Greetings, ALL! I hope this message finds each of you safe, healthy, and productive during this time of uncertainty. While Headquarters remains closed through the month of April, the work goes on from our homes and in my case, the IP’s office at HQ. Last week I met via G2M with our two international vice presidents and the executive director to share thoughts regarding contingency planning in the event that our convention is canceled. At this time we are set to have a convention. But, be advised that mandates in the Philadelphia area and restrictions on travel, both in the US and around the world, along with negotiations with our hotel and the best interests of our members’ health and well-being will all factor into the decision the Administrative Board will make later this spring…this is not a decision that we can make now or we would.
In the interim a communication plan has been drawn up to address the immediate needs of our 62,000+ members. Our job as leaders of the Society is clear. We each need to touch base with members, expressing our concern, showing care, and offering hope as all DKG members and their families continue to face daily life during this pandemic. As a group that prides itself on building lasting relationships across borders, it is particularly important for us as Society leaders to reach out to offer a virtual “hug” to others. So, that is your mission between now and the convention.
Find attached to this email the Communication Plan: 2020 Pandemic/DKG. In the column labeled RESPONSIBILITY (WHO) you will find your position in the Society (page 2). Traveling across the row(s) are those groups within DKG that I want you to contact, the type of message to convey, a suggested method for delivery, and how often you should make contact. As the leader of your state organization or chapter you need to communicate periodically with members throughout your state organization/chapter. These messages need to be from the heart, expressing your concern and empathy with the situation all are facing. A personal message of hope to each one, rather than a mass email to all, and asking how best you can serve them at this point is what our members need to hear at this time. Thanks in advance for taking on this critical assignment. Also, please contact me ASAP should you have questions about this plan and your role within it.
During your “conversations” with members you will hear innovative ways that SOs and chapters are responding to this crisis…ideas that need to be shared with other DKG members. I ask that you forward those ideas (along with the member’s name/SO) to me for use in general BLASTS and a blog that I will be writing weekly. Your help in gathering these ideas is truly appreciated.
Through our efforts we will become a stronger team making the greatest difference where it really counts – with our members. Thank you! Stay healthy and be safe!
PS: BEWARE SCAMS and HOAX EMAILS THAT PURPORT TO BE COLLECTING MONEY FOR DKG! HOVERING OVER THE RETURN EMAIL WILL SHOW YOU THAT IT IS NOT FROM DKG! REPORT AS SPAM AND DELETE!
Cathy P. Daugherty | International President
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
416 W. 12th St. | Austin, TX 78701-1817
512-478-5748 x101 | www.dkg.org
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