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It’s that time again when we look towards a new biennium with new opportunities to lead and contribute to our organization. If you are currently serving on a committee at the state level or are interested in serving, please complete the attached form and return to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2019.
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Are you interested in the Arts?
The DKG Society International has an online art gallery in which your work could be displayed.
From the website: "The approved Policy Statement of the Arts & Humanities Jury has at its core the following explanation: “The online Arts & Humanities Gallery shall be maintained so that members of DKG may display their creative arts…and all may enjoy, respect and learn more about excellence in arts and crafts.” Visit the gallery often and take advantage of these artistic and creative “gifts to the world.”
There are categories of Visual Art, Music, Writing and Video. Within each of these there are sub-categories. There is a place for just about anything you create! The next submission deadline is Arts & Humanities Submissions for Spring Gallery (open Jan. 15- Feb. 15) This gives you time to peruse the current gallery and get your work ready.
Kimberly Dickstein, Iota Chapter, was inducted into DKGNJ last May. This month she is featured in an article in the NJEA Review. Her 10th-grade English class at Haddonfield Memorial High School was reading Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier when Dickstein found a way to relate the words on the page with the reality of so many. Be sure to read the whole article! https://www.njea.org/if-you-can-help-you-must/. She is in the local news, too! Kimberly will be recognized among 18 Camden County residents who will be honored for their unselfish contributions to improving their community at the 2019 Camden County Freedom Medal ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 23. See the article >
It’s Good For Your Health! No, we aren’t making this up. Studies have found that when you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on a project, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases. This is because helping interrupts tension-producing patterns and replaces it with a sense of purpose, positive emotions, and high confidence levels.
Give Back to DKG! Your reason for volunteering should begin where your passions lie. Let your love of DKG create a positive experience for those attending the 2020 Convention.
Make Real Connections! Volunteering for the 2020 Convention will let you meet people from all the regions and state organizations of DKG. You could meet your new best friend, future business partner, or have a conversation that sparks a real change in your life.
Gain a Whole New Perspective! Volunteering at the International level will change how you see DKG. This shift in perspective will open your mind to the scope of the Society.
The Food! The convention hotel is attached by walkway to the Reading Terminal Market. Beloved by locals and tourists alike, this historic indoor market features more than 80 vendors offering an astonishing variety of food, with some vendors operating in much the same way that they did when the market opened in 1892.The globally inspired food — available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert as well as for snacking — is the main draw, while butchers, bakers, chocolatiers, cheese mongers and produce vendors offer food, ingredients and goods for sale. From scrapple and samosas to soul food and smoothies, Reading Terminal Market is such a fantastic place to eat that it can be tough to choose what to get.
Get Inspired in Philadelphia! Philadelphia has something for everyone and our hotel is close to it all. Historic sites such as Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (run the Rocky steps!) are just steps from the hotel. The central location also brings easy access to the Barnes Foundation, Kimmel Center, and Franklin Institute. Also worth visits are:
New Jersey state organization has developed a Volunteer Response form that is available for you and your chapter members to complete on line. Responses will be added to a database for easy reference. Perhaps you have already completed a paper form that was obtained at the 2018 state convention. Please do additionally complete the Google Form at this link: goo.gl/gHKUQN This will assure that you are in the database for volunteering at the convention.
Dr. Lyn Schmid
DKG Executive Board Member
Your help is needed!
July 5-12, 2020, the DKG International Convention is being hosted by the Middle Atlantic States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, District of Columbia, and Maryland. We need YOU to attend the convention AND to volunteer to help make it a success!
Due to a technical glitch, any responses submitted for the 2020 Convention Survey, before 9/18/18, were not recorded. Please resubmit the survey so we have your response. It's up and running now.
I am so excited about sharing this news with you! The AZS Executive Committee agreed to work in partnership with Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. to host the 2020 DKG International Convention. I am proud to be representing New Jersey as a member of the Steering Committee for this event. The committee visited 3 locations and venues. Nita Scott made the final decision for the location after listening to the committee's research. The convention will be held at the Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia.
2020 seems so far away but the planning has already begun and we need everyone's help. New Jersey has not been able to host a regional or international event so this is our chance to show support to our DKG international community. AZS is a fabulous group of dynamic women who all have something special to contribute to get the work done, individually, in groups or chapters, and at the state level.
Below is the link to the Google Survey, 2020 DKG Convention Volunteer Form, created by our own Jessi Oliano, who answered the volunteer call enthusiastically. Thank you Jessi.
Thank you all so very much for contributing to the success of the 2020 DKG Convention. We need EVERYONE'S help.
CLICK ON THIS LINK BELOW:
My best to you all,
New Jersey Representative 2020 Convention Steering Committee
Congratulations to the two Professional Growth Stipend Winners who were selected by the Scholarship/Stipend Committee at the September 8, 2018 State meeting. There were four worthy applicants, and the decision was a difficult one. Thank you to the chapter representatives who participated. Robin Atkins and Jane Flanagan will each receive stipends of $500.
There is an exhibit at the UN about "An Inch of Water." This is information about the fact that drowning is the second highest cause of death for children worldwide under the age of 14. A reminder to all members that No Child is Safe in the Water - they must be watched at all times. They can fall over in an inch of water and drown. Scary! Often they cannot right themselves and turn over or stand up.
We're planning for the next CTAUN conference in March or April of 2019.
Best regards for a safe summer,
It’s with great sadness that I share the passing of our Sister, Sharon Long. Sharon passed away Tuesday morning at her home. I received the following information from Jeanne Whalen:
Saturday at St. Pisagh Church AME 306 N. Warwick Road Lawnside. Viewing 9-11 and services at 11. No designated charity so people can give to a charity of their choice or flowers.
Iota Chapter will be sending monies to one of our Charities in Sharon’s name.
Please keep Thelma and Doretha in your prayers.
Sharon was the Recording Secretary of Alpha Zeta State during the 2013-2015 biennium. The photograph above is from the luncheon at the 2015 convention.
Alpha Zeta State President
Attached is our summer edition of The Curriculum of Hope for a Peaceful World Newsletter
(Attachment) As you are aware, there are many controversies facing us today. While we are individually taking stands on these, Delta Kappa Gamma, as a nonprofit, must remain neutral. Therefore, the attached document explains in more detail this neutral position. Please read and pass along to chapters and anyone else in DKG who may need this information.
2016 - 2018 International Communications & Publicity Committee