles this past summer, celebrating being together in person. Here are some instances where the Spirit of Alpha Delta Kappa has been proudly displayed.

Alpha Delta Kappa’s Regional Excellence in Education recip ients are amazing; read statements from their applications in this issue. Here are tidbits. WOW.

“Each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, car ing, and stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature emotionally, academically, physically and socially.” Karen Robertson, Gulf

“Providing students with opportunities to be successful, take pride in each other’s success, and be part of a classroom family are necessary to promote learning.” Annette Card, NCR

“...assisting students with their mental health needs so they can remain in school and be ‘available’ for learning is the most significant difference I make daily.” Lisa Caccamise, NER

“Teaching is a process of learning from everyone -- parents, students, custodians, administrators, as well as the community, and I savor every second I can learn new ideas, share strategies and continue to grow as an educator.” Melanie Kelly, NWR

“True equity is giving people the opportunity to be heard, loved, and valued for the unique person that they are, and I am honored to be in a profession where I can do that for so many people.” Helen Arceneaux, SCR

“We collectively believe when every child is nurtured emo tionally, socially, physically and academically, they will dem onstrate a passion for learning and maximizing their potential towards educational excellence.” Allyson DeYoung, SER

“I have resolved that it is vital to bring the joy of engagement, the rigor of discipline, and the opportunity for mean

ingful and relevant discourse into my classroom.” Alohilani Okamura, SWR

It is no secret that Alpha Delta Kappa sisters are amazingly generous. This past summer, sisters supported the following regional conference altruistic projects:

Gulf: Jacksonville (FL) Ronald McDonald House has served children and families for over 30 years. NCR: Stony Lake Therapeutic Riding Center provides progressive equine therapy to serve, encourage and promote growth in individuals with phys ical, mental, social and emotional challenges, and Mittens for Detroit, an organization that collects, purchases, and distributes new mittens and gloves to children, teens and adults in need in Detroit, MI and other underserved cities.

NER: Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey provides pro grams that inspire all girls to build their confidence, kindness and decision-making skills through lessons that instill valuable life skills, including the critical connection between physical and emotional health.

NW/SW: HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support), whose mission is to strengthen Hawaii's families and improve their quality of life as they face the emotional and financial hard ships of caring for a seriously ill child.

SCR: Wichita’s Littlest Heroes, providing care and support for children with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions in KS.

SER: Kids Making It, a youth woodworking program that teaches valuable vocational, entrepreneurial and life skills to atrisk, low-income and disadvantaged youth. Over $50,000 was donated to these worthy projects, plus an additional $18,000 inkind donations. Another WOW!

A∆K sisters continue to support World Understanding. We have raised well over $40,000 for Project C.H.E.A.R (making a Children's Home with Education and Agriculture a Reality) and are on our way to our goal of $50,000.00. Project C.H.E.A.R.'s mission is to empower disadvantaged children and youth in Babati, Tanzania, through education.

Now, let’s look forward to 2023 and coming home to Kan sas City, Missouri, July 13-16 for our International Convention and celebration of more than 75 years of making a better world. We will undoubtedly Share the Spirit - I look forward to being with you.

Alpha Delta Kappa 2021-2023
Mollie Acosta

Membership Spirit Beyond This Season

Evidence of the holiday spirit is seen in abundance during this season: music, lights, decorations, candles, gifts and parties. We eagerly share this celebration with our families, friends and communities. In our A∆K community, we have a spirit within our membership. What is this spirit? I think of it as the essence that animates each of us to express our understanding and love to others. It is at the heart of our organization, directing us to show others how much we care. This spirit is the part each of us contributes to enhancing the whole organization. This spirit continues throughout the year.

We are a strong organization because of the diversity of our backgrounds, beliefs, languages and personalities, blended with our common goals and shared values of integrity and generosity. Commitment and passion, together with all our attributes, create a spirit tapestry uniting our whole organization. Our member ship demonstrates spirit as we honor each other, develop goals, attend meetings and plan and carry out fundraisers and altruis tic projects together. When we reach out beyond chapters, our actions highly impact communities locally and worldwide. These actions inspire others to be more involved. This is the spirit of membership demonstrated by each sister.

Evidence of membership spirit can be seen through the kind ness, understanding, compassion and care shown to all. We see it as sisters greet one another at chapter meetings or other func tions. If a sister doesn’t come to a meeting, she gets a call to find out why she wasn’t there. When a sister is in need, a word about it is sent out, resulting in many cards or calls to her. Spirit is in the generosity of sisters giving time and resources to schools and special community projects in the name of A∆K. One chapter prepared welcome-back goodie bags early in September for each teacher in the three schools represented by their teaching members. Our connections grow as we eat together, share ideas, col lect school supplies, walk to raise funds or invest time in altru istic endeavors. Friendship, passion and the shared love of A∆K are in the myriad of efforts at all levels. The opportunities shared with chapters extend the woven tapestry to impact communities positively.

Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

The bonding of sisters is strengthened by working and planning together to accomplish the goals of A∆K. Some sis

ters are subdued, while others are more outgoing in their leader ship style. Our diverse backgrounds and personality differences strengthen our organization, generating incredible synergy as we work together. Through our varied talents, personal styles of leadership and various approaches to planning, we are stronger together, significantly increasing the results of our earnest efforts worldwide.

We can see our accomplishments making a difference in the lives of young people and educators worldwide. Using the strength and confidence we have in organizational and leadership skills will aid in drawing potential members to us. Do we let potential members see our excitement in what we do? Informing others as to what we do and the impact we make will go a long way in getting them to join in our efforts. As members, we know outstanding women who are involved in making our schools and communities more vital for children and families. Invite them to join us. The hope for our organization’s growth lies in strong commitment, individ ual energy, personal involvement and willingness to share what A∆K membership offers. Think of this as the Spirit of Membership in action.

“Connecting with those you know love, like and appreciate you restores the spirit and give you the energy to keep moving forward in this life.” - Deborah Day, MA, mental health clini cian.

Our challenge is to keep up the Spirit of Membership, tap ping this synergy created through our connections. The zeal we demonstrate keeps members actively involved. It is this spirit by which potential members will be infected. Though seasons change, our membership spirit will sustain our love of A∆K. The Spirit of Membership is not only for a season. It continues year long. Show your membership spirit.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

A∆K CONNECT: A Game Changer

What’s a game changer? It is a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way, according to the Merriam-Web ster dictionary. In other words, A∆K CONNECT is an engage ment strategy and a powerful platform that helps members con nect with other members for professional, fraternal and personal content. CONNECT builds communities of members with similar interests that allow for developing relationships, resources and more. It is a place for belonging.

How to become a game changer? Participate. Give back. Build relationships in communities by updating your profile and adding your picture. Here’s how to add a photograph:

1. Login to A∆K CONNECT through the International website by clicking on the link under the “Members Only” tab. You must log in one more time to CONNECT by clicking on the “Sign in” link at the top right corner of the HOME page. It is always best to save your username and password so you don’t have to insert them each time you log in.

2. Scroll down the HOME page and click “Complete Your Profile” under the photo carousel.

3. You are now on the Profile page. Upload a photo by clicking on the “Actions” link on the left side of the page. Click on the gray paper icon and insert a picture from your files.

What is my role as a game changer? Visit the site often, con tribute to the site’s progress, share content with others, push for new discussions and provide positive feedback. In other words, become a community participant, a community planner, a community proposer or a community presenter. You may partici pate as often as you like. Members may receive real-time, daily or weekly email notices of posts. Simply go to your Profile page, click on the ”My Account” tab, click on the “Community Noti fications” link and select the type of email notification you prefer from the drop-down menu.

Where can I find other game-changers? A ∆ K CONNECT has several communities you can join to engage with other game changers. The “A ∆ K All Member” community includes all members with an email address in the database. There are two new communities: A ∆ K International Conven tion 2023 and Educational Symposium 2023. Every region has its community to share information and resources. Check out the other fraternal and professional communities on CONNECT.

Are there any special features available for a game changer? You may want to share ideas and resources by uploading documents, pictures, videos or presentations as a game changer. Here’s how:

1. Go to the “Communities” tab and click the “My Communities” link. Click on the community you want to receive your discussion or file.

2. Click the “Add” button next to the “Latest Discus sions” title to send a discussion post. You may attach a file. Write a message in the textbox and click the “Post” button to send.

3. Click the “Add” button next to the “Latest Shared Files” title to send a document. Describe your document in the textbox and include the type of file, such as a standard file, hyperlink, webinar, or YouTube video. Click the “Choose and Upload” button to upload the file.

When can I start? Right now. It is always time to make a difference.

Why do I want to become a game changer? The evidence is undeniable. You can make an impact.

Article compiled by CONNECT committee members Mary Ey, International Executive Board Member; Terry Peyton, Past IVP Gulf Region; Margaret Nieradka, ON Provincial President, ON Sigma

How to Contribute to A∆K Disaster Relief Fund

Many of our A∆K sisters live in areas that were hard hit by natural disasters this year. If you want to make a Disaster Relief donation, you can find the donation form on the International website under Foundation>Donate>Disaster Relief. A “Details” box will appear where you may indicate a particular area to direct your donations if desired. If this field is blank, your donation will be placed in the general Disaster Relief Fund.

Checks should be made to A∆K Foundation and mailed to Alpha Delta Kappa, 1615 W. 92nd St., Kansas City, MO 64114. Please write “disaster relief” along with any special instructions on the check memo line. A∆K Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Daring Leadership

As chapters celebrated Alpha Delta Kappa Month, October 2022 marked a historical event. This year, sisters also cel ebrated 75 years of A∆K. One quote that was shared has made a significant impact on me. Reading this statement and knowing its relevance 68 years later gives me chills. In 1954, our Founder Agnes Shipman Robertson said: “We realize that during the coming years, many adjustments will be neces sary to meet the growth of A∆K and the changes in our profession, as internation ally, there are changes. Chapters will also have to make adjustments. We know that it is impossible to become permanently well-adjusted.”

This fall, regional and International leaders gathered in Kan sas City for an important turning point for the organization. The gathering did not focus on traditional business meetings. Instead, our membership and leadership summit explored the future of A∆K, providing an opportunity to reimagine, adjust and illumi nate the future. I like to think this is what Agnes would want us to do: Adjust and adapt to the changes in the teaching profession.

Before the summit, A ∆ K leaders read the book “Dare to Lead” by Dr. Brené Brown. As a university professor, I incor porate her work into my classes. I am entering my eleventh year as a university educator, teaching leadership and management courses to undergraduate students worldwide. Students attend the courses asynchronously, which provides opportu nities to interact with peers across the globe. Dr. Brown holds Ph.D. and LMSW degrees and is a research professor, so she offers great insight into leadership. She has spent the last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.

Dr. Brown describes leadership as taking responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and giving people the courage to develop that potential. Leadership is about being kind and courageous, and Dr. Brown identifies four skills that shape leadership: rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, braving trust and learning to rise. This philosophy aligns with the framework I outlined in the June 2022 “KAPPAN.”

As I reflect on Agnes’ quote and our leadership summit, I am confident that A ∆ K has a bright future as a strong and healthy organization.

Phyllis Robinette Joins Headquarters Staff

Phyllis Robinette joined A∆K International Headquarters in the newly created role of Membership and Marketing Specialist. Phyllis taught in the Lewis-Palmer School District, Monument, CO, taught for 34 years and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher. Her mission is to support students and educators in her many roles. In her work, she engages with the National Education Association at all levels. Phyl lis has been a sister for eight years and now serves as Coloardo’s President-Elect. She worked on the Edu cational Symposium Committee in the last biennium and is the chair of the Educational Symposium 2023 in Kansas City. Phyllis was the Excellence in Education Award recipient for the Southwest Region in 2018. She received Alpha Delta Kappa’s Membership Service Award at the Southwest Regional Confer ence in Hawaii this summer.

Phyllis will be working remotely from home. Her duties include growing membership and marketing A∆K in innova tive ways. Phyllis has been increasing the organiza tion’s social media presence and will continue to partner closely with all aspects of the International Membership Committee. She will serve on numerous committees as a staff liaison and will give insights as a member serving at many levels. Phyllis welcomes candid conversations to continue to improve the visibility and influence of A∆K in the future.

Phyllis is a fifth-generation Coloradan and enjoys her time with her family in Colorado Springs. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Rob. They have a daughter, Alyssa, who works remotely from Colorado as a meteorologist. Phyllis loves escorting her husband to baseball stadiums around the country to check off his bucket list. She also has a devil dog named Kloe Kardashian.

Happy New Year to our readers. May 2023 be the best one yet! 4 KAPPAN • DECEMBER 2022

World Understanding Project Submission Paused

The International Executive Board in June paused World Understanding Project nominations for the remainder of this biennium due to current global conditions and the complexity of the world in which we live. The International World Understanding Committee is currently reviewing and revising the guidelines and application for the next project.

Contributions for project C.H.E.A.R., the current World Understanding Project, will be accepted until July 31, 2023.

A∆K members have a heart for helping others through altruism and world-understanding projects. Here is a review of our six projects.

In 2009-2011, Project S.A.V.E. (Sisters Aiding Viet namese Education) was selected as our first project. Our partner organization was the Vietnam Veterans Restoration Project (VVRP), which had a 20-year his tory of successfully building schools in cooperation with the Vietnamese government. We built and furnished a primary school the first year, contributed to making a sister school the second year, and in the third year, built a three-room addition to another school. Over $86,000 was donated by members. The onsite project manager was a VVRP member. As of 2022, the Vietnamese government continues to operate all VVRP schools.

In 2011-2013, Project H.O.P.E. (Hope and Opportunity in Peruvian Education) was chosen. Our partner organization was Bridge Builders International, a company with a 16-year history of working with churches in Latin America. Our funds built a one-story school, furnished three classrooms and pro vided a computer and water filtration system. The church offered free education. Over $70,000 was donated. A second story was added to the school. In March 2020, the school was suspended due to COVID-19. Later that year, the school was sold to private investors, and the local community could not afford the tuition now being charged.

In 2013-2015, Project B.O.O.K.S. (Books Offering Opportunities and Knowledge to Succeed, also known as Books on the Move) was selected. Our partner organization was hawkwing Inc., with a 20-year history of working with the Cheyenne River Lakota/Sioux Reservation. A bookmobile, two computers, a scanner, books, resource materials,

vehicle maintenance, insurance and gas for a year were pur chased. The tribe voted to fund a year-long position. Over $80,000 was given by members. Finding a qualified candi date to coordinate the program on the reservation was a chal lenge. It is our understanding that the bookmobile is not cur rently in service.

In 2015-2017, Project T.E.A.C.H (Training, Educating, and Affirming the Children of Haiti) was chosen. Our part ner organization was Imagine Missions, founded in 2011. The plan was to build a six-classroom building, but eight rooms were built. Over $76,000 was con tributed. On March 20, 2020, COVID cases in Haiti closed all schools. The lack of infrastruc ture made online learning impossible. Inflation, food shortages, political unrest and unsafe conditions led to the difficult deci sion to discontinue the residential school. A request to use the remaining grant monies to pay teachers was approved.

In 2017-2019, T.E.A.C.H. TOO (Teaching, Educating, and Affirming the Children of Haiti – Transitioning to Open Opportunities) was selected. The original proposal was to build eight residential homes for older teens who aged out of the orphanage system so they could finish their education. Polit ical unrest prevented the shipping of the housing units. The project was changed to constructing homes with local materials and labor. After two buildings were completed, the project was changed to building classrooms for a professional school com plex. Over $59,000 was donated. Imagine Missions closed its doors in December 2021.

In 2021-2023, Project C.H.E.A.R. (Making a Children’s Home with Education and Agriculture a Reality) was cho sen. Our partner organization was the Harambee Foundation, founded in 2008. MAHOCE is a housing and education pro gram for children living in extreme poverty with limited access to education. The proposed project will increase residency at the center, add a library and technology center and provide chickens and garden areas to work toward self-sufficiency. Like Project S.A.V.E., this project is being supervised onsite by a representative of the partner organization. Over $48,850 has been contributed to date.

A∆K members have a heart for helping others through altruism and world-understanding projects.

A∆K Honor A Sister

The following members contributed to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation to recognize fellow members. Gifts received after September 15, 2022 will be published in the March 2023 KAPPAN.

A∆K sisters have such generous, giving hearts. In addition to regular dona tions made to the A∆K Foundation online or through the mail, attendees at the six summer regional conferences made in-person donations. Many Honor a Sister donations were made to recognize officers at all levels for their current or past ser vice, dedication and leadership. Other donations honored special sisters who had joined the Omega Chapter. The Foundation Board is grateful for the many sisters who made these donations and those who made donations to our Organization, the Foundation, Project C.H.E.A.R., ITE, scholarships and grants, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association. Regional conference donations totaled nearly $12,000. Thank you so much.

Bev Card, International Executive Board Chairman

In honor of Mollie Acosta, International President

In honor of Mary Ey, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Charlene Lauria, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Ellen Roderick, Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation Board Member

In honor of Sandy Wolfe, VA Alpha Rho

Anna Dunavant, KY Alpha Kappa

In memory of Jennie Whitaker, KY Chi

In memory of Rosemary Weddington, Past International Executive Board Chairman KY Alpha Kappa Chapter

In memory of Marilyn Willenbrink, KY Alpha Kappa

Janice Martin, KY Alpha Theta

In honor of Christy Johnson, KY Alpha Theta

In honor of Carol Behringer, KY Alpha Theta

Robin Carey-Sweeney, ND Delta

In honor of Sarah Wollitz, ND State President

Sharon Collins, GA Gamma Epsilon

In honor of Karen Dean, GA Gamma Epsilon

In honor of Stephanie Clark, GA Gamma Epsilon

In honor of Marcia Doss, GA Gamma Epsilon

In honor of Donna Duke, GA Gamma Epsilon

Mary Ellen Pinion, AL Alpha Theta

In honor of Fairee Bridges, AL Delta

Norma Rushing, GA Beta

In honor of Lottie Roy, FL Epsilon

In honor of Debby Stubing, FL Alpha Sigma

Judy Cells, OK Mu

In honor of Marilyn Blackburn, OK Mu Olivia Cook. TX Delta Lambda

In honor of Pattie Franklin, TX Delta Lambda

Mary Ey, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Debbie Clark, International Vice President, Gulf Region

In honor of Terry Peyton, LA Alpha Psi

In honor of Carol Robertson, LA Alpha Psi

In honor of Joyce McAloon, International Vice President, Northeast Region

In honor of Charlene Lauria, International Executive Board Member

Liz Lilly, FL Gamma Beta

In honor of Elaine Whiteaker, FL Fidelis Kappa

In honor Carolyn Twaddle, FL Upsilon

Minetta Caldwell Smith, TX Beta

In honor of Peggy Wing, TX Beta

Lucy Kubo, TX Sigma

In honor of Linda Hoffmann, TX Beta Omicron

Carol Robertson, LA Alpha Psi

In honor of Debbie Clark, International Vice President, Gulf Region

In honor of Mollie Acosta, International President

In honor of Ann Marie Brown, International President-Elect

In honor of Bev Card, International Executive Board Chairman

In honor of Mary Ey, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Betty Jo Evers, International Vice President for Membership

In honor of Terry Peyton, LA Alpha Psi

In honor of Leslie Koenck, LA Alpha Psi

Paula Lindsay, FL Gamma Tau

In honor of Margaret Fisher, FL Gamma Tau

In honor of Roberta Montgomery, FL Gamma Tau

In honor of Marilyn Lee Treusch, FL Gamma Tau

In honor of Sue Thurmond, FL Gamma Tau

In memory of Beverly Kirk, FL Fidelis Kappa

Carol Ellis, HI Eta

In honor of Bianca Kusatsu, HI Eta

In honor of Syliva Wee, HI Eta

In honor of Valerie Okihara, HI Eta

In honor of Clara Goto, HI Eta

In honor of Christine Taylor, HI Eta

In honor of Gail Watanabe, HI Eta

In honor of Jeanne Chang, HI Zeta

Jeanne Brunworth, IL Alpha Nu

In honor of Rebecca Beal, IL Alpha Nu

Cyndi McDougall, DE Epsilon

In honor of Nancy Burkett, DE Epsilon

In honor of Michele Davis, DE Epsilon

Leslie Djang, PA Eta

In honor of Betty Doerr, PA Delta

Nicolette Sturino, WI Zeta

In honor of Faith Pfeiffer, WI Zeta

Wanda Dreier, AZ Alpha Beta

In honor of Renee Atcitty, AZ Alpha Beta

Tanya Humes, DE Epsilon

In memory of Madeline Lewis (Tanya’s grandmother)

Arlene Hart, IN Alpha Psi

In honor of Josefina Senese, IN Alpha Psi

Nancy Holloway, MI Phi

In honor of Karen Sabuda, MI Phi

Barbara Poff, MI Alpha Upsilon

In memory of Bonnie Klems, MI Lambda Linda Brown, NE Theta

In honor of Mary Ann Gerdes, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Ann Quinlan, International Executive Board Member

Charlene Lauria, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Joyce McAloon, International Vice President, Northeast Region

In honor of Roberta Casabon, ON Zeta, In honor of Ann Ainslie, International Vice President North Central Region

In honor of Charlotte Zenzick, CT Kappa Gay Toomy, MA Epsilon

In honor of Su Wade, MA Epsilon

Barbara Kramer, MA Epsilon

In honor of Su Wade, MA Epsilon

In memory of Evelyn Beebe, VT Delta Su Wade, MA Epsilon

In honor of Joyce McAloon, International Vice President Northeast Region

Judith Boulet, NE Lambda

In honor of Anne Boulet Sullivan, ME Beta Phyllis Harris, OH Phi

In honor of Ruth Ann Young, OH Phi

In memory of Martha LaWarre, OH Phi Georgine Collette, OH Lambda

In honor of Susan Nolan, OH Beta Epsilon


Eleanor Smith, PA Gamma

In memory of Marianne Nolan, PA Gamma

Camila Johnston, PA Eta

In memory of Jane Alba, PA Eta

Audrey Pyle, PA Eta

In memory of Marianne Nolan, PA Gamma

Patricia McHugh, RI Alpha

In honor of Linda Rissel, NJ Lambda

Ellen Roderick, MD Beta

In honor of Joyce McAloon, International Vice President, Northeast Region

In honor of Linda Rissel, NJ Lambda

In honor of Sue McDowell, NJ Lambda

In honor of Nancy Tucker, MA Mu

In honor of Sara Kelly, MA Mu

In honor of Jen Robitaille, ME Alpha

In honor of Ginger Greene, International Vice President, Southeast Region

In honor of Penny Ledbetter, NC Gamma Alpha

In honor of Cecilia Gregory, NC Gamma Pi

In honor of Brenda Costner, NC Sigma

In honor of Cindi Brown, NC Alpha Nu

In honor of Debbie Lesley, NC Gamma Theta

In honor of Craig Norton, NC Alpha Theta

In honor of Marjorie Scott, MD Omicron

In honor of Paula Davis, WV Xi

In honor of Carol Russell, MD Nu

In honor of Diane Stilwell, WV Psi

In honor of Pat Banks, KY Chi

Judy Ganzert, Immediate Past International President

In honor of Becky Ayers, IL Lambda

In honor of Chloe Austin, IN Tau

In honor of Ann Ainslie, International Vice President, North Central Region

In honor of Charlene Lauria, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Ann Quinlan, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Mary Ann Gerdes, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Sheila Stark, MB Zeta

In honor of Jennie Johnson, IA Tau

In honor of Anita Moseley, MI Beta Upsilon

In honor of Sharon Copt, MN Alpha Alpha

In honor of Nancy Bishop, NE Epsilon

In honor of Ivette Bender, NE Theta

In honor of Lisa Roeske, ND Delta

In honor of Roberta Casabon, ON Zeta

In honor of Mary Johnson, ON Psi

In honor of Marg Nieradka, ON Sigma

In honor of Ginger Greene, International Vice President, Southeast Region

In honor of, Penny Ledbetter, NC Gamma Alpha

In honor of Cecilia Gregory, NC Gamma Pi

In honor of Pat Banks, KY Chi

In honor of Carol Peace, TN Alpha Theta

In honor of Marie Hurst, NC Alpha Chi

In honor of Ruth Ann Griggs, NC Alpha Mu

In honor of Florence Bishop, VA Zeta

In honor of Kim Norman, VA Zeta

In honor of Sara Badgett, VA Zeta

In honor of, Ellen Roderick, MD Beta

In honor of Peggy Harrington, MD Rho

In honor of Sarah Hudson, SC Upsilon

In honor of Fay Edison, TN Mu

In honor of Penny Faulk, KY Pi

In honor of Paula Davis, WV Xi

In honor of Kathy Beatty, VA Gamma Epsilon

In honor of Dana Meriwether, VA Beta Omicron

In honor of Laura Beaton, VA Beta Chi

In honor of Betty Nan Carroll, TN Omicron

In honor of Jane Stringfellow, VA Iota

In honor of Jane Miller, KY Alpha Rho

In honor of Jane Painter, VA Lambda

In honor of Mollie Acosta, International President

In honor of Ann Marie Brown, International President-Elect

In honor of Bev Card, International Executive Board Chairman

In honor of Sandy Wolfe, VA Alpha Rho

In honor of Mary Ey, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Sue Pelchat, CT Mu

In honor of Joyce McAloon, International Vice President Northeast Region

In honor of Conway Blankenship, VA Gamma Kappa

In honor of Connie Cathey, NC Beta Upsilon

In honor of Chelsea Fisher, VA Zeta

Judy Tate, VA Tau

In honor of Eugenia Kizer, VA Psi

Mary Ann Gerdes, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Ann Ainslie, International Vice President North Central Region

In honor of Roberta Casabon, ON Zeta

Joyce McAloon, International Vice President, Northeast Region

In honor of Mary Ey, International Executive Board Member

Susan Nolan, OH Beta Epsilon

In memory of Betty Shipp, OH Alpha Upsilon

In honor of Belinda Boyce, OH Beta Epsilon

Ann Ainslie, International Vice President North Central Region

In honor of Roberta Casabon, ON Zeta

Kim Matthias, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Florence Bishop, VA Zeta

Diane Best, International Vice President Southwest Region

In honor of Kitty Nutting, CO Alpha Lambda

In honor of Terri Drapczuk, NJ Alpha Iota

In honor of Jeanie Hinck, CO Gamma

Cheryl Parsons, PA Eta

In memory of Marianne Nolan, PA Gamma

In memory of Elaine Spencer, PA Rho

Kathleen Kenwood, RI Eta

In honor of Anne Schifino, RI Eta

Rebecca Beal, IL Alpha Nu

In memory of Jeannette Holeschek, IL Alpha Nu

Mildred Gardner, MD Kappa

In honor of Cathy Grantham, MD Sigma

Kathleen Parrish, VA Beta Beta

In honor of Annette Wauchop, VA Beta Beta

Brenda Schoolfield, SC Beta

In honor of Mary Louise Green, SC Beta

In honor of Debbie Tate, SC Beta Yvette Keel, NC Beta Upsilon

In memory of Melba Priestley, Past International President

Ann Quinlan, International Executive Board Member

In honor of Sandy Wolfe, VA Alpha Rho

In honor of Judy Ganzert, Immediate Past International President

In honor of Ellen Roderick, MD Beta

In honor of Barbara Stanfield, NM Gamma

In honor of Kathleen Buligan, International Executive Board Member

Luciann Slomkowski, SC Alpha Upsilon

In honor of Becky Evans, SC Alpha Upsilon

Jan Dineen, MD Kappa

In honor of Lillian Jackson, MD Kappa

In honor of Jean Curry, MD Kappa

Brenda Costner, NC Sigma

In honor of Ellen Roderick, MD Beta Rebecca Cook, NC Phi

In honor of Hilda McKnight, NC Phi

Connie Cathey, NC Beta Upsilon

In honor of Sandy Wolfe, VA Alpha Rho Nancy Robinson, NC Gamma Kappa

In honor of Debbie Lesley, NC Gamma Theta Elizabeth Gibbs, TN Beta Zeta

In honor of Judy Barnhill, TN Beta Zeta

Conway Blankenship, VA Gamma Kappa

In honor of Dana Meriwether, VA Beta Omicron

Florence Bishop, VA Zeta

In honor of Denise Clary, VA Zeta

In honor of Chelsea Fisher, VA Zeta

In honor of Kim Norman, VA Zeta

In honor of Sara Badgett, VA Zeta

Barbara Haney, VA Mu

In honor of Rhonda Searle, VA Mu

In honor of Judy Ganzert, Immediate Past International President

In honor of Sandy Wolfe, VA Alpha Rho

In honor of Florence Bishop, VA Zeta

Sharon Helbert, VA Alpha Kappa

In memory of Janet Helbert, VA Alpha Kappa

Barbara Havens, VA Gamma Kappa

In memory of Marianne Nolan, PA Gamma

Sharon Klevesahl, VA Beta Phi

In honor of Pattie Sutton, VA Beta Phi

Continued on page 8 KAPPAN • DECEMBER 2022 7

Suggestions for Fostering a Sense of Belonging

Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Alpha Delta Kappa” was the learning session presented by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee members at the 2022 regional conferences. “Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity” by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple provided the framework for developing the presentations. The authors tell us that belong ing is “the extent to which people feel personally appreciated, validated, accepted and treated fairly within an environment.”

To create the feeling of belonging, Past International Presi dent Sue Pelchat, CT Mu, said, “As we move forward, let us try to walk in the shoes of others. Imagine their feelings and address them with dignity and caring, celebrating their unique qualities and treating them as we would want to be treated.”

At a recent DEI book discussion, Paula O’Neill, TX Beta Chi, commented, “The children of the world come through our doors.” The following activity shared by Denise Fagan, PA Gamma, would be a great way to start the school year. After reading the book “All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman about building a classroom community, con sider this 3-2-1 writing activity. Give the students the prompt to share with a partner, and then have them write three words to describe the classroom community they want this year, two words to list their favorite activities in school and one word to explain a way to be a good friend.

Here are some other suggestions for use in the classroom:

• Provide books that include characters your students can relate to and books in languages other than English.

• Be cognizant of and use a student’s pronouns preference.

Honor A Sister, continued from page 7

Sandy Wolfe, VA Alpha Rho

In honor of Mollie Acosta, International President

In honor of Bev Card, International Executive Board Chairman

In honor of Judy Ganzert, Immediate Past International President

In honor of Kathy Beatty, VA Gamma Epsilon

Paula Davis, WV Xi

In honor of Peggy Harrington, MD Rho

In honor of Fay Edison, TN Mu

In honor of Sarah Hudson, SC Upsilon

Twilla Lambert, VA Alpha Kappa

In memory of Janet Coffman (Beeper Coffman’s mother)

Marianna Forgue, SC Alpha Epsilon

In honor of Marguerite Jones, SC Lambda

• Learn about students’ cultural backgrounds with “Get To Know Ya” Bingo.

• Conduct a “strengths inventory” with your students and allow them to use those strengths in the classroom.

When members in learning sessions at regional confer ences were asked, “What does belonging mean to you?” sis ters responded with these comments about chapter and other Alpha Delta Kappa events. Members often feel comfortable, respected, welcomed and mentored. They feel professionally refreshed and meet sisters from other states.

Consider these suggestions that may help all of us keep an open mind and be respectful of different perspectives.

• Use pronouns on Google forms and name tags.

• Be cognizant of different religious holidays or cultural practices when planning events for the year.

• Create non-denominational “Thoughts for the Day,” so that all members are included.

• Consider assigning seating for at least one session at A∆K events as a way to encourage getting to know other sis ters, avoiding cliques and accepting a diversity of ideas.

• Affirm the identity of a person by offering programs that address issues near and dear to the members, families and staff members.

• Be cognizant of the connotations and perspectives of all members when choosing songs, books or programs.

• Uphold a sense of professionalism by seeing sisters as individuals and their work as a whole group, gathering information from all members, and providing support.

In honor of Darlene Duseberg, SC Rho

Karen Taylor, VA Gamma Theta

In memory of Sue Cotton (Kathy Beatty’s mother)

Diana Ogul, MD Upsilon

In honor of Ellen Roderick, MD Beta

In honor of Kay Caviness, MD Beta

Laura Beaton, VA Beta Chi

In honor of Cathy Durvin, VA Mu

In honor of Adelaide Weeks, VA Delta Jan McCarthy, SC Pi

In honor of Harriet Edwards, SC Alpha Tau Gail Watanabe, HI Eta

In honor of Gayle Lum, HI Beta

In honor of Naomi Yap, HI Lambda

In honor of Betty Yoshida, HI Eta

In honor of Daisy Ishihara, HI Eta

Judith Miskimmin, VA Alpha Mu

In honor of Susan Moreau, VA Alpha Mu

Suzanne Maly, AZ Zeta

In honor of Brenda McDowell, AZ Zeta

In honor of Casey Woods, AZ Zeta


In honor of Carol Morgan, LA Iota

In honor of Kathy Bundrick, LA Iota

Jayne Perala, VA Lambda

In honor of Diane Higgins, WV Fidelis


Lynn Hildenbrand, MD Xi

In honor of Liz Wildasin, MD Xi

In honor of Pat Clark, MD Xi

In honor of Florence Lednum, MD Xi

Laurel Kinsey, GA Beta Sigma

In memory of Evelyn Beebe, VT Delta


75 Years of Sisterhood

2023 Candidates for International and Regional Office

Congratulations to these candidates for International and Regional offices, certified by the International Candidate Quali fications Committee by the October 1 deadline.


International President-Elect: Conway Blankenship, VA Gamma Kappa; Charlene Lauria, CT Kappa

Four-Year Member of the International Executive Board: Joyce McAloon, CT Alpha Gamma; Terry Peyton, LA Alpha Psi

International Vice President for Membership: Kathy Beatty, VA Gamma Epsilon

Two-Year Member of the Executive Board: Julie Kidd, VA Beta Gamma


2023-2024 Regional Presidents (RP) (appointed to the RPE position for 2022-2023):

North Central Region Nancy Bishop, NE Epsilon

South Central Region Nancy Thompson, KS Alpha Alpha

2023-2024 Regional Presidents-Elect (RPE):

Gulf Region Kay Spriggs, AL Beta Xi; Barbara Stainback, LA Alpha Sigma

North Central Region–No candidate

Northeast Region Sue McDowell, NJ Lambda

Northwest Region Barbara Nore, AK Gamma

South Central Region No candidate

Southeast Region No candidate

Southwest Region – Jeanie Hinck, CO Gamma

2023-2026 Regional Vice Presidents for Membership (RVPM):

Gulf Region Minie Coon, AL Mu

North Central Region Ann Ainslie, MI Alpha Upsilon

Northeast Region No candidate

Northwest Region No candidate

South Central Region Carol Johnson, TX Beta Omicron

Southeast Region Laura Beaton, VA Beta Chi

Southwest Region No candidate

Take a Journey of Love in July

New Year’s Resolution Number One: Come home to Kansas City July 13-16, 2023, to take part in the International Conven tion and celebrate 75 years of sisterhood.

Reservations at the Marriott Downtown Kansas City open on January 9, 2023. Watch for details in the weekly International News and on the International website and social media sites.

Registration information for the conference will be avail able soon after. Full registration includes the 2023 hybrid Edu cational Symposium. Plans for the convention include tours of Headquarters, professional speakers and showcasing members.

Popular Podcaster is Keynote Speaker

“Life can either be butter side up or butter side down,” says Jane Enright, author of “Butter Side Up: How I Survived My Terrible Year and Created My Super Awesome Life.” Enright will discuss navigating catastrophic life changes as part of her key note address at the Interna tional Convention in July.

“A∆K has not only enabled me to connect with fellow educators who are interested in helping others, but it has also assisted me in fostering a sense of belonging with kind, thoughtful educators after loss. In doing so, it is also a fabulous opportunity to introduce read ers to A∆K through my writ ing which includes promoting A∆K as a worldwide resource for women educators in my forthcoming book, “Jane’s Jam: Inspiration to Create Your Super Awesome Life” published by She Writes Press available on Amazon,” said Enright.

Jane she is a former kindergarten teacher, strategic planner and university lecturer. Her podcast “My Super Awesome Life Inc.” can be heard on any podcast broadcasting device.

Her books and podcasts aim to give the inspiration and encouragement needed to embrace and navigate change. 2023 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION–KANSAS CITY, MO KAPPAN • DECEMBER 2022 9

Here's to Another 75 Years!

75 Years of Sisterhood

International Chapter Celebrates 75th with Spirit

Back row, left to right: Christi Smith, Executive Director; Janet Johnson, IVP, NWR; Ann Quinlan, IEB member; Debbie Clark, IVP, Gulf; Ginger Greene, IVP, SER; Diane Best, IVP, SWR; Ann Ainslie, IVP, NCR; Charlene Lauria, IEB member; Mary Ey, IEB member; Kim Matthias, IEB member.

Middle row, left to right; Kathleen Buligan, IEB member; Rachel Shankles, IVP, SCR; Judy Ganzert, Immediate Past International President; Mollie Acosta, International President; Ann Marie Brown, International President-Elect; Bev Card, IEB Chairman; Betty Jo Evers, International Vice-President for Membership.

Front row, left to right: Mary Ann Gerdes, IEB member; Joyce McAloon, IVP, NER with photo of Founder Hattie Poppino.


Thirty-four years after Alpha Delta Kappa received its charter, Founder Agnes Shipman Rob ertson suggested that all sisters who were members for over 25 years be recognized and called Sil ver Sisters.

At the International Convention in New Orleans in 1981, the Silver Sisters received certifi cates. The name was made official at the International Convention in 1983 in Washington, D.C., and a ceremony for recognizing the sisters was introduced.

Mollie Acosta, International President, celebrates!

Diane Mazzei, NJ Phi, celebrated her 75th birthday one day before A∆K celebrated its founding. “Happy Birthday Alpha Delta Kappa” from Diane and NJ Phi.

Sisters from three CA Bay Area chapters celebrated A∆K’s 75th anniversary with a game of bocce ball. Alpha Lambda, Phi and Beta Phi players shared stories about their chapters’ activities and history. Sending anniversary greetings are (l to r) Front row: Terry Anne Poon, guest; Anita Brown, Alpha Lambda; Carmela Natividad, Alpha Lambda; Addie De Madeiros, Beta Pi.

Back Row: Marlene Cordova, Phi; Ann McCarty, Alpha Lambda; Shari Caudle, Alpha Lambda; Linda Iles, Alpha Lambda; Judy Griffin, Alpha Lambda, Hilary Poon, Phi

Happy Birthday to A∆K from past and present members of the California Executive Board. Top row: Susan Raffo, Debbie Waltzer, Karen Kirby, Mari Page. Bottom row: Donna McCartney, Sara Cooper, President Rosena Kruley, Virginia Riding.

NY Alpha members, shown displaying anniversary congratulations, started a year of celebrating A∆K’s seventy-fifth anniversary with a tour of Platter’s Chocolates in North Tonawanda, NY. Donations of school supplies for local students were the chapter’s September altruistic project. Mary Ann Kramer is Alpha’s president. FL Alpha Delta Kappa District IV sisters wish all our A∆K sisters a very Happy 75th Anniversary! Thank you for inspiring us to shine! OH Sigma sisters celebrate the 75th birthday of our International organization at the chapter’s August meeting. Happy birthday, Alpha Delta Kappa!
75 Years of Sisterhood

Regional EIE Award Recipients Share Thoughts on Learning

Absolute belief in the potential of their students is the shared belief of the seven recipients of the regional Excel lence in Education (EIE) award. At her regional confer ence, each received $1,000 for “educational purposes, materi als, course work or to enhance professional education.” One will receive $5,000 at the International Convention in Kansas City in July.

The award aims to “recognize active educators for outstand ing contributions in education.” The scholarship program was recommended by a report of the Special Scholarship Study Com mittee in 1966.

Here are excerpts from the applications' personal, professional development and impact statements of the regional recipients.

Gulf: Karen Robertson, LA Alpha Sigma

Karen is the 2022 Louisiana Elementary Principal of the Year. "As a school principal, I realize that a school’s culture can greatly influence the faculty morale, the behavior of the students, the school’s academic perfor mance and the community’s perspective of the school. Each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emo tionally, academically, physically and socially. Educational leadership provides me the opportunity to promote continual learning and growth in both my teachers and students. I offered professional development on teaching virtually. I cre ated a technology team to deliver professional development using Google Suite. My school became the first in the district to have all of its faculty Google Classroom certified. Maintaining a posi tive growth-minded school culture propelled teachers and students towards overcoming obstacles and achieving success.”

North Central: Annette Card, MI Alpha Sigma

Annette has been in the classroom for 32 years and is a spe cial education teacher. She believes “that every student is entitled to quality education. I create a classroom envi ronment that does not focus on competition but on meeting individual goals and building relationships with each other. Teachers need to continue to grow as learners to survive teaching, our world is constantly changing, and we need to adapt to those changes. I am a true believer in ‘You are never too old to learn.’ The effect of simply taking a true interest in a student has life-changing results.”

Northeast: Lisa Caccamise, DE Epsilon

Lisa is a school psychologist. “My professional philosophy is that all students are capable of learning and deserve the chance to be able to learn in their own way. Since I did not attend a teaching program, I felt it was important for me to gain additional informa tion regarding curriculum and instruction as well so that I would have a broader understand ing of general and special education. Being able to ask questions or compare notes with my colleagues is invaluable. I feel like assisting students with their mental health needs so that they are able to remain in school and be ‘avail able’ for learning is the most significant difference that I can make on a daily basis. I attempt to talk through various situations with students to help them problem-solve, plan or even identify alternative viewpoints. Teaching my students to become successful adults is how I try to make a difference each day.”

Northwest: Melanie Kelly, WY Gamma

Melanie is a teacher of English in an alternative high school. “If students don’t learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way they learn. I provide a safe and caring envi ronment where students are engaged through music, personal interactions and authentic learning with the focus being on the ‘why’, not simply the ‘what’. As I tell my students, 'When I finish learning, I will be finished teaching.'

In November 2012, I ran into Christine, a student I had taught in middle school. Christine told me that she had dropped out while needing only 1.25 credits to graduate. After hearing her say, 'I really wanted to walk across that stage,' I encouraged her to come to Roosevelt. She enrolled, and I was her homeroom and English teacher. In 2013, she walked across the stage and is now a registered nurse. I continue this journey called education because I know there are many Christines out there. Thirty-four years into this profession, I still don’t believe teaching is a job; rather, it’s a calling which I thankfully answered.”

South Central: Helen Arcencaux, TX Beta Chi

“I consider equity to be one of my pillars. I value the opportunity to be a champion for others. True equity is giving people the opportunity to be heard, loved and valued for the unique person they are, and I am honored to be in a profession where I can do that for so many people. I don’t teach science. I teach people. I have grown….by realizing that learning is best done


in a social setting, and I have translated this into my classroom. Learning isn’t just about facts or applying knowledge; it’s also about an experience. Visitors are usually shocked at the way we learn. There is always laughter, com petition, cooperation, communication and creativity in my classroom. Mentoring others (teachers) has given me a way to show them how to bring their own personality into their teaching practices as well as to explain my own.”


Allyson DeYoung, TN Chi

Allyson is in her ninth year as principal of Middle Valley Elementary School. “I have had the unique privilege of craft ing school culture which articulates core val ues and exemplifies what is best in produc ing lifelong learners. My school community collectively believes when every child is nurtured emotionally, socially, physically, and aca demically, they will demonstrate a passion for learning and maximize their potential toward educational excellence. As an instructional leader, I work with teachers to model those practices that would improve the teacher’s craft. One of my guiding principles is the Law of Significance which states ‘One is too small a number to achieve greatness.’”

When Allyson became principal, the school library had a limited number of books. After her students participated in The Scotty Probasco Read 20 initiative, her students are now actively engaged in reading, and the library is filled with new books.

Sisters Unite to “Share the Spirit” with Babati, Tanzania

Dear Sisters, Thanks to your generosity, Project C.H.E.A.R. is well under way. The foundation of the new children’s home, MAHOCE, has been completed, and now walls are being constructed. As prom ised in the proposal, lemon, lime, mango, orange and tangerine trees are planted and growing. Joshua Johnston, MAHOCE field director, oversees the operation and works closely with local Babati artisans and laborers. Project C.H.E.A.R. is having a pro found impact on their lives with this work opportunity. Haram bee Foundation’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of the children and the community. As of October, over $45,000 had been donated to the project. Please “Share the Spirit’’ of enthu siasm and excitement that surrounds the children and commu nity of Babati as we proceed with Project C.H.E.A.R. With your help, we are confident we will achieve our $50,000 goal by July 31, 2023.

Cam Johnston, PA Eta, State and Chapter World Understand ing Chair 2021-2023

Southwest: Alohilani Okamura, HI Nu

“Ka Mana O Loko, The Power is Within. This Hawaiian proverb shapes my philosophy of teaching as it speaks to the ability of individuals to positively contribute and influence communities. Over my 25 plus years in the Hawai’i Department of Educa tion, I have resolved that it is vital to bring the joy of engagement, the rigor of discipline and the opportunity for meaningful and rele vant discourse into my classroom. As Hawai ian is my second language, acquiring the language is a commit ment to lifelong learning. In learning the language and culture, it is my responsibility to give back. My give back is through teaching. Teaching Hawaiian restores culturally healthy and responsive learning environments by creating a framework that acknowledges the three piko (centers) of our spiritual connec tion to past, present and future in the development of the mauli (essence of life).”

Alohilani initiated the Hawaiian language program at Kal akauna Intermediate School in 1994 and the Hawaiian lan guage program at W.R. Farrington High School in 1997. It was the first time in many years that students were given the chance to study the language as an elective course. “The program,” she said, “became an equalizing force on the campus which encouraged tolerance, acceptance and aloha in the stu dent community.” In 2003, she founded the Hawaiian Acad emy at Farrington as an interdisciplinary program of study to perpetuate the Hawaiian language and culture and to increase student achievement.

Thank You, Sisters

Dear A∆K Sisters, I was so thrilled to receive over one hundred cards from 34 U.S. states and Canada to congratulate me on my 65 years in Alpha Delta Kappa and my 101st birthday. I am thankful for my con tinued good health, which allowed me to stay in my home until April first when I moved into an assisted living facility, New Mercer Commons, in Fort Collins, CO.

A∆K holds a special place in my heart, and I have wonder ful memories of my dear friend Evelyn Traut and I traveling to many conferences and conventions over the years. When Eve lyn passed earlier this year it was a great loss, which makes it all the sweeter to hear from all of you. Thank you all for remembering me.

Your sister, Beulah Kennicutt

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It’s a Small World, After All

Our International Teacher Education (ITE) Scholarship Program has fostered the idea that it’s a small world. Young ladies come to the United States to better understand our current educational systems, with the hopes and desires of improv ing the educational programs in their own countries.

The entire scholarship program is successful because of the “designed team effort” developed to ensure the scholars are cared for well. We work closely with our International Executive Board Chairman Bev Card, who is also our International Executive Board liaison, and International Headquarters staff to ensure everything is running smoothly. The ITE Board, Sherryl Long hofer, chairman, Judy Tate, and Barb Eason, work closely with their liaison IEB chairman Bev Card, the International Executive Board and International Headquarters to ensure the program runs smoothly.

Ni Komang Darmini

I am Ni Komang Darmini. Please call me Darmini. I was born in Central Sulawesi, Indo nesia, on August 16, 1993. This is my second year in a master’s program in Reading and Lit eracy in Early and Middle Childhood at Ohio State University. I plan to graduate by next spring, May 2023. As an undergraduate, I studied English Educa tion and became an English teacher for primary school students. In 2019, I managed three learning centers that help children in need by providing a mini library and its free educational programs. After my study, I will continue my work and empower more chil dren to love learning and to read books. As the years pass, I am inspired by A∆K as an organization, and I am immensely grateful for all the kindness that has been showered over me by A∆K sisters. Thank you so much! You have become my guiding stars!

Nesrin El-Isa

My name is Nesrin El-Isa, and I was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. My parents’ roots are in Palestine. I’m a teacher, youth worker, and women’s and BIPOC rights activ ist. I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in English and History in Secondary Education at the University of Vienna. Currently, I’m enrolled at the University of Washington, studying Curriculum and Instruc tion with a focus on Multicultural Education. I decided to come to the States to further my education and learn more about the American school system and how it approaches issues like diver

sity, inclusion and culturally and linguistically responsive teach ing. My long-term goal is to use my knowledge and experience from within and outside the school system to lay the groundwork for more equity in Austrian schools and curricula. In addition, I want to raise more awareness within the teacher education programs for the needs of underserved students and thus make sure to equip future teachers with the necessary tools to help diverse learners succeed in higher education.

Ambika Putri Perdani

Ambika, 28 years old, is from Indonesia. She is taken with nature as she was born and raised in the archipelago country of 17,508 islands. Aside from her experience teaching Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes (FLSP) for freshman students at one of the private uni versities in Malang, East Java, Ambika also worked as a program coordinator for China Corner in collaboration with the Confu cius Institute China. However, her turning point happened when she returned from her studies in Singapore. The Design Thinking module enraptured her. Since then, she has committed to building her career until she becomes the Master-facilitator for the Social Innovation Project, namely the Learning Express program, in col laboration with the institution across the Asia region since 2014. Her commitment revolves around the mission of “Tridharma Perguruan Tinggi,” or Three Pillars of Higher Education, comprising Education, Research and Community Service.

Currently, she is changing her future trajectory by attend ing Georgetown University and studying for an M.A. in Learning Design and Technology (LDT). Her commitment was inspired by underprivileged pupils from the community project she estab lished in response to the challenge post-COVID-19 outbreak. She aims to help the government provide a better learning experience through an applicable functional prototype for educational issues.

Sonchat Srimahochota

Hello, my name is Dona. I am from Thai land and will be pursuing a master’s degree in Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of Washington. Ever since I started my career as an English teacher, I have aimed to implement my lessons to empower my students and build their confidence so that they know their rights and become empow ered enough to be leaders who thrive, achieve and grow. Along my journey as an English teacher, I have received an opportunity to


become an educational consultant advising students to study abroad. This opportunity helps expand my approach to a wide range of peo ple in Thailand. The more I work in this industry, the more I can see that education is not only a powerful source of empowerment through knowledge and wisdom but also a gateway to opportuni ties. With this stance, I have become passionately ambitious to pur sue this expertise in curriculum design to grow, to learn, to receive and to provide education that can potentially bring great changes to our community, starting from my lessons and consultancy.

Anukriti Jain

I am Anukriti Jain, studying at MIT’s Integrated Design and Management Program (IDM), leading to a Master of Science degree in engineering and management. The program includes equal parts of technology, manage ment and design. IDM is dedicated to enabling the learning and development of extraordinary, innovative leaders who will bring new levels of creativity, vision and integrity to soci ety. IDM at MIT will help contribute to the goal of Education for ALL as it will give students hands-on skills and experience to build things from scratch. After serving the role of a teacher at Shiksha Rath in India, I realized that a teacher needs to be compassionate and should empathize with other people. The innovative learning environment at IDM will enable interdisciplinary collaboration between people with vision and compassion and will make me the skillful leader I have always aspired to be.

Vafa Alakbarova Azerbaijan

I am Vafa Alakbarova, a first-year graduate student in the master’s program in Data Analy sis, Assessment, and Research in Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am from Azerbaijan, one of the post-Soviet coun tries that regained its independence in 1991. Twenty percent of Azerbaijan’s territory was under the occupation of its neighbor country, Armenia, for 30 years. As a result, more than one million of the population, which is now doubled, were internally displaced. I have experience as a teacher, teacher trainer and educational projects manager and had opportunities to work in several regions of my country, including places where internally displaced people are placed.

I am one of the lucky students selected for the A∆K ITE Scholarship. I am extremely happy to be a member of this com munity. My goal and desire are to be a professional in the field of educational assessment to contribute to the ongoing reforms in education in Azerbaijan.

Janett Perv

Hi, my name is Janett Perv, and I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Originally from Estonia, I

have lived in three different countries – Swe den, Germany and France – thanks to playing basketball. After retiring from competitive sports, I chose to become a geography teacher, so for three years, I worked with Estonian mid dle schoolers (7th-9th graders) before getting my scholarships to come to study in the U.S. I do like to travel a lot. That might be a reason why I love geogra phy so much. Sharing my experiences with students and answering their questions makes our lessons so much more memorable. So far, I've been to 23 different countries and eight states in the U.S, and hopefully will get to some more by the end of the school year. It's my last graduate year at UMD, where I'm getting a degree in Environmental Education, which is mostly about how to teach about, in and for the outdoors. Think of it as an extension of the formal classroom setting. I'm passionate about strengthening that connection between my students and nature.

Thank You, ITE Sponsors

The sponsors of International Teachers of Education (ITE) scholars play an essential role in creating a success ful experience for these women as they complete their degrees and experience life in the United States.

Co-sponsors for Vafa Alakbarova Azerbaijan attend ing the University of Massachusetts are Barbara Har graves, Maureen La Francis and Charlotte Zenzick, CT Kappa, Mary Rogers, and Martha Raphael, MA Beta, Sara Kelly of MA Mu and Northeast Region International Vice President (IVP) Joyce McAloon.

Debbie Jones and Beth Witiw, WA Alpha Rho, spon sor Nesrin El-Isa attending the University of Washington. Sonchat Srimahochota, also attending the University of Washington, is sponsored by WA Beta Alpha mem bers Jackie Thomas-Rask, Carol Stern, Liz Wattula, Glad Loreen, WA Alpha Delta member Mary Jo Heller, WA Tau member Karen Santos and Northwest Region IVP Janet Johnson.

Co-sponsors for Ambika Putri Perdani attending Georgetown University are Lytle Brent, VA Gamma, Terry Melo and Kay Caviness, MD Beta, Dana Meriwether, VA Beta Omicron and Southeast Region IVP Ginger Greene. MA Beta Martha Raphael and Maggie Bilodeau spon sor Anukriti Jain, who attends MIT.

Janett Perv, attending the University of Minnesota, is sponsored by Carol Sigfrinius, Diane Rutherford, Maria Gibbons, MN Eta, Claudia Mescher and Ivy Hanson, MN Phi, and MN State President Diane Vasicek.

OH Alpha Theta Chris Sapp, Debbie Schlechty, Jane Ingram, and OH State President Carla Hartz sponsor Ni Komang Darmini, who attends Ohio State University.


Chapter Anniversaries

Congratulations to the chapters celebrating anniversary milestones between December 1, 2022, and June 1, 2023.

25 Years

VA Gamma Alpha February 22, 1998

FL Epsilon Alpha ........... March 10, 1998

AL Gamma Gamma March 17, 1998

VT Delta .......................... April 30, 1998

30 Years

VA Beta Omicron ....... February 28, 1993

VA Beta Rho March 19, 1993

VA Beta Pi ........................ April 18, 1993

LA Beta Mu May 25, 1993

40 Years

IN Beta Gamma May 7, 1983

50 Years

DE Epsilon December 9, 1972

UT Xi .......................December 11, 1972

NC Gamma Theta February 27, 1973

OH Alpha Upsilon ........ March 10, 1973

OH Alpha Phi March 11, 1973

IN Alpha Upsilon .......... March 12, 1973

SC Alpha Epsilon March 31, 1973

PA Rho ............................... April 1, 1973

SC Alpha Zeta April 7, 1973

LA Alpha Sigma.................May 12, 1973

IN Alpha Phi May 17, 1973

GA Beta Xi May 18, 1973

VA Alpha Kappa ................May 20, 1973

60 Years

NH Beta December 1, 1962

KY Iota December 2, 1962

NC Alpha Mu ................ January 4, 1963

LA Upsilon January 12, 1963

ME Beta ....................... February 8, 1963

PA Iota February 10, 1963

NV Gamma ................ February 23, 1963

KS Alpha Rho February 24, 1963

GA Alpha Sigma .............. March 1, 1963

CO Psi March 2, 1963

IA Tau ............................ March 16, 1963

MT Zeta March 16, 1963

AZ Omicron .................. March 23, 1963

TN Alpha Delta March 28, 1963

GA Alpha Tau ................ March 30, 1963

AR Alpha Epsilon April 6, 1963

MT Eta April 6, 1963

AZ Pi .................................. April 7, 1963

TX Beta Zeta April 7, 1963

GA Alpha Upsilon ............ April 20, 1963

VA Xi April 20, 1963

VA Omicron ..................... April 27, 1963

CO Alpha Alpha May 10, 1963

CO Alpha Beta ..................May 10, 1963

CO Alpha Gamma May 10, 1963

LA Chi ...............................May 15, 1963

IN Mu May 17, 1963

IA Upsilon May 18, 1963

TX Beta Iota ......................May 19, 1963

TX Beta Theta May 23, 1963

WA Alpha Delta ................May 24, 1963

FL Beta Kappa May 25, 1963

MN Xi ...............................May 25, 1963

NY Kappa May 25, 1963

NY Lambda .......................May 27, 1963

VA Rho June 1, 1963

70 Years

LA Beta .....................December 29, 1952

AL Alpha February 7, 1953

AL Sustaining ............... February 7, 1953

FL Alpha February 8, 1953

FL Sustaining ................ February 8, 1953

MS Alpha February 14, 1953

MS Sustaining ............ February 14, 1953

LA Delta .......................... March 7, 1953

KS Alpha Alpha April 11, 1953

TX Beta ............................ April 18, 1953

TX Sustaining April 18, 1953

TX Gamma ...................... April 20, 1953

TX Epsilon May 16, 1953

75 Years

KS Sustaining May 16, 1948

Anniversary Congratulations

Anniversary congratulations to the sisters who have “Shared the Spirit” of A∆K for half a century or more. Inter national President Mollie Acosta said, “Sisters who have mem bership in Alpha Delta Kappa for 50 years or more are truly the gems of our organization. What dedication they have shown in serving students, educators and communities to make our world a better place. I am in awe. Thank you, sisters.” Nearly 300 sis ters will become Golden sisters in 2023. Their names are on the International website.

2023 Diamond Sisters (60 years)

Mary H. Messick

AL Chi 1/19/1963

Ruby F. Carmichael AL Sustaining 4/25/1963

Jane Howard AR Xi 10/21/1963

Helen Brown AR Tau 1/9/1963

Alice F. Brinton AZ Theta 3/24/1963

Helen B. Force ......................... AZ Sustaining.............. 3/24/1963

Alice B. Goldstein ......................CA Beta Eta ................. 5/4/1963

Lola V. Johnson........................ CA Sustaining ............. 6/14/1963

Gertrude E. Schneider ...................CO Psi .................... .3/2/1963

Mona J. Gardner CO Alpha Gamma .5/10/1963

Wanda K. Darlington FL Gamma Omicron 3/16/1963

Norma J. Cosby FL Sustaining .2/13/1963

Anna S. Hunter GA Chi .5/4/1963

Julia A. Anderson GA Alpha Beta 4/8/1963

Mary Jean Paschen ......................... IA Tau .................. .3/16/1963

Phyllis Savage ................................ ID Beta..................... 4/6/1963

Leila Tossas ............................ INTL Sustaining ............. 7/1/1963

Carol M. Knoche .......................... KS Iota ................... 4/24/1963

Betty J. Blex KS Sustaining 4/6/1963

Jacqueline Brown KY Mu 10/13/1963

Betty A. Russell LA Upsilon 1/12/1963

Valerie Mason MI Kappa 4/4/1963

Diane C. Keivit MI Chi .3/9/1963

Sarah K. Smith......................... MI Sustaining............ 11/18/1963

Thelma M. Williams ..................... .MN Xi .................. 5/11/1963

Kathleen Gere ................................ MN Pi ................. 12/14/1963

Barbara J. Semmens ................ MO Alpha Iota .............. 1/8/1963

Mary S. Johnson NC Tau 1/24/1963

Emily C. Johnson .NC Beta Nu 4/10/1963

Anita B. Didio .NY Nu 6/27/1963

Geraldine M. Wirth OH Sustaining 2/4/1963

Mary J. Wilt PA Iota 2/10/1963

Nanette S. Noble .......................... .UT Eta .................. 4/10/1963

Polly Holland Gregg ................... .VA Delta ................. 5/29/1963

Reba K. Wood .......................... .VA Lambda ............... 5/16/1963

Rose S. Breedlove .......................VA Omicron ............. .4/27/1963

Anne L. Wilson VA Alpha Pi .4/24/1963

Marilyn J. Bennett WA Alpha Delta .2/15/1963

2023 Platinum Sisters (70 years)

Dorothy Vaio CA Beta 8/25/1953

Pauline W. Hoover .................. .CA Sustaining ............. 8/25/1953

Lydia Oja ................................. CA Sustaining ............. 8/27/1953

Pearl G. Spies ................................ .IL Iota ................. 12/30/1953

Mary S. Miller ........................... TX Gamma ............. 11/17/1953

Lola Allen TX Epsilon 5/16/1953


Pauline Robinson, KS Epsilon Diamond Sister

A celebration was held in the summer for KS Epsilon’s Diamond Sister, Pauline Robinson. She joined A∆K in 1960, mak ing her a member for over 62 years. The original reception planned for 2020 was canceled due to COVID restrictions. KS state officers, Epsilon sisters and residents of her retirement home attended the celebration.

Puerto Rico Celebrates Two Sapphire Sisters

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico Delta Chapter conducted the Sapphire Ceremony for two sisters who celebrated 35 years as members.

The new Sapphire sisters are Ina Jetter Heidelk, a retired pro fessor from the College of Business Administration; and Dr. Gladys M. González Martínez, a retired professor from the College of Agri cultural Sciences, who still works part-time. Both did their careers at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (UPRM).

The pathways of Ina and Gladys converged as both were the first female deans in their respective academic colleges at UPRM. In this way, they also opened paths in these positions that are mostly occupied by men.

If we seek the meaning of the sapphire stone, two character istics emerge that are then summarized in one. These are the good sense and rectitude that lead us to the word that was highlighted during the ceremony: wisdom.

They are two educators with a long history of wisdom, attested by their professional, personal, civic and community achievements.

“The A∆K Delta sisters are immensely honored that Ina and Gladys are part of their chapter because, with their example, lead ership, and perseverance, they have paved the way for new genera tions of women educators, entrepreneurs, and altruists. They are role models on that endless path of good sense, rectitude and above all wisdom,” said Mariam Ludim Rosa-Vélez.

During the Sapphire Ceremony, Jetter and Gladys replicated the photo taken in May 1987 when they both had their initiation into Delta.

Far Left: Gladys González and Ina Jetter during their AΔK Delta initiation held on May 1987.

Left: Gladys González and Ina Jetter replicating -35 years later- their initiation picture. October 2022

LA Shining Diamond

LA Tau chapter recently celebrated its newest Diamond Sister, Sybil Kelly, a charter member. Sybil tells the story of Agnes Shipman Robertson install ing the chapter in Shreveport, LA, at the Washington-Youree Hotel. Sybil became friends with Agnes as they worked to charter new chapters in the area. Sybil has served in many aspects of A∆K leadership, including Louisiana State President.

CollegIATE Clubs

Collegiate Clubs Grow

Two collegiate clubs are waiting to receive their charters. The Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, club expects to be established before the end of the year. The organizers of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, put their plans on hold due to the recent storms.

President of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Ari zona State University, Alyssa Aquiar, and members participated in the university’s welcome events providing information about the club and membership applications.

The University of Arizona Collegiate Club members par ticipated in the university’s annual Club Fair. Club President Julia Graziana, Megan Floyd, Rylee Dunkin, Carely Shotsman and Emma Persson designed, printed and distributed stickers with QR codes directed to the membership chairman for fur ther information. The Club has chosen “Worlds of Words” as its yearlong altruistic World Understanding project. The program introduces local school students to books from around the world written in other languages. Club members will help during the WOW events.

Former collegiate club members Adriana Hernandez, Dela nie Davis and Cynthia Dillman have joined chapters in Arizona. Club member Dakota Jump who completed her degree in Ele mentary Exceptional Education, is already teaching full-time.

Shannon Lorenzo - Rivero, Kappan staff, and Suzanne Maly, President AZ Zeta contributed to this article.


Keeping the Focus of Newsletter Readers

Eight seconds. Eight seconds is the average person’s atten tion span before something else catches their attention. Research on attention spans was done in 2015 by Micro soft Canada, a multinational international technology corporation.

Here you are, the editor of a newsletter. How do you keep the readers’ attention and expand that eight seconds?

First, decide on the purpose of your publication. What do you want it to achieve? A newsletter should be the voice of a group and include not only information and directives, but also news about the members and their interests.

• The newsletter must be reader-friendly. That means it is easy to read quickly and contains information that is interesting and useful to the reader.

• The optimum length for a monthly newsletter is four pages with five to eight pieces of content. The most readable fonts are Arial and Times New Roman in 10 to 14 types. The preferred type color is black. Colored type and type changes in an article cause the reader to lose focus. To call attention to information, put it in bold.

• The newsletter needs to be easy to read on a mobile device. Large blocks of type crammed together are not readerfriendly. Avoid continuing an article from one page to another.

• Tell the reader who wrote the articles with by-lines. Put the name of the editor and contact information in a staff box.

• The stories on the first page of a newsletter draw the reader into it. They will likely not read further if they see nothing that interests them. Put the information you want the reader to have on the first page—print opinion pieces on inside pages, such as columns by officers and chairpersons.

• Always have a third-party proofreader and always do a spelling and grammar check. A∆K uses “The Associated Press Stylebook” for publications. “The A∆K Style Sheet” lists the correct capitalizations of offices and committees. It is on the International website.

• Never assume that the readers know what abbreviations or technical terms mean. Take the time to write it out or explain it.

• Headlines tell the reader about the content of a story and help them decide if they want to read it. A headline always contains an active verb. They may be colored, but avoid

red. It has a negative association with many readers.

• News stories use an inverted pyramid style, with essential information in the first paragraph. Articles should include the five “horsemen” of news writing: who, what, where, when and why.

• Articles need to be relevant to the readers. Look for the angle that connects the reader with the subject.

• Never reprint an article from another publication unless you have the written permission of that publication or that author. You may quote a limited amount from a printed piece under the “doctrine of fair use.”

• An article should fill in the “curiosity gap” between what a reader knows and what he wants to know or should know.

• Use photos when you can, but make sure they are clear and you have the permission of the people in the photograph.

• Before you push the send button, ask: Does this draw in the reader? Will it get the results I want? Is it easy to read and understand?

Attention spans extend as interest grows. When you make it interesting, enjoyable and attractive, you’ll get more than eight seconds.


Joanne Grimm, CA Alpha Alpha is the Editor of the KAPPAN. She was a working journalist before she changed careers to teach journalism.

“30” is the traditional sign-off. It lets the copyreader know there is no more to the story.

“All the News That’s Fit to Print” is the slogan of the New York Times.

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Show Me the Money, It’s Dues Collection Time

Martha-Mae hasn’t paid her dues. It’s January 30. You’ve reminded her several times, and now you know what you have to do. You tether your pit bull to the back stoop and position your sleeping bag on the front porch so she can’t sidestep the payment again. Somehow, she noiselessly starts her Maserati and steers directly toward you as your feet slog through a swampy pathway. Wake up, treasurers! It’s only a dream.

Dues collection should be easy for the treasurer and the members, with information shared, reminders sent and regu lar follow-ups. Working together as a chapter to solve problems related to dues collection will prove beneficial in the long run.

The KAPPAN staff randomly invited 80 treasurers to discuss their workflow and found many common practices among the 30 who responded. At dues time, many treasurers simply inform members of the due date and wait for them to send it in. That makes sense. We’re all grown-ups. We should be able to get our dues in on time. But some treasurers do things a little differently. Here is a combined flow of their ideas.

Let members know when dues are due, how much and what the payment options are. At some point, explain the dues break down, where it goes and what it covers.

Allow sisters to pay as early as September to avoid holiday pressure. Send monthly dues reminders and let members know who has submitted dues payments. Make dues collection as sim ple as possible, providing information on how to fill in the check itself. Consider the circumstances of members when pressing for dues payment. Could you allow members to pay in installments prior to the due date? Could you assist those who are not com fortable with online payments? Clear explanations and regular reminders should help bring in dues on time without having to awaken the pit bull.

Treasurers set their own need-by date that will give them sufficient time to forward dues to S/P/N or International Head quarters. If late payment threatens their work completion, trea surers might ask presidents to follow up. This also alerts the lead ership team that there may be a retention issue. Communicating personally with members via email, text or telephone sends the message that people care about their membership. A formal let ter of concern close to the dues deadline will remind members that time is of the essence. But what do treasurers do when the deadline passes, and dues have not been received?

Many treasurers say they have never had to deal with nonpayment of dues. All treasurers should be so lucky.

Members should be informed of the consequences of nonpayment, not as a threat but as a fact, calmly and with resolve. If

a member is having trouble paying her dues, another member or the chapter might carry her until she becomes more financially stable. If a member chooses not to pay her dues, she is passively resigning. Find out if that is her intent or if some other influ ence is weighing on her. Speak with her. Let her know that she is welcome and needed, vital to the group and that you want her to stay. She may always request reinstatement if she ulti mately chooses to leave. From the responses our surveyed treasurers gave, it is clear that our leaders do not easily give up on members.

Knowing that it is a responsibility of membership to fulfill one’s financial obligations on time, should we give out trophies for paying dues? Hardly. But how might we acknowledge the dues payment? Our responding treasurers shared some of their practices.

Noting payments in the treasurer’s monthly report acknowl edges those who have paid their dues and points out who still needs to pay. Informing the chapter of what percent of the membership has paid dues, and watching that percentage grow, can encourage timely payments. Applaud the first person to pay her dues. Congratulate the chapter when 100% is achieved. Give a gold coin in exchange for dues payment – a chocolate gold coin, that is. Emphasize your appreciation as the treasurer. Prompt dues-paying members make the job less stressful, less work and more enjoyable. Thank the group via email or in group What sApp for a job well done. Appreciate that, for some people, pro crastinators like this author, remembering to bring a check to a chapter meeting is a great accomplishment.

Say thank you, and be grateful, treasurers. The dues season will soon end, and you’ll wake up from this dream with smiles on your face.

We thank and appreciate these treasurers who responded to our survey: first submitter Barbara Drier, WI Gamma Delta; Peggy King, OH Sigma; Marcia King, AL Delta; Laurel Kin sey, GA Beta Sigma; Karen Evans, CA Lambda; Allene Dupont, FL Fidelis Zeta; Cynthis Elmore, SC Tau; Terri Knapick, AK Alpha Epsilon; Ann Kay, MI Beta Nu; Emogene Kernodle, NC Tau; Jenny Kelly, TX Beta Chi; Patsy Eddins, KY Pi; Neoma Farrar, MO Upsilon; Melissa Elrod, LA Delta; Marjorie Evans, CO Iota; Florence Ezell, AZ Fidelis Zeta; Maria del Rocio Salas Valencia, MX Epsilon; Anana Dunavant, KY Alpha Kappa; Cheri Kaniper, FL Delta Chi; Karen Evans, LA Tau; Donna Duncan, NC Beta Kappa; Shirley Dunham, DE Iota; Maureen Kennedy, NH Lambda; Sandra Kravnok, WY Kappa; Connie Epperly, WV Alpha Upsilon; Sherry Kost, MT Eta; Corinne Ethier, ON Rho; Mary King, NC Pi.


The KAPPAN Congratulates

Happy Birthday, Grace

Grace Green-Dickerson celebrated the century mark in September with her IA Tau sisters. Grace has been a member for 52 years. According to her sisters, she is “remarkable, enthusiastic, smart, funny, kind – the consummate master teacher and a role model for all of us.”

Andrew Zalewski displays the Certificate of Educational Excel lence presented to him recently by Ontario Psi. Andrew earned a B.Ed. in Technological Education from Brock University. This is the fourth time that Psi has honored a graduating teacher candidate “who has exemplified overall excellence in their final teaching year.” With Andrew are Mary Johnson and Giselle Whyte, members of the Psi Award Committee, who, with Psi President Linda O’Grady, pre sented the certificate and a check for $500. Psi has a partnership with the Faculty of Education at Brock.

Collins Receives Literary Awards

President Melanie Collins, TN Beta Theta, was recently hon ored for her service and dedication to two literacy organizations. Her most recent award was the Mary Ann Manning Service Award for lifetime dedication and service to the International Literacy Association. This award is given yearly to a mem ber nominated by her peers for service. In December, Melanie also received the Reading Award from the Literacy Associa tion of Tennessee for outstanding contributions to literacy, and the LEADER Special Interest Group, a subgroup of the Inter national Literacy Association, Distinguished Service Award for distinguished service.

Melanie attended the inaugural A∆K Leadership Academy. She is the author of a series of books about the adventures of Socks and Mean Sister.

Melanie says she plans to continue her service and dedication to A∆K and the International Literacy Association.

Elementary School Named After a Texas Sister

Liz Hatley, Immediate Past President of TX Epsilon Omi cron, was recently honored by the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw (EMS) school district by having their newest elementary school named after her. The Elizabeth Lopez Hatley Elementary School will open next fall.

Liz has a long, highly impactful history with the district and community. She joined Eagle MountainSaginaw ISD in 1980 when there were three elementary, one middle school, and one high school. She retired in 2011 after 35 years in education, with 25 years served in EMS ISD. During her tenure, she served as a first-grade teacher at Eagle Mountain Elementary and then as a teacher of the Gifted and Talented at Elkins and Bryson elementary schools. She was an assistant principal at Highland Middle School, opened and served as principal of Chisholm Ridge Elementary, and then moved into district administration as the Director of Curriculum. She even worked post-retire ment as interim principal.

Her service in the community did not end there. In 2014, she was elected to the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Board of Education, where she has served for the last eight years. She is active with the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Retired School Employees, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Education Foundation, Community Link Mission and her church. She serves as a Read2Win volunteer and attends programs and events across the district.

Ten women joined or were reinstated as members during her term as chapter president. She serves as the Texas District I secretary and the Texas Woman of Honor Committee Chairman.

“When I think of Liz Hatley, several words come to mind – wise, generous, faithful, committed, knowledgeable, a wealth of resources and pure joyfulness,” said Dr. Jim F. Chadwell, District School Superintendent. “This will be a special school that bears her name, and if it reflects just a percentage of things I described of her, this campus will be a resounding success.”

And what will the colors be of the Elizabeth Lopez Hatley Elementary School? Why, purple and white, of course.

Submitted by Shelly Couch, TX State President-Elect, TX Epsilon Omicron.


MD Beta sisters

MD Beta sisters hosted a party celebrating the birthday of Ambika Putri Perdani. Putri, who is study ing for a master’s degree in Learning Design and Technology at George town University, is one of the seven new International Teacher Education (ITE) scholars. She is from Indonesia.

The celebration, attended by 22 well-wishers representing six chapters, was organized by Beta sisters Kay Caviness, Terry Melo, Ellen Roderick and Mary Yeates. Terry Melo, MD Beta, and Lytle Brent, VA Beta Gamma are Putri's sponsors.

Arizona Psi Member Honored

Manuela Gilbride, member of AZ Psi, was one of the educa tors recognized by Lathism (Latinx and Hispanics in the Math ematical Sciences) during Hispanic Heritage Month in September as an outstanding Latinex/Hispanic professional.

Manuela started her educational journey in a small town in Mexico where education was not valued, especially for women. At home, she could only attend school after finishing chores; many days, she did not go. This situation was her life until second grade when she came to the US. Here, no one looked like her, spoke her language, or understood her lack of education, making the language and cultural differences overwhelming for her. Fortunately, she found a way to succeed for the first time through hands-on math activities with numbers that did not need translating.

Manuela obtained her teaching credentials in Math and Eng lish Language Development (ELD). As a student teacher, she was blessed to be mentored by Gloria Suarez, who also brought her into AZ Psi. Manuela has taught for over 14 years and is working towards her master’s degree.

Professionally, Manuela has successfully received grants for Edison Robots coding materials, school gardening resources and school recycling programs. Tucson, AZ, Mayor Regina Romer has recognized Manuela for her work in these fields. Manuela is a Vio let sister and has served her chapter as historian and treasurer.

Manuela stated, “I strongly believe that Hispanic Heritage Month is important to celebrate the culture of Hispanics in our nation. As a Latina born in Mexico, I am proud of my roots to know that I, now an American-Mexican citizen and an educator, can be a role model for other Latino Americans. Her Psi sisters are very proud of Manuela and her accomplishments as she shares and spreads the spirit of Alpha Delta Kappa with others.

Joy Shaw Creates Game that Energizes Chapters

Colorado needed a shake-up! Yes, we had made gains in membership and chartered a new chapter in October 2021, but we needed some unity. Like many states during the pandemic, Zoom provided the opportunity to network virtually, but we missed each other. Jump to April 2022 and the installation of our new president, Joy Shaw. Joy inspired us with the inspiration of her theme and logo. She charged us with finding and highlighting the “fun, love, and JOY” of membership, and with that, we would grow in membership. She inspired us to join the MOJO game to trek up the mountain to find our joy. This statewide game that she developed gives steps to chapters for our traditional A∆K activities but also motivates us to seek JOY in new cre ative ways. And boy, did Colorado respond. Chapters over the summer have taken hikes together, held altruistic garage sales, networked with other organizations, and even initi ated new members. Joy shares each chapter’s progress in her monthly “Colorado Chatter” newsletter, which of course, leads to the competitive sides of our sisters. Each month, chapters are getting more and more creative with achiev ing (begging for) steps up the mountain. Chapters have enlarged the gameboard to share at each meeting. So, how can your state benefit and be inspired by this creative game? President Joy has shared the directions and gameboard on our state website. Please explore and join in Colorado’s fun. The game can be found at http://www.ColoradoADK.org/.



Bridging Differences

Ihave always felt a little different. In my family, it was often hard to fit in. I was born very light-skinned, to my moth er’s relief, but I wanted that warm cocoa color melanin that graced my tias and primas around me. My mother would sing me songs filled with words of sunshine and blooms, but when she died when I was three, I felt cold and lonely. I shuffled from relatives to foster care, never entirely being accepted anywhere.

I have always struggled to know a sense of self, a sense of belonging and giving credence to where I am in the moment combined with who I am in the present light. I have suffered a great deal of questioning my inner thoughts: will I be good enough, am I enough, and am I in the right spot? At least, that was how I felt very much in the day-to-day world of my existence until this summer.

This last school year, 2021-2022, was difficult for me and probably every educator I know. It felt as though the alphabet soup of educational acronyms was coming to a boil on a hot stove while the social-emotional needs of our students were turning the heat up past the boiling limits into a lava inferno, and the support and strength of staff around us (the potholders, so to speak) were nowhere to be found. Top it off with losing three great mentors – my biological dad, a man I thought of as a father figure, and my dog – as well as getting COVID myself with some long-term difficulties, and I had a recipe for destruction, depres sion, and despair.

So with all this, you would think I was done, perhaps ending my educational journey, but life had other plans. I was installed as president of my chapter. I was thinking, this is it. Everyone is going to see me fail. Little did I know that there would be sisters, wonderful sisters, put before me to strengthen, guide, and love me. One even invited me to the North Central Regional Confer ence in July. That night I felt that there was a little light shining on our meeting.

A few weeks later, we met as an executive board, and a lit tle more light and laughter filled my need to find joy. Then, I attended a work conference. I was worried I would lose my spark, but a sister was there on the trip with me, bringing sunshine everywhere she went.

The next major event was the regional conference in Fran kenmuth, MI. I landed at one in the morning and got in a car to drive to Michigan at seven-thirty the next morning. I was scared to be there and did not really know what to expect or who to talk to. I was worried about where everything was and how to get to

every session and participate. I was so tired that I crashed and barely remembered the ride there.

What I found when I got there was this: a beautiful sisterhood of women who genuinely want to bond, connect and share, a mentor who made my conference experience amazing and allowed me to ask as many questions as I needed, and friends who sang beautiful songs to remember those that we had lost. Laughter was plentiful as we danced the night away. I met kindred spirits who touched my aching soul. Healing happened, and connections were made with sisters. I felt a sense of belong ing in an otherwise dangerous world. Best of all, there was an atmosphere of community, a renewal of hope, an overwhelming acceptance and a feeling of belonging that made my heart sing with joy.

Every sister needs to attend a regional conference. That is my suggestion for everyone. If you are feeling a bit out of place or perhaps in need of a recharge, you need to go to a regional conference. We do our best thinking and acting when connected with our social-emotional well-being. I am coming back to teach this year, and I feel like I can take on the world, knowing that my sisters have my back, many whom I can go to if I need anything.

Get to know other sisters around you, and reach out to those in your region. Make a new friend, find a new idea, and spark some untapped creativity. Most of all, be you, be seen and bring your best to your sisters, and they will bring it right back to you. Lean on each other for guidance and support because, honestly, there is no other wonder than having a sister with whom you can share both the good and the bad, the happy and the sad. Each of us uniquely brings something new to the table. We glow in the lamp of learning from what we share and learn from each other.

Global Outreach Recipient Shares Korean Experience

As an Agnes Robertson Global Outreach scholarship recipient, I was able to travel to South Korea this year in July. The purpose of my trip was to meet with English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in South Korean schools and to visit historical and cultural sites. I accomplished these goals and more.

I was met at the Incheon Airport by Caroline, who had just started her fifth year of teaching in three small elementary schools in central South Korea. Like most other ESL teachers there, Caroline came to South Korea through the English Pro gram in Korea (EPIK). This organization hires teachers from English-speaking countries, provides them with an introduc tory orientation, assigns them to towns and schools and acts as their liaison.


We spent our first night in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. From there, we took a bus to Caroline’s countryside town. We spent a couple of days with Kayleigh, a middle school English teacher from Australia. These teachers shared their experiences and introduced me to their students.

We also met and dined with locals Hyewon, who teaches Special Education and Guyeol, a homeroom teacher. Homeroom teachers play many essential roles and teach all subjects except English, PE, Art and Music. Hyewon and Guyeol discussed their responsibilities and students and gave us traditional Korean rice wine.

Next, we flew to Jeju, Korea’s largest island, known as the Hawaii of Korea. We explored the volcanic landscape, visited a museum to learn about the island’s history, and spent an after noon at a green tea plantation. We learned about Jeju’s haenyeo or diving women; an ancient tradition still practiced today. The story is that, in the past, Jeju men went to the sea to fish, but boats were easily shipwrecked. As more men were lost at sea and women had to dive to get seafood, women’s sea diving became part of the local culture and is now a symbol of the island.

Back on the mainland, we visited Busan, where we sampled street food and ate various local cuisine, including hotteok (a sweet pancake-like dish) and dakgalbi (a spicy chicken, cabbage and rice cake dish). We spent a day immersed in history as we visited the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. This beautiful fourteenth-century temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Buddha and is one of few located along the coast. We lit candles to have wishes fulfilled and tossed coins in the Lucky Coin Divination.

In Busan, we were lucky enough to be invited to dinner by Jinhyang, another native Korean homeroom teacher. She introduced us to a delicious dish called duck bulgogi, and we dis cussed the differences between Korean and American school systems. For example, in Korea, the school year begins around March first. My visit was during the mid-year break in July, the month when ESL teachers held English camps for their students. Caroline’s camps always have a fun theme. This year it was Poké mon Camp. Year-end vacation begins in late December.

At the end of our journey, Caroline and I returned to Seoul. We rented traditional Hanbok dresses and visited Gyeongbok gung Palace, one of the largest and most beautiful royal palaces. The main grounds were closed due to heavy rains and flooding, but we were able to walk the perimeter and see the historic build ings.

I am blessed and thankful to have spent time in this beauti ful country with several young and enthusiastic teachers. If you want to read more about my journey and view photos I took along the way, please visit my travel blog at https://dianaptravels. wordpress.com/.

Fine Arts Grant Recipients Show Spirit H

eather Cockrell, VA Gamma Alpha, exudes A∆K spirit with lifelong learning and involvement. Within her first month of membership, Heather applied for the 2022 Fine Arts Grant and was awarded a $5000 grant.

First, she visited the robotics club at her school and saw the excitement of students using 3-D printers. Then she attended an Art Educators Conference where a teacher developed a projectbased learning (PBL) project in her art room by having her students design innovative shoes and then create them from paper mâche. Heather took the idea to the 21st Century by “building off others’ ideas and thoughts” and then thinking of ways to take the concept a step further.

Heather’s A∆K spirit led her to the Fine Arts Grant. Her application followed the guideline’s goals and objectives related to her curriculum. She knew what she wanted her students to achieve by purchasing a 3-D printer. She wanted her students to problemsolve and create while developing 21st-century skills in her rural middle school art classroom.

Heather’s advice to Fine Arts Grant applicants is “to attend as many professional development opportunities as you can. You never know where your next inspiration might come from. Seeing and hearing from other like-minded people is a good place to start.” Heather took “a month to put everything together before having a fellow educator and A∆K sister proof read and provide feedback.” Then, she felt confident in submit ting her application.

Sharon Wisinger, VA Alpha Zeta, is a guidance counselor who saw the need for social-emotional training in her middle school students to improve academic and behavioral development. Sha ron used her Fine Arts Grant to help her students’ engagement in the arts. “Integrating clay in the visual arts class will help students gain a kinesthetic learning experience through developing a skill that could be used in their community. The kiln that will be purchased will turn their creations into resources for the community and build self-esteem. The tools and techniques for ceramic cre ations will help students express and create as they problem solve,” Sharon explained in her application. “Our Fine Arts grants help us gain materials to create innovation in the classroom,” said Paula Lindsay, chairman of the Fine Arts Grants Board.

“If you are involved in a project, go to the Scholarships and Grants page on the A∆K International website and explore the tools to produce your creative ideas. Please be sure to follow the guide lines. The first applications to be discarded are those with errors and missing information. Becky Walker, Robin Leebardt, and I look for ward to reading your innovative application in February 2023.”

Article by Fine Arts Grants Board members Paula Lindsay, FL Chi, Becky Walker, AL Beta Kappa, and Robin Leebardt, AZ Sigma.


Outstanding AK Alpha Chapter

Member Rhiana Gay

Could it be that Rhiana Gay, newly installed Alaska state copresident, is secretly a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT)? Her persona depicts a kindergarten teacher in the same school where she once was a student, but is that who she really is? In a recent interview with Rhiana, I was able to delve a little deeper.

First, over the last two years, Rhiana has received two outstand ing community awards. In late 2021, the Alaska Black Caucus named her the Alaska Teacher of Excellence, and in the spring of 2022, she was named one of Alaska‘s Top 40 under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Both awards showcased Rhiana’s service to others through her community altruistic endeavors. Even in her service to Alpha Delta Kappa, I see Rhiana making relationships among her sis ters and serving the organization with humility and joy. Her per sonal goals as AK state co-president are connecting with sisters by communicating and engaging them in conversations with each other. This secret TMNT has led her chapter as a co-president and as chaplain and is currently serving on the 2020-2022 Inter national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Second, I found that Rhiana comes from a strong military family, the youngest of four daughters. Her father was an Air Force chaplain in the 80s and 90s, and her mother instilled the love of school in her daughters while they were growing up by working along with their teachers wherever the girls went to school throughout the US and Europe.

Third, my interview revealed that Rhiana has masked herself over the last eleven years as a kindergarten teacher at Creekside Park Elementary School in Anchorage and is currently pursuing a degree in school counseling. She says that sharing one’s gifts is a big part of making lasting relationships. Isn’t that the mission of a Ninja Turtle? Also, she says giving back to the community and treating mental health issues is a major part of her dream to become a school counselor, nourishing herself as well as her stu dents. Are these not the traits of a TMNT: fierce perseverance, a servant’s heart, humility, joyfulfulness and with faith? Rhiana seems to embody these traits. So, is she a TMNT?

Finally, I learned that Rhiana disguises herself and travels the world collecting those stamps in her passport, but is that what she is really after? Sometimes, she is found on the slopes skiing or on the court playing ball. She plays basketball, softball, volley ball and soccer with vigor and enthusiasm to achieve victory for her teammates. She likes learning about new technology. But in

doing all of these things, is she really just conquering the forces of nature and triumphing over evil in her own right? One thing I do know is that Rhiana’s A∆K sisterhood goals are similar to her life goals, which include service to others, and that is definitely the goal of a TMNT.

Consider this, Rhiana collects little TMNT figurines. Go figure!

Leading the Big Parade

Giving marching orders to seventysix trombones kept Yvette Keel, NC Beta Upsilon, busy this summer.

Yvette, musical director for the Hay wood Arts Regional Theatre’s (HART) pro duction of “The Music Man,” was respon sible for the songs and choreography in the show. “Beta Omicron sisters attended a performance and enjoyed the evening of music and fellowship,” said Bonnie Meadows, NC state chaplain.

Yvette, a past GA State President and NC Vice President for Membership, was a high school choral director and musical theater instructor for ten years before becoming a middle and elementary school administrator. The HART in Waynesville, NC, founded in 1985, is a semi-professional community theater showcasing the talents of the region’s residents. Yvette was stage manager for the HART’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and vocal coach for “The New Class Cabaret.”

For Fourth Graders, School is a Marvel

Every day is a marvel for the fourthgrade students of Caitlyn Petersen, CA Gamma Eta, Marvel comic heroes, that is. Caitlyn has been a fan and collector of superhero figures and memorabilia for over ten years. Her classroom at Sunny Sands Elementary School, Cathedral City, CA, is decorated with Wonder Woman, Batman and Spiderman.

Lady Venom, a rabbit free to run between the desks, shares attention with guinea pigs, Chilly and Tootsie. Caitlyn thought she was ordering two male Madagascar hissing cockroaches to be used in a science lesson, but ended up with a male and female, and now there is a tank full.

The Mar-vel-ous classroom was featured recently in an arti cle by Jonathan Horwitz in “The Desert Sun,” Palm Beach, Ca.

Caitlyn has been a member for five years and is the chapter historian. She was Teacher of the Year 2019-20 at Julius Corsini Elementary School, Hot Springs, CA.


GA Delta Shares the Spirit

In honor of A∆K Month, and to show the kind of support they give their members, GA Delta member Annie Chapman, chap ter chair for the month, delivered flower arrangements to the members still active in the classroom. Pictured is Melanie Burdis, a sixth-grade teacher at Sutton Middle School. She has been a member of the chap ter since 2019.

AR Beta Alpha President Paula Jester and Glenda Davis, chapter secretary, show the check and certificate for the Arkansas Violet Award, a state recognition honoring a sister who has been a leader, sponsored a new member in the past biennium, and is an exceptional member. Glenda, who received the award, brought two new sisters into the chapter in 2021.

CA Beta Tau Awards

Teachers for Sticking It Out

The members of CA Beta Tau had a problem. They had funds in their treasury that they could not spend because of COVID-19. They had given scholarships to high school stu dents and graduating Chico State student teachers. They wanted to try something different.

The sisters took the $3,600 from the treasury and gave it to working elementary school teachers in the Chico Unified School District. Teams of two members visited the 12 elemen tary schools in the district, asking the principals for permission to speak at the monthly faculty meetings. After briefly describing the goals of A∆K, the team told the teachers that they were rewarding three of the faculty members for their acts of kindness, perseverance and love of teaching the county’s children. Three teachers were randomly selected and given $100 each to spend as they chose.

Mary Krause, one of the presenters, said, “The roar at the staff meeting was exciting. I will not forget it. Our teach ers were rewarded for sticking it out.”

The chapter plans to take its giveaway to middle and high schools in the district. Connie Adams is Beta Tau’s president.

Pine County Deputy Aaron Borchardt with his service dog Chaos visited the MN Psi chapter at a recent meeting. Deputy Borchardt discussed the value of dogs in search and rescue, apprehending criminals and finding drugs. Chaos showed the sisters how he sniffs drugs and sits to alert his handler.

IL Alpha Nu

Preparing to lead a very active chapter are newly installed IL Alpha Nu officers. (L to R) Jeanne Brunworth, president; Missy Barnett, president-elect; Sierra Hoehn, recording secre tary; Judy Albus, treasurer; Nancy Fluss and Mary Ann Fritz, historians; Jenny Mulvihill, chaplain. Missing from the photo is Amy Crony, the corresponding secretary.

In the past months, chapter members have initiated one new member, Erica Sims, and seen chapter sister Rebecca Beal installed as IL Southern District Vice President at the IL state convention. Members have made no-sew blankets for a Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital affiliate, held a fundraiser at the local Muny Band concession stand and distributed goodie bags at the New Teacher district meeting. The sisters also awarded two scholarships and three classroom grants to teachers in the local school district. The chapter will continue its busy schedule using hybrid meetings.

Bonnie Whipple ( center) from Citrus Elementary School shows her “reward” to Beta Tau presenters Jamie Hansen ( left) and Wendy Moore (right)
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The Spirit of Alpha Delta Kappa

The spirit of A∆K manifests itself in many ways. For me, this spirit is shown by our sisters’ care and concern. This A∆K spirit was shown to me with gifts of love from my local chapter. Their love came in the form of a refusal to accept my resignation from the chapter, a check to pay the dues of this “broke” single mom and a food train when I was caring for my terminally ill father. You see, my circumstances had changed entirely since that day when I dressed in my best royal blue silk dress to attend a reception for prospective members.

My sisters knew the desperation of my situation, and they did something about it. They valued me as a member. They loved me when I had nothing to give. They loved me because they believed in me. I am grateful to them and the many sis ters who exemplify this spirit of A∆K. I remind you that you are the “spirit of A∆K” when you step up to “Share the Love.”

Judy Barnhill, TN Beta Zeta, 2023 Convention Chaplain

FL Gamma Upsilon members celebrated the 50th anniversary of the chartering of their chapter. Pictured (standing) Tracey Zumpe, Melissa Lenges, Kay Schupay,

Table at U of A College of Education Club Fair in September. (L to R) Jules Graziani, Rylee Dunkin, Megan Floyd, Emma Persson, Carley Shotsman and AZ Zeta Club Sponsor Suzanne Maly.

HI Theta Chapter Commemorates 50th Birthday

“It has been an honor to be a member of Alpha Delta Kappa for 50 years,” says Linda Camp, one of HI Theta’s four original charter members.

The 50th birth day and anniversary of Hawai’i Theta’s found ing were celebrated with pomp and honored sisters Linda Camp, Carol Furukawa, Karen Ginoza and Alene Naka sone in September. HI Theta was chartered in the spring of 1972.

MT Zeta

MT Zeta sis ters display their hats worn at a recent meet ing to honor the late Queen Elizabeth. The meeting agenda also included brunch and a competitive frater nity education game.

Back Row: Kelli Delaney, Cheryl Lenhardt, Pat Crisp, Desiree Caskey, Kathi Hoyt, Cathy Downey, Andrea Doles, Rena Bucher, Dianne Mattila, Barb Adelblue. Front Row: Joanne TimmonsDeSaveur, Leona Roberts, Jean Carroll Thompson, Elaine Shong.

Through the years, these Golden Sisters have fostered lasting friendships. Unique experiences included traveling to different convention and conference sites across the United States, giving the women the opportunity to admire the natural beauty, per sonality and culture of each state and its people. Alene had the chance to meet A∆K Founder Agnes Shipman Robertson.

Linda, Carol, Karen and Alene continue to be active in A∆K on chapter and state levels, always sharing the spirit of Alpha Delta Kappa and Aloha with others. Carol’s superpower is clari fying and resolving issues through her spoken and written words with kindness and goodness. Linda goes the extra mile to help other chapter members and creates crafts for altruism and schol arship. Karen devotes countless hours to mentoring Special Olympics youths. Alene lifts the spirits of everyone she encoun ters with her friendliness, positivity and joyful spirit.

These four sisters share a feeling of gratitude and pride in being an integral part of Alpha Delta Kappa for 50 years. The birthday party coincided with the initiation of an art teacher into the chapter.

Katie Davies, Sheri Mooney, Del Brenn, Dolores Stabile, Bev Weil, Deborah Scheble (sitting) Angela Warner, Pam Gurd, Ilyse Fisher, Audrey Reali.

PA Gamma Shares the Spirit of Their Historic Gavel

At PA Gamma’s first meeting of each biennium, the Presi dent’s gavel and a piece of history are handed to the new presi dent. Tina Weinraub, the past presi dent, presented the gavel to Denise Fagan, chapter president. This is no ordinary gavel but one that has histor ical significance.

It started at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The spirit of liberty was run ning strong in Philadelphia. In the years following, the historic build ing underwent renovations. In 1897, some floorboards under the “signing room” were replaced. The balustrade leading to the bell tower was also restored at that time. However, the wood was not thrown out but stored in the structure’s basement. When the National Park Authority took over the restoration of the shrine several years ago, the old timbers were brought out and sold at auction. Henry Gouse bought the lot for $2,000. Since then, he has used the wood to fashion boxes, gavels and other wooden items.

PA Gamma Golden sister Marianne Nolan, past state presi dent and now an Omega sister, was given a gavel made by Gouse from the cedar wood of the original balustrade with a handle made from a pin-oak floorboard from under the signing room. The gavel and its spirit were passed to Marianne by her beloved Aunt Alma, a PA Gamma member.

“Gamma is quite proud to have such a treasure. This sym bol of the spirit of our democracy and freedom will forever be a part of Gamma’s heritage as it stays with our presidents from one biennium to the next,” said Tina Weinraub.

Thirty-Eight Years of Crafts Provides Scholarships

A yearly craft fair with an average attendance of 1,500 beginning in 1982 is the long-standing Ways and Means project of KS Beta Epsilon. By charging vendors to sell their crafts, setting an admission fee of $1.00 and having a vendor raffle fund, sisters have donated over $35,000 in scholarships to students entering the field of educa tion and other philanthropic projects. Phyllis Zishka, the chapter’s first president, started the project.

The A∆K Basehor Craft Show, held at the local high school on the first Saturday in November, is a mainstay of the community. Bev Mills, the current craft show chair, said, “I think it is important to have a consistent date that the public remembers. There seems to be more public participa tion in the fall as people are looking for holiday items.”

Ruth Quezada, CA Alpha Nu, gives CA State Treasurer Laurie Goodman a hat to wear to support the Hats Not Hate national antibullying campaign.

CA Alpha Nu members LaVerne Stroetker and Andre Hammett show their

approval. This year, knitters and crocheters in the United States created over 1,500 blue hats and donated them to school children to wear, indicating that they stand up against bullying.

The criterion to be a vendor is to offer creative and orig inal items, not something that can be purchased online or from a store. Crafters must fill out an application and attach photos of their work which is then sent to a jury. The jury chooses vendors for the available spots. Rachelle Rasing Patterson said, “The available crafts this year included stained glass pieces, crocheted items, essential oils, fragranced soaps and lotions, hardwood spoons and spatulas, wreaths, holiday signs, ornaments, centerpieces, embroidered flour sack dish towels, cloth children books, wooden children’s toys, candles and jewelry.”

Marilyn Anderson explained that the chapter provided babysitting the first year, but it became too time-consuming. In the beginning, the members baked and sold food. Now, the food concession stands are operated by local charitable organizations.

The show takes one year of planning, so planning starts for the next as soon as one show is over. Bev Mills believes the concept is replicable. Marilyn Daniels, a former chair, created a monthly task notebook to help other chapters get started. All past and present chairman report that preparation has something for everyone to do. Working together, they say, builds relationships.



“Around the world, members combine their energies and talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others through thousands of heart-warming community based altruistic projects. Because of these projects, it is a brighter day…” ~Alpha Delta Kappa Handbook

WA Alpha Nu

WA Alpha Nu sisters came to the aid of Amany Hassan, a doctoral scholar from Alexan dra, Egypt, when she discovered that the apartment she rented at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, was unfurnished. Dr. Lindsay Fry, the daughterin-law of an Alpha Nu member, shared her needs with the sisters, who contributed $430, furniture, and other items for Amany to fur nish her new home. In the photo are Dr. Fry (left) and Amany.

CA Zeta Scholarship Tea Returns

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, CA Zeta’s annual schol arship tea returned, raising $7,000 for the chapter’s scholarship program. Nearly 140 guests attended the “Grow Green” tea in support of pre-service students from Long Beach City College (LBCC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). One scholarship was awarded to an LBCC student. CSULB scholarships were named in honor of Zeta members: Cynthia Clark, Golden Sister Nancy Brock and Silver Sister Sharon LazoNakamoto. A fourth CSULB scholarship was named in memory of Zeta member Mary Ann Turley. Sisters of Nancy Brock’s former chapter, Beta Rho, and friends and family of Mary Ann Tur ley were among the donors.

CT Beta

Members of CT Beta joined with other Middletown, CT orga nizations to fill the shelves of the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. The chapter, along with Altrusans, Civitans, Soroptimists and com munity members, collected food, personal products, school supplies and mon etary donations. Christine Newton, Beta Past President (left), and Nancy Roglasky, Beta President (right), loaded donations in the “Pack the Pickup” Campaign.

Lynne Keeps Heads Warm

AZ Alpha Epsilon’s Silver Sister, Lynne Lindquist, uses her knitting skills to create and donate warm caps to organizations in the Phoenix, AZ, area. She turns out an average of five caps a week or over 200 yearly. Since each hat takes between five and seven hours of work, Lynne has logged over 1,300 altruistic hours in the name of A∆K. Alpha Epsilon President

GA Alpha Gamma members smiled as they scooped out ice cream for campers at The Fresh Air Home, Tybee Island, GA, this summer. The chapter provided each camper and counselor with ice cream and their favorite toppings.

Jeanne Wegener says, “We are proud to have her as a part of Alpha Epsilon.” Wearing some of Lynne’s hats are (l to r) Ellen Grunert, Barbara Krajewski, Karen Sue Wroughton, Lynne Lindquist, Denise Padavano, and Nancy Markiewicz. OH Lambda
OH Lambda sisters participate for the eighth year in the Tom Fennessy/Mike Hardin “Back to School Project.” The mem bers helped fill over 11,000 backpacks with school supplies to be distributed to 63 agencies and school districts throughout cen tral Ohio for children in need.

VA Beta Eta Grants

VA Beta Eta Sisters contributed almost $2,000 in classroom grants for the Loudoun County Public Schools. The funds were used for “We Plant, We Grow,” a program enabling K-5 ID and autistic students to plant vegeta bles, flowers and herbs in planter boxes, “KEVA Brain Builders,” which provides collaborative work for elementary students to create 3D shapes from 2D pictures, focusing on thinking skills, “Health Matters Exercise” program for students 18-22 with developmental dis abilities in competitive, paid employment and “Games for the Gifted,” hands-on games that give students the chance to dem onstrate thinking skills.

MO Alpha Iota

MO Alpha Iota began its year with a “Taste of A∆K” meal to raise money for its high school scholarship fund. Members donated the dishes. The chapter is collecting A∆K dollars to use for community projects. In this ways and means activity suggested by Betty Jo Evers, International Vice President for Membership, members gather dollar bills with the Federal Reserve Bank letters A, D, and K on the dollars.

NY Mu Welcomes Students and Teachers Back To School

Sydnie Price, an education major at Central Washington University, is this year’s recipient of a $1200 scholarship awarded by WA Rho. Besides her volunteer work, Sydnie is the Ellensburg Rodeo Queen. Rho members raise funds for the scholarship through participation in a craft fair and a garage sale.

SC Chi

When SC Chi hosted the Central District Work shop in October, it intro duced the RAM Foundation as the altruistic organization for that workshop. After hear ing about the Foundation's mission and goals, attend ees at the workshop donated $1,081.53 to support the Foundation’s 2022 summer program.

The RAM Foundation, since 2008, has served children living in underserved areas of Columbia, SC. Its anchor program is a free six-week summer enrichment program for children ages four to 14. Chi has supported the Foundation for over ten years with financial contributions and service. Members have taught science, mathe matics and reading courses during their summer vacation.

“The RAM Foundation is grateful to SC Chi chapter for their love and support of children,” said Mary O. Stover, Chi chaplain.

Sending students and teachers back to school with books and goodies was the goal of NY Mu’s altruistic projects. Books for kindergarten through fourth grade were purchased at a public library book sale and given to chapter members for their classroom libraries.

Members assembled six baskets of donated coffee K-pods, tea bags, candies, nuts and snacks for the faculties of the chapter’s three teaching members. Each basket also included an A∆K prospective member pamphlet with a name to contact for more information.

AZ Alpha Epsilon

AZ Alpha Epsilon shares the spirit of A∆K by offering mini-grants to active teach ers who are not A∆K members. As a result of holding several yard sales, the chapter has raised more than $2,700, used to fund the following projects: Rubik’s cubes for a gifted curriculum, aid for a literacy club, Social Studies/Science magazines for first grad ers, flexible seating for an autistic classroom, changing stations for an ID classroom, butterfly cocoons for a kin dergarten science project, multicultural literature books for a mid dle school class, new carpets and furniture for an elementary school library, and table pocket chart, graphic novels and instructional tools to facilitate small group instruction. Chapter President Jeanne Wegener says the group is gearing up for more successful sales.


Melba Priestly, Encouraging Mentor, Joins Omega

Melba Priestly, GA Alpha Gamma, served Alpha Delta Kappa as International President from 19951997 and conducted its 50th Anniversary Convention at the Hyatt Regency and Wes tin Crown Center Hotels in Kansas City, MO. Melba’s theme was “Visions in Action.” Her logo featured the A∆K delta enhanced by four violets representing the four Founders. She always hoped that logo would become the sole emblem of Alpha Delta Kappa. Melba passed away on August 13, 2022.

Melba retired in 1991 after 32 years of teaching. During her lifetime, she touched the lives of hundreds of students in Washington, DC, and Georgia and thousands of members of Alpha Delta Kappa.

Carol Robertson, Past IEB Member, remembers Melba’s words, “Any success achieved can only come through individual dedication, a strong commitment to the education profession, the nurturing of and service to others. That is what we are about. That is who we are. That is why we exist.”

“She was quick to correct her “underlings,” yet she wanted to see us do well and achieve. Melba was a very special sister and mentor to so many of us.” ~ Debby Stubing, Past IVP Gulf Region

Described as a true “Southern Lady,” Melba lived her life as a model of altruism. She was a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels and in the Children’s Hospital Ronald McDonald Fam ily Room and served on several committees within her church and Alpha Delta Kappa. Past International President Ann Hudson eulogized, “Melba was Melba. She never changed from what she called her ‘blue collar, middle Georgia, southern girl’ self. Whether a chapter member, state board member, or International officer, she was Melba. What you saw was what you got. She loved you. And if she saw your leadership potential, she let you know about it and then mentored you. She never let you drift on your own.”

“I loved how many times she said she was proud of my choice to serve Alpha Delta Kappa. Such a special Southern belle,” said Lottie Roy, Gulf President-Elect. FL Past President Pat Watkins remembers, “She was strong but never harsh. She did not hesitate to take charge in a manner that commanded respect. She was a kind and sincere sister.”

“Because of Melba, I am careful always to call our organization Alpha Delta Kappa when referring to it in public. Melba was ada mant that we use the correct name and never A-D-K. Quite often when I say Alpha Delta Kappa, I hear Melba’s voice in my head,” ~ Mitzi Holmes, International President 2011-2013

“She was a sister of the heart until she joined Omega, and I do mean until the end – her celebration of life was on August 13. I received a FaceBook friend request the morning of August 14 from Melba. I like to think that Melba was letting me know that she was continuing her work. Melba inspired the mantra, WWMD? (What

Would Melba Do?) Here is what Melba would do:

Rule #1 Make a notebook and take it with you. On trips to meetings, she would have the GA Directory and the GA Policies and Procedures Manual to refer to when needed;

Rule #2 You cannot sit at a meeting with those you rode with or are sharing a hotel room with;

Rule #3 You only get one “ugly” a day. After you use your “ugly” comment, the rest of your day must be kind and positive. Melba truly loved Alpha Delta Kappa, and she will forever be my Vision in Action.” ~ Yvette Keel, NC Beta Upsilon

GA State President Debbie Boswell spoke of Melba and her notebooks. “If she had you in her sights, she taught you the importance of organization and how it is best if it is in a notebook. Hence, my notebook today. It tends to stay with you.”

“Melba added blessings to my life through her caring, helpful leadership. She was a shining example of gracious, efficient, ‘South ern style’ as a Gulf sister who became an outstanding Grand/International President.” ~ Joan Tatum, ITE Board Member

Vivian Sullivan, Melba’s chapter sister, reflected that Melba enjoyed working with and the association of sisters at all levels and that “losing her was like losing a library of knowledge.”

“Melba was a strong, determined, dedicated leader in Alpha Delta Kappa. Her goals were 'over the top,’ and she expected her International Chapter to be the best. She was always very professional and never expected anything less from her team. We received study packets before every International Chapter meeting, and we were expected to read, study and be prepared for every item in those packets before our meetings. She always said, ‘Follow your heart; don't let anyone stand in your way; do what you feel is best for you and Alpha Delta Kappa.’” ~ Past International President Betty Nan Carroll

“Melba never sat on her laurels. She stood for pride and caring not just for ADK, but also for her family, friends, church, and country. She wanted us to do more for our teachers, more for our community and more for our organization.” ~ Carol Ogle, GA Alpha Gamma

“When Melba came to the dedication of our scholarship house, I hesitated to talk about our great effort. She said, ‘It ain’t bragging if you did it.’ We connected often after that visit. She was special to me as she was to so many.” ~ Leah Benner. Past Florida President

Melba Priestly left behind many grateful members, sisters who remember her encouragement and hard work for the benefit of Alpha Delta Kappa. Past International President and Georgia sister June Bellamy remarked, “Only Melba could have planned to have her memorial service on the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Alpha Delta Kappa.”

In her final address as International President, Melba said, “There are no words of farewell. I say only that I love you and thank you for all you do for others.”

Article by Susan Pelchat, Kappan staff



Melba M. Priestley .........................................

International Vice President, Gulf Region (1989-1991); International Sergeant-at-Arms (1991-1993); International President-Elect (1993-1995); International President (1995-1997); Immediate Past International President (1997-1999)

Jacqueline H. Allen FL Beta Xi

Lou Ann Berardi ....................................... California Beta Alpha

Emma Jean Blank ........................................................... IA Tau

Laura J. Boyd .............................................................. MI Alpha

Elizabeth Buccellato New Jersey Lambda

Lynne Beth Caldwell GA Delta

Paula J. Capshaw TX Sigma

Carol E. Castlen California Beta Omicron

Nancy E. Chapman TX Gamma Tau

Elba E. Cintron Girona ...................................Puerto Rico Alpha

Lois W. Cloyd .......................................................... KY Upsilon

Lois Elaine Conatore-Houpe CO Tau

Janet R. Davidson MI Beta Alpha

Teresa A. Dean Idaho Theta

Diana M. Eaton Indiana Tau

Harriett P. Edwards SC Alpha Tau

Rebecca M. Edwards .................................................... TN Rho

Willette T. Ensley ................................................. GA Alpha Rho

Mettie L. Foley ............................................... WV Alpha Epsilon

Gayla Freitag ON Epsilon

Jane L. Gadaire Massachusetts Mu

Sylvia E. Garcia TX Alpha Epsilon

Rhoda Gerrard Idaho Theta

Florance Goins ................................................... OK Sustaining

Margaret Graham .................................................... ON Epsilon

Phyllis F. Handwerk ..................................................... PA Alpha

Donna F. Heins Nebraska Alpha Beta

Laura Hissom KY Alpha Eta

Juanita J. Hundley VA Alpha Beta

Kimberly H. Ivie Alaska Gamma

Carolyn P. Johnson ............................................... TN Beta Zeta

Edna H. Kano ...................................................... Hawaii Kappa

Lynda K. Kapron.......................................................... MI Theta

Beverly A. Kirk FL Fidelis Kappa

Jenelle Kizziah FL Fidelis Nu

Jane A. Kline AZ Beta

Susanne K. T. Kozaki Hawaii Gamma

Jacqueline La Parl MI Alpha

Jean Lamp ............................................... Nebraska Alpha Beta

Lisa E. Large .................................................................. AL Phi

Judith M. Lawson ........................................................... AZ Mu

Barbara E. Lichty KY Alpha Eta

Elizabeth H. MacNeil FL Gamma Upsilon

Nancy Mann KY Sigma Gloria E. Matthews CT Gamma Barbara S. Miller ............................................ MI Alpha Lambda Nancy B. Miller WV Alpha Eta Sharron Millsap .............................................. Nebraska Upsilon Dixie H. Mitchell UT Xi Karen Mlaker ................................................................. MN Eta Rochelle Murray IA Upsilon Patricia L. Nelson ...................................................... KS Sigma Marylynne S. Normile Missouri Phi Suzie H. Orr .................................................................... TN Mu

Lorrayne G. Pankratz KS Alpha Rho Frances P. Parks ............................................................. AL Chi Ellen Partridge GA Beta Iota Donna B. Phillips TN Theta Gertrude B. Powell AL Fidelis Alpha Phyllis W. Purdy GA Alpha Lambda Edell H. Raburn ....................................................GA Fidelis Nu Rita M. Ransom NY Sustaining Dorothy Robbins ............................................Missouri Omicron Mary Lou Roberts TN Mu Eloise L. Rudy ................................................. SC Fidelis Alpha Sylvia Y. Rutledge Illinois Beta Zeta VA A. Ryan .................................................................. MI Alpha Annearle I. Schilling FL Upsilon Evelyn H. Scott .............................................. WV Alpha Epsilon Joan M. Sfakianos FL Alpha Delta Charlotte A. Shetter TN Phi Millicent Smith GA Kappa Gail D. Stemple Maryland Kappa Loretta H. Stephens ........................................ FL Fidelis Kappa Grace Stinson FL Fidelis Nu Pat Tackett ......................................................... OK Sustaining Catherine P. Terry Maryland Delta Phylliss M. Till ............................................... FL Fidelis Lambda Melva Tschanz Wisconsin Omicron Beverley B. Van Meter ........................................................IA Pi Connie VanSchelven MI Alpha Iota Patsy R. Weddle ................................................. OK Sustaining Grace C. Weite FL Gamma Beta Willodean R. Weldon ............................................ Maryland Eta Sue E. Williams MS Alpha

Omega Chapter

Homeroom Humor

The Truth Pays

As the class filed into the room, I noticed that James had stumbled over the foot that Kenny had strategically placed in front of him. I called Kenny over, and before I could say anything, he said, ”I know I shouldn’t have tried to trip James, but I was only being funny. I would never hurt him. He is my friend. I’m sorry.”

I looked at him and said, “I am so impressed. You told me what you did wrong; you accepted responsibility for it, and you apologized.” Kenny looked at me with his big blue eyes behind even bigger glasses and said, “Oh, I learned a long time ago that if you tell the teacher what you’ve done before she says anything, you don’t get in as much trouble!”


Dos Divided Into Quatro?

One day as I was walking down the hall, a colleague who taught fourth grade beckoned me to her door and asked if I would monitor her class while she ran to the copier to make a worksheet for them. She gave me a copy of the math book and told me the class was checking their homework on division. I was glad to do it. As their Spanish teacher, I knew all the students and thought it would be fun. I called on a student to read the first problem and give the answer, and then I put it on the board so we could check the answer. Of course, I wrote the problem down and did the division process as I had been taught decades ago. One student was so excited he blurted out, “Is that how they divide in Spanish? Will you teach us how to divide in Spanish?” I smiled and said, “I sure will.”

It’s All About the Hair

Where were you during the summer of ‘22? Many of us were attending regional conferences. Excitement reigned – in-person for the first time in almost three years and the anticipation of all those hugs. Suddenly, our thoughts turned to “What will we wear?” But for some, it turned to “All About the Hair!”

Humor - Giftedness

I have been a teacher in the gifted education program since 1980. Early in my career, meeting for the first time with a group of identi fied second graders, I carefully explained the gifted program and what it meant to be gifted in read ing or math. I emphasized that we should always reach for our very best when learning at school. I asked if there were any questions. A little girl immediately raised her hand to inquire rather impatiently, “But when do we GET the pres ents?”

Southwest Regional Conference in Honolulu and beautiful walks on Waikiki Beach equaled “hula hair.”

South Central Regional Conference and those wild prai rie winds in Kansas equaled the “windblown look.”

Gulf Regional Conference and a gorgeous evening boating on the St. John’s River equaled “boat hair.”

North Central Regional Conference and a riverboat ride equaled “humidity hair.”

Northeast Regional Conference and 40-mile-an-hour wind off the Atlantic Ocean equaled the “wild-woman look.”

Finally, Southeast Regional Conference equaled more of the “straight gentle ocean breeze hair.”

Then, conference pictures came to mind. What should I do? This meant a quick visit to a beauty salon before each conference. That should have been the solution. Was it? Not really The sum mer of ‘22 was definitely “All About the Hair!”

~ Betty Jo Evers, International Vice President for Membership


A∆K Dates and Deadlines


December 1

December 18

Leadership Academy participants and mentors notified

First day of Hanukkah

February 2

Committees, Scholarships and Grants Committees deadline

Ground Hog Day

December 25

Christmas December 26

January 1


January 1 International Dues and Chapter ITE contributions due to Headquarters

International Membership Campaign begins KAPPAN submissions deadline for March publication

January 15 ....H-142 S/P/N President’s report due to IVP for the Region

January 16

Martin Luther King Day

January 22 Chinese New Year of the Rabbit

January 31 .......S/P/N Membership Consultant Report #1 due to RMC

Regional Professional Development Scholarship Application deadline

January 31 ..... Dues postmark deadline. $5 per member late fee if posted after this date


February 1 ........ S/P/N notifies Headquarters of Excellence in Education Award Chairman.

February 1 .... Volunteer Applications for International Boards, Standing

February 14

Be My Valentine

February 15 ..... Agnes Robertson Global Outreach (ARGO) Scholarship application deadline

Fine Arts Grants Applications deadline

February 20

February 21


There are two ways to pay International dues:

1. Pay online using PayPal or a credit card. The payment button is on your member profile on the International website.

2. Give a paper check to your chapter treasurer, who will mail all dues to Headquarters once they have been col lected.

Your balance for the 2023 dues is on your member profile. There is no mailed invoice this year.

For state and chapter, dues follow the directions for payment given by the treasurer.

Correction: The KAPPAN apologizes for an error on pg. 11 of the September issue. Anna Bellamy was initiated in 1962, not 1955.

Presidents Day

Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras

March 1 ............. Future Educator Scholarship Applications deadline (for A∆KCC students only)

Making a Better World Initiative deadline Volunteer Applications for Int'l Committees deadline (2nd round)

March 15 .................. Chapter Bylaws or Policies and Procedures Official Statement due to S/P/N Bylaws Chairman

Chapter Altruistic Report submission due to S/P/N Chairman

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