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International President’s Message Membership: Finding Infinite Possibilities Honor A Sister Understanding A∆K Diversity Amazing Members The KAPPAN Congratulates! #A∆K Bytes and Pieces Out of this World Altruism A∆K Altruistic Giving History Altruism Projects SPECIAL CONVENTION SECTION

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Omega Chapter Homeroom Humor A∆K Calendar

Thank you to Ellen Roderick, Past International Executive Board Chairman, MD Beta, for her extensive research into the history of altruism in Alpha Delta Kappa. Her information was used in several articles.

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Front cover photo of Blue Morpho butterfly and other butterfly photos in the magazine were taken by Shannon Lorenzo-Rivero, TN Chi and KAPPAN consultant.

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 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: Internet: 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 June 2021 issue is April 1, 2021. Authors should include their name, state/province/nation and chapter, highest A∆K office held and when. Understanding Our World is the theme of the June 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


t has been more than a year since the World Health Organization announced the discovery of a mysterious coronavirus related pneumonia. Within a month, countries worldwide began to restrict travel and require nonessential personnel to work from home. I bet each of us can remember when we learned that we would experience our Judy Ganzert own lockdown. I had been planning my annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. The brisket went into the freezer with hopes that my corned beef and cabbage dinner would be postponed for maybe a month or so. Sadly, I don’t think there will be guests in my dining room again this year. The impact of this pandemic has challenged every aspect of our lives, from how we teach our children to how we buy our groceries. Those who can work from home are considered fortunate as many businesses have been forced to close, and jobs have been lost. Lines at local food banks everywhere are staggering. On the bright side, those who can have stepped up to help. Alpha Delta Kappa sisters have once again contributed … and contributed … and contributed. The theme of this month’s KAPPAN, The Power of Altruism, could not be more appropriate. Are you familiar with the theory of the butterfly effect? The butterfly effect is a physics concept that a single butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the globe can start a hurricane on the other. Several years ago, I saw a report on one of the morning news shows about ALS patient, Chris Rosati. Chris was confined to a wheelchair, and his voice was almost gone. Yet, he made a significant impact on many, many people. Chris wondered if this same theory could be applied to kindness. He decided to test the theory at a diner in his hometown of Durham, North Carolina. He saw two girls at the table next to his and gave them each $50 with one very simple instruction --- do something kind.


He left the diner and forgot all about it until he got an email several months later. It included pictures from a village in Africa with villagers holding signs that read, “Thanks a lot for spreading kindness -- Chris Rosati.” It was the butterfly effect. The girls he gave the money to that day in the diner had followed his directions. Thirteen-year-old Kate Cameron, and her 10-year-old sister, Anna, knew exactly where to spend the money. Their father had worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. The village had been working hard to fight the spread of Ebola, and the girls’ money went to provide a feast to celebrate being Ebola-free. When asked what he would do after proving the butterfly effect, Chris said, “Oh man, you get a whole lot of butterflies to flap their wings.” The hurricane of kindness had begun. Chris asked fans to give out their own little butterfly grants -- $50 each -- to any kid who wanted to start changing the world. Therein lies the beauty of the story. We see ourselves as so small in the universe that we think we can’t possibly make a difference…yet nothing can be further from the truth. Alpha Delta Kappa sisters know about the power of altruism. Inside this issue, you will learn about the history of our altruistic projects and the impact of the kindness sisters have spread throughout the world. You will also learn about the International Convention Altruistic Project, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT). This project is dear to my heart and to other sisters who, like me, have a family member with Down Syndrome. Teachers exemplify the unselfish concern for the welfare of others, the power of altruism. During this pandemic, many teachers have been reported taking bags of food to their students’ homes, providing coats and shoes to children in need, and providing extra Zoom sessions with students who are not handling virtual learning well. I could not be more proud to be a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an organization dedicated to promoting such selflessness. Kindness is the mark we leave on the world. No act of kindness, no matter how large or small, is ever wasted. The spread of kindness has infinite possibilities.

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Finding Infinite Possibilities By Judy Barnhill, Tennessee Beta Zeta, Southeast Region Membership Consultant


n a beautiful starlit evening in July 2019, we waited breathlessly for our newly installed International President, Judy Ganzert, to reveal her theme and logo. The time when the logo is revealed is always a special time. I don’t know about you, but my first thought when I heard “Infinite Possibilities” was, “Hooray! This is great! It’s short and sweet and will be easy for me to remember.” Who could have known what an impact those two words would have on our organization in the months that would follow. Hearing the words of the theme and the challenge President Judy gave reminded me of a song I learned as a child. Some of the words are: I am a promise I am a possibility I am a promise with a capital P I’m a great big bundle of potentiality! The year 2020 with COVID lockdowns, cancellations, and mask mandates made that a year like no other we had experienced. Those events gave Alpha Delta Kappa sisters many opportunities to show that they really were up to the task and would find “infinite possibilities” to be something we experienced each and every day. Not only did chapters meet the stated challenges from President Judy, sisters all across our organization went above and beyond to discover and implement new ways to accomplish these goals.


Sisters everywhere showed that they were “great big bundles of potentiality.” Sisters learned that they truly had the potential to create new ways to share altruism, install new members, and invent different ways to keep membership alive and well. Chapters and sisters truly embraced the challenges of our unusual year. I’d like to share some with you. Florida Alpha Sigma’s Co-presidents Karen Lakin and Mary Carpenter made the decision to carry on all the components of their meetings via Zoom. Guest speakers made their presentations virtually as well. Their yearbooks became digital and allowed each member to edit and update from the safety of their personal computers. Manitoba Alpha Delta Kappa’s Provincial President Sheila Stark-Perreault and Provincial President-Elect/Membership Consultant Sue Marlatt orchestrated a “Membership Mingle” called Bags and Tags. Members received all the supplies they needed to create gift bags and tags along with a special bag of “Snowman Soup” to enjoy while they created these holiday gift bags. Sue reported they even had a drawing for a special gift with extra tickets when a member registered for this event and brought a friend. Madeline Bosma, Colorado Alpha Iota, was charged with creating a virtual program when very few chapters in her area had mastered virtual meetings. Since Madeline had recently returned from a trip to Mexico, she contacted sisters in Mexico

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MEMBERSHIP MESSAGE and was able to facilitate a joint meeting with her chapter and the chapter in Mexico. Not only was she able to get the virtual part done, she also created a bit of World Understanding as the two groups shared information about their respective countries’ educational systems. Members of New Jersey Lambda, along with a couple of husbands, bundled up on a cold winter day and placed wreaths to honor veterans at Riverside Cemetery. Sue and Ned McDowell, Carol Shelton, Linda Rissel, Roxanne and Jack Reuther, and Janis and Ray Coles, were among the members that participated. Ned shared a picture of the group on a Facebook page. Sherry McMahan and Julie Abernathy, Altruistic Co-chairs Tennessee Beta Zeta, realized that there would be no way to proceed with their annual indoor gingerbread decorating event in 2020. Not to be outdone, they decided to sponsor a virtual 5K as a fundraiser. Members found sponsors and had a full week during Alpha Delta Kappa month to complete the “run, walk or waddle” 3.1 miles. Support of the event raised over $3,000. The proceeds were given to help Graceworks, a local charity, and grants were given to two schools in the area that had little parent support. Robin Miller reported a fun event from Texas, Gamma Nu. “We had a spooky good time, playing Virtual Halloween Bingo. Everyone dressed in their favorite outfit or scary hat. We loved it so much that we opened our next event to Texas District 11 for a Virtual Ugly Sweater Bingo Party. Everyone dressed in their ugliest sweater with the grand prize being a turkey donated by a prospective member.” Bingo players

paid $10 for a card using a QR code which they scanned to deposit the money directly into the Texas Gamma Nu account. Members who did not want to use the QR code sent checks. All proceeds from these events supported the chapter’s scholarships. Alaska’s Gamma and Zeta Chapters, led by State President Barbara Nore, Gamma Chapter President Gwen Brazier, Zeta Chapter President Amanda Ross and Zeta member Robyn Atkins, formed a partnership to host a virtual silent auction. Gamma and Zeta Chapters are in Fairbanks. They invited the Anchorage Alpha Chapter to take part. They used a platform called 32 Options which holds silent auctions for non-profit organizations. Donated items were used and members connected via a special link to set up a bidding account. All monies raised went to the chapters’ altruistic projects. The chapters even arranged for delivery of items after the bidding closed. Items included baked goods, gently used or recycled items, and themed baskets. All planning was completed via Zoom. As you can see, with Alpha Delta Kappa… where there’s a will, there’s a way. Across our organization members have embraced the challenges with grace and determination to succeed. We are now just over two months into 2021. At this time we all hope that things will return to in-person meetings and larger group gatherings for friends and family. As things actually do return to a more normal setting, I remind you again… you are a “great big bundle of POTENTIALITY.” Membership depends on you. If you can think it, you can do it. After all, Alpha Delta Kappa is filled with INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.

A∆K Honor A Sister

Donations were received from the following members who made contributions through December 24, 2020, to recognize a fellow member. Gifts received after December 24, 2020, will be published in the June 2021 KAPPAN. Louisiana Delta Chapter Honoring our awesome past president, Ruby Blackwell, LA Delta Geralyn Shreve In honor of Mary Jo Heller, WA Alpha Delta In honor of Jeanine Van Tassel, WA Alpha Delta In honor of Carmen Llewellyn, WA Beta Alpha In honor of Cathy Jameson, WA Pi In honor of Anne Brooks, FL Omicron In honor of Jan Cook, NE Nu In honor of Patti Abbott, NV Gamma In honor of CeCe Hall, AZ Psi In honor of Ellen Roderick, MD Beta In honor of Melba Priestly, GA Alpha Gamma


NE Theta Chapter Thanking Nancy Bishop, NE State President for her visit Irene Clark, FL Fidelis Beta In memory of Pat Seaver, VT Alpha Deborah Price, OH Lambda Honoring Sapphire Sister Georgine Collette, OH Lambda Martha Harper, MS Lambda In honor of Tina Thompson, MS Lambda In honor of Leigh Beverin, MS Lambda Mollie Acosta, International In honor of Glad Loreen, NWR Mentor Sandy Wolfe, International In memory of Judy Fogle, VA Beta Iota

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Understanding A∆K Diversity “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~JAMES BALDWIN


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ast fall, members of Alpha Delta Kappa embarked on a journey to strengthen our organization and broaden our understanding of diversity. Members were invited through e-blasts to participate in a survey about practices in A∆K. The results pointed to areas where we can be more considerate, more inclusive, and more representative of populations in communities where we live and where we teach. Every comment offered by the more than 900 participants “To bring about a was read and categorized by regional teams that analyzed change, you must assigned questions. not be afraid to Beyond the graphs take the first step. shown, religious affiliations included: 1.4% Jewish, 2% We will fail when Buddhist, 5.2% not appliwe fail to try.” cable, and 88% Christian. ~ROSA PARKS Asked if they have ever felt uncomfortable at an A∆K meeting, comments of separation arose. “Sisters arrive at our meetings, and want to sit with their friends rather than reaching out and getting to know someone new.” Eighteen percent of respondents wrote about not feeling welcomed, being ignored, and excluded by cliquish groups. Many pointed out a lack of diversity in our membership, with several expressing the sentiment, “I don’t see people who look like me.” That feeling was conveyed in 14% of the comments registered on that question. Eleven percent of responding members have felt uncomfortable when thoughts for the day included praying, when scripture was read, or the chaplain’s readings centered on a particular faith. Although 60% indicated that “things are fine as they are,” forty percent responded that changes are needed in order for members to feel more comfortable, included, and welcome. The committee concluded that we must intentionally work to make meetings more welcoming. Many alluded to a lack of awareness of their own biases. There was a strong desire for a more diverse membership. Additionally, there was a call for training or education that would increase personal awareness of bias with regard to both race and age. Thirty-one of 218 respondents (14%) reported their frustration about how to recruit and appeal to teachers of different races and ethnicities and make them feel welcome in

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Alpha Delta Kappa. In addition, sisters mentioned a need for sensitivity to ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) issues in meeting locations and programs offered. Besides seeing an increase in the diversity of the membership and leadership, members recommended mentorship of new teachers and new members as an action that would build confidence and help strengthen relationships and skills. Several sisters recommended including more diversity in our publications: website, KAPPAN, and pamphlets, saying that we can be more purposeful about the pictures we choose to portray our sisterhood, its activities and events. We can be more intentional about our planning of learning sessions, presenters, programs, and articles that are more diverse. We can be more considerate of dissenting opinions from our sisters. We can plan our events to incorporate different cultures and what might appeal to them. Bettina McWilliams (IL, Alpha Kappa) proposed the practice of “Each One, Reach One” in which each member invites an excellent educator who doesn’t look like herself to attend chapter meetings with the hope that later she might join Alpha Delta Kappa. “Big change happens when small habits change,” Bettina said. Some chapters are already engaged in better understanding people and world cultures. One chapter looks at world issues as they impact students. Refugees, immigration and poverty create anxiety and stress in addition to parents wanting their children to excel. Understanding students’ experiences prior to their arriving in our classrooms is important so that we can provide for their academic and emotional needs. PA Gamma has had book discussions about white privilege and implicit bias. Another chapter supports a local nonprofit that focuses on mentoring minority and underserved girls in middle school, high school and college to encourage successful education goals. They are hopeful that those who become educators will join their chapter. Sisters recommended revising vision and mission statements so that all would be guided by the same inclusive principles. Our membership is looking for leadership to guide the efforts of becoming more diverse and inclusive in International and regional leadership bodies. Leadership should reflect what we want our organization to look like. Diversity in all aspects is sought, and members want all people to feel welcome. One member wrote, “We need a clear statement in our governing documents, a statement of support for equality, justice and respect...” The goal of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is to strengthen Alpha Delta Kappa through commitment to diversity and inclusion practices that respect and value each member for her unique qualities. The committee

recommends the following actions for 2021: 1. Explore revision of the A∆K mission statement and guiding documents to include a statement on diversity and inclusion, which would address race, ethnicity, culture, religion and LGBTQIA awareness. 2. Develop and provide specific education and training to make us all feel welcome, know different cultures, address diversity and bias. The best way to learn this is through education, discussion, learning sessions at conferences and conventions, and webinars. 3. Develop and publicize new strategies for chapters to recruit by reaching out to diverse groups. For example, encourage the development of collegiate clubs, especially at colleges with diverse student populations.

L to R: Sheikla Blount, AL Beta Lambda; Pippy Rogers, GA Beta Iota; Carol Ann Drane, MS Alpha Epsilon

4. Review the voting process for new members, as stated in the bylaws, to ensure there are no barriers to diversity and inclusion. 5. Publicize A∆K’s definition of diversity via The Kappan, webinars, book clubs, etc. 6. Include more photos reflecting diversity in The Kappan. Also, include an article about the Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s progress in each upcoming issue. 7. Explore the idea of pairing less diverse chapters with more diverse chapters for occasional activities via virtual meetings. Contributing to this article: Pat Valle (WA Alpha Delta), Su Wade (International) and Sue Pelchat (International) based on survey analyses led by regional leaders on the Ad Hoc Committees on Diversity and Inclusion.

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Continuing to Serve


fter serving thirty years as a teacher and administrator, Beth Knes, a member of MO Beta Xi isn’t through yet. She continues to serve and impact the lives of Missouri’s educators as a governor-appointed member of the Public School and Education Employees Retirement System of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) Board of Trustees. As a Board member and fiduciary of the Systems, Beth assists with making critical financial and policy decisions on behalf of the entire PSRS/PEERS membership. When she left teaching, Beth wanted to continue to be involved in education in some capacity, but substituting was not her immediate choice. She felt that she needed more technology expertise since most classrooms were meeting virtually. She was invited to apply for a position on the Board of Trustees, was accepted by the governor and approved by the Senate of MO. Beth is one of seven members of this diverse board of teachers, administrators and financial folks. Beta Xi Sister Shelley Smith shared, “Beth has a passion for education and for positively contributing to the lives of Missouri educators, whether they are young, elderly or somewhere in between.” Beth is the mother of two sons. One is a nurse and the other is a teacher. She loves spending time with family and enjoys reading in her spare time. Her teaching career covered every elementary school grade. As a classroom teacher, she taught second grade. When she became a reading specialist she worked with students from kindergarten to sixth grade and as a special education teacher her students ranged from first to fifth grade. Joining A∆K about four years ago, Beth has found a solid place among her sister educators. Beth says, “I’m thankful to be a part of A∆K and glad to be in such a caring chapter. It has made my life richer and I love having opportunities to learn together with fellow educators.” Article contributed to by Betty Sherrod, VA Gamma Omicron and Shelley Smith, MO Beta Xi




Students Learn Stories of Resistance and Hope in Holocaust


am Plahs, VA Beta Upsilon, hopes to honor those who risked everything to resist the injustice of the Holocaust. Exploring the courageous decisions made by the group, Righteous Among the Nations, Plahs plans to lead her seventh graders to a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. Righteous Among the Nations is defined as non-Jews who helped the Jewish people in times of need. They were Christians, Muslims and atheists. Some were high-ranking diplomats who used their positions to secure false papers for Jews, while others were peasant farmers who hid Jews on their property. Plahs recently received an R.E.B. Award (Rudolph and Esther Bunzi) for Teaching Excellence from the Community Foundation. She said, “I find the Holocaust to be one of the most tragic events within the history of the world. In the midst of that tragedy, however, stories of resistance and hope prevail and remind us of those who chose not to stand by and allow their fellow human beings to be persecuted and murdered, but rather had the courage, each in his or her own way, to help.” For several years Plahs has invited Holocaust survivor Jay Ipson to share his story of the poor Polish Catholic farmer who saved his 10-member family from the Nazis by hiding them in a potato hole on his farm. “Why?” students asked. Mr. Paskauska simply knew it was the right thing to do. Plahs wants her students to grasp the consequences of apathy as well as the positive impact one individual can have. She hopes to empower her students to stand up against injustice. She plans to travel to Europe to visit former sites of ghettos and concentration camps, Holocaust museums, synagogue archives and locations used to hide Holocaust refugees. She is also learning to play the violin to join her school’s orchestra as they play authentic concentration camp sheet music for the cross-curricular documentary project she will implement with her students. Article by Lynne Bland in collaboration with Laurie Surles, Virginia Beta Upsilon, president 2020

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Small Beginning, But Big Results


n 1994, Marilyn McGown, KA Beta Upsilon, was employed as a traveling counselor, splitting her time between elementary schools in two towns. She saw the needs in each community and wanted to meet those needs. She saw the altruistic spirit in each community and wanted to harness that spirit. But, that wasn’t as easy as it might seem. “I was often contacted by civic groups wanting to adopt a family for Christmas,” she said. “This put me in a difficult position, because I couldn’t give out the names of families who might need help. Yet, I knew there was a need.” McGown’s A∆K sister Rebecca Hill taught a Marilyn McGowan (left) and citizenship unit in her first Rebecca Hill (right) grade class. “It got little kids talking and thinking outside themselves,” Hill said. One of her especially enthusiastic students took the lesson to heart, and before long, a school-wide pop can drive began. The goal was to make some money and do some good. The sisters joined forces to do just that. “We had trash bags full of pop cans everywhere - classrooms, my tiny office, the main office,” McGown said. Finding enough space wasn’t the only challenge. Sometimes critters, like ants and tiny mice, were hidden in the bags students brought to school. Learning happened as well. The owner of an area recycling center brought his scale to school to demonstrate that 26 aluminum cans equal one pound. He promised the students that he would pay 30 cents per pound for their project. The drive yielded $200 and was matched by others inspired by the project. A fund was created at each elementary school to help those in need. McGown, the counselor, was given the responsibility of using the fund wisely. That was a beginning. McGown knew that guidelines for such altruism were essential. She was adamant that both towns be included and that the dignity of folks receiving donations be protected. She partnered with Hill and a local minister to create the



Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services, abbreviated BLAS, but pronounced “blaze.” “We wanted to bring churches into the organizing of the group in order to reach the larger community,” she said. With McGown and Hill in the lead, volunteers came together. A Board of Directors was elected. Guidelines were determined. McGown’s husband used his accounting expertise to complete paperwork for non-profit status. The organization was officially afloat and ready to sail. Throughout this process, McGown and Hill kept their Beta Epsilon chapter members informed. AΔK sisters stood ready to help. The first major project of BLAS was an adopt-a-family event in December. Those in need communicated with McGown. Generous organizations, churches, and folks in both communities signed up to provide gifts, clothing, toys, and food. A∆K sisters encouraged their classes to bring needed donations. As enthusiasm spread, the adopt-a-family project worked and became an annual undertaking. Not content with one annual project, BLAS expanded its services with a year-round food pantry. Churches stepped in to provide space. The post office collected food items on their delivery routes. A backpack program was established, providing meals and snacks for students to take home on weekends. Restaurants, chambers of commerce, agricultural organizations, banks and civic groups joined the efforts. “The help just pours in from everywhere,” Hill said. “They see the need in their local community and they are willing to help.” Now in its 25th year, BLAS has continued its help for school and community with clothing items, educational supplies, emergency assistance with utilities and rent, and other needs. Kansas Beta Epsilon chapter and its members have been a significant part of BLAS’s success, donating regularly to the food pantry, volunteering to assist families at the pantry on distribution nights, helping set up for adopt-a-family pickup, and providing gift cards for hard-to-buy-for teenagers each December, over $400 worth in 2020. It’s all volunteer with no paid employees or tax money used. What started with a lesson in citizenship, enthusiastic firstgraders, pop cans, and two dedicated Alpha Delta Kappa members with support from their A∆K chapter has now become the primary social service agency in this large two-community district, a notable example of the power of altruism. Article by Marilyn Anderson, KA Beta Epsilon

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The KAPPAN Congratulates! Royaline Edwards Receives Sarah Farmer Peace Award


oyaline Edwards of Kittery, a member of ME Epsilon Chapter, is the recipient of the 2020 Sarah Farmer Peace Award. The award is presented annually by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Portsmouth, NH, and Green Acre Baha’i Center of Learning in Eliot, ME, to recognize the contributions of area individuals or groups who strive to promote world peace and understanding among nations and members through local action. She received her award in a public webinar ceremony recognizing the United Nations International Day of Peace in September. During the question and answer part of the webinar, Royaline said, “As a peace-builder, I use the building blocks of love, joy and peace to strengthen stature, assembling respect, integrity and perseverance to enhance and promote well-being.” Royaline retired as an elementary school teacher in Portsmouth, NH, after dedicating 34 years to the education of young children. She wrote and directed the play, Listen to the Drums - A Tribute to Harriet Tubman, and was instrumental in working with teachers and students at several schools on its production. In 2002 she received an invitation from the Seacoast Repertory Theater to produce “Drums” in celebration of Black History Month. She brought together a cast of former and present thespians of “Drums” who performed to a packed house. She was thrilled that the Peace Award Ceremony offered another opportunity to bring the message of the play to the community through a virtual presentation. Royaline was asked on one occasion about the impact of the play on the students. She shared an encounter with a young substitute teacher who was walking by during a rehearsal for an upcoming production. Waiting for a moment the teacher said, smiling, that she knew the song the children were singing. It turned out that she had been a cast member of “Drums” when she was in third grade. She still remembered the lines of the character she had portrayed and recited them perfectly. Royaline says hearing similar stories from former students who express how much they enjoyed performing their roles and how much they learned about others and themselves really taps at her heartstrings. In addition to being a playwright, Royaline has also published a semi-autobiographical book Kandi about a young African American girl moving from the south to the north in the 1960-1970s. ME Epsilon members read and discussed Kandi with its author at a chapter meeting. 8

Florida AΔK Beta Psi Art Teacher Wins State Award


fter forty-four years experience, Teresa “Terry” Woodlief, FL Beta Psi, was named Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, 2020 by the Florida Art Education Association. “This award was especially meaningful,” she reflected, “because I was chosen by my peers, and there’s no tougher audience.” Recently retired, Terry serves as a Teaching Artist at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She currently serves her chapter as Technology Rep and coordinates virtual chapter meetings each month. “Sometimes I feel a little awkward about receiving awards, but they validate that I’m on the right path; and that encouragement fuels me to move forward.” From the onset of her career, Terry has been considered a leader in arts education. While a senior Art Education major at UNF, she served as president of the FAEA Student Chapter. Throughout her career, she continued her professional memberships, advanced to leadership roles and currently serves on the board of Northeast Florida Art Education Association. Terry presents workshops on topics relating to teaching students with disabilities, as well as Arts and Technology Integration. As an active mentor, Terry guides novice art teachers as a professional learning community facilitator, encouraging the use of cross-curricular instruction. “I feel that veteran teachers have a responsibility to new teachers. And we’re making an investment in the future of arts education.” Terry was awarded the FAEA Museum Educator of the Year 2013, Florida Governor’s Shine Award 2015 and the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Award 2018 for Excellence in Arts Teaching. She was twice a semi-finalist, and once a finalist, for Duval County Teacher of the Year, 2015. Most recently, she was awarded the Gladys Prior Award 2019 for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.


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Chi Celebrates Sisters

South Carolina’s Chi Chapter celebrated their Golden Sisters with a visit and a special recognition at their homes. Geri Cutler and Diane Harwell were given 50 year pins, along with a bouquet of flowers and a special yard sign that proclaimed their service to Alpha Delta Kappa. They were also spotlighted at the Zoom meetings that have been the norm this year. Marie Mooneyham, Paula Weinspach and Ouidasue Nash were proud to represent their sisters at the delivery event. They were even treated to a “socially distant” tea with Diane. Chi sisters plan an in-person celebration for later when they may also celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their chapter.

Grant for Italian Culture

Brigitte Tennis of Washington Beta Iota was recently awarded the Bea Richardson Beneficial Scholarship Grant at the virtual Washington state convention. The $1,500 grant is for enhancing Brigitte’s own knowledge of Latin and its modern-day application to Italian culture and language. It is awarded biennially from the Richardson estate. Bea was a member of the Alpha Lambda chapter in the Lake Washington School District. In 2008, she designated the funds to support on-going personal or professional growth for A∆K members. Brigitte enriches the lives of her high school students through the rigorous study of Latin, as well as taking her students to Italy on an annual basis. Because of COVID-19, Brigitte delivered Latin and Italian culture studies to her students online, incorporating cooking, literature, and slideshows.


Altruism: Deciding What Counts Dear Sister Altru, Our chapter has a question-ism about altruistic projects. We have done a lot of good-ism this biennium. The collectiveism of the chapter’s list is long, but many sisters have gone over and above-ism, and we have some confusion-ism on what is the qualified-ism of our deeds for our Altruistic Report. Suffering from Skepticism, Chapter Want-to-Get-Credit Dear Chapter Want-to-Get-Credit, Have no fear-ism; help is here-ism. One of the purposes of Alpha Delta Kappa is to “promote educational and charitable projects and activities”. Of utmost importance is that when we do our altruistic projects, our intent is to honor our organization; we volunteer in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa. We know learning by doing is engaging and promotes longterm memory. It helps with Brain Fog-isms, too. So let’s test our mind-isms with a little quiz. You may know more than you think. Here are some idea-isms to keep in mind. Is the item in question: • A community project • Donating goods and time • Assisting AΔK sisters in need • Volunteering to help others • Providing assistance to active teachers • Donating to scholarships • Donating to charities • Adopting a family affected by COVID Record your altruistic donations and service hours only if they have been done in the name of AΔK. Here’s the quiz. Circle the letters in front of the items that qualify as AΔK altruistic activities. There are 10 in all.

A. Meals cooked for a sister in need. B. Meals cooked for my family, because I usually just do clean up. K. Donations to the food bank as part of our chapter’s monthly giving. L. Donations to clothing drive to benefit the church collection for the homeless. T. Recording books for the visually impaired. U. Reading to my granddaughter and her best friend. R. Cooking a potluck meal for the Hunger Mission. S. Cooking a potluck dish for sisters and prospective members. U. Donating favorite “like new” books to the children’s library. V. Bringing used books to the library to clean out my basement. H. Crafting holiday cards and sending them to friends in my state chapter. I. Crafting holiday cards and delivering them to the soldiers’ home. S. Raking the yard of the food bank property. T. Purchasing bandaids for blisters of kids who raked my yard. T. Serving 4 hours cleaning the house of an elderly neighbor. U. Serving 4 hours performing my duties as an officer. I. Taking pledges and painting birdhouses for the elderly on The Longest Day. C. Spending 7 hours on a Habitat for Humanity Build. D. Spending 7 hours at the mall buying an initiation outfit. If the circled letters spell ALTRUISTIC, you are firing on all altruistic report-isms. Pippy Rogers, International World Understanding Chairman, GA Beta Iota

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A Gift Of Hope To Help Us Cope

A∆K Ontario, Canada, offered an online experience for their members and guests to hear a message of hope. The guest speaker was Ben Fanelli, a young hockey player who had faced considerable challenges due to injuries. He explained how our thinking can be framed, so that we become the hero of our own story. The chapter’s goal was to engage members, bringing them a message of hope to help them deal with anxiety. Ben’s message can be found on the website Heroic Minds and on the Heroic Minds podcast.

NC Beta Phi Chapter Finds Safe Holiday Activity

NC Beta Phi, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, visited Tinseltown in December to view 50 Christmas trees decorated by various civic groups in Greensboro. Members voted for their favorite. The trees with the most votes won a $500 prize.

New Jersey Kappa Chapter Celebrates

New Jersey Kappa celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in October and recognized Betty DiFrancisco, a founding member of the chapter, as a Golden Sister. The chapter was founded in 1970 in East Brunswick, New Jersey by a group of determined women educators and leaders. Betty has many fond memories of the efforts to start a local chapter. She remembers working with Phyllis Brogan, whom Betty recalls as “the woman who started most of the New Jersey chapters on behalf of Agnes Shipman Robertson.” She has served as Kappa Chapter President and NJ State President. Also honored was Lorraine Laubach for her 35 years of service. Lorraine is now a Sapphire Sister. 10

Happy Birthday, Carol, and Many More Imagine being around as the last pandemic wound down a hundred years ago, as well as living through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, WWII, the Korean War, seeing many U.S. presidents serve their terms. Carol Bailey Pellowe has witnessed all of this and much more since her birth in Malone, New York, December 16, 1920. What a grand story she could tell us all. Carol, a member of Michigan Alpha, is a Golden Sister. Carol received a degree in dietetics from Michigan State University in 1947. Once married, she moved to Vicksburg, MI, and worked on her degree in education at Western Michigan University. She was hired by the Kalamazoo Public School system as a home economics teacher, first at Old Central High and then Kalamazoo Central High School for over 24 years before retiring in 1982. She served as department chair, wrote curriculum, supervised interns and student groups, and mentored new teachers in her department. Making a true difference was her priority. Five years ago, a few sisters took Carol out to breakfast for her birthday. She told them she’d never really had any sort of birthday surprise. The chapter made up for that with the huge extravaganza for her one hundredth. Carol’s sisters planned a surprise “Drive-By Birthday Celebration” for her at her home in Portage, MI, December 16 in the midst of the 2020 pandemic despite cold temperatures and swirls of dancing snowflakes. Her two children and three grandsons celebrated with her. The City of Portage sent a police escort, and a fire engine added to the lights and sirens. Friends and neighbors drove past honking horns, waving signs, and shouting out happy wishes. Masked friends gave her cards, gifts, flowers, and best wishes. Portage’s mayor presented Carol with a framed “Letter of Respect.” Carol’s two children and three grandsons also took part. Alpha sisters holding lit candles led the group in “Happy Birthday” and “The Lamp of Alpha Delta Kappa.” Co-president, Maggie Hills, also presented Carol with a birthday cake and an Ample Pantry dinner gift certificate on behalf of the chapter. Later, Alpha historian Fran Raffel assembled a beautiful memory photo book of the day and delivered it to Carol.

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t the 2019 International Convention members approved three resolutions for feasibility studies. International Executive Board Chairman Sandy Wolfe appointed ad hoc committees to study each resolution. The committees researched and gathered information before presenting their recommendations to the International Executive Board (IEB). The Board approved the recommendations of the three committees. Resolution #1 – Chaired by Two-Year IEB Member Su Wade, the committee studied the feasibility of creating a special recognition for sisters with 10 years of service to Alpha Delta Kappa. The announcement of the creation of the Violet Sister recognition was made in the June 2020 KAPPAN. Upon achieving ten years of service, sisters will receive a 10-year Violet Sister certificate from Headquarters. A ten-year charm is available for purchase. Resolution #2 – Chaired by International PresidentElect Mollie Acosta, the committee studied the feasibility of attending and participating in chapter meetings virtually with suggestions regarding the creation of a Technology Committee for each chapter and every S/P/N board. The Virtual Attendance at a Chapter Meeting Guidelines were announced in the June 12 e-blast. Those guidelines are available on the International website under Chapter Meetings. Resolution #3 – Four Year IEB Member Ann Marie Brown presented the committee’s report at the November 2020 IEB Meeting. The Alpha Delta Kappa Constitution and International Bylaws Membership Eligibility state that to be eligible for membership a woman shall be under contract in teaching, administration, or some specialized field of education. The 2019 Resolution #3 requested a feasibility study to investigate language to include and accommodate educators who do not enter education fields traditionally. These women may not have an education degree or licensure for membership qualifications but possess a four-year college/university degree. The study determined that the language’s intent in the guiding documents did not preclude educators working in, or retired from, specialized fields. In the (November 2020) International Policies & Procedures Manual, 13. Membership, Specialized Field of Education Status, there is a listing of considerations for membership to include prospective members in some specialized field of education. The list of specialized education fields was expanded to include Community College/College/ University Faculty. This addition satisfied the sponsors of Resolution #3.


As of January 1, 2021 Chapter Membership Chairmen have been able to help new and reinstated members register online immediately following initiation. In addition to the ability to pay dues online, the new and reinstated members have timely access to their profile and the International website. There is no paperwork and no delay. New members will be added to the chapter roster within an hour after completing the registration form. The International Membership Committee and S/P/N membership consultants have provided training in this process to chapter membership chairmen. If you have any questions, please contact your S/P/N membership consultant.


Distinguished Program Awards Announced

Congratulations to the seven chapters who received the 2020 Distinguished Program Award for their outstanding programs. The recipients and their regions are Gulf: Georgia Sigma, Northeast: Delaware Eta, North Central: Indiana Beta Gamma, Northwest: Alaska Alpha, Southeast: Virginia Lambda, South Central: Texas Sigma, Southwest: Arizona, Psi. Descriptions and details of the programs will appear in the June issue of The KAPPAN. The award recognizes chapters with outstanding programs that promote involvement and attendance of members while attracting prospective members through creativity and uniqueness. The award is focused on the specific chapter programs offered either prior to or following the business meeting.


When considering prospective members for Alpha Delta Kappa, do not overlook prospects who may not be in the traditional classroom setting. These fields may include Guidance Counselor, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Speech and Hearing Practitioner/ Educator, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Audiologist, School Nurse (Registered Nurse), Instructional Technology Teacher, Media Specialist/Librarian, Vocational/Occupational Teacher, Career/Technical Education Teacher, or Community College/College/University Faculty. In the study of 2019 Resolution Three, women in these fields qualify for membership. Chapters are urged to fill the year 2021 with an enriching chapter membership to include various prospective members working in, or retired from, traditional settings and non-traditional specialized fields.

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Out of This World Altruism By Shirley Bruns, ITE Board Chairman

The International Teachers of Excellence program was established in 1961, making it the first International Altruistic project. It was considered both an altruistic project and a World Understanding project. The first scholar arrived in 1963 and 260 have followed.


ow would you personally like to assist extraordinary young women educators improve the education in their countries? Congratulations, you do. Each Alpha Delta Kappa member has $1.00 of her dues headed straight for this purpose. Chapters

cultural sharing and mutual admiration begin. Some members have sponsored more than once. Some have sponsored and also served on the ITE Board. Bobbi Boyd, Sue Couper, Yolanda Gonzales, and Sherryl Longhofer are among them. Many sponsors have been instrumental in bringing scholars into chapter/state membership as Honorary Members. Since the policy was approved in 2019, we currently have three honorary ITE members with more in the planning stages. This is a wonderful way to share the student, the experience, and the altruism efforts.

“The organization has created an environment of care and support that is unmatched anywhere.” ~ROHINA SEDIQUI, AFGHANISTAN help too. Every year, the International Teacher Education scholarship program serves up to seven scholars from various countries to attain their masters’ degrees and return home to make a difference in their world. It doesn’t stop there. One of the highest altruistic outputs should be focusing on the members who agree to sponsor these awesome scholars. Students might come from tropical areas and arrive without winter wear. U.S. holidays might leave them alone unless a sponsor steps in. Being without transportation, trips to the grocery are appreciated. Sponsors invite them into our A∆K world. This might even begin at the airport when the young women arrive from their long journeys. It is expanded by having them visit chapters and larger meetings. This gives the students an idea of the size of the organization supporting them with $10,000 cash and caring each year. Beyond A∆K, these sponsors invite them into their personal families. Holiday and family tables may have an extra plate added. “We’ve shared many meals, run errands and done a variety of activities around the city. We’ve enjoyed sharing each other’s cultures including numerous new food experiences.” Diane Thompson, WA, Alpha Delta, sponsor of Trang Hoang How are these sponsors chosen? It begins with the selection of the university the student will attend. Then the word is shared through Headquarters that we need co-sponsors for the scholar. Questions arise such as: Do we have a chapter close to this university? Then we contact the State President to request sponsors. They will receive information from the ITE Board and Headquarters outlining their responsibilities. It might seem overwhelming at first, but after the sponsors meet the student, the 12

“Every card, every dollar, every ‘We are so proud of you’ was a lift to me through my program.” Eli Ugarte, Chile, honorary member of CA Alpha Alpha Many of the sponsors realize that they can do more for the student by sharing the experience, so they devise a method through their state president or regional IVP to delegate different months for different groups including the S/P/N’s. Contact information for the scholars is available on our website. “The $10,000 is nothing to be scoffed at, however, the community that comes with the ITE scholarship was priceless and something that other scholarships do not offer.” Njeri Gachathi, Kenya.

ITE Student Enters Ph.D. Program


By Florence Van Dyke, PA Sustaining Member

TE scholar Trang Pham, currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Pennsylvania State University, has been awarded acceptance into the Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network. This two-year program provides formal networking, mentoring, and professional development for graduate students of color or minorities who intend to become professors of educational leadership. In November Trang virtually presented two of her papers at the UCEA (University Council of Educational Administrators) 2020 Graduate Student Summit.

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or over 39 years since the first International Altruistic Project was established, A∆K sisters have contributed millions of dollars to projects, grants and scholarships that make a difference at home and around the world.

International Altruistic Projects At the1981 International Convention, delegates voted to support an International Altruistic Project. The first project was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. In June 1986, an annual contribution was budgeted from the A∆K Foundation. The current contribution is $35,000. Members, chapters, and S/P/Ns started sending their contributions to headquarters to be forwarded. Adding donations made directly to St. Jude from chapters on the local level, proceeds from Math-a-thon events, letter-writing campaigns and other efforts, cumulative A∆K contributions have surpassed $2.8 million. At the 1991 International Convention, delegates voted to support a second International Altruistic Project, Pediatric Aids. From 1991-1997, the Foundation and members contributed $157, 012. In 1997, Susan G. Komen For the Cure was selected as the second International Altruistic Project. In the years 1997-2013, the Foundation and members contributed $515, 858. At the 2013 International Convention, delegates voted to support the Alzheimer’s Association (ALZ). Currently the A∆K Foundation contributes $35,000 to ALZ each year. Adding member donations made directly to ALZ and The Longest Day, cumulative A∆K contributions have exceeded $595,000. In 2019, The Longest Day total was $121,000, and in 2020, it was $134,831. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital........... $ 2,800,000 Pediatric Aids............................................... $ 157,012 Susan G. Komen For the Cure..................... $ 515,858 Alzheimer’s Association................................ $ 595,000 Total ........................................................... $ 4,067,870 International Grants and Scholarships from the A∆K Foundation each biennium: International Teacher Educator (ITE) scholarships (fourteen)....................... $140,000 Excellence in Education (seven regional awards; one international award).................. $ 8,500 Regional Professional Development (RPD) Scholarships (fourteen to twenty-eight)........ $ 42,000

Fine Arts Grants (two or more).......................... $20,000 Agnes Robertson Global Outreach (ARGO) (two)................................................. $5,000 Alpha Delta Kappa Future Educators for A∆K Collegiate Club (fourteen).................... $14,000 Regional Mini-Scholarships (forty-two or more)........................................ $21,000 Classroom Grants (seventy or more).................. $28,000 Innovation Grant for non-members (seventy or more)........................................... $14.000 Total................................................................$292,500 World Understanding Projects (Member donations) 2009-2011 Project S.A.V.E in Vietnam......... $ 91,000 2011-2013 Project H.O.P.E in Juanjui, Peru............................................... $ 55,405 2013-2015 Project B.O.O.K.S on Sioux Lakota Reservation in South Dakota........... $ 80,115 2015-2017 Project T.E.A.C.H. in Croix Des Bouquets, Haiti ......................... $ 61,897 2017-2019 Project TEACH TOO in Croix Des Bouquets, Haiti.......................... $ 52,170 Total...............................................................$ 340,587 Region, State/Province/Nation and Chapter Altruistic Projects and Scholarships Each biennium altruism is unmistakably demonstrated at the regional, S/P/N and chapter level. There are monetary gifts in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa, grants, scholarships, and non-monetary gifts. Regional conferences have an altruistic project. S/P/N’s and chapters support numerous local, state and national altruistic projects, grants and scholarships for members and nonmembers. In the 2017-19 biennium, totals were: Monetary Gifts.......................................... $ 8,495,740 Scholarships............................................... $ 2.026,445 Other Gifts................................................ $ 5,296,209 Service Hours............................................ 2,064,209 Monetary Total.........................................$ 15,818,643 Every year this total increases Contributing to article: Pippy Rogers, International Altruistic Chairman, and Bev Card, International Board Member

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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

hose thousands of projects range from stocking food pantries to buying underwear for foster children to cooking meals for the homeless to fundraising for scholarships. The length and amount of outreach by our sisters is awe-inspiring. The pandemic has not been a deterrent to acts of altruism but instead has produced new ways to continue on the giving path.

The KAPPAN asked chapters to tell us about their project. And did they ever. We received over 100 news items and photographs. We read and exclaimed over all of them. Thank you for sharing. In order to print as many as possible, articles had to be edited. Space does not allow all of them to be printed in this issue. Here are some ways the women of Alpha Delta Kappa are making it a brighter day.

Alabama Alpha Theta and Alabama Beta Delta

Arizona Mu

At the joint Founders’ Day meeting between Alabama Alpha Theta and Alabama Beta Delta, cleaning supplies, such as hand sanitizers, wipes, paper towels, kleenex and face masks, were collected for schools where members are teaching. Alpha Theta plans to continue collecting safe supplies for schools. Twenty-eight members were present, including Alabama state president Kay Spriggs and Alabama vice president for membership Minie Coon. Over $400 in gift cards were collected for Children’s Hospital of Alabama, the state altruistic project.

California Eta

Pictured behind the mask is Eta chapter president, Diana Keyes, presenting the check for “Operation Holiday Joy” to Tim Nye, Executive Director of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA. The chapter theme for December was Giving. In addition to donations to the San Diego Food Bank, the chapter supported local enlisted military families for Christmas. Through the generosity of the members, the chapter donated $900 to the Armed Services YMCA’s program called Operation Holiday Joy. Hundreds of families participated in a drive-through caravan to receive toys and Christmas trees.

The Knitters Group of Arizona’s Mu chapter has been busy knitting and crocheting scarves and purses for the clients of the Native Health Center in Phoenix. Peggy McKitrick, President and Evelyn Leone, President-Elect took them to the center. At their December meeting, the sisters of AZ Mu chapter decorated their Christmas tree with gift cards totalling $450 from local stores for Child Crisis Arizona.

Connecticut Alpha Gamma

Connecticut Alpha Gamma sisters have been sewing dresses for Little Dresses for Africa. The non-profit collects sundresses made by people all over the world and distributes them to children in Africa, Haiti and 86 other countries. To date, CT Alpha Gamma has sewn over 200 dresses for LDFA. The chapter plans to make it an ongoing project. Information on Little Dresses for Africa may be found at



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Mexico’s AΔK chapters came together, helped by community volunteers, to support some of the world’s most excluded: women and children AIDS/HIV sufferers. In December 2019, the chapter organized a traditional Mexican Christmas party, a posada 19 with food, a concert, gift-giving, fundraising and an in-kind donation drive for the residents of the shelter Domus Alipio, Mexico’s National Altruistic Project, located in Mexico City. That event was the first time the givers and the recipients were able to gather in any significant number. For the more than 75 who attended there was a spirit of joy, gratitude, inclusion and solidarity. The Domus Alipio children and their parents received some “frills” that day: bright red Christmas tablecloths, poinsettia plants, candy-filled piñatas, new clothes, and live music, all while being in a beautiful church venue in an upscale tree-lined neighborhood. Long-term member Jean Andersen stressed, “Getting to know the recipients of our altruism in person was one of the most valuable aspects of the posada. Up to that time, I had only seen the director of Domus Alipio. Seeing those families added an entirely new dimension to my understanding and awareness of this project.” Members, along with the AΔK Youth Team and volunteers, played with the children, led craft projects, and donated new scarves, caps and toys individually selected for each child. They also gave out dozens of shoebox gifts of toiletries, fleece blankets and door prizes. One member’s chorus provided the children’s Christmas concert. Many of the children and adults had never experienced a live musical performance. Others donated to the chapter’s first “Kindness Fair” raising over $1,600 dollars for the shelter, scholarships and chapter altruistic projects.


Ana Grace Márquez-Greene lost her life in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012. For this year’s Founders’ Day altruistic project, the sisters of Connecticut Alpha Delta Kappa collected masks, art supplies, children’s books, and $2350.00 for the Ana Grace Project, where “Love Wins” each and every day, founded in Ana’s memory. The project is “dedicated to promoting love, community, and connection for every child and family through three lead initiatives: partner schools, professional development, and music and arts.”

Florida Gamma Epsilon

Every year, Florida Gamma Epsilon sisters prepare cookies for the local Meals on Wheels program. The agency reports that their clients really look forward to the treat. They serve more than 100 homebound neighbors each year.

DE Eta

Delaware Eta sponsored a successful “Non-Event Event” last fall. Unable to hold their annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, sisters created a letter called “No Wine-ing.” They solicited donations from friends, family and community members who had previously supported the altruistic beneficiary, the Mary Campbell Center. Shown is the presentation to the Center of the check for $6,000.

Florida Delta Gamma

Members of Florida Delta Gamma get ready to hold their annual yard sale to raise money for their scholarship fund. Two $500.00 scholarships are presented to a graduating senior at each of the two county’s high schools. Any Christmas decor not sold was donated to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department for their annual party for needy families. Masks were removed for the photo.

Florida Fidelis Beta

Florida Fidelis Beta provided over 30 residents of Savannah Manor Assisted Living Facility in Leesburg, FL, with Christmas gift bags. Warm socks, cozy lap blankets, and toiletries were a few of the many items provided. Delivering the gift bags are President Irene Clark, Treasurer Carol Bulita, President-Elect Sandy Mockus and Historian Deborah Borello.

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Altruism, continued. Georgia

Georgia remembers its Omega sisters by donating a piece of art each biennium. For 2018-2020, the picture was presented to the House of Hope Refuge of Love, a therapeutic center for girls coming out of human trafficking. Georgia Sisters also donated $5000 in cash and sent many boxes of goodies from Amazon. Making the presentation from left to right: Darcelle from House of Hope, Norma Rushing, GA State President, GA Beta; Jane Callahan, Beta Xi artist; Jewel Hendrix, GA Alpha Gamma; Melba Priestley, Past International President, GA Alpha Gamma; and Ann Maxwell, Tau Chapter.

Manitoba Beta

The pandemic prompted the retired teaching Beta chapter members to put together a Sisters Helping Sisters Team to reach out to the active teachers in the chapter. The retired teachers could no longer volunteer in the classrooms, so they devised ways to provide support. A system of delivering Wellness Kits, emails with words of support and encouragement, greeting cards, coffee cards, etc, was set up. A list was made of the many things that could be done to help out, such as making masks, delivering school packages, baking, helping prepare learning kits, making PLAY DOH and much more. This support team will be on-going as long as the pandemic lasts.

Kentucky Lambda

For Alpha Delta Kappa Month, the Georgia Beta Chapter collected more than 50 children’s and adult books for the Ronald McDonald House on Emory Hospital Campus. The Ronald McDonald House has been the state altruistic project since the 2000-2002 biennium. The members also serve dinner at the House in February and hold game nights. In December, art supplies were donated.

Indiana Alpha Upsilon

Indiana Alpha Upsilon sisters “adopt” a family each Christmas through Anna’s House food pantry. This year, the sisters chose to help a grandfather, who suffers from terminal cancer, and his twelve-year-old granddaughter. The grandfather, who also volunteers at the food pantry, expressed much gratitude to his “Christmas angels”. This could very well be his last Christmas, and without these donated gifts, there would be no Christmas for his granddaughter, whose mother recently passed away.

Virginia Beta Beta



Kentucky Lambda donated 236 books as part of its celebration of AΔK Month in 2020. Books were donated to the Barlow Public Library, to Hope Unlimited and to ChildWatch. Lambda sisters participating in the project were Sharon Dershimer, Vicki Gough and Nancy Piper. Pictured in the library photo are left to right: Sharon Dershimer, Nancy Piper, Barlow Mayor Peggy Meredith, and library volunteers Zona Newton and Ruth Negley. 16

GA Beta

VA Beta Beta sisters have been quite busy during the pandemic, reaching out to their community. Many have supported active teachers in the chapter by giving food and treats. Almeda Clements provided food and snacks for a local school, while Marilyn Thompson made over 400 masks for first responders, nurses, doctors, friends and others in the community. She even made violet masks for her fellow Beta Beta sisters. Annette Wauchop created over 100 thank you cards to send to essential workers. Other sisters have been volunteering, mentoring and tutoring those at home.

Louisiana Alpha Nu

Sisters of Louisiana Alpha Nu voted to make Solomon House of New Iberia the recipient of donations. Solomon House provides food to needy families in the area through weekly “brown bag” distributions. The director of Solomon House suggested that gift cards for fast food restaurants would be very much appreciated by the children in the families they serve, since that would be a rare treat for them. Members donated gift cards to a variety of fast food restaurants, as well as cash and non-perishable food items.

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Minnesota Alpha

Minnesota Alpha Alpha chapter usually gives scholarships to new teachers. But, with all the challenges facing teachers during the pandemic, this year they decided to give three $200 scholarships to actively teaching chapter members. The members were grateful and put the money to good use in their classrooms.

North Carolina Beta Chi

For thirty years, North Carolina Beta Chi has held auctions to raise money for their Melinda Canniff Scholarship. The chapter awards several scholarships annually to students planning to earn a teaching degree at a 4-year college.

Missouri Alpha Beta North Carolina Beta Phi

The North Carolina Beta Phi Chapter holds an annual wreath fundraiser in December to fund altruistic projects, including a scholarship for a teacher. They sell beautiful 18-inch Frazier Fir wreaths fresh from the NC mountains. Pictured is Amy Travis, chair of the project.

Missouri Alpha Iota

Missouri Alpha Iota’s daytime altruistic project involved wrapping almost 200 gifts for the children of Coyote Hill, an organization serving children in foster care.

Virginia Gamma Alpha


Where there’s a will, there’s a way and Gamma 23 Alphas of Virginia found it. Knowing their anticipated fundraiser could not be held as usual, members made a few adjustments and combined a basket auction with an outdoor fashion show. It turned out to be a great fundraiser. The total for the day came to $1,500, more than raised in previous years. The money was divided between St. Jude and the chapter’s scholarship fund. Working together, sisters secured a location, created their basket donations and found a dress shop, The Finn and Pearl, who provided fashions and models. Each sister contributed a themed basket labeled with a brief description and estimated value of its contents. The event was held in a covered shelter at the Historic Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville, Virginia. Guests were by invitation only. Guests included SER IVP Conway Blankenship and Lisa Valdrighi, reporter for the local Rappahannock Record.

As the 2020-2021 school year began, Missouri Alpha Beta chapter knew it was going to be a very difficult and stressful year for teachers and students. Remembering how difficult it is to be a first-year teacher, the members felt a need to offer support, especially for the new staff. Each new teacher was “adopted” by an AΔK member. Some of the sisters made cards which held goodies and short written messages to let our new teachers know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nevada Eta

Christmas came early to “Our Place”, the Washoe County, Nevada, Women & Children’s Shelter. Nevada Eta members collected new twin sheet sets, pillows, hangers, hampers, adult-level books and children’s picture books to donate to this new facility. It currently houses 102 families, including 56 children and 28 single women. Kimberly Schweickert, the head of the program, presented a program via Zoom in November to the chapter members prior to the Eta sisters delivering the goodies in December.

Virginia Nu

Virginia Nu sisters masked up and rang bells for the Salvation Army in front of Goolrick’s Pharmacy, the iconic store in downtown historic Fredericksburg, VA. Sisters enjoyed sunny weather and were pleasantly surprised by the number of people giving even a small amount to the red kettle. The members have been bell ringers for several years and didn’t want Covid-19 to stop the tradition.

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Altruism, continued. Virginia Alpha Sigma

Virginia Alpha Sigma continued its yearly project of supporting children of trauma at Carilion NRV Hospital in Radford. Blankets of cheerful, soft material are cut and tied by the members for children who arrive at the hospital in need of comfort. At a meeting after putting the finishing touches on some blankets, NRV Nurse Patricia Hudson spoke about the forensic nursing program. She outlined the process of the forensic exam given to children of trauma. At the end, the chapter presented her with the blankets made for the children. Judy Crousew and Chapter President Wendy Dove are shown putting the finishing touches on a blanket.

Texas Omicron and Texas Epsilon Sigma

Texas Omicron and Texas Epsilon Sigma members worked during November and December collecting items such as clothing, furniture, toiletries, Christmas trees and decorations for the families in the devastated areas of Louisiana that were hit hard by the many tropical storms and hurricanes in 2020. The person instrumental in putting this in process was Billie Adams from Texas Omicron. She and her daughter, Kim, scheduled pick ups with sorority sisters all around Houston. They secured a 28 20 ft. U-Haul cargo truck and used a personal Ford F-150 to house all the items collected. Emails were sent to sisters to have their gently used items taken to a noted location for pickup. Billie and Shirley Semler’s garage and Glenda Laney’s home were two of the largest destinations for sisters to unload their donations. Billie contacted Gulf IVP Terry Peyton from 25 Baton Rouge. Through Terry’s connections, Billie was able to speak with Bunny LeDoux, another sorority sister, who put her in touch with the Grand Lake Faith Temple in Lake Charles, LA. From there, the master plan was established to take everything collected from Houston on a major drive to Lake Charles. On December 10, the donations were loaded and taken to Lake Charles to be distributed. 18

South Carolina Tau

South Carolina Tau President Traci Sorgenfrei presented Hannah Dixon of Poe Mill Achievement Center gift cards for families to use during the holiday season. Poe Mill Achievement Center is an after school program and summer camp for under-resourced children in Greenville, SC.

Texas Beta

Texas Beta has a tradition of going to a Barnes and Noble bookstore in December and choosing books to donate to a children’s cause or center. This year, the books were donated to the Dallas Children’s Hospital. Here is Texas Beta president Andretta Lowry wearing her Alpha Delta Kappa mask with her selection of books.

Nebraska Zeta

For several years, Nebraska’s Zeta chapter has provided cookies every week to the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House, a 56-room guest house for out-of-town families who are coming to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

Tennessee Alpha Gamma

Tennessee Alpha Gamma prepared a calendar as a scholarship project. Members collected pictures from novices, professionals, and avid lovers of photography to capture the beautiful surroundings of the East Tennessee Region.

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Convention 2021

“Pathways of Possibilities” Thirty-Second Annual International Convention

A Virtual Convention July 2021



Convention 2021 January 15, 2021

Dear Sisters,

It is with a heavy heart that I let you know the 2021 International Alpha Delta Kappa Convention scheduled for the JW Marriott Austin, Texas will instead be conducted as a fully virtual convention. This was not an easy decision to make, but the welfare and safety of our members must take priority over the desire to be together in person. My gratitude goes out to Texas State President Betsy Ruckman, our Local Host Convention Chairmen Susan Rashcke and Robin Miller, and our Texas sisters for the time and dedication they have put into the preparations for our visit to Austin. I also wish to thank the sisters who participated in the survey expressing feelings about attending an onsite convention. The results were very clear regarding concern for an onsite convention, especially related to the uncertainty of a safe environment both while traveling to and from the convention as well as while we would be in Austin. The International Executive Board has reviewed the survey results, followed the status of Judy Ganzert vaccination and COVID-19 restrictions throughout all states, provinces, and nations, reviewed the findings of experts in the medical arena, and weighed the pros and cons of holding an onsite convention in July. As of December 23rd, Austin re-entered Stage 5, restricting all gatherings outside of one’s home. In addition, while vaccines have begun to be administered, the rollout is much slower than anticipated and according to multiple health officials the predicted “herd immunity” is not likely to occur until late summer or even fall or winter. Our Executive Director and our meeting planners have spent much time negotiating with Marriott representatives. While each of us is extremely disappointed in the cancellation of our in-person experience, we are very excited about the possibility of having even more sisters than ever “attend” our virtual convention, allowing even more voices to be heard. We know you have many questions about what this virtual experience will include. Now that we have made this first decision, we can begin to shape plans for this convention. We ask your patience as we work to determine the best way to conduct the business of Alpha Delta Kappa. Information will be sent to you via e-blasts as well as posted on the International website as it becomes available. While we are physically distant, we can still be together in spirit. This virtual experience will provide us with opportunities for more members to hear our keynote speakers as well as to be involved in the Educational Symposium, the Evening of Entertainment, and to conduct the business of our organization at a reasonable expense. This crisis will come to an end. I don’t know when, but there will be a time when we will once again be able to come together to celebrate the sisterhood of Alpha Delta Kappa. We will continue to keep our schedule of conferences and conventions. We look forward to being together for the 2022 regional conferences as a kick-off for a yearlong celebration of our 75th anniversary, culminating in 2023 with an international convention at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, MO. And as a result of lengthy negotiations, we will hold our 2025 convention at the JW Marriott Austin. It has been 10 ½ months since we began facing the obstacles of the coronavirus. Your International Chapter and International Executive Board are so very grateful for the support of our members. Like our S/P/N counterparts, we have received notes, texts and calls that have lifted us up when we felt knocked down by the challenges we faced. We have seen your creative and innovative virtual meetings and social events. They have given us hope. Even in a pandemic, the strength of Alpha Delta Kappa sisters shines bright. Thank you for being loyal, encouraging and available. We hope many of you will join us for this unique experience, and we encourage you to participate in this virtual convention. You will want to walk with us along this historic Alpha Delta Kappa Pathways of Possibilities. With Love in Our Sisterhood,



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Best Laid Plans by Susan Pelchat, Immediate Past International President


o president ever knows what issues might arise to alter the most perfect of convention plans. Past International Presidents share the blips in their convention arrange-

ments. “The 1995 Convention in San Francisco was a long time ago,” wrote Patti Abbott. “Our problem was money. We were the first to have a big screen, so we had no money for voting machines. Election committee members and sergeants-at-arms had to manage paper ballots and counting.” Melba Priestley told of two major challenges for the 1997 convention, “The convention was in two hotels and it was the 50th anniversary of AΔK. The hotels were just across the street from each other as we were told but were actually a quarter mile apart connected by a covered walkway. Electronics were used for the first time with podiums and large screens in each room.” Melba said she smiled when a sergeant-at-arms rushed up to her saying, “Martha said to powder your nose.” CeCe Hall remembers the Galt House in Louisville, KY in 1999. “Since the hotel and meeting rooms were separated by a connecting walkway, it took time to plan the best use of both.” Betty Nan Carroll was President 2001-2003. “No one ever expected our country to be attacked, but 9/11 changed everything. Getting to Dallas for the first planning session in late September 2001 was a challenge. Travel dates were changed several times, and when we finally arrived for planning, the hotel was virtually shut down because people were afraid to travel. On the day my husband and I arrived at the hotel for the convention, there was a State Police Mobile Command Center on the grounds of the hotel. We had no clue that two other conventions with lots of disturbing concerns were finishing their meetings just before ours began. Very scary.” There was a terrible storm on the Night of Entertainment causing all the electricity to go out. The show went on using flashlights, candles and lanterns. Connie Cathey thought back to her 2007 convention in San Diego. “I can immediately remember the situation with our altruistic project.” The project representative did not generate much interest. However, we also had a Shakespeare presentation by several students of Raith Esquith, an outstanding teacher. Members were so moved that they wanted to contribute to his cause instead of the convention project.” Ann Hudson and Kathy Learn, IEB Chairman, led the 2009 convention in Greensboro, NC. Ann recounts that their biggest challenge was staying within the budget. Ann said, “My only stress was those blasted voting pads.”

Jane Miller remembered, “The site of the 2011 International Convention was the beautiful downtown Marriott in Chicago. As registrations increased, we realized that not everyone would fit into one ballroom for the banquet. Displaced members were disappointed, but the banquet staff offered special appetizers to those seated in a different location.” Mitzi Holmes reflected on the 2013 Convention in Washington D.C. “ It was over The Fourth so we had to determine ways to accommodate people wanting to celebrate in the capital. Our final site visit coincided with another group’s meetings, and we were not able to get into many of the rooms we wanted to see. For the actual convention, we were informed another group was using the hotel, but that they would be leaving prior to our arrival. When we arrived, we found that the other convention had extended its stay by a couple of days and were using some of our space. The banquet could not be set up as we had planned and we didn’t get notice of that until late in the game. There was also a union issue that threatened success, but it was resolved at the last minute.” June Bellamy wrote of her challenges and triumphs with the 2015 convention in Salt Lake City. “Living in Georgia, distance was a challenge, requiring hundreds of emails between the Utah planning committee and myself. Our convention added a pre-convention meeting to discuss proposed bylaws changes and resolutions. Our professional parliamentarian was on hand to answer questions. The session went fine, but there were still some members who were dissatisfied with his opinions and procedural directions. I was just happy to have an expert sitting next to me at the head table to advise and encourage.” “The contract for this convention was signed almost five years prior. The food and beverage portion required that we spend at least a large, specified amount. Attendance was less than what had been projected. So, instead of just writing a check to the hotel for the difference, we offered attendees a “free” bag lunch and table wine at the banquet.” “You plan and prepare but just never know how it will all turn out. ” “The convention planning committee is crucial in bringing the president’s vision to life,” said Susan Pelchat about the 2019 convention in Minneapolis. “We can’t control the elevators and long check-in lines. Hotels may excite or frustrate us, but being together with our sisters is the most satisfying aspect of any convention.” With challenges of her own for the upcoming convention, International President Judy Ganzert is confident that members will seize the infinite possibilities a virtual convention can offer.

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Help Choose Alpha Delta Kappa’s Next World Understanding Project


lpha Delta Kappa has a rich history of altruistic endeavors helping those in need. In 2009 altruism was expanded to include world understanding, resulting in the first Alpha Delta Kappa International World Understanding Project, Project S.A.V.E. Through member donations an Alpha Delta Kappa school was built in Ta Rinh, Viet Nam. In 2012 Alpha Delta Kappa sisters selected Project H.O.P.E. as the new World Understanding Project. Alpha Delta Kappa and Bridge Builders International joined forces to construct a school in Juanjui, Peru. The 2014-2016 project raised funds for Project B.O.O.K.S. to purchase a bookmobile and educational materials for the Cheyenne River Lakota/Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Members selected Project T.E.A.C.H. as the 2016-2018 Project that funded the construction of six additional classrooms at the Imagine Missions orphanage school in Haiti. The selection of the 2018 Project T.E.A.C.H. TOO provided funding for the construction of transitional housing for older teens so they could complete their education at Imagine Missions. During this past fall the International World Understanding Committee received proposals from S/P/Ns and chapters for consideration as the 2021-2023 International World Understanding Project. The International World Understanding Committee adjudicated each proposal submitted by the deadline. The top five projects were then presented to the International Executive Board, which narrowed the options to three projects. They are:

C.H.E.A.R. – Making a Children’s Home with Education and Agriculture a Reality in Tanzania

Project C.H.E.A.R.’s mission is to empower disadvantaged children and youth in Babati, Tanzania through education. We are the only service of its kind in a region of 1.4 million. CHEAR will allow us to complete a 44 bed children’s home and build a school with a library technology center. We serve underachieving and illiterate children living in our rented Centre and the community. Certified teachers instruct our students. Establishing agricultural areas containing gardens, fruit trees, and livestock will promote life-skills and long-term self-sustainability. Making this pioneer project a reality frees our children from a life of poverty. C.H.E.A.R.


R.I.S.E. – Reaching and Inspiring Students in Ethiopia

Project R.I.S.E. seeks funds to build a new 2nd/3rd grade school building in Chole Village, Ethiopia. If funded, this fourclassroom building could enable The Community Project: Ethiopia to double the number of young pupils its campus serves. The campus already includes Wegagen School (four classrooms, for grades K-1); a large donated playground structure (in daily use by children of all ages); learning and seed propagation gardens (young bamboo plants and young apple trees); a hand-washing station; two clean composting latrines; and a small block-making factory.

Sewing Seeds of Hope

Sewing Seeds of Hope will provide destitute teens and women in the poor hillside village of Mahanaim, South India, with the critical skills, emotional, economic and social support, and self-confidence needed to assist their families and transform their lives for generations to come, breaking the desperate cycle of poverty. The AΔK World Understanding Project will make possible a modern permanent facility, the Mahanaim Vocational Training and Community Center, where 40 villagers, including girls, women, and differently-abled persons will learn sewing, knitting, embroidery, tailoring, mat-weaving, and basket-making skills, and develop a sustainable market for their products – resulting in new productive lives. During June 2021 Alpha Delta Kappa members will use online voting to select one of these deserving projects as the 2021-2023 International World Understanding Project. Additional information about the proposed projects and detailed voting instructions will be posted on the International website. Voting information will also be included in e-blasts and regional and S/P/N newsletters later this spring. Each member is to vote once. The announcement of the new International project will take place at the International Convention in July. Donations may be sent to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation after the International Convention. The targeted goal for the selected project is $50,000. Sewing Seeds of Hope

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International Convention Speakers Jacqueline Lougheed World Understanding Lecturer AVRIL BENOIT

Avril Benoît the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in the United States (MSF-USA) is the Jacqueline Lougheed World Understanding Lecturer. She has worked with the international medical humanitarian organization since 2006 in various operational management and executive leadership roles, most recently as the director of communications and development at MSF’s operational center in Geneva, a position she held from November 2015 until June 2019. Throughout her career with MSF, Avril has contributed to major movement-wide initiatives, including the global mobilization to end attacks on hospitals and health workers. She has worked as a country director and project coordinator for MSF, leading operations to provide aid to refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Mauritania, South Sudan, and South Africa. Avril’s strategic analysis and communications assignments have taken her to countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, and Syria. From 2006 to 2012, Avril served as director of communications with MSF Canada. Prior to joining MSF, Avril had a distinguished 20-year career as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in Canada. She was a documentary producer and radio host with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), reporting from Kenya, Burundi, India, and Brazil on HIV stigma, rapid urbanization, sexual violence in conflict, and political inclusion of women, among numerous other assignments and topics.


Mary Anne Radmacher is a writer, artist and motivational speaker. She conducts digital and in-person workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life, and works with individual clients. She has been writing since she was a child, and she uses her writing to explore symbols and find meaning. She is the author of Lean Forward into Your Life, Live Boldly, and ten other books. She has been designing and producing greeting cards, posters and journals for over thirty years and her inspirational products are available internationally. She is included in the Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations. One of her poems that has circled the globe is, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”


The Dueling Pianos of Jeff and Rhiannon has performed for audiences all around the world. Jeff & Rhiannon tour North America performing at corporate events, private parties and theaters. They have shared the stage with famous personalities and groups including Shaquille O’Neal, Three Dog Night, and Michael Bolton. From Universal and Disney resorts to the grand casinos in Las Vegas, Jeff and Rhiannon entertain audiences with their “spectacular voices, phenomenal piano skills, and hilarious comedy”. Get ready to sing, dance, and laugh with this audience-interactive, rock ‘n roll show.

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Convention 2021 International Convention Altruistic Project

Round Up for DSACT


By Paula O’Neill, International Convention Altruistic Chairman

elcome to the International Convention’s Altruistic Project. Put on your boots, sisters; you’re bound for a Texas Round Up! This summer, every one of us will be able to contribute to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT). The mission of DSACT is to provide education, support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals, and the community while building public awareness and acceptance of the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. DSACT supports parents as they navigate the education of their children. The DSACT vision is a world in which all members, including those with Down syndrome, are accepted, valued for their uniqueness, respected for their abilities and contributions, and assured the opportunity and choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success. DSACT was founded in 1991 and is rapidly growing with over 7,500 members. In Central Texas, DSACT directly serves over 800 families. Membership is free. The DSACT website ( has over 1,500 visitors each month and a Facebook reach of over 2,500. DSACT supports parents as they navigate the unique challenges of special education and coordinate with school districts, teachers, and administrators to bring best practice techniques to support children of all ages with Down syndrome. DSACT offers conferences and webinars to advance educators’ understanding of Down syndrome and techniques for the classroom, provides stipends to attend national conferences, and gives annual recognition awards to outstand-


ing educators. Sound familiar to another organization you know and love?

How can you contribute? Round up your individual and

chapter contributions for DSACT. Even if you cannot attend the convention, your altruism and spirit of participation will be there. An easy way to contribute is through the DONATE button on the International website or the DSACT website. Credit and debit cards only can be accepted online. It you contribute this way, please put in the comment section that you are an Alpha Delta Kappa member in order to credit A∆K for the donation. Another way is to send a check to Paula O’Neill (address in our directory) and include your email address, so that your donation can be confirmed. Ask a math teacher for a definition of “round up,” and you will get a very different meaning from what you will hear from a cowboy. We ask that you consider the math teacher’s definition when you consider your contributions. Gather up donations at chapter meetings this spring and send a “rounded up” amount with your convention representative. During the Educational Symposium, the DSACT Executive Director, Jennifer Edwards, will present a session offering guidance for the classroom, brochures, and hand-outs to share. E-blasts on our website will offer more information from now until convention. Saddle up and get ready for our International Convention Round Up for DSACT. You will be making a difference in someone’s life to boot.

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Convention 2021 The International Executive Board is pleased to announce the election of Ann Marie Quinlan, Nebraska Beta and Debby Stubing, Florida Alpha Sigma as Four-Year Members of the International Executive Board of Alpha Delta Kappa. Their terms will begin at the close of the 2021 International Convention.

Ann Quinlan

S/P/N and Chapter: Nebraska Beta Year Initiated: 1982 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999,1997 Regional Conferences attended: North Central 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998,1996, 1988 Gulf, Southeast, Northeast 2018 Chapter President: Nebraska Beta 1988-1990 State President: Nebraska 1998-2000 Leadership Experience International Level: Two-year Elected Member of the International Executive Board, 20172019; Excellence in Education Committee Chair, 2003-2005; IEB Leadership and Professional Development Committee, Minutes Review Committee, Rotating Chaplain 2019, 2011 Educational Symposium presenter; 2019 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital visit for Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, Memphis, TX; 2018 Project TEACH Dedication of Classrooms Delegation to Haiti; 2015 International Page for International Executive Board Chairman Leadership Experience Regional Level: 2010 North Central Excellence in Education Award; 1999-2001 North Central Regional Secretary Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: 2020-Nebraska State Excellence in Education Chair; 2019-2020 State Membership Team; 2016-2018 State Scholarship Committee Chair; 2012-2014 State Membership Chair; 2010 Nebraska State Excellence in Education Award; 2004-2006 State Parliamentarian; 2002-2004 State Publicity Chair; 2000-2002 Immediate Past State President; 2000 Nebraska Alpha Delta Kappa State Hall of Fame; 1998-2000 State President; 1996-1998 State President-Elect; 1994-1996 State Chaplain; 19901994 State Altruistic Chair Non-AΔK organizations, officers and/or honors: 2009-present Conference on English Leadership (2009-2012 Executive Committee Member-at-Large; 2019-present Executive Board Secretary); 2013-Journalism Education Association, Lifetime Achievement Award; 2013 Lincoln Southeast High School, Brent Toalson Leadership Award; 2014-2018 National Council of Teachers of English Secondary Section Steering committee; 2019 Phi Delta Kappa, International Study Tour Task Force

Debby Stubing

S/P/N and Chapter: Florida Alpha Sigma Year Initiated: 1989 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, Chapter President: Florida Alpha Sigma 1994-1996 State President: Florida 2010-2012 Leadership Experience International Level: International Vice President Gulf 2015-2017; International Membership Committee as Regional Membership Consultant Gulf 2017-2021, 2013-2015; Leadership Development 2015-2017; Handbook and Forms Revision 2015-2017; Convention Photographer 2019; Membership Workshops 2019, 2015; Memorial Service 2017; Convention Action Committee Chairman 2013; Presented “Noteworthy Newsletter” Workshop 2013; Sergeant-at-Arms 2001 Leadership Experience Regional Level: Assisted in writing workshop for Virtual Regional Conferences 2020; Presented Membership Workshops 2018, 2014; Regional Sergeant-at-Arms 2011-2013; Photo Editing Workshop 2008; Presented “How To Be An Effective Sergeant-at-Arms” Workshop 2008, 2004 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: FL Bylaws Chairman 2018-2020; AΔK Scholarship House Advisor 2012-2018; Ad Hoc Committee Advisor 2012-2014; Gave the Welcome to the Regional Conference 2010; Budget 2008-2010; FL President-Elect 2008-2010; Penned two plays, “The Wright Stuff” 2009 and “Sewing The Seeds of Sisterhood” 2005; Bylaws Committee Advisor 2006-2008; FL Recording Secretary 2004-2008; District Chairman Advisor 2002-2004; FL Corresponding Secretary 2002-2004; FL Sergeant-at-Arms 2002-2002; Scholarship House Committee Advisor 2000-2002; FL District Chairman 19982000; AΔK Scholarship House Chairman 1998-2000 Non-AΔK organizations, offices and/or honors: Daughters of the American Revolution Historian 2019-2021, DAR member 1978-present; Mallory Square Homeowners Association Secretary 2016-2020 and 2001, MSHOA President 2006-2008, MSHOA member 2000-present; Served as a M.O.M. (mentoring beginning teachers) for the Leon County School System 2003-2008

According to the A∆K Constitution: Section 4. A member elected to serve a four-year term by the International Executive Board shall possess the following qualifications: a. She shall have been an active member for at least twelve consecutive years from date of initiation, and she shall be an active member at the time of her election. b. She shall have served at least one term on International Chapter. c. She shall possess superior qualifications; she shall have demonstrated executive ability; she shall have made outstanding contributions to Alpha Delta Kappa. K A P PA N • M A R C H 2 0 2 1


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he election of officers for Alpha Delta Kappa is a very serious activity charged to the delegates at the International Convention. The selection procedure should be considered within an honor system. Under the rules we live by, Alpha Delta Kappa members do not campaign for their favored candidates. Because of these regulations, members are reminded that there are things they can do with good intent which can cause serious problems for a candidate. A candidate can be disqualified if the rules are not followed. 1. Information about candidates from the Candidate Qualifications Committee is printed in the KAPPAN. Personal or group letters to promote candidates for International office are not permitted. An announcement of only candidates’ names may be made in chapter, state, provincial, national and regional newsletters. 2. It is not permissible to distribute campaign literature, favors or other material on behalf of, or bearing the name of, a candidate before or during the convention. 3. Lobbying, caucusing, or blanket endorsements are NOT acceptable. IN ADDITION: Open Houses or receptions honoring candidates are not permitted. 4. CAMPAIGNING PROHIBITED: Gifts, food and flowers may be interpreted as campaigning and are NOT permitted before the election. Improper activities relating to the election process will be dealt with in the following manner: 1. The complainant(s) must have positive proof verified in writing and signed that there has been a violation of the rules. This must be presented to the Chairman of the International Executive Board or the International President. 2. The complainant(s) must be willing to appear at a hearing before the International Chapter. 3. The candidate is entitled to a hearing before the International Chapter. 4. The International Chapter will consider the facts and make the final determination. Candidate Protocol: 1. At any event during International Convention (prior to the first balloting session) a candidate may be announced as such. 2. Candidates are encouraged to speak to each other and to pledge support to whoever is successful. 3. NO ELECTIONEERING SHALL BE ALLOWED. All candidates for International office were asked to respond to the following topic in an essay of no more than 100 words: “What do you see as the most important priority for moving Alpha Delta Kappa forward in the next biennium? How would you lead sisters to help accomplish this priority?


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S/P/N and Chapter: International Chapter Year initiated: 1991 International Conventions Attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997 Regional Conferences Attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996 Chapter President: New York Alpha Delta 1996-1998 State President: New York 2002-2004 Leadership Experience International Level: International Executive Board 4-Year Member 2017-2021; Past Executive Board Chairman 2017-2019; International Vice President of the Southwest Region 2015-2017; International 2-Year Member 2013-2015; International Membership Committee 2015-2017; International Bylaws Committee Chairman 2011-2013; International Bylaws Committee Member 2009-2011.; IEB Governance Committee-Bylaws & Resolutions Chairman & Liaison 2019-2021; IEB Scholarships & Grants Guidelines Review Committee Chairman & Liaison; 2019-2021; IEB Resolution #3 (2019) Committee Chairman 2019-2021; IEB Funding & Business Partnerships Committee Member 2019-2021; KAPPAN Review Board 2017-2019; Executive Director Succession Plan Ad Hoc Committee 2017-2019; 501 (c)(3) Application & Guiding Documents Preparation 2017-2019; International Chapter Bylaws & Resolutions Committee Chairman 2015-2017; IC Next Steps Forward Ad Hoc Committee Member 2015-2017; IEB Constitution Committee Chairman 2013-2015; IEB Resolution #1 (2013) Committee Chairman 2013-2015; IC Bylaws & Resolutions Committee Member 2013-2015; IC Professional Development Committee Member 2013-2015; International Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms 2011 & 2009; International Balloting Committee Member; ICP Election Committee Member 2001. Leadership Experience Regional Level: Workshop Presenter at SC Regional Conference 2018; Workshop Presenter at NW/SW Joint & SE Conferences 2014; Workshop Presenter at NW/SW & NE Regional Conferences 2012; SW Regional Conference Sergeant-at-Arms 2010 & 2012; Workshop Presenter at SW Regional Conference 2006 & 2008; Workshop Presenter at NE Regional Conference 2004; NE Regional Secretary 2004-2006. Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: AZ State Treasurer 2010-2013; AZ State Bylaws Chairman 2004-2010; NY IP State President 2004-2006; NY State President 2002-2004; NY SP-E & State Membership Consultant 2000-2002; NY State Historian 1998-2000. Non-AΔK organizations, offices and/or honors: Homeowners’ Assoc. Architectural Review Comm. member & Past Chairman 2011-2017; Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike Organizer & participant 2010; American Assoc. of Family & Consumer Sciences Member 1969-present; NYSAFCSE member & Past Regional Coordinator 1974-present; NYS United Teachers member & past delegate 1973-present. Essay: Strengthening Alpha Delta Kappa through membership growth, inclusion, and leadership development is the most crucial priority moving forward. These action items are the foundations to help accomplish change for future biennia. Stabilizing and increasing membership is achieved through our chapter retention and recruitment strategies. Building diversity in our membership and inclusion of all is essential to endorse the established principles and create an organization more representative of the world of education. And building a welcoming culture is vital for continuing success. Experienced, knowledgeable leaders will provide the pathway to accomplishing vital priorities with the inclusion of members.

Paula Davis

S/P/N and Chapter: West Virginia Xi Year initiated: 1992 International Conventions Attended: 2019,2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997 Regional Conferences Attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998 Chapter President: West Virginia Xi 1998-2000 State President: West Virginia 2006-2008 Leadership Experience International Level: International Vice President for Membership 2017-2019; International Vice President of the Southeast Region 2015-2017; International Historian 2011-2013; International Bylaws Committee 2013-2015; International Membership Committee 2017-2019; International Chapter Professional Development Chairman 2015-2017; International Chapter Bylaws and Resolutions Committee Member 2011-2013; International Chapter Standing Committee Guidelines/International Council of Presidents (ICP) Guidelines Member; International Chapter Ad Hoc Altruistic Committee Chairman 2011-2013; International Chapter 2013-2015; Theme Committee Member 2011-2013; International Convention Chaplain 2019-2021; International Music Chairman 2005-2007; International Convention Enhancement Session Presenter 2005, 2003; Co-Coordinator for the International First Timers Event 2001; International Convention Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms 1999; International Chorus Member 1997-2019/ Leadership Experience Regional Level: Multi Regional Virtual Conference Co-Workshop Presenter 2020; Southeast Regional Conference Altruistic Project Chairman 2013-2015; Regional Historian 2008-2010; Regional Conference Enhancement Session Presenter 2004, 2002. 2000; Regional Planning Committee Member 1998-2000; Regional Music Chairman 1998-2000; Regional Chorus Member 1998-2018. Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: State Bylaws and Policies & Procedures Chairman 2020-2022; State Bylaws Chairman, WV Board of Advisors Chairman, WV History Chairman 2014-2015; Immediate Past President and State Membership Consultant 2008-2010; State President 2006-2008; State President-Elect 2004-2006; State Historian 2002-2004; State Corresponding Secretary, State District Chairman 2000-2002; State Altruistic Chairman 1998-2000; State Music Chairman 1996-1998. Non-AΔK organizations, offices and/or honors: Renaissance (vocal ensemble) Member 1985-2000. Essay: The most important priority for moving forward is to continue the progress currently being achieved using technology, effective communication, leadership training, mentoring, and the establishment of new chapters and collegiate clubs. To accomplish this priority, we must stay knowledgeable and forward thinking. As a leader, it would be my responsibility to continue our organization on this path. We were changed forever by the event of COVID-19 and positive effects have occurred from the necessity to change. Our emerging new face is strong, and our ideals of educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding will take us into the future.

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FOUR-YEAR MEMBER INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD Mary A. Ey Joan Beard S/P/N and Chapter: MO Alpha Iota Year initiated: 1987 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991 Regional conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1990 Chapter President: MO Alpha Iota 2010-2011, MO Alpha Iota 200405, MO Beta Zeta, 1990-1992 State President: MO 2000-2002 Leadership Experience International Level: International Sergeant-at-Arms 2011-13; South Central Region International Vice President 2005-07; South Central Region Past IVP 2007-2009; International Resolutions Committee 2009-2011; International Resolutions Committee 2001-03; International Convention Treasurer 1997; International Convention President’s Reception Co-Chairman 1997; International Chapter Bylaws & Resolutions Committee 2011-13; International Chapter Handbook and Forms Revision Committee 2011-13; International Chapter Rituals Revision Committee 2007-09; International Membership Committee 2005-07; International Chapter Handbook Committee/Chairman 2005-07; International Chapter Professional Development Committee 2005-07; International Convention Credentials Committee 2005; International Convention Chorus 1993-2005; International Convention Chorus Song Leader 2003; International Convention Chorus 2007-08/12-19; International Convention Time Keeper 2019 Leadership Experience Regional Level: 2016 SCR Past Presidents’ Breakfast Co-Chairman; 2013-2015 SCR Excellence in Education Chairman; 2012, 2008, 2004, 2002 SCR Conference Presenter; 2012 SCR Conference Chorus; 2012 NCR Conference Chorus; 2010 SCR Professional Development Chairman; 2010 SCR Conference Chorus; 2008 SCR Immediate Past IVP; 2008 SCR Conference Forum Moderator; 2008 SCR Conference Music Chairman; 2006 SCR Conference Forum Moderator Panel Member; 2006 SER Conference Chorus; 2004 NCR Conference Workshop Presenter; 2004 SCR Substitute Co-Sergeant-at-Arms; 2002-2004 SCR Excellence in Education Chairman; 2002-2004 SCR Workshop Presenter; 2000-2002 SCR Chaplain; 1992-2004 SCR Regional Chorus Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: 2008-2010 MO State Convention Co-Chairman; 2004-2005 MO Vice President for Membership; 2002-2004 Immediate Past MO State President; 2000-2002 MO State President; 1998-2000 MO State President-elect; 1998-2000 MO Membership Consultant; 1996-1998 MO Budget Chairman; 1994-1996 MO Chaplain; 1992-1994 MO Altruistic Chairman Non-A∆K organizations offices and/or honors: 2016-present General Federation of Women’s Clubs; Present MO Legislative and Public Policy Chairman; Present District President Elect; 2018 Local club Parliamentary Advisor, Legislative and Public Policy Chairman; 2015-2016 International Leadership Education and Development Seminar Graduate; 2014-2018 Auditing Chairman, Bylaws and Constitution Review Chairman; 2010-2016, 2018-present President Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau--Advisory Board; 2009-13 Altrusa International of Columbia, MO, Board of Directors, Service Committee Co-chairman, Membership Committee Co-chairman; 2020 Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, Executive Board; 2016-present Boone County Retired Teachers Association, Executive Board; 2019-present Information and Prevention Chairman; 2016-2019 Nominating Committee Chairman Essay: I see membership as the most important priority for Alpha Delta Kappa. To help sisters accomplish increased membership I would stress recruitment, retention and reinstatement by focusing on altruism, excellence in education and world understanding. Prospective, current and former members should know these as our tenets. We must make connections and build relationships with women educators. We can do this through demonstrating service projects, sharing openness to new technologies, presenting relevant programs, delivering information about our history and showing support for each other. I would also promote professionalism, personal growth and sisterhood. 28

S/P/N and Chapter: International Chapter Year initiated: 1986 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1988, 1986 Chapter President: Ohio Lambda 1990-1992 State President: Ohio 2016-2018 Leadership Experience, International Level: 2019-2021 International Vice President for the Northeast Region; 2013-15 International Resolutions Committee Chairman; 2011-13 - International World Understanding Committee Chairman; 2009-11 International World Understanding Committee Member; 2005-07 International Membership Committee (NER); 200305 International Membership Committee (NER); 2019-21 IC Sergeant-at-Arms; Chairman of IC Prof. Development & Communications Committee; Member of IC IVP Guidelines, IMC, & Handbook & Ceremonies Committees; 2013 Presenter at the Educational Symposium in Washington, DC (Book Discussion: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness); 2011, Presenter at the Ed. Symposium in Chicago; 2007-09 Ed. Symposium TriChair; Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms at the 1995 and 1991 International Conventions Leadership Experience Regional Level: 2016 House Chairman for the NER Conference; 2005-07 NER Membership Consultant; 2003-05 NER Membership Consultant; 2002 NER Conference Co-Chairman; 1999-01 NER Chaplain; 1989-91 NER Sergeant-at-Arms Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: 201820 OH Immediate Past President; 2016-18 OH President; 2014-16 OH President-Elect; 2012-14 OH Membership Consultant; 1998-20 OH Vice President; 1992-94 OH President of the OH Council for Chapter President Non-A∆K organizations offices and/or honors: 2013-Present Member of the Board of Trustees for St. Vincent Family Center, Chairman of the SVFC Program Committee; 2006-12 Member of Columbus Schools Special Olympics Advisory Board; May 2010 Recipient of the Educational Advocate Award by Columbus Area, Inc. Mental Health Board Essay: The most important priority for moving Alpha Delta Kappa forward is creating a relevant and future-oriented organization which promotes the advancement of education throughout the world. As a member of the International Executive Board, it would be my responsibility to stay laser-focused on the mission, vision, and values established by our Founders, while at the same time incorporating new business and technology strategies to meet the needs of today’s educators. It is essential as a Board member that I continually seek input from our membership to guide me in my decision-making for the future of Alpha Delta Kappa.

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Convention 2021

S/P/N and Chapter: Virginia Beta Epsilon Year Initiated: 2003 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008 Chapter President: Virginia Beta Epsilon, 2006-2008 State President: Virginia 2016-2018 Leadership Experience International Level: 2017-2019 International Council of Chapter Presidents Chaplain Service at the International Level: 2021 International Convention Floral Committee Chairman; 2019 Educational Symposium Presenter, 2017 Educational Symposium Presenter: 2013 International Convention Floral Committee Co-Chairman Leadership Experience Regional Level: 2019-2021 Southeast Region Chaplain Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: 2018-2020 Virginia Immediate Past President; 2016-2018 Virginia State President; 2014-2016 Virginia Chaplain; 2010-2012 Rappahannock District President; 2008-2010 Virginia Altruistic Chairman; 2006-2008 Virginia Candidate Qualification Committee Chairman. Non-AΔK organizations officers and/or honors: 2019-2020 Fauquier county Division Equity Team Member; 2017 The Washington Post Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Finalist; 2017 Fauquier County Teacher of the Year; 2008-2016 Fauquier County Career and Technical Education Advisory Council Member; 2018 and 2012 Virginia Department of Education Agriculture Education Curriculum Committee Team Member Essay: Reflecting on where we have been must be a priority to effectively plan, lead, and implement actions to where we are going. It is imperative to remember our past while looking forward with clarity, humility, integrity, and a commitment to our mission. Leading with authenticity will continue to be a mainspring in all aspects of my life-teaching middle schoolers, serving Alpha Delta Kappa, and education. My myriad experience as state president while working as a full-time classroom teacher solidified my passion, dedication, and ability to lead members across our organization.


GULF REGION Debbie Clark

S/P/N and Chapter: Georgia Alpha Beta Year Initiated: 1999 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 2007 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006 Chapter President: GA Alpha Beta, 2006-2008 State President: Georgia 2018-2020 Leadership Experience International Level: Service at the International Level: Singing in the International Choir Leadership Experience Regional Level: 2019-2021 Gulf Co-Chaplain Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: 2018-2020 GA State President; 2016-2018 GA President-Elect; 2014-206 Golden Isles District Chairman; 2012-2014 Courtesy and Hospitality Chairman; 2010-2012 GA Chaplain; 2008-2010 GA President of the Council of Chapter Presidents Non-AΔK organizations officers and/or honors: 2019-2021 Bulloch Retired Educators Association Secretary; 2018-2019 BREA PresidentUnit of Distinction; 2013-2016 Bulloch Co. Foundation for Public School Trustee; 2010 WTOC Top Teacher for Portal Middle High School; 2018-present member of El Bethel Baptist Church—Choir, SS teacher, VBS teacher, Pastor Search Committee Essay: I believe the most important priority is meeting the needs of the membership. During the past biennium technology became crucial in continuing chapter, state, region, and International meetings. Many of our younger members taught older members how to use these tools. Continuing to improve these skills as well as learning other innovative practices can ensure that our younger members needs can be met. Plus using the wisdom and skills of our old members insures their involvement in the chapter. I will continue to learn new technologies and skills by asking my daughter-in-law, a young teacher and sister to assist me.

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S/P/N and Chapter: Michigan Alpha Upsilon Year initiated: 2002 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007 Regional Conferences attended: 2018, 2016, 2014,

2012, 2010 Chapter President: Michigan Alpha Epsilon 2006-2008 State President: Michigan 2012-2014 Leadership Experience, International Level: None Leadership Experience Regional Level: North Central Region Secretary, 2013-2015 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/ National Level: Michigan Alpha Delta Kappa: Policies and Procedures Update Committee 2016; Budget and Finance Committee 20102022 Non-A∆K organizations, offices and/or honors: The Village Club, Classes Committee 20082012, Membership Committee 2012-2014 Essay: Alpha Delta Kappa faces a “generation gap.” The common thread across all generations of teachers is a love and respect for learning. Our top priority for 2021-2023 is balancing the needs and interests of all members. I will suggest and try to develop ideas for chapter programs that use the resources of chapter members on topics such as balancing virtual and inperson instruction. Such a program will give all members an opportunity to learn, laugh, and opine. Learning new things while discussing how some things never change will form a multi-generational common bond between chapter sisters.


NORTHEAST REGION Joyce McAloon S/P/N and Chapter: CT Alpha Gamma Year initiated: 2001 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004 Chapter President: Connecticut Alpha Gamma 2020, 2016, 2012, 2006, 2002 State President: Connecticut 2018-2020 Leadership Experience, International Level: International Convention Salt Lake City Utah - Balloting Committee 2015 Leadership Experience Regional Level: NER Workshop Chairman 2019-2021, NER Recording Secretary 2015-2017, NER Convention Booklet Chair 2013-2015 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/ National Level: IPP/State Membership Consultant 2020-2022, CT President’s Award Winner 2017, CT State President -Elect 2016-2018, CT State Corresponding Sec. 2014-2016, CT Alpha Delta Kappa Month Chair 2012-2014, CT State Historian 2010-2012, CT Recording Sec. 2006-2010, CT President of Presidents’ Council 2004-2006 Non-A∆K organizations, offices and/or honors: SouthingtonEducation Foundation Board DirECtor 2017-present, Relay For Life of Southington (American Cancer Society) ---Event Lead 2007-present,Sandra C. Labaree New England Volunteer Values Award Winner (American Cancer Society) 2014, CT Elementary Science Teacher of the Year 20052006, Walmart Teacher of the Year 2005 Essay: The important priority for moving forward is Leadership. Every sister is a leader in her own way. We need to encourage our sisters to a full understanding of their leadership. As leaders, each of us have an important part to play. Our sisters make a difference and have lots to give. By providing that sense of leadership, they will see their worth and the worth of our organization. In turn, they will recruit more sisters by sharing the benefits of our organization. My part would be to encourage and develop our leaders as an integral part that makes our success. K A P PA N • M A R C H 2 0 2 1


S/P/N and Chapter: Washington Epsilon Year initiated: 1972 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2003, 1989, 1985, 1983 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2000 Chapter President: Oregon Tau 1980-82 and Washington Epsilon 2010-2012 State President: Washington 2016-2018 Leadership Experience, International Level: International Standing Committees: Bylaws and Resolutions Committee 2019-2021 Leadership Experience Regional Level: NW Regional Membership Consultant 2013-2015, NW Regional Altruistic Chairman 2017-2019, presenter at NW / SW Conference 2018, NW/SW Regional Conference Treasurer 2019-2021 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/ National Level: WA State President Elect 2014-2016, WA State Rules Chairman 2012-2014, WA State Convention Chair 2010, Elected OR State Corresponding Secretary 1986 Non-A∆K organizations, offices and/or honors: Marysville Methodist Church 2008present, Mad Hatters 2009-present, Sisterhood of Quilters 2009-2019 Essay: Recruitment, recruitment, recruitment. With the current conditions, Alpha Delta Kappa needs to make recruitment along with new technology our major focus. We must have relevant programs and meetings as young teachers are very busy. We need to provide them with opportunities for fellowship, leadership, and professional excellence. Innovative meetings are important to both new members and to retain experienced members. It is important that we continue to promote both our educational and charitable projects and scholarships.



S/P/N and Chapter: West Virginia Alpha Tau Year Initiated: 2002 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008 Chapter President: West Virginia Alpha Tau 2006-2008 State President: West Virginia 2016-2018 Leadership Experience International Level: International Convention Educational Symposium presenter 2019; International Convention Educational Symposium presenter 2017 Leadership Experience Regional Level: SER Sergeant-at-Arms 20192021; SER Conference Educational Symposium presenter 2016; SER Conference Courtesy Committee Chairman 2014 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: WV Immediate Past President 2018-2020; WV Membership Consultant 2018-2020; WV Candidate Qualifications Committee Chairman 2018-2020; WV Council of Chapter Presidents presenter 2019; WV Fall Leadership Conference presenter 2018; WV State President 2016-2018; WV PresidentElect 2014-2016; WV Alpha Delta Kappa Month Chairman 2012-2014; WV Corresponding Secretary 2010-2012; WV Membership Service Award 2010; President, WV Council of Chapter Presidents 2008-2010; WV Ohio Valley District Chairman 2008-2010 Non-AΔK organizations, offices and/or honors: First Christian Church Board Vice-Chairman 2018-2020; Elder 2014-present; Christian Education committee member Essay: The most important priority for moving Alpha Delta Kappa forward is membership. We must continue to provide a relevant organization for new and current members. It is imperative that we listen to our members. With their time at a premium, we must offer programs and opportunities that encourage growth and enrichment while having some fun! This requires us to be flexible and think outside the box. Working together with our Southeast Region sisters, I will encourage the sharing of strategies and ideas that support and sustain our members. Seeing the value of membership in our organization keeps it strong.

Diane Best


S/P/N and Chapter: Nevada Beta Year Initiated: 2005 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010 Chapter President: Nevada Beta 2008-2010 State President: Nevada 2016-2018 Leadership Experience International Level: None Leadership Experience Regional Level: None Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: NV Past State President/Membership Chair 2018-2020; NV Policies/Procedures 2018-2020; NV State President 2016-2018; NV PresidentElect 2014-2016; NV Corresponding/Recording Secretary 20122014; NV Chaplain 2010-2012; NV State Convention Committee 2010 Non-A∆K organizations, offices and/or honors: Grand Organist for Order of the Eastern Star 2014, 2018; Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star 2012; Daughters of the Nile, pianist 2000-2020 Essay: It is imperative that Alpha Delta Kappa increase its membership. The founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics once said that, “Nothing happens until somebody sells something.” Our members need to sell our wonderful organization to other teachers. Every chapter needs to have an effective recruiting plan. Have a friendly chat with our overwhelmed teachers, and follow-up with Alpha Delta Kappa materials and phone calls. Organize activities and invite teachers to attend. Recognize and reward recruitment efforts. Encourage members to travel to our Regional and International meetings for recruitment training sessions. We need everyone’s effort and teamwork to increase membership.

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MEMBERSHIP Conway Blankenship

S/P/N and Chapter: International Chapter Year initiated: 1986 International Conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007 Regional Conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008,

2006 Chapter President: Virginia Gamma Kappa 2005-2008 State President: Virginia 2014-2016 Leadership Experience International Level: International Vice President Southeast Region 2019-2021; Liaison to the International Membership Committee 2019-2021; Ad Hoc Committee on Balloting and Voting Procedures, Handbook Ceremonies Committee, 2021-2023 Logo Theme Committee 2019-2021 Leadership Experience Regional Level: Southeast Region Membership Consultant 2017-2019 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: Virginia President-Elect 2012-2014, Virginia Vice President Membership Consultant 2010-2012 Non-AΔK organizations, offices and/or honors: Board Member Powhatan Education Foundation 2019-2023 Essay: Our members are our most important priority. Our world is always changing and in order to keep up with the needs of both our current members and any future members, we must think creatively and be willing to adapt. Using learned problem solving skills and experiences gained in previous leadership roles, I believe I can lead the International Membership Committee to address the needs of our organization, as together we strive to make Alpha Delta Kappa a meaningful, professional organization for the next generation of education.


Betty Jo Evers

S/P/N and Chapter: International Chapter Year initiated: 1973 International conventions attended: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1989, 1987, 1985 Regional conferences attended: 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1988, 1986, 1984 Chapter President: Arizona Iota 1986-1988 State President: Arizona 1990-1992 Leadership Experience International Level: International Vice President for Membership 2019-2021; International Executive Board 4-year member 1999-2003; International Chaplain 1995-1997; SWR Grand Vice President 1993-1995; International Membership Committee 2017-2021, Chairman 2019-2021; Educational Symposium Committee, Chairman Salt Lake City 2013-2015; International Mentor SW Region 2013-2015; International Mentoring Committee, Chairman 2016; Candidates Qualification Committee 2007-2009; International Bylaws Committee 1997-1999; Speaker Bureau Committee Chairman 2001-2003; Planned Giving Committee Chairman 2001-2003; State/Chapter Financial Responsibilities Chairman 1999-2003; International Theme Committee 1999-2001, 1995-1997, 1993-1995, Chairman 1999-2001, 1995-1997; Feasibility Study Resolution #4 Committee 1999-2001; Form Review Committee 1999-2001; International Policies & Procedures Committee 1995-1997; International Website Committee Chairman 1995-1997; Treasurer Committee Chairman 1995-1997; International S/P/N Convention Guidelines Chairman 1995-1997; International Expansion Study Committee 1995-1997; Form Review Committee 1993-1995; Grand Chapter Minutes Approval Committee 1993-1995; Delegate to WTOCP 1986; Educational Symposium Workshop Presenter 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 1007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991,1989; International Membership Committee Training Seminar 2019; International Convention Credentials Committee 2013; ICP Registrar and Courtesy Committee 1991; International Convention Program Coordinator 1989 Leadership Experience Regional Level: SW Region Vice President 1993-1995; SW Region Conference Workshop Presenter 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1990, 1988, 1986; SW Region Conference Secretary 1990; SW Region Conference Co-chair 1988 Leadership Experience State/Provincial/National Level: Arizona State Fraternity Education Chairman 2020-2022; Arizona State Budget Chairman 2000-2022; Arizona State Excellence in Education Chairman 2015-2017; Arizona Immediate Past State President 1992-1994; Arizona State President 1990-1992; Arizona State President-Elect 19881990; Arizona State Treasurer 1986-1988; Arizona State Altruistic Chairman 1984-1986 Non-A∆K organizations offices and/or honors: 1988-2020 Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity Alumni Association-Member; 1990-2020 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member; 19962020 International Literacy Association - Member: author and presenter at multiple International Conventions; 2006-2020 Arizona Educational Foundation-Member: Past Arizona State Teacher of Year/ Ambassador for Excellence; 2006-2020 Who’s Who in Professional Women-Honored Essay: The most important priority to moving Alpha Delta Kappa forward is assuring our longevity as an organization. How? Provide technology training to keep our sisters connected on all levels so that they feel comfortable with open communication; provide updated membership tools and simplify reports; encourage our sisters to focus on ongoing recruitment of early career educators who bring new ideas and energy to their chapter; provide support and assistance to existing chapters in the area of retention, and charter new chapters and collegiate clubs to assure our longevity. K A P PA N • M A R C H 2 0 2 1

Convention 2021

Growing Leaders at the Leadership Academy By Bev Card, Charlene Lauria and Su Wade, IEB Leadership Development Committee


raining sessions for members participating in the Leadership Academy that opened in January will continue at the International convention.“We are thrilled to announce that the inaugural Academy is underway,” Bev Card, Leadership Development Committee Chairman reported. “We continue our training this summer with sisters who are interested in honing leadership skills to become more effective in their personal, professional and Alpha Delta Kappa lives.” Member participants in this summer’s newest leadership training program are: Angelina Barela, CO Gamma; Ann Beardsley, VA Gamma Delta; Emily Castillo, VA Gamma Chi; Melanie Collins, TN Beta Theta; Carol Harper, NC Mu; Anne Kozma, MD Beta; Katy Matthews, TX Gamma Nu; Allison

Noland, KY Alpha Eta; Rebekah Pace, NC Gamma Lambda; Andrea Plowman, TX Gamma Delta; Maddie Powell, TX Zeta Zeta; Michelle Roosma, AZ Psi; Allison Stone, TX Zeta Zeta; Anna Frassmann-Swadinsky, VA Epsilon. Mentors for the 2021 Leadership Academy participants are: Christine Allen, FL Alpha Psi; Kathy Beatty, VA Gamma Epsilon; Paula Davis, WV Xi; Betty Jo Evers, International; Judith Anne Gilberti, NJ Sustaining; Pat Hardin, WV Alpha Epsilon; Nancy Harrison, AZ Iota; Carol Johnson, TX Beta Omicron; Mary Johnson, ON Psi; Robin Miller, TX Gamma Nu; Vicki Mitchell, TX Alpha Epsilon; Linda Rissel, NJ Lambda; Ellen Roderick, MD Beta; Elaine Williams, KY Kappa.

Being Bold: Empowered Pathways to Learning, Leadership, Sisterhood, and Diversity


By Kris Hinz, ID Pi, International Convention Educational Symposium Committee Chairman

he Educational Symposium, held in conjunction with the International Convention, will feature presentations by ITE scholars and A∆K Collegiate Club students. More than fifty learning sessions have been designed to inspire leadership and membership, energize and enhance professional development, and motivate members to share the gift of Alpha Delta Kappa.

Pathways of Possibilities:

1. Learning: Fifty percent of the presentations focus on the current educator and best practices for today’s educator. Topics include classroom techniques and management, new initiatives, technology, online teaching and best practices.

2. Leading: These presentations cover leadership skills such as skills for great group outcomes, officer training and teacher leadership. 3. Sisterhood: These presentations provide a wealth of knowledge on the history and programs of A∆K. Topics are fraternity education, membership, altruism, world understanding and creating engaging programs. 4. Diversity: These sessions focus on growing awareness, knowledge, practice, and engagement of diverse inclusion. More details will be shared via e-blasts and on the International website, The Pathways of Possibilities are infinite.

To the Men Beside the Women


he Alpha Delta Kappa Association was formed in 1961, “to assist and aid one of the most outstanding groups of people in our country,” which, of course, means the ladies of Alpha Delta Kappa”, said J. Ernest Hill. A∆KA brings together the men beside the women of Alpha Delta Kappa. Officers are: Ron Spriggs (AL), President; Dave Sadler (TX), President-Elect; John Snowdon (NE), Secretary; Jim House (WY), Treasurer A∆KA gathers socially at various times during conventions and honors deceased members at a formal memorial service. A highlight of most conventions is The Golf Scramble, which is a great way to meet the other men and to contribute to the

altruistic endeavors of Alpha Delta Kappa. Though we can’t be together in Austin, we’ll come ready to scramble at the Kansas City convention in 2023. Men may register to become members at any time on the Alpha Delta Kappa website under A∆KA. Applications will be available at S/P/N conventions and regional conferences next year, and we hope to expand our involvement at all levels of A∆K. This is a great opportunity to endorse and encourage our association with Alpha Delta Kappa. If you have any questions, please contact Ron Spriggs. Contact information is available on the International website.

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Convention 2021

Sisters Speak Out on Convention “One learns to be flexible and adapt to situations.” Jane Miller, Past International President

“Congratulations to A∆K for recognizing that reaching out and connecting with members can be accomplished in a safe manner for this 2021 International Convention. A∆K recognizes and honors the lost lives of members as well as loved ones and friends of members affected by Covid-19 and continues a place member’s health concerns as a priority. I am looking forward to this new experience and hope to hear that a record number will register.” Melodee Burreson MT State President, Eta

“For health concerns, I have never been able to go to the International Convention. Having the convention virtual is an asset to others like me.” Ruth Ann Troxell, VA Alpha Rho

“Due to no international flights from Australia before July at the earliest, I will be able to attend this virtual convention from my comfy arm chair at no cost. Hopefully, I will be able to convert the US time frame to Aussie time.” Julie Ditton Queensland, Alpha

I am a past attendee at many conventions and conferences. Connecting with my sisters in A∆K is very important. My personal health safety is more important. Travelling in the next 12 months with the viruses increasing in kind is out of the question. With a virtual convention, I will be able to hear the business and see the candidates and still feel like I am there. I will have a part, if a delegate, in deciding the road A∆K will take in the next two years. Virtual is becoming our new normal. Connie Newman, Recording Secretary Alpha Delta Kappa, Manitoba Beta Chapter

“Regardless of whether we are in person or virtual, A∆K is strong with our sisters uniting together. As a first year member, I learned more about other members and their roles in our organization. I will be there this summer.” Amy Stay, NJ Chi

“Although we won’t physically be together to enjoy the hugs and smiles, meeting virtually will allow more of us to “gather” and experience the magic and energy of an International Convention. We will truly experience Infinite Possibilities!” Mary Jane Henderson WA Alpha Nu


“Although, I will miss the camaraderie when we meet in person, I am excited to see how the International Convention changes now that virtual meetings have connected all states, provinces and nations more intimately.” Sara Cooper CA State President

“There are great advantages to a virtual convention. We’ve had great attendance and participation at chapter meetings because on Zoom not one is driving after dark, out of state sisters can still attend and a presenter who is not nearby can still present.” Tracy Higgins Witthaus, MD Epsilon

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Darla J. Arends................................................................Iowa Phi

Sharon Johnson...................................................Arkansas Alpha

Jennie G. Azhderian...............................................Maryland Beta

Mary J. Kappel........................................................... Arizona Mu

Nancy R. Barry.............................................. New Hampshire Mu

Angela Koppang.........................................North Dakota Gamma

Judy A. Bauer................................................... Michigan Alpha Pi

Joan W. Kurtz......................................... California Alpha Lambda

Lynn M. Beckom................................ North Carolina Gamma Eta

Janice R. Law.........................................................California Zeta

Carlotta Bedford........................................... Texas Delta Lambda

Willene S. Le Master.......................................... Florida Fidelis Nu

Carole A. Bennett.............................................. Florida Beta Zeta

June Le Sueur.............................................. Arizona Fidelis Theta

Charlene J. Berg................................................ California Beta Pi

Enid Lubarsky....................................................Massachusetts Xi

Betty J. Blanchard.......................................................Virginia Eta

Helen Lustig................................................... California Alpha Psi

Robin B. Bowyer..............................................Maryland Omicron

Marie P. MacDonald............................................... Manitoba Beta

Pauline Bradford......................................................Oregon Alpha

Evelyn J. Martin............................................................ Iowa Beta

Ellen G. Burns.................................................... Texas Sustaining

Ruth C. Mueller...........................................................Ohio Sigma

Florene Burton.............................................. Nebraska Alpha Iota

Mary Ellen O’Brien............................................. Florida Beta Zeta

Ann H. Byrd.........................................South Carolina Fidelis Zeta

Sybillen O’Bryan........................................... Louisiana Sustaining

Jennie V. Campbell.......................................... Illinois Beta Kappa

Mae F. Omuro....................................................... Hawaii Gamma

Nelda C. Channell......................................... Louisiana Sustaining

Darlene J. Owens..............................................................Iowa Xi

Anita Chew.................................................................Arizona Iota

Lena G. Parnell.............................................. North Carolina Beta

Joy Christopher............................................Colorado Alpha Beta

Leonabeth C. Penn.........................................Georgia Alpha Rho

Verlita Conner...........................................................Nevada Beta

Carolyn Perry.................................Washington Gamma *LAPSED

Genevieve H. Cosse..................................... Louisiana Sustaining

Shirley Posk................................................... Michigan Sustaining

Marie A. Cozzo.................................................... New York Alpha

Rebecca B. Reese.................................................Georgia Sigma

Peggy J. Davis........................................................Oregon Sigma

Susan D. Reese......................................................... Florida Beta

Harriet O. Dotson............................... North Carolina Gamma Eta

Mary E. Restad..................................................... Montana Alpha

Patricia A. Filippini...................................Wisconsin Gamma Delta

Jane K. Riling.......................................................Kentucky Theta

Pauletta J. Fisher................................. Indiana Alpha Pi *LAPSED

Eleanor L. Robertson.......................... California Gamma Lambda

Judy Fogle..........................................................Virginia Beta Iota

Donna M. Roloff......................................... Washington Alpha Nu

Marilyn L. Geiger.................................................. Kansas Epsilon

Maxine Ross......................................................... Texas Delta Mu

Frances J. Golden.............................................. West Virginia Psi

Judy M. Rowland.......................................................Arkansas Xi

Margaret C. Graddy................................................... Illinois Alpha

Patricia Seaver...................................................... Vermont Alpha

Trudi T. Greene.................................................. South Carolina Pi

Nobuko A. Seriguchi............................................. Hawaii Gamma

Avis C. Grundman............................................Iowa Alpha Kappa

Ruthelen Sittler......................................................Nebraska Beta

Karen D. Hadley.......................................................California Phi

Maryann Skrzycki..............................................Virginia Alpha Tau

Jo Hall................................................................Missouri Gamma

Teresa Staley................................................ Texas Gamma Theta

Kay P. Hargrove..................................North Carolina Gamma Tau

Wanda P. Stone.................................................... Virginia Upsilon

Martha Ansley Hobbs.............................................Tennessee Mu

Lois R. Suzuki............................ California Beta Lambda (Lapsed)

Ruth Kathryn Hodges.................................Kentucky Alpha Theta

Frances J. Thomas...........................North Carolina Alpha Epsilon

Carolyn E. Holden........................................................Virginia Eta

Geraldine M. Veltri........................................... West Virginia Delta

Jeannette Holeschek........................................... Illinois Alpha Nu

Gladys Vermillion................................................... Nebraska Zeta

Mary A. Holland..............................................Arizona Fidelis Zeta

Nelda L. Villarrubia........................................ Louisiana Sustaining

Deanna Humphrey.......................................................Iowa Alpha

Miriam E. Wold................................................ Louisiana Omicron

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Homeroom Humor

Why can’t you iron a four leaf clover? You might press your luc


Fashion Show

I was pregnant with our second son and due around Easter. I dressed for school in what I thought was a nice spring maternity top. During my sixth period class, little giggles erupted from the back of the room. When asked what was so funny, they replied, “Mrs. Blankenship, you look like an Easter egg.” I had to laugh along with them. Conway Blankenship, International Chapter

What do e fak you call a stone?

ck rock

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A preschooler upon seeing me in the grocery store, shouted, “Why are YOU here?” I always shared this with my high school students who operated the community preschool in our class so they would be prepared the first time one of the children saw them outside the building. Bev Card, International Chapter


Much as I loved chatting with my students, I was determined that we were going to use every minute on instruction, not allowing story after story to take us off track. If time remained at the end of the lesson, we’d visit. One morning, first-grader Chanté was late for our reading intervention group. “Mrs. Pelchat, wanna know why I was late?” I told her no, that we had work to do. “But Mrs. Pelchat, doncha wanna know why I was late?” Again, no, we have lots of work to do. “But Mrs. Pelchat, can’t I tell you why I was late today?” She was so persistent, I knew we’d never get a lick of work done. So, I gave in and told her to go ahead and tell us why she was late. “I was late on account-a my skirt was too big and my mother had to sew it. She said I ain’t got no hips, so she had to sew it.” Smiling, I quipped that that was too bad because I had plenty of hips, and I could have given her as much as she needed. She pondered briefly, then matter-o’-factly replied, “Yah, well you’re too late cuz she already Sue Pelchat, International Chapter sewed the skirt.”

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Jayni, a Kindergarten student, was writing a caption for her painting. She summoned the teacher and asked, “Teacher, how do you spell cup?” Teacher: “Say the sounds slowly and you will be able to hear which letters to write.” Jayni tried, “cccc____pppp.” Teacher: Try the letter u in the middle. The letter u says “uh” when it talks. Now say the word slowly. Jayni: ccc-uuu-p Success! And, she wrote the word cup correctly. Then, Jayni looked up at the teacher and said with excitement and a big smile on her face. “I didn’t know that u could talk!” Teacher: Now you know. Jayni spent the rest of her day “teaching” others that the letter u could talk. Betty Jo Evers, International Chapter

K A P PA N • M A R C H 2 0 2 1

A∆K Dates and Deadlines March 1.........................Volunteer Applications for International Committees deadline (second round)

May 15....... Deadline for submitting Regional Altruistic Reports to International Altruistic Chairman

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

May 31.......................................................Memorial Day (USA)

March 17.........................................................Saint Patrick’s Day March 27.........................................................................Passover April 1..................................................................April Fool’s Day .............. KAPPAN submissions deadline for June issue April 4................................................................................. Easter April 15.......... Deadline for S/P/N Altruistic Reports to Regional Altruistic Chairmen April 22.........................................................................Earth Day April 30......................International Membership Campaign ends May 1........... Automatic suspension for non-payment of dues*** ....CNA (Chapter Needs Assessment) online reporting begins

June 1......................World Understanding Project Voting Begins June 15........................... H-142 S/P/N President’s report to IVP for the Region deadline June 19............................................... Juneteenth - Freedom Day June 20...............................................................Summer Solstice The Longest Day “Heart and Solstice” June 21.....................National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada) June 30...................... World Understanding Project Voting Ends .....Deadline for filing CNA (Chapter Needs Assessment) ***Dues must be received at International headquarters by May 1 to avoid automatic suspension. PLEASE CHECK DATES ESPECIALLY FOR CONVENTION

May 9......................................................................Mother’s Day

Butterfly Photos

Taking time out from planning the 2021 International convention are (l to r) Sue Sadler, convention treasurer; Judy Ganzert, International President; Susan Raschke, local host convention chairman; Robin Miller, local host convention chairman.


1. Swallowtail 2. Giant Mormon Butterfly 3. Paper Kites 4. Blue Morpho 6. White Peacock 7. Monarch 9. Monarch 11. Malachite 12. Paper Kite 13. Emerald Swallowtail 14. Gulf Fritillary 15. Gulf Fritillary 16. Cloudless Sulphur 17. Cloudless Sulphur 19. Paper Kite

21. Monarch 22. Blue Striped Swallowtail 23. Common Rose 25. White Peacock 26. Paper Kite 27. Spicebush Swallowtail 28. Monarch 29. Queen


In the article “EiE Regional Winners Share Their Visions” in the December KAPPAN, Laura Drake should have been identified as from the Northwest Region and Gina Lopez Ferguson from the Southwest Region. Mayme Chinn is the correct spelling of the name of the Past International President. It was incorrect in the December Honor-a-Sister column.


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