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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tips for Avoiding Spam

Spam and phishing are inbox nuisances and both have the potential to create problems if the emails are opened or links are clicked.

Spam is generally junk mail, sent to thousands of email address at one time. They include, but are not limited to, coupons, donation solicitations, unwanted newsletters, product information and advertisements. Cybercriminals may use innocent-looking junk mail to distribute malicious software and link to potentially harmful websites. Spam can be a part of a phishing scam.

Here are three quick hints to avoiding spam.

  •  Enable filters on email programs. Check to see how the filters are set on your email program and if you receive repetitive spam, increase the level on the spam filters. Check the junk mail folder occasionally to see if the filters are working.
  • Report spam. Most email programs offer a way to mark an email as junk or to report instances of spam. Reporting spam helps keep it from returning to your inbox.
  •  Limit access to your email address. Consider hiding your email from online profiles and social networking sites. Allow only certain people to view your personal information.

Spam can also be found in social networking sites. Remember--when in doubt, don’t. Stay safe!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Transferring membership

Did you know when you move across the state or country; you can take your DKG membership with you? All a member needs to do is go on the international website click on the About Us tab and then go to Chapter Locator to find a chapter in your new area. There you will find contact information for that state organization’s president who will put you in touch with the chapter. You can also contact International and they will find a chapter in your new area.  Once a chapter is located the chapter treasurer will transfer the member in the dues portal and membership will be transferred.  There’s nothing too difficult about that! We want to make this move as easy as possible and keep you connected with all your DKG membership benefits.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Don’t Be a Phish

There are many emails circulating that are not legitimate. Unfortunately, members of the DKG Headquarters staff, elected officers and state presidents have appeared to be the “sender” of these emails. Several members have been the recipients of emails asking for favors, requesting receivers to send money or gift cards, and other disturbing messages.

If you are the recipient of an unusual request from a DKG leader, the first thing to do is click on the sender’s name to bring up her email. If it is not the email address you know belongs to the name of the sender, delete the message. Here is a link to an article that shows you in detail how to detect a phony email message.

If you receive a phishing email from a DKG leader, you may use the chat feature on to report this information to our technology personnel who are working to eliminate this issue.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Reaching Out to Touch the Hearts of Our World Fellowship Recipients

Many World Fellowship recipients are isolated in the U.S. or Canada far from their native country. This is an opportunity for each DKG member to reach out electronically and touch World Fellowship recipients, letting them know we care and are thinking of them as they study virtually. Many women will not be able to leave for home for some time, so sending messages to everyone on the entire list from all over the world would be deeply appreciated—many may be homesick and worried about their families as well. Share your message of hope from your heart!

The World Fellowship Recipient Booklet can be found on the DKG website under Resources > Brochures/Flyers (You must be logged in).

Thursday, April 30, 2020

After corona-- Are we changing our meeting habits and how?

Many of us are working from home during the corona crisis, learning new ways to meet, teach and communicate. What will happen when the crisis is over? Will we still keep social distances, relying on internet for connecting? Will we be travelling far less than we have done before and, if so, are we losing something very important?

The Chief Executive of one the big Swedish telecom businesses wrote that we will probably travel less and have less but shorter and more effective business meetings, but we still need a face-to-face coffee break each day. This is true--the Swedish coffee break is an opportunity to meet all staff, swap ideas, discuss, celebrate and feel empowered. For example, The C&M Committee’s European Representative Dr. Ingrid Stjernquist, together with a colleague, received funding for a project they outlined during a coffee break.

Do you have ideas what kind of meeting we will keep face-to-face and why they are important?

Monday, April 20, 2020


Did you know that reinstating a former member is very easy?  A former member shall be reinstated to membership by the chapter receiving the request. Once the former member pays dues, her membership is recognized. What's stopping you? Go find those former members who needs and wants to return to your chapter and get them reinstated!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Part 2: Virtual Programs while Social Distancing

Here are some virtual programs and projects that you could consider doing with your chapter members from the comfort of your living room while we are practicing social distancing. 

  1. If you’re retired, reach out (from home) to current educators and see if they need any help.
    1. Record yourself reading a story to share with students
    2. Offer your email address to help answer students’ questions online
  2. Plan time to take a virtual tour of a museum or gallery and then discuss online as a group. 
    1. Take a Trip to the San Diego Zoo 
    2. Watch the animals at the Georgia Aquarium
    3. Watch a Live Stream of Polars Bear in the Tundra  
    4. Visit the Louvre Museum in France 
    5. Take a trip to China and explore The Great Wall Of China
    6. Take in an opera at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC
    7. Admire all of Van Gogh’s work at The Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam
    8. Visit over 500 Museums and Art Galleries all over the world
    9. Travel new places using Google Earth’s Virtual Reality
  3. Let your artsy side on a poem and or piece of art and consider submitting it to the DKG Fine Arts Gallery  
  4. Have a book chat
  5. Do a film study.  Watch the same movie and use online mediums to discuss
  6. Watch a TED Talk together 
  7. Try meditation using one of the many videos on youtube

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