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Constitution Committee plans for future, 5

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Leaders learn more about the Society to strengthen the organization.

Discover what transpires at Planning Meeting, 3

Japan:18th member country, Members connect 80th state organization The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International installed its 80th state organization October 14 in Kochi, Japan, on the island of Shikoku.

conducted ceremonies for the initiation of members, founding of the state organization and installation of state organization officers. Dr. Fusa Nakagawa, Japan state organization president, installed Alpha Chapter and its officers. Dr. Helms said, “This expansion of our Society into Sixty Japanese women educators Japan will help became to solidify part of the the bonds Society’s more of women than 90,000 educators members worldwide. We worldwide. can create many Japan opportunities represents the for collaborative first Asian problemnation in the solving, cultural organization sharing and the and the 18th development Corlea Plowman, executive director; Dr. Beverly country. Dr. Beverly Helms, international president; Shige Yamanaka, of friendships kimono instructor; and Yasuko Kita, Alpha chapter across borders. Helms, international president, pose in full dress before the installation As leading ceremonies in Kochi, Japan. president, See JAPAN, 4

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Choose a variety of conference combinations such as workshops, inspirational speakers and formal or informal networking sessions to strengthen the commitment to DKG while broadening personal experiences. Begin planning to attend a regional conference for personal and professional learning and the genuine fellowship shared at any DKG event. “Where might one plan to go?“ you may be asking. In the southwest, try an adventure in Branson, Missouri. Enjoy shows, shopping and sightseeing in addition to the Southwest Regional Conference, July 17-20. Another venue includes Cheyenne, Wyoming, with a western rodeo theme for the Northwest Regional Conference, July 31-August 3. Attend a state night as a regional event kicks off. Add a post conference tour to take advantage of local offerings. Meet members from across the region as all participate in offerings, prepare new ideas and enjoy a plethora of activities. Regional conferences help members rekindle See REGIONALS, 3

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Communication and Connectivity By Dr. Beverly Helms

2012-2014 INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT You may remember the lyrics to the song, “We Are Family.” In the lyrics, Pruitt says, I got all my sisters with me. I have been asking myself if this statement applies to DKG. Do we have all our members with us? If not, how do we connect with them, and how do we get them to understand the benefits of belonging to the Society? Advertisers praise books written on increasing both communication and connectivity. Some focus on using a common language; others, on focused action-oriented messages. Organizations with limited resources, in terms of time, money, staff and energy, are challenged to focus on the groups or individuals most likely to help fulfill the mission and vision of an organization. Who are they? The group most critical to helping us fulfill our mission and vision are our members. Are we doing everything possible to help them feel connected to their Chapter, State Organization and ultimately to International? Each and every member is a significant part of our DKG family. Each is important, regardless of the role she plays, the number of meetings she attends or the level of her commitment, at the moment. Grace Murphy, the NGO Primary Representative, understands the benefits of membership. She says, “Everything I ever wanted to know about leadership and communication, I learned from DKG.” Do we assume that all members feel as Grace does? We may have repeated the many benefits of membership in different ways, and on many occasions, but not every member may have heard. George Bernard Shaw said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” I am personally contacting every state organization president during

the 2012-2014 biennium. My goal is to convey the support available from International and connect with them to determine if there are better ways we can assist. We need to understand their perceived role for us in terms of helping them in strengthening their own state organization, their chapters and ultimately our Society. To date, all state organization presidents with whom I have spoken, reported they would welcome any effort, on the part of the international president, and the membership services administrator, to also connect with their chapter presidents. Nita Scott and I will not be able to call all 2,512 chapter presidents, but we can connect with as many as possible. The intent is to say, “We are glad you are a part of the DKG family. How can we serve you?” There are many other ways we are trying to make connections with our members. We are encouraging, and using, social media, such as the DKGnetwork, Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and others. Charles Dickens said, “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” On the other hand, Richard Levick, in his book, The Communicators, Leadership in the Age of Crisis, reports, “Failure to develop a social media strategy is tantamount to corporate malpractice.” In support of this, he quoted Paul Levy, who said, “A CEO not having a blog today is like a CEO 20 years ago not using a telephone.” Communication and connectivity with our members are too important not to use every strategy at our disposal. It is not a matter of either/or. If we hope to strengthen our Society, we can, and must, do everything within our power, to share the value of DKG membership. Ingibjorg

Jonasdottir from Iceland, chair of the European Forum, reminded the leaders who attended the planning meeting in Spokane, “The Society is our collective opportunity.” Let’s embrace each other and the opportunity we have been given as members of DKG. Stay in touch with each other and with those of us at your Society Headquarters. Perhaps, I will quote you in the next issue.

2012-2014 ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD International President: Dr. Beverly Helms, Florida First Vice President: Carolyn Pittman, Arkansas Second Vice President: Dr. Lynda Schmid, Pennsylvania Executive Director: Corlea S. Plowman, Texas Society Headquarters Regional Directors Europe: Marika Heimbach, Germany Northeast: Mary Lee Makinen, Maryland Northwest: Dr. Lace Brogden, Saskatchewan Southeast: Dr. Hanna Fowler, Georgia Southwest: Heidi Chadwick, California Immediate Past President: Dr. Jensi Souders, Tennessee Members-at-Large 2010-2014: Jeannette Zuniga, Costa Rica 2012-2016: Barbara Whiting, Minnesota Area Representatives Canada: Agnes Moynihan, Ontario Latin America: Monica Ochoa, Baja California Parliamentarian: Jean Gray, Maryland Find administrative board members’ e-mail addresses at Toll-free phone: 888.762.4685

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Planning Meeting provides variety better understand the benefits of “I didn’t know how much I didn’t belonging to the Society. Board ethics, know,” one participant commented. going paperless for board meetings and She was attending the Society’s changes to the International Standing biennial Planning Meeting held to Rules were among topics discussed. prepare incoming leaders. Committee and forum chairs, Key words used to describe this training included variety, techno savvy educational foundation chair, music representative and NGO primary and thoroughness. The international representative joined the group president and headquarters for another day of training. The professional staff met with the five group addressed regional directors responsibilities, the first day. beginning the They discussed biennium, themes, fees, dealing with committees and recommendations the inner workings from previous of a regional committees, conference. The time frames and regional directors communication. received a 2012Each chair received 2014 Regional a Policy and Conference Manual Board members, headquarters for directors and professional staff and committee chairs Procedure Manual with minutes and steering committees. celebrate strengthening chapters. reports from the Many questions and previous biennium’s committee, answers later, the group said they felt appropriate references from the more prepared and began working a governing documents, committee vast array of conference issues. guidelines and related policies. Some The administrative board manuals are in the process of being arrived for orientation the next day. updated. Dr. Beverly Helms, 2012-2014 Dr. Helms said, “We planned international president, assigned training and orientation sessions to mentors among the group and stressed help the DKG international leaders that this is “our” biennium not “my” share their vision and strengthen our biennium. The members identified Society. We have competent leaders many efforts on which to focus. They included, communicating with positive who are open to dialogue and ready to communicate with members.” attitudes, increasing the marketing The DKG Educational efforts of the Society, communicating, Foundation joined the group for connecting and collaborating, its last meal and held its one-day increasing/enhancing the use of orientation and meeting the next day. technology and helping members


November 15-IRS Form 990 February 1-Chapter President and Necrology January 3-Education Foundation Project Annual Report Forms due Application March 1-International Achievement Award February 1-Scholarship Application Recommendation Form due February 1-Lucile Cornetet Award for March 1-State Organization President and Professional Development Application Necrology Annual Report Form due

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ACTIONS TAKEN: Administrative Board Meeting September 7, 2012 • Approved the 2012-2014 Maintenance Schedule (for Society Headquarters).


friendships and build new ones. Need more motivation for traveling during the summer of 2013 with DKG? Visit Orlando, Florida, and the Gaylord Palms for the Southeast Regional Conference, July 10-13. After attending workshops or networking events, stay for extra time to experience a trip to Disney World, Epcot or Sea World. Travel to the Northeast Regional Conference in Portland, Maine, July 24-27, for happenings on the bay or venture to the Europe Regional Conference, August 7-10 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to share in the uniqueness of a European event. Plan for sightseeing at any regional location. One of these options should entice any traveler to share in new opportunities.

Bullock exhibit features Blanton

December 2012 brings an exhibit to the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas, featuring influential women in Texas history. Dr. Annie Webb Blanton will be highlighted for her contributions to education. Artifacts, on loan to the museum from September 2012 to May 2013, include Blanton’s DKG gavel, pieces of her china, her mortar board with gold tassel and the large tapestry normally hanging in the reception area of Society Headquarters.

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to make Japan part of the Society. In addition to the women educators, impacting education materials the Society worldwide, DKG is honored to accept took to Japan as part of Japan into our organization.” the expansion, Corlea The founding of Japan was Plowman, executive director, honored by Governor Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Peter Carlisle announced gifts from California, Florida, Hawaii, of Hawaii. Governor Masano Ozaki Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Mayor Seiya Okazaki of Kochi Prefecture and a host of other Japanese Texas and Washington. Dr. Carolyn Rants, past legislators who appreciate educational international president, sent excellence and progress were also a guest book to use at the present to applaud the women reception. (A full list of gifts educators initiated into the Society. can be found on the website’s Society members from Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Texas and expansion committee page.) Due to special Washington attended the founding of arrangements made by the Society’s 80th state organization. Leading the formal procession for the installation are Corlea Plowman, executive director, and Dr. Beverly the Japanese members, all Dr. Eileen Clarke, Hawaii, said, Helms, international president. Society representatives “After several years of hard work, the officiating in the ceremonies ceremonies came at the heels of the dream of many in Hawaii is finally wore traditional Japanese kimonos. A DKG International Convention being realized: the expansion of The formal dinner followed the events, and in New York City, where the Delta Kappa Gamma Society into remarks from all dignitaries preceded International Executive Board Japan, a country steeped in tradition, the dinner. approved the expansion of the Society immersed in culture and entrenched “Although these ceremonies into Japan. Seven Kochi women in strong beliefs of the proper ways mark our Japanese sisters joining educators with sponsors from Hawaii to behave.” DKG’s Hawaii State us officially, the hard work really attended the convention. During their Organization president, Katherine standing-room-only workshop, the Sakuda, and Beta Beta State supported begins after this. These women are taking on the challenge of connecting Kochi women featured the culture and the work and much of the expense Japanese education internationally arts of Japan, including tea ceremony, of organizing the expansion. The and spreading the seven purposes of calligraphy, and Japanese paper dying. International Expansion Committee They delighted everyone at the closing and numerous other Society members The Delta Kappa Gamma Society throughout Japan,” Dr. Helms noted. banquet when they appeared in their supported Dr. Clarke, chair, and Ms. The initiation and installation kimonos. Ellen Tanoura, co-chair, in their efforts

Corlea Plowman, executive director, Dr. Eileen Clark and Ellen Tanoura, co-organizers, share congratulations at installation ceremonies.

Masako Kondo, new member, Dr. Eileen Clark, HI, and Dr. Fusa Nakagawa, state organization president, spend time in local market.


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Board’s plea — write for the Bulletin “You CAN and SHOULD write for the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin!” is the clear message from the DKG journal’s editorial board in this biennium. By clarifying action research to include classroom research; by developing a new category for reviews of literature; by expanding reviews beyond books to include technology apps; and by conducting a survey to solicit input about future topics, board members hope to inspire additional personal and professional growth for members through publication of their writing. Focusing on this educative function of the Bulletin, board members plan to assist aspiring writers in several ways: posting a checklist for submissions, offering one-on-one consultations with editorial board members, developing presentations on “Writing for Publication,” and using the DKGNetwork to interact with members on the topic of action/

classroom research. They will also Merz, New Jersey, continues as editor, work to support DKG initiatives such and Dr. Linda Eller, information as Support for Early-career Educators services administrator, serves as by targeting articles that will assist headquarters liaison. such educators. Watch for the poll regarding the An additional focus for the Bulletin! Share your insights, express board will be supporting the vision your preferences—and plan to write of the Society and of International for the Bulletin soon! President Beverly Helms. The themes Impact of Educational Reforms and Purposeful Communications were added to the current roster of upcoming themes to provide such support. New board members Angie Quinn, Mississippi, and Dr. Margaret Trybus, Illinois, were welcomed by continuing members, Dr. Sigrun Klara Hannesdottir, Iceland, and Dr. Beverly Irby, Texas, at the board’s biennial Editorial Board members develop themes and refine meeting in Austin, TX, submission guidelines. Above, Dr. Beverly Irby and Dr. September 20-21. Dr. Judith Margaret Trybus consider suggestions.

Educational Foundation celebrates 50 years

The Educational Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. Join the party and make GREAT differences in the lives of women and children around the world. An initiative to generate revenue for funding more projects and professional development invites members to give $50 to the Educational Foundation to have their names added to a candle on the cake. President Beverly Helms has already made the first donation. This does not replace

Make-a-Miracle that recognizes members who contribute $500 to the Educational Foundation. The $50 for 50 years campaign, a two-year effort, allows members to make contributions at any time by using the contribution form accessible at, the marketplace or at the Info Fair during regional conferences in 2013. Give to celebrate a longtime member, a new member, a new teacher, a birthday, or just to celebrate. Contributions fund educational projects ranging from an artsenriched English camp to a farm-to-school program and reach across the world.

Recent projects include Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. Educational Foundation projects granted awards for purchasing textbooks, playground equipment, educational materials, supporting programs to prevent bullying, and providing support for early-career educators. Applications for project grants are available from July 1 to January 3 at with a January 3, 2012, due date. Giving $50 to celebrate 50 years will go a long way toward funding projects that support intercultural awareness, supporting standards of excellence, and joining schools, universities, people, organizations, other funding sources such as trusts and foundations in improving education—and changing lives.

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Heed constitution biennium changes

Focused on how best to help members and hold information sessions where members can discuss proposed prepare for the 2014 international amendments. Helen Popovich, constitution convention, the Michigan, chair, said, “We want Constitution Committee met in members to understand fully the September to plan workshops, info pros, cons, and ramifications of each fair activities, and a general session proposed amendment, so they can presentation for the 2013 regional make informed decisions when they conferences. vote in 2014.” “A constitution is like a house,” In addition to working on Gudrun Nylander, Sweden, said. “It may need some remodeling from time information related to 2014, the committee updated to time to meet the the current changing needs of International the family.” Standing Rules The and Go-To Guide Constitution (Handbook) with Committee amendments encourages made at the 2012 members to International look carefully Convention. The at DKG’s 2010 online version of Constitution and the International 2012 International Helen Popovich, chair, consults with Corlea Plowman, executive director, Standing Standing Rules, during committee meeting. Rules is now to see if these corrected. Individual hard copies of governing documents need some the documents contain the list of remodeling. Every member has the right to propose changes, just as every corrections. The committee also reviewed the member has the obligation to support forms and updated the process for those rules that protect the structural reviewing state organization bylaws soundness of the Society. to confirm that they are congruent During the 2012-2014 biennium with the international governing the committee will assist members documents. in writing amendment proposals


Chapter strengthening Letting members who are not in attendance know they are important, needed and missed, can increase connectivity and strengthen your chapter. Try the following: 1. Provide blank cards and envelopes for members in attendance. 2. Ask each one to write one or more notes to members who are absent indicating they were missed. 3. Cards can be signed from the individual or the chapter. 4. Addresses of absent members should be provided or available in yearbook. 5. The member or chapter can provide the stamp(s).

Website certification changes published

Standards for Society website certification have been revised. Members may access the revised Standards from the DKG website under forms or from the Communications and Publicity Committee page. In further actions, the committee set biennium goals with suggested actions for meeting those goals, began making plans for pre-conference training of editors and first went to the Texas Historical Society headquarters, located at webmasters, Commission. After approval the 416 W. 12th Street in downtown application moved to the national level. regional infoAustin, recently received historic fairs, and A building must be 50 years old to be site designation from the National communications considered for this honor. Register of Historic Places. workshops. Society Headquarters was Application resulted from Diane Moose, chair, completed in 1956. In April Communications works with the a student project at the and Publicity 2012, the building was University of Texas at Communications and Publicity Committee. members also recognized as a historical Austin. Working towards met with the Editorial Board. Diane place on the National a master’s degree, Emily A historical plaque will Register of Historic Places. Moose, committee chair, stated, Ray chose to study the show designation. “We are committed to strengthening A bronze plaque with building as part of a course communication connections, assisting brown textured background should in historical architecture. Ray studied with certifying websites and spreading arrive at Society Headquarters by DKG history and the history of the the vision of the Society.” building’s architecture. The application mid-November.

National register status obtained


Amazed...always! By Corlea S. Plowman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR It never ceases to amaze me how much alike we are. At a recent chapter meeting, I saw how universal we can be. Although I know them as Glenda, Betty, Gladys, Marty, Iris, Barbara, Grace or Pat, I see them at numerous functions in state organizations far from Seguin, Texas. They don’t always look alike, but I see the characteristics that remind me of home. Key women educators, our members, these are the individuals that make our chapters strong. It never ceases to amaze me that we are educated women who fear standing in front of our peers. DKG offers the safest environment for leading. The Society provides agenda forms, booklets, guidebooks and training for leaders at all levels. Chapter members say, “Yes!” when asked to fill other chapter positions and support chapter leaders. At the end of two years, chapter leaders are ready to chair meetings from school grade level to district representative and beyond. Communities gain wonderful leaders trained in your chapters. It’s the best “I will” you can ever say. You can ask Glenda, Betty, Gladys Marty, Grace, Pat, Iris or Barbara. They will agree. It never ceases to amaze me how many dissolving chapters try to avert the law. When members come together and form a chapter, that chapter is a legally organized group responsible to the sponsoring state organization and the Society. In the U.S. chapters are registered with the IRS, receive a tax number and become a 501 (c) 6 organization that only pays taxes if earnings exceed $50,000 a year. Any money collected is in the name of Delta Kappa Gamma and pledged for dues, scholarship, projects, etc. When a chapter dissolves, it has a legal responsibility to all of its

members and the state organization. It must seek input from all members before asking the state organization to dissolve and revoke its charter and name. Finding members another chapter becomes part of the process. Under the law, the chapter must return its property and funds to the state organization. During the life of the chapter, it collects money under the Society’s name and must return the money to its state organization. Inviting the chapter to dinner at the best restaurant in town is illegal use of dues or scholarship money. Voting to give all of a dissolving chapter’s money to a local charity may be nice, but it is illegal. It never ceases to amaze me how many members don’t know that chapters can merge. It never ceases to amaze me how many members don’t believe repeated Society notices that say, “If you file the 1024 paperwork recommended by the IRS, your chapter will no longer be part of DKG and will be responsible for paying Form 990 fines and late fees.” It never ceases to amaze me how many members support strong chapters in the 18 countries in which DKG is organized. They hold important positions from prekindergarten through university levels. They work in classrooms, offices, state departments and governments of entire countries. They are the Barbara’s, Glenda’s, Pat’s, Sandy’s, Lyn’s, Carolyn’s and Beverly’s of our chapters.

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Membership moves forward

Have you ever thought about how your life would be different if Delta Kappa Gamma did not exist? Members of the International Membership Committee seriously considered this question in their September meeting in Austin. Sharing their responses with each other strongly reinforced their desire to help members better understand and share the benefits of belonging to the Society. As the Membership Committee focuses on ways to assist state organizations in their efforts to strengthen chapters, they believe that connectivity is critical. To ensure a strong link between chapters, state organizations and the international level, the regional representatives on the committee will be communicating often with state organization membership chairs to share ideas and develop strategies for working with struggling chapters and supporting the healthy ones. Another goal of this membership team is to increase collaboration with the other international committees as they strive to strengthen the Society and carry out its vision. Excitement is building as plans for the 2013 regional pre-conference training sessions for state organization membership chairs are now underway.

File Form 990 each year Remember to complete your 990 Form. Avoid penalties by submitting form by November 15.


Nita Scott, membership services administrator, and Clair LaBonte, Massachusetts, membership committee member, generate ideas together.

First, encourage their commitments to their families. Many Gen Y and Gen X’ers want the best of both worlds. They want to fulfill family obligations but want a career also. We need NOT make them feel they have to choose. This generation is capable of balancing both personal and professional affairs if they know they have support and

Alpha State, British Columbia, celebrated its 60th anniversary. Anne Thompson received the Woman of Wisdom and Passion award for her exceptional contribution to her profession and to DKG. Barbara Howard was honoured, a 1936 Olympian - the first black woman to represent Canada. Howard taught for 43 years and has been a DKG member for 40 years. Gamma State, Quebec, is very excited at establishing McGill University as a new World Fellowship site. Another student in Haiti will be supported in continuing her elementary education. Quebec has two fundraisers planned to support

Foundation Grant), Crossroads and Autumn House (safe houses for women & children), Headstart (support for needy families), and Turbans for Oncology Patients. Linda Bell and Kaye Lister were honoured for 30 years of service. Dr. Ruth Boswell Schiller received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in recognition of her outstanding work in choral music with children. Members are selling Maine pins to help the 2013 Northeast Regional. Zeta State, Alberta, is researching and reporting to each other on the African countries supported by Schools for Africa. They are developing a project to assist immigrant women and children in the area. They also support youth programs offered in the city. This column is submitted on a rotating basis by the Europe regional director and the area representatives for Canada and Latin America.

I know our chapter needs to recruit younger members, but when we have been able to initiate younger educ ators, they don’t stay. They have young children of their own and many commitments. What c an we do?

Canada members strengthen the Society

its scholarships and bursaries. Barbara Angus is looking forward to working on the International Educational Excellence Committee. Beta State, Ontario, watched a Power Point presentation by Stephanie Allen, a scholarship recipient explaining her ETFO International Kindergarten AQ Course in Italy. A fundraiser began in September for building a school in Berekum, Ghana – a state project. Gamma and Eta Chapters celebrated their 50th and 40th anniversary respectfully with several members receiving membership service pins. Delta State, New Brunswick, opened the year with a Mexican Brunch fundraiser to support the Canadian Project. The renewal application was approved for the Wuliwan Reading Project. Local projects include Students in Transition (support from an Educational

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“We must understand the importance of being aware of the needs of our members. If we truly want to strengthen our Society, members must be willing to act on their right to have a voice and we, as DKG leaders, must be prepared to listen and acknowledge those voices.” —Becky Sadowski, TN some flexibility. Second, remind them that DKG is what they are doing for themselves personally and professionally. It is hard for the young working moms to recognize the importance of taking time for themselves and hard to see the long term investment in DKG. Offer help such as, day care at meetings by local scholar students or older children of DKG members who can babysit during meetings. Third, understand they may not make every activity so make them feel appreciated when they can attend.

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