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Friday, December 16, 2016

Timing Your Proposals

Proposals come in all forms from marriage to policy to a simple calendar entry for an event. Every two years DKG members have the opportunity to submit proposals that amend our International Standing Rules. Every four years we do the same, but with the added bonus of amending the Constitution. The 2018 DKG International Convention in Austin falls in that four-year cycle where both governing documents can be amended.

International committees and boards are scanning the documents and proposing amendments that will enhance their effectiveness and streamline their work. In fact, the DKG Editorial Board was the first to submit proposals to amend sections chiefly centered on The DKG Bulletin: Collegial Journal.

Are you aware that state organizations, chapters, and every member of the Society has the same right to propose amendments? What’s bugging you about DKG that you’d like to see changed, simplified, or clarified? Why are you putting off sharing your thoughts? Yes, the deadline is October 1, 2017, but now is the time to contemplate what needs to be addressed. It’s definitely OK to submit your proposals well before that date.  Often when we put something off, we don’t complete the task or become frustrated trying to meet the deadline with other “unexpected” tasks cropping up at the same time.

What better time than now to contemplate those parts of the DKG governing documents that you’ve long considered hard to understand or simply find obsolete for a viable 21st Century organization!  What better time than now when many of us find ourselves staying inside more and less active to consider proposing an amendment!

We admit that reading these documents is not as stimulating or sexy as reading a top ten fiction or non-fiction, but it’s reading that will make a difference in a Society that makes a difference in the lives of educators and children worldwide. Give it a try.  Find ways to make it a better document. What’s stopping you?

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