June 2021 KAPPAN

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Understanding Our World




JUNE 2021


Features & Departments 1

International President’s Message


Membership: Finding Infinite Possibilities


Discussing “White Fragility”


Honor A Sister




The KAPPAN Congratulates


Amazing Members


Collegiate Clubs Celebrating Successes




Bytes and Pieces


World Understanding


Altruistic Projects


Ten Tips for Better Pics


International Convention


Omega Chapter


Homeroom Humor


A∆K Calendar

“Our ability to connect with others is innate, wired into our nervous systems and we need connection as much as we need physical nourishment.” ~ Sharon Salzberg, Real Love; The Art of Mindful Connection

We wish to acknowledge the hard work of the KAPPAN Consultants who stepped up to assist in the creation of this issue: Associate Editor: Joanne Grimm, CA Alpha Alpha Shannon Lorenzo-Rivero, TN Chi Erin Worthington, TN Chi Betty Sherrod, VA Gamma Omicron Susan Whelan, NJ Kappa International Chapter Members: Sue Pelchat, Mollie Acosta, Bev Card, Judy Ganzert and Sandy Wolfe Photo Editor: Debby Stubing, FL Alpha Alpha Delta Kappa builds educational excellence, altruism and world understanding through fellowship.

The Alpha Delta 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 individual authors and are not necessarily in conformity with those of Alpha Delta Kappa or the editor.

How to Submit Items for the KAPPAN The deadline for submissions to the KAPPAN is two months before the issue publication date. The deadline for the September 2021 issue is July 1, 2021. Authors should include their name, state/province/nation and chapter, highest A∆K office held and when. Share is the theme of the September issue. To submit articles/photos, go to the A∆K website> LIBRARY> PUBLICATIONS> KAPPAN. Drag and drop files at the bottom of the page. Follow submission guidelines on the webpage.

International President’s Message


egin with the end in mind. Habit 2 from Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has been a principle that has guided me since I studied this book in my days as a student of School Administration and Leadership. We are now coming to the end of the 2019-2021 biennium. Looking back, does the end look like I imagined? I had a numJudy Ganzert ber of goals. Our team has been committed to achieving those goals. Breathe… just breathe. These were the first two words I uttered after being installed as the International President of Alpha Delta Kappa. I didn’t realize I said them out loud. It was only hours later when I received a text from a dear Alpha Delta Kappa sister who had written to tell me just how much those words meant to her. You see, she could not travel to Minneapolis as she was battling the severe effects of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A chapter member live-streamed the installation to her via Facebook. Her son had said these very words to her just hours before. We had a new connection that was more special than either of us imagined. We talked a number of times during the past two years, always starting the conversation with, Breathe … just breathe. Unfortunately, Judy Fogle has joined the Omega chapter, and she will be honored in the Memorial Service during the 2021 International Convention. The 2019-2021 biennium has been fraught with challenges almost from the beginning. I cannot begin to estimate how many times I have told a fellow International Chapter member, an S/P/N leader, an International Committee Chairman or a sister …Breathe …just breathe. When we started this biennium, we had no idea of the trials we would face. Goals were added. But each challenge brought about growth for both our leaders and our members. In fact, our members have CONNECTed like never before. Sisters who barely used email previously have come to rely on ZOOM to simply stay in touch with family, friends and sisters. Members have taken advantage of the opportunity to participate in A∆K events hundreds and even thousands of miles away, sometimes while still in their pajamas. It has been heartwarming to regularly chat with our sisters in Canada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Australia. The theme of this issue of the KAPPAN is Understanding Our World. The problems in our world over the past 18 months have prompted us to look within our own organization to under-


stand each other. While we still are committed to our work in EDUCATIONAL VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM Haiti, Peru, Viet Nam and future International World UnderJULY 6 – 9, 2021 standing projects, we are just as committed to promoting selfawareness of inclusion and diversity among our membership. Being Bold: Empowered Pathways An International ad hoc committee was created to Leading, address this into Diversity, Learning, and issue. The committee shared the results of Sisterhood a survey about practices within A∆K in the March KAPPAN. Some were surprising. Some were not. Some made me uncomfortable. As I have talked with sisters, I have learned much about myself, I have learned much about my sisters, and I realized I still have much to learn. I know we must do better. I am reminded of what Maya Angelou told us, “DO THE BEST YOU CAN UNTIL YOU KNOW BETTER. THEN, WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER, DO BETTER.” I believe we will do better. In the past few months, I have seen evidence that we are beginning to make a difference. Our sisters are becoming more comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics. For the sister who told me she rarely saw anyone who looked like her in the KAPPAN or at the podium at state, regional, and international meetings, I hear that she sees a change. The sister who told me that she was told she could not be a leader now is speaking up and bringing her leadership talents front and center. As I have attended 2021virtual S/P/N spring meetings and Fun Days, I note that these same topics are being addressed, and there is a more diverse participation at these meetings. But, this is just a beginning. This summer, during our “Being Bold” Educational Symposium, one full day of learning sessions will be dedicated to the Diversity and Inclusion Pathway. The sessions offer a wide range of topics, including diversity, equity, and inclusion of race, sex, age, religion, and special needs within our classrooms, our organization, and our world. I am so grateful that a significant benefit of having a virtual convention is that we will have recordings of each of these sessions available to attendees even after the convention is over. This year, I don’t have to pick just one. As we come to the end of the biennium, I have a smile on my face as I feel that the work that has been done is moving Alpha Delta Kappa forward. It has prepared us for at least another 75 years of empowering women educators to advance inclusion, educational excellence, altruism and world understanding in a world that values diversity, all people, and quality education. Begin with the end in mind. We all have dreams. Please continue to dream. Imagine …. Believe … Act and … Achieve. Alpha Delta Kappa is a promise of infinite possibilities.

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What YOU Do Matters “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

~Walt Disney

By Jeanie Hinck, CO Gamma, Southwest Region Membership Consultant


OU are a powerful member of our organization. In fact, YOU are our future and our most important asset. YOU are the backbone, the heart and soul of Alpha Delta Kappa. What YOU put into our organization results in our growth and strength. Thank YOU for being such a vital member of A∆K.

YOU Make a Difference

“What can I do?” YOU may ask. Many have asked that question, and the answer is: YOU can do whatever YOU set your mind to. YOU, one person, can make a difference, but it takes action. Agnes Shipman Robertson made a difference. She was one person. She recruited friends to accomplish her dream of a sorority for women educators. We are tasked with maintaining and increasing membership in our organization, and, like Agnes, YOU can also make a difference. YOU simply need to have a dream, ask friends to help, and then be determined to make it happen. There are “infinite possibilities” once YOU turn your dream into actions! Mary Peoples, AZ Iota states, “Our chapter becomes stronger by doing little things with love.”

Sharing the Gift of Membership

Whoever invited YOU to join Alpha Delta Kappa gave YOU the opportunity to become a part of an amazing organization.


She not only gave YOU the gift of membership, but also other wonderful gifts as well: the gifts of friendship, community, sisterhood, support, leadership opportunities, and much more. Now, YOU need to share this gift with friends, teachers, administrators, and support personnel. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize outstanding women in the field of education. An invitation for membership in A∆K is an honor for them and for your chapter. Sharing the gift of membership strengthens A∆K. Being creative in our virtual environment is essential in bringing in our new members. Sharon Copt, MN Alpha Alpha, found a way. “In January, I put together photos of past meetings and sent them out in several emails to all members because we have several new members who joined just before COVID happened and didn’t know everyone. The pictorial emails helped them get better acquainted. It also helped our two pending members “meet” Alpha Alpha sisters. The feedback from this project was very positive.”

Opportunities for YOU to Serve

The strength of your chapter begins with YOU! If YOU are a chapter officer or a committee chair, GO YOU! If you have been a chapter president, GO YOU! The next opportunity is waiting for YOU. It is time to volunteer to be an officer or a

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MEMBERSHIP MESSAGE committee member at the S/P/N or regional level. A∆K needs Listening to their life’s events helps to let them know you care. YOU! Your abilities, ideas, and your desire to serve will make Life happens and our A∆K sisters are here to support each other.” a difference. Consider altruism, leadership, excellence in eduReaching Out cation, membership, diversity, scholarships or technology. No Reach out to potential members. Many people in our promatter your passion, there is a place for YOU. It is time to share fession are unaware of A∆K. Simply put, we must share the your talents. Jump in with enthusiasm, and express your indimany benefits and vidual views and creopportunities our ative ideas. Make it organization has to happen, and make it offer. Talk to people, fun. Opportunities ~Sherman Alexie, Native American novelist and filmmaker contact colleagues, are waiting. Workinvite them to a ing with your amazmeeting. Most of all, share your love of A∆K with fellow eduing S/P/N and regional sisters is exciting and rewarding. Agnes cators. Keep asking and reaching out. There will be a time that saw her dreams come true and so can YOU. Diane Mazzei, NJ is right for them. Phi, saw a need in her chapter, and she made a huge difference Pat Trias, AZ Omicron, said, “In regard to recruitment and after seeing its struggles. “I reach out personally to those sisters retention, it does start with me. Whenever we are fortunate to that have shown a spark of leadership through their discussions have a visitor to our chapter meetings, I make it my business to and participation at meetings. Through that personal connecconnect. I make sure I find someone to be her special person. tion, I plant a seed in their mind about serving in a leadership Generally, I assign myself to make her comfortable. I introduce capacity by providing information about the role I can see them myself and make sure that I introduce her around. I invite her to playing in our chapter. I go further by explaining and/or proour next meeting with an early dinner with a few of my chapter viding examples of the duties in that role and provide resources sisters. The key is to follow up with genuine interest and concern for said position. My intent is to be sure they know the role for her comfort. Never give up!” is not overwhelming and that they would be fantastic in that position.”

“You can do it. I can do it. Let’s do it!”

Retention and YOU

It Starts with YOU

Retention of members requires creativity. Brainstorm new and refreshing ideas with your Alpha Delta Kappa sisters. The bottom line is reaching out to your chapter members. Some sisters might feel lonely and lost. Teachers in the classroom could be frustrated with the current situation and need your support. Care packages, cards, emails, and phone calls/texts are appreciated. Your limited sisters need YOU as well. Let them know you are thinking of them. All members of your chapter would appreciate being remembered. Some may feel out of touch; thus, a smile, a “welcome”, a phone call, or simply remembering a new sister’s name shows that YOU care. The little things YOU do make others feel wanted and needed. Make sure your sisters know YOU are there for them. What YOU do matters! Amanda Ross, Alaska Zeta, expresses it so well. “A phone call or text to each member lets them know you are thinking of them.

Yes, together we are stronger. Yes, together our dreams can come true. Yes, together we have accomplished much. But remember it always starts with YOU!

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Florida Gamma Omicron


Discussing “White Fragility” By Sue Pelchat, International Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chairman, Immediate Past International President


ore than seventy sisters collectively tossed one pebble into a pond on January 4, 2021. Since that day, ripples have been moving steadily outward. Regional Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committees gathered virtually on six Monday nights to discuss the book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”, by Robin DiAngelo. Twelve volunteers served as discussion leaders, summarizing and offering questions for breakout groups. Teams shared discussion comments. Members bonded as diverse teams and asked to stay together because of getting to know their sisters. The title raised hackles on some who felt they were “not racist.” But, as the book explained, it’s hard not to be racist when one has lived so long with the privilege of being white. Discussions were rich. “We don’t know what we don’t know,” said one participant as she became more aware of ways people of color are treated vs. white people. Rosa Parks took a stand by sitting down. A∆K Diversity and Inclusion groups took a stand by sitting together, learning about each other’s lives and experiences, and relating to “White Fragility.” Group norms created a safe space, a brave space for expression, with trust that comments would be accepted, yet confronted when needed, to build greater awareness and understanding. One organizational expert believes that diversity training is not helpful, that what we need to do is to put diverse people together in a room to work together. Alpha Delta Kappa sisters cannot develop their diversity perspective if they do not sit in rooms as part of diverse groups. And, they cannot meet in those groups until there is greater diversity in Alpha Delta Kappa. Reading “White Fragility” led members to consider what chapters might do right now to break down barriers and build relationships: 1. Enhance bonds among sisters by creatively grouping members at meetings. 2. Recruit members from diverse backgrounds, and encourage them to participate and offer for leadership positions beyond the chapter level.

3. Encourage students of diverse backgrounds to enter the teaching profession. 4. Show that we are welcoming, inclusive and excited to share our rich and varied background stories with each other. 5. Engage every member at every meeting. 6. Continue to raise awareness of implicit and explicit bias, so that people may know it and work to eliminate it in themselves and others. 7. Share a meaningful quote on diversity, and follow up with discussion at each meeting. 8. Hold book discussions to broaden awareness; share titles of inspiring books on diversity. 9. Help active teachers build diverse classroom libraries. 10. Listen to others’ stories; elevate awareness of members’ differences and ways people are treated. 11. Practice giving feedback and responding to feedback to help quash racist or bullying behaviors. Silence equals implicit acceptance; learn to speak up. Since reading “White Fragility”, Virginia sisters held a panel about the book; Alaska sisters presented “Vowels of Diversity”; PA Gamma sisters read and discussed “Caste”, addressing stratification by race. KY A∆K is encouraging officers to attend convention diversity sessions. Mexico sisters have become more mindful of non-English speakers. Individuals and chapters are attending webinars and Ted Talks on diversity. CA Beta Eta invited Diana Galvan to present on “Embracing Diversity.” Many activities have been spurred by discussion of “White Fragility.” And Past IEB Chairman Barbara Stanfield has embarked on a mission, saying, “I want to be aware of and change my own behaviors that reinforce systemic racism, and then encourage others to read and study how racism is entrenched in all of our lives.“ The ripple effect has begun. As we raise awareness, examine our own deep-rooted behaviors, and strive for inclusion, we chip away at dividing forces: bias, racism, and marginalization. Change will not happen by itself; it will take conscious and concerted effort, and collaboration of all members of Alpha Delta Kappa.

We stand beside all of our sisters, working together to bring awareness, acceptance and inclusion to our world. ~Judy Ganzert (e-blast 3/26/21)


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A∆K Honor A Sister The following members contributed to the A∆K Foundation to recognize fellow members. Gifts received after April 5, 2021 will be published in the September 2021 KAPPAN. Lisa Bartnik, MI State President-Elect In honor of Patrice Ludwig, MI Beta Alpha Anita Brown, CA Alpha Lambda In honor of Ann McCarty, CA Alpha Lambda Ann Marie Brown, IEB Member In Memory of Evelyn Beebe, VT Delta Betty Jo Evers, IVP for Membership In honor of Judy Barnhill, SER Membership Consultant In honor of Mary Ann Gerdes, NCR Membership Consultant In honor of Jeanie Hinck, SWR Membership Consultant In honor of Nancy Medina, SCR Membership Consultant In honor of Linda Rissel, NER Membership Consultant In honor of Karen Santos, NWR Membership Consultant In honor of Debby Stubing, GR Membership Consultant Margaret Feld, AL Gamma In honor of June Carpenter, AL Alpha Iota In honor of Frances Revel, AL Gamma In honor of Gayla Sellers, AL Beta Phi In honor of Jane Stringfellow, VA Iota GA Alpha Beta Chapter In honor of Dot Youngblood, GA Alpha Beta IL Beta Kappa Chapter In memory of Jennie V. Campbell, IL Beta Kappa IL Beta Mu Chapter In memory of Mary Jane Jolliffe, IL Beta Mu Dora Lancaster, NC Alpha Phi In honor of Hilda Smith Black, NC Beta Beta Carolyn Law, NE Zeta In honor of Nancy Bishop, NE State President Kay Spriggs, AL State President In memory of Etheline Bounds, AL Fidelis Alpha Cindy Stricklin, TN Alpha Rho In honor of Fay Edison, TN Mu Beverly Verch, WI Psi In honor of Sonya Stevens, WI State President WA Nu Chapter In memory of Barbara Hill, WA Nu In memory of Patricia A. Tresko, WA Nu Washington State Executive Board In memory of Patty Tresko, WA Nu West Virginia State Executive Board In honor of Pat Hardin, WV State President Cynthia Macomber, IL Eta Treasurer In memory of Cheryl Behrens, IL Eta

Ellen Roderick, MD Beta In honor of Mary Ann Britton, MD Beta In honor of Joan Carlberg, MD Beta In honor of Jane Gamba, FL Delta Omicron In honor of Mary Jane Henderson, WA Alpha Nu In honor of Frances Hobgood, GA Alpha Eta In honor of Judy Kimbrough, AZ Alpha Beta In honor of Sandy Marshall, AZ Fidelis Theta In honor of Hilda McKnight, NC Phi In honor of Sharon Seif, ID Epsilon In honor of Linda Toombs, TN Psi Betty Jo Evers, IVP for Membership In honor of Judy Ganzert, International President In honor of Mollie Acosta, International President-Elect In honor of Sue Pelchat, Immediate Past International President In honor of Sandy Wolfe, IEB Chairman In honor of Marie Hurst, IEB Member In honor of Ann Marie Brown, IEB Member In honor of Su Wade, IEB Member In honor of Charlene Lauria, IEB Member In honor of Bev Card, IEB Member In honor of Kathleen Buligan, IEB Member In honor of Mary Ey, NER IVP In honor of Roberta Casabon, NCR IVP In honor of Cindy White, SCR IVP In honor of Terry Peyton, GR IVP In honor of Conway Blankenship, SER IVP In honor of Kitty Nutting, SWR IVP In honor of Susan Rae Long, NWR IVP In honor of Laura Lechner, International Honorary Member Pat Hardin, WV State President In honor of WV Executive Board and Past State Presidents Louisiana Delta Chapter In honor of Ruby Blackwell, LA Delta Past President Judy Erwin, IL Beta Mu In memory of charter member Mary Jane Jolliffe, IL Beta Mu Susan Rae Long, IVP Northwest In honor of Cindy White, IVP SCR In honor of Roberta Casabon, IVP NCR In honor of Conway Blankenship, IVP SWR In honor of Sue Pelchat, IPIP Northeast State Presidents 2002-04 In memory of Evelyn Beebe, VT Delta

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Applause! 2020 INNOVATION GRANT (Non-Members) $200 each Nicole Gillan, NJ Megan Hulse, TN Chantelle Morgan, ON Alisha Bigelow, MN Wendy Louder, NE ALPHA DELTA KAPPA FUTURE EDUCATORS - COLLEGIATE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY $1,000 each Kelsey Shields, INSU CC Kylie Rapp, INSU CC Nicole Nunez, IN BSU CC Taylor Marlow, U of A CC 2021 AGNES ROBERTSON GLOBAL OUTREACH (ARGO) $2,500 Diana Pendleton, SC Alpha Epsilon 2021 FINE ARTS GRANTS $10,000 Carla Vanderford, AL Beta Beta 2021 REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS $3,000/Region GULF Bridget Link, LA Lori Ridgdell, LA NORTH CENTRAL Erin Feather, NE NORTHWEST Cori Phillips, MT Veronica Cook, WA Tammi Randles, WA SOUTH CENTRAL Amanda Ingle, MO Mary Schapter, TX SOUTHWEST Marilou Joson, AZ 6

Let’s Hear it for the Scholarship and Grant Winners

CLASSROOM GRANT 35 Awards $400 each GULF Stacy Erwin, LA Rebecca Henderson, AL Leslie Hilliard, MS Kristin Magee, LA Lisa Schuerholz-Winters, FL NORTH CENTRAL Diane Sande, IA Kimberly Dailey, IL Tara Mayfield, NE Roxann Kennedy, IL Katie Voegel, IL Diana Hernandez, ON NORTHEAST Julie Gillett, CT Tara Brey, NY Sara Wrightstone, PA NORTHWEST Susan McIntosh, AK Desiree Caskey, MT Lori Mertes, AK SOUTH CENTRAL Brenda Wigger, KS Ashley Brown, KS Gayle Gray, KS Teena Pirkle, MO Loretta Mansell, AR SOUTHEAST Rebecca Brooks, VA Emily Golightly, NC Sherry Headley, VA Amanda McCall, NC Marie Mooneyham, SC Donna Morris, KY Charlotte Bruner, SC Angelique Austin, NC Teresa Turner, NC SOUTHWEST Rochelle Rogers, NV Angelina Barela, CO Maria Serna Cubillos, AZ Lisa Ernst, CA K A P PA N • J U N E 2 0 2 1

REGIONAL MINI SCHOLARSHIP (FALL) Not to exceed $500 or amount requested/$1,500 per Region GULF Kim Barnham, GA Judy Sikes, GA Alexis Moran, AL Amber Goldberg, FL NORTH CENTRAL Rebecca Hoobler, NE Janet McDonald, NE Victoria Hall, IL Margaret Nieradka, ON NORTHEAST Patricia Vari-Cartier, NJ Joyce Sylvertsen, NJ NORTHWEST Michelle Dami, AK Rhiana Gay, AK SOUTH CENTRAL Dixie Westervelt, KS Katy Matthews, TX SOUTHEAST Andrea Simmons, VA Emily Golightly, NC Kristy Fritsch, TN Rhonda Stewart, VA SOUTHWEST Nancy Tashima, HI Paula Grimes, CO Mary Rowe-Sample, CA Janet Dobbs, CA



In March, Alice Wuerch of CA Tau achieved Diamond sister status. Alice has served Tau in many offices. She continues to be a wealth of knowledge about Alpha Delta Kappa and a ready wit in meetings. Alice presents a specially chosen rose bush to each chapter member as they retire.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to North Carolina Pi Chapter Fidelis member Audrey Dodd Bales on her 100 birthday. Audrey was born March 1, 1921 in Boaz, Alabama and received her MA in Library Science from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1942. She served her chapter as president in 1996 and vice president in 2016. Audrey lives at Avendelle Assisted Living in Wingate, NC.


Sara Maria Menendez, CA Beta Rho, was recently honored as their “Star with a Heart’’ by the Rotary Club of San Bruno, CA in appreciation of “years of positive influence.” Sara Maria is a Kindergarten teacher at Belle Air Elementary School. After receiving the award, she said, “I was so humbled and honored. To be a San Bruno Schools alumnus and serve the community I love has been my dream.” Currently, Sara Maria is pursuing an administrative position in the district.



HI Nu President, ‘Alohilani Okamura, is the recipient of the Excellence in Education Teaching Post-Secondary Award from the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) for her “exceptional commitment to language education.” Dr. ‘Alohilani Okamura is currently an adjunct professor at the Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She was recognized by SWCOLT for “excellence in her preparation of her very diverse cohort of World Language teacher candidates, emphasizing varied cultures and languages to be able to instruct and support all of her students’ journeys.” SWCOLT is a regional world language teachers’ organization in partnership with state teacher associations from Hawaii, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.” — Mr. Rogers, Rosamond Vaughan, VA Gamma Omicron

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⚡Char and Suzy Fight Hunger AMAZING MEMBERS

What constructive and productive task would you undertake during a global pandemic? That question was easily answered by Charlotte Linquist, a thirty-year member of MN Alpha Rho. After experiencing the challenge of finding books that enabled her students to practice their reading skills, enjoy a fun, fact-filled story and have a great learning experience, she decided to write the book that incorporated all of those qualities. And so, “Suzy the Hungry Gull” was created. Char, as she is known by family and friends, taught for forty years in South Washington County School District #833, a suburban district southeast of St. Paul, MN. She was the Title I Coordinator (K-6) and taught kindergarten through fifth grade during her career. She says third grade was her favorite. Her husband is a retired secondary teacher and coach, and they are the parents of twins, Jeff and Cindy. Cindy, a Marketing Campaigns Manager at OKTA, an Information Technology security company, is an “amazing artist”, according to her mother, and the illustrator of her book. Using watercolor pencils, Cindy complements the words of her mother with authentic images. Marie Gibbons, MN State President, calls the book “a collaborative piece of art.” A portion of the book sales will be donated to Feed My Starving Children in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa. Suzy is now available on Amazon. Feeding America states that one in five children in the United States is struggling with hunger issues. Char’s concern for these children was the focus for the theme of her book. She has dedicated Suzy to these children. Suzy, the herring gull, tells the story of hunger and how her brothers saved her life. Other themes include sibling love and loyalty and survival. Throughout the book, the reader has the opportunity to learn about herring gulls. This innovative teacher has had years of experience disguising learning through the use of fun activities and is pleased that children will learn so much about herring gulls by reading. “A big learning experience,” is how Char described the past year of writing and trying to get the book published. She and her daughter decided to “self-publish” with some assistance from BookBaby, an online service for authors.

Char Lindquist and daughter Cindy with Suzy the Hungry Gull


Connecting With Sara

Helping people make connections is what Sara Armstrong, CA Alpha Alpha, is all about. “Telling our stories, sharing in our communities- where we live, where we work, in organizations such as A∆K, even online in Zoom events - adds to understanding and helps build a caring, peaceful world for us all,” she explained her involvement in projects that promote connections. In her latest book, A Pathway to Well Being: Helping Educators and Others Find Balance in a Connected World, Dr. Armstrong and her co-author Susan Brooks-Young explain the six elements - gratitude, positivity, focus, empathy, kindness and movement - necessary to wellbeing. “When we support well-being, all our lives are enriched,” she says. Sara and Susan will discuss the research behind the topics, activities for including them in our lives and the ways technology can help or hinder the practices during a symposium session at the International convention. Sara, who is serving her second term as chapter president, retired after 48 years in education as a teacher, principal, curriculum developer and presenter at professional conferences and workshops. Her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley is in the philosophy of education. She established and led a Montessori elementary school in Hayward, Ca. Storytelling and playing the ukulele are two of her favorite activities. The Hawaiian sisters introduced her to and taught her to play the ukulele. She, in turn, interested her husband Robert in learning the instrument. They take lessons on Zoom, and Sara plays weekly with a group of eight women. As a classroom teacher, she told stories and encouraged her students to tell stories. Her interest grew, and now she is the chair of the Storytelling Association of California. The Association created the program “Stories in Living Color,” pairing diverse tellers to address issues of racism and prejudice through shared stories. Sara is a whole-hearted participant. Her interest in technology and its impact on students and learning began in 1980 when she and her students participated in a pilot project in which schools that didn’t know much about the use of technology were paired with schools that were pioneers with it. They used an interactive book talk. Sara joined AΔK in 2006. She says she stumbled across the organization while on an Internet search for something else. She has been a co-sponsor for ITE student Eli Ugarte. “We are all richer in the connections we make on and offline,” Sara reminds us.

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C o l l e g I AT E C l u b s

Celebrating Successes BALL STATE A∆KCC

book and Instagram sites for social media connectivity. University Dean, Dr. Janet Coleman, challenged club members to promote a day of giving to support students, outreach, scholarship and community engagement at the university. March third was designated “Give to Blue Day.” Faculty Advisor Dr. Melissa Nail reported that members were excited to have raised $1,600 for the causes. Upperclassmen and working teachers shared tips for success during field experiences, internships and student teaching. Another meeting focused on early career opportunities. Club members are working to establish a scholarship for students in financial need. They are excited about what the future holds for ISU AΔKCC.

After a year of separation, Ball State A∆KCC held a faceto-face post-pandemic celebration of their five (actually fiveand-a-half ) year anniversary. A∆K leaders, past and present, attended the March meeting virtually and club members welcomed three new initiates. Since its chartering in 2016, members have participated in local altruistic activities and have presented at A∆K conventions and conferences. They have offered professional and perUNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA A∆KCC sonal development with presentations from educational pracMembers of the University of Arizona A∆K Collegiate titioners and student support agencies. Members attend an Club met with AZ Zeta and Beta sisters for a holiday celebraannual Christmas dinner and ornament exchange hosted by the tion where they created cards for Cardz for Kidz at the home sisters of IN Beta Epsilon chapter. of Zeta member Casey The club, led by PresiWoods. Cardz for Kidz dent Natalie Wigent, has is a program dedicated to maintained a membership uplifting spirits across the close to 25 students. Viceglobe by delivering inspirPresident Kelsey Shields ing handmade cards to shared, “Alpha Delta seniors and disadvantaged Kappa is much more than children. Cardz for Kidz just sisterhood. We have has partnerships in all fifty been given many valuable states, Washington DC resources to assist in student and on every continent. teaching, interviewing, and Working together, memclassroom planning probers created over one huncesses that will be the next dred cards. steps on our journey.” Members zoomed In April, the group an informative program concluded its fifth year about A∆KCC with Tucwith a celebration of gradson’s Kino Rotary Club. In uates and officer elections, April, ITE student Karina honoring their December Ball State A∆KCC Members Attending Celebration Munoz of Mexico, who is 2020 and May 2021 gradattending U of A in Tempe, uates. BSU AΔKCC conwas their featured speaker. College of Education professors Dr. tinues to cultivate connections as a vibrant organization dediDonna Jurich and Maria Orozco, members of AZ Zeta, serve cated to students and teachers in the Muncie area. as advisors. Everyone looks forward to meeting again in person, but for now, their focus is on inducting new members for the INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY A∆KCC 2021-22 academic year. Indiana State University Collegiate Club established Face-

“It’s the little conversations that build the relationships and make an impact on each student.” ~ Robert John Meehan, Libby Nicholson, VA Gamma Omicron K A P PA N • J U N E 2 0 2 1



Manitoba sisters (left to right) Brenda McConnell, Connie Newman, Pat Opalko and, waving from the back, Jean Hyrich, enjoy a snowfall adventure on Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. Lots of fun and laughter in the minus 20 degrees celsius.

CT KAPPA At 101, Patricia Martin of FL Fidelis Rho loves Alpha Delta Kappa and becoming a gold sister. She was the first President of Beta Lambda and Fidelis Rho in Lakeland, Florida.

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” ~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration


Members of CT Kappa held a virtual pizza night. All participants were delivered a dough ball and asked to purchase their favorite pizza toppings. First, they learned how to make pizza dough. Next, each prepared her own pizza and learned about cooking with pizza steels and stones. The presentation was led by C.J. Zenzick, husband of Kappa member Charlotte Zenzick. They are showing off their pieces of pie.

Past Grand President Grace Hager Andrews of Charlotte, NC joined the Omega chapter in April. Grace was installed as Grand President at the Las Vegas convention at Caesar’s Palace in 1983. In 1985, she was elected International Executive Board Chairman. Grace served as Grand IVP for the Southeast Region in 1977-1979. She was also North Carolina state president from 1964-66. Grace, a member of NC Upsilon, was a Diamond Sister. The International Executive Board sends its condolences to her A∆K sisters and her family and friends. Memories of Grace and her many contributions to A∆K will appear in the September issue of the KAPPAN.


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hen was the last time you went on a community tour, traveling from place to place, visiting with the residents and taking part in the activities? Here is what you can expect on an AΔK CONNECT virtual community tour. It begins when you sign in using your username and password for the protected tabs on the International website. Once you have signed in, there are three options—explore, connect, and engage. EXPLORE allows you to see what communities are available. The first is the AΔK All Member Community. You also have the option to join other communities. After a little exploration in our AΔK All Member Community, you may decide it is time to join some special communities. Here’s how. • First, complete your profile by adding your picture, short biography, education level, employment and some demographic information. Your picture permits face to face discussion. • Second, choose a couple of special communities by name, type or members. In the main navigation, click on ‘All Communities’ to see a list of available communities. Then, click on the community you want to join, and choose a delivery option for posts. • Third, check the calendar for upcoming events, challenges, projects and more. You want to know what’s happening when it’s happening and what you can contribute. CONNECT allows you to search for advice or to share common challenges. You also have the option to search a community type that you may be interested in joining. Connect by building your network. There are several ways to add contacts. When you search in the Directory, click on the ‘Add as contact’ button to the right of each person in your search, and send a request. Hopefully, an acceptance is sent soon and the communication begins. Now, are you ready to ENGAGE in your community? Engage allows you to join in discussions. To respond to a post, click ‘Reply’ to send your message to the entire community, or select ‘Reply Privately’ to send only to the author of the post. • If you would like to start a new discussion, go to ‘Participate’ > ‘Post a message.’ • From an email you can use the ‘Post Message’ link located at the top of the discussion email. • Attachments to discussion posts are automatically placed in the affiliated library. • Documents can also be uploaded to a library using the ‘Share a File’ link found under ‘Participate’ in the main navigation or ‘Create New Library Entry’ button on any community’s library page. The AΔK CONNECT community tour is rich in both professional and personal information/sources and filled with fabulous sisters. It provides an escape from everyday activities and is the newest addition to our Alpha Delta Kappa organization.

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The longest day is the day when sunlight shines the longest, and this year, it is June 20. On that day, “The day with the most light is the day we fight to end Alzheimer’s.” Since 2013, the A∆K Foundation has contributed over $280,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association, one of two International altruistic projects, and funds from A∆K participants have exceeded $700,000; that’s close to one million dollars for research to fight the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Their vision is “A World Without Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.” A∆K sisters support that vision, and there’s still time to participate in TLD on or before June 20. Form an individual or chapter team; join an S/P/N team; donate directly at alz.org/ adk; or, if you’d like to be part of something larger, participate in the A∆K “Heart and Sol-stice” virtual event featured on our website under Foundation > Altruism > Alzheimer’s > A∆K Heart and Solstice. Register to receive a bib to wear during your chosen activity on The Longest Day. The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is the person A∆K sisters work so hard to find. Sign up; join in the fight.



Behind the Scenes with ITE


ome of the attendees at the International Teacher Education (ITE) webinars in November had questions about the ITE scholarship program, and since the theme of this KAPPAN issue is World Understanding, we hope to answer those queries and enlighten others with our answers. Q: How many scholars are chosen each year? A: The maximum number of scholarships funded each year is seven. The usual time for students to earn their Masters’ degrees is two years; however, some scholars complete the program earlier, so the number chosen each year varies. Currently, we have five students who have earned their Masters in 2021, while two will be starting their second year in August. Q: When are the recipients chosen, by whom and what criteria? A: The deadline for them to apply is January 15. The three-person ITE Board selects the students after receiving applications from Headquarters. The adjudication process is in February, and selections are then given to our Scholarship and Grants Coordinator (SGC) in late February. Occasionally, there are independent applicants who sign up for consideration through our scholarship management program – Kaleidoscope. Otherwise, the applicants are Fulbright scholars who need supplemental funding. Q: Why are most of the students Fulbright scholars? A: While the $10,000 scholarship each from Alpha Delta Kappa is a sizable amount, it does not cover the many expenses for a year in college. We have partnered with the Fulbright/Institute of International Education (IIE) for many years and it has been an advantage to all concerned. The student has the additional funds needed and another contact for support. Q: How successful has this scholarship program been? A: Since its inception in 1961 and first students in 1963, the program has been very successful with over 250 students from more than 60 countries having benefited from this program. Many students stay in touch with their co-sponsors and ITE Board members as they return to their countries. Q: Where do the funds come from? A: The funds partially come from you, our members, and your dues. One dollar of everyone’s annual dues goes toward this program, plus another fee from each chapter. We feel proud to support such a worthy program. The remainder of the cost comes from our Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation. Q: What happens to them when they leave the United States? A: Most of the students return to their home country to use their new knowledge in educating others. Some continue their educa12

tion and work toward a Ph.D. degree. The general rule is for each Fulbright student to return to their home country for two years. This benefits the student and the country. Q: Are they able to travel home in an emergency? A: The students rarely have an emergency that calls for them to return to their home countries. However, occasionally this does happen, and with the help of the university, Fulbright, and Alpha Delta Kappa, they have made that journey. The current graduates were not allowed to return home in 2020 due to the pandemic, so they have remained on their campuses and tried to take additional classes while there. Some were offered internships for summer of 2020, which had to be changed to a virtual situation. Q: How does one get selected for the ITE Board? A: There is a volunteer form on our website. Each biennium there is encouragement for those that want to serve on Committees or Boards to fill out that online form. There are sixteen different areas to select from and ITE Board (a six-year commitment) is one of them. The International Executive Board elects a new board member each biennium. Q: What makes this scholarship different from others? A: This scholarship comes with the emotional support of co-sponsors and all our members. Each student ideally will have two cosponsors near her university. They not only introduce the student to our organization, but they also bring a “family” experience to the student so far from home. Q: What is the process for selecting co-sponsors? A: The selection of co-sponsors depends upon where the university is located and if AΔK has a chapter nearby. Then, the state president is notified the student will be coming, and co-sponsors are needed. The state president will call the chapter nearest, and the chapter president then will ask for volunteers. If you would like to be considered, let your state president know and if the selected student and university is near your home, you could be asked to participate. Q: What is the personal expense in being a co-sponsor? A: It varies. Some co-sponsors help with setting up the student’s living quarters and shopping for food, etc. Lunches and events are usually paid for by the one inviting the student. The co-sponsor is expected to accompany the student to (in-person) events such as ITE Weekend and International Convention. The scholars are young adults, so they do not need “mothering” as much as a friend and colleague. Many co-sponsors give generously to their scholar; however, a big part of the co-spon-

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UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD sors’ responsibilities should be observing to see what she needs and communicating those needs to her chapter, S/P/N, and region. If each can give a little, then there are enough funds to help buy winter clothes or a bedspread or a desk lamp. Some co-sponsors “share” the student by alerting each group within their region how they may show attention to the student. Some co-sponsors put together a general checklist with suggested items. For example, if a student is attending a university in the north, that checklist may be different than for those attending in warmer climates. At the end of the biennium, the usual comment from co-sponsors is they received so much more than they gave. It is a life-changing experience. The final cost: time and caring. If you attended the International Teacher Education (ITE) Webinar held on November 14, 2020, we thank you. If you had to miss it but would like to view it – or parts of it – those items are still available on our International website (alphadeltakappa.org). Shirley Bruns, ITE Board Chairman ITE IS WORLD UNDERSTANDING

There is no better way to understand our world than to volunteer as a sponsor or to serve on the International Teacher Education Board. ITE Board members made a six year commitment to the program, moving from committee member to chairman during their last two years. The KAPPAN asked former ITE chairmen to recall something that stood out during their time on the Board. Yolanda Gonzales, AZ Pi (2009-2011), remembered Vicky from Paraguay, a blind student studying for her MA with a focus on visual impairment. Vicky wrote a touching song and performed it for the ITE Board to thank them for a wonderful ITE weekend. Sandy House, WY Delta (2017-2019), remarked on how grateful the students were not only for the scholarship, but for the love and support they received from the sisters far and wide. The students said that the sisters were “family” away from home. Sue Couper, VA Alpha Rho (2015-2017), told about the odd request she received from a group of ITE students. As the others stood behind her nodding in agreement, the chosen spokesperson said, “Please ask Alpha Delta Kappa members not to write to us in cursive. We can’t read it.” Sue stays in touch with a dozen former students on Facebook. Shirley Bruns, AZ Mu (2015-2021), whose six years on the ITE Board end in July, says her proudest moment was how well everyone accepted the changes the pandemic made in the ITE weekend. Over 500 sisters signed up for the virtual 2020 ITE webinar. Normally, the in-person attendance for the weekend is around 100. The appreciation of the ITE Board goes to Kathy Beatty, VA Gamma for the technical work done to put the webinar together. Margaret Tedder, ONT Psi (2007-2009), summed it up, “Meeting people from elsewhere is always a lesson in geography and a reminder that no matter where we are from, we share the same dreams. I recommend this job to anyone. You will not regret it and will have so much to gain as well as give.”

Chapter Pairings Raise Diversity Awareness


ven today, Madeline Bosma, CO Alpha Iota, whose family settled in Santa Fe, NM in 1655, is considered an “other.” She shared her experiences as a Native American and Hispanic female growing up in Hoehne, CO, with members of Mexico Epsilon as part of a program pairing diverse member chapters. The exchange between Alpha Iota and Epsilon came out of a suggestion from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Madeline and Epsilon President Elizabeth (Liz) Elmer serve on the committee. …growing up A request from Alpha Iota members to the Mexico chapter for in America is speakers on the educational system not easy for in Mexico brought the chapters together. The chapters were introeveryone. duced to the makeup of the international-Mexican-American composition of Epsilon and the high percentage of Hspanic members of Alpha Iota. Liz, an American expatriate, wanted her chapter members to know that growing up in America is not easy for everyone, including those whose families have lived in the States “forever.” Madeline has Pueblo Indian roots. She told her audience that as a Hispanic girl she could not learn to drive until she was an adult, ride a horse, or compete against or contradict men. She grew up being punished for “acting like an Indian” and at school for speaking Spanish. The prime illustration she gave of discrimination was when she and another female Hispanic student were asked to give up their places as inductees into the National Honor Society to two white male classmates. Madeline works to make a difference on a national level through her work with the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Liz and Madeline invite chapters to consider pairing options available through virtual meetings. “As we profile our rich, varied membership and welcome new members, we can become even more ‘United in Diversity’ and reach further towards ‘Understanding Our World’,” Liz said. Article adapted from Southwest Regional newsletter. By Elizabeth Elmer, MX Epsilon President and National Secretary 2020-2022, National President, 2012-2014 and Madeline Bosma, CO Alpha Iota, World Understanding Chairman, 2020-2022

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Top Five in Making a Better World Program


ive chapters will receive Certificates of Commendation for their programs that “advance cross-cultural learning and relationships and/or increase awareness and involvement in global issues.” The chapters are recognized by the Making a Better World Initiative, an annual program designed to promote and recognize members, chapters and S/P/Ns who make significant improvements in the world. CT Mu started its World Understanding Speaker Series to connect sisters with other parts of the world and learn about education in those countries. Past programs include presentations on education in Haiti, Vietnam, Peru and Native American education. Mu also had an Imam present a program on Islam. The goal of the series was to celebrate differences in the world and to recognize the challenges that many cultures face in education and schooling. Most recently, the chapter held a program with a sister living and teaching in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and invited sisters from around the country to join them. CO Alpha Iota worked with MX Eta and KS Epsilon in a ‘Language Exchange Program.’ This exchange came out of a World Understanding program between CO Alpha Iota and MX Eta on education in Mexico. Mexico’s National President Marli Carmargo envisioned a Spanish-English language exchange program between Americans and Mexicans. An organizational meeting was held with twelve attending, and groups were formed to practice English and Spanish speaking skills. The participants learned about each other’s cultures. Linda Stephens, OH Alpha Rho, was recognized for her personal project of Educating Children in South Sudan. Linda met one of the Lost Boys of Sudan in 2017 and came to embrace the people of the area. In 2018 she sent 1000 books along with school supplies to a remote rural school there. She is now working with a group in Singapore to provide technology to a displacement camp and is writing literacy lessons that can be downloaded on the equipment to be used in the camp to provide


‘school’ for the children. Her goal is to provide training for teachers via Zoom. She wants girls to have a chance to be educated. “Education is the key for these children to lift them out of poverty and give them a brighter future,” Linda says. TX Epsilon Pi partnered with Texans on Mission (TBM), a water ministry for clean water and hygiene for overseas communities that need it badly. Throughout the 2020-2022 biennium, the chapter partnered with TBM on two overseas projects: putting together Water Access and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) bags with materials for education on sanitation and hygiene, and raising funds to help provide water filtration devices for villages. Epsilon Pi collected change over two years and recently purchased one of these systems for TBM to install for $375. This will support children around the world in need of safe water, better health, and increased education opportunities. Genie says, “We know our AΔK donations will save lives.” MX National President Marli Camargo and her MX Eta chapter in Cuernavaca created “World Understanding through the Lens of Culture, Gastronomy, Art and Crafts.” They formed a ‘Kids Club’ in 2018 at Marli’s home, gathering families from different countries for a cultural afternoon where the attendees learned about other cultures, shared food from that culture and created crafts while learning about the country. They have learned about Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, Cuba, Canada, China, France and Israel. Initially involving friends, it has expanded, and many adults coming to the club have become members of AΔK MX Eta chapter. Marli traveled to China and presented a program on that culture. The program has been very successful for Marli and her chapter, extending world understanding to many of the children in Cuernavaca, MX. The five top programs were adjudicated by the International World Understanding Committee. By Rachel Shankles, International World Understanding Committee Chairman

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Slaying the Technology Dragon


o you ever feel like the world of technology has passed you by? Perhaps you are even more confused about a programme after receiving technical help from your children? Do you feel like you just can’t follow their train of thought? Facility with technology is often a language issue rather than a thinking issue. You could move through various applications with ease if you could just learn that new language. A team of A∆K sisters in Ontario, Canada set out to prove that “with targeted instruction, learners could function with proficiency in the world of The Google Suite.” Ontario President Elizabeth McQueen’s team set technology improvement as one of their “Smart Goals” for the biennium. The immediate need was to add value to A∆K membership during this time of lockdown. The pandemic gave the team the opportunity to virtually “recruit” two secondary school cooperative education students. In return for high school course credit, the students designed and delivered a virtual learning - tutorial program that has produced a new group of confident computer users. After surveying the needs of the provincial membership, it was decided to offer tutorials on Google applications, empowering sisters to become more proficient at collaborating, sharing and easily storing documents. Ontario President Elect Marg Nieradka contacted the Peel District School Board Co-op Education teacher, Navjot Dhillon, who matched members with two wonderfully talented students, Alyssa and Himani. Together, they prepared and presented fourteen interactive online sessions on a full range of Google applications, including Gmail, Docs, Slides, Calendar, Keep, and Screenshots. Ontario executive members supported the initiative by beta testing the presentations. The “Dynamic Duo” of Alyssa and Himani developed appealing and informative slide presentations at a beginner level, with later access to a more detailed reference version. At the beta testing stage, they made their first revisions to ensure learner success for the “never have I ever” users. Discovering that information overload threatened success, the duo designed a condensed presentation of key learnings for each application.

The member-learners commented, “From our first session, you put us all at ease! Your patience and understanding were always present when guiding us through a particular skill or answering our questions.” Video links were also created on a variety of topics, including Facebook and Instagram, with a curated list of further instructional webpage links supporting The Google Suite. The resources were designed for success, deconstructing each process with many supportive text features. As a result of virtual regional meetings and Ontario’s Facebook posts, news spread quickly that these sessions were being offered and Ontario welcomed participation from sisters in Manitoba, Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, South Carolina and beyond. Not only has the Tackling Technology initiative increased computer skills, but virtual bridges of sisterhood among many A∆K members have also been constructed. The members knew that they had successfully accomplished their goal when the Ontario Executive agreed to use Google Docs and Drive to draft, save, present and share our reports in preparation for online Executive Board meetings. Sisters are creating slideshows for chapter meetings, share editing on documents and showing their new-found skills to family members. There was another unexpected outcome; the interns enjoyed teaching. As one said, “Not only did we discover our knack for teaching, but it also was evident that our students gained knowledge from our tutorials, which made us feel very proud. The classroom was always full of laughter, which eased the tensions among us and made it easier for all. Our confidence has skyrocketed since our first tutorial.” For tutorial participants, the reward is evident in their technological literacy with Google Suite to email, write, organize and store A∆K work. Sisters can now focus on information literacy to support and grow the organization through their newfound power to use the application to communicate effectively. Article by Elizabeth McQueen, Ontario President 2020-2021, Ontario Psi and Margaret Nieradka, Ontario President - Elect, Ontario Sigma

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Sisters Participate in Latino Initiative


ow might we collaborate to meet the challenges of new immigrant populations in North Carolina?” Millie Ravenel, then director of the Center for International Understanding (CIU) at the University of North Carolina, asked me in 1997. At that time, I was with the Iberoamerican University. Her desire to find ways to improve relations between Hispanic newcomers and long-term residents of North Carolina was what joined the Iberoamericana University in a partnership with the CIU. The partnership is called the Latino Initiative. North Carolina’s Hispanic population had increased by 95 percent between 1990 and 1997, resulting in tensions over jobs, housing, schools, and other services. The Latino Initiative was established to help elected officials and community leaders address this dramatic demographic change in ways that would strengthen relationships and improve services for all North Carolinians. The first group of North Carolina leaders flew to Mexico in 1998. Since then more than 2,500 North Carolinians have participated in the program. Alpha Delta Kappa sisters along with teachers, public health workers, law enforcement officials, farm bureau administrators, and social workers, as well as legislators, mayors, county commissioners, business and church leaders have participated in the program. The Latino Initiative begins with teams of community leaders meeting to identify specific needs in their counties and to learn about ways in which immigration has reshaped North Carolina, invigorating its workforce and economy. A pivotal part of the Latino Initiative is a week-long trip to Mexico. Before my retirement, I coordinated the Mexico City program which included:

• lectures at the Universidad Iberoamericana on immigration, the Mexican educational system, syncretism of Mexico’s many cultures, and contemporary economic, political, social issues, • meetings between the participants and their Mexican counterparts to discuss mutual issues, • visits to a community center in a low socio-economic area, including a health center, • guided tours to cultural sites by Lynda Martinez, MX Epsilon, • observations of a microfinance program in action, and • visits to Mexican public schools with classroom observation. Elaine Poovey, NC Beta Upsilon, said, “I chose to participate in the Latino Initiative because our schools were receiving children from Mexico and Central America. I felt if I saw the schools they attended in Mexico, as well as learned about the culture and challenges they faced, it would better prepare me as an educator. And that is exactly what happened.” Since its inception 23 years ago, the Latino Initiative has received regional and international awards and remains the only program of its kind in the United States. Strong economic, political and cultural bonds have been forged between Mexico and North Carolina which recognizes the contributions of the Hispanic population to the well-being of the state. The Latino Initiative continues to be an excellent model for international understanding. By Nancy Westfall de Gurrola, Past Mexico National President, 2000-2002 Margarita Zavala, wife of then President Felipe Calderon, (left) with, Nancy Gurrola.


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A Look Back: Past A∆K World Understanding Projects


he World Understanding Projects carrying the light of Alpha Delta Kappa impact generations of children around the world. This year, a new World Understanding timeline begins. Projects will be selected and completed in one biennium. The chosen project will be announced in July at the 2021 convention. Here is a look at the previous projects and where they are now. 2009-2011 S.A.V.E. (Sisters Aiding Vietnamese Education) A∆K changed lives when it built a primary school and additions to two other schools in remote areas of Vietnam. Once built, the government provided progressive educational programs, teachers and supplies. The local community takes pride in caring for the building and grounds. Linda Rissel, who plans to visit for the tenth time in October, says the schools are even better today than when she first visited. 2011-2013 H.O.P.E. (Hope and Opportunity in Peruvian Education) Two groups of sisters went to Juanjui, Peru to dedicate the yetto-be-finished school. A∆K travelers raised an additional $15,000 because the sponsoring church lacked funding for furniture. A second story was added to the school and classes began in 2017. The school was closed because of COVID in 2020 but has plans to reopen in a virtual capacity. Teachers will make home visits to monitor student progress. 2013-2015 B.O.O.K.S. (Bookmobile Offering Opportunities and Knowledge to Succeed) “Books on the Move” was a literacy initiative for the Cheyenne River Lakota/Sioux Indian tribe in South Dakota. This project funded a bookmobile, computers and books, as well as vehicle maintenance, insurance and gas for one year. The tribe had difficulty hiring a driver, so the bookmobile was unused for a long time before COVID. It has now been given to the schools to operate once they open again. 2017-2019 T.E.A.C.H. (Training, Educating and Affirming the Children of Haiti) AΔK funded an eight-classroom addition to a secondary school at Imagine Missions in Haiti. Sisters who attended the dedication brought suitcases full of books and school supplies with them. The tuition-free school served over 400 students from the orphanage and local community until political unrest in Haiti forced sporadic closure these past two years. Since the pandemic, the school has become a non-residential campus, but the Mission

helps provide much needed food. 2019-2021 TEACH TOO (Helping Teens in Haiti Transition to Open Opportunities). This project was to provide eight transitional houses at Imagine Missions for older teens to finish their education and learn an occupation. When tin homes couldn’t be shipped to Haiti because the port was closed due to rioting, the project was changed to build them using local labor. Two houses were finished before political unrest closed schools, work stopped on the homes, and students moved to live with family. In response, the project was changed so the homes could be classrooms for a Professional School. Before the Professional School could be completed, there was more political unrest, plus COVID, so the project was changed a third time. The remainder of the funds are currently being used to pay teachers in the aftermath of the pandemic and inflation. Contact Rachel at shankles08@ gmail.com for more information. By Rachel Shankles, AR Alpha Epsilon, World Understanding Committee Chair 2019-2021

CHAPTERS CROSS THE BORDER Beta Iota in Sault Sainte Marie, MI, and Ontario Xi in Sault Sainte Marie, Canada, share not only the names of their cities and the International Bridge over the St. Mary’s River, but sisterhood and friendship. Xi was founded in 1977 under the guidance of Past International President Margaret Orlich. The sisters of Beta Iota crossed the border to support the new chapter and began the friendship that is still going strong. The chapters usually meet in the fall at Beta Iota’s Founders’ Day and again in the spring on the Ontario side. They share meeting dates and keep each other informed about guest speakers. The highlight of their years of joint gatherings was when Xi hosted the 2018 Ontario Provincial Biennium in Sault Sainte Marie and MI State President Marie Hutchinson and Immediate Past MI State President Linda Oeschger along with several Beta Iota sisters attended. J. Emily Noble, Ontario XI

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“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

A Holiday Tradition Continues - 1955–2020


he San Francisco chapters of Alpha Delta Kappa are continuing an altruistic project which began 65 years ago in 1955 when California Beta invited Kappa and Mu, the other local chapters, to join in providing holiday gifts to hospitalized children with rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever was the national A∆K altruistic project. The chapters directed their efforts to Stanford Convalescent Hospital until 1964 when they began a successful bond with the Children’s Ward of San Francisco General Hospital. Each Year as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Council grew so did the group’s support for children and gifting them at the holiday season. The efforts were not just for children. The members looked forward to the annual holiday event in order to socialize with other San Francisco sisters and to dress up in their newest holiday attire. Sometimes this evening was the only opportunity to meet and greet all year -- this party was important.

The chapters rotated the hostess responsibilities so venues changed from California Golf Club, San Francisco Presidio Officers Club, a downtown San Francisco hotel and for the last ten years at the Basque Cultural Center. The festive evening would not be complete without entertainment so the hostess chapter arranged student participation. The sisters have enjoyed choirs, jazz combo, string ensembles, singa-longs and other wonderful student performances. In the past several years Toys for Tots sponsored by the United States Marines was the recipient of our famous Holiday Dinner toy collecting. Marines in full dress came to collect the gifts. In 2019 and 2020 the group supported the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. Over the years many exact details have been lost but our spirit always prevailed; but these details are not as important as the fact that gifting children at the holiday season always meant another opportunity to bond with our Alpha Delta Kappa sisters.

Far Left: San Francisco firemen assembled bicycles donated by CA Golden Gate Council sisters. Left: Sisters from San Francisco chapters gather to collect toys for local children hospitalized and enjoy each other’s company in 1961.

KS Beta Epsilon

In spite of no in-person meetings this year, the long-standing altruism traditions of Kansas Beta Epsilon continued. Nearly $300 was donated to the “Go Red for Women” campaign of the American Heart Association.


GA Gamma Delta

Showing care and concern by giving to charities and organizations in Stephens County in Northeast Georgia was the plan for altruism activities of GA Gamma Delta. During A∆K month, the chapter extended their thanks to the first responders of Tocca and Stephens Counties by giving McDonald’s gift cards to every Sheriff’s Department deputy and every police officer. When the chapter budget was expended, members donated the funds needed. In December, the chapter honored the caregivers and staff at local assisted living and health facilities with fruit baskets and cards of thanks. In February, members sent Valentines with messages of love and encouragement to the facilities. K A P PA N • J U N E 2 0 2 1

Altruism, continued.

FL Alpha Alpha

FL Alpha Alpha chapter held monthly meetings by email this year. Newsletters and reports were sent to members who declared their attendance at meetings by responding to questions related to the materials. Several altruistic projects were undertaken with enthusiasm, including appreciation buckets for first responders, A∆K Month baskets for all county schools, scholarship gift cards to the FL A∆K House, food and toiletries for the Salvation Army Hope House, and a Mother’s Day Raffle to raise funds for scholarship.

CA Beta Kappa

CA Beta Kappa members, ( l to r) Cathrine Scheving, Polly Anders and Anne Radford, load groceries the chapter donated to the Viola Blythe Community Center, Newark, CA. Working with the Center, the chapter has provided Christmas gifts for a family with five small children and collected sleeping bags, gloves and other needed items for distribution to the homeless.

LA Alpha Theta

Louisiana Alpha Theta teamed up with the Early Childhood Department at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA in the university’s early literacy project. Together they assembled Easter baskets and bags of items that promote early literacy for children in low socioeconomic areas. The chapter connected with fifteen children and their mothers. Chapter member Christy Hornsby shows a basket and bag.

SC Epsilon

GA Beta Iota

The sisters of GA Beta Iota built bunk beds for Sleep In Heavenly Peace (SHP), a nonprofit group dedicated to providing beds for families in need to meet the state challenge of Connecting to Others (C20). Chapter members have also donated pillows and bedding, and they have given financial help. Along with LaGrange College Education majors, Servant Scholars Program students and Troup County school system Troup Reads sponsors, Beta Iota assembled 20 beds. C2O was the goal of Past Georgia State President Gayle Owen. Its purpose is to teach the community what Alpha Delta Kappa is all about and how it is involved with giving back to the community.

South Carolina Epsilon members made lap blankets for cancer patients on the oncology floor at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC. State President Rita Confer shows the blanket presented to her, along with the love and support of her sisters, as she progresses through her chemotherapy.

NY Upsilon

NY Upsilon of Niagara-Wheatfield continued its annual “Bundle Up With Books” program. Seventeen “knot blankets” along with stuffed animals and books were distributed to K-5 students in Niagara- Wheatfield schools. The students were chosen by their teachers. Upsilon sisters also helped a high school senior with graduation needs and donated cookies to the Hearts for the Homeless Christmas Eve dinner. Cindi Broughton, donation coordinator, Jayne Carrig, Elaine Marinucci, Judy Penzotti, Kathy Schelberg, Ann Marie Domarski and Beverly Thomas baked dozens of cookies. Jill Gonzalez contributed candy to the fifty bags of treats donated to the dinner.

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Altruism, continued. MD Epsilon

The COVID-19 pandemic could not stop MD Epsilon sisters from completing their January altruistic project for the young patients at NIH Children’s Inn. Members tied and delivered to the Inn sixty-seven soft, colorful pillowcases.

MO Upsilon

Sisters of MO Upsilon donated household linen and personal products to Joplin’s Lafayette House, a shelter for women and children suffering from domestic violence.

Enhance, Advance and Kako’o

At the beginning of this biennium, Hawai’i State President Jeanne Chang asked members to “Learn and Grow” and “TAKE THAT LEAP” for HI A∆K. Many state and chapter leaders participated in two “Enhance & Advance” Zoom sessions offered by Hawai’i Nu Chapter President ‘Alohilani Okamura and HI A∆K Publicity Chair Carol Emerson (Hawai‘i Xi) to discuss how to promote A∆K values and HI A∆K accomplishments and to support teachers. ‘Alohilani proposed emphasizing the uniqueness of Hawai’i (our sense of place, spirit, service, interaction) while sharing userfriendly Zoom tools and strategies and exploring different ways to communicate the heart, creativity and resilience of Hawai’i’s membership to maximize member interest and productivity. In the true spirit of aloha, ‘Alohilani, who is with the College of Education at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, suggested a pilot project to provide teacher candidates with “goodie bags” to acknowledge their commitment to the teaching profession and to provide support during the pandemic, while introducing them to A∆K, planting the seeds for future prospective membership. HI A∆K members from other chapters joined their Nu and Xi sisters, donating money, goods, and time to Project Kako‘o. During February, more than one hundred members of the HI A∆K ohana (family) donated over $4,500 in cash and goods, as well as their services to package items and distribute the bags. Monetary donations were received from Pearl Harbor Rotary Club, as well as hand-sewn face masks from the senior citizens at the Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center. Teacher candidates received bags embellished with the word Puliki (to hug or embrace) and containing food items, teaching supplies and PPEs (personal protective equipment). The University of Hawai’i College of Education teachers were also given gift bags for their assistance and support. The generosity of donors made it possible for Project Kako‘o Phase II to give another contingent of teacher candidates in need of support a boost in morale. Student recipients shared heartwarming expressions of mahalo (thank you) online, recognizing HI A∆K’s efforts to connect with and support Hawai‘i’s future teachers. 20

MD Beta

Kay Caviness, MD VP for Membership displays an assortment of new and gently used undergarments collected from her MD Beta sisters to be donated to “I Support the Girls”, an organization that collects and distributes undergarments and menstrual hygiene products to girls and women experiencing homelessness, impoverishment or distress. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a 35% increase in requests for such products.

MD Upsilon

MD Upsilon Sisters have made no-sew blankets and math manipulatives and have given financial support to Gospel Haiti, a school in the poorest section of Haiti. Members also donated birthday bags to the residents of Faith House, a residential recovery program.

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Altruism, continued.


Reaching out to the community in times of need is a motto for the members of West Virginia Mu chapter. The chapter decided to “Show the Love” by sending gift bags of candy, bottled water, hand lotion and lip balm to working teachers. They also showed their appreciation to first responders and health care workers. With the theme “Lucky to Have You”, their support expanded from recognizing four groups to twelve groups.

MO Beta Sigma

MO Beta Sigma sisters donated over $600 worth of books to the Marygrove Children’s Home, North Saint Louis County, MO. Teaming with the staff of The Novel Neighbor, an independent bookstore in Webster Grove, members were able to provide a variety of books for children, young adults and families who receive services from Marygrove.

NC Alpha Iota

North Carolina Alpha Iota members enjoy finding new ways to support teachers entering the classroom for the first time. The members organized a project to give each beginning teacher in Pitt County Schools a new book for their classroom. Many hands went into selecting, wrapping and delivering books to elementary, middle and high school teachers.

NM Eta

Alicia Annala of New Mexico Eta chapter shows some of the treats provided by chapter members for the Lincoln County Medical Center and Health Care Clinics in Capitan, Corona, and Hondo. The presentation was organized by members Alicia Annala and Betty Ann Bell to show appreciation to Lincoln County health care workers. Eta chapter also donated Baby Books to the First Baby of the Year born at LCMC and Valentine gifts to The Boys and Girls Ranches of New Mexico. Eta also supports the Lincoln County Food Bank, H.E.A.L. Domestic Violence Shelter, and the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca.

NJ Alpha Iota VA Sigma

Virginia Sigma chapter donated Valentine’s Day treats to teachers at Pembroke Elementary school in Virginia Beach, VA. Over 175 latte cups containing Valentine’s Day decor, candy and straws were wrapped by the altruism committee. The cups were given to bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers in addition to all teachers and teacher assistants.

New Jersey Alpha Iota donated $1000 to No Limits Café, a restaurant dedicated to providing employment skills and job opportunities to adults with intellectual difficulties. Volunteers assist these individuals with waiting tables, preparing food and providing excellent service for those who eat in or take out. Their story is Alpha Iota’s story, “Eat well, do good.” Alpha Iota decided to give its altruistic donation to No Limits Café which has walls dedicated to donors who give $1000 or more to the restaurant to help with its operation. NJ Alpha Iota joined this esteemed group in April.

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Dr. Brené Brown Research professor at the University of Houston; Visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. K A P PA N • J U N E 2 0 2 1


Ten Tips For Better Pics By Debby Stubing, FL Alpha Sigma and Bob O’Lary, professional photographer


ant to be a better photographer? Here are ten tips to improve your pictures. Often, an experienced photographer is asked by a novice, “What kind of camera do you use?” The question is not the device used, but the techniques used to capture that event. When well-known photographers were asked, “What makes a good picture?” their answers were usually the same – “The picture should evoke emotion and tell a story.” Taking a good picture may seem simple, but attention to the mechanics is a must. Engage yourself with the activity…use both your eyes and your ears to anticipate what is happening and what will happen next. Consider the lighting, composition and inspiration. Mastering the fundamentals of composition takes time and experience. So shoot, shoot, shoot a lot of pictures. The more you shoot, the better you will get. These fundamentals will improve your photos: 1. FOCAL POINT: That is, what do you want the viewers to focus on? Follow the rule of thirds. Imagine that there are grid lines in your viewfinder. Place the subject at one of the four points where the lines intersect. If more than one subject is to be photographed, be sure that the subjects are centered with equal distance on all sides. 2. PERSPECTIVE: Vary the angle or distance you shoot from. Shooting from a distance makes the person seem small and insignificant while getting up close and having them fill the frame can convey a sense of power. Use a telephoto lens if you need to stand back a distance and zoom in to the subject. 3. FRAMING: Find something that can act as a natural frame and shoot your subject inside the frame. Try using a head table, banners and flags, floral arrangements or any prop that will add interest or color to your picture. 4. LIGHTING: Good lighting is essential. Without it, your picture may be grainy or blurry. For group photos, move people about two feet away from the wall to avoid harsh, distracting shadows. Using your flash, even outside, may eliminate shadows on faces and illuminate the subject(s) smiles.


5. PRESSING THE SHUTTER BUTTON: Right before you shoot your picture, take a large single step forward to tighten up your framing and eliminate space on the sides of your framed photo. The closer you are to subjects, the larger they are in the frame, and the more efficiently your flash will illuminate them. 6. SHOOTING: Shoot several shots of ANY group picture to assure that ALL eyes are open. Thank people for posing after you have captured the perfect image. 7. EDITING: Improve your images through the editing process. Several companies offer free or inexpensive tools which are compatible with both the MAC and PC platforms. Check these out on the internet. 8. BE A PICTURE DIRECTOR: When photographing a group, have an image in your mind’s eye of the final picture. Then take charge. Establish eye contact, and make your subjects feel comfortable. Tell them where to stand, which way to face, and when to smile. 9. HOLD YOUR CAMERA PROPERLY: There is a right way and a wrong way to hold a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. Support the lens by cupping your hand underneath it, usually with the left hand, and grip the body of the camera with your right hand. This prevents camera shake. To get an even stabler stance, hold your elbows into the sides of your body. 10. EQUIPMENT: Know your camera settings. Even smartphones and “point and shoot” cameras provide settings to help you capture the perfect picture. Spend time bonding with your camera and reading the owner’s manual so that when the time comes, you will feel comfortable capturing the moment. Check your batteries; keep them charged and ready to go to work for you. There is so much more to photography than what is mentioned above. However, if you follow these tips, your pictures will not only look better but will also be more informational and communicative for your viewers.

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“Pathways of Possibilities” Thirty-Second Annual International Convention

A Virtual Convention July 5-16, 2021



“Pathways of Possibilities” Thirty-Second Annual International Convention


All attendees should check the International Convention webpage for updates. Once registered all attendees will be able to attend as much of the convention as they wish. After the convention, the Convention recordings will be available on the Alpha Delta Kappa website for paid participants. Accessing the International Convention Everyone registered for our virtual International Convention will receive an email prior to the convention that will provide a link to our customized web portal. This link will also be located on the International Convention webpage on our website. Bookmark the link for easy access each day. Once you click the link you will arrive at our convention home. Here you will find links to your personalized itinerary for the entire convention as well as other events of the convention. No links to find on your desktop or in your email. Easy-Peasy! Enjoy! Memorial Service All members, CC members, ITE students, A∆KA members and family members of our Omega sisters will have access to attend the Memorial Service. The link you will need will be found on the International Convention webpage on our website. International Officer Election Results can be found in the June 1 edition of the International Convention Guidebook.


Voting for our International World Understanding Projects is open June 1 – 30. Every member of Alpha Delta Kappa may participate in this decision. This link is located on the International Convention webpage on our website. Convention Delegates Comment block #2 for our proposed International Bylaws amendments and resolutions is open June 4-12. All comments will be posted on the website beginning June 15. Voting for all proposed International Bylaws amendments and resolutions will be open June 15-30. The results will be announced during the virtual International Convention.

It’s Not Too Late to Donate! Donate to the DSACT Down Syndrome of Central Texas, the International Convention Altruistic Project, Alpha Delta Kappa or the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation or other International altruistic projects: https://www.alphadeltakappa.org/ADK/Foundation/Donations/ ADK/Foundation/Donations.aspx Save the Dates: While we won’t be in Austin in 2021 … Dust your boots off and join your A∆K sisters in Austin, July 10 – 15, 2025! In the meantime… plan to join us for the 2023 International Convention in Kansas City to celebrate A∆K’s 75th Anniversary - July 12-16, 2023

Evening Of Entertainment Live Totally Interactive Dueling Pianos


he Evening of Entertainment is a tradition at the International conventions. The virtual entertainment on Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. (EDT) is Jeff and Rhiannon’s Dueling Piano show. Proceeds from the evening and a portion of each convention registration will be donated to the Foundation. Dueling Pianos Show is an all-request, live-streaming, interactive rock ‘n’ roll show playing songs from the 1950’s to today’s hits. The audience is encouraged to clap-a-long, sing-a-long and dance-along. Reviews say the show will leave you laughing, singing and cheering for more. The audience will have an additional opportunity to donate to the Foundation by submitting requests for songs. Participants may submit requests live with donations to the Foundation via PayPal or credit card. Requests will be announced on the air when the song is performed. An example might be, “$20 for Infinite Possibility from Judy in Richmond, VA.” Get to the top of the playlist when you donate with your request. What an easy and fun way to support the A∆K Foundation and its many programs. The Foundation benefits members through scholarships and grants. It has funded the ITE program and has made major donations to International altruistic projects.


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Tentative Schedule All times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Monday, July 5 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON EDT 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

REGIONAL MEMBERSHIP SEMINARS Northeast Region Southeast Region North Central Region Gulf Region South Central Region Southwest Region Northwest Region

Tuesday-Friday, July 6- 9


Tuesday, July 6

EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM LEARNING SESSIONS Diversity and Inclusion Pathway Learning Sessions

12 NOON – 6:00 PM EDT Wednesday, July 7

EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM LEARNING SESSIONS 12 NOON – 6:00 PM EDT Learning Pathway Learning Sessions Thursday, July 8

EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM LEARNING SESSIONS 12 NOON – 6:00 PM EDT Leading Pathway Learning Sessions Friday, July 9

EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM LEARNING SESSIONS 12 NOON – 6:00 PM EDT Sisterhood Pathway Learning Sessions Monday, July 12 PRE-CONVENTION MEETINGS 12:00 NOON – 2:00 PM EDT International Executive Board Meeting 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Assistant Sergeants-at-Arms Meeting 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT Regional Mentors’ Meetings (7) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT International Chapter Meeting 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT First Timers’ Welcome 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT ICP Meeting (S/P/N 3 P’s + Membership Consultants) Tuesday, July 13 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT FIRST BUSINESS SESSION World Understanding Keynote Speaker - Avril Benoit 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT Little Wigs Wednesday, July 14 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

SECOND BUSINESS SESSION Election Results Executive Board & Strategic Plan Report Membership Report Foundation Report 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT REGIONAL CELEBRATIONS

Thursday, July 15

A∆K’s EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM “OPENING” SESSION Being Bold: Empowered Pathways to Learning, Leadership, Sisterhood, and Diversity

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

OPENING A∆KCC Student Presentation Presentation of International Excellence in Education Award ITE Scholar Presentation 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Bertice Berry

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT Dueling Pianos (interactive) with Foundation Trustees’ prelude Friday, July 16 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT MEMORIAL SERVICE (open to ALL MEMBERS, family and friends) 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT THIRD BUSINESS SESSION KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Mary Anne Radmacher Fine Arts Board Report/Presentations International Altruistic Projects St. Jude Report Recognition of International Standing Committees A∆KA Update Invitation to Kansas City in 2023 Courtesy Resolution 7:00 PM

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS Among the Stars International President’s Address

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OPENING SESSION S/P/N Leadership Recognition

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The International Executive Board is pleased to announce the election of Mary Ann Gerdes, Nebraska Epsilon as a Four-Year Member of the International Executive Board of Alpha Delta Kappa. Her term will begin at the close of the 2021 International Convention.

Mary Ann Gerdes

S/P/N and Chapter: Nebraska Epsilon Year Initiated: 1998 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2008 Chapter President: 2008-2010 Nebraska Epsilon State President: 2014-2016 Nebraska Leadership Experience International Level: International Membership Committee Member, 20192021; International Vice President North Central Region, 2017-2019; International Choir Member, 2013; Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, 2013; International Choir member, 2011; Assistant Sergeant-atArms, 2011 Leadership Experience Regional Level: North Central Region Membership Consultant, 2019-2021; North Central Region Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, 2016; North Central Region Workshop presenter, 2016; Choir Member 2016; North Central Region Excellence in Education Committee Member, 2012; Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms, 2012; Choir member, 2012 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: Nebraska Parliamentarian, 2020-2022; Nebraska Immediate Past State President, 2016-2018; Nebraska State President, 2014-2016; Nebraska State President-Elect, 2012-2014; Nebraska President of the Council of Chapter Presidents, 2010-2012 Non-ADK organizations, officers and/or honors: P.E.O. Chapter Treasurer 2020-Present, Delegate to State Convention; Order of the Eastern Star, 1980-present; Worthy Matron, 2005, 2004, 1991; Associate Matron, 2003, 2002, 1990; Treasurer, 1982, 1981; Conductress, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015; Associate Conductress, 2012, 2010, 2009, 1988; Sentinel, 2006, 1994; Warder, 1987; Esther, 2006, 1986; Secretary,1984, and 1983, Present; Grand Representative to Mississippi 2006-2007; Beta Sigma Phi, 1969-present; President, 2013 - 2016, President 2009; Wood River Education Association, Nebraska Education Association, NEA, 2004-2014; Wood River School District, 2004—2014; NSEA New Leader Institute Member, 2006; WREA President, 2007-2008; Chief Negotiator, 2009-2014; Negotiating member, 2007-2008; Third City Christian Church Charter Member-Present; Sunday School Teacher, Present; Praise Team Leader, 2004-Present; Courtesy Chairman 2004-Present

From Debby Stubing

It was an honor to be elected to the Alpha Delta Kappa International Executive Board; however, due to an unexpected health scare, it is necessary that I submit my resignation for the Board position. The International Executive Board has accepted Debby’s resignation from the Board and wishes her good health. 26

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The International Executive Board has accepted, with regret, a letter from Paula Davis, West Virginia Xi, withdrawing her application for the office of Alpha Delta Kappa International President-Elect.

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Members Prepared To Lead


hrough the A∆K Leadership Academy, sisters are discovering their leadership strengths and developing new skills as they continue on their personal and professional leadership journeys. Angelina Barela, CO Gamma, said, “I knew the academy would not only help me become more of a leader in my chapter, but would also help me in my leadership positions at work.” The academy began with participants using StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath to assess and identify their top five leadership strengths which were then categorized into four domains of team strength: executing, influencing, relationship building and strategic thinking. Allison Stone, TX Zeta Zeta, said, “I wasn’t surprised by my top five strengths, but I was surprised that so many were in the same category.” Emily Castillo, VA Gamma Chi, said, “I was very surprised by my top strength, harmony, as I saw analytical strengths more in the classroom. But, after thinking back to my childhood, growing up with four older sisters, it makes sense that I learned to be a middle and help resolve conflicts.” Sisters agreed that they learned more about themselves through this activity. Participants explored ten core leadership skills consistently possessed by great leaders according to www.ccl.org: communicator, courageous, delegator, empathic, grateful, influencer, integrity, learner, self-aware and respect. Sisters compared these skills with their strengths and considered integrating them into their leadership styles.

“The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner shared five practices of exemplary leadership: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. Studies have found that when leaders are at their personal best, they follow these five practices. Sisters reflected on these practices and how they might include them in their leadership roles. Participants were paired with a mentor. These A∆K leaders shared their definitions of mentoring. Robin Miller, TX Gamma Nu, said, “Mentoring entails teaching, guiding, listening and coaching.” Nancy Harrison, AZ Iota, said, “Mentors offer guidance, encouragement, motivation and inspiration.” Carol Johnson, TX Beta Omicron, said, “A mentor gives direction but never commands to follow, assists with trouble but never takes over and leads, and walks beside, not ahead.” Ellen Roderick, MD Beta, defined mentoring as, “Teaching, training, coaching, and above all else, it is a very special relationship in which both grow and thrive beyond their wildest dreams.” Article by Bev Card, Charlene Lauria and Su Wade, International Executive Board Leadership Development Committee

Author, Lecturer is Keynote Speaker


ntertainer, lecturer and comedian Bertice Berry will be the keynote speaker on July 15. Dr. Berry is known as “a speaker with a comic edge and a comedian with a serious message.” She uses humor to discuss such important topics as racism and sexism. As the author of several fiction and nonfiction books, her most recent is Jim & Louella’s Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy. Her television show, The Bertice Berry Show, was nationally syndicated. Dr. Berry is a graduate of the University of Jacksonville, FL. Her doctorate in sociology is from Kent State where she taught sociology and statistics for several years. Dr. Berry lives in San Diego, CA and is active in the community working with at-risk youth. Avril Benoit, the Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders, will be the World Understanding speaker and will address the convention at the opening session on July 13. Mary Ann Radmacher, writer, artist and motivational speaker, will give the keynote address on July 16.

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The Fabulous Food of Texas


t is so hard to know where to begin when talking about the in the Austin area include Coopers, Franklin’s, The Salt Lick and different foods of Texas. Texans are proud of all things Texas, The County Line. especially our home-grown products. Some of these include Tex-Mex runs a close second to BBQ in Texas. The term Dr Pepper, Pace Picante, Blue Bell Ice Cream and Whataburger. “Tex-Mex” wasn’t created to describe the cuisine. It was first used Dr Pepper was first bottled in Waco, TX in 1885. True Texans as an abbreviated name for the Texas Mexican Railway that began refer to all soft drinks as “coke”, not soda or pop. If operating in South Texas in 1877. The term was we order a “coke”, chances are we really want a Dr later used to describe Tejanos and later still, the term Pepper (Note: it is not a typo, there is no period spread to Tejano cuisine. The most notable differbehind Dr). Pace Picante has been manufactured ence between Tex-Mex and Mexican food is the difin Paris, TX since 1947. It was developed by David ference in the ingredients used. One of the definite Pace who first used the word “picante” to describe marks of Tex-Mex is the use of yellow cheese. Food his salsa. Blue Bell Ice Cream has been made in a historians say that Tex-Mex cuisine originated hun“Little Creamery” in Brenham, TX for over 100 dreds of years ago when Spanish/Mexican recipes years. It began in 1907 in Brenham as a way to use combined with Anglo fare. Tex-Mex, as we Ameriextra cream from local dairy farmers. Originally, cans know it today, is a 20th century phenomenon. Dictionaries and food history sources confirm that they produced both ice cream and butter. In the Texas State President mid-20th century, they stopped producing butter Betsy Ruckman holding first printed evidence of the term Tex-Mex occurred in the 1940s. Fajitas, nachos and chili con queso and concentrated on ice cream and are we glad they a slice of the Lemon Meringue Pie at the were created in Texas. Some local favorite Tex-Mex did. Whataburger began in Corpus Christi in 1950 Blue Bonnet Café in restaurants in Austin are Chuy’s, Matt’s El Rancho, and is known for its distinct orange-and-whiteMarble Falls, TX. Z’Tejas and Habaneros Mexican Café. striped roofs. When it first opened, customers could We couldn’t write an article about Texas food without givbuy a burger for 25 cents. The goal was to make a better burger ing you some recipes. Ann Hudson, former International Presithat took 2 hands to hold and when you bit into it you would dent and SCR IVP provided us with a recipe for Pineapple Salad exclaim, “What a burger!” she has made for over fifty years. Paula O’Neill, Past International The number one food in Texas has to be BBQ. History has it Chaplain and SCR IVP shared her mother’s recipe for Vanilla Custhat BBQ in Texas began with community celebrations. Trenches tard Ice Cream, enjoyed every Fourth of July and still a family were dug and wood was burned down to coals; then grates were favorite, especially with fresh peaches in the summer. We have also placed on top, and the meat from local farmers was cooked. It was included the recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie from the Blue Bonnet then put on tables and shared with the community. When most Café in Marble Falls, TX. The Blue Bonnet has been serving fabuTexans think of BBQ, they think of brisket, pork ribs and sausage lous meals and desserts since 1929. President Judy visited the Blue as the three meat “Holy Trinity”. The flavors of Texas BBQ vary Bonnet during a site visit to Austin in January 2020 and loved the depending on the part of the state. Central Texas is saltier, where Lemon Meringue Pie. The restaurant was gracious enough to share East Texas is sweeter. No matter which taste is more to your liking, the recipe (see page 30). you must try some BBQ when in Texas. Favorite BBQ restaurants

Pineapple Salad (Ann Hudson)

Helen’s Vanilla Custard Ice Cream (Paula O’Neill)

1 #202 can (8 oz.) pineapple slices (the short squatty can). ½ cup sugar 1 Tbsp flour 1 beaten egg Finely shredded Cheddar cheese Drain the juice from the pineapple into a sauce pan. Add the sugar, flour and egg. Heat and stir until thick. Cut the pineapple rings into chunks and pour the sauce over them. Mix and put into refrigerator until cold (overnight works well). Top with finely shredded cheese before serving. 28

Scald 8 cups of whole milk. Mix together: 1/3 cup flour and 3 cups white sugar Mix together the milk with flour/sugar combination. Beat together 6 eggs. Pour a bit of the thickened milk into the eggs to temper them, then add this mixture to the milk mixture. Stir constantly over low heat until the mixture coats a spoon. Remove from heat and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla and 1 pint of heavy cream. Freeze in an ice cream maker. Mashed peaches may be added to make Peaches and Cream.

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Rajas con Crema (Marli Carmago, Mexico President) ​

3 poblanos chilies 1/2 onion sliced 1 small can of corn grains (kernels) 1/2 cup of evaporated milk 200 ml (6-7 oz) of cream 1 tbsp chicken concentrate (Knorr Switzerland) very little salt (since Swiss Knorr has salt) and pepper ½ butter bar

hen you think of Texas and food what comes to mind? Tex-Mex dishes and chili, of course. Although we won’t be going to Texas until 2025, we thought you’d enjoy trying chili recipes from some places outside the USA where our members savor their own recipes. Happy cooking!

Roast the chilies in the direct fire of the stove without letting them burn; leave it sweat in a plastic bag for a few minutes. Once roasted, sweat and peeled, cut them into small slices in a frying pan, melt the butter, sauté the onion slices (eyes on the onion) until they take transparent color, add the chili slices and the corn, let cook for three minutes. Add the milk and evaporate a little; add the cream and mix everything. Season (balance) with salt and pepper to taste. Eat with tortillas. It is delicious!

Canadian Maple Turkey Chili (Mary Johnson ON Psi)

Chili Con Carne Recipe

Anyone for a Bowl of Chili?


1 tsp vegetable oil 6 slices bacon chopped 1 onion finely chopped 1 lb lean ground turkey 10 mushrooms sliced 2 celery stalks finely chopped 1 large tomato chopped 1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped 1 can sodium-reduced condensed tomato soup 1 can baked beans in tomato sauce 2 cups mixed beans drained and rinsed 1 cup carrots chopped 2 tbsp pure maple syrup 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 1 cup frozen corn kernels thawed 1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly crisp. Drain all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) fat from pan. 2. Add onion and sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until tender and translucent. Add turkey and cook, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, for 5 to 7 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Transfer to slow cooker stoneware. 3. Stir in mushrooms, celery, tomato, green pepper, red pepper, soup, baked beans, mixed beans, carrots, maple syrup, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne. 4. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, until bubbling. Stir in corn and cook for 20 minutes.

(Heather Lindsay, ON Tau, Canada) 6 strips bacon 2 medium onions sliced thin 1-3 cloves garlic minced (to taste) 2 lb lean ground beef Two 15 oz cans kidney beans (drained) 3½ cups canned tomatoes 2 stalks of celery chopped 1 red pepper seeded & chopped 3 tbsp tomato paste 1-3 tbsp chili powder (to taste. I use 3 Tbsp.) ¾ tsp oregano 1 tsp salt black pepper to taste cayenne pepper or cajun seasoning (to taste, or omit)

Fry bacon until crisp in a heavy pan. Remove, crumble and set aside. Cook onions and garlic in bacon fat until onions are yellow. Add ground beef and cook until well browned, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Add remaining ingredients and crumbled bacon; cover tightly and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve very hot in deep bowls. Serves 6-8. Heather likes to serve this with red wine, garlic bread and Caesar salad. Turn page for more recipes! “Connecting with someone is not necessarily a bond with a significant other, or even a friend, but can be the indefinable - perhaps the rarest and most precious thing in life to find at all.” ~ Donna Lynn Hope Colorado Lieutenant Governor 2016

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Cajun Chili (Shannon Lorenzo-Rivero, TN Chi)

Puerto Rican Chili (Mariann Villafane) 1 lb ground beef Goya Adobo with Pepper 2 tbsp olive oil ¾ cup diced onion ½ cup diced green pepper 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1½ tbsp chili powder 2 tsp cumin or to taste ½ tsp oregano ½ can Goya Tomato Sauce 1 rounded tbsp Goya Recaito 1 packet Sazón Goya with culantro & achiote 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes ½ cup water 1 packet Goya Powdered Beef Bouillon 1 can (15.5 oz.) Goya Small Red Beans, undrained Season meat with Adobo. Set aside. In a skillet, heat oil on medium. Stir in onion, pepper and garlic and cook until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add meat and cook until browned. Drain excess oil. Stir in chili powder, cumin and oregano. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in tomato sauce, Recaito, Sazón, diced tomatoes, water and bouillon, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in beans and simmer for 10 minutes or until it reaches desired consistency.

1 (13 oz pkg) beef smoked sausage sliced ¼ cup olive oil 1 lb. chicken breast can of diced tomatoes and chopped onion 2 cups no-salt chicken broth or stock 2 (16 oz) cans each of Bush’s Best Chili Beans and kidney beans drained 1 can Ro-tel tomatoes with green chilies 2 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning or more if you like it spicy Slice sausage and cook in oil for 3-4 mins. Remove sausage from pan. Bake chicken breast at 350 degrees until done. Shred with fork. Add to pan along with tomatoes, onion and Ro-tel. Stir the broth slowly into the pan. Add sausage and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes until chili has thickened. Serve with green onions and sour cream.

Let us know your favorite! Blue Bonnet’s Lemon Meringue Pie 1 and ½ cups sugar 3 T. cornstarch 3 T. flour Dash of salt 1 ½ cups water

3 eggs 2 T. butter or margarine ½ tsp. finely shredded lemon peel 1/3 cup lemon juice Meringue for pie

Prepare and roll out pastry. Line a 9-inch pie plate, trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of the pie plate. Flute edge; prick pastry. Bake in 450-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. For Filling: In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt. Gradually stir in water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Separate egg yolks from whites; set aside whites for meringue. Beat egg yolks slightly. Stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the beaten yolks. Return mixture to saucepan. Bring mixture to gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in butter or margarine and lemon peel. Gradually stir in lemon juice, mixing well. Turn filling into baked pastry shell. Make meringue for pie using the reserved egg whites. Spread meringue over hot filling; seal to edge. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Cool completely before serving. For Lemon Cream Pie top with whipped cream instead of meringue. 30

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Grace Andrews...............1983-1985 Past Grand President, 1985-1987 Past International Executive Board Chairman Lynne L. Allen................ Louisiana Alpha Kappa Marilyn S. Allen..................... South Carolina Nu Peggy A. Amell.............. Michigan Beta Gamma Carolyn Jean Anderson...... Georgia Beta Theta Cari S. Ashford............................Tennessee Nu Joyce B. Bagwell........... South Carolina Upsilon Gale Bailey......................... Washington Epsilon Patricia A. Bailey......................... Tennessee Phi Stephanie G. Baudry...........Louisiana Alpha Nu Wanda W. Beasley.........................Alabama Chi Evelyn R. Beebe..........................Vermont Delta Ione N. Behm.................. Washington Alpha Nu Joyce H. Bell...............................Arkansas Rho Rhoda A. Bierstedt.............................. Utah Eta Catherine H. Bird..................... West Virginia Psi Alice V. Black........................ Florida Delta Delta Nettie D. Blackwell.................North Carolina Psi Rebecca J. Bledsoe.....................Ohio Alpha Xi Etheline Bounds..............Alabama Fidelis Alpha Carol D. Buchmiller.............................. Utah Eta Helen Burnett................................. Colorado Pi Ann B. Byrd............... North Carolina Sustaining Betty S. Byrd...........West Virginia Alpha Epsilon Gloria F. Cann......................Florida Beta Kappa Catherine C. Carey........... Tennessee Alpha Chi Patricia C. Carlton........ North Carolina Omicron Patricia A. Carter.......................Ontario Upsilon Florence G. Coffman.............Illinois Alpha Theta Larue W. Compton................... Georgia Epsilon Virginia Conway..........................New Mexico Xi Hazel I. Cook.....................California Fidelis Iota Tacey Cravens...............................Arkansas Nu Janet Dagley.............................Tennessee Rho Betty Di Francesco.............. New Jersey Kappa Kathryn S. Dixon........................ Tennessee Iota Kathryn B. Douglas.......................... Alabama Pi Joan A. Dutter.............. Georgia Fidelis Lambda Brenda H. Etheridge.............Louisiana Omicron Darlene F. Ferrier.................. South Dakota Beta Arline M. Friscia............. New Jersey Sustaining Sarah J. Garrett.................. Georgia Beta Theta

Edna M. Gillispie.... West Virginia Alpha Lambda Jeannine K. Goethe...................... Georgia Beta Barbara M. Grant.............. Florida Fidelis Kappa Caroline T. Grant........................Michigan Theta Margaret E. Green....................Illinois Alpha Mu Marilyn Green..............................Illinois Upsilon Patricia M. Griffin.................Connecticut Kappa Dixie S. Hart................. North Carolina Fidelis Xi Janie B. Haygood..................... Alabama Sigma Dorothy J. Heinze................ New Jersey Kappa JoAnn Herzberg..................... Missouri Gamma Barbara K. Hill...........................Washington Nu Laura Hinthorne............ Washington Beta Alpha JoAnn M. Hoffman..................... Minnesota Chi Patricia L. Hoke...............California Beta Kappa Sharon O. Holaday........................... Hawaii Eta Sandra O. Howell........................... Kansas Iota Juanita P. Hughes....North Carolina Beta Kappa Kathleen F. Hughes.... North Carolina Sustaining Joye P. Irons..................... South Carolina Theta Kelly R. Johnson.......................Virginia Alpha Pi Mary J. Jolliffe............................ Illinois Beta Mu Carol M. Jones............North Carolina Alpha Mu Rebecca L. Jones......South Carolina Alpha Tau Bonnie M. Klems...................Michigan Lambda Hope L. Lackey.... North Carolina Fidelis Kappa Sheila G. Lanier..... North Carolina Gamma Zeta Jeanette Lindley................. Texas Beta Gamma Eileen Lowe.......................... Tennessee Epsilon Barbara M. Madigan............ North Carolina Rho Harriet J. Major...... South Carolina Fidelis Alpha Candace S. Malm..............Minnesota Alpha Phi Patricia B. Malone...........Alabama Fidelis Alpha Fritzi M. Manson..............West Virginia Lambda Norma L. McCarroll................ Tennessee Alpha Peggy McCauley...........................Minnesota Pi Phyllis E. McLeod.......... Minnesota Alpha Theta Edythe N. McNabb....................Tennessee Rho Elizabeth McWilliams................ Alabama Sigma Margaret E. Melchers............Illinois Alpha Theta Edna M. Merson...................... Maryland Kappa K A P PA N • J U N E 2 0 2 1

Ruth J. Metzger.................... Florida Fidelis Rho Shirley H. Miller.............Tennessee Fidelis Theta Ruth Ann Millikan....................Indiana Alpha Phi Jean Minnick...........................West Virginia Phi Barbara A.Y. Miyamoto........................Hawaii Xi Beverly J. Morris.............................Illinois Alpha Mary K. Murray......................... Alabama Sigma Anastasia H. Panos..................... Maryland Rho Patsy B. Patten............. Louisiana Alpha Kappa La Rey Peterson.............................. Utah Theta Betty J. Pinkerton........................ Georgia Delta Phyllis S. Renshaw.................Missouri Omicron Minetta S. Rice..........................West Virginia Xi Laura Richards................... Washington Epsilon Barbara A. Roumbanis..... Florida Fidelis Kappa Ruth V. Sanders.............................. Georgia Phi Christine Schulz....................West Virginia Delta Anne Siress....................... Kentucky Alpha Rho Georgia J. Smith....................Colorado Gamma Barbara J. Snyder......... Michigan Beta Gamma Virlinda J. Snyder..............................Virginia Psi Nancy K. St Marie.......................Minnesota Mu Betty F. Stokes............Florida Gamma Omicron Marsha M. Tanaka.....................Hawaii Gamma Irene Taylor...................... California Gamma Nu Martha W. Teague.....North Carolina Alpha Theta Linda A. Trimbath................. Florida Fidelis Rho Mary Ann Turley.......................... California Zeta Margaret Turner...............West Virginia Lambda Barbara D. Tyson..... North Carolina Fidelis Beta Frances Viers...................... Illinois Alpha Kappa Irma Vincens..................... Connecticut Gamma Joan Volanin.............. New Jersey Alpha Kappa Kathleen VonSchwarz........Michigan Beta Alpha Gladys Whetstine.............Oklahoma Sustaining Barbara V. White.......... Michigan Alpha Gamma Sue Williamson........... North Carolina Beta Zeta Helene L. Wood....... California Gamma Lambda Margaret R. Wooten.......Florida Fidelis Lambda


Homeroom Humor


Potty problems are not unknown in the youngest elementary students, but the children are not always willing to admit they have a problem. Such was the case with one little girl who frantically raised her hand and announced, “My chair is leaking!” Nancy Dal Pian, FL Beta Rho

Fluffy Tails

Kindergarten was studying small animals in the fall and talking about rabbits and squirrels. In the Arizona desert, we do not have the fluffy-tailed squirrels as other states do. We have small ground squirrels. One day, Joshua walked into class all excited and asked, “Teacher, are we going to talk about the squrabits again today?” “Probably,” she answered with a puzzled look. “Tell me something you remember about the squarbits.” Joshua answered, “You know they have fluffy tails! SQURABITS!” Then, she realized he had combined the names of both animals, the squirrel and the rabbit, and had come up with squrabits! (squirrel + rabbit = squra/bit) Betty Jo Evers, IVP for Membership


Sometimes, my students earn enough tokens to eat lunch in the room with me. One of the things we sometimes do is play music during that time. I usually play the “Kids Bop” version of songs because they’ve been PG’d and are mostly okay, lyric-wise. I had one student ask to listen to “Kanye.” I said, “Well, I can search to see if Kids Bop has a clean version of any Kanye songs, but I’m not sure if they will.” Disappointed, the student protested, “But Ms. Hill. He’s an old country singer.” And I said, “Kanye West, right?” He said with feeling, “NO! He’s Kanye Twitty and my grandpa had all his albums.” Be still my heart...little man thought it was Kanye Twitty, not Conway Twitty. Rebecca Hill, KA Beta Epsilon

The Write Stuff

Keep It Simple

I teach 18 to 26 years old with Moderate Cognitive Impairments in a community-based program. We overheard this conversation in my classroom. Student 1: “Listen. You just need to eat, drink, have goals, and stay out of trouble every day.” Student 2: “Okay.” My work is done. Karyn Juntunen, MI Gamma Alpha

I explained to my third graders that we would be learning a new type of handwriting, and the children went home filled with enthusiasm. The next day, I received a letter from a parent who had recently moved into the district from another part of the country whose accent was different than ours. He wrote, “Dear Ms. Couper, please do not teach my son cursing.” I was shocked. Why would he think I would teach any child to curse? Then it dawned on me; I had told my students that we would be learning cursive. When I wrote a note to explain to the father that cursive hand-writing meant linking letters together, he replied saying that he was okay with the handwriting but he still didn’t want his son to learn to curse in school. Sue Couper, VA Alpha Rho


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A∆K Dates and Deadlines June 1....................... Voting for World Understanding Project Begins

July 4.............................................................................Fourth of July

June 14..................................................................................Flag Day

July 6-16............ International Convention, Leadership Academy and Educational Symposium

June 15.........................Deadline for H-142 S/P/N President’s report to Regional IVP

August.................. Officers’ Packets emailed via Eblast to chapter and S/P/N presidents, Posted on Website

June 19...............................................................................Juneteenth August 31... Deadline for Distinguished Program Award applications June 20............................................................................ Father’s Day “The Longest Day” Alzheimer’s Association June 30.....................Deadline for Chapter Needs Assessment (CNA)

Chapter Needs Assessment due to Regional Membership Consultant September ....S/P/N and Chapter Treasurer packets mailed from HQ

Deadline for H-114, Annual Chapter Highlights Summary to HQ Deadline S-1 & S-2 Annual State Treasurer’s Reporting Forms to HQ, U.S. and Puerto Rico only Deadline for C-1 Annual Chapter Treasurer’s Reporting Form

September 6........................Labor Day (U.S.) / Labour Day (Canada) September 15.................. Deadline for Classroom Grant Applications

Voting for World Understanding Project Ends

September 20...........Deadline for S/P/N for Membership Consultant CNA checklist to RMC

July 1................... KAPPAN submission deadline for September issue Canada Day

September 30.............S/P/N Presidents submit next convention date, city and hotel site to HQ


The members showing items they collected for the Family Crisis Center in the March KAPPAN are members of GA Beta Gamma, not members of GA Beta. Apologies to Beta Gamma. The International Teacher Education program was incorrectly identified in the March issue as the International Teachers of Excellence program. The statements labeled K and L in the quiz in “Altruism Deciding, What Counts” in the March KAPPAN were reversed. The statement K is a reportable altruistic activity. Statement L is not.

New Jersey Kappa

For over a quarter of a century, NJ Kappa chapter has been offering a hand up to neighbors in need at Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ. The members donate to the Kitchen and assist in cooking and serving meals. Growing empathy, some Kappa members have brought their students and children in to volunteer. Kappa also supports the Kitchen’s culinary arts school and catering business where students are trained and then placed in restaurant jobs.


Alpha Delta Kappa

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Thank You to the Leaders of the 2019-2021 Biennium!